Wednesday, 30 December 2015

From all of us at CQA/ACC, we wish you the very best in 2016!
We hope all your quilting dreams come true=)

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Counting Inches to Quilt Canada 2016 #2

Thanks to all the guilds who have submitted inches since our last report. We’ve had some interesting quilts that have been measured - from Meals on Wheels placemats, to comfort quilts, to quilts as gifts, as well as guild Show and Tell quilts.
Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild, Leduc AB
With this good response, we have travelled out of Alberta along the Trans Canada Highway and into Saskatchewan, not quite enough to get us to Regina (where I had hoped to get to on this leg of the trip). 

A project that was shown at
Temiskaming Shores Quilters’ Guild meeting.
Common Threads QG (Orleans, ON) This quilt was done by Sherida Giddings.
Pattern is called Fire Island Hosta Queen by Judy Niemeyer.
Custom quilted by Johanne Moore. It was 400 inches. 

This quilt was given to  the
West Haldimand Hospital for their annual auction.
It raised $1,700.

Keep sending in those inches to Marilyn at We have 5 months of inch collecting to get us to Toronto, ON in time for Quilt Canada 2016  June 15-18, 2016.

Hope everyone gets lots of quilting done over the holidays for your next guild show and tell!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

You Are Wanted at Quilt Canada 2016!

Canadian Quilters Need You! 

 In June 2016, Toronto hosts Canada's annual national quilt conference and volunteers are needed to help with Quilt Canada 2016! Now when you click on the links you will see coordinator positions. We need those filled but we also need positions that are not listed there, that are less of a time commitment, you just need to send an email to

Why volunteer?  

We have a whole slew of benefits listed below to make it worth your while.  What we didn't list is that you will laugh till your face hurts, meet so many wonderful quilters you won't be able to remember all of their names, and you will make fantastic memories to last forever!

How could you not want to be a part of this?  Email for more information.  And we offer some FREE workshops!!

We have all different opportunities at Quilt Canada 2016 for you to be a part of.
Want to be an angel in a workshop and watch our amazing instructors teach their unique methods of quilt making?
Think of perusing through the National Juried Show looking after the best quilts in Canada and helping people.
Email and find the perfect place for you.

There are so many opportunities, that there will be a match for you somewhere!
'Clash of Colors' by Paula Jolly
National Juried Show 2015

Okay, here are the Benefits for volunteers:

Shift volunteers:
·        One day admission for 4 hours worked

Full day volunteers, including teachers angels:
·        Admission on day worked plus one additional day
·        Lunch on day worked

Coordinator/Coordinator Assistant Volunteers:
·        4 day admission pass with name tag
·        2016 Conference bag
·        2016 Conference pin
·        Shared hotel accommodation if needed
·        Meals during conference
·       FREE workshop or lecture ‘with conditions’
Conditions for FREE workshop/lecture
1. choose from workshops or daytime lectures available after April 1, 2016
2. must have someone to cover your duties
3. available on Thurs, Fri, Sat only. (everyone will be needed on first day)
4. two lectures equal one workshop
5. Jane Sassaman lecture not eligible.
6. Long-arm sessions are workshops. 

Are you enticed? Curious? Don't hesitate, email today at and find out how you can be a part of this!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Counting Your Inches Across Canada - Part 1

You know the saying 'back by popular demand?'  YOU let us know that you did not want us to retire the counting of the inches.  You emailed, called, dropped in to our guilds, threw spools of thread at us,  followed us around with tape measures (may be a slight exaggeration here). But you told us you loved doing this national challenge!  You were heard, so the challenge is back and we are running behind so we need your help if we are going to make it!
Marilyn Michelin, a former board member, has kindly agreed to look after this project for us and she is excited!  Over to you Marilyn:

There’ll be no Lollygagging along the way this year! 
As we are a little late in starting, we still have managed to get enough inches from 10 guilds to get us to just outside Calgary, Alberta on our way to Toronto, Ontario, where Quilt Canada 2016 is being held.
After having had a wonderful time at Quilt Canada 2015, we leave the University of Lethbridge to travel north. 

