Friday, May 11, 2007

Fibre Expressions ~ Art Quilts by Myrna Giesbrecht

Last Saturday, our Quilt Guild chartered a bus and headed to Quilt BC in Kamloops. There were many quilt shows in various locations within the city. My favorite was a display of quilts in the Art Gallery by local artist, Myrna Giesbrecht.

You may recognize Myrna's name from the monthly column that she used to write for Quilter's Newsletter Magazine from 1999 to 2005 called, "The Quilter's Web".

Myrna has a delightful personality and was on hand to chat with the visitors to the gallery as they passed through looking at her art.

Myrna is a quilter with an obvious traditional past. Although her work is in the category of art quilts, the workmanship and skill in her work demonstrates the structure and discipline that traditional quilters are known for. (I think Myrna must be friends with the Quilt Police.)

If you are interested in learning more about Myrna or having a look at some of her other pieces, have a look at these sites:

This was my favorite piece. Myrna explained that this piece represented her neighbourhood--houses that were all the same in style and colour. She purchase a house in the neighbourhood and proceeded to renovate--painting the door bright blue, adding brightly painted Adirondack chairs and planters to the front porch. When Myrna was finished decorating, it was obvious that her house stood out amongst the rest of the plain beige boxes. Myrna's house is represented by the bright square slightly tilted that nests amongst the rest of the orderly houses in the neighbourhood.

Myrna warned me that this quilt was difficult to photograph--she was right. This is definitely a quilt that is best seen in person. A picture definitely does not do this quilt justice!


  1. Very interesting quilts! Is that a couched line across the quilt in the 2nd and 3rd pictures?

    So are you quilting like mad trying to get caught up? I owe you an email, I know. Getting some hand work done though if that counts for anything, LOL.

  2. Myrna's quilts are stunning. she has such amazing talent