FESTIVAL OF QUILTS

The Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild proudly presents “Festival of Quilts 2017” May 12th-14th, 2017, at the RA Centre Curling Rink in Ottawa. This Quilt Show is a great opportunity to visit Ottawa and celebrate Canada 150!

There will be a historical quilt display, a trunk show with quilts from various quilt guilds in our area, as well as our popular Viewer’s Challenge which this year will feature a look at each of the 15 decades in Canadian History. We hope to have over 150 quilts in the show, in both traditional and artistic categories. We’ve brought back the touch quilts and youth quilts categories, and this year we’ll have scavenger hunts for any children visiting.

Help us choose our “Best of Show” by submitting Viewer’s Choice ballots on Friday or Saturday, and see the ribbons on Sunday! We will also be featuring four artists in residence over the weekend, and with over 20 vendors all in one room you’re sure to find that perfect fabric to spark your next quilting project. Did we mention there are door prizes, too? Be inspired by the art, bring someone who’s never quilted before, and join us in Ottawa this Mother’s Day Weekend!

More information about OVQG and the “Festival of Quilts 2017” can be found on the web at www.ottawavalleyquiltersguild.org , or on social media @ottawaquilts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

 

 

 

Curator Information Session for
'Blanket Statement: No Shame in Patches'

Visit the Museum March 17, 2017 at 10:00am to listen to Curator, Michael Rikley-Lancaster speak about the Museum's newest exhibition 'Blanket Statement: No Shame in Patches: by Gloria Daly. Members can attend at no charge, other visitors welcome.

In this, Gloria Daly from Duncan BC gives discarded blankets a new public image, using today’s philosophy of “recycling.” The works are a contemporary take on mending, patching and darning. The layered cloth in the works allows worn and weathered fibres to have dignity as they record the changes in temperature, the ravages of rust, and the tints and tones of tarnish and stain. This exhibit celebrates the 150th anniversary of industrial blankets woven in the Mississippi Valley.

The exhibition opens March 14th and runs until May 20, 2017

For your information :
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TEXTILE MUSEUM
3 Rosamond Street East
Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0
Phone: (613) 256-3754
Email: curator@mvtm.ca

Directions from Ottawa

  • Get on the Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-417 West.
  • Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/On-417 West to March Road/Ottawa Regional Road 49.
  • Take exit 155 from Trans-Canada Hwy West to Ottawa 49/Ch. March Road toward Almonte and turn left.
  • Continue on March Road.
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Ottawa Street.
  • Continue onto Main St. E.
  • Turn right on Mary Street.
  • Continue straight to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

Directions from Perth

  • Get on and follow Trans-Canada HWY/ON-7 to Tatlock Rd/Route 9 in Mississippi Mills.
  • Turn left on Tatlock Rd/Route 9.
  • Turn right onto Wolf Grove Rd/Lanark County Rd 16.
  • Continue onto Almonte St.
  • Turn left onto Mary Street.
  • Continue straight to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

Parking

Parking is available in front of the Museum on Rosamond Street, or behind the Museum as seen in the photos below (access from Rosamond Street.) Some spots behind the museum are reserved for residents of Millfall located next to the museum

This is it!

This is the latest Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt called En Province.
It is approximately 80x80 now and has two more borders which I think I will leave off as it will be too large for what I have in mind. I had some fabric already and threw this together it is a mix of blues. Purple, tone on tone beige , and I kicked in the lime green. Being a mystery quilt I was unsure of my colour combination as I went rogue when a colour wheel was suggested. Combined with a small work space I was curtailed in getting the true picture until the top was done.

Once complete and a picture snapped I see the boldness of the pattern not to be outdone by my imperfection and sewing skills. I hope to use a high loft poly batting and longarm a baptist fan to offset the squareness of the pattern. I plan to do this edge to edge then put on an edgeless border that wraps around the back

This means I now have approximately 200 + 4x4 squares already pieced a good start for the next adventure - send suggestions Lol

Blanket Statement:
No Shame in Patches

by: Gloria S. Daly

March 14, 2017 - May 20, 2017


Vernissage:  

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2 - 4 pm.