What a wonderful group they were - welcoming, energetic, and amazing! We met lots of new friends at the show and now can’t wait to get to Toronto to see some of them again and make some more new ones.

Cactus Rose Quilters' Guild (Medicine Hat, AB) shared their October meeting on facebook - a wide variety of quilts and sewn objects were shown.

Keep sending in your inches to Marilyn  ( so that we can make it to Toronto for Quilt Canada 2016 - June 15-18, 2016!

Send along a picture or two of your guild meeting Show & Tell too. We like to see all the wonderful quilting that is being done by quilters across Canada!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Mystery Quilt for Canadian Quilters to Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!

We have a special post to bring you today!  We are super excited to have Cantik Batiks join our team at Quilt Canada 2016.

You may know them as the awesome company who sponsors our Youth Challenge, but they have stepped it up and are doing a Canadian Themed Mystery Quilt for quilters!
Let me tell you the blocks are simply amazing! Here is what they have to say:

Cantik Batiks, a Canadian owned company, is celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday.
Shania Sunga, our Canadian designer, has designed a 13 block Canadian Themed Mystery Quilt available at Canadian Quilt shops.. Every 6 weeks, a new Province or Territory will be featured until April 2017, in time for Canada’s Birthday!

Individual wall hanging kits of each Province and Territory are also available from your favourite quilt shop.
In addition, Shania Sunga has designed 13 different fabric collections to depict the colours and beauty of 10 Provinces and 3 Territories. Each collection will have Gemstones (2 ½” strips), Gemfives (5” strips) and Gemcubes (10” squares). Collect all 13 Canadian Provincial and Territorial Gems!

A Special commemorative fabric collection will also be available for Canada. Stunning projects have been created to celebrate Canada’s special day including Homecoming wall hanging designed by Shania Sunga.
All the Canadian, Provincial and Territorial fabric as well as the blocks and wall hangings will be available for a minimum of 2 years for consumers to create a commemorative project.
 “What does Canada mean to you” We challenge everyone to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday using Cantik Batiks.

For the most up to date Mystery Block information, current images and block deliveries go to
Come and visit Shania Sunga at the Cantik Batiks booth at Quilt Canada 2016. Bring your blocks/patterns to be signed!

Cantik Batiks thanks the CQA/ACC for supporting quilting in Canada and sparking the passion in all age groups. Fabric begin as fabric. Quilters turn  fabric into love.

Now if that isn't enough to get you running to your quilt store to pick up the blocks or wall hangings, they are releasing the pictures each month here! 

Here is Block 1:
New Brunswick 
Hartland, New Brunswick is home to the World’s longest covered bridge. The bridge is 390m long (1,282ft). The Black-capped Chickadee is the Provincial Bird. 

Nunavut is Canada’s newest Territory established in 1999. The Inukshuk are monuments of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the Inukshuk is “Someone was here” or “You are on the right path”
Mount Thor (image to the right) Located in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island, is the World’s greatest vertical drop of 1,250 m (4,101ft) with an average angle of105 degrees.
The Rock Ptarmigan is Nunavut’s territorial bird.

Stay tuned as the blocks get released to see the gorgeous creations they produce!  You don't want to miss joining in on this fun adventure with Cantik Batiks, as we gear up to celebrate Canada's 150th!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Quilt Canada 2016

Are you ready? Are you as excited as we are?

Quilt Canada 2016 broke the mold! We changed things up, made it bigger, made it better and we did it to make every quilter like you HAPPY!

How you ask?  First we found some pretty amazing sponsors! Check out this incredible door prize!

We are offering a slew of workshops

Janome has once again given overwhelming support to provide domestic machines for all workshops that require them.

Handi Quilter is supplying Sweet 16's for classrooms,  and a long arm machine for lectures!

The workshops are so varied and so fantastic! And guess what?  We did not make them all the same price this year!  We have priced them so that there are workshops for every budget!

We added lectures!  Yep, that's right, we have our incredible teachers offering lectures throughout the four days too!

Don't freak out but we are having a Quilter's Night Out!  We can't say too much right now, but Jane Sassaman is going to be giving a talk!  

Okay, our Merchant Mall is insane!  We keep getting more and more merchants so we keep making the shopping area bigger and bigger! We will be releasing the names of vendors very soon. 

