The 2023 Visions show closed on March 26th. Thirty-three original art quilts were shown and over 1350 viewers visited the show. The guild received many positive comments about the show and the quality of the work displayed.
The winners of the Viewers Choice awards for the 2023 Visions show were recently announced. First place went to Jillian Roulet for her quilt of a dog called ‘Namaste’.
Jillian’s quilt was hand appliquéd and machine quilted. She provided the following information on her quilt.
“This quilt was partly done and marinating on a wall in my studio for a little while. Well, okay….since 2011! When trekking in Nepal I saw a lovely, clean, white, dog sitting in the entrance to a tea house. He looked like he was greeting all the people who passed by. I started this piece in a course by David Taylor of Colorado. I found the face a particular challenge, so the quilt was temporarily abandoned. I decided to tackle finishing the quilt for this Visions show. I have named the dog Namaste which is a greeting of respect in Nepal.”
Second place went to Lorie Jocius for her quilt entitled ‘For my Dad Who Abides Amongst the Stars’.
Lorie’s quilt is an original design, free motion quilted on a mid-arm machine using a variety of quilting materials and 3-D additions. Lorie provided the following information. “Years ago, I was working on a star quilt while caring for my ailing Father. When he died on January 29th, 2000, I mourned, placed a quilt square in his pocket, and then put away the pieces of that unfinished quilt. Twenty years to the day of his death, I accidentally found the pieces and decided to create a quilt in memory of all the joy, love, fun and moments of colour and courage that he gave to me. It now hangs over my bed and serves as a guiding star.
The next MCQG’s Visions Art Quilt Show is planned for March 2 – 24 2024, and will be held in the Canmore Art Guild gallery in Elevation Place. A show theme has not been chosen yet. Stay tuned for more information!