Thursday, 20 April 2017

Demo Booth at Quilt Canada 2017

The Demo Booth for Quilt Canada 2017 is up!  What an exciting line up of fun and interesting demonstrations for you to attend, and the best part is, it is all free! Grab a cup of java and sit down and prepare to be entertained and educated! 

Time  Wed 14th    Thurs 15th 
10am     Distinctive Sewing Supplies: Sew Yourself a capsule Wardrobe 
11am Distinctive Sewing Supplies: Sew Yourself a capsule Wardrobe    Meerkat Trading: The Bolt and the Beautiful - the Shweshwe Saga
12 noon Schmetz Needles by Rhonda Pierce Director of Marketing and Education Schmetz   Sew Fancy: Needles, Needles & more Needles
1pm Meerkat Trading: The Bolt and the Beautiful - the Shweshwe Saga   Cathy McClean: A New Innovation in Rotary Cutting (TrueCut)
2pm Country Concessions: The Battle of the Stars    
3pm Cobwebs & Caviar: Joni Newman presents Zippy Zippers + other techniques for finishing bags   Country Concessions: The Battle of the Stars
4pm Sew Fancy: Panel Play   Cobwebs & Caviar: Joni Newman: Using Zentangles in Quilts

Time  Fri 16th    Sat 17th 
10am Cobwebs & Caviar: Joni Newman: Stained Glass Quilting   Meerkat Trading: The Bolt and the Beautiful - the Shweshwe Saga
11am     Country Concessions: The Battle of the Stars
12 noon Cathy McClean: Applique 101 with Heat n Bond    Sew Fancy : Let's start stitching sashiko
1pm Country Concessions: The Battle of the Stars   Cathy McClean: Its more than just Batting 
2pm Meerkat Trading: The Bolt and the Beautiful - the Shweshwe Saga   Distinctive Sewing Supplies: Sew Yourself a capsule Wardrobe 
3pm Sew Fancy: Alma's Tool School    
4pm Distinctive Sewing Supplies: Sew Yourself a capsule Wardrobe     

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Quilt Canada 2017 Mobile App

CQA/ACC is proud to present a mobile app for Quilt Canada 2017! We have created a tutorial to help you through the steps of downloading it.

It has everything a show guide would have in it, but better!  (Don't worry we are printing show guides, but they simply aren't able to contain all the information we crammed into our mobile app in an easy, user friendly way) Here are some of the perks to having a mobile app:

  • Everything is at your fingertips.
  • There is a daily schedule and times of every show and event happening.
  • You can get instant notifications, for door prize winners, demo schedules, last minute changes, etc.
  • The activity stream is for you to see what everyone else is doing at Quilt Canada and for you to add in your comments and pics!
  • There is a map of the Merchant Mall with all of the vendors hilited at the touch of your finger.
  • List of all vendors, workshops, speakers, and sponsors!
  • You can connect and make new friends on the app.
One of the best parts about it, is if you are unable to go, you can download the app and look at all the quilts on the activity stream so you can see the talent and creativity of Canadian quilters!


Go to your App Store on your device, or may be called Google Play as well.

Click on it and hit the search button at the bottom, looks like a magnifying glass. Some devices the search button may be at the top.

Once you click on that, you will get your keyboard and a bar at the top, type in 'Quilt Canada'.

You will see a search engine bring up Quilt Canada 2017. Click on that. 
Click on the little cloud with the arrow to download the app. Other devices may just 'install'.

Our app works on iPad. While searching for the app on your iPad, make sure to switch to "iPhone only" mode in the App Store as shown on the screenshots below

Once it finishes downloading, it will say 'Open'. Click on that and it will take you right into the app. Or on some devices it may just be in your app list, so just select Quilt Canada.

When you are done playing in the app, you will always be able to go back by finding the icon on your desktop or front of your device, as shown below. Or on some devices it may just be in your app list, so just select Quilt Canada.

When you get into the app, you can see the menu with all the different options. You can create a profile so you can add pics and comments, but you don't have to in order to use the app.

There is a daily schedule so you can see what events are on that day, what time shows open and close at and much more. 

All our speakers and their topics are covered too!