We haven't even talked about the quilt shows yet!  Our National Juried Show hilights the best in Canada, our concurrent shows demonstrate the incredible talent our country has in quilting. 

The fact that we are at the International Centre in Toronto ON is the icing on the cake.   The place is huge! All one level and minutes from the hotels, and tons of parking!

Seriously, if you haven't booked your workshops, lectures, hotel... don't wait too long.   This is going to be the conference of all conferences! 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Remembrance Day Quilt

Remembrance: A Tribute to Sacrifice

Size: 57” wide X  53.5” high. Perimeter:  221”

Hand painted poppies, pieced poppies are a variation on the pinwheel design, and machine stitched.

Quilted by: Machine Quilted on a domestic sewing machine.

No other participants have contributed in the design and execution of this work, however, credits are to be given for the poetry and photos.

In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae 
‘In Flanders fields, the poppies blow,
Short days ago…
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.’

The Question, by Rudyard Kipling
‘If it be found when the battle clears,
Their death has set me free,
Then how shall I live with myself through the years
Which they have bought for me?’

Death in the Mud, by R.W. Adie   (used with permission)
‘Know why, when wrong is wrong, and right is right, and how to play a noble part.’

Tipperary Blues, by R.W. Adie  (used with permission)
‘The days I treasure are shaped by….
The agony of brothers I’ve lost…and the sisters, oh so fair.’

Machine stitched drawings based on Photos:
Cpl. Andrew J. Eykelenboom, used with permission by the Eykelenboom family
Gunner Allan Adie, used with permission by the Adie family

Quilt Images taken by: Bill Jorgensen

Date completed: January 2008

Artist’s Statement:

For the ultimate sacrifices made on our behalf this innovative wall quilt is a tribute to Canada’s soldiers.  May they rest in peace.   

In his poem, The Question, Rudyard Kipling challenges us most profoundly: 

‘If it be found when the battle clears, their death has set me free,
Then how shall I live with myself through the years which they have bought for me?’

We will remember.

Hennie Aikman

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Quilts of Valour

The (QOV) organization is an amazing one for Canadians to be a part of.
Taken directly from their website, 'they support Canadian Armed Forces members past and present with quilts of comfort, in their time of need.'

A Quilt of Valour™ is a Tribute to a CAF Member

A Quilt of Valour™ is a "hug from the nation" to a CAF Member who serves and makes sacrifices for our country. The quilt standards must reflect the level of gratitude that we want to demonstrate to the recipient. Quilts of Valour™ can be made by individuals, social groups or quilting bees. In all cases we request that the standards we have established are followed to ensure that a high quality symbol of gratitude is presented.
The quilt specifications are 55" x 70" symbolizing Canada.  All the details are here.
One idea that a member came up with is that up to and on November 11th start working on a Quilt of Valour. Do it by yourself or with some friends and let us know about it.   The hashtags to use are #rememberthem  #quiltofvalour. 
We encourage you to do this on your facebook, twitter or Instagram accounts and use the hashtags above and we will pick it up and repost.  Alternately you can email any activities you are doing around this.

Let's support our Armed Forces and pay tribute by what we do best - quilting!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

A circle cutter that's out-of-this-world

Zoë MacDonald is E-Commerce and Social Media Manager at Canada’s largest manufacturer and wholesale distributor of quality sewing, quilting, and knitting supplies. Crafty lady and recent quilting convert, she is keen to share her love for the latest in notions.

As a quilting newbie, I am always on the look-out for ways to get the wow factor that seem manageable to me. While I love the interlocking circles on a Wedding Ring pattern quilt, the complexity of this pattern makes it more daunting than inspiring to me. (I thought quilting meant no more curved seams?)

After all, when you are addicted to the fresh start of a new sewing project, armed with crisp new fabric and purpose, getting to completion can be its own challenge. Most of my UFOs aren’t quilting projects, but I imagine there is a quilting equivalent to being up late, surrounded by pleated and gathered mint chiffon, wondering where it all went wrong. This is especially true for those of us who are prone to distraction, or “easily inspired”.

