Of Sandwiching, Blocking and Binding

… and the beautiful results thereof

A quire of quilts filled St Paul’s Anglican during the Stories in Stitches 2017 exhibition.

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.

GLORIOUS AND FREE – exhibited by Roberta Giddings  based on a pattern from Quilter on Fire in BC and the work of Blueberry Cove LongArm Quilting Studio in Cardigan. (A right click will reveal the patterned fabric under the maple leaf.)
THE COAT OF ARMS OF CANADA – a traditional patchwork piece by Robin Petty at Petty Quilt Junction.
REMEMBERING – a lovely tribute in hand quilting and appliqué by Brenda MacKinnon.

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.

DEAR JANE – this was hand quilted by Jean Steele and inspired by Jane Stickle’s American Civil War quilt from 1863.

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.

Again I did not get the name of the piece or the very talented quilter who created it.  The centre panel would appear to involve several techniques.  (A right click will bring it into close-up.)

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.

MAUD’S ALBUM – hand quilted by Edith Zakem who worked in appliqué, embellishment, silk ribbon and hand embroidery.

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.


Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

3 thoughts on “Of Sandwiching, Blocking and Binding”

  1. I love quilts..I want to do one soo bad..but ? maybe I can get the old ladies at senior center to all chip in make a quilt and sell it for money for meals on wheels? hmm.

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