Here are a few different views - think of it - 130 feet long! Each square represents one country of the world who have people living in Canada. From what I understood, that is all the countries of the world. As well, all along the sides and bottom are representatives of tribes of First Nations, as well as Inuit and Metis. What an education and what an emotional experience aside from the beauty and expertise of the quilt itself! My friend and I stayed the whole afternoon.
|Gathering to read and chat about the Quilt|
There were pages spread out over a table and we were encouraged to sign along the curved lines drawn there. These pages will accompany the Quilt in its travels.
|Esther is on the Right|
And then we had cake!
|The Metis square - one of my favourites!!|
|The top strips were hand dyed|
|Oh, the stitching!|
|This amazing beadwork|
From the individual squares with some of the most wonderful embroidery and beadwork to the hand dyed top strips and cord to the colour coordinated backgrounds and the tassels on the bottom, this quilt was a work of art. The quilt took 8 years to complete and all was done with many volunteers.
The website has photos of each square with the story behind it and the beautiful book can be ordered for $30. There are also tour dates on the site. Check it out here
If you haven't already seen this Quilt, watch for it to come to a venue close to you. Not only a beautiful work of art but a way to celebrate our diversity and connect us all.