Quilts of Canada – Nova Scotia – Peggy’s Light

Nova Scotia: Peggy's Cove thread painting by Bridget O'Flaherty

Nova Scotia – Peggy’s Light

Quilts of Canada created by Bridget O’Flaherty in 2000. The quilts were shown at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum . 

This original design in thread painting used over 4000m of thread to complete.

Artist Statement

“One of the best-known lighthouses in Canada and possibly the most photographed in the world, Peggy’s Point is on the east side of the entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay. The light stands on the point at Peggy’s Cove. The present tower, built in 1915, replaced the original wooden tower, built in 1868. It is a graceful concrete octagon, almost 17 metres tall. That lighthouse originally displayed a white light from a dioptric lens ( a series of glass prisms) to magnify the light and then a green light after 1979. As of 1958, the lighthouse has no guard.

The Mariner’s Compass in the border is embroidered. This traditional quilt pattern is one of the most difficult blocks to piece accurately. “

Original size 3’x 5’


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Bridget O’Flaherty

An award-winning artist, Bridget utilizes layers of thread for shading effects – much like pencil crayon, stitching techniques, traditional piecing and quilting techniques. Her current work explores the use of sustainable materials, natural and hand dyed, organic fabrics. Inspired by nature and biodiversity, introducing the fragile aspects of the environment like species at risk, native and invasive species, traditional and historically significant crafts.

© Bridget O’Flaherty

photography by TH Wall