Every year, I take mom and my daughter Alessia for our annual visit to the QUILTS at the Creek, an exhibition of wonderful quilts put on by a group of dedicated quilters, spearheaded by Val Prideaux. Most quilts are supplied by members of several guilds including – York Heritage, Etobicoke, Yorkshire Rose, Mississauga, Durham. In addition, quilts were supplied by Quilts of Valour and the community quilters of the guilds.
It’s held at the Black Creek Pioneer Village – an open-air heritage museum in Toronto preserving the pioneer way of life. Houses, farms, artifacts and the pioneer lifestyle are brought to life. When the QUILTS at the Creek exhibit is on, the real life museum takes on a greater flair! The quilts are made by members of the CQA and hung along the roads, walk ways, fences and outsides the homes, churches and buildings. Like stepping in a different time and space with the added bonus of letting ourselves be inspired.
This Sunday mom and I didn’t get to quilt. Instead we took the opportunity to take the ‘day off’ and still do some ‘mental quilting’ – which I often refer to when talking about being inspired by the very gorgeous work of other quilters, admiring their skill and creativity.
This post will reflect a fraction of the quilts we saw there and my thoughts on the details of these quilts that really inspired us to think outside the quilt block.
Before I start however, I’d like mention that it was a sweltering day in the sun. The temperatures have been hitting record highs almost all summer and I didn’t get the strength to take down the names of the quilters. If you’re interested in a particular quilt, you need to contact the CQA for more information.
Needless to say all quilts exhibited there were extraordinary.
One of the first one that caught my eye is an art quilt, and I’m not over how random pieces of fabric are sewn together to create an artful image.
The next quilt is a picture of George Michael, you know the gorgeous singer we all love. If you’re very close to it, you can’t tell what’s what, but step away, the further the better, the image becomes clear! Go ahead – step away, far away, from the screen…
A wedding quilt made up of simple blocks, but the white blocks have written sentiments of friends and family that will keep this lucky couple wrapped in love always! How romantic.
I hope you enjoyed exploring the different ways to make a quilt block and really our imagination is the limit. Needless to say the rest of the quilts there were equally as stunning!
Explore all the quilting thoughts that walk across your mind and run with them!
See you next Sunday QUILTing, I’ll have pictures of the finished baby quilts as mom and I work double time to get them finished for the deadline!