Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's Happenin'?

Even though today's weather is grey and wet (again!!) it seems we are finally into summer. Hurray! It's been a long time coming! Do you sew/quilt less in the summer? Are you busy with other things, like gardening? Or do you still spend time at your machine everyday? Regardless, here are a few things you might like to check out if you're looking for some inspiration...

Row By Row 2019 is underway. The theme this year is Taste the Experience: blocks/rows and fabrics are food related. Visit participating quilt shops for a free pattern, some may have kits as well. Collect at least eight different rows from 8 different shops and put together your own quilt design. If you are the first to return a finished row by row quilt (quilted, bound and labelled) to a participating shop, you will receive a bundle of 25 fat quarters. For more info and the complete list of rules, click here.
Click here for a list of participating shops. The Row By Row Experience continues until September 3.

Check out CQA's site to see winners from Quilt Canada's NJS (National Juried Show.) Click here to see all NJS entries and winners. You can click on each photo for a closer view. Congrats to Kathy Tidswell and Juliet Nowlan who are among the entrants.

Check out the sidebar for a long list of shows and events in our area this summer. If you hear of something which I do not have listed, please let me know so I can add it. If you're travelling this summer, check the list before you go, you wouldn't want to miss out on a good show.. or use a show or event as the reason to take a little trip.  :)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

What A Show!

Whew! Our show is over. It was a lot of work, but so worth it. The comments were all very favourable, the most common being what a great variety there was. And it's true - we had a bit of everything. Traditional, contemporary, modern, machine quilted, hand quilted, longarm quilted, bed quilts, wall quilts, art quilts, piecing, appliqué name it, we had it! I am still editing photos but here's a sampling...   (Warning: Photo heavy post!!)

We had the animal kingdom covered.... from dragonflies
Dance of the Dragonflies by Gwenda Mattinson

to parrots...
Ruffled Feathers by Nancy Richards

to colourful cows
Abby-Gail by Gail Mitchell

and whales! (I've never seen an orange whale, have you?!
Whales Ahoy! by Susan Dobson

We covered the seasons too...
from glorious spring
Botanic Garden by Barb Toner

to hot summer days,
Summertime and The Living Is Easy by Sally Lunnie

then the fall harvest
Harvest Time by Cathy White

and the beauty of winter's snowfall.
Winter Wonderland by Gail Mitchell

There were soft colours
Darling Diamonds by Jane Gunn

and bold bright colours....
Bargello Heart by Lucy Bourque

There was every size, from miniature
Top to Bottom, Circle of Geese, Squared by Andrea Rennick,
Sam Elliott by Trudy Corey,  Raspberry Pie by Linda Hubbard,
and Canada Proud by Linda Hubbard.

to KING size.
New Beginnings by Sue Robertson

There were whimsical quilts
Snow Buddies- Throughout the Year by Joyce Humble

and quilts to make you chuckle.
Hanging Out by Jane Gunn

From contemporary
Tending the World by Lee McLean

 Split Decisions by Joyce Humble

to traditional, quilted by hand
Tennessee Waltz by Betty Nicholson

 or domestic machine...
 Half Log Cabin by Jean Ketch

and modern designs, quilted on a longarm machine.
 Shooting Stars by Andrea Rennick

You get the picture.. it was an awesome show! We have so much talent in our guild, and it's nice to see it all together in one room, for all to enjoy. Thanks to our members for sharing their works of art. All photos from the show will be together in an album on the sidebar, as soon as I finish editing.. stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Viewer's Choice Winners!

Our Viewer's Choice winners were announced last night at our closing dinner. Congratulations to Gwenda Mattinson whose quilt Fire Island Hosta Queen received the most votes.

Photo Credit: Lee McLean

The other two winners were Trudy Corey's Walk in the Garden 

Photo Credit: Kathy Tidswell

And Gail Mitchell's Abby-Gail

Photo Credit: Linda Hubbard

Stay tuned for more photos of our show, coming soon!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May meeting and Dinner tonight!

Just a reminder, our May meeting and closing dinner is TONIGHT, not next week, at Gibson Memorial United Church on Gibson Street. Tickets needed to be purchased in advance, or your name put on the list so you could pay at the door. If you are unsure of your status contact Jeanne Kaye at 452-1875 or Margaret at 454-0547. Viewer's Choice winners from our show will be announced tonight! Remember to bring your membership renewal form and dues if you haven't already renewed for next year. See you tonight!

Sunday, May 5, 2019


Our quilt show is just a few days away now.. are you planning on attending? Looking for directions? If you're coming from out of town, you'll take exit 285 off the Trans Canada Highway.  Show location is the New Maryland Centre, 754 New Maryland Highway. Drive straight through New Maryland and just after passing Sts. John and Paul Church on your left, the highway goes down a small hill and takes a big swing to the left towards Nasonworth and Beaverdam. Stay straight as if going to Charters Settlement  and the centre is right there on your right, in behind the ball field. There will be signs. The show times are Friday May 10, from 10-6pm and Saturday May 11 from 10-4pm. We hope you'll come and bring some friends!

If you're a member, are your entries ready? Labelled, folded right side out, each entry in a separate clear plastic bag with a paper label inside stating your name, name of quilt and size width x height? Got your cookies baked?  I am still working away on my last entry, burning the midnight oil as they say... It's going to be a great show!! Please share info on the show with all your family, friends and neighbours.. we'd love a big crowd!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

March is International Quilting Month

It’s that time again! March is International Quilting Month and this coming weekend is International Quilting Weekend. To celebrate, 19 shows on The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson are available for free viewing.  This is your chance to catch up on shows you may have missed. Visit for free shows, special sales and a great giveaway, March 15-17.
What’s under your needle this week?