All this to say, I’ve learned (the slow way) that it pays to keep it simple and focus on one (maybe two) striking features that you know you can nail. So, I pressed on, and in my quest for quiltsperation I noticed a common theme among many bold modern quilts: circles. Either in ascending order or polka dot grid, layered like a Venn diagram, or integrated into pictorial motifs (ladybugs, flowers, etc.), They. Were. Everywhere.

By Jennifer Houlden - as seen on Quilt Social 

Quilts spotted at Quilt Market – as seen on Jackie’s Art Quilts Blog

Works in progress – as seen on Jackie’s Art Quilts Blog here.

Quilts by Product Specialists Cathy McClean & Donna Housley – as seen on H.A. Kidd Facebook

… and suddenly, it occurred to me that I can do this! Or, at least some version of this, thanks to my secret weapon: the TrueCut Circle Cutter.

How to cut a perfect circle with the TrueCut Circle Cutter (without marking, tracing, or snipping):

Unlock the gear (lefty loosey) then lock again (righty tighty) when the red indicator is pointed at the correct measurement. 


Unlock safety near blue blade “button”, and make sure blade cover is removed. 

3. CUT!
Place circle cutter with blue button facing you: Remember, “Blue to belly”. Press down on gear shape on what will be the centre of your circle, with your non dominant hand and dominant hand over this arm and on the blue button. Then, apply pressure, swooping the cutter around the centre gear for a full 360 degree turn.

 Create perfect-circle quilt appliqué

1. To prep your fabric for turned appliqué, increase desired finished circle size by ½” (13 mm) and have lightweight fusible interfacing (I used HeatnBond brand) and main fabric ready to cut. (For raw edge applique, apply Heatnbond Light to the wrong side of your fabric.)

2. Use TrueCut Circle Cutter to cut both circles.

3. Match adhesive side of interfacing with right side of fabric circle. Sew along edge with ¼” seam allowance (6 mm).

4. Use pinking shears around seam allowance to notch fabric and reduce bulk at the same time before turning.

5. To turn, cut a slit in interfacing side and reverse appliqué circle through this opening. To help ensure a smooth edge, use an Heirloom Crease Marker and/or Fabric Folding Pen along the seam. 

Now, your appliqué circles are ready for the appliqué-tion of your choice! For instance…

A solar system quilt! (Spot the TARDIS - courtesy of Dr.Who-loving team member, Ivana)

I fused the sun and planets in place over the scattered sky-themed half-square-triangle quilt base, using wool heat setting. I used the turned edge appliqué technique to allow for a simple straight-stitch with Sulky Holoshimmer to secure in place, and stippled the “orbit lines” with the same thread combination.

While I took some liberties with scientific fact, you get the idea. Aside from playing fast and loose with the size scaling, you’ll find technically-not-a-planet Pluto peeking in from the opposite corner. It’ll always be an honorary planet to me!

Bringing it full circle

With the TrueCut Circle Cutter, cutting circles is fun and easy enough that it will inspire you to create just for the sake of circle-cutting. Like a doughnut pincushion, or no-pattern pot holder:

You can never have too many.

A good outlet for scrap batting. Don't forget to use Unique Therm Fleece!

What would you make if you knew cutting circles was this easy?

For a chance to win, submit your comment by Friday, November 6th at 4pm. Canadian residents only. 

Update: This draw is now closed. Congratulations to winner Laura!

To purchase your own TrueCut Circle Cutter, visit your local Canadian quilt retailer.
For more inspiration and product education, follow H.A. Kidd and Company Limited on Facebook.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

You Asked For It!

We were contemplating retiring the 'count your inches' across the country but the overwhelming response from our members and guilds to continue had us beat! We are doing it again!

We are travelling from Quilt Canada 2015 - Lethbridge AB to Quilt Canada 2016 in Toronto, ON.

Our journey is 3,627 km or a whopping 142,806,299 inches!

At your guild meetings, measure the inches around the perimeter of your quilt during your Show and Share or on your charity quilts. Send the total of those inches to our awesome volunteer Marilyn Michelin at
We do want to see what you are quilting, so please send a picture or two and a sentence describing it so we can use it on social media!

