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POSTSCRIPTS - Quilts Along the Way of Life

Oatstraw Quilters

November 26, 2003 - January 18, 2004

Women have gathered together for hundreds of years to quilt, share their stories and make bed coverings that were both functional and beautiful.

The Oatstraw Quilters are a group of five local women:Lillian Burgess, Pat Carson, Dyan Jones, Heather Lee and Mary MacCarl who have been doing just that for a number of years. Each woman, in turn, designs and sews a quilt top which is then quilted by the group. The quilt begins with an idea that must be translated into cloth using colour, shape and the three-dimensional quality of the quilting stitches. Completing each quilt is a long, slow process which means that it reflects a slow unfolding in the life of both the individual who created it as well as the group who completed it together. Each work is therefore both one woman's artistic vision and a group work.

These works in cloth are postcards along the way of life. They signify a portion of a woman's experience presented to be read by many as private, public, analogous and simple-textured truths.

Join us for an afternoon of harp music, storytelling and quilting with special guest harpist Mary Anderson on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 pm.