Don't wait!  Download the app today!  Let us show YOU what is happening at Quilt Canada 2017 this June 14-17th!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Charitable Sewing- Be a Sewing Superhero

Love it when a sponsor drops by to share with us! Coats and Clark is one of CQA/ACC's amazing sponsors!

About our author:

Annette Millard is passionate about sewing and has worked in the sewing industry for many years. She is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands! She currently enjoys supporting the Coats & Clark community writing blog posts about products and projects for the Coats Sewing Secrets Blog.

Those who sew and quilt are the most generous people I’ve known. There’s something about hands-on making  that expands our hearts and inspires us to reach out to others. Our Sewing Superpowers can enrich lives around the world through charitable sewing!

Little Dresses for Africa
My fabulously generous friend Barbara, has been making Little Dresses for Africa for many, many years. Every week she meets with a group of women who share the joy of sewing as they make simple, bright dresses for this wonderful project. The dresses are simple designs, often made from pillowcases and when delivered convey a valuable sense of worth to these precious girls. A quote from the Little Dresses for Africa web site explains the incredible value of these hand-sewn frocks. “The road is especially tough for little girls and young women.  Often small children are left as primary care-givers of even younger children, because of disease and poverty.  These little dresses, given freely to those in need, plant the seed that they are worthy.” Little Dresses for Africa also partners with those who provide the girls with lessons in sanitation, clean water, good health and family skills. It's not just a dress!
To learn more about Little Dresses for Africa and how you can be involved, click here to visit their web site.

Image from Days For Girls

Days for Girls
As some of these same girls grow and leave their Little Dresses behind, monthly sanitary needs become a high priority. Once puberty begins, many African girls stay home and miss essential school time one week each month. Sanitary pads and other supplies we take for granted here in the US are simply unavailable. Days for Girls is a network of sewists who stitch together washable, reusable kits so that menstruating girls can attend school every day of their cycle. With the kits, girls are given life-saving health and hygiene education.  Days for Girls states their impact well.: “Women, and girls discover their potential and self-value, are equal participants and agents of social change and are given opportunities to thrive, grow and contribute to their community's betterment while ensuring quality sustainable feminine hygiene.” My friends, Jeanette and Claire, are among thousands of women throughout the world who meet weekly to sew. They enjoy the company of fellow sewists and the opportunity to give dignity to their little sisters in Africa!
To find out more about Days for Girls, it’s mission and how you can help, visit their web site by clicking here.

Image from Patchwork Posse

Alzheimer Fidget Quilts
There are, of course, many needs for generous sewists in your local community. Near to my heart is the Alzheimer Fidget Quilt. If you have a loved one who suffers from dementia, you know that an object to “fidget” with is often very soothing. My mother, who suffered from Dementia would have loved one of these!  A Dementia Fidget Quilt is full of pockets, buttons, zippers and other things that soothingly keep aged hands busy. These blankets of handmade love become a treasure for the one who receives them and a great comfort for their family. Similar to the blankies we loved in childhood, a Fidget Quilt can be an amazing friend!
To find out more about Fidget Quilts and their value for those with Dementia, click here to visit the Alzheimers Association web site.
For a Fidget Quilt tutorial, click here for a great post on the Patchwork Posse blog.

Image from Sew With Aloha
Be a Sewing Superhero!
There are many ways to use your sewing powers for charitable sewing locally and around the world! I’ve listed just a few more below with links to patterns.
·        Adult Bibs - click here
·        Chemo Turbans - click here
·        Lap Robes -  click here
·        Wheelchair & Walker Caddies - click here
·        Adaptive Clothing for Military Vets - click here
You will also find lists of opportunities on or Nancy Or you may have your own list or be aware of needs that your stitching would help. The power of charitable sewing is not just in what you offer, it is also in what it offers you. Set aside sewing time, participate in a project and your life will be enriched immeasurably!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Thank you to Canadian Quilt Guilds for their sponsorship!

It is always incredible to see the generousity of Canadian Quilt Guilds when CQA/ACC asks for their support.  We are seeing it in the Big Quilt Bee, when quilters across Canada are making blocks, tops and quilts for kids in care at Ronald McDonald Houses.

But we also see it from a financial point of view when guilds are asked to help sponsor Quilt Canada. It is this generousity that continues to humble the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers that help put on the conference. We know how hard guilds work to fundraise and please know your donation is very much appreciated to help promote quilting in Canada through our annual conference.

