Quilting is what binds together guild members

Quilters are nothing if not creative. While there are some traditional techniques, nothing is off-limits at the Langley Quilters’ Guild biennial Quilt Show.

Dubbed, The Threads that Bind Us, the show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the George Preston Recreation Centre at 20699 42nd Ave. Admission is $5.

Among the interesting displays of more than 275 quilts will be something known as Fibrescapes, a feature exhibit from the Fibre Art Network (FAN).

FAN is a cooperative of Western Canadian fibre artists who use fabric in a variety of ways and 22 of the coop members will be featured at the quilting show.

Also look for the slice quilt named A Slice of Langley that was created by eight quilt artists: Barbara Bettles, Penny Chan-Kent, Barbara Connolly, Nora Fursevich, Carol Hamilton, Pat Hopkins, Lana Kettley, and Deb Plett.

According to Jan Cox, a representative of the quilt show, the slice quilt was inspired by another member’s photograph.

“Eight enthusiastic members of the Langley Quilters’ Guild created this quilt inspired by member Karen Johnson’s photograph of her Cinderella quilt draped over the fence of a much photographed farm located in Langley at the corner of Telegraph Trail and Glover Road,” said Cox.

“In the fall of 2013, they made the decision to enlarge the photo and divide or ‘slice’ it vertically into eight sections,” she said. “Each quilter took a section and reinvented the slice by using their own techniques and fabric. Just recently completed, the eight panels will be hung side by side to recreate the entire photograph in an unusual and unique way.”

Another creation, by Debra Sanderson, called Roses by the Cabin, is the raffle quilt for this year’s show. The queen size quilt took Sanderson a year to complete.

Usual show favourites will also be on site such as a merchant mall with 15 exhibitors, tea room, gift shop, quilt challenge, and a wide range of art and traditional quilts.

There is plenty of parking at the George Preston Recreation Centre and the show is wheelchair accessible.

Find out more details at www.langleyquiltersguild.com.

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