Friday, February 8, 2019

This and That

We've survived January, and February is already a week gone. Are you surviving winter by keeping busy with lots of quilting projects? Are you looking for something new to do? If you are interested in an opportunity to join a sewing group and make some new friends, the Multicultural Association is looking for people to come and sew on Saturday afternoons with a group of newcomers to our city. The group is meeting at Christ Church Parish Church at 245 Westmorland St, in a basement room - entrance off Charlotte St. parking lot, from 1-5pm, beginning Feb. 9. What a great way to volunteer your time and talents!

If you like star quilts and are looking for inspiration or ideas, here are links to 90 free star quilt patterns of  various sizes. There are stars of every size shape and design imaginable -  Sawtooth stars, Ohio stars, LeMoyne stars, Lone stars, Feathered stars, Friendship stars, Mariners Compass stars and more. Available as PDFs, there are 30 free patterns on each of these links:  here, here and here.

If you're looking for a pattern featuring hearts for Valentines Day, here is a link to 30 free hearts patterns for quilts. table runners and pillows, each available as a free PDF download.

Karen Neary of Amherst showed a small red and white table centre she did this past week for Valentines Day here, the pattern is available in her book Quilting Beauties.

Speaking of Karen, our wonderful Aurifil supplier, here is an article worth reading. Lots of good info on threads and thread weights.

This coming Monday evening, Feb. 11 is a Friends and Family event at Fabricville. It begins at 7pm. If you don't have an invitation yet, stop in to Fabricville this weekend and pick one up. Who can pass up 50% off fabric, patterns, notions, etc.?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy New Year- happy new projects?

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed a restful and relaxing Christmas break, and feel refreshed and re-energized to tackle exciting new quilting projects this year. Just a reminder, registration for Quilt Canada 2019 in Ottawa is now open for CQA/ACC members. Click here for info on registration.

Are you participating in any Sew Alongs, Block of the Week or Month programs? CQA's Block of the Week starts next Tuesday, Jan. 15. More info here.

Darlene D'Eon of Nova Scotia has just released the instructions for her 5th Annual 52 Week Quilt Block Challenge. This year's block is the Jewel Box, great for using up scraps and leftovers; instructions are found here. The block is easy, using 2 four patches and 2 HST's, and finishes at 8". Darlene encourages everyone to share their finished blocks on Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #52weekquiltblockchallenge.

Sindy at Fat Cat Patterns has TWO new free BOM's underway. Both started this month and the January blocks are now available. For you gnome lovers, she is offering Gnome Grown with ten appliqué blocks, running until October (pictured at left). Yardage and cutting instructions, and the first month's block are available here.

The other is called Hen Party, also ten appliqué blocks running until October (seen at right). Block instructions are free for the month they are offered, after that there is a small fee per block.Yardage and cutting instructions,and the first block are available here.

Cindy at Quilt Doodle Doodles is offering a free BOM called Garden Sunshine. You can find the first month's block instructions here. For those of you who enjoy a variety of techniques, this might be fun as it combines piecing with either appliqué or embroidery- your choice!

Pat Sloan is offering a free Mystery BOM called Out of This World which is all patchwork and will run for 10 months, Jan. - Oct. As you might guess, it has a space theme.
Read all about it here.

Pat is also offering a free Block a Week Sew Along on Wednesdays, on a garden theme: A Flower Bouquet runs from Jan. - May. The blocks are traditional pieced blocks. Find all the info here.

EDIT Jan. 11... Here's another free BOM. For you fans of wool work and Buttermilk Basin, they are beginning a new Mystery BOM today called "Happy Holidays." I'd say it's a headstart on Christmas 2019! There will be  a new block offered on the second Friday of each month for 11 months. The centre will consist of 9 wool appliquéd blocks, followed by a wool appliqué section with borders that will finish into a quilt. As with most BOM's you must click and print off the pattern in the month it's offered BEFORE the next block is released. Click here for instructions and the first month's pattern.

I'm sure there are many other free BOM's and Quilt Alongs out there, please let me know if you are aware of, or participating in, others that I could add to this list. The more the merrier!

To finish with a chuckle, I bet many of us can identify with this...  (found on Facebook)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What’s New?

If you have been a fan of Quilting Quickly magazine, you may be wondering why it’s no longer on the newsstands. It is still there... just under a new name. It’s undergone a bit of a makeover, and will now focus on the use of pre-cuts. Its new name is Pre-Cut Patchwork. New title, same great content. You should be able to find the Jan./Feb. 2019 issue on the newsstand now.

CQA/ACC is running a block of the week, beginning in the new year. “50 Blocks - 50 Weeks.” Each Tuesday, beginning January 15, a new pattern for a 6” block will be released. on the CQA/ACC website. They won’t be hard blocks, and they’ll be fun! No cost - all free! No need to sign up, just visit the website each Tuesday. Why not plan to join in the fun?

For you Kaffe Fasset fans, watch for the new Kaffe Fasset Collection of Aurifil threads from our friend Karen Neary.  You guessed it - it includes 12 of the scrumptious colours that Kaffe is known for. Now in stock on Karen’s site at
Scroll to the bottom of her site to see other new thread collections now in stock. They're all yummy...

Registration for Quilt Canada, taking place in Ottawa June 12-15, opens for CQA members on Jan. 7 and on Jan. 28 for the general public. All info on the conference can be found by clicking here.