Come to a Quilting Bee at the WAG

Quilting isn’t just for your granny! Whether you are an experienced quilter or just a novice, Mentoring Artists for Manitoba Women (MAWA) and the WAG invite you to a quilting bee at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1 to 4pm on Sunday, June 5. Admission to Crafternoon is free.

This workshop, led by Joy Eidse, will highlight basic quilting techniques, including appliqué, couching, and raw edge appliqué. Each participant will make a framed fabric picture and in the process will learn to do a “turn edge”. Go home with a framed fibre piece and some great new skills!

The workshop will be held beside the Quilt of Belonging, a stunning 10 x 120 foot quilt that has been called “Canada’s national portrait.” Organizer Esther Bryan calls the quilt “a collaborative work of art that recognizes Canada’s diversity, celebrates our common humanity, and promotes harmony and compassion among people.”

“Quilting is an accessible and interactive art form,” says WAG Educator Anna Wiebe. “We invite people of all ages and genders, with or without previous quilting skills, to join us for a social, stitching afternoon.”

Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.


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