We are super excited to do it once again, albeit a little stressed that we are starting late so may not make it.. and that would devastate us! We are counting on you to count alot of inches! Get quilting!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

One of the Best Jokes on the Board!

As you know the Board of Directors for our amazing Canadian quilt organization is made up of some pretty awesome people.   This includes all past Board members as well. What you may not know is Board members have an incredible sense of humour!

Today we found out just how funny some of the recently retired Board members are! We have been in meetings for the past two days in Toronto, ON before we go and work our CQA/ACC booth at the Creativ Festival.

Three of the five board members are new and today felt that they couldn't take it any longer and started presenting the rest of the Board with these beautiful handmade gifts! Linda, the President, and myself, Past President, the only 2 members that have been on the Board prior, were completely caught off guard, until we found out the story!

When we asked why this was done, they explained that they were told by the outgoing Secretary that it was customary to give a lovely handmade gift to the Board members at the meetings! Well we just burst out laughing!

These poor 3 new members had been stressing since they signed on what to make, and chatting about it the past few months via email, finding out our favourite colours, what we liked etc, and then stressing since we arrived when we were to do the big exchange of gifts!

Needless to say, Linda and I had nothing to donate back but look at what we scored!   A handmade necklace with fancy crystal beads and felted and embroidered handmade wrist cuff!   (missing is cathedral pin cushions)

On the upside, we are going to look like a million bucks wearing our new jewellery!


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Finding Your Way Around the Canadian Quilters' Association


This post is to hilight some amazing people and things that we have going on at the Canadian Quilters' Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe, or CQA/ACC for short.

First off is our website that is chock full of quilting goodness and eye candy!  Not to mention so much great information.
Have you checked out all the inspiring quilts from our latest National Juried Show? How about our annual fundraiser to promote quilting in Canada, our Trend-Tex Challenge?  You can also see the last five years for each of these fantastic shows!
Look at this amazing jacket that was juried into the 2015 National Juried Show!  Made completely with selvedges by past Board member Judy Kelly.

Take a look at our website on the right hand side to see all the social media platforms we are on!
There has to be at least 1 or 4 that you will like to follow us on! Our pinterest boards are just loaded with colour and quilts and inspiration. Facebook has monthly giveaways! Instagram and twitter are there for the quick moment to look and stay informed!

Now, do you love what you see? Want to see more and support quilting in Canada? Sign up to be a member and get our quarterly magazine delivered right to your door!  We revamped our magazine and it is AMAZING! We have patterns, techniques, and so much more information and insights into quilting in Canada and abroad! Don't wait, sign up today!

Looking for a great Canadian teacher? Check out our Professional Quilters page!

Right here on our blog we have some wonderful reading to keep you up to date with our quilters in Canada! If you look to the right of our blog, you will see our members who have active blogs where you can see what they are up to, and find great ideas and inspiration!

As well, you can see many of our member guilds and look at the ways they are reaching their members and the unique things they are doing!

We hope this helps you find your way around our site and encourages you to follow us on one of our social media platforms so you can stay connected with quilters in Canada!  If you can't find something, drop us an email at Most importantly, we hope it has convinced you to join us and become a part of our quilting family!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Trend-Tex Challenge Is Here

Finally the time has come!

We wait and wait all year for the next Trend-Tex Challenge to come and it is here at last!

The excitement of the new theme, the new fabrics, the giddiness of designing a quilt, is just too much fun not to participate!

This year the Vice President, Leslie, has chosen 'Living a Life in Green' as her theme. That just brims with possibilities! You could do an environmental theme, go green with nature, or all green if that is your favourite color=)
Remember you get 5 fat quarters and have to make a wall hanging based on the criteria provided.

Here are the five fabrics you will receive.

All the details are here that you need to create your masterpiece.  Oh wait, did I mention there are prizes?  You bet there are!

This is our only fundraiser to help us promote quilting across Canada, and we can't do it without you!
So come on, click here and order that luscious fabric!

We can't wait to see what you make!

Generously sponsored by

Friday, 25 September 2015

Quilt Canada 2016 Registration Delayed

Quilt Canada 2016- Registration Date Delayed!

