The 2015 Grand National Quilt Show is at the Joseph Schneider Haus on now till Sept. 27. The new exhibit, at this national historic site, features a stunning, collection of quilts created by Canadian quilt and fibre artists from coast to coast.
Inaugurated in 2003, The Grand National, now a biennial invitational show, challenges needleworkers to quilt a work of art that artistically addresses a particular theme. For the 2015 exhibition, it was “Connections” that got the creative juices flowing in quilting studios coast–to–coast.
Susan Burke, curator of the show, remarked that “Visitors will undoubtedly be charmed by the visual feast these colourful works present and certainly they’ll be moved by the thought–provoking interpretive ‘spin’ the quilters have given the “Connections” concept. Many quilters, for example, have demonstrated in their work how the needle can stitch memories together connecting generations past and present……others have expressed visually, strong connections to the natural Canadian landscape. The most adventuresome have ventured beyond the predictable, envisioning intangible connectors such as our DNA along with literature, music and poetry that traditionally have bridged generations, nations and cultures.”
Janome was proud to sponsor the Award for Excellence to Margie Davidson, from Edmonton, AB., for her quilt, Not Everyone has a House.
And I was proud to present it, though Margie was not there, many of her quilt friends were. Margie won the Janome Memory Craft 8200QC, complete with all the feet she’ll need for quilting! Congratulations!
On your travels this summer, I hope you are able to drop by the museum and see Margie’s quilt as well as the others. I don’t know how they decide! They are all amazing works of art! While you’re there, cast your vote for the Viewer’s choice award, also sponsored by Janome. The winner will receive a Jem Platinum 720. A great portable machine to take on their travels. Good luck everyone!
Happy Quilting! Linda P.