The Singing Quilter Newsletter
In this issue:
. Cruise Update
. Quilts by other people
. New Quilt is finished and given away
. My Millie Update
. My Grandfather's Brother quilt
. Caryl Bryer Fallert retrospective
. Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on
Cathy Miller and her husband John Bunge, of Victoria BC Canada travel
the world singing songs about quilts, quilters and quilting.
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Miller and John Bunge
It's been quite a while (May!) since I last updated you on my activities. I hope you're having a great summer (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere) and no snow (if you're in the Southern half).
I've been busy with preparations for the Aloha Quilt cruise which is coming up in ONE MONTH! The classes were determined ages ago, but now I have to make kits for the students (and figure out how to pack them into one suitcase!).
It's been a summer spent mostly home, with a 2-week visit to Ontario. We had a great time with friends and family, enjoying all that Ontario had to offer at this time of year.
I hope you enjoy this newsletter. Let me know if you have any suggestions of things you'd like me to talk about!
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ALOHA QUILT CRUISE
We have 44 quilters coming along with Brandy Lynn Maslowski and me in ONE MONTH. I can't believe how quickly this has approached. The last month for me involves finalizing all the cruise kits, dyeing the last fabrics for my Fractured Mock Mola class, and making sure I have EVERYTHING I need. There are no quilt shops on the way until we arrive in Hilo, so I'd better make sure I haven't left anything behind.
If you have been considering coming along with us, please get in touch with Miriam (see contact info below) right away to book your spot.Guests can join me and Brandy Lynn Maslowski, host of Canadian QuiltTalk for 15 days at sea including 8 full days of workshops and 4 days on the islands of Hawaii.
Cruise info - http://www.flightcentre.ca/cruises/aloha-quilt
Online Booking Page - https://events.flightcentre.ca/ei/getdemo.ei?id=4360&s=_2J00QH0Q8&bulk=y
The Aloha Quilt Cruise Blog - https://alohaquiltcruise.wordpress.com/
My Grandfather's Brother's quilt
If you have a copy of "In the Heart of a Quilt", you'll be familiar with the song "My Grandfather's Brother". It's one of the few songs I've actually written about myself and my family. Briefly, the story is that my great uncle James Miller was given this quilt by "grateful parishioners" from his first church. He founded 15 Presbyterian/United churches in Toronto during his life, but this one is from his very first church - in Depot Harbour Ontario. Now a ghost town, in 1905 when the quilt was made, it was a bustling town at the end of a rail line. From there, lumber, grain and other goods were shipped onto or off big laker ships on the Great Lakes.
After I wrote the song, my brother and I figured out the story of the quilt (it was still a mystery when the song was written). The 833 signatures on the quilt were likely paid for and the quilt was used as a fundraiser for the building of the church. There are notable signatures there of my own family, of all the previous ministers of the church, as well as the then-Premier of Ontario, the Member of Parliament and the Member of the Provincial Parliament.
Two years ago John and I visited the Parry Sound Museum. This is the closest town to Depot Harbour, which has reverted to Native land and is being reclaimed by the forest. I wanted to know if they'd be interested in having the quilt as part of their collection. They were!
So two weeks ago when John and I were back in those parts, I presented the quilt to Nadine Hammond, the curator of the Museum. I'm so happy that it has found a home where it will be kept safe and secure. It is very delicate (being 110 years old!) and it's only been shown a few times over the years. It will be much better taken care of by the museum.
Nadine told me they plan to use the quilt as the centrepiece of an exhibit about Depot Harbour in the next three years.
New England Quilt
For your information, Caryl has a
retrospective show on now at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell MA.
What I'm Working On
For the next month I'll be putting kits together for the Aloha quilt cruise.
I also have a couple more family quilts to make and I'm going to be pushing ahead on my "Millie".
2016 will be our last year of doing big tours by car. If you want us to come to your guild (or come BACK), please talk to your program person now so that we can fit you into our schedule.
Here are the confirmed gigs for this fall in California and Texas. John is booking next year's tour everywhere in North America (including Alaska!). Let us know if you want us to come to you!
John has FINALLY confirmed a booking in Arkansas! That means we're only missing Mississippi in our tours!!! WE CAN'T RETIRE UNTIL WE'VE DONE MISSISSIPPI! Do you know any quilt guilds there? We need to sing for them!
Sept 19 to Oct 4: Aloha Quilt Cruise (Vancouver to Hawaii)
Oct 8: SANTA BARBARA CA Coastal
Quilters Guild (concert)
Nov 3: HOUSTON TX Bay Area Quilt
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