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QUILT SHOW AND SALE, Hall’s Harbour, NS, Sept 28 & 29, 2013



It hardly seems possible that what we started as an experiment so long ago has prospered and grown year by year to a two day show that has brought people from all over North America and from Europe too! Below are some pictures taken mainly at last year’s show, but one or two taken from  previous years too. All profits from commission on sales, free will offerings and bake table go to this lovely small heritage church and last year we cleared just over a thousand dollars. 


A photo of the lovely heritage church, dating from first settlement of the area – after a few years of worshipping in local homes, the church was built circa 1840 


The Sunday School/Fellowship room was built on about 25 years ago, providing a meeting room and washroom facilities. We sell smaller quilted items, knitwear, baked goods and quilters’ gently used items here, and have seating for enjoying chat, light refreshments and a little rest. The sale is staffed by myself, a couple of fellow quilters from the community and several members of the church who run the bake table, serve refreshments and talk about the history of the church and cemetery, and families in the harbour and surrounding area.  We are fortunate to have keen historians available during the show, as well as dedicated quiltmakers! 


Another view of the Fellowship Room, me watching a customer trying on one of the sweaters for sale last year. Her husband provided several of the photos used in this post – thanks. 


A still functioning and very ornate kerosene chandelier at the front of the church. Note too the beautifully handcrafted pews, painted and faux woodgrained with the original numbers. The beautiful wainscotting matches the pews and similar wainscotting is seen in some of the homes in the community that date to first settlement.  

The church also preserves the collection box which was sent along the pews on a stick by one of the church officers. Note the original wide plank floors under the carpet runner. The windows are unadorned by stained glass. 


An overview of the pews, covered in lovely quilts.  The Minister, Mike is checking one of them out. A wonderful assortment, mainly one of a kind, and there were several antique quilts and many vintage quilts  for sale too. Also quilts in all sizes from wallhanging, tabletopper, crib and youth bed quilts right up through twin, double/queen and king sized – something for everyone and at reasonable prices with 20% going to the church – a win/win situation. 


Mark your calendar now and be sure to attend, and hopefully show some quilts or consign us some of your unused quilting gizmos and goodies. We’re waiting to welcome you and you’ll have a wonderful day out among friendly people in an area of fabulous natural scenery. Visit us!!  

To find out more or arrange to enter your quilts and goodies, contact me 


Quilt Show: Quilts at the Harbour 13

an overview of this historic church during the 2009 show

885 West Hall’s Harbour Road,United Baptist Church, location of Quilts at the Harbour 13th Annual Show and Sale

I’ve noticed people are starting to search for information on the Quilt Show and Sale held each fall in Hall’s Harbour, so decided I’d better post on it in lots of time for people to start making plans to visit that weekend and/or exhibit their quilts.


 will be held on Saturday September 24 from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday September 25 from Noon until 5PM

at: Hall’s Harbour United Baptist Church, 885 West Hall’s Harbour Road at the corner of Sullivan Road

Admission by Free Will offering and refreshments are free. There is expected to be a bakesale as well and this is always a crowd pleaser!

For quilters, we always have a “gently used” table full of books, magazines, notions and loads of patterns and fabric – always very tempting!

We welcome quilters to exhibit their items either for sale or for viewing only and we welcome exhibitors from outside our immediate area – the more the merrier!!!

We are expecting lots of quilts and this year there will be some vintage and antique ones for sale as well some vintage embellished bedlinens, both North American and imported from France.

Quilters are already planning and working on quilts that will be on show, so it is expected to be an interesting weekend.

There is ample parking, bus tours are welcome, and the building is wheelchair accessible.

All donations at the door, and a 20% commision on all sales is given to the church and we are usually able to raise between $600 and $700 which helps to support and sustain this lovely small and historic church built in the 1840’s and actively serving the community to this day.

For more information on how to enter your quilts for the show, check my blog:

Hoping to see you in September at Quilts at the Harbour 13!!


Quilts at the Harbour 11 wrap up

Having kicked back for a couple of weeks or so I’ve finally gotten my figures pulled together. I want to thank Linda for her lovely comment about her trip up to Hall’s Harbour for the show – it reflects many comments received at the show by people who came from the Halifax Dartmouth area or from farther afield.

We raised about $750 for the church – our best so far, and also sold three full sized quilts and many smaller quilted items. The money raised will stay within our small community and the interest generated in our tourist destination area and in our local culture, reflects the win/win situation of practicing sustainable rural development.

I want to remind everyone that we will be holding a one day show on Friday July 1, 2010 called Celebrate Canada! in conjunction with the many Canada Day events in the community, and as usual, our two day Quilts at the Harbour 12 Show and Sale will take place on Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25, 2010 both shows at the United Baptist Church on West Hall’s Harbour Road. Check out for more details and regular updates.

Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia – Quilts at the Harbour Show and Sale is this weekend!!

Time to remind everyone that our 11th Annual Quilts at the Harbour Show and Sale will be this weekend. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. There’s something for everyone. The weather this time of year is usually really great and there are other events in the area this weekend too – like the Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville and lots of Pick your Own and Farmer’s Markets displaying all the luscious goodies of harvest season. Just yesterday at a fruit stand I saw a farm wagon full of containers of sunflowers just ready for you to take home – so lovely and so French looking!!! Would be ideal for my tall French granite ware pitcher! Must pick some up!
But I’m wandering…. back to the Quilt show.
There will be a bake table this year and if it’s anything like previous years there will be home garden overflow, pickles, jams and jellies as well as yummy baked goods.
A gently used table will be holding piles of needlework and quilting magazines, books, patterns and excess fabrics from local quilters’ stashes. All at remarkably affordable prices and of course no tax on anything sold.
There will likely be some small gift-type items and of course, we are welcoming back many quilters who display regularly with this show, all with new work for you to see.
Refreshments: tea or coffee, sweets and sandwiches and maybe muffins will be free and it’s so nice to sit and sip a cup of something warm and have a nibble while chatting to friends both old and new.
We accept both cash and personal cheques for purchases and want you to know that 20% commission from the sales made will go to the church as well as your free will offering for the opportunity to view. We usually make around $600 or $700 from the sale and this is a significant amount in this tiny community.
I don’t need to remind previous yrears’ visitors that this little heritage church with it’s original ca.1840’s church furnishings shows to quilts to perfection – be sure to bring your cameras and also take a look at the lovely burial grounds and talk to one of the church deacons (who will be manning the bake table) who will give you facts about the congregation’s history.
WHEN: Saturday September 26 10AM – 5PM
Sunday September 27 Noon – 5PM
WHERE: Hall’s Harbour United Baptist Church, West Hall’s Harbour Road at
Sullivan Road – map included on this post
WHAT: Quilt Show, bake sale, quilters’ gently used table and opportunity to
view this fine old heritage church


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