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Local quilters celebrate Canada 150 through their art

Tammy Anstey, middle, speaks to a guest at the Whale Coast Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show 2017 last week in Springdale. The Canada 150 display can be seen in the background.
Tammy Anstey, middle, speaks to a guest at the Whale Coast Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show 2017 last week in Springdale. The Canada 150 display can be seen in the background.

SPRINGDALE, NL — Artists find inspiration in many places, so it was likely some local quilters would join the countrywide celebration of Canada 150 through their work.  

Barbara Butt answered the president’s challenge within the Whale Coast Quilters’ Guild, and she made a bench pillow featuring the maple leaf and the saying We Stand on Guard for Thee.

“I could have sold it several times over,” Butt said of the bench pillow that was on display at the recent Quilt Show 2017 in Springdale.

It is now a keepsake for Butt, who says she plans to bring it out every Canada Day for show.

Butt is one of the regular quilters within the guild who likes to step up and participate in the regular challenges issued to the members by its president, Anne Inder. This one was special, according to Butt – the chance to join the millions across the country celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Tammy Anstey, a guild member and owner of This That N’ Fabrics, also participated. She made quilts designed by her employee, John Robinson. One was sold even before it could get to the display at the Quilt Show held last week in Springdale. They also made a bench pillow for the occasion.

“This is the year of 150th, so I bought the fabric and we designed some stuff just to give people some ideas on what they could do,” she said. “You are always proud to be a Canadian.”

Anstey helped make sure the local quilters participating in the challenge for Canada 150 had the materials they required. Fabric supplier Northcott offered the designs under its Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration line, along with several contests and programs over the past year.

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