The Capreol Needlework Club hosts the Capreol Quilt Show Saturday, Aug. 5 as part of Capreol Days.
The event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre (Fire Hall).
“This will be the first quilt show under the Capreol Needlework Club and will feature up to 60 quilts,” said Eileen Thompson.
“We have one quilt from Australia, one that was entered in the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in Toronto in the 1930s. We have crewel work, needlepoint, crocheting of Afghans, doilies and mitts on display. The event will have a door prize for a Canadian Rose quilt made by Dolly Jaworski, who was in her nineties at the time. We’ll even have a quilt on display if you’d like to try your hand at quilting.”
The Capreol Needlework Club is nearly 15 years old, and was originally started in the tea room at the museum, but soon outgrew the space.
Coulson Court hosted the club for 12 years, then the club moved to the Heritage Centre (fire hall) in 2019.
“Doesn’t seem that long, but time rolls around,” Thompson said. “The highest number of quilters at one time were 20. We meet every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. I had taught many years, and was asked constantly ‘When are we going to have a quilting class in Capreol?’ It was born out of necessity, I think, to accommodate young quilters at that time.”
Communities from Capreol and the Valley support the club with their leftover wool and material so that they can make items for Newborn Food Bank babies, Falconbridge Extendicare, and Kids with Cancer.
“Of all the things people talk about the club, it’s the friendships,” said Virginia Langis.
“It’s therapeutic. Everybody looks forward to coming down here and sharing what they’ve done for the week and learning new techniques. I am also very, very proud of what they’re doing for other people.”