Thursday, 23 June 2016

An Email that shows the Kindness of Quilters

This email was received by a Board member. Quilters truly are remarkable people with very big hearts! Read on:

Our local quilting group The Huron Shores Quilters have devoted the month of May to making quilts for Fort McMurray.  We had the local paper The North Shore Sentinel do an article on our efforts.

We have just sent the first 14 quilts to Erie Quilt Art in Calgary and have about a dozen more in the process of being finished.  We hope to have the rest off by the end of June.

I have, "courtesy of the North Shore Sentinel", attached a photo of our group with many of the quilts, 

Each of our quilts has a label indicating it has come from the Huron Shores Quilters of Blind River, Iron Bridge, Thessalon and Bruce Mines in Northern Ontario, along with an email address.    

It was the CQA who first let us know about sending quilts through Erie Quilt Art - so thank you.

Linda Stemp
Fort McMurray Quilt Project Co-ordinator

Huron Shores Quilters

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Cross Stitching DIY Project

Cross Stitching DIY Project

Join us as we welcome an adorable project from one of our amazing sponsors WonderFil Specialty Threads!

This hand-made project makes a great personal gift for any special family or friend, and is simple enough to complete even for beginners.

Here are all the materials you will be needing for this project:

  • 1 piece of 11 count aida cloth 7”x8” (will vary based on size of design)
  • Size 22 tapestry or darning needle
  • 12wt Fruitti, a 100% Egyptian cotton thread <link to:> (Colors used in our project: FT20-Storm, FT10-Roses, FT15-Carnation)
  • Pattern: <link to site> (pictured: “Thank You for Being My Friend”)
  • Embroidery scissors
  • 6” Cross-stitch hoop
The first step is to choose the pattern you would like to cross stitch with your personalized message. We used a free pattern from this great website where you can find a variety of different designs for your cross-stitch.

For the full tutorial on this DIY project visit the blog.

With Love and Threads,

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Chevron Embroidered: Pillbox Pincushion

Join us as we welcome an adorable project from one of our amazing sponsors WonderFil Specialty Threads!

 The WonderFil team would love to share with you a wonderfil little project that would not only be fun, simple and easy to make, but also useful. For this project we decided to use the WonderFil’s Razzle and Dazzle threads.

The Razzle and Dazzle threads are perfect for hand embroidery, the silky soft 6 ply rayon thread adds a beautiful shine and sparkle to any project. Simple stitching and the usefulness of the pillbox make it the perfect project to try your hand at embroidering. This is a great project that can simply be modified and customize. Have fun with the pattern and design, these pillbox pincushions make the perfect little gift.

With a few simple seams and a little stuffing, you will be moving your pins into their new home before you know it.


  • Wonderfil dazzle - 6180, 3130
  • Wonderfil razzle – rzm03, rzm15
  • Wonderfil designer -  white - ds426
  • Linen fabric, 1/4 yd.
  • Fusible fleece, 1/4 yd
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Button


  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler with 60 degree angle markings
  • Fabric marking tool
  • Soft sculpting doll needle

Basic supplies

  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle,
  • Iron
  •  Pressing surface

For the full tutorial on this DIY project visit the blog.

Make sure to visit our booth at the Quilt Canada 2016 in Toronto from June15–18.

With Love and Threads,

Monday, 13 June 2016

An Alternative to Invisible Monofilament Threads

Join us as we welcome an adorable project from one of our amazing sponsors WonderFil Specialty Threads!

Looking for a better alternative to invisible monofilament threads? Most of us know invisible thread as clear nylon or polyester that come in "clear" or "smoke" colour and resembles a fishing line. Some of the most common complaints are that they have a lot of stretch, become brittle or break easily, cannot withstand heat, can turn yellow, don't feel very soft and will sometimes cut into the fabric. These threads also tend to have a shine, meaning they still show under the light.

InvisaFil is an excellent alternative as it is an ultra fine 100wt thread, meaning it is thin enough to disappear into the fabric. It is also a cottonized polyester which reduces the stretch in the thread and gives it a matte finish, allowing it to blend into the fabric even further. InvisaFil is soft and silky to the touch, making it an excellent choice for quilts, and is also ideal for stitch in the ditch, hand or machine appliqué and English paper piecing because of its super fine weight, resulting in extremely flat seams (as you can see pictured).

For great tutorial, DIY project, and more visit the blog.

Make sure to visit our booth at the Quilt Canada 2016 in Toronto from June15–18.

With Love and Threads,

Thursday, 9 June 2016

We Made It Counting Inches Across Canada!

A final report on the Counting Inches across Canada..... drumroll please....

Yes, we were able to accumulate enough inches to travel from Lethbridge, AB to Toronto, ON (actually Mississauga, ON) where Quilt Canada 2016 is about to start in less than a week.
Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful quilts in the National Juried Show, Invitational Show, Trend-Tex Challenge and many more quilts on display to see. There's merchants/vendors to visit, workshops to take, lectures to be at - so much to see and do June 15-18, 2016 at the International Centre!

Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild didn't have time to count the inches of their
 60 of 215 quilts that have been made for the Fort MacMurray residents.

