VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION | Textile Museum of Canada
A true symbol of community and cooperation, the TMC Volunteers’ unique Sashiko Quilt was created over many months by volunteers, staff and friends of the Textile Museum of Canada. Altogether, 150 squares were embroidered for inclusion in the quilt.
Sashiko is a style of embroidery used in Japan to decorate and mend clothing. A white running stitch is sewn on to indigo fabric using traditional designs that are representative of nature and rural life. In recent times, Sashiko has been used to create a variety of decorative items.
The indigo-dyed fabric ages beautifully over time and is insect resistant. The white cotton Sashiko thread is heavier than conventional embroidery floss. The border and the quilt back are made up of printed indigo cotton from Japan. A list of the contributors to the quilt is sewn into the quilt back. Fabric and thread are from Michelle Dunn at Kallisti Quilts, and the piece was quilted by Cheryl Smith of Magpie Artworks.
This special quilt is a donation from the volunteers to the Textile Museum of Canada, and is being offered for sale to benefit the Museum. The fair market value of the quilt has been appraised at $4,000. However, the piece is being offered for sale at $3,900 (not including shipping/insurance). There is no HST on this selling price.
The quilt’s dimensions:
Length = 88 inches (223.52cm)
Width = 108 inches (274.32cm)
For further information, please visit the Museum Shop (55 Centre Ave., Toronto), where the quilt is on display.
Click here to see a gallery of photos taken during the making of the Sashiko Quilt