Friday, June 16, 2017

Quilt Canada Update

Quilt Canada is well underway in Toronto. For all of us who cannot be in attendance, we'll have to content ourselves by clicking  here to view the NJS winners. The National Juried Show features the "cream of the crop" as they say. Click on the first image for a larger view, then hover your cursor over the upper right corner of the image to continue to view all other winners. Congrats to all the winners and indeed ALL the entrants -you are ALL winners!
You can view all the Trend-Tex Challenge pieces by clicking here.

And... an exciting update on the Big Quilt Bee.. as of yesterday they had easily surpassed their goal of 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada with 1500 quilts!!! Isn't that fantastic?!! Wow! Quilters are THE BEST!
I wonder what the final tally will be?

EDIT June 17. The final tally of completed quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada is 2614!!!  Isn't that fantastic?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's National Sewing Machine Day!

Today, June 13, is National Sewing Machine Day! It's a day to honour and celebrate the invention of the sewing machine. It was on this day that Thomas Saint, a skilled cabinet maker and British inventor received the first patent for a sewing machine design, back in 1790! While some of us enjoy hand work, most of us are every thankful for our machines. Have you shown your machine some love today? What do you like best about your machine? Do you have more than one machine? Do you have an interesting sewing machine story to share with us?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Check These Out!

July 1st will be here before we know it, and with it all the big celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday! Are you working on a special project for Canada 150? If you have been looking for a pattern for the Canada 150 logo, here it is! Click here for the pattern.

 Former member Sandi MacMillan has been busy with a "Fredericton-related" project... She is part of an art quilt group in Florida where she lives for the winter.  Journeys Thru Art has eight very talented members and each year they challenge themselves to do art quilts on a theme. This past year the theme was "bridges." I know you will recognize Sandi's bridge.  You can see all eight bridge quilts by clicking here.  These eight pieces have been submitted for jurying into the August AQS Show in Grand Rapids, MI. Not being one to take the easy route, Sandi's bridge is totally constructed of leather, and contains hundreds of tiny rivets... the photo really does not do it justice!
EDIT June 7th: The group received word today that their bridges have been accepted to AQS Grand Rapids show, August 16-19.
Their next challenge is "spirals" and once again, Sandi's piece will have a tie to our city. Can you guess what it might be?