Thanks to all the guilds who participated this year and especially all those guild members who took the time to count the inches and then send them in to be counted!  Quilters are the best!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

“Awesome Appliqué for All!” Workshop with Brother at Quilt Canada 2016

Brother is one of our generous sponsors, and is guest blogging today. 

“Awesome Appliqué for All!” Workshop with Brother, at Quilt Canada 2016 on June 16 & 18

Calling sewers of all levels! Make customized, stunning appliqués for all your quilting, embroidery, home décor and crafting projects.

We can’t wait to meet you! Join us at Booths 308, 310, 312 and 313 on June 16 at 1pm, and June 18 at 11am.

Come get hands-on experience with THE Dream Machine and the ScanNCut! Read on to see how they’ll help you make projects you’ve only dreamed of!

Join us and discover zillions of ways to make appliqués!

• Learn how to make a quilt block with Brother’s ScanNCut and THE Dream Machine XV8500D.
• Create custom appliqués with ScanNCut for any of your quilting projects.
• Scan the shape you want and add beautiful stippling automatically around your appliqué. No computer required!

THE Dream Machine

THE Dream Machine is our most powerful, technologically advanced combination machine ever, with 100 new or improved features. Here are four ways THE Dream Machine makes embroidery fun & easy:

• At 10.1”, THE Dream Machine has the largest high-def LCD in its class—so you can view your creations in crisp, vivid colours and navigate like you do on a smart phone or tablet.
• It has our largest needle-to-arm, and 56 square inches of workspace—enough for a rolled king-size quilt!
• You can scan handwriting or line art, and then watch as it’s transformed into unique embroidery designs. Plus, you can draw directly on the LCD!
• You get dozens of Disney™ characters—like Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Snow White, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse—with every machine. And you can add them to any of your projects!


ScanNCut is the world’s first home & hobby cutting machine with a built-in scanner. With its 300-DPI built-in scanner, it’s the only cutting machine that can take your scanned images, photos or hand-drawn sketches, and turn them into unique cutting designs. No need for a computer, software, or pricey cartridges!


We’re proudly displaying our “I[heart]CQA/ACC” poster. That means, we’re offering special discounts to all CQA/ACC members throughout the show. Be sure to show us your CQA/ACC pin!

Marcie Baron
HAD Marketing Manager, Brother Canada

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

An Amazing Group of Quilters Get Ana Buzzalino

When the Board of Directors of CQA/ACC landed in Lethbridge AB back in June of 2015 we had no inkling of what was going to take place during the week of Quilt Canada.  Let me clarify that! We knew that the Local Organizing Committee  (LOC)had been working tirelessly for 2 years to prepare for this conference. We had no doubt they would put on an incredible show and be well organized.

But what we weren't prepared for was the hundreds of extras they did for CQA/ACC. They had their cars with Quilt Canada logos on them, every meeting room had their special touches added to them. And the organization blew us away. They introduced us to a 'jump sheet' where they knew what was happening minute by minute, where it was and who was in charge!

And that is not even the best part. These quilters (and Merv) were genuine, delightful and happy.  They constantly smiled and laughed, despite the hours of work they were putting in... and what I will never forget is when we finally had to say goodbye, it was like they took a part of our hearts.

Leading the LOC was Kathy Oliver, and here is what she has to say:

The Local Organizing Committee for Quilt Canada 2015 was thrilled when the CQAACC granted them a $1,500 bursary to sponsor a workshop using a Canadian teacher.  After much discussion, we decided to ask Ana Buzzalino, a well-known teacher from Calgary to come and teach two workshops on April 23 and 24, 2016.  

Some of the committee preferred more traditional quilting and some leaned more toward art quilts so we decided to ask Ana to do both. 

Ana was willing to take up to twenty students so we agreed to open up the workshops to other members of the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild who had provided so many hours of volunteer work for Quilt Canada. The hall at Parkbridge Estates is our favourite venue for workshops and it was available for rent that weekend.  The bursary did not cover all our expenses but it allowed us to cover Ana’s fee and her expenses.  Each participant then paid a small registration fee that covered the rent and provided lunch and refreshments for 40 eager learners. 

Janet Thompson hard at fun.

The first day was devoted to learning Ana’s method for making a New York Beauty block that would be used for a funky pillow top.  She uses fun-dation paper to paper piece the arcs and it does not have to be removed.  Yeah! No more picking out pieces of paper forever.  

Ana demonstrating

Ana was a patient and knowledgeable instructor who guided the group through sewing curves and using partial seams to put the pillow top together. She loves free motion quilting and generously shared her expertise with us.

Wendy Bushell

The second day started with a demonstration of using inktense pencils on fabric.  Ana has a fantastic ability to blend colours and create realistic fruits and vegetables.  She provided numerous images to the group and each person worked on their preferred choice.  

The afternoon was spent learning how to use Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) and again everyone worked on different projects.  We purchased kits from Ana which contained a number of images that we could play with in the future so the fun will continue.

It was a great weekend of sharing and camaraderie which everyone enjoyed.  We had a lot of fun working together on the Local Organizing Committee for Quilt Canada and it was wonderful to get together again.  

We certainly appreciated the bursary and extend our heartfelt thanks to the Canadian Quilters' Association for making these workshops possible. 

Submitted by Kathy Oliver, Chair of Local Organizing Committee for Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge, Alberta