I always look forward to the AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids. The show is in my home town and I am excited to see so many wonderful quilters and quilts in my neck of the woods. This year, there is a special exhibit that I just found out about to which I feel a special connection. Canadian artist Esther Bryan will be presenting “The Quilt of Belonging”.
The Quilt of Belonging consists of 263 11-inch fabric squares, 70 representing all Aboriginal groups, 193 featuring all immigrant nationalities in Canada and the Canadian block. The Quilt project was a collaborative effort which took over six years to complete and involved hundreds of volunteers from across the country.
Extensive research was done to identify Canada’s many cultures and native people. With assistance from the Assembly of First Nations, Department of Indian Affairs, Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the native groups themselves, listings were compiled of our First Peoples: Métis, First Nations and Inuit.
As I said before, I am excited to see this exhibit because I feel a connection to the subject matter. My great grandmother was a full-blooded Native American from a small band of Ottawa natives in northern Michigan. I have spent a lot of time researching the Ottawa in general, and our family tree. I have ancestors who originally lived in Canada. The quilt contains blocks representing many of the Native American tribes in Canada. The fact that this is part of the subject matter of this exhibit, combined with the fact that it is a quilt, makes me very excited to see it!
The exhibit will be part of Grand Rapids AQS Quilt Week coming August 20-23rd. If you are within driving distance, gather some quilting friends and come to Grand Rapids. You don’t want to miss this awesome quilt show!
If you would like to see more information about the project, click here to read more.
P.S. For more information on the Grand Rapids AQS Quilt Week, click here.