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Quilt honouring Beaumont-Hamel to be unveiled at Pigeon Inlet guild show

<p>Quilt show co-chairs Patricia Ivimey, left, and Carol Wheeler, stand beside the “Pigeon Inlet Quilt,” the signature creation of the Pigeon Inlet Quilters’ Guild. This photo was taken at the group’s inaugural show in 2011.</p>
<p>Quilt show co-chairs Patricia Ivimey, left, and Carol Wheeler, stand beside the “Pigeon Inlet Quilt,” the signature creation of the Pigeon Inlet Quilters’ Guild. This photo was taken at the group’s inaugural show in 2011.</p>

BAY ROBERTS, NL - The members of a local quilting guild know a thing or two about how much effort it takes to produce a multi-layered work of art that can also keep a person warm on a cold night.

For 10 years, the Pigeon Inlet Quilters' Guild and its members have learned and worked together to come up with countless creative patterns.

Now, five years after its first public showcase proved to be a big hit, the group is ready for its second ever quilt show. "Shore to Shore: Quilts Galore" takes place June 25-26 at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a small admission charge at the door.

For 10 years, the Pigeon Inlet Quilters' Guild and its members have learned and worked together to come up with countless creative patterns.

Now, five years after its first public showcase proved to be a big hit, the group is ready for its second ever quilt show. "Shore to Shore: Quilts Galore" takes place June 25-26 at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a small admission charge at the door.

Patricia Ivimey of Bay Roberts made this quilt to celebrate the birth of a friend’s newborn baby.

"Some of the (quilts) people started 15 years ago," said Patricia Ivimey, one of three co-chairs for the show along with Georgina King and Carol Wheeler.

Over 140 quilts, plus dozens of other quilted items, will be on display for the two-day event. A quilters' boutique will give attendees a chance to purchase select items, including full-size quilts, smaller ones for babies, bags and pillowcases, amongst other goods. A number of vendors will be selling quilting and sewing supplies.

The group started with 25 members, but has since grown to include 65 quilters, with a waiting list of new prospective members always containing a few names.

"The people that are in the guild are mostly from Bay Roberts and the surrounding areas, but we have somebody that comes all the way from Burnt Point, and there's a couple of women from Torbay," said Ivimey.

“A Block of the Month” by Judy Adams of Bryant’s Cove.

Among the featured items this year will be the 74-by-84-inch "Pigeon Inlet Quilt," a team effort that drew upon the talents of over 40 guild members. The guild donated the piece to the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation. It features images taken from Ted Russell's popular stories about Pigeon Inlet.

A new collaborative piece marking an important anniversary in Newfoundland and Labrador's history will be unveiled publicly for the first time during the show. Two years in the making, the quilt honours the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel. This year's Memorial Day marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic event, which claimed the lives of many Newfoundlanders.

The quilt will be donated to the Bay Roberts Heritage Society. The guild takes on a variety of charitable projects every year. Most recently, members have created quilts for women who've underwent mastectomies, turbans for those who've lost their hair due to cancer treatments, and blankets and pillowcases for children at the Janeway Children's Hospital.

Members meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Avalon North Wolverines Search and Rescue building in Bay Roberts. They also have two working quilt days on a monthly basis where someone will serve as a facilitator to focus on a specific skillset.

"We really rely on each other, which is great," said Ivimey. "And the people that are new members are amazed at how willing we are to share information."

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