Thursday, 4 April 2013

Where Do You Read The Canadian Quilter Challenge

Our last challenge closed at the end of March and all I can say is, "You be the judge as to how talented our Canadian quilters are!"  With a theme of "Where Do You Read The Canadian Quilter?" these members rose to the challenge and beyond.   

The quilts shown here are not the top 3 winners of the challenge.  They will be revealed in the Summer edition of 'The Canadian Quilter'.   

by Lauren MacDonald

by Diane Chambers
My entry is a 12x 12 fused applique with free motion stitching,shading with oil sticks,permanent marker and thread painting used for detail.

by CQA's Vice President Judy Kelly, who came up with the theme for this challenge.

by Elizabeth Carter

'In My Garden' is composed of a quilted fabric collage background with a small quilter’s house and a large fabric tree ...  the house boasts hardware store washer vines and a metal number plate; the tree is 3-dimensional with batik leaves and beaded embellishment,  the trunk is made of tens of strips of a variety of batiks giving a funky bark effect. 

by Dawn Odegard
When I read about the challenge I thought of where I most enjoy reading The Canadian Quilter and it is in my backyard in a comfortable lawn chair. Several years ago I had actually built myself an Adirondack chair so I thought that was fitting.  Over the past couple of months I have been researching stitches I can use on a crazy quilt and came across the idea of making geraniums with ric rac which I thought would fit with this setting. 

by Helen Hubert
The TELEPHONE is often where I read the newsletter - discussing program ideas that I see in the guild recap section with some of my quilting buddies.

by Louise Hardy
The Quilt  is of me  reading The  Canadian Quilter, all curled up in my rocking chair in our den.

by Yoka Scott
My quilt represents where I like to read “The Canadian Quilter”. Any where in the world, spring, summer, fall and winter issues. Its inspired by a weather picture of the internet, its 12x12 machine quilted the binding is done by hand and the appliqués are ironed on with “steam a seam”.

by CQA/ACCAlberta's Regional Representative Cindy Simpson
Over the past two years I have been fortunate to travel within Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand. I have taken copies of The Canadian Quilter with me to read and sometimes share with other quilters! I have stylized the luggage tickets and used the airport call letters to the airports closest to where I have been. Raw edge appliqued and machine stitched on a beautiful sky print!

by Lily Kangas

I love to read The Canadian Quilter magazine in my garden, where the blooms & butterflies abound! I found this an interesting challenge. I designed this Rose Window design with some inspiration from Angela Besley's book "Rose Windows For Quilters". The techniques I used are fused appliqué, couching, some beads and free-motion quilting. 

Congratulations to all who entered!  Your quilts are fantastic.   
Our next challenge is called 'Through the Eyes of a Bug'  and you should see the great prizes donated by The Fat Quarter Shop.  Be sure to check it out, so you can enter.

Fat Quarter Shop


  1. Amazing - the range of responses to a simple challenge! So interesting to see the tiny details put into some of the challenge results.

  2. Wow I love theme challenges. Those are so beautiful! (I just called a toilet 'beautiful' - haha)

    : )

  3. Wow! some very talented quilters and imaginative.