Thursday, October 1, 2009

Oct. 1 reminders

It's October 1st. Summer is behind us and Fall is definitely in the air. No doubt like me, you are looking forward to spending the coming cooler days snuggled up to your sewing machine. Just thought I would remind you that you can now order your Trend Tex Challenge kits for the 2010 Challenge. This year's theme is "The Sky's the Limit" and you can have a preview of the fabrics if you wish, by clicking here. Kits are $20.00 and are available from Kathy Strawson, Vice President CQA/ACC, 14312 106B Ave., Edmonton, AB T5N 1E9

If you are not familiar with this Challenge, here's how it works, briefly: You purchase the kit which contains one fat quarter each of 5 different fabrics. All 5 fabrics must be visible on the front of the wall quilt, and you may add up to 3 others of your own choice. Perimeter of the finished piece must not exceed 120", there is no minimum size restriction. Design may be original or traditional, and any combination of hand and/or machine piecing, applique or quilting is permitted. Further guidelines and entry deadlines can be found in the Autumn issue of The Canadian Quilter, or click here.

CQA/ACCC hopes you will return your piece to them to be included in the Auction. All pieces will be displayed at the Quilt Canada Conference in Calgary, and will then be sold by Silent Auction on May 1st. Visit the CQA/ACC website here to see some entries from previous years.

October 1st is also the opening day for Registration for Quilt Canada 2010 in Calgary, if you are a CQA/ACC member. (Non-members can register beginning November 2, 2009.) Info on the conference is available here, and more info will be added to the CQA/ACC website in the coming months. This annual conference provides quilters from across Canada with an opportunity to see the best in quilts and wearable art from across Canada (13 Shows all under the same roof!), take workshops with a wonderful variety of Canadian and International teachers, shop the largest Merchant Mall yet (86 merchants!), enjoy lectures and other evening events, take advantage of local tours to Banff and Lake Louise, the Badlands, and/or the City of Calgary and Canada Olympic Park, not to mention the fun of meeting old and new friends alike. The conference is being held in the Calgary Telus Convention Center and the official conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency - all connected under one roof. If the weather is bad, you need never set foot outside. I hope to see some of you there...

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