Friday, 29 May 2015

We Arrived in Lethbridge!

The Board is back together again!
We have arrived thanks to the lovely chauffeurs of our LOC Effie and Kathy who picked us up at the airport. The board of directors is settling in to two days of board meetings prior to the conference starting. This is what we spotted an LOC driving:
How fun are they, sporting the QC dates on their rear windshield?

We had dinner at the university, and came into the room and found this lovely decoration! Seriously quilters, these gals have pulled out all the stops. 

Flying in we could see all the hills and were told they were called 'coulees' in Alberta. Once we got settled, a few of us took a walk out to see these beautiful rolling hills. 

 We stumbled upon a buffalo out here on the range and it let us pose with it for a picture.

Now here is the good stuff!  See this running track below?  This is going to be filled from one corner to another with vendors in the Merchant Mall! You will be running from vendor to vendor, especially if you are or become a CQA/ACC member as a whole pile of merchants are giving deals just for CQA/ACC members!  Don't delay, come to our table and sign up.. and get a free tattoo while you are there!  (washable of course=)

Can we just say, the facility is amazing!
They even had our Quilt Canada sign up in the main entrance of the NJS/Merchant Mall location.

This is going to be one amazing Quilt Canada ever! Don't miss out! 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Jackie White ………….our President.

Excitement is building! The Countdown is on for Quilt Canada 2015, in Lethbridge, AB.  In just a few days, thousands of quilters will descend on the University of Lethbridge. Quilters will come from far and near to take in all the conference has to offer… …the National Juried Show, AGM, Workshops, Lectures, Merchant’s Mall, Invitational Show, a FAN exhibit, and of course the CQA/ACC Travelling Quilt Show, to name a few. Of course some will just come to hang out with others who share a common passion or even get a Tattoo.


The fantastic lady who is leading us into Quilt Canada 2015 is none other than, our president, the lovely Jackie White. Jackie has been at the helm for the past year. She has led CQA/ACC into the future and beyond. Being a very forward thinking person, she had a vision for CQA/ACC and set out to move in that direction, in a very positive way. Under Jackie’s leadership our association has undergone a number of major changes which should help us grow and prosper.

To hang out with Jackie is a pure pleasure. She has an awesome sense of humor and is always there to lend a hand if needed. Her only imperfection is that she works us to death at Board Meetings (kidding!)….actually if you feed her enough Chocolate and red Twizzlers, she keeps everyone on track and on time in a professional, but gentle manner.


Jackie is quite an accomplished art quilter in her own right. She has won many quilting awards, both nationally and internationally. She is a quilt teacher who loves to travel and spread the word about embellishing quilts with flowers, ribbons and buttons.  She writes regular blogs and tutorials for Craftsy.  Jackie has articles published in Quilting Arts Magazine, Annie’s, Quilters World, Martingale, The Canadian Quilter, just to name a few. Check out Jackie’s Art Quilts at


NJS is her passion. Since joining the Board in 2012, Jackie has persuaded us to keep up with the times by introducing a Modern category last year. While in Lethbridge, you may find her chatting up a storm, encouraging quilters to enter the NJS. Pat her on the back for a job well done!

When she is not immersed in the affairs of our organization, you can find her in her home on Manitoulin Island, ON, hanging out with her two sons, Steven and Chris.. as well as her husband Bob. They are the light of her life!!!  She loves to share in their activities, be it at the farm, the hockey arena, the dirt bike track or in school.

Judy K

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Logo Design Contest

Love to design, draw or sketch?  Here’s your chance to design a logo for Quilt Canada Conference to use on all Quilt Canada advertising and merchandise.  We are offering a Northcott fat quarter bundle, one year CQA/ACC Membership and recognition at conference for the chosen logo. 
Guidelines are simple:

       Include the name “CQA/ACC Quilt Canada”.
       Do not include any dates or years. 
       Use your design skills! Think of this as an opportunity to use your quilt design skills – consider line, shape, colour, value and balance.
       Think simple! Don’t add texture or get too detailed – otherwise it won’t work well in all media.
       Be creative! We want your idea to be one of a kind.

The chosen logo will be reviewed, and possibly adapted, by a professional graphic artist to ensure it is reproducible in all media including printing, clothing and digital media. The chosen logo will become the exclusive property of CQA/ACC.