The guilds below have sponsored activities at Quilt Canada 2017, please give them a heartfelt thank you!

Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild
Brant Heritage Quilters Guild
Mahone Bay Quilt Guild
Busy Hands Quilt Guild
Fraser Valley Quilter's Guild
London Friendship Quilters Guild
Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild

Island Quilters' Guild
Northern Lights Quilt Guild
Moraine Quilt Guild
Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild
Bue Mountain
Timberlane Quilting Guild
Chateauguay  no info
Nanaimo Quilters Guild
Tofield Country Quilters
Fraser Quilter's Guild
Near North Quilters' Guild
Vermilion Quilters
Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild
Manitoba Prairie Quilters
Prince George Quilters Guild
Kanata Quilt Guild
Piecemakers Guild of Calgary
Cornwall Quilt Guild
Crocus Quilters
Central Alberta Quilters Guild
Orillia quilters guild
Northern Lights Quilters Guil
Orchard Valley Quilters Guild
Happy Quilters
Foggy Bay Quilt Guild
Kootenay Quilters Day Guild
Northshore Pins and Needles Quilt and Stitchery Guild
Region of York Quilters Guild
Lillooet Quilters Guild
Mississauga Quilters Guild
Quilters Guild of Renfrew and Area
Castlegar Quilters
Kempenfelt Quilters Guild
Lions Gate Quilters Guild
Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild
Abbotsford QG
The Quilted Mouse
Victoria Quilters' Guild
Georgian Quilters
Huron Perth QG
Niagara Heritage Quilters Guild
The Highland Quilt Guild
Penticton Quilters Guild
Oxford Quilters Guild
Pembroke Log Cabin Quilt Guild
Langley Quilters' Guild
Chilliwack Quilters Guild
Guilde Acadienne de Clare
New Millenium Quilters
Northern Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Arkeley Area Quilt Guild
Saskatoon Quilters' Guild Inc
Gwillimbury Quilt Guild

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Big Quilt Bee is on Pat Sloan's Podcast!

Join us Monday March 27th at 4 pm EST as CQA/ACC chats with Pat Sloan about the Big Quilt Bee!

To date 300 finished quilts are made with enough tops and blocks to make an additional 200 quilts!

The quilts are so gorgeous and kids in care at Ronald McDonald Houses are just going to love them!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Quilt Canada 2017- 3D Threadwork

You have to love it when a quilt teacher takes thread to a new level and turns it into 3D art!

That is something you can find only at Quilt Canada 2017 this June in Toronto ON, as Coreen Zerr is coming to teach a multitude of unique classes on threadwork!
This three dimensional workshop is only half a day, so you can still head to the Merchant Mall after and buy more thread!

301M - 3-Dimensional Thread Play for Landscapes (Janome)One Half Day Workshop
Friday, June 16, 2017, 08:30 - 11:30
Cost: $75.00
A workshop designed to further your skills in free motion thread play for landscapes. Design elements will be demystified and techniques explained to create depth.
In the workshop, participants will create and learn 3-D effects with products and thread work, create texture by working with threads in free motion zigzag

This workshop will take your thread work to the next level! For those bored with the same old stitch, learn new ways to make your project stand out!

 The objects on the quilt practically come to life using Coreen's three dimensional thread work.

This is one workshop that will fascinate the students and Coreen will break it down in ways that you will be a three dimensional quilt artist by the time you walk out of the class! See you at Quilt Canada 2017!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Karen Henry comes to Quilt Canada 2017

In 2012, Quilt Canada travelled to Halifax NS for the CQA/ACC conference. The local organizing committee had Karen Henry as their chairperson, aka the quilter responsible for pulling off a national conference. To say things can sometimes go not as planned, there can be stressful times, and a few hiccups along the way would be a fair assessment of any national event.

What is completely off the wall crazy is that Karen Henry, the person in charge of ensuring it all worked, never stopped smiling! Like not even once!

It got to the point that some started looking to see if they could find her solemn or unhappy or even sad. Nope! All this quilter did was smile and laugh 24/7 for the whole conference! Even when she was sleeping! (ok, we may be joking about the sleeping part=) But seriously, laugh and smile and make friends is all Karen Henry did for the duration of the conference.

