Quilter's Connection is the only quilt journal published in Canada (apart from the Canadian Quilters Newsletter - published by our national quilt association), and I'm very pleased to have been involved with it since the very first issue. I am especially proud to tell you that the Winter issue will feature both the Bitengye Designers - the Ugandan women I have been working with for the last five years - and a new quilt design. Not only that, the African version of the quilt is featured on the front cover, made and beaded by Joan Darling. Joan doesn't believe a quilt is finished until it's beaded, and has proved what a winning combination beading and quilting are in her sample. The second quilt is made from Australian fabrics, with placement of the the rows being just a little different. I hope you like both of them, and that you'll pick up an issue of the magazine just as soon as it's available on the news-stand.
An African Village Gathering
Detail of African Village Gathering
And this last shot is of Rosie, Mistress of the Quilting Studio, who has chosen to grace not one quilt, but two with her presence. I am learning to cover quilts on the work tables with towels, as she is prone to come in from outside, leap up on the table, and head for the cream or solid colours, whereupon she plunks herself down and purrs contentedly, having left little paw prints wherever she's been. Charming.
I am a textile artist and quiltmaker, a teacher and a writer. I have been playing with fabric for over 30 years, the last 15 of which have been spent creating original work and teaching design-based classes. I have a deep connection with the women of Africa, and since 2007 have spent part of each year teaching sewing and quilting to women in Uganda.