SAQA Atlantic memberReBecca Paterson presented the SAQA Atlantic Trunk Show to several groups early this year. First was the Sussex Artist Co-op where though the crowd was small in attendance, those who attended showed much interest and had many questions about the pieces.
Next ReBecca took the show to the Bloomfield Quilters and Guest (pictured) where she was pleasantly surprised at the attendance and the interest. In her presentation she focused on how
the pieces in the trunk show were art, but that the quilters viewing them should not be intimated. ReBecca found that pointing out the different techniques drew out even more questions.
The third showing was for the Sussex Vale Quilt Guild with another strong attendance and even some interest expressed in purchasing a print, card or an individual piece.
Below is a thank you email ReBecca received from one of the guests that she wanted to share with the members to let them know that their work was very much appreciated.
“ReBecca -That trunk show that you presented at the Bloomfield Hall a week ago was a more impressive endeavour than I had expected. Whoever conceived of the idea, put it together and arranged to have you deliver it gave us a real gift. -It seems to me, and to some of the others who attended that this was an exceptional public service. We really appreciated the opportunity to see the works up close in a non-threatening environment among similarly minded women.Your own comments and explanations were clear, warm and helped open the pieces to us. Thanks so much for the opportunity and for your own efforts on our behalf.”
The following is an excerpt from the SAQA Central Canada Blog:
Over 40,000 items have been donated to the Acadian museum located at the
University of Moncton. The Museum Director wrote Paul to advise that the Museum would be sharing an exhibit of 100 selected items that had been donated to them between years 2003-2013. Paul's notable and very special quilt was selected.
The exhibit which is named "Acquisitions 10, 2001-2013" ends on June 29th.
Paul wanted to make a quilt to honor the families who had founded Acadia. From the over 800 families who came to Acadia, he selected 305 names include in the quilt. Paul designed his quilt in a crossword puzzle layout to show how, over the centuries, families are linked by marriage, their communities or by events. He named the quilt "Nos aïeuls" (our Ancestors).
The quilt which measures 8.5 feet by 15.5 feet and has needed over 25,000 meters of thread to complete was donated to the museum in May 2012.
Laurie Swim’s 2014 Workshops-Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The Mooring 14”h x 20”w Laurie Swim 2013
Laurie will be holding two 5-day workshops in Lunenburg,
August 18-22 and September 15-19, 2014
each limited to ten participants.
From Start to Finish will cover the many approaches and techniques used in Laurie’s own work.
Participants will start with a landscape of their own choice. Laurie will demonstrate many processes. Each student will be encouraged to add her own or his own interpretation to make an original work of art. Finishing and hanging will be covered as well.
The fee is $600.00 plus HST. Ten participants per workshop only.
If you wish to rent a machine, the cost will be $125.00 for the 5 days.
Last evening Nancy Elaschuk and I presented the SAQA Atlantic Trunk Show to members of the Greater Moncton Quilt Guild at the monthly May meeting. The trunk show received a very favourable response and we hope everyone was inspired by the wealth of talent exhibited. Along with hearing many, many positive remarks, we also hope we may have attracted several new members to SAQA! I would like to extend a warm welcome to the GMQG members who visit this blog and invite them to explore past posts and read more about the fibre artists and projects that we touched on last evening. As well, please take a little time to delve further into the blogs and websites displayed on the sidebar and learn even more about the individual artists. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nancy or me. Our contact info is included in our blogs which are listed on the sidebar. Or, just leave a comment and I will get back to you asap. Again, welcome to the GMQG and as well, to all who visit the SAQA Atlantic blog. We appreciate your interest! Thank you, Jennifer
Iron in the Blood (Ghost Train) is a tribute to the railroads that held Canada together as a nation, and the many men who built and maintained them. The background is rust dyed and discharge dyed. Free motion quilted, ink and pencil drawing, hand embroidery. The invoice copy from the Intercolonial Railway, which ran from Montreal through the Maritimes prior to 1921, shows "1 sewing machine" sent from Saint John to Sussex in 1885. The layout of a steam engine yard with turntable (to turn the engines around) is stitched in the upper left. Because the telegraph was essential to railways, the title, date and signature are embroidered in Morse code.
The engine is CPR no. 29, one of the oldest steam engines in Canada, which ran on the Minto-Chipman line in NB for many years. It then went to the Salem and Hillsborough Railway museum and now stands in front of the CPR headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The hanging won Best in Show at the Marco Polo Guild show in Saint John, NB in 2013.
The SAQA Atlantic Trunk Show was recently on display at the 7th bi-annual New Brunswick Gathering of the Guilds. The Gathering of the Guilds is an weekend retreat for representatives of the 19 quilt guilds that meet within the NB borders. The weekend includes displays, round table discussions and the opportunity to share ideas, projects, ways and means of building guilds and promoting the fibre arts.
Within the scope of the weekend, the trunk show was set up for Gathering participants to view and guilds were encouraged to book the trunk show for their home guilds. When the retreat packed up on Sunday, the show left with members of the Fredericton Quilt Guild to be shown at their guild meeting.
Bookings are still available. Contact Nancy Elaschuk at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.