And now we have her booked to teach at Quilt Canada 2017!  We haven't even started to tell you about her talents in the quilting arena!  She is known for her unique landscape and pictoral quilts. Her embellishments on her quilts will stop you in your tracks for a closer look. You do not want to miss an opportunity to have her teach you. Keep reading to here what she says about her classes!

Parchment Oak Leaves

If you like to experiment with different techniques to enhance your quilts come and play at this workshop!  Bobbin Couching allows one to use a thicker line of thread that is not possible with the small hole in the needle on the sewing machine. It allows definition because it is a thick thread and permits a heavier mark of colour with a raised texture.

This class looks into the advantages of using bobbin couching in appliques and as thread play. In Parchment Oak Leaves the use of bobbin couching is explored on organza as a translucent item to be attached to the quilt. The translucency gives one the advantage of allowing the background to be visible through the stitched items which are easily sewn on with your sewing machine. The use of organza as a stabilizer lets the leaf retain its shape when the water soluble stabilizer is rinsed out; no pinning as in thread play. 

Landscape Quilts - Where Do I Start?

These landscapes are raw edge pieced and held together with the embroidered stitches. Once the fabric is on the bat and the embroidery floss or pearl cotton selected for the wall hanging the project is ready to go. These projects are truly portable and that ease makes them take away projects for the airplane, family visits or vacations; those times when your fingers are twitching, and your thoughts need a rest.

Pictoral Quilts For Beginners

These wall hangings are fun and easy to make. Most of mine reflect places I have lived and visited and they remain keepsakes of those spots. Some students work quite quickly and are able to finish within the class. It is wonderful to see the pattern adapted to the students' desire. The red shack has been purple, green and orange, the hills have been altered to complete green grass and fish nets have been added to the water. Students have made the shack every which way and relished the opportunity to encompass their vision. I feel I am there to guide them along the way.

Trust us when we say, you will never regret taking a class from Karen Henry! Her talents and personality are at the top of the class! Don't wait too long to register, she is a rare quilting gem!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Quilt Canada 2017 workshop on finishing your quilt

There is nothing more frustrating than finishing the most outstanding quilt you have ever made and then do a less than stellar job on the finishing part of it.
Well fear no more, Coreen Zerr is here to take all your troubles away!

Coreen is doing a workshop on finishing your quilt to perfection! She will teach you to block your quilt, how to face it, and the ever dreaded joining of the binding!

Here is what Coreen said about her class:

Many of my students like this class. So many quilters do not know how to properly sandwich a quilt, or how to make the quilting stay flat by blocking it. I will teach you all of this and how to put on a proper sleeve and all the different ways to finish edges. I have a really slick foolproof way to join the binding so that you cannot tell where you start and stop!

301A - After The Lovin' (Janome)One Half Day Workshop
Friday, June 16, 2017, 13:00 - 16:00
Cost: $75.00
So now that you have fallen in love with thread painting- what now? This workshop is focused on different techniques for finishing your art -from a fool proof slick way to finish the joins in your binding, how to make a “facing” for your piece instead of binding that shows, create a proper hanging sleeve, and how to block and hang your art so that it lays flat on a wall or in a show!

You know that one workshop you will always look back on and be glad you took it when you had the chance? This is that workshop! It will be there for your for the rest of your life! 

This is the workshop for you!  Never again worry about binding or how to face!  Take it all in Toronto ON this June with Coreen Zerr! 

Big Quilt Bee hit home for one quilter

Since the Big Quilt Bee started we have heard from quilters across Canada, no, that is not correct, we have heard from quilters throughout the world. They jumped on board with enthusiasm in making 1,000 quilts for kids in care at Ronald McDonald Houses, their positive attitude was contagious and soon all their friends were doing the same.

Occasionally a story about a child in care at RMHC reaches a board member or a committee member, that tugs at the heart strings. Sometimes it is the quilter themselves that has had an experience.

One such story came through email and we felt compelled to share it with you. Thank you to Liz Shakell for taking the time to tell us and be so open with such a personal family experience. And thank you to Melody and her family for allowing us to hear the story and for rising up and giving back. You truly are heroes!

