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Thistle Quilt Guild displays works in honour of Canada 150

Norma MacCara is pictured with her quilt celebrating Canada’s 150th.
Norma MacCara is pictured with her quilt celebrating Canada’s 150th.

WESTVILLE - Karen Bears stands back in admiration.

The object of her awe is a quilt fashioned by Norma MacCara of Scotsburn, one of numerous quilts celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday that hung Saturday at the Westville town building, part of the Thistle Quilt Guild’s annual show.

“It just says ‘welcome’ to me,” says Bears, a native of Westville now living in Halifax.

“It almost makes me cry.”

Around the edges of MacCara’s work of art, she placed small patches of cloth paying homage to the oceans, sky and mountains of Canada. In the middle sits a window, with a map of Canada in the background and in the foreground, a cake sits on a table, with cups and saucers around it.

It took “lots of rainy days” to make; she started in mid-February and finished it at the end of April.

She was inspired by a painting she saw at a friend’s house, and she let her imagination take over, some of it inspired by her time spent in west Labrador.

“I wanted to show Canada as a whole and not as a piece, and I thought the open window would do that.”

Quilt show chairperson Kate Anderson said her group, which has about 71 members, wanted to do something special for a milestone year in Canada.

“We asked people if they would do red-and-white quilting, so there are quite a few of them around,” said Anderson, as she sat near another Canada-themed quilt that will be raffled off next month.

“This was a group effort,” she said, surmising that the raffle quilt could fetch around $1,500 if were to be put up for sale. 

“When you think about the time and effort we put into it – it took us three or four months to quilt it.”

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