Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Text'Art in Montreal

Our Text'Art group had a lovely day in Montreal visiting the Photos of India exhibit in the Pointe-à-Callière museum .  Lots of poster size photographs of life in India, particularly at festivals so the colours are bright, people are happy and you get a real feel for the hum of life.  There were also some small statues of a variety of Indian deities.  We had a  delicious lunch at the museum restaurant which overlooks the old port.  The photos below were taken from the Belvedere atop the building.

Habitat '67

Looking east toward the Jaques Cartier bridge.  You can just see the tops of the tents for the  Cirque du Soleil

Notre Dame Church 

Our day ended with a visit to the Centre Design et Impression Textiles in St Henri.  The old Simmons mattress factory had been converted to accommodate artist studios and the school.  We saw an exhibit by graduates which covered the gamut from dyeing, indigo, stamping, distressing and quilting.  Lovely work.  The site for the school is http://www.designtextile.qc.ca/html/galerie.htm and you can see some of the things that they do.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


It's hard to believe that it's been a week since we drove back from Providence, Rhode Island after attending MQX.  The exhibit of quilts is always so awesome, and this year was no exception.  The talent that is shown not only in machine quilting, but in design is outstanding.  And what became very evident, and is apparently a trend, is that the winners were often domestic machine quilters.  They can do work just a little finer than the long armers.  I wish I could post photos, but I think that's a no-no so you can google MQX East to see some pictures.

Me and my friend Alice at the Banquet where we were entertained by the family saga of quilts by Kim Brunner.  She shared a lovely story of how her matriarchs provided the family with quilts from their early settlement days in the mid 1800's in Minnesota and saved them from the dreadful storms by using the quilts.

I did a little walking tour of the downtown core as we had spectacular weather.  Here are a few buildings that caught my eye.

And since this was a quilting show, what inspiration for a quilting design!