Please photograph or scan your entry and send to by July 1, 2015.

Contest sponsored by Northcott and Canadian Quilters Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe.

Lollygagging - Final Leg

We have left the Okanagan (Penticton and heading towards Kelowna and Salmon Arm) on our way to Lethbridge.
Will we make it in time? 

We're headed back to Banff and then onto Calgary. 
Thanks to some of you who have been storing some inches (we've been getting some really big numbers) and all the other guilds who have regularly sent in their inches, we did it.

We're now able to head straight to Lethbridge. And with just a week to go!

We can spend some time in Lethbridge checking out the venue, quilt shops, maybe even a guild meeting with the Lethbridge Quilters - that's if they have time in their busy schedule getting ready for Quilt Canada June 4-6th.

 In particular, I'd like to thank the following guilds for their phenominal numbers to help in our journey:

Victoria QG
Ocean Waves Society of Cape Breton (NS)
Huron Perth QG (ON)
Vernon Silver Star Quilters
Nanaimo QG
Abbotsford QG
Cactus Rose QG (Medicine Hat)
Cochrane QG
Sudbury & District Quilting & Stitchery Guild
Quilted Mouse Guild of Calgary

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Quilt Canada - Nearly here!

Quilt Canada 2015 is rapidly approaching.  In less than a week, the LOC will begin to hang the quilts in anticipation of an amazing show that will leave you Blown Away!  But there are some practical matters that I should address here.  In order to enjoy the show, you have to get to the show.  
Time for some directions!

The University of Lethbridge is in West Lethbridge, and it is quite easy to get to.  If you are coming from the Lethbridge Airport, you can take a taxi to the University. As mentioned in a previous post, Royal Taxi is offering a special flat rate of $30 for the trip.  You have to specifically mention that you are in town for Quilt Canada to get this special rate.  

If you are driving in from out of town, whether you're coming from Calgary or Saskatchewan or Southern BC, you will be coming into Lethbridge on Hwy 3.  You will need to take the exit for 'West Lethbridge' and head South.  This will take you onto University Drive.  Continue South on Univesity Drive for roughly 5 km until you reach Valley Road W, and then turn left into the University.  

Head for Lot E (marked on the map in light blue).  There is free parking here for those attending the quilt show!  The building marked in green, the First Choice Savings Centre for Sports and Wellness, is where Registration, the NJS show, merchant mall, and Weeks Ringle lecture are.  The Closing Banquet is in the Student's Union Building, marked in pink.  The building you are in for workshops will depend on which workshop you are taking.  I recommend printing out the MAP, which you can find in this link, and taking it with you.  

For those are staying overnight at the University of Lethbridge, you will be staying at Mount Blakiston Residence, marked on the map in tan.  To get from the Residence to the show, you will need to walk along the path marked in blue.  It will take you approximately 7 minutes to walk to the First Choice Savings and Wellness Centre where the quilts are being displayed.  

We, the LOC, hope you are Blown Away by the beauty of both the University and its setting in the coulees, as well as the quilts that will be on display.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Only 8 more days!

Shena Boes

Monday, 18 May 2015

Sponsor Coordinator Position

Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe (CQA/ACC) is accepting applications for the position of Sponsor Coordinator.  Responsibilities include identifying and cultivating individual, corporate and guild prospects to become sponsors for CQA/ACC’s National Juried Show awards, other conference events and for the Association.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, research and writing skills, and will be self-motivated, reliable, and organized. 

This is a long-term, part-time, paid position.  For more information email

Countdown to QC2015

We have started the countdown to the start of QC2015... There are just a few weeks to go to the opening on June 4th. 

WOW - where has the time gone?

If you are attending, have you booked your flight, shuttle, accommodation?
Have you signed up for special events such as banquet, extra daily trips, or your favourite workshop(s) - there's still room left if you haven't. (Contact Jackie Philpott to do this)

Have you checked out the merchants/vendors who will be there? And their websites - in case there's something you desparately need!!!

Did you get your maps sorted out and printed so you know where you're going? Did you download your map of the campus of U Of Lethbridge?

Have you checked the weather to know what clothes to bring?


I'm sure there's something else too - I've started my checklist too.
Hope to see you there soon.