Family Treasures and Talent

26 Apr
Quilting products and accessories for sale.

Quilting products and accessories for sale.

By Diva Trista Russell

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Bach Festival Heritage Quilt Exhibit was held a couple of  weeks ago in Exeter. They had visitors from London, Kitchener, Grand Bend, Goderich, Stratford, and many other towns and cities.

I have to admit that quilts have never been a great interest of mine, yet I was quite impressed at the intricate detail and talent it takes to create a quilt. Like works of art, each quilt had its own unique design. What was even more impressive was the heritage and stories behind each quilt, with some over 200 years old. I even found a quilt that had a connection to my own family!

Photos aren’t normally allowed to be taken at the Quilt Exhibit, as they want to encourage people to come out and view the quilts in person, so lucky readers of the Travel Divas blog get an exclusive peek. You can also find more photos on the Bach Music Festival’s website.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit this year, you can order a CD slideshow of the 2013 Quilt Exhibit. The tea room offers a variety choices for lunch, including my favourite: homemade pie. I was able to enjoy lunch in the tea room while watching the slideshow on TV…what a great idea!

This quilt originated during a fundraising campaign for the Exeter United Church. Men in the church were challenged to donate a tie and then the women in the church put the pattern together. This quilt hangs in the church sanctuary.

This quilt originated during a fundraising campaign for the Exeter United Church. Men in the church were challenged to donate a tie and then the women in the church put the pattern together. This quilt hangs in the church sanctuary.

The Quilt Exhibit is a fundraiser for the Bach Festival of Canada being held in South Huron on July 14-20, 2013.

Bach Music Festival of Canada
264 Main St, P.O. Box 253
Exeter, ON N0M 1S6

Phone: 519 235-2565

This quilt is stitched with French knots and is over 100 years old. The knotting is a very intricate technique.

This quilt is stitched with French knots and is over 100 years old. The knotting is a very intricate technique.

Part of the Bach Music Festival Team: Louise Fagan, Executive Director, and Jean Jacobe, Volunteer Coordinator.

This was the oldest quilt on display that I could find. It was made in 1795!!

This was the oldest quilt on display that I could find. It was made in 1795!!

Visitors viewing the items on display.

Visitors viewing the items on display.

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts!

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts!

People enjoying the Quilt Exhibit at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter.

People enjoying the Quilt Exhibit at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter.

This coverlet was made prior to 1851 and has been handed down through the generations.

This coverlet was made prior to 1851 and has been handed down through the generations.

This is a “crazy quilt” which refers to the crazy patchwork.

This is a “crazy quilt” which refers to the crazy patchwork.

This christening gown is 115 years old and is made for a three month old infant. This gown has been worn for four generations of one family, with plans to continue wearing this treasured keepsake for the fifth generation.

Not all quilts are traditional...B is for Bach!

Not all quilts are traditional…B is for Bach!

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One Response to “Family Treasures and Talent”

  1. Michele Haberer April 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Trista
    Great write up. Thank you for the great exposure.
    Michele Haberer – co- chair of the Heritage Quilt Exhibit

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