June 30, 2014 · 7:14 am
I’m wrapping up my Canada quilt series with shots of quilt details that caught my eye. The first set of photos are from the government sponsored art project.
Photos in the next set were taken at Abstracted (FAN) and the invitational show for teachers, lecturers, organizers, etc. I was lax about getting all the makers’ names.
The next photos show blocks from the group African-themed quilt created for the 2015 Mennonite relief sale in New Hamburg, Canada.
If the Quilt Canada 2014 organizers ever post photos of all 150 plus quilts in the show I’ll alert you about the link. In the meantime, here’s a link to photos Luana Rubin took at the show. This ends my Canadian journey. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.
June 20, 2014 · 7:17 am
A side benefit of attending a big quilt show is “meeting” new quilters through their work on display. This is how I met Terry Aske, a Canadian art quilter, who was juried into Quilt Canada 2014. Of course I checked out her blog when I got home, and found a post that offered a refinement of a quilt facing technique. I do love it when quilting bloggers share helpful tips. It’s the sharing that helps make the quilting community so special.
More and more of my quilts lend themselves to a facing rather than a binding, so I plan to try Terry’s method on the next quilt I need to face. If it works, I’ll add it to my tutorials page.
Here’s her Shades of Gray, that won second place in the modern quilt category at Quilt Canada. Ironically, it’s bound, not faced.
If you’re reading this post and you don’t quilt, I understand why you might think that it’s best to face a quilt looking forward, and wonder why you’d need a tutorial to do that.
June 17, 2014 · 7:30 am
Do give serious consideration to attending a Canadian quilt show. I just got back from Quilt Canada 2014 where I was amazed at the quality and variety of quilts shown at that juried show. And the organizers (the Canadian Quilters’ Association) included other shows at the same location so you could take in art quilts (Fibre Arts Network), modern quilts, feed sack quilts, and a local guild show as well. Oh, I forgot the exhibit of quilts made by the show’s judges, organizers, workshop teachers, and lecturers.
I can’t show you photos from the juried show as photography wasn’t allowed. I did find a site that lists show winners with photos. Even with the closeups you can’t really get a sense of the attention to detail in the quilts. However, I’ll be showing quilts from some of the other shows in upcoming posts. Here’s a photo of the garden at the B & B we stayed at. The rest of the garden covered over an acre.
The icing on the cake was a last minute trip to a local government office building to view a specially commissioned set of art quilts that highlight the natural wonders of the Niagara region. My friend and I would never have known about it if Nina Stahlschmidt, a feed sack quilt expert we chanced upon, hadn’t clued us in.
I’m both energized and humbled by all the work I saw.