I have very recently returned from our premier Quilting event of the year in Canada. Janome is now one of the major sponsors of this show – we supplied approximately 130 machines for classrooms all over the Brock University campus in St Catharines where workshops were being taught by many well known teachers. