File Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff- Preparations for a previous Central Alberta Quilters Guild Show.

Quilters to gather in Red Deer

2017 Central Alberta Quilters Guild Show

Quilters will be showing off their designs at the 26th annual Central Alberta Quilters Guild Show at Westerner Park on Friday and Saturday.

Lucy Owens, show committee member, said on Thursday the 236 entries will be set up for the show and judged so by the time the doors open on Friday visitors will be able to see which quilts are taking home ribbons.

“When you see what people have the ability to do it’s really quite remarkable. There are people who are very artistic,” Owens said on Wednesday.

She said instead of painting some people use fabric to create.

Last year there were no entries in the under 16 youth category and this year there are six. There’s also more young adults getting involved in the craft, she said.

“It’s just expanded.”

Central Alberta Quilters Guild stretches south to Linden, north to Breton, and east and west to Alberta’s border.

She said the show is open to entries from quilters from Central Alberta only. Central Alberta Quilters Guild has about 100 members. Some Central Alberta communities also have their own guilds.

The long running show attracts about 1,000 visitors daily from Central Alberta and beyond, Owens said.

“Sometimes they come from Calgary, Edmonton. They come by bus.”

The show’s Merchants Mall will include 38 vendors selling quilting supplies and equipment.

The 2017 guild show at Parkland Pavilion runs Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 each for adults and $2 for children under 6.

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