|'Worlds Apart: Calgary, Kalso, and Me|
by Mabel Russel
“In the past, the thought of sewing never enticed me, yet I always loved fashion and materials! In Kaslo, I discovered my quilting passion. Through quilting I found a way to express myself and satisfy the need to create. It would seem obvious that I try to reflect my life in a quilt or series of quilts. How to reflect this diversity in a quilt as a caricature of myself and my life?”
“The idea began to gel when Trixie did a caricature of me. Why the long neck? Well, I always wished for a long graceful neck so….she gave me one! Although being a long way from photographical accuracy, the caricature I think seemed to capture my character well. So I let this be quilted! To represent the diversity of my life, what better than to add a quilt of each of my long time homes, Calgary and Kaslo. So different from each other in many ways yet both loved as my homes. In the Calgary and Kaslo quilts, I represented all that bore imprints in my mind and heart. For instance, in Calgary the sunshine, lovely skyline, Stampede, Bow River, rampant rabbit population and of course, my family. In Kaslo, the low grey clouds, closeness of the magnificent mountains, wildlife, the view from the house—the Kootenay Lake. Other representation of me are all over the three quilts. Such as my love of flower gardening, arts, and “bling” to name a few. The result is a triptych, series of 3 quilts, – Worlds Apart: Calgary, Kaslo & Me!”
Mabel talked of the influence Linda Cole, resident of Kaslo, had on her beginning to quilt. She stated after visiting Linda Cole’s Quilt shop and purchasing fabric several times, Mabel stated Linda would not sell her anymore fabric until she learned to sew, so she did!