Ready, set… stitch, hook and savour our 5th Annual Quilt Atlantic!
What began as a journey to stitch White Pointers together in 2012 evolved into an annual celebration and sharing of the traditional art form of quilting at White Point Beach Resort as Quilt Atlantic. Now entering it’s 5th year, the line-up of instructors continues to celebrate talented fabric artists and bring enthusiasts together to learn, have fun and honour these timeless forms of art, and functional art!
Inspired and literally stitched together by White Pointers over 12 months under the creative and artistic direction of local fabric artist, Bev Crouse of Liverpool, in January 2013, a new 12 block quilt was revealed to replace the original quilt that was lost in the Lodge fire in 2011. Now proudly hung in the Main Lodge at White Point Beach Resort, the quilt is symbolic of the warmth and care that was extended to White Point by the community as the Main Lodge rebuild was underway. It’s this quilt that also inspired the 3 day retreat known as Quilt Atlantic which gets underway April 6 – 8, 2018 at White Point Beach Resort.
Accepting the invitation to attend Quilt Canada’s ‘Show & Share’ when it was in Halifax in the fall of 2012, Crouse along with the Resorts’ Marketing Manager, Donna Hatt, attended showing off blocks in progress for ‘Stitching White Pointers Together’. It was in the week after attending this national gathering that’s hosted in cities across the county that Quilt Atlantic was birthed by the pair. Five years later, the Retreat continues the tradition of attracting talented instructors from Nova Scotia predominately, as well as New Brunswick, to offer half-day and full-day workshops that welcome not only experienced, but beginner, quilters alike.
While the name Quilt Atlantic may suggest the workshops are all about quilting, Crouse says don’t let that fool you. “As in the past, our 2018 retreat again offers quilting workshops obviously, but there’s a hooking class and even a ‘tools of the trade’ gadget workshop too. We like to keep our program fresh and new.”
The Retreat continues to be a popular Spring pastime with registrations nearing capacity again in 2018. Workshops this year includes Gadgets and Gizmos with Krista Garber, Picnic Placemats with Karen Henry who will also offer a session on Landscape quilting. For the beginner or experienced there’s the traditional quilt project, Jelly Roll Quilt with Carolyn Langley and Jane Steele hosts a Sea’scape Hooking Class as well. The Retreat mixes in social events, and a unique Pop-Up Shop.
Crouse says fabric artists are always repurposing their scraps but enjoy discovering new fabric, tools and materials for their works. Open to the public as part of Quilt Atlantic, the Pop Up Shop welcomes up to 10 vendors on Saturday April 7th from 10am – 4pm. Lynn’s Quilting Services, A Needle Pulling Thread, River House Rug Hooking , Kelly Burgess Art, Sandi Zinn wool, Quilts by the Bay, Quilt Source Canada and more will all be setting up for the Pop-Up Shop in the Main Lodge at White Point.
It’s expected that this will be the final Quilt Atlantic gathering. Over the past five years, Retreaters have learned and shared a great deal about quilting and fabric art keeping the tradition alive and well. Maybe even more notably are friendships celebrated and stitched together at each retreat, amongst the alumni and newcomers.
The article, In The Comfort of Quilts, in Saltscapes Magazine offers a glimpse into the tradition of quilting in Nova Scotia. It’s a labour intensive undertaking, with each quilt consuming anywhere from 300 – 500 hours. Born out of necessity, quilting could, and still can, be considered an up-cycling art form. The practice of stitching together odds and ends to make something useful back in the 1800’s is now honoured and championed by many as a tradition skill set that lives on in Quilting Clubs all over Nova Scotia and well beyond.
Hatt says White Point Beach Resort has enjoyed being a champion and collaborator with quilters and fabric artists in Atlantic Canada. “Our 5th and final Quilt Atlantic Retreat hosted in our 90th Anniversary year is a culmination of celebrating hand-made, locally inspired and functional art. It’s been such a pleasure to have a hand in raising the awareness and appreciation of the talented artists we have worked with, and the many enthusiasts we have welcomed at past retreats and will again April 6 – 8, 2018.”
There are still a few spots left for overnight and day guests at Quilt Atlantic, for more information and the complete schedule, see all the details here online at whitepoint.com
For more information contact
Bev Crouse, Fabric Artist and Retreat Co-ordinator
Donna Hatt, White Point’s Marketing & Product Development Manager
Phone: 902.354.2711 ext 369