The North Row of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt starts out min Manitoba, Canada. Heather of Heather Lair Designs lives there near Gimli Harbor on Lake Winnipeg. Here's a live web cam of the harbor.
The day Heather wanted to take her picture the wind was blowing a winter gale, so she's sent us a picture of Gimli Harbor in the summer!
Gimli Harbor is the largest inland marina in Western Canada. It is located on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg, about 75 kilometers north of the provincial capital of Winnepeg. The area is also known as "Little Iceland" and is home to the largest block of people of Icelandic origin outside of Iceland.
One of the largest employers in the area is the Gimli Distillery, home of Crown Royal Whisky.
Heather's first quilted project was a backpack she made in 1975. Since there she has made hundreds of bags, bed quilts and art quilts. She has studied the history of textiles through the ages and around the globe. With this knowledge Heather incorporates techniques and materials into her award-winning work.
Current projects of Heather's are inspired by medieval illuminations, the artist Gustav Klimt, traditional Canadian quilts, Inuit art and her own Canadian landscape.
As "Quilter to the Stars," Heather has made many quilts for the movie industry. She works with a film's art director to create a quilt that matches perfectly the time and place of the movie. Heather says it is still a big thrill to sit in a movie theater and see her own quilts on the big screen!
Check out Heather's wonderful items here.