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The local quilt guild celebrates 25 plus years of activity within the town of Drayton Valley.  Over the years many members have come and gone and some life long friendships have been made.  The Hearts & Hands Quilter’s Guild currently has 48 members and a handful of youth members as well.

The Hearts & Hands Quilter’s Guild has a philanthropic objective to support individuals and communities during transitional periods through our quilting. Members work on a variety of projects creating quilts, quilt tops and blocks, providing supplies for other groups and their own missions.  The guild supports a variety of individuals and organizations including Drayton Valley Community Health Centre, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre (Hemodialysis/Cancer/ Continuing Care), Slave Lake, Fort McMurray and BC fire victims and most recently Quilts for Humboldt.

This year the guild celebrated the craft of quilting with their biennial “Pieces to Masterpieces” Quilt Show on April 20-21 at the MacKenzie Centre in Drayton Valley.  The ball room was alive with a huge display of quilts artfully showcased.  Entries by seasoned quilters, first time quilters, and youth quilters were on display.  Attendance exceeded 600 visitors who were greeted by some of the best quilting vendors in the area with the most current fabrics and notions that were the envy of every quilter.  While in attendance, folks could enjoy a bite to eat and browse our guild boutique that had many locally made items for purchase.  Our Viewer’s Choice Winner was Gloria Jouan with her very large quilt called My Stars.  Second was Kathy Klein with Justin Pixilated and Third was Linda Oscar with her Gypsy Wife entry.

Our guild meets once a month and during those meetings a bit of business is conducted, generally there are short demonstrations and a show and share of projects made.  Our Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers will take place in May followed by a lovely dinner at a local cafe in June to conclude our final meeting of the year.  Many of our members will spend a part of their summer travelling and camping.  Regular meetings will resume in September.  However, members are still encouraged to bring their projects and work on them during the Wednesday Drop In.  It is a great time to work and chat.  The guild encourages and welcomes new members!