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Pieces of Magic quilt show a hit with both quilters and non-quilters alike

By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Cambridge resident Elizabeth Straus admires quilt entitled In Full Bloom at the Pieces of Magic show in Ingersoll Friday. (HEATHER RIVERS, Sentinel-Review)

Cambridge resident Elizabeth Straus admires quilt entitled In Full Bloom at the Pieces of Magic show in Ingersoll Friday. (HEATHER RIVERS, Sentinel-Review)

Melbourne resident Clara Carruthers and her niece Dolena Hathaway Hurst stopped by Ingersoll Friday as part of a daylong cultural adventure that spirited them across the region.

Originally they had planned to visit the Ottawa tulip festival, but rain and snow forced them to rethink their plans and instead decided to take in Clovermead, the Green Frog Tearoom, as well as a performance by John McDermott to finish the day.

In the midst of their activities they could be found at the Pieces of Magic quilt show admiring the works of local artists.

“It’s absolutely beautiful, the work is unbelievable,” Hathaway Hurst said of the two hundred and fifty colourful quilts displayed in Ingersoll from Thursday to Saturday as part of the biennial event. “The quilts are displayed to perfection — it’s absolutely beautifully done.”

Hosted by the Oxford Quilters Guild, which is part of the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, the event features quilts made in the last two years and visitors can vote for their favourite.

Avid quilter and Cambridge resident Elizabeth Straus could also be found wandering through the Pieces of Magic quilt show in Ingersoll Friday.

“I try to support as many quilt shows as I can,” she said. “I steal ideas.”

Strauss, a former professional opera singer who belongs to the Busy Hands Quilters Guild in Cambridge, as well as a quilting guild in Florida, said she loves to work on her quilts almost every day.

For her it’s easy to do and very satisfying.

“All you have to know (to make a quilt) is how to sew a straight seam,” she said. “It’s amazing how you get addicted. And when you finish a product, you have a functional art piece.”

Admirers of the show also included a couple of ladies who had never sewed a quilt in their lives.

“But we can appreciate the work that has gone into them,” explained Jane Hill of Oakville.

Pieces of Magic, at the Ingersoll Memorial Arena, closes Saturday at 4 p.m.

HRivers@postmedia.com