Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Guild Meetting last night

Last night at our guild meeting the speaker was one of the original founding members of our guild - Gail Hunt. Gail has gone on to write a few books and I have one of her books. I think it was one of the first big "hard cover" quilting books that I ever bought. I was quite pleased to read in our newsletter she was coming to speak. I got her to sign my copy of the book.

This hand dyed piece is one from her collection of quilts featuring each Province and Territory in Canada. This one is Nunavut.

Gail is now teaching and does some beautiful work - lots of hand dyed fabric and special surface designs. She can be found through The Fibre Art Network of Western Canada.

Lots of thread work and pictures. She has had her quilts shown in many shows and magazines and has won a bunch of awards.

This is Saskatchewan -- lots of thread work in this one.

I bought the book "Quiltworks across Canada" when it first came out in about 1998 or so.
Gail packed up her family - husband, 4 kids and a dog into an RV and spent a summer traveling across Canada where Gail met with quilters from each province and interviewed them - got a workshop from them and pictures of their work. It is a wonderful book. Every so often I bring it out and look it over again.

This is one of the workshops in the book. I really would like to try this one - it is so beautiful - but you know me -- it's on the list. The workshop is by Carol Galloway from Manitoba - and the difficulty is advanced! But the instructions are very clear and well laid out with great pictures. So maybe one day!

Look at some of the pictures in the book. Canadian quilters.

This is a collection of quilts by Win Burry in Ontario.

It was certainly great to meet Gail Hunt and get my book signed.

On the renovation front - things are starting to get going. The designer guy gave us some plans the other night and the contractor is hoping to start in about 10 days. And Jim thinks the front entry way needs to be re-designed and a new entry built outside of the house in the front porch area. I think Jim might have won the lottery and not told me!! Anyway he has now asked the designer guy to give him some drawing for a new entry!! But the kitchen plans that have been drawn up look good and I am happy with the design. Who knows what tomorrow brings!


  1. Beautiful quilts and a fun guild gathering. Would be nice to have a class with Gail. A very talented lady.

    Sounds like Jim has a good case of "while we are at it" syndrome, lol, you will have a new house when he gets done tweaking the plan. Sounds interesting!

  2. Lovely work, these are real treasures, the needle work and the different scenes are works of art.

  3. I have also gone through Gail's book many, many times and dreamed about making some of those projects. You were very lucky to have listened to her in person!

  4. Gorgeous quilts! Amazing woman! What a lucky gal you were! Cheers!

  5. Pam,
    I had the privelege of seeing Gail speak at a Guild meeting a few years ago. I have regretted not buying her book when I had the chance. I do borrow it periodically from the local library. She did such lovely work and it was such an interesting project that forms the basis of the her book. I liked the Canadiana part of it too.

    Speaking of projects- it looks like you have embarked on a great renovation. I am sure you will love it when it is completed- Hang in there-- keep telling yourself that it will be worth it when the mess starts to get to you.