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This abstract animated film is a tribute to the unique and long-established art form of patchwork quilting. Using computer animation, digital drafting, and experimental design techniques, this mesmerizing film choreographs quilt motifs and designs and sets them to music.

  • director
    Gayle Thomas
  • animation
    Gayle Thomas
  • computer graphics
    Gayle Thomas
  • music
    Normand Roger
  • computer graphic resources
    Tom Nadas
    David Verrall
  • imaging services
    Patrick Bergeron
    Julie Dutrisac
    Richard Martin
  • sound mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Serge Boivin
  • administration
    Carrol Smith
    Ida Di Fruscia
  • producer
    Marcy Page
  • executive producer
    Barrie Angus McLean

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  • pegmac

    Wonderful film. Great choice of music. Total delight to watch.

    pegmac, 10 Jul 2011
  • scrapqueen37

    What a wonderful video. Not enough time to make all of these, but will try. Pinwheel variations were fun to watch. Definitely not swastikas. Though folks from one culture or another must see things that we do not always see. At least there were 6 pointed star variations to balance it off. I make Quilts of Valor for USA veterans and am always careful not to use rail fence or pinwheels in variations that would look like the swastika. I was delighted with the Grandmother's Fan variations. Thank you for your creativity.

    scrapqueen37, 22 Apr 2011
  • dianam

    about the NFB QUILT video containing a quilt with the swastika cross Patricia L. Cummings has researched some history of the block that caused distress to one of the commenters here That cross with the broken arms was a sewing/art design long before the Nazi party adopted it. That quilt has earlier history than the 1930's and 1940's The design has a history of 3000 years. To assign meaning to antique patterns without their history can cause unnecessary distress. © Copyright, May 1, 2009. Patricia L. Cummings, Quilter's Muse Publications, Concord, NH. All rights reserved. http://www.quiltersmuse.com/swastika-quilt-block.htm The other point is that some patterns are made in protest you will see them - in patterns like the Temperance "T" and like 54-40 or fight.

    dianam, 12 Apr 2011
  • quiltmaker

    Really, thepoopsmith, that's what you got out of this? A negative? Wow, you had to dig pretty deep to come up with that. This is really a nice piece. Totally enjoyed it. ALL positive thoughts came out as I watched it. Maybe you should try again.

    quiltmaker, 10 Apr 2011
  • thepoopsmith

    Did anyone else notice the swastikas at the the beginning? Awful :(

    thepoopsmith, 7 Apr 2011
  • susanshaw45

    This sweet video clearly demonstrates the roles that geometry and colour play iin quilt design. The music is a perfect match. Thanks!

    susanshaw45, 20 Mar 2011
  • Luv2quilt

    I love this!!! It was so inspiring, and the music couldn't have been any better. I want to go start sewing this minute but spring has sprung and the yard it calling me. Maybe my quilt room will have me some tonight.

    Luv2quilt, 12 Mar 2011
  • loehndorf

    From simplicity to complexity and back to simplicity. Lovely

    loehndorf, 10 Mar 2011
  • Alibartley

    Very impressive and so clever, inspirational!!

    Alibartley, 8 Mar 2011
  • Alibartley

    Very impressive and so clever, inspirational!!

    Alibartley, 8 Mar 2011
  • Victoriaquilt44

    Wonderful film ! A delight !

    Victoriaquilt44, 1 Mar 2011
  • mathman

    Looks like it was inspired by "Square Dance" a film board animation that I used teaching geometry concepts to 2nd grade students in the 70's. Delightful. I will recommend it to my elementary teacher friends.

    mathman, 26 Feb 2011
  • nevadagal

    This was a great pick-me-up! Really enjoyed seeing so many favorite quilt patterns and love the music. Thanks bunches! nevadagal

    nevadagal, 26 Feb 2011
  • ksoleson

    6 minutes and 37 seconds of pure delight. Absolutely the best eye candy for a quilter. I'm in the middle of teaching a intermediate quilting class and will forward this to them. Gotta get to a sewing machine NOW!

    ksoleson, 23 Feb 2011
  • jmatlin

    @Elliechat - Can you send me a screenshot of the message you get? Thanks. (j.matlin@nfb.ca)

    jmatlin, 22 Feb 2011
  • OCDQuilter

    Amazing! I will share this with a myriad of quilting friends. Merci!

    OCDQuilter, 22 Feb 2011
  • AnnC

    I love this... quilting & Celtic music... it just doen't get better than that

    AnnC, 18 Feb 2011
  • elliechat

    Film is unavailable to me. Why?

    elliechat, 18 Feb 2011
  • grizelda

    amazing !! and SO inspiring! I will use this as a tool when designing quilts.

    grizelda, 17 Feb 2011

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