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Sunset Country Quilters Guild planning big show in Spring

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.


Dryden and area’s Sunset Country Quilters Guild’s Quilt Show is one of the region’s most popular, and its members are proudly responsible for hosting one of the largest events of its kind, drawing hundreds of springtime visitors to the two-day event. To be recognized as a major event is the direct result of the collaborative efforts of several Guild members, local businesses, and many volunteers. Dryden’s 2014 spring Quilt Show will be on April 26 and 27, and the theme for this year’s show will be “Christmas”.

Quilting, sewing, and needle arts enthusiasts love to view the stunning locally made quilts, wall hangings, wearables and gift items, many of which are available for purchase, and see them as pieces of inspiration and motivation to complete personal projects. This is not a juried show, but a viewing only show, although the public is invited to vote anonymously for their favourite item to receive the annual Viewer’s Choice Award. You will be in awe at the variety and types of quilts on display. The expertise in design and craftsmanship is amazing, and you have probably never before seen some of these techniques and materials used in a quilt.

A variety of local and regional vendors will offer new products, advice, and tips and trends, along with the friendly service typically found at quilt shows. Open workshops and regionally recognized speakers have always been a big draw, along with the opportunity to mix ‘n mingle and exchange creative ideas. Register early!

Plus, of course, visiting out-of-towners enjoy the selection of shopping opportunities that Dryden provides. One way that a Quilt Show generates economic revenue for the area is through the overnight bus groups, or vehicles crammed full of happy quilters, that visit leaving thousands of dollars in the Dryden and area economy. These dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, gas, services and entertainment.

Perhaps you will consider dropping in to Dryden’s spring Quilt Show 2014, or maybe you are thinking about entering your quilt, wall hanging, or a garment. If so, now’s the time to get started on it! Entries from the public are welcomed and encouraged.

See you at the Quilt Show.

For more Quilt Show details and to register your quilted item visit, or for information about the Sunset Country Quilters Association visit


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