100 Years of Anne of Green Gables
Early in 2008 I was pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation to enter a juried quilt show celebrating the100th year of the Anne of Green Gables stories by Lucy Maude Montgomery. There were two categories – 100 Years of Anne, and Kindred Spaces. For the Kindred Spaces category, quilts had to depict a scene from one of the Anne books. I chose one from the start of the book when Matthew goes to the train station to bring the orphan “boy” home to help with the farm work. Instead, he finds Anne waiting for him. This is the paragraph I illustrated:
The “Avenue,” so called by the Newbridge people, was a stretch of road four or five hundred yards long, completely arched over with huge, wide-spreading apple trees, planted years ago by an eccentric old farmer. Overhead was one long canopy of snowy fragrant bloom. Below the boughs, the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle. . . . . But they shouldn’t call that lovely place the Avenue. There is no meaning in a name like that. They should call it, – let me see – the White Way of Delight.
Naturally, I named it The White Way of Delight.
I was unable to attend the show which took place from September 12th to October 12th in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. However my sister, Celeste Pelliccione, made the trip, was there on opening day, and saw my quilt displayed. She returned that evening for the opening ceremonies and phoned me immediately to tell me I’d won third place! This is my sister in the photo, phoning me from the Kier Gallery where the quilts were displayed. You can tell how excited she was for me. What a thrill this has been!
Happily, I have been given permission to share photos of the first and second place winners along with some of the other quilts in the show.
Unfortunately, some of the names of the quilter/designers are missing. One has been identified since this newsletter was published this morning. Please let me know if you can identify any of the others.
They are uniquely and imaginatively done. You will truly enjoy looking them over!
I direct you to the December 2008 issue of my newsletter to see these wonderful photos. There are three pages of them, each of which will take 30 seconds or more to open depending upon your connection speeds. Please be patient – it will be worth your while! Soon I will add a few more photos of the entries here.