Oliver Quilters set to dazzle South Okanagan crowds

The 100-plus members of the Oliver Double “O” Quilters Guild will present their 11th show, Quilts and Beyond on April 15, 16 in the Oliver Community Hall.

The 100-plus members of the Oliver Double “O” Quilters Guild will present their 11th show, Quilts and Beyond on April 15, 16 in the Oliver Community Hall.

Organizers said it will be a dazzling display of more than 200 one-of-a-kind quilted and fabric art items that will fill the large gymnasium at the hall.

During the two-day event there will also be an ongoing quilting bee, door-prizes, guest quilters, a quilters’ challenge, a merchant’s mall and a silent auction of quality items made by Double “O” Quilters. Visitors will also have an opportunity to vote for Viewers Choice and for The Challenge quilt awards.

Guest quilters Kathie Kirby and Marion Saunders, who are recognized locally and nationally for their work, will be on hand during the show to discuss and answer questions about their projects.

Saunders, with 35 years of quilting experience, has been a member of the Double “O” Quilters since 1995. She enjoys handwork and is recognized for exceptional hand quilting, appliqué work and quilted miniatures. Her penchant for detail, precision and colour was recognized at the 2008 Quilt Show with the Viewers’ Choice award and the Canadian Quilter’s ribbon.

Kirby joined the Double “O” Quilters in 1989, served as president for two years and has been granted a lifetime membership for her 22 years of service.

Kirby recieved recognition at the Oliver Art show for her speciality, thread painting, a free-motion machine strategy used in creating pictorial fabric art. Quilts and Beyond organizers say Kirby has also been recognized both for her quilting expertise and her exceptional teaching ability.

In celebration of Arts and Culture Week, Oliver merchants and businesses will display quilts for the month of April. These quilts highlight the work of Double “O” members from the past 10 shows. Viewers interested in the Townscape Quilt Walk will find quilts and a Quilt Walk guide at the participating stores.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16.