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.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Member Approach - 4

Lezley Zwaal continues to work on her Trend Tex Challenge quilt....

Tracing, Tracing and more Tracing
It’s amazing how much time one will spend on a project that is close to your heart.  HOURS whiz by – dear hubby has long since gone to bed.  Here I am tracing, re-drawing a little, tracing over those lines with a dark marker so I can see through the backside of the fabric.  Yes, it’s late.  Some of the tracing was done during the day, when I can use the window.  Oh, I know there are those great light boxes – but my windows are bigger.
After making the backwards copy of the outlines, I trace the backwards copy of the individual pieces that will be appliquéd, adding room for “under” lap onto the paper side of the fusible web. 

back of Wonder Under

These pieces are numbered so that they can be placed properly on the background fabric, with the “behind” pieces going down first (not pressed yet), and the foreground pieces on top, with a bit of overlapping the under pieces so no space shows between sections of the kite. 

piece layout
The next step is to determine which fabrics will be used for the pieces – and sometimes they are re-traced for a different fabric if the first chosen really doesn’t work well.  The traced fusible web paper pieces are cut beyond the edges of the actual pieces and laid out on the side of the desired fabric.  The batik/bali fabrics are great because you can be very fussy where you choose colours or pattern to aid a 3D look.  The pieces are then fused to the backside of the desired fabric with a dry heat press (big difference between pressing and ironing) and ready to cut on the line.
ensure stick down

You must be sure the fused pattern piece are entirely fused to the fabric. The fabric is easier to cut with the larger-than-needed fused paper left on outside the lines.
The backing paper is left on so I can remember what piece is what.  

Magic on one of my oqn quilts

Oh – and if little Magic decides to help scatter the pieces, I have a chance of putting them back correctly. 

using large scissors
 Something I have found after doing many appliqué style quilts, is that the tiny scissors hurt my hands.  I use the really large scissors–and turn the fabric rather than turn the cutting hand.  I have much better control cutting deep slices and points such as these.

You are then ready to cut out the pieces.

In order to place the pieces onto the background as per the pattern – more tracing is needed!

Coming next is the final edition of the work in progess from Lezley and just in time to get it to the Vice President by the deadline of Mar. 31, 2015.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

An Aftenoon at the Museum

Quilt Canada 2015 Day Excursion
The Galt Museum is located along the edge of the coulee that marks the start of the River Valley in Lethbridge.  It has one of the most spectacular views in all of Lethbridge.  The building has worn many hats in its history, from hospital, nursing school, and rehabilitation centre to get to its current function as Galt Museum and Archives.  It has permanent displays on Southern Alberta’s history, as well as travelling displays on various topics, and also a lovely gift shop where many unique things can be purchased. 
The museum has previously partnered with the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild to bring in speakers, and is excited to have an opportunity to do so again in sponsoring a lecture during Quilt Canada 2015, on Saturday, June 6, from 1pm-4pm.  The cost is an extremely reasonable $6 at the door (seniors $5).
To get to the museum from the University of Lethbridge, a chartered bus will pick you up.  This is free of charge, courtesy of the City of Lethbridge Civic Hosting Grant.  
The first lecture, Sewers and Savers: Caring for Grandma’s Quilt, runs from 1:30-2:30.  Gail Niinimaa, Textile Conservator, will share her knowledge on quilt conservation.  She will cover a broad range of topics: basic care, handling, storage, and cleaning.  She will also take you through a discussion on her conservation efforts during and after the devastating High River flooding in 2013.

The second part of the afternoon, A Pile of Quilts, will let you get up close and personal with some heritage quilts from the Galt’s own collection.  It runs from 2:30-3:30. Curator Wendy Aitkens will show you examples of fine needlework, done by the hands of both men and women, in antique quilts that date back to the 1830s.  As an added bonus, you will also see the first quilt made by the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild.  This quilt was made before my time in the guild, but it is an amazing homage to Southern Alberta and the City of Lethbridge. 
After a half hour, which you can use to visit other exhibits or visit the wonderful gift shop, the chartered bus will pick you up at 4:00 and bring you back to the University.
It is not required to pre-register for this event, but if you would like to attend, please email Audrey Christiansen  as seating is limited to 35. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about antique quilts!  For more information on the Galt Museum, please visit their website.
Shena Boes

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Lollygagging to Lethbridge --5

It’s time for the next report on our trip to Quilt Canada in Lethbridge, AB for June 4-6, 2015. Our last stop was in Medicine Hat, AB. It seems that we are getting closer to our destination and leaving some of the cold behind too. This part of the country has been bragging of their spring/summer-like weather for awhile.

