Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Grand National 2021: CROSSROADS

 Have you been to the UNB Art Centre (otherwise known as Memorial Hall) to view the Grand National exhibition yet? It is WELL worth a visit. Visits are limited to Sunday afternoons, noon - 5pm, thanks to Covid, and must be pre-booked. This is easily done online at . Bookings are taken for groups of four so get three friends together and book an appointment! (Of course you can book a time slot to attend by yourself as well.) Twenty minutes is hardly enough time to really take it all in, so plan to visit more than once. (If you are coming from out of town, you could book several appointments in a row, each under a different name of someone in your group.) 

You will be sorry if you don't see this amazing exhibition of quilts and fibre art pieces. There is much variety and so much talent, skill and creativity! It always amazes me how a theme can be interpreted in so many different ways. You will, no doubt, want a catalogue so that you can read the artist statement for each piece. Catalogues are $10.00 each and are available from Kathy Tidswell. You can contact Kathy at or 363-3560. (Sadly they are not available at the Art Centre.)

The exhibit is made up of 48 pieces of fibre art works by 43 Canadian artists. How nice it is to see three from New Brunswick - our own Lee McLean of New Maryland, Juliet Nowlan of Quispamsis, and Charline Collette of Campbellton. Congrats to all the artists on an inspiring exhibition. 

This exhibit runs at the UNB Art Centre until June 27.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Colours of Nature exhibit

A solo exhibit of works by Kathy Tidswell opens at the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol on May 15. There will be both thread paintings and wall quilts on exhibit and for sale. The gallery is found at 8 McCain Street, Unit 1, Florenceville-Bristol. 

Hours are Tuesdays by appointment (call ahead- 506-392-6769), Wed., Fri., Sat. 10:30-5pm, Thurs. noon- 8pm.  Of course Covid protocols are in place- please wear your mask when visiting the gallery. The exhibit runs until June 19.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Grand National Exhibition: Crossroads

UPDATE: The Gallery will be open on Sundays, starting May 9 from noon-5:00 until June 27. Appointments to view the exhibit can be booked at

The virtual exhibition and talks with the artists (including our own Lee McLean) can now be viewed online at

The Grand National Virtual Opening and Awards Ceremony will take place this Saturday May 8 at 4;00 pm local time. FQG members will have received an email invitation to the Zoom ceremony. Check your inboxes!

 Crossroads: Grand National Fibre Exhibition 2021 will be on view at the UNB Art Centre from May 2 until June 27, 2021. While the office at the Art Centre is currently closed, the galleries will be open on Sundays from noon until 5 pm by appointment at 

This year's exhibit presents 48 works by 43 outstanding artists in a juried selection on the theme of Crossroads. Fibre artists have been challenged with visualizing a decisive moment when a path diverges, and a resolution is made. Visit the online galleries to hear a number of the artists talk about their inspiration and their process and to view the artist's biographies.

The Grand National Exhibition has been showcasing quilt and fibre artists across Canada in a biennial exhibit since 2003. However Crossroads is the organization's first touring exhibit and makes its first stop at the UNB Art Centre. The tour wraps up at the end of 2022 and brings the show to the Thunder Bay Museum, ON; Woodstock Art Gallery, ON; Victoria Arts Council, B.C.; Weyburn Arts Council, SK; and the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, MB.

Monday, April 26, 2021

April Update

 It's been a while.. seems "news" is slim these days, not many shows or events happening...  Quilt Canada will be virtual this year, so an opportunity for us ALL to attend without the cost of airfare or hotel! Seems like a good plan. And on that note, a big Congrats to our own Jenny Adam for having a piece accepted to the NJS (National Juried Show.) We will all be anxious to see it, Jenny! Congrats also to Holly McLean of Northstar Guild in Bathurst, also with a quilt accepted into the NJS. If there are any others from NB that I have missed, let me know!

Registration for Quilt Canada is now open.
Click here for all the info you need to sign up for tours of the NJS, lectures and demos, and visits to the virtual shows and merchants mall. 

