Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Exciting Things to Come ... Perhaps


On December 21, I was invited by our local Member of Parliament to bring my apology quilt to his office so that he could see it.
My husband, Larry Tayler came along to take pictures,


Here's what Mr Ellis had to say on his Facebook Page ...

"Today, I was honoured to meet with Bill Stearman to see his amazing piece of art. Bill hand-made this quilt showcasing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apology to the LGBTQ community. I was so moved to see the quilt and to hear the impact that this speech made on our community, country and around the globe. Thank you Bill, I am so glad I got to see this, it has truly left me speechless."

When my quilt is home from QuiltCon, and when we are home from Australia in early April, I want to show this quilt to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ottawa.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Humbled


Heather Grant <heather@themodernquiltguild.com>

Mon 2018-12-17, 7:08 AM


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Dear Bill,
Congratulations! Your entry, For the Oppression of LGBTG2 Communities, We Apologize (#1048), has been selected by our panel of jurors to be displayed at QuiltCon 2019! Additionally, your quilt (unless you selected "for exhibit only") will be eligible to win prizes and awards from our many sponsors.


On November 28, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau delivered a public apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians.

He struggled to hold back tears as he spoke that day. I wept openly. 
That text is embedded in this quilt.
I can't read it without tears.
This quilt is a celebration of that speech. And a thank you.
It represents a defining moment for Canada. 
And for me. After a lifetime of feeling less than, of living in fear, of feeling out of place, I finally knew that I was valued, that I was safe and that I had a respected place in my country.