This is the story as Liz, the grandmother told us, you better grab a tissue:

When I first heard of this project quilt Canada had taken on for  Canada 150, I was filled with pride and gratitude. To be part of a project that involves quilters from across Canada and now it  seems from around the world warms my heart. I had another reason to hop on board. Ronald McDonald house is very close to my heart and the opportunity to give back was a project I wanted to be part of.

In January 2012, our granddaughter Melody at the age of 2 1/2 ,living in Corbeil ON was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In a moment she and her families lives were turned upside down. She was airlifted from North Bay ON to Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. Those first days involved a battery of test and procedures including bone marrow biopsy, blood work, X-rays,insertion of a port a Cath for chemotherapy,etc. Her parents wouldn't and didn't leave her bedside.

It was at this time they were offered respite at The Ronald McDonald House right across the street from CHEO. Although they were reluctant to leave Melody even for a few minutes, it meant they could have a place to go that would offer them some comfort. A bed to sleep in was very welcoming. 

They soon found out how special RMH was! They met other families going through difficulties they could talk to, a kitchen to cook in, meals that community organizations offered, laundry facilities, a living room to share, and even exercise equipment. It was home away from home. 

It meant as grandparents we could travel to visit them, bring them food, offer relief at the hospital, and they had a safe place they could go to that was really close to Melody. 

This was even more meaningful, when after six weeks in the hospital Melody was allowed to go "home" and that meant going to RMH. They didn't actually return to their own home in Corbeil until the end of March! 

What was amazing to me, were the friends and support Melody gained during this time. She would return after a long day of chemotherapy and procedures and would ask to see her friends. They would get together and watch movies or play games . Sometimes depending on how her blood counts were she would be isolated and have to stay in her bedroom away from everyone. 

On one occasion her friend Casey, who was 13 at the time and was just finishing her treatment, she knew what it was like to be isolated, so she brought Melody a little kitchen of her own she could play with in her bedroom. There are many stories at friendship and support I could share. 

Melody and her family spent well over 100 nights at RMH over the course of her 2 1/2 year treatment and still spend the occasional night when they travel to CHEO for follow up.

It's really hard to explain exactly how important RMH is and what it means to families who have to be away from home and away from their children. Even though I worked in health care and knew about RMH I really didn't understand, and I really didn't appreciate how very important it becomes in the lives of these families. It really does become their home and gives them one less thing to worry about when their world is falling apart.

Thank you Liz, and we wish you all the best Melody!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Quilt Canada - Coreen Zerr

Nothing beats having a superb line up of teachers for Quilt Canada 2017! Coreen Zerr is one such fabulous teacher, joining the team teaching a whole platter of workshops using thread to its full potential. 
Thread Gourmet is one such fun workshop. Coreen tells us that 'this workshop is perfect for beginners that want to learn all different types of thread play. 

The workshop will start out by covering all different types of threads and needles, and where and when to use them. It covers many tricks to make your creativity easier and help you find more comfortable ways to work.
There are fun ways to make your thread " paint" across the fabrics in both straight free motion and the most fun in free motion zigzag!'

201 - Thread Gourmet- A Menu of Techniques (Janome)One Full Day Workshop
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $145.00
Experiment and refine your palette in all types of Thread Painting- from 3-D thread work to free motion stitches to create shading, dimension and life to your projects. Workshop is technique orientated where you are welcome to bring along projects for guidance.

 Look at all that texture and effect from thread!

Coreen will teach you how to bring your thread to life on your quilt! You don't need to be an advanced quilter, this is suitable for beginners!

This workshop just exudes endless possibilities for your quilts and your creativity! Sign up today so you don't miss out!

Julie Plotniko teaches at Quilt Canada 2017

How fun it is to chat with Julie Plotniko and find out a bit more about her and her workshops!

Julie taught at Quilt Canada 2016 and was adored by her students due to her gentle manner and 'no question is silly' attitude. Quilters loved the relaxed atmosphere she provided in the classroom as well as the great teaching she provided.

Julie is back at Quilt Canada 2017 in June in Toronto ON, with another superb selection of classes. Be sure to find your favorite and sign up.

What inspires you?
The beauty and diversity in the world that surrounds us.
History! All things historical, from ancient to recent. From the visual arts, music, textiles and architecture.
The more we differ the more we are the same.

