(Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance) Donna Mae Whitmore was one of the featured quilters at the Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild show. Sewing since she was nine, she made this suit for her 50th anniversary in 2007 and in 2016, her granddaugther wore it as a wedding dress.

Quilting from the 1800s to the present day on display in Langley

The Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild has filled the George Preston Recreation Centre with fabric art.

The coolest place to be this past weekend was enveloped by cozy fabrics.

The Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild show Patchwork Nation was in the George Preston Recreation Centre Friday and Saturday. The show, called Patchwork Nation, was themed Canada 150 but featured works of all sizes and themes.

The bulk of the show was in the curling rink area where temperatures were cool compared to the heat wave out of doors.

Quilting in the past was a way to create bedding for the home but the craft has evolved to include smaller pieces. Many of the quilted items on display in the curling rink are functional items for household use such as placemats or wall hangings, and others are created to be works of art.

Guild member Wilma Brock took up quilting about 30 years ago. She is no stranger to a sewing machine, using one since childhood.

“I started out originally making Barbie doll clothes on my mom’s treadle machine,” she explained.

Her quilting has changed over time and now includes custom painting of fabrics that are then used in quilting.

“It’s the sewing combined with the art so I can combine those passions,” Brock said.

Large crowds wandered through not only the approximately 260 quilts on display by guild members but also the merchants’ mall, vendor areas, and specialty sites including a display that outlines the quilts guild members make for premature babies.

New this year was bed turning, which proved to be a popular event with the limited seats in the heritage quilt room filling fast. Guild members removed a selection of vintage quilts from a bed, providing an explanation of each one’s known history.

The quilts in the heritage display dated as far back as the 1800s.

The quilters’ guild (fvqg.org) meets in Delta but uses the Langley recreation centre for its big show.

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(Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance) Maureen Walton and Mary-Lou Wightman spotlighted heritage quilts and more during the bed turning display Friday.

The Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild show Patchwork Nation is June 23 and 24, 2017. Members come from around the region.

The Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild show Patchwork Nation is June 23 and 24, 2017. Members come from around the region.

The Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild show Patchwork Nation is June 23 and 24, 2017. Members come from around the region.

The Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild show Patchwork Nation is June 23 and 24, 2017. Members come from around the region.

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