Tuesday, November 13, 2018

OURStory Exhibition brought together many hundreds of visitors to see and read the stories of the artists participating in this monumental exhibition at the International Quilt Festival this past weekend.....



Maggie Vanderweit created her “Love Anyway” quilt — a simple gold Star of David on a pale traditional piecework background, finished with a heart-rending quote from Holocaust victim Anne Frank — long before the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, but the timing isn’t lost on her.

Our SAQA Central Canada Regional Representative, MAGGIE VANDERWEIT, has just been in Houston to share in the conversation around the exhibition and her personal story. You must make time to read the article posted in the Houston Chronicle, and walk through some of the histories, especially poignant are the words shared by Maggie and the story around her family. 
Thank you, Maggie, for participating, and sharing YOUR story with all of us.... 
'The Canadian quilter finished her artwork earlier this year for an exhibit that will likely be the talk of the 2018 International Quilt Festival that runs Thursday through Nov. 11 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. “OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric” includes 42 art quilts, each of which touches on a different human rights theme. Fair labour practices, racism and prejudice, gay rights and marriage equality, religious freedom, civil rights, the environment and the plight of refugees are just a few of the topics the quilters from six countries took on.'
The link is below. Do take time to click through the photos.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/home/design/article/Quilters-venture-into-political-arena-13358926.php?t=5e3d181cbe&fbclid=IwAR1MnBYp3Zq40xZxGBg5maNKFNGcIQ7_AXJaFNDT1PCTrRRcclrgcQbRpxs#photo-16440099