Saturday, December 17, 2011

Quilters draw a winner

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Colleen Cyr and
Virginia Delinte

T. Lucas photo
     December 16th was set for the date for the long awaited Prairie n' Peaks Quilt draw. The draw was held at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.  The Pincher Creek Quilt Group donated the queen-sized hand-stitched log cabin quilt before the Prairie n Peaks Quilt Festival began in June of this year.  The festival was held at various locations in Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass.

     Three members of the quilt group as well as president of the Pincher Creek Historical Society, Colleen Cyr were on hand for the draw,  President Virginia Delinte did the honours and drew the names.

Virginia Delinte, Joyce Wallin, and Marion
McGarva of the Pincher Creek Quilt Group

T. Lucas photo

     Delinte said that the quilt group currently has around 20 members and is always open to new members.  They meet on the third Thursday of every month in the Foothills Church Basement at 12:15 pm, and at various locations on other Thursdays.  The projects that they work on are all hand stitched, and the group is currently working on a Friendship Star pattern.  Once completed the quilts are often donated to other worthy causes in the area, to be used or raffled off.  There is one of their works up at the Pincher Creek Hospital that will be donated to the baby born closest to Christmas.

Grand Prize winner Donna Shank
C. Davis photo

     Donna Shank of Lethbridge is the winner of the quilt.  She drove down the same day to pick it up.  Shank is a member of the West Side Busy Hands in Lethbridge, a group that also makes quilts for worthy causes.  Their group has donated to Harbour House YMCA Women's Shelter, for Foster Kids, and to victims of the Slave Lake disaster.  When asked what she would do with this one, as she is used to giving away quilts, she said "I have never won anything before.  This one is mine, and it will go on my bed."

     Grace Clarahan of Westlock Alberta won second place, the prize being the pieces of a beautiful quilt waiting to be made donated By Shaggy Dog designs.  Shaggy Dog is hosting Fiber Arts Week in Pincher Creek July 16 to 22, 2012.  To find out more information for that event visit  During that same week Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village will be hosting a textile display.

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Fibre Arts Week planned for next summer

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