Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Summer Quilt Fun

Can you believe summer is almost upon us?   I can hardly wait.  Swimming, strawberries and chocolate sauce, gardening, ice cream cones, bonfires, roasting marshmallows, sunsets, s'mores and the list goes on.   If you noticed that food cropped up a lot, you are right.  I love eating 'junk' food in the summer.  Almost as much as I love doing handwork on my deck while enjoying the weather.  Luckily I can usually manage to do both at the same time!   

Do you work on different quilt projects in the summer compared to the fall or winter?   It would be an interesting topic to look at to see if quilters do bigger projects in the cooler months or if they do more handwork in the summer months.   I think we can agree that we don't do handwork outside in December.  At least not in Northern Ontario we don't!  Although I have taken many a picture of a quilt outside in the winter as the white background and lighting do make gorgeous photos.  

I thought as you pondered your seasonal quilting practices, you may want to hop to some fun sites.

First off is Vivian's blog.  She served as Secretary for three years on the CQA/ACC Board.  

Our wonderful friends at Trend-Tex Fabrics Inc. who so generously donate all the fabric for our Trend-Tex Challenge fundraiser we do each year, say this on their website:

Trend-Tex Fabrics Inc is the leading Wholesale Distributor in Canada for quilt shops and manufactures. We are proud to represent some of the best fabric companies in the world such as Alexander Henry, Benartex, Hoffman, Michael Miller, Moda, RJR Fabrics, Stof.

One of the fantastic fabric companies they bring into Canada is Moda.  Did you know that Moda has a website that offers tutorials using their pre-cuts.  They have a new one every two days!   If you look under their 'Recipes', all their tutorials are broken down by categories.  If you want to find a fun quilt to make, just click 'Quilts' and there is a picture of all their quilts along with the pattern  all for free!   

Our 2012 NJS winners are up on our website.  Laine Canivet was the photographer.  Go and take a look to see the best in Canada!  Next year it could be you, so get designing.

Lastly, I am probably not supposed to mention this, but I have just seen a sneak peek of the item that members and guilds are going to be asked to make for QUILT BC 2013..... and it is stinkin' cute!   You are going to definitely want to give this a go.   Sshhh......more on that later.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Welcome Quilters

Hi there!

My name is Jackie White and as of July 1st, 2012 I will be joining the CQA/ACC Board of Directors.   When the opportunity came up to help out with the CQA/ACC blog, I jumped at the chance!   I have my own blog  and absolutely love doing it.   I have 'met' some of the greatest people in the world and can honestly call them dear friends.  It has been a wonderful experience and I hope to have as much fun on this blog with all of you!

Until I really get my feet wet as to exactly how I am to run this blog, I thought I would showcase a few Canadian blogs for you to peruse through.

The Needle and Thread Network is a Canadian blog run by my dear friend Monika.  Her 'Prairie Dress' was just in the NJS in Halifax.  She has opportunities for you to see what many other Canadians are working on every Wednesday.   I look after the Call for Entry page, to let you know what shows are out there for you to enter.

Judy Martin, just won an award at the recent National Juried Show in Halifax.   She is a very well known art quilter who excels in hand work and putting a modern twist on traditional work.

Anna Hergert who has had her work accepted into many many shows is a lovely lady who does fabulous workshops and lectures, and currently co-runs the judging program for CQA/ACC.

Elaine Quehl is a wonderful Canadian teacher and lecturer.   Her work has been published, won awards and is loved by all.  How she can make the hosta plant look life like with fabric is beyond words.  She also just won an award at the NJS.

Go and check out these wonderful Canadian blogs, and if you like them, be sure to 'follow' so you don't miss any of their wonderful work.  Please check back here often as there will be constant updates on Quilt BC and lots of fun quilting tips and tidbits to keep you motivated and inspired.