For our April meeting, we welcomed Judy Villett. I thought her talk beautifully paced and entertaining, and with a clear theme of ‘place’ carrying through in her work. She had me with the first quilt shown, from when she lived in Edmonton: tire and boot tracks over the kind of dirty end-of-winter snow I remember so well from living in Calgary. Even some of her colour theory quilts showed geographic-like stratification, and were playful besides – in tubes and narrow panels and uneven edged rainbows. Her move to Vancouver – after Hawaii – gave us a brutally honest first west coast quilt showing the street she moved to and the dreariness of our winter rain and grey days. Spring brought cherry blossom quilts though and amazing colour-wash flower gardens and flags, and as the last quilt, a rainbow of Vancouver seasons in narrow panels. From Judy: “I really enjoyed the crowd and the evening!”
In other news, Jane Andrew and I attended the Guild Gathering a few weekends ago. Among the topics of discussion was the importance of community-building both for members and the community at large, and of mentoring through sharing our skills and encouraging new members and new quilters. Ideas on how we can accomplish these goals are welcome. Also mentioned was that Canada is celebrating the big 150 next year – we’ll be looking at ways our guild can participate, including any funding that might be available.