Tuesday, 2 September 2014

News Flash! News Flash!

We’ve just heard there’s a book being released Sept. 2, 2014 that features some of our Canadian quilters’ works.  The book, titled “500 Traditional Quilts” by Karey Patterson Bresenham, shows off several quilts from Beth Cameron (Mantioch/Ottawa ON), Kathy Wylie (Oshawa ON), Joan Dorsay (Ottawa ON), Judy Martin (Sheguiandah ON), Dawn Fox Cooper (Procter BC), Lawna L Collins (Kamloops BC) and the Marigold Appliquers of BC. What a wonderful collection of Canadian quilters! Some of these names I recognize as being entrants, and even winners, in our CQA/ACC National Juried Show - not surprising!

Beth is excited about her 2 quilts that are featured in this book.  She says:
The first one is called 'Shining Stars' from a pattern of the same name by Lydia Quigley. Mine was made with over 200 fabrics, all with metallic or fairy frosts. I am very good at the buying part.
The second one is My Kinda Town II.  It is my own design and all the houses have clever names. You probably saw it in the NJS in Halifax. It was also in the Grand National 2013. The original, which I call the night version, was in the Ontario Juried Show in 2005. I am currently working on Versions 3 and 4. My students keep giving me so many good ideas in my classes I have to make them into another version of the quilt! Version 3 will be a wall hanging, much more manageable size for students, and Version 4 will be a Christmas-themed one. I have created a pattern for this, the day version... I’m delighted to be a part of it!

Kathy Wylie has 3 quilts in this book as well - Flourish on the Vine, The Lord is My Shepherd and Instruments of Praise. She comments- It is truly an honour to be included in this compilation of 500 Traditional Quilts.
Looking up Dawn Fox Cooper on the internet, I found a “youtube video” of an interview with her on one of the sites where her quilt was entered. She has also been a winner of our NJS in 2009 for Excellence in Workmanship: Handquilting  - 1st place.

Judy Martin is part of Manitoulin Island Culture group, promoting her island, but also uses the plants to dye her fabrics in her works. See more about this on her website and  blog (judys-journal@blogspot.ca). Her quilts in the book are: Something More Magical Than It Ever Was (1991) and Flesh and Blood (2003). Read more about the book on Judy's blog

Never Again...Again - photo by Roland Dorsay
Joan Dorsay has already gotten her copy and is very pleased to see so many Canadian quilts in one book. The picture here is her contribution.

The Marigold Appliquers who are from BC are also featured in this book.

There is a travelling exhibition of the quilts from this book - one stop is Houston at the end of October and Beth just has to go to see “her babies”.

ps this book is available through www.amazon.ca for $16.95.

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