What would I like my students to know?
Come to class unafraid and ready to have fun. I will take you on a journey that will inspire you!

Here are the workshops Julie is offering at Quilt Canada 2017

410 - Unlock the Amazing Quilter Within You (Janome)
One Full Day Workshop
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $140.00
KIt Fee: $5.00
“Reach for the Stars Quilt”
Have you ever experienced blocks that seem to grow or shrink? Do your strips ever exhibit the dreaded “V” or “WOW”? Do your points and corners seem to get away from you? Do you know the difference between a measured, generous, scant or “quilters” ¼ inch seam allowance?
In this class we will fine tune your cutting, pressing and sewing techniques to unlock the amazing quilter within you! This as a wonderful class for both new quilters as well as those who would like to refresh their cutting and piecing skills. Class emphasis will be placed on a fun and relaxing learning atmosphere.
Students will concentrate on cutting and piecing the lap size variation in class and can expect to complete (a minimum) of one Block A plus two of Block B as well as have a good working knowledge of how to assemble their project at home. Those who are working on the Twin size quilt will also complete the additional cutting at home.
Consultation will be available after class via email if students require help to complete their project.

310 - Straight Line Strategy (Janome)
One Full Day Workshop
Friday, June 16, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $140.00
Do you know that there are an unlimited number of ways that we can quilt our quilts while using a Walking Foot?
Some straight line stitching techniques can look very traditional while others are decidedly modern. You can be playful or serious, funky or fabulous.
Come on a journey with me as we explore this sometimes forgotten, wonderfully fun method of quilting.
Grid quilting, chevrons, echoing an edge, decorative machine stitches, wonky straighīt lines and matchstick quilting are just a few of the designs we will explore.

210 - Make Mine Modern (Janome)
One Full Day Workshop
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $140.00
Free Motion quilting for the “Modern” quilter.
Modern Quilts often contain bold prints, solid colours and extensive use of heavily quilted negative space.
The quilting really is what sets these quilts apart! Come and learn stitching and design strategy appropriate to these fascinating quilts.
Swirls and Whirls, Wild Hairdo, Square Stippling, Through the Loop, Brick Wall and Matchstick Quilting are just a few of the designs students will learn.

110 - Freeform Botanical Quilting Made Easy (Janome)
One Full Day Workshop
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $140.00
Let’s go organic with this class on free motion quilting designs from nature. Learn how to stitch a variety of fanciful leaves, vines, ferns and flowers. These designs look wonderful as a background or overall design on batiks, art quilts, children’s quilts and more.
Stitch them small with blending thread for a more traditional look or go big and playful. Designs are also suitable for use with your favorite colouring technique. Thread choice (colour, type and weight) to enhance design will be discussed as students stitch a small sampler.

Please take a look at all the amazing classes being offered at Quilt Canada this June 14-17 in Toronto ON.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hollis Chatelain is coming to Quilt Canada 2017

In planning Quilt Canada 2017, the Board of Directors knew that it had to be an extra special conference as it was also a celebration of Canada's 150th. 

With a show packed in Canadian concurrent quilt shows and Canadian teachers, they wanted to bring in a special treat for those wonderful Canadian quilters that continue to support CQA/ACC. They looked to our supportive American friends and asked one of the esteemed quilters in the United States to join us as we celebrated Quilt Canada. It is a thrill to have Hollis Chatelain come to teach and lecture at Quilt Canada 2017 this June in Toronto ON!

Hollis is known for her gentle manner in the classroom and of course her award winning quilts! 

We had a lovely chat with Hollis to learn a bit more about her and are excited to share that with you, so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read on!

When do you quilt?

My most creative time is first thing in the morning...really early... between 3-7 AM. This is before anyone else is awake in the household, when the house is quiet and the energy is calm.

Tell us about one of your workshops.

The reason I love teaching "Upcycle Your Jeans into Art" is because this is a technique that can be carried forward into sooooooo many different designs, and it is so easy and fun to do! My students are always a bit intimidated when they come into class and within 30 minutes they realize that they are simply doing a zig zag stitch on raw edge fabrics and you CAN'T make a mistake. This is also a class that is all about value. 

We start out the class by going around and looking at everyone's fabrics and sharing so everyone has a big variety of values. We learn from each other and share with each other.
Through making a small simple quilt, we learn a technique that can be incorporated into any design. I've attached a photo of a blue jean bag that was made with the simple design we make in class.

Blue Jean Purse

Tell us something you are most proud of.

This is hard...I think I am proud that I have been able to speak out about issues that I feel strongly about through my art. Since I was a young teen I have been speaking out about issues on justice, the environment, human rights and equality. Without quite realizing I was doing it, my artwork started becoming my statement, speaking out and bringing attention to the same topics through my art.

Precious Water
2004 Best of Show at Houston IQF

What is your favourite food?

I love so many different foods that it would be hard to choose. Usually it is the people I am eating with that makes me love the food the most, so maybe it is the experience and the company that make the food wonderful.

Three Crows

Thank you Hollis for letting us take a glimpse into your life!

If you want to learn from Hollis, sign up for her classes, but be warned, they are filling very fast! She is also one of our evening entertainers along with Kathy K. Wylie, both of whom will wow you with their incredible talents! 

Hope for our World
2007 Best of Show at Houston IQF

Here are the classes that Hollis is teaching at Quilt Canada 2017:

104 - Upcycle your Jeans into Art
104 - Upcycle your Jeans into Art (Janome) 
One Full Day Workshop (6 hrs)
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $170.00

Kit Fee: $7.00
Get ready to think outside the box. Learn a new raw edge technique and "upcycle" your old blue jeans or bring any heavy fabric you would like to use, ie upholstery, suede, corduroy, etc.! We will be combining hand dyed/batik fabric with blue jeans to create a small wall hanging that is avant-garde and beautiful. Come join the fun.

2042 - Studio Secrets: Hollis Reveals her Creative Process
2041 - Studio Secrets: Hollis Reveals her Creative Process
One Half Day Seminar (3 hrs)
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 08:30 - 11:30
Cost: $80.00
Come to a "private view" of how Hollis demonstrates her unique techniques in painting and quilting. As you watch on a large screen, she will dye-paint and quilt a small piece while discussing design, composition, colour and how to bring across emotion. You don't need to bring any supplies, just participate with your eyes. Hollis will be answering your questions through demonstration.
Supply List: Note book and pencil
2041 - An Artist's Journey Lecture
2042 - An Artist's Journey Lecture
One Hour Lecture
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Cost: $55.00
The journey of an artist is full of twists and turns. Techniques and styles change through inspiration, influence, and experience. I will be speaking about this process and showing images portraying the evolution of various artists careers.
No supply list but bring notebook & pen. 
304 - Understanding Value to Enhance Colour
304 - Understanding Value to Enhance Colour
One Full Day Workshop (6 hrs)
Friday, June 16, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $170.00
Kit Fee: $5.00
Understanding value is the beginning to understanding colour. We will be doing exercises that are designed to get you to look at value instead of colour so you can learn to differentiate between the two. We will be working with Prismacolor pencils to learn to break down colour into high, medium and low values.

3043 - The Emotion of Colour in Art
3043 - The Emotion of Colour in Art
Sponsored by: Bernina
One Hour Lecture
Friday, June 16, 2017, 18:30
Cost: $45.00
Since 2000, my work has progressed into monochromatic. Working with just one colour has been an interesting and exciting adventure. Art can carry strong emotion and specific colours reinforce these emotions. I will be speaking about the evolution of colour and how we can use different colours to emphasize what we want to say in our art.
Superior Threads
Supply List: Note book and pencil
Door Giveaways sponsored by Superior Threads
Appetizers and beverages at 18:30 followed by lecture at 19:15
404 - Quilt Line as the Third Design Element
404 - Quilt Line as the Third Design Element
One Full Day Workshop (6 hrs)
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $170.00
Do you need to find new ideas on how to use quilting to enhance the look of your quilts? In this class we will look at using quilting lines to create depth, texture, tension and shadows and to give new dimensions to your quilts. You will work with your own quilt tops which can be traditional patchwork, contemporary or modern design or art quilts. You will also participate in the application of this knowledge to all the participants' quilt tops. You will look at quilting lines as the third element of design after this workshop!