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After quilting event, Sun Peaks Quilters are on to new project

 | August 26, 2011

Over 350 people attended Quilting in the Mountains at Sun Peaks Resort last month. The event attracted people not only from Kamloops and Sun Peaks, but also from as far away as Kelowna and Lillooet.

The three-day event featured a trunk show and dinner with a guest quilting expert, a quilt show, a merchants’ mall and quilting classes for all skill levels.

There were 60 beautiful quilts on display at the quilt show. “Not one was the same and (the quilts) came from Vancouver to Quesnel, so there was quite a wide range of talents,” said Pat Miller of the Sun Peaks Quilters Guild.

In addition, 35 people signed up for the welcome dinner and trunk show featuring quilter Betty Bailey. Twenty-seven people attended the quilting classes.

The non-profit event raised over $1,000. Proceeds were donated to the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education. Miller said that since inception, the event has raised close to $10,000 for various charities.

Although the community’s quilting event of the year is over, the work is not done for the local quilters. The Sun Peaks Quilters Guild continues to stitch and sew for a very special project.

“We’re busy working for the 50th anniversary quilt for the community,” said Miller. “Once it’s finished, it’ll be displayed in (Sun Peaks Resort) Guest Services for a year and either go to the municipality or the health centre to be displayed.”

The guild hopes to finish the quilt in time for their first year anniversary in October. The Sun Peaks Quilters Guild meets every third Thursday of the month at Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge. New members and beginners are welcome.

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