Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Brenda Miller

How is your Canadian Sampler coming along?
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The blocks for May are by Brenda Miller from Among Brenda's Quilts and Bags and Leanne from She Can Quilt.

The Compass Rose/ La Rose de vents 
Brenda Miller from Among Brenda's Quilts and Bags
The Compass Rose/La Rose de vents by Brenda Miller

Brenda is a first generation Canadian quilter who taught herself to sew at an early age on her mom's converted treadle sewing machine. Brenda has been severely and irreversibly bitten by the quilting bug and loves to inspire others through her work, her classes and her trunk show.

She designs her own bag and quilting patterns and travels with her two trunk shows and lectures entitled “Developing the Designer in You” and “Introducing Quilting to China”. 

Brenda lives with her husband Rob and cat Harry in Strathroy, Ontario. 

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Brenda Miller

I love history. Who doesn’t love a good story, right?  One of the most interesting things about Canada was how it changed hands from being a French colony to a British one with lots of battles and skirmishes in-between, there was even some action between ourselves and our southern neighbours. One of the stories I recall related how a 14 year old boy unearthed a medieval astrolabe while pulling stumps beside Buttermilk Creek near Cobden. This happened back  in 1867.
You’ll of course recall that’s the year Canada became Canada.   If you don’t know, an astrolabe is a mariner’s device used for navigation and it looks somewhat like a compass. Nobody really knows who dropped the astrolabe in Buttermilk Creek, but it’s been attributed to French explorer and founding father Samuel de Champlain who did travel in the area while searching for what he thought was the northern sea, but what was probably Hudson’s Bay. There is also some thought that it was dropped by Jesuit priests on their travels.  Really, nobody knows who lost the astrolabe but it rests comfortably in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec for all to enjoy and I have celebrated it in my block.  Enjoy! 

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