We decided to hold a second quilt show during the year. As the space the church can offer is limited, the only way to increase the fundraising effort was to give this a try. We decided to call the show Celebrate Canada! Quilt Show and Sale and to integrate it with alol the other events held as Hall’s Harbour celebrates Canada Day. It brought in people all day long and when the dust settled we found we had sold more quilts than we usually do in two days during the fall show Quilts at the Harbour.
Twenty percent of all sales is held back from the venders as a donation to the church and we also collect a freewill donation. The combined total raised for the church was around $450.
There was the additional bonus of local exhibitors earning money which will be spent locally and will help to make the community more sustainable.
Here is one of the queen sized quilts that sold at the show. The quiltmaker is a senior lady who is clearly very proficient. She and her daughter come and show at Quilts at the Harbour regularly and we look forward to touching base with them each year. This year they also brought along another daughter’s lovely quilts and embroidered tote bags. Bonus!!!
Being a coastal community we have more than our share of nautically inspired quilts – this is my “Coastal Schooner, Blomidon” inspired of course by the trading and fishing schooners familiar here in the first half of the twentieth century, and also inspired by our local icon – Blomidon, which is seen referenced everywhere from stained glass church windows to sign painting.
We close with two visitors examining the other queen sized quilt that sold right after we opened for the day. It really heartened us to make a major sale that early in the day!!!
Don’t forget that Quilts at the Harbour 11 will take place on Saturday September 26, 2009 from 10AM until 6PM and again on Sunday September 27, 2009 from 12 until 5PM. I can’t believe we have been doing this for 11 years! Seems like yesterday we were feeling our way through planning the first show!!
See you there at the Hall’s Harbour United Baptist Church on the corner of West Hall’s Harbour and Sullivan Roads.