Fifteen years an editor

Jamie Heap
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The Canadian Quilter Magazine honours retiring editor with quilt

AMHERST-It must have seemed like yesterday to Marsha Cleveland that she became the editor of The Canadian Quilter Magazine. On Saturday, the aforesaid retiring editor found herself being honoured after 15 years of service, a timespan which saw the 40 page black and white magazine bloom into 80 pages of full colour.

“I was the publishing editor of The Canadian Quilter Magazine, which publishes four volumes a year, for 15 years,” said Cleveland. “It’s the only national quilting magazine that is made up of a board of directors from all across Canada. The board has representatives from all 10 provinces and three territories. Every other year, it hosts a full size conference, with a smaller one in the intervening years. In 2012, the Canadian Quilters’ Association conference was in Halifax. In 2014, it will be in St. Catharines, Ontario. These conferences have between 400 and 500 registrants.”

On Saturday inside Mrs. Pugsley’s Emporium: Quilting Fabric and More, Dorinda McCully, the Nova Scotia Representative for the Canadian Quilters’ Association (CQA/ACC), presented Cleveland, who has been quilting herself since the mid- 1970s, with a quilt made of blocks contributed by members of the CQA/ACC, including some of the writers of the magazine whose work Cleveland has edited.

Cindy Simpson of Alberta assembled the blocks and did all of the quilt’s quilting.

“First of all, thanks to Beth for agreeing to host us today,” said McCully. “It’s no hardship for quilters to meet at a fabrics store. Thanks to Lesley for getting the word out to her (Cumberland) Quilt Guild. I’m pleased to see so many out to say thank you to Marsha for her dedication to our magazine The Canadian Quilter.”

After accepting the quilt from McCully, Cleveland had a few words of her own.

“I’d like to thank you all for coming out to witness the presentation,” said Cleveland. “It’s been a quick 15 years for me. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people. I think that I should be thanking them, but it’s nice that it’s the other way around.”

After the presentation, members of the Cumberland Quilt Guild congratulated Cleveland on her retirement before taking pictures of Cleveland and her family.





Organizations: CQA/ACC, Cumberland, Nova Scotia Representative

Geographic location: Cleveland, AMHERST, Canada Halifax Ontario Alberta

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