Saturday, September 1, 2007

Quilt of Belonging


On our way home yesterday, we stopped at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) to see the Quilt of Belonging. My husband did the forbidden without realizing he wasn't supposed to... he took photographs.

I bought the book. I'm still in a dazed state. This project is described at the Glenbow website: “
The
Quilt of Belonging stretches a monumental 120 feet in length and almost 11 feet high (36 metres by 3.5 metres). This tapestry features 263 blocks of fabric that represent all of Canada's First Peoples and every world nation. The wide range of designs, techniques and materials found in the needlework blocks highlight the dream of making a place for all people in Canada. Visual artist Esther Bryan initiated and coordinated this national, community art project. Experience this stunning artwork in person at Glenbow.”

I'll post our photo, but go to the Glenbow site to find out more. The exhibit is in Calgary until the end of this month. It is utterly breath-taking, and made me rejoice in being a Canadian who also quilts.

4 comments:

joyce said...

I really, really want to see that quilt. One of the blocks was made or worked on by our local quilt store owner. She is mentioned in the book as being one of the helpers. The book is in our local library but I really want to see the real thing. I heard that it will be travelling and i really hope it comes to Winnipeg.

LC said...

Check the Glenbow website (link on my post). I seem to recall seeing something about where the quilt goes next. It could have been in the museum but I don't think so. It is really worth a good long look. Incredible!

Rose Marie said...

I've seen it and the quilt truly is awesome!

jovaliquilts said...

I have read about this quilt and been to the website -- I am going to have to make a point of seeing it. Just amazing!