Moose Jaw quilters included in national competition

Suzanne Boyer
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Two Moose Jaw quilters had their work featured among the best in Canada last week.

Two Moose Jaw quilters had their work featured among the best in Canada last week.
Debbie Richards calls quilting "more like a passion than a hobby." She's been quilting for only eight years and has produced 160 quilts. She also sells her own patterns.
Her quilt Cycology, was part of Quilt Canada's juried show from June 2-8 in St. John's, N.L. It appeared in the abstract wall quilts. Richards, however was unable to attend.
"I was represented by my fabric," she said with a laugh. Her quilt got an honourable mention, essentially a third place finish in the category, which had 27 entries.
"I hardly have the words, because it's absolutely huge to me," she said. "To be recognized by your peers at a national level is enormous. I was shocked and yet pleased."
Richards' quilt was inspired by a bicycle tour of Toronto with her son last summer.
"It's about bicycle wheels and the various conversations that we heard. It's such a bustling city," she said.
Richards noted that the finishing work on her quilt was done by Lila Nelson.
As for Marg Moore, her national-calibre showpiece jacket began with a small piece of fabric.
"It was mostly silks," explained Moore who just returned from Quilt Canada.
"I bought a very expensive piece of silk in Calgary. It was $100 per metre. I bought 0.3 metres. It was my goal to use all of that fabric," Moore explained.
She came close to that goal in her original creation. The design, from the quilting pattern to the cut of the jacket was all Moore's. Her jacket, named Prairie Splendor, was selected as part of the juried show in the wearable art category.
Moore didn't come home with a prize but was pleased with the outcome.
"I didn't win, but I think I was competitive. That was my biggest concern," she said.
Moore, a former partner-owner of the Quilt Patch, recently sold her share of the store to her business partners and retired. She was keen to take in this year's Quilt Canada, show. She said she enjoyed the workshops offered at the conference.
"We took classes from international designers, which is pretty awesome.
Quilt Canada holds a major show like the one in Newfoundland, every other year with smaller events in between.
Next year's show, one of the smaller-scale events, will be held in Saskatoon."

Suzanne Boyer can be reached at 691-1258.

Organizations: Quilt Canada

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada, St. John's Calgary Newfoundland Saskatoon

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