BackPack Show

Here is a video overview that I made for my BackPack Show at Quilt Canada.
The music is 'Grateful', by Nimo from his 'Empty Hands' CD.

I'm too new to quilt making to store my quilts in a trunk, so I call what I do ... a BackPack Show.


I'm a quilt maker, but I'm also a storyteller.  I was a storyteller first. 

I came to quilt making in my mid 60s! 

I've struggled with storytelling as a way to make sense of my life for many years.  Quilt making seems to be the medium that just works best.

For my BackPack show, I'll bring over 20 quilts and tell their stories for about an hour.  I'll stick around after to answer questions and for hugs, tears, laughter, whatever.  Like most quilt makers, I love to talk about my work!

Cost for 'Not For Profit' Guilds ...
BackPack show ... $200 + travel ($.55/km - using google maps distances OR for greater distances, the cost of train or plane fare, which ever is cheapest) + motel/hotel accommodation if needed.

 'For Profit' Businesses, please contact me for Commercial Rates

To book, email me

NOTE:  If your Guild or shop has a 'Competition Policy' or any other restrictions for presenters, PLEASE let me know in your first contact.  I really want to treat everyone fairly, but that requires me knowing the rules right from the start.  :-)

Where I Have Given My BackPack Show ...
  1. Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild
  2. Limestone Quilt Guild
  3. Quilts at the Creek
  4. Thames Valley Quilters' Guild (with DD9P Variations workshop)
  5. Quinte Quilters Guild
  6. Kemptville Quilters Guild
  7. Napanee Quilters Guild
  8. London Friendship Guild (with DD9P Variations workshop)
  9. Upper Canada Quilters' Guild (with DD9P Variations workshop)
  10. Trent Valley Quilters' Guild
  11. Ottawa Modern Quilters' Guild
  12. Parrott Gallery, Belleville ON
  13. Kawartha Quilt Makers
  14. Ottawa Valley Quilters
  15. Common Thread Quilters' Guild

Review ... 
"Bill Stearman kept our guild meeting (October 4, 2017) enthralled with his colourful quilts, his life stories and his asides which made us laugh and cry by times.  His quilts are, of course, exquisite, mind blowing and worthy of all the awards and accolades they have earned to date.  He says his quilts each tell a story and as he explained each one, these stories came alive in our minds as we grew to understand just what an extraordinary life he has experienced.  His art speaks volumes and we wish him every success as he continues to create and evolve into an international quilting hero."
Karyn Wright
Quinte Quilters Guild

From Instagram - Aug 27, 2019
I got my CQA magazine today. Saw the picture of your quilt in the Juried Show booklet that they included. I think your quilt is gorgeous. I also love the write up. The words let people connect with who you are because you dare to let people see who you are. You are so real. Keep it up. I love seeing your quilts in juried shows! You are gifted.

1 comment:

  1. Our Guild had the opportunity of booking a Backpack Show with Bill Stearman on September 25, 2019. It was a most enchanting evening.
    Bill is not only a gifted quilt maker, he is also a consummate communicator and that's what everyone enjoyed. He doesn't just stand there and talk. He talks, he moves, he entertains. He was so generous with his knowledge and experience and throughout the whole time, he continually added tips and information. And being Bill, the whole time was peppered with anecdotal and humorous stories, family history (some of which were touching and sad but part of him). He brought us into his world and made us better understand the difficulties facing the LGBTQ community.
    Apart from grabbing a few cookies during the break, Bill spent nearly all his time speaking to everyone who wanted to talk to him, ask him questions, etc. This is what I mean about his generosity.
    He left us all more energized and more motivated than ever to try new techniques. Thanks a million Bill and we wish you continued success.
    Jocelyne von Allmen, Elliot lake Quilt Guild