I was surprised to discover how many of my friends are or have become quilters – including, in a blow for equality, a few men of my acquaintance. I’ve been told it’s a relaxing if eventually obsessive hobby/occupation. Though it is not a hobby I can see myself having either the patience or dexterity for I am more than appreciative of the finished results. At the end of September there was a great opportunity to appreciate the glorious results of the work and artistry of Island quilters.
There were so many beautiful pieces on display and I took a goodly number of photos of some that I found particularly interesting. Unfortunately in some cases I didn’t get the name of the quilt or the artist that created it and for that I apologize but where that information was captured I’ve included it in the captions.
With the celebration of Canada’s 150th year as a Confederation it was not surprising to see several quilts that commemorate that anniversary.
Many patterns for quilts go back centuries – we know that Ulysses convinces Penelope of his identity by describing the counterpane or quilt on their wedding bed. I’m sure none of quilts on display went back that far but many of the patterns were traditional however each bore the mark of the individual quilter or quilters.
Though some of the quilts were for sale many were unavailable as they had links to family or friends and special occasions. There is still a strong tradition here of wedding, newborn, and anniversary quilts as gifts.
And though the ubiquitous Anne of Green Gables is often joked about there is a great deal of pride in and love for Lucy Maud Montgomery here on the Island. This is beautifully illustrated in this lovely quilt which was my hands-down favourite amongst so many beautiful creations in the exhibition.
I am hoping to do an extended post on this beautiful quilt with close ups and details as well as the story behind it – I was told it has travelled to Japan and back. However I wish to contact Mrs Zakem for information as well a permission to write about her work.
On this day in 1784: Russia founds a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.