We are heading up the Trans-Canada Highway towards Calgary where there seems be a fair number of guilds and quilt shops to visit.  Several of these guilds have been supplying lots of inches to help with this trek. Calgary Silver Thimbles and

Piecemakers Guild of Calgary have had great Show & Tells - if the number of inches is anything to go by. Battle River Quilters’ Guild and Cochrane Quilters’ have also been gathering inches for us to get on the way.

While in Calgary, we stopped at Along Came Quilting . We saw a neat idea for that little someone -  Burrito Baby Wrap. This cute little pattern was available there.
We made another stop - this time to Quilting from the Heart in Camrose for their shop hop on National Quilting Day and to check out all the kits and fabric too (Judy Niemeyer quilts and patterns seem to be popular here). Then onto Addie’s Creative Fabrics of Cochrane, AB. They're preparing for their booth in Lethbridge merchant mall (QC2015).

I’d like to thank Chatham Kent Quilters for their large contribution of inches this month - They had a blitz on making Cuddle Quilts this month - way to go!!
As well, notable inches came from the Abbotsford Quilters (BC), Nanaimo Quilters (BC) and Huron Perth Quilters’ Guild (ON). Thanks to everyone who have sent in their guild’s inches each month.

We have enough inches to get us into British Columbia, but not as far as Salmon Arm for this section of the trip. So we’ll stop off in Banff, AB or maybe Lake Louise to see some of the sights there before we move on... Hopefully we’ll make it to Penticton for our next stop and then back to Lethbridge in time for QC2015.
Don’t forget to keep those inches coming in to the Director at Large (

Friday, 20 March 2015

Call For Teachers for Quilt Canada 2016

Call for Teachers 2016Call for Teachers 2016The Canadian Quilters Association/Association 
canadienne de la courtepointe is pleased to announce that Quilt Canada 
2016 will be held in the Toronto, Ontario area, June 2016, venue TBA.

The Conference Coordinator invites all interested teachers to submit proposals 
for workshops.   One day workshops are preferred with a limited number of 2 
day workshops being considered.  Workshop content may be for novice to 
experienced, traditional to contemporary, machine and non-machine, including 
long arm. 

Please submit your proposals before April 10, 2015 to Liz Thompson, Quilt 
Canada Coordinator, at .

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Finalists in the National Juried Show 2015

Congratulations to all the finalists in the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge, AB this June 4-6, 2015!

Annette Angood
Janet Archibald
Merilyn Arms
Judy Barnett
Emilie Belak
Myja Bernadet
Helene Blanchet
Pat Borecky
Karen Brewer
Diane Carson
Stasha Ceglarz
Leanne Chahley
Michele-Renee Charbonneau
Millie Cumming
Patricia Dance
Deyanne Davies
Alison Dean Cowitz
Elizabeth Dillinger
Deb Domin
Georgette Ehr
Helen Fujiki
Nora  Fursevich
Anna Gajewska
Carol Goddu
Carole Gold
Leah  Gravells
Victoria Gray
Wendy Greber
Elizabeth Green
Kathryn (Kate) Hall
Janet Harper
Shirley Hauck
Lola Hazel
Jaynie Himsl
Earla Horne
Dorothy E Howard
Carolyn A Hudson
Jeannie Jenkins
Karen Johnson
Lorraine Johnson Brotsky
Paula Jolly
Judy Kelly
Cindy Kozlowski
Tracey Lawko
Judy Leslie
Doris Lovadina-Lee
Betty Manuel
Tracie L Maryne
Angela Maves
Lynne McCulloch
Elizabeth McDowell Heagy
Krista McIntosh
Birdie McLean
Patti Morris
Riel Nason
Colleen Peake
Jenny Perry
Cindi Plant
Cheryl Pratt
Darlene Purnell
Susan Purney Mark
Tina Putoto
Hilary Rice
Debbie Richards
Barbara Robson
Darlene Roger
Felicity Ronaghan
Barbara Root
Laurie Russman
Patricia Ryckman-Fleming
Sandra Sandvik
Martha Schellingerhoud
Lorna Shapiro
Marlene Speed
Bill Stearman
Marny Stevenson
Susan Teece
Karen Thatcher
Kathy Tidswell
Lois Toutant
Catherine Ugrin
Maggie Vanderweit
Mary Vanson
Brigitte Villeneuve
Carol Wang
Jessica Wang
Bernadette Ward
Jennifer Watson
Leslie Wickenden
Jim Wilford
Valerie Wilson
Coreen Zerr