Registration Date Delayed!
You heard it right, we are delaying the registration because something BIG is happening and we WANT YOU to be in on it!
We don’t just mean a bit BIG, we mean GIGANTIC BIG EXCITEMENT! We can hardly contain it, but we are going to sit on it until October 28, 2015.  Then we are releasing our AWESOME NEWS!  You do not want to miss this, so be sure to join us on October 28th when we tell you our BIG NEWS! Information pertaining to Quilt Canada 2016 at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario, June 15-18, 2016 is now on our website:
We have 44 workshops and many levels of pricing to meet your budget!  We also have 9 Lectures to offer you.  Get ready to register: October 28, 2015 for CQA/ACC members and November 18, 2015 for non-members.

Trend-Tex Challenge

Kits for the 28th Annual CQA/ACC Trend-Tex Challenge entitled "Living a Life in Green" will be available October 1, 2015 for CQA/ACC members and October 15, 2015 for non members.  Rules have been published in the Autumn 2015 "Canadian Quilter" magazine and on our website.

Guild Insurance

November 1, 2015 is the renewal date for guilds already enrolled in the "umbrella" property and/or liability insurance plans that the CQA/ACC has arranged with Intercity Insurance Services.  The cost remains the same as last year: $130 plus applicable tax for Liability Insurance and $80 plus applicable tax for Property Insurance.  If your Guild hasn't already taken advantage of this great plan more information can be found on our website or by contacting:

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Making Quilts for Refugees

There is an initiative started asking Canadian quilters to make quilts for the many refugees coming to Canada by the end of this year.

Check it out here and see if you and a group of friends or your guild are interested in this worthwhile cause!
If you are make sure you send pics to!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Getting Members to your Guilds!

Over the past two years, we have had different members email asking us about increasing and retaining members in their guilds. This subject is very near and dear to our hearts as well, as we believe every quilter should be a part of our national organization to help us promote our amazing craft through Canada=)

To help us and others with this dilemma, we went to the experts. YOU! After our AGM at Quilt Canada 2015, members told us their success stories and advice.  It was a worthwhile conversation for everyone in the room and we promised to show you the feedback from that discussion. 

Town Hall Discussion
How to Increase Guild Membership

After the Annual General Meeting members were invited to participate in a discussion on how to increase guild membership. There was good participation resulting in the following suggestions:

-The needs of membership should be determined through the use of a survey such as Survey Monkey or another suitable tool.  Results would then be shared with all membership and guild activities adjusted accordingly.
-Large guilds often have sub-groups who meet within an existing meeting or separately to ensure that the interests of all members are addressed.  Mentors can be assigned to either a sub-group or to new members to assist them in learning the ropes.
-Whenever possible speak with a departing member to determine why they are leaving the guild- the information provided may result in further adjustments to guild programs.
-Ensure that meetings have structure and purpose i.e. format, projects, strong interaction, sharing of techniques, etc.  Keep members challenged and interested.
-Where feasible guilds have introduced sliding scale membership fees e.g. reduced fee for youth, early renewal discount, snowbird rate.
-Most in attendance were in guilds that use social media which kept membership informed and engaged.

We hope this helps and if you have any tips, please add them in the 'Comment' section!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Quilt Canada 2016 is LIVE!

Yes you heard it hear.  We are ready to show you what we have planned for Quilt Canada 2016!
We are landing in Toronto ON from June 15-18, 2016 ready to knock your socks off.  We have so much fun planned for every quilter that walks through our doors!   Our shows, the workshops, lectures, the National Juried Show, and of course the best Merchant Mall ever!  This is the conference of all conferences, the show of all shows, the place where every quilter needs to be.

Mark it on your calendar, as WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU!!

We have 44 WORKSHOPS and 9 LECTURES! And hold on... they are all differently priced to fit your budget!

We don't want to brag, but guess who is coming?   


Jane Sassaman is doing 4 workshops and a lecture.

We didn't stop there.... ready to see the line up of instructors?  These quilters rock the quilting world!


















We are looking for VOLUNTEERS!   They get perks, so check it out!

Go and check out Quilt Canada 2016!
Looking forward to seeing you there!