Anna Hergert, Art & Design

The Quilting Queen – Meet Gillian

This is my friend Gillian McDougald. Gillian has had a very busy year preparing for her Featured Quilter Exhibition at the 2015 Saskatoon Quilt Guild Show.

This is my friend Gillian McDougald. Gillian has had a very busy year preparing for her Featured Quilter Exhibition at the 2015 Saskatoon Quilt Guild Show.

There is still time to meet Gillian in person at the Saskatoon Quilt Guild Show which closes later this afternoon. When you drop by her booth, tell her Anna sent you! Here is a little story in images how Thursday was spent leading up to the radiant picture above…

We arrived at Prairielands Park just around 8 am and Gillian was already busy unrolling her quilts to audition them in their spaces.

We arrived at Prairielands Park just around 8 am and Gillian was already busy unrolling her quilts to audition them in their spaces.

It didn't take long to get the larger quilts up.

It didn’t take long to get the larger quilts up.

Gillian's latest work involved making portraits in fabric of her six grand children. Here is the last one...

Gillian’s latest work involved making portraits in fabric of her six grand children. Here is the last one…

...ready to join the other grands on the couch!

…ready to join the other grands on the couch!

Looking for just the perfect place!

Looking for just the perfect place!

Everything in its place...

Everything in its place…

A place for everything...

A place for everything…

And there is never a lack of colour! Gillian LOVES colour!

And there is never a lack of colour! Gillian LOVES colour!

Allan, the proud husband of 50 years captures the exhibition to add to the beautiful memories he and Gillian have made over a lifetime together.

Allan, the proud husband of 50 years captures the exhibition to add to the beautiful memories he and Gillian have made over a lifetime together.

Gillian and Dorothy adding the final touches to one of the display tables.

Gillian and Dorothy adding the final touches to one of the display tables.

Last minute instructions from Dorothy regarding the guest book. Trudy, Gillian and Dorothy - a perfect team!

Last minute instructions from Dorothy regarding the guest book. Trudy, Gillian and Dorothy – a perfect team!

One last look around. "I wonder if I have everything in place..."

One last look around. “I wonder if I have everything in place…”

Momentary relief sets in.

Momentary relief sets in.

Meanwhile Debbie and Terry are making thier contribution to the quilt show. Countless flower arrangements complement the show stopper!

Meanwhile Debbie and Terry are making thier contribution to the quilt show. Countless flower arrangements complement the show stopper!

Gillian's custom arrangement created by Debbie and Terry brightens up the exhibition space even more!

Gillian’s custom arrangement created by Debbie and Terry brightens up the exhibition space even more!

And then the evening arrives. Saskatoon knows just how to honour their many members who contribute thier stunning quilts and countless hours of volunteer work to get to this gala event.

And then the evening arrives. Saskatoon knows just how to honour their many members who contribute thier stunning quilts and countless hours of volunteer work to get to this gala event.

Gillian and Allan approaching the exhibition space.

Gillian and Allan approaching the exhibition space.

Family and friends are waiting to extend their congratulations!

Family and friends are waiting to extend their congratulations!

"Now, where are you Ernie?" The perpetual question around Gillian's I spy girlfriend quilt...

“Now, where are you Ernie?” The perpetual question around Gillian’s I spy girlfriend quilt…,

Gillian in relaxed conversation with friends.

Gillian in relaxed conversation with friends.

...and once more: Gillian, talented, dedicated and as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. I am proud to call her my friend, and even more proud about her achievement! Congratulations!

…and once more: Gillian, talented, dedicated and as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. I am proud to call her my friend, and even more proud about her achievement! Congratulations!

 

This entry was published on October 24, 2015 at 10:19 am. It’s filed under Art, Design, Exhibition, Exhibition News, In the News, Journaling, Motivational, Networking, Quilt Show, Special event, staying in touch and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

16 thoughts on “The Quilting Queen – Meet Gillian

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  2. Gillian on said:

    Many thanks, Anna, for your wonderful photos. Thank you too, to you and Colin for your help setting up the display. This was a huge collaborative effort and I am overwhelmed by the support and love from so many.

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  3. Ann Atchison on said:

    Thank you so much Anna for sharing Gillian’s wonderful honour with your readers. She is a wonderful representative of the Saskatoon Quilt Guild and very deserving of being named Feature Quilter of this year’s show. Thanks also for all your help in finding the judges and helping Gillian set up her area. It looked amazing!

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  4. paulajolly on said:

    Wonderful pictures Anna! My best to Jillian!!!! I had every intention of being there to see your beautiful work. Unfortunately things don’t always work out. Please know I was there in spirit. Congratulations Jillian!

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  5. Thanks for all these pics Anna. Everyone should have friends like yourself, Gillian and Deb. I was not at the gala but there in spirit. Saw the show the next day and loved Gill and all of her work. We need a design class again so we can travel to your studio and have all the fun we had travelling and making art. Deb and I traversed the show together and I learned a lot again from her. Take care. We need to have an afternoon with the 5 of us again this winter. Will definitely try to set that up. Leona

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  6. Having seen some of Gillian’s work at AQC and seeing your pictures, It was almost like being there…. I saw some familiar faces which made this special for me. Thanks Anna for giving us a snapshot of what must have been an incredible night for Gillian.

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  7. quiltrod on said:

    Just returned from Saskatoon, Gillian’s show was just as you have captured it with your photos Anna. Every piece so different and inspiring. What a beautiful write up to share with your readers. I was so happy to be able to congratulate Gillian in person.

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  8. Helene on said:

    Wow! This was so lovely Anna! Thanks so much for sharing. What a wonderful achievement for Gillian.

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