Friday, 15 January 2016

You Are Wanted at Quilt Canada 2016

You heard it right! You are in hot demand at Quilt Canada 2016 as a VOLUNTEER!

Not only that, we have some pretty awesome perks  if you volunteer for a shift or two!  
It gets better, we have a whole varied selection of fun and different ways you can help out. There will be something for you without a doubt! 

Do you know how much fun you can have amidst all those friendly quilters from across the nation, mingling on the show floor admiring the incredible quilts on display? Don't wait, sign up today to be a part of this amazing experience!

Head on over and check it out! We would love to have you help us deliver the biggest quilt conference Canada has ever seen!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Try Out a Long Arm or Mid Arm Machine at Quilt Canada 2016

Do you machine quilt? Would you like to machine quilt? Do you sometimes experience frustration trying to ram that big quilt under your domestic machine?  If you know there is an alternative but you really don't know much more than that, or you want to learn more about these machines, we have the solution for you at Quilt Canada 2016! Read down to the end to find out the best part!

Handi Quilter has generously donated for your use a classroom of Sweet Sixteens for you to try! The best part is the workshops are only 3 hours in length and the topics vary to suit your needs. Sweet Sixteens are considered a mid arm machine that you can sit down at.

It gets better, Handi Quilter is also bringing in an Avanté long arm machine that the instructor will demonstrate in lecture style with a projector and big screen so you can sit in your chair and see close up exactly how she does her quilting. And these lectures are only 3 hours in length so you still have oodles of time to head over to the Handi Quilter booth and try an Avanté, take in the quilt shows or visit the merchant mall!

Did I mention that we are bringing in their top instructors in the industry?  We are, Amy Von Gurp and Sue Patten are coming to teach! They are both teaching 8 different workshops/lectures which gives you 16 opportunities to get informed and try mid arm and long arm quilting.

Take a look at just a few of the lectures and workshops they are offering.

Here is a sampling of two of Amy's classes:

3021- Ruling the Ruler
3021- Ruling the Ruler Sweet
Sixteen Hands-On - Two students per machine 

3 Hours: Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Kit Fee: $25.00 (Students should also be prepared to purchase a ruler of their choice at the beginning of the class). 
Skill Level: All levels
Cost: Members:$60; Non-Members: $67
Note: Lunch tickets are available for purchase.
Be intimidated no more!  Come and learn how to use rulers safely and properly to finish your quilts.  In this class we will be exploring the different ways you can use a ruler to finish any quilting projects from clam shells to feathers and background fills.
SUPPLY LIST: Sketch pad, pencil and pen.
3521- Modern Quilting on Traditional Quilts
3521- Modern Quilting on Traditional Quilts
Long-Arm Lecture style workshop 

3 Hours: Friday, June 17, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Kit Fee: N/A 
Skill Level: All levels
Cost: Members:$50; Non-Members: $57
Note: Lunch tickets are available for purchase.
In this class we will explore ways of using modern quilting designs and techniques on traditional quilts.  We will be using a variety of tools that include rulers, computers and micro handles.
SUPPLY LIST: Sketch pad, pencil and pen.

And here is a sampling of Sue Patten's lecture/workshops:

1010 - Add, Alter, Delete, Change
1010 - Add, Alter, Delete, Change...
Long-Arm Lecture style workshop 

3 Hours: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
Kit Fee: $5.00 
Skill Level: All levels
Cost: Members:$50; Non-Members: $57
Note: Lunch tickets are available for purchase
This new class will take six design concepts and turn them into DOZENS of designs for every area of the quilt top.  Sue will teach the glass to go beyond what they see to discover what each design can be if you add, alter, delete and change it.  This class takes each design concept and creates blocks, borders, sashing, background, and edge-to-edge designs or all over designs, covering the complete quilt - all in one class.  Students will have the chance to share a design they use all the time and have it transformed into a multitude of variations to fit every area of a quilt.  This is a fast paced, all out fun and exciting class that will leave students with a whole new way of looking at their designs and the designs they will learn in other classes.  Come see beyond what's there and discover what any design can become as we Add, Alter, Delete and Change the way we design and quilt!!!
SUPPLY LIST: Sketch pad, pencil and pen.
1510 - Rule Your Quilt!
1510 - Rule Your Quilt!
Sweet Sixteen Hands-On - Two students per machine. 

3 Hours: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
Kit Fee: $25.00 
Skill Level: All levels
Cost: Members: $60; Non-Members: $67
Note: Lunch tickets are available for purchase.
If you are hesitant about using rulers, you will love them after this class.  Learn to handle rulers and templates safely and properly, as well as how to work with rulers to achieve amazing designs.  So join us and discover how rulers can add beauty and precision to all your future quilts.  Skills Featured: Straight line quilting; Fast continuous-curve method; Right angles and echo quilting; Cross-hatching; Piano keys and borders.
SUPPLY LIST: Sketch pad, pencil and pen.
Head on over to our classes to see what interests you and sign up today, so you don't miss this incredible opportunity!

One more little thing, when you sign up for a class/lecture, you get a ballot to enter into an amazing draw to win your very own Avanté!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Enter our Youth Challenge!

Cantik Batiks Youth Challenge 2016
'My Favourite Game or Sport'

Calling all Teachers, Students, Grandmas, Moms, Sisters and Aunts
(Grandpas, Dads, Brothers and Uncles too)!

Teachers, students  moms, grandmas, and neighbours are joining in the fun of helping a youth produce a creative quilt of 'My Favorite Game or Sport' for our Youth Challenge. Already we have run out of our first batch from Cantik Batiks who are graciously supplying more fabric. 

Make a quilt based on the theme 'My Favourite Game or Sport' The challenge fabric must be used in the quilt. It can be any size, like placemat, crib, whatever you want!

The student categories of entrants are - Elementary, Middle and High school students. Do not miss this exciting challenge and the prizes it will bring.

CQA/ACC members, you can sponsor more than one entry - so start today to plan with your school agers and get those entries rolling in.

This quilt may be art, traditional or modern but must include all or part of a fabric square you will receive from our Youth Coordinator Volunteer, Rolanda Tovey. Create your 3-layer quilt any size. You may use any technique and embellishment.

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2016 for the receipt of a photo of your quilt entry.

From March 3 -15, 2016 you will be able to vote for one of the entries to win the Viewers’ Choice award. There will be prizes for each student category, the Viewers’ Choice and for the sponsor of the Viewers’ Choice winner.

Click here for more info and to see all the rules.

Click here to view the photo gallery of all the Youth Challenge quilts from 2015. 
2015 winner titled 'Shelby's Aquarium'

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Mystery Quilt for Canadian Quilters to Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday - Block 3

We are thrilled to show you Cantik Batiks 3rd block for their fun mystery quilt to celebrate Canada's 150th in 2017!

Shania Sunga, their Canadian designer, has designed a 13 block Canadian Themed Mystery Quilt available at Canadian Quilt shops. Every 6 weeks, a new Province or Territory will be featured until April 2017, in time for Canada’s Birthday!

Their 3rd block is Alberta. 

Alberta is a province in Western Canada which landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands and vast coniferous forests. Alberta has more than 600 lakes and is rich in mineral deposits.
Named for the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Alberta is known as the Princess Province, but also nicknamed Sunny Alberta.
Barns have joined the ranks of “Endangered Species” New barns which are being built today lack the cultural and architectural interest from earlier years.

For more information go to