 

This year the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is not only celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial, but is also marking the 150th anniversary of Almonte’s Rosamond No. 1 Woolen Mill. It’s a celebration of more than 150 years of industrial textile production in the Mississippi Valley. It is only fitting that many of this year’s exhibitions feature historic textiles or historic themes. Opening on March 14 and running until May 20, the exhibition “Blanket Statement: No Shame in Patches” fits both categories.
In this colourful, creative and fascinating exhibit, textile artist Gloria Daly from Duncan BC gives discarded blankets a new public image, challenging the viewer to look for the inner beauty in the old and used. The works that she creates are labour intensive and thought provoking, exploring the relationship between yesterday’s discarded cloth and today’s philosophy of “recycling.” The works are a contemporary take on mending, patching and darning. Layered cloth allows worn and weathered fibres to recapture dignity as they record changes in temperature, the ravages of rust, and the tints and tones of tarnish and stain.  

Artist: Gloria S. Daly

An outstanding artist, Gloria has received awards from the BC arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She studied Design and Embroidery with the City & Guilds Institute of London, England, was elected to the Embroiderers Association of Canada, and was chosen as an example of excellence in Design by the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. Her works are in private and corporate collections in Australia, Japan, Canada, and the USA. 

Come and celebrate Almonte’s textile history at the vernissage for this exhibition on Saturday March 18 from 2 to 4 pm. For more information call the Museum at 613-256-3754.

 


 

 

Soup Up Those Winter Blahs!

Mark the date Saturday, March 4 on your calendar now. You won’t want to miss this year’s “Soup for Thought” Luncheon Fundraiser. There’s nothing like a nice hot bowl of soup to warm you up on these chilly days – and what soups they are!
Food and museum lovers attending this popular event will enjoy gourmet soup from the best restaurants in Almonte and the Valley and will take home the beautiful handmade stoneware bowl it was served in, courtesy of the Almonte Potter’s Guild.
Again this year there are two Seatings :
Seating One: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Seating Two: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Sarah Robertson of Prior Engagements will be donating additional dishes and utensils. Patrice’s Independent Grocer will be providing coffee and rolls. Rental Village will be donating beverage containers. And the Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will be providing tasty desserts.
Tickets are $25.00 each. Children under 12 are free (soup, no bowl to take home). Tickets will be available at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Baker Bob’s, and PĂȘches et Poivre. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as only 150 tickets will be sold for each seating.








Living Positively
Kenyan Artists Paint Their Truths

Dec 10- Feb 10th
Featuring art work from the 1st Imani Artists Collective of Eldoret, Kenya.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


Saturday Dec. 17
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Experience an afternoon celebrating the resilience of the people of Kenya and the transformative power of creativity.

Join visual artist, comedian and teacher Rachelle Elie as she recounts her experience guiding twelve HIV-positive artisans into the land of visual art and painting. Discover how these artists became accomplished painters in just under two years, and how their art led to a successful commission in the only maternity hospital in Kenya. The afternoon includes an introduction by local obstetrician/ gynecologist Dr. Dave Caloia, who will recount his own experiences in medicine and the challenges of working in developing countries. Special appearance by Almonte composer, poet and musician Ian Douglas.
 

Colour To Be Unboxed at the MVTM


Colours to dazzle and challenge will be on display at the Mississippi valley Textile Museum from December 20 to February 25, 2017.
The art group Out of the Box will present “Colour Unboxed” a show that celebrates exactly that. The exhibition features approximately 200 pieces from over 60 fibre artists, including 112 pieces showing interpretations of six colours of the colour wheel and black/white.
Out of the Box is group of Ottawa and area artists who are passionate about creating innovative and thought-provoking works of art with fibre, their preferred medium. They include machine and/or hand embroiderers, art quilters, weavers, felters, doll makers, embellishers, silk painters, dyers, as well as other needle workers and mixed media and fine artists. They come from all walks of life but are drawn together by their love of texture, colour, and creation.
Come and revel in the shades, hues, and tints, and let the vivid washes of colour brighten and invigorate the dreary months of winter. There will be a vernissage for the exhibit on January 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information call the Museum at 613 256-3754. The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is located at 3 Rosamond St. E. in Almonte.