Registration is now open for the Vermont Quilt Festival, also virtual this year. Click here for info and registration - online classes, lectures, exhibits, gallery talks, vendor demos, shopping and more!

If you are looking for something a little more "local" edVentures is now open for registration as well. EdVentures offers in person classes in downtown Fredericton at NBCCD in July as well as interactive live weekend workshops and multi-week courses online all summer long.  Click here for info. There are many classes listed -  everything from spoon carving and watercolours for beginners, drawing, photography, jewellry and ceramics, to printing on silk, spinning with a drop spindle, shibori dyeing, natural dyeing and felted puppets. 

We were very happy with the response to the Initials Challenge. It was great fun to see all the varied entries during our April meeting. 20 members completed 24 entries. Prizes were drawn and the winners were: Janet M, Nancy R, Barb F, Jean K, Marj D and LaVerne M D. Ladies, if you haven't picked up your prize yet, please get in touch with Linda soon. 

The response to the Co-ordinator's Challenge has also been terrific! Enough blocks have been turned in to complete two quilt tops which will soon be quilted and bound (in red of course!!) It seems that our fearless leader, JK, is not the only one who enjoys working with RED. Thanks to all who took part and completed blocks! If you haven't turned yours in yet, you have a few more days - the deadline is April 30. Here are the first two quilt tops. Aren't they lovely?

Just a few other bits and pieces to tell you about. If like me you look forward to the annual KVQG Show each September, you have likely been wondering if it will be held this year. I inquired recently and was told a decision will be made in June. I will be sure to let you know, once I hear. As always there is a list of upcoming Shows and Events on the sidebar and I will do my best to keep it updated through the summer months. Wouldn't want you to miss anything!!   :)

Lastly, if you receive these blog posts by email to your inbox, just want you to know that this feature will be discontinued in July. So, that means you will have to actually visit the blog to see recent posts.

Don't forget the Grand National Fibre Arts Exhibition is coming to Fredericton  May 2!! More info on the next blog post! Stay tuned!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Are You Missing Quilt Shows?

 Good morning! Another sunny but colddd day! If you are a fan of modern quilts, you likely know that this is QuiltCon weekend. QuiltCon is an international modern quilt show that typically features over 550 quilts, more than 100 vendors, classes, etc. QuiltCon 2021 was to be held in Austin Texas, but Covid forced it to be held virtually. Of course, Texas is having many problems right now after being hit with a deadly deep freeze that has left millions without power and water...Texans aren't used to frozen pipes like we are here in the great white north! So perhaps it's just as well that there aren't thousands of quilters stuck in Austin in the middle of this storm system. Judging is now complete and you can view the winners by clicking here.  If you're interested in seeing more of QuiltCon, click here. Next year's show is planned for Phoenix AZ., let's hope Covid has left us alone by then!

Next weekend is the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Online. This 32nd annual show will be available around the clock from start to finish, Feb. 24-27, from Hampton Virginia. Virtual show-goers will be able to view the competition quilts, shop the Vendor's Mall online and take virtual interactive workshops from the comfort of home. Go to for more info.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

This and That...

 *We are almost through January! Only one more week. We've been lucky so far, weather-wise, with not much snow and temps above the January normal. Fingers crossed that our "easier winter" continues. Our monthly meetings continue by Zoom, with almost half of our members attending, and others watching the recordings later. We hope you are feeling connected in this way. 

*We are saddened to have recently lost two former members, Jessie Yerxa and Diane Bunker; our condolences to their family and friends.

*Is anyone participating in a Sew Along, Mystery Quilt or Block of the Month right now? Send us some photos! Tell us about it! There are lots of them out there, many for free... Andrea at The Quilting Shed is going to be hosting a Mystery Quilt, with registration beginning in Feb. Get in touch with her if you'd like to join the fun! 

*Our next newsletter deadline is Feb. 8 at the latest, earlier is always better. All submissions go to Gail Mitchell, newsletter editor.

*Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting is back on MPBN on Saturday mornings at 10:30.  Lots of great ideas and tips to be had there. 

*We hope you are planning to participate in this year's guild challenge. Details on the Initials Challenge were on pages 2 and 3 of your November newsletter (emailed on Nov. 11.) Please contact the Program Committee if you have any questions. Have you started yours yet?? Finished entries are due for our April meeting on April 20. 

Saw this recently on Facebook, and thought you might enjoy reading it. Although it is written about someone who wants a deck built, it could just as easily apply to someone wanting a quilt made. It's a bit lengthy but well worth the read.


A customer asked a contractor friend of mine how much it would cost to do this project.

My friend gave him a proposal: $4500.00

The customer responded: That seems really high.

My friend asked: What do you think is a reasonable price for this job?

The customer answered: $2500. maximum.

My friend responded: Ok then, I invite you to do it yourself.

The customer answered: I don't know how to. 

My friend responded: Alright then, how about for $2500 I'll teach you how to. So besides saving you $2000, you'll learn valuable skills that will benefit you in the future.

The customer answered: Sounds good! Let's do it!

My friend responded: Great! To get started, you are going to need some tools. You will need a chop saw, table saw, cordless drill, bit set, router, skill saw, jig saw, tool belt, hammer, etc. 

The customer answered: But I don't have any of those tools and I can't justify buying all these for one job. 

My friend responded: Ok. Well then for an additional $300 I can rent my tools to you to use for this project.

The customer answered: Okay, that's fair. 

My friend responded: Great! We will start the project on Monday.

The customer answered: I work Monday through Friday. I'm only available on weekends. 

My friend responded: If you want to learn from me, then you will need to work when I work. This project will take three days so you will need to take three days off work.

The customer answered: That means I'm going to have to sacrifice my pay for three days or use my vacation time!

My friend responded: That's true. Remember when you do a job yourself you need to account for unproductive factors. 

The customer answered: What do you mean by that?

My friend responded: Doing a job completely from start to finish includes time spent to plan the project, pick up materials, travel time, gas, set up time, clean up and waste disposal amongst other things. That's all in addition to the actual project itself. And speaking of materials, that's where we will start on Monday so I need you to meet me at the lumberyard at 6:00a.m.

The customer answered: At 6a.m.?!! My work day doesn't usually start until 8a.m.!

My friend responded: Well then, you're in luck! My plan is to start on the deck build by 8a.m. But to do so we have to start at 6a.m. to get materials picked up, loaded and delivered to your job site. 

The customer answered: You know, I'm realizing that a lot more goes into a job than what a customer sees in the finished project. Your proposal of $4500. is very reasonable. I would like you to handle the project.

CONCLUSION: When you pay for a job, especially a custom job (whether it's a physical project or a digital project) you pay not only for the material and the work to be completed. You also pay for knowledge, experience, custom skills, tools, time to plan, time to prepare, professionalism, work ethic, excellence, discipline, commitment, integrity, taxes, licenses, sacrifices, liabilities, insurance and permits.

If you request a proposal for custom work to be done, please don't disrespect a service provider by trying to get them to lower their prices. If their proposal exceeds your budget, there's nothing wrong with getting other proposals. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

SERVICE PROVIDERS: Know your worth and be confident in it.

CONSUMERS: Recognize their worth and be respectful of it.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Christmas Goodies!

 What a delightful "Zoom Social" we had on Tuesday evening. So great to see familiar faces and share some Christmas spirit, stories, readings and recipes. Two of the recipes shown were a bit faded, from time and much usage. Here they are, in clearer form....

Cinnamon Sticks

1 cup butter, softened (but not melted)

1/2 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

2 cups flour

pinch of salt

Sift dry ingredients together. Cream butter, add dry ingredients. Roll into small logs about the size of your little finger. Bake at 325F for about 20 minutes, until just barely lightly browned. Upon removing from oven, while hot roll in a mixture of 1/2 cup white sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Store in airtight container. 
Makes about 4.5 dozen. 

Cherry Pound Cake

2 cups white sugar
1.5 cups margarine
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup hot milk
1 lb. glace cherries
3.5 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs and beat again. Add hot milk and flavourings, mix well, then add cherries. Lastly add dry ingredients, mix well. Place in 10" tube pan OR 2 9"x5" loaf pans. Bake for 1.25 - 1.5 hours. 

Happy Baking!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Challenges, FAN show, Shop Hop and Virtual Quilt Festival! Woohoo!

 Congrats to the prize winners from last year's challenge, Let's Get Sewing. The following names were drawn at our October Zoom meeting: Lee M., Nancy R., Gwenda M., Joyce H., Carlinda D., and Candace B.  Rules for this year's Initials Challenge have been sent out by email. One item we neglected (okay, FORGOT!) to mention with the details for the Initials Challenge, we would like to "reveal" all entries together at the APRIL meeting. So if you have already finished your Initials Challenge piece, please do not submit it for Show and Tell now, but rather, hold it until April. Thanks! 

Have you been to see the FAN Show yet at the UNB Art Centre? It can be viewed online, but an "in person" visit is sooo much better! Details are in the sidebar. Remember you must "register" to visit in person - open on Sunday afternoons only. 

There is an  online Shop Hop happening this week - ten Canadian quilt shops are participating in the From Sea to Sea Online Shop Hop - one in each province (including our own Andrea at The Quilting Shed!) Let's support our Canadian businesses!!! If you spend $50. or more (before tax and shipping) at a shop, you'll get a ballot for the big prize draw at that shop - a $100. shopping coupon. This shop hop runs all this week, finishing Saturday Nov. 21.

Have you ever dreamed about attending THE big International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas? This year you can, from the comfort of your own computer chair... it's going virtual, thanks to Covid. Houston is coming to You!! Hundreds of quilts on display in 25+ special exhibits, Judged Show and winners in 5 categories and the opportunity to vote for Best of Show, a full slate of live and recorded classes, lectures and forums from TOP faculty, a vendor mall, and more!! Lectures are $10., classes are $20. What a deal! We are talking well known international teachers here folks- the best! Sue Nickels, Charlotte Angotti, Claudia Pfeil, Phillipa Naylor, RaNae Merrill, Esterita Austin,  Angela Walters, Marti Michell, Paula Nadelstern, Katie Pasquini Masopust and many more!! It all happens Dec.3 - Dec.5.  Click here for more info. Don't delay, register now if you are interested as classes and lectures will sell out quickly! What an amazing opportunity- you don't have to purchase a plane ticket, or pay for a hotel so you can afford to take more classes!!   :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

CQA Challenges open for bidding and voting

 Good day ladies! In the previous post you were able to see the TrendTex Challenge quilts and vote on your favourite for Viewer's Choice. Now those quilts are up for auction. Click here to place your bid and have one of these fabulous pieces of work for your very own. Be sure to view all four pages. Opening bid for each piece is $40.00 unless there has been an advance bid. Bids increase by $5.00 increments. Shipping is included. You do not have to be a CQA member to bid, however you do have to register to bid - click on "Register" in top right corner of your screen. Bidding closes on Sunday Oct. 25.

Remember CQA's Gateway to Adventure Challenge with that lovely Jungle Green? You can see the pieces some of our members did for this challenge here. We chose Nancy Richard's piece Hibiscus Adventures as our winner. As a CQA/ACC member guild, we forwarded Nancy's quilt to CQA/ACC and now all entries are posted for viewing and voting for the overall winner. Click here to see the quilts and cast your vote! Clicking on each image will provide the artist's name, location and guild plus the Artist Statement and Design Inspiration. What an amazing variety there is.. such creativity - inspiration for us all! Good luck Nancy! We're all rooting for you!! Voting closes on Oct. 31.