To not post about Quilt Canada and the many varied Traditional, Modern and Art quilts would do an injustice to the quilting community. You see quilting isn’t just about Traditional quilts, as we Modern Quilters know, but it’s about the diversity in quilting and the many techniques that are available.
Quilt Canada 2016 was a total showcase of the talent of many quilters from across Canada and boy did it have a Wow Factor to it. From the many Vendors, the National Juried Show, the Trend Tex Challenge and the Toronto Modern Quilters Guild, too. As one woman said while sitting outside ” My brain needed a rest because it’s swirling with all of the fabric, material and ideas that I have seen. My brain is on overload right now “. And to a quilter this is information overload!! I truly do believe that quilters think differently than other people. We have a creative side that sees the work, the toil, the time, the planning, the satisfaction of sitting back and looking at a project and having that utter feeling of happiness when a work of art has been created because that is what we all do. We create works of art.. No we are not all Van Gogh’s but it was made by our hand and our imagination. There is no better feeling of pride than thinking to yourself ” Wow, I made that” ! And to have your work appreciated is what it’s all about.
One thing I personally noticed is how Quilt Canada has changed. At Quilt Canada 2014, which St Catharines Brock University hosted, I recall a lot more traditional quilts. Traditional in the NJS and also that the vendors displayed, the patterns that were available and even in the fabric that was sold. Quilt Canada 2016 had so many Modern fabrics and quilts and patterns. If you noticed even Quilt Canada, other than their Logo, had the design of a Modern Quilt in all of their advertising and displays. I felt that the NJS was more Modern and Art Quilts than it has ever been and it was astounding to see. I counted perhaps 4 “Traditional” quilts and all the rest were Modern/Art quilts. Perhaps it is true that Modern Quilting is slowly taking over the quilting world because a Modern Quilt is never made “wrong” there are always ways to change how a quilt looks and to add dimension and individuality to it. That’s the word Individuality! and really isn’t that what life is all about. The individual interpretation that we all see in a Work of Art!
Kudos go out to Jackie White, shown in one of the pictures below, as she is a driving force in the CQA. She is a past president, from Manitoulin Island – my birthplace so I am a bit biased lol, and she did mini tours within the Nation Juried Show that gave you a feeling for many of the quilts. She explained the method some quilters use, their technique, the time it took for some – she said she asked one quilter how long it took to quilt and the reply was ” lay a hand on the quilt” so Jackie did this, and the reply was ” that is how much quilting I would get done in one day “.
If you didn’t get to Quilt Canada 2016 I surely hope you do next year – same place, same time and same location – then these pictures will give you some thought for going next year!
What do you think of the quilts?