Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Clearing Up and Cleaning Up

Do you ever get so involved in something you love that you sometimes forget that those around you might need a little explanation of what exactly you are doing?

The Board of Directors at CQA/ACC, meaning Judy, Gayle, Laine, Lynn, Lauren and Jackie are sometimes  at fault for that.   We love what we do and try to do our best at it for CQA/ACC, but occasionally we need to take a breather and tell you what it is we are doing!

This blog post will clear up a few things and bring you up to speed on what we are up to.

First is the new wearables category for the Trend-Tex Challenge.   A few of you have asked some really good questions.  For example, how will it be measured?  Is a lining considered similar to the back of a quilt?   Is a purse a wearable?   
We introduced this new category to give another option to those  participating in the challenge for the past 26 years and who wanted to try something new.   We left things open on purpose as well.  We want to challenge you, in a fun and creative way.   But we realize that we need to help you a bit as well.

The perimeter of a wearable will be measured the same way as  an odd shaped quilt, by going around the outside and taking that measurement.  A lining is considered to be the equivalent of the back of a quilt.  What do we mean by wearable?   It is anything that you would wear.   

Next up, is  at the last National Juried Show, one of our Board members had two quilts hanging in the show.   What you didn't know is that a motion had been passed in 2012 allowing Board members to enter the National Juried Show, but they are not eligible to win Viewers' Choice.

They must disclose to the Board when they make the decision to enter,and remove themselves from all Board matters dealing with the NJS.  This motion was passed because we have found that recruiting members to the Board can sometimes be difficult, and one game breaker was the ability to enter the NJS should they wish.

Next is finding your way around registering for a Quilt Canada conference.  If you are a new member and want to attend, it may be a little daunting trying to figure things out.   Rest assured, if you get a little overwhelmed, you can email our amazing Administrative Assistant Jackie Philpott to help you.   
Here is how things work for the Quilt Canada 2014 conference. 
If you are going to be a Full Delegate or Full Delegate Plus which means you are there for the full conference, taking three or four days of workshops and staying on site, you can register now.

If you just want to take one or two workshops or attend one lecture, you are considered a Day Student and you register on January 15th, 2014.   If you are a non-member and want to take a workshop or lecture, the January 15th date applies to you as well.

One more thing, CQA/ACC has a Quilt Judge Certification Programme (QJCP) which is described as:

The program was created to ensure that those wishing to judge quilt competitions are qualified to do so. Successful completion of this programme leads to a professional designation, CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge.

This is a three part program that takes place over a maximum of five years.  The next opening for Part I will be  June 2015.   What is important to mention is that CQA/ACC has a list of certified and apprentice judges on our website that our guilds can contact for your next quilt show.

While we may not have cleared up all your questions, we hope this helps!  And we are always available via email and love hearing from our members.


  1. Why does Kempenfelt Quilters Guild not appear on your list of CQA/ACC Quilt Guilds which is bottom right side of your blog?

    1. HI Linda;
      Most likely because I have not been sent their link... if you would like to do so, I would love to add them to the side bar.