Whatcom Museum – Modern Quilts

Whatcom Museum in Bellingham had a travelling exhibit of quilts from the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). The exhibit showed about 60 quilts that were made by past and current MQG members. The MQG has more than 12,000 members across six continents and 39 countries. Support for this exhibit was provided by the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum.

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Travels with Diane – RV Quilting in California

Diane has found a great way to “quilt as you go”! Park your recreational vehicle near the beautiful California coast and have a sewing machine and supplies at hand. If you run out of fabric, maybe there’s a quilt shop in the area!

“Sitting here in Pismo Beach CA.  Weather was rainy and windy so I started sewing.  Managed to get 6 QAYG (quilt as you go) blocks done but now the sun is out; it’s 2 pm; time to get dressed and go for a walk.” – Diane

Header image: David Madison, Getty Images; National Geographic post

Travels with Diane – A Quilter in Paris

Diane has been exploring Paris, and, of course, exploring the fabric scene there as well.  Here’s a taste of what a quilter can find in France’s City of Lights …

My husband thought we were going to Sacre-Coeur for the afternoon.  We did walk around, and I did a sketch — but my main goal was to hit the fabric stores that are right near the bottom of the steps.

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Oregon

From Moira …

“I was in Sisters, Oregon, for the Outdoor Quilt Show July 14.  It was very hot but worth the two hours walking around.  My husband even walked with me.

There were quilts from Campbell River and Comox on display.  They also did fabric postcards.  Special ones were auctioned and others sold for a set price.”

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City of Gardens Quilt Show – Victoria Quilters’ Guild

Victoria Quilters' Guild City of Gardens Quilt Show 2018From Linda D … Last Friday I attended the Victoria Quilters’ Guild’s show in Victoria.  Just crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria was a lovely mini holiday!  The sunny weather was fabulous, all the flowers and shrubs were in bloom, and the promise of summer was just around the corner.  Then of course, there was the ‘CITY OF GARDENS’ QUILT SHOW!

There were 250 quilts displayed, live music, interesting demonstrations, a ticketed ‘auction’ of sewing related items (including a $$$ machine!), a selection of quilts from the ‘youth’ quilters, guild competition challenge, a vast amount of quilted art postcards for the CQA show and a HUGE ‘member market’. Continue reading “City of Gardens Quilt Show – Victoria Quilters’ Guild”

Thom Atkins – Bead Embellished Quilts

Many thanks to Moira S for sharing this story about her recent visit to a quilt guild in Southern California.

Thom Atkins ms 3“I attended the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild meeting on Saturday.

The speaker was Thom Atkins who did a wonderful talk on his beaded quilts which were truly works of art. Continue reading “Thom Atkins – Bead Embellished Quilts”

More Quilt Stories from the Road

The Sugar Pine Company can be found in the scenic Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, just a short drive from Banff.  Alcoves, shelves and walls are packed with material, quilts, fabric packs and all manner of quilting inspiration, beautifully displayed.  There was lots to explore around every corner.  It is a sewing and knitting shop as well. Continue reading “More Quilt Stories from the Road”

Quilt Canada 2017

Report from Marilyn:

In June I went to Quilt Canada 2017 in Toronto.  It was a four day conference put on by the Canadian Quilter’s Association and I decided to go because I had a quilt accepted into the National Juried Show (NJS).  There were about 350 entries for the National Juried Show and 127 were chosen to be shown in Toronto.  Of those 127 there were 44 who were first time entrants.  I feel honoured to have my quilt chosen.  Here are a few pictures of the NJS.

I bought a pass for all four days.  I took a one-day workshop on thread painting with Coreen Zerr where I learned more about thread and now hope to use more thread for embellishment.  I went to the evening lecture with Hollis Chatelain on her quilting journey and her views on social comment in quilts, and, a morning lecture with Elaine Theriault on quilt challenges where she showed many of her completed challenges.

There were other shows all with lovely quilts to peruse.  Quilts from a few of the shows are on the CQA website.  Just now their shows are listed on the Home page and you can also roll over the Galleries menu item and choose one of the shows.

  • Guild Rosette Show – CQA has a program where they give out rosettes at local guild quilt shows across the country.  They asked the winners of those rosettes if they would like to display their quilts.  They were beautiful.
  • Cantik Batik’s Youth Challenge – there were local guides who had quilts in the challenge available to talk to viewers.
  • A local Modern Quilt Guild
  • A few of the Quilts of Valour
  • FAN (Fibre Art Network) – They had the botanical quilt show they had at Van Dusen this Spring except that some of those quilts had been sold so there were additional hangings.
  • Canada’s Centennial – There were a couple of quilts that were made in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s centennial.
  • Newfoundland – There were quilts from a group in Newfoundland who showed quilts that were made to commemorate Newfoundlands military losses in World War I.
  • In a separate room there was The Trend Tex Challenge – Stitching a Canadian Memory which is also on the CQA website.  There were bids on all the quilts by the end of the four days.  It is fun to participate in this challenge and the funds raised in the silent auction helps CQA.

The Quilt Bee continued and by the end of the conference there were over 2000 finished quilts.  The final count is 2614 quilts to be given to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada!!

Then there was a very large merchant mall.  Aurofil had jigsaw puzzles races to win a spool of thread. The Northcott booth asked people to sign in for their newsletter then they could spin the wheel to win and even the consolation prize was a pack of charm squares.  Quilts of Valour hosted a booth and sold blocks which could be returned to them to be made into quilts.  There were a lot of sewing machine, and medium and long arm machines booths.  These are only a few examples of what there was to see.

It was interesting and fun to meet people from all across the country, to see us as part of a large quilting community, and to see that it is vibrant and has appeal to so many people of all ages.  Mark your calendars for CQA Quilt Canada 2018 which will be here in Vancouver on May 31-June 2, 2018.  See you there!