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Quilts get a Warm Reception at Black Creek Pioneer Village


(Toronto-July 20, 2012) - On Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29, 'Quilts at the Creek' will be taking place at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The event will include quilting demonstrations by historical interpreters, over 100 contemporary handmade quilts displayed throughout the Village, and a Quilters' Marketplace where visitors can purchase everything from fully completed quilts and sewing machines, to quilting fabrics, patterns and threads.

As part of the event, visitors will have the opportunity to preview handmade quilts that will be auctioned off on September 15 as part of the 56th Annual Pioneer Festival. The sale raises funds for the Mennonite Central Committee in support of their worldwide relief efforts. This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to view the quilts before they go to auction in September.

The event will also feature Certified Professional Quilt Appraiser Rosalie I. Tennison, who will be making two special presentations during the event, discussing the Steele's textile, a unique masterpiece in the museum collection, and describing methods for the identification and care of vintage textiles. Ms. Tennison will also be providing quilt appraisals by appointment during the event. Appraisals must be pre-booked and include a written document that describes the key features of the quilt as well as an up-to-date value.

Featured in the gallery located in the Visitor's Centre, is the 'Timeless Textiles: Three Families and their Quilts' exhibit where visitors can view rarely seen 19th and 20th century quilts that were donated to Black Creek Pioneer Village by families whose ancestors once lived and worked in the local area. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of local families in historic Ontario, and their ties to the origins of Black Creek Pioneer Village. Timeless Textiles will be on exhibit to the general public until November 30, 2012.

'Quilts at the Creek' is hosted by Black Creek Pioneer Village and York Heritage Quilters Guild to inform, entertain and educate the public on an important textile tradition and its importance to Canada, both today and in the past.
Dates: July 28 and 29, 2012

Times: 11 AM - 5 PM
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto


Admission to 'Quilts at the Creek' is included with general Village Admission - $15 for adults, $11 for children, and $14 for seniors and students. Quilt appraisals are $65, or $50 with membership and must be pre-booked. To book a quilt appraisal, please contact Black Creek Pioneer Village customer service at 416-667-6295, or


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About Black Creek Pioneer Village


Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit


Media Contacts


David Svaluto, Toronto and Region Conservation 416-660-0638;

Rowena Calpito, Toronto and Region Conservation 416.661.6600 ext 5632;