I’m tickled to have received an Honourable Mention at this year’s Grand National Quilt Show for my quilt “Endicott Johnson”. The Grand National Committee, the Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site and Homer Watson House and Gallery invited quilt artists from across Canada to participate in their 2013 thematic exhibition, Local Colour. Curator Susan Burke selected 56 works from 101 submissions for the exhibit whose theme is Local Colour. This invitational show exhibits traditional and innovative work in contemporary quilt making. Now in it’s 10th year, The Grand National, Local Colour runs through to June 23, 2013.
”Endicott Johnson” shows an old pair of boots. The history begins in the small community of Balmoral Mills, near Tatamagouche, where siblings Ken and Barb, spent their childhood summers on the Matheson Brook Road family homestead. In 2010, the siblings, long living abroad and no longer able to travel easily, sold the lands to Lil. She has embraced the responsibility of land stewardship and given new life to the circa 1840 hillside farmhouse hidden deep in the Acadian woods. Inside an outbuilding, a pair of mouse-nibbled Endicott Johnson boots worn by Ken and Barb’s father were found. The boots were inadvertently deposited on a pile of debris destined for the dump, but rescued by David who could not bear to see them junked. For months, the boots sat atop a cabinet until they begged for attention. The boots now have a place of honour in Lil’s restaurant The Wooden Monkey in Dartmouth.
This marks my third prize-winning quilt at The Grand National. (Honourable Mention 2004 for “Balmoral Grist Mill” and Curator’s Choice 2006 for “The Golden Spiral”)
For a look at all the wonderful quilts in this year’s exhibit, check out the online catalogue at