Thursday, 16 April 2015

So What are You Working on - Part 1

WOW - what an overwhelming response. We wanted to know what you were working on and you've shared some amazing projects and talent!

Spring is here - well maybe not for everyone. But spring fever is. And our quilters are hard at work whipping up new quilts and finishing off some started ones (aka UFO, PhP, WIP to name a few).

We will be featuring our quilters' pictures, with some of their comments:

Cindy Simpson

Cindy is working on a colour challenge (the peach square in the top left) for their first ever quilt show with the Cochrane QG (Alberta) - Sat. Oct. 17. Details will be available on CQA/ACC Events website.

Linda Schmidt

 Linda's current project.

Carol Magee

Carol  has 2 more rows to go.

Laura Coia

Laura is just finishing up this project.
'​N​eed to hand sew it closed and I'm done. 
I used Te​xture ​Magic to get the flower so puffy.'

Jaynie Himsl

Jaynie is working on her second  Flying Creek topographic map interpretation.
Cording made with embroidery floss and yarn are couched to a base.  12" x

She says, "I wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow, I'm excited to see what it's going to look like."

Shirley Jobson

 Shirley - 'A disappearing nine patch - very large queen (I think closer to King)
Practising my free-motion quilting.  Still set-in triangles and border to

Marg Conibear

Marg - 'Appliqué finished today. Blocks sewn together. Quilting next.'


Evelyn Smith

Evelyn - "This is my Piecemaker's 2003 Times and Seasons quilt that I'm making for my children. One for each. Hoping to have done by the end of the year. A huge endeavour but, I'm enjoying the journey."

Arja Speelman

Arja is still working on some Fall Leaves which are almost done. 
It is raw edged appliqued and quilted. Size: 23" X 23".
She is going to have it framed like a painting. 

Stay tuned for more quilts from our Canadian Quilters!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


All you have to do is leave a comment and ask your friends to like our page. Draw closes April 17th.
“Soft Touch® Cotton Batting” made by Fairfield. It is a 100% cotton queen size quilt bat.
Soft Touch® Cotton Batting is made of surgical grade, bleached white cotton which makes it ideal for whole cloth quilts. It is extremely soft, seed-free and easy to needle. It handles like a blanket and will give the appearance of an antique quilt when finished and washed. It can also be dyed for use as fabric on the outside of an art quilt. Weight: 3 oz. / sq. yd. and is 100% bleached cotton.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Special! Special!

Quilt Canada 2015 is quickly approaching and many of us are finalizing our travel plans for the event. I think it's safe to say that all of us are aware that there is an airport in Calgary, but it may be lesser known that there is an airport in Lethbridge as well. It is small, but very functional. 

To get from the airport to the University of Lethbridge where Quilt Canada 2015 is being hosted, you will need to take a taxi. And we’re very pleased to inform you that the LOC has pre-arranged with one of the local taxi companies, Royal Taxi, a special flat rate of $30 for anyone who is here for the show and needs to get from the airport to the University.

NOTE:  You will need to mention to them specifically that you are traveling for Quilt Canada to get this special rate.

That's one less thing to worry about planning for. 

Now you can spend your time thinking about all the amazing things you'll buy at the merchant mall instead!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

It's Here!

It's Time For Colour travelling show has finally reached Ontario. It seems like it's been everywhere already.
Herbie or is it Herbie 2 arrived late Wednesday afternoon. It was exciting to hang the quilts from this suitcase at The Quilting Bee on Hwy 20 in Fonthill for Apr. 9-11. Pictures of these quilts are amazing but seeing the quilts in person is so much better. Can't believe the work that has gone into these quilts.

And of course, everyone is invited to come to see the works of "award-winning" quilters.

These quilts will be packed up again and off to Quilters by the Square in Goderich for Apr 13 - 18th. Then off to the New Millenium Quilt Guild meeting on April 21st and the 5 Star Quilt Guild meeting on Apr. 22nd.
Next they will travel to the International Centre in Toronto for Creativ Festival April 24 and 25th, with a final stop in Espanola later in April.
Soon these quilts will be making their final trip to Lethbridge where they will be on display for all the visitors of Quilt Canada 2015 to see. Just a few quilts are left to purchase - what an overwhelming response!!
A donation cheque will be presented to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada at the final banquet in Lethbridge.Thank you to everyone who has purchased quilts and cards - You have helped make some children's wishes come true.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Stockings Needed

Hi Everyone!

We have received a request for help from the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

They have requested our help to make a number of Christmas stockings in various sizes that will be filled with donated items and raffled at a Ladies Night. The stockings may be suitable for children or adults, but the items donated to fill them will be for adults, so think large for wine bottles, small for gift certificates and any sizes in between.

The stockings can be mailed by October 15, 2015 to:
Ginny Goulet
Box 128

Monarch, AB T0L 1M0

If you make one, be sure to send us a picture and we will post it!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Member's Approach - Last Installment

The Trend-Tex 2015 challenge

The final placements!
WOW – the deadline is a month away as I write this…  where is the time going!!!
The fusible pattern pieces are now affixed to the back of the fabrics, and precisely cut out.  Time to be put in place with the aid of an “overlay”.  The paper backing of the fusible web product is removed, and the fussy placement begins.


The overlay is a transparent tissue paper that I have traced the whole picture onto.  This will allow me to place the pieces onto the background fabrics and not have the quilt look like a Dali impression. 


kite overlay

The overlay is pinned along only one edge to the background so I can flip it up and ensure a good placement of the fused pieces.  The pieces, without the paper backing, can be fused to the background once in place, without having to lift up again!


At this time I can also play with the layout a little, and redo, reshape with the scissors, or even re-cut a new piece if I don’t like how the piece is coming together or decide to change the colour/fabric choice!
overlay kite 1


pressed in place

Once satisfied with the layout, I take the iron to the pieces – ensuring that they are pressed – NOT ironed! A Teflon press sheet is highly recommended – as you don’t want to have any of the fusible webbing to be affixed to the iron!
Pieces are now “down”, the mid-arm is oiled and threaded ready to go!  Time to add the “dimension” to the kites blowing in the wind and memories of my dad – young at heart, wind at his back!

See you in Lethbridge in June! 
Lezley Zwaal, Edmonton AB

ps don't forget to get you finished Trend-Tex Challenge into Linda Schmidt by April 3, 2015.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Espanola Fibre Arts Festival

What is the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival?
Oct 16-18, 2015

Espanola is a community in Northern Ontario, near Sudbury. They have taken on this fantastic festival that will occur Oct. 16 - 18, 2015. This collaborative project between the Espanola Public Library and the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival is an amazing undertaking. They are looking for "art"-work from anyone interested in participating so they can create a massive coral reef structure.
Not only are they hoping to bring together "like-minded" individuals to create art together, but they've added the benefit of increasing awareness to the plight of the coral reefs in our world that are being threatened by "global warming and pollution".
This community meets at the Espanola Library, where a person can learn to knit, crochet and other techniques that might be used to make this display.

beginning of a coral reef display

If you are interested in this project, you can visit their website or their facebook page.
If you want more information or are interested in participating you can contact the coordinator of this project as well.

PS - visit their website and view their 2013 gallery to see some of the amazing things they have done.