Monday, May 11, 2015

Week 19 Barbara Robson

Hello from Canada's East Coast, Nova Scotia to be precise. I am really excited to be joining 52 Quilters for this week. I hope to share with you some of my experiences from my 42 years of quiltmaking adventures! My maternal Grandmother was a quilter and I am so lucky to have 6 of the many quilts she made, I also have a quilt that my great aunts (paternal) made for my Grandparents so quilting is definitely part of my heritage. I started quilting when I had a two year old and a 3 month old, I always say I started quilting because I needed something to do! I took a one day workshop at our local museum and I haven't stopped! My husband and my kids (and now my grandchildren) have grown up with me on this quilter's journey, they are all so supportive and encouraging. I know I am lucky and I am grateful!
My first quilt, "Windowpane", my first quilt was for my daughter in 1973. It was machine pieced and hand quilted. The pattern was in McCall's Patchwork and Quilting.
"Running Around in Circles" is a wallhanging inspired by a Kandinsky painting "Concentric Circles", it was machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted, made in 2000. And my latest quilt -
"Making Do" it was time to get back to some Amish inspired quilts, this ine is machine piced and machine quilted by Lynn Jones. I was determined to "make do" with the solid colours I had just as the Amish quilters would have done. This quilt was accepted into the Canadian Quilters Association annual National Juried Exhibition in Lethbridge, Alberta June 4-6, 2015. I feel so fortunate to have started quilting when I did. It really was the beginning of the rebirth of quilting, 1973. Jinny Beyer had just won the prestigious Good Housekeeping quilt contest with her quilt "Ray of Light", Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof had an exhibition, "Abstract Design in American Quilts" in 1971 of their quilt collection at the Whitney Museum in New York. I think those two events really revitalized quilting. Soon quilters got organized into quilt guilds, conferences were being held, workshops were being offered and quilt stores were opening. It was an exciting time, it still is! So, over the next week I am going to take you on a journey with me through my quilt career, I hope you will enjoy the ride! I plan to introduce you to Stab Stitch quilting and my collection of (over 150) children's books that have quilts in the illustrations or have a quilting theme. On Instagram I am @foxpointquilter, on Twitter @foxpointquilter, on Facebook too - Barbara Robson and my blog
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Barbara is a quilter from Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada. She has been quilting for 42 years (though she finds it hard to believe that number!). She is primarily a hand quilter (stab stitcher, more about that later), machine piecer but she also loves to hand appliqué, hand piece, and machine appliqué. She always has many projects on the go! Find her on Instagram as @foxpointquilter.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings from PEI! Lovely to meet you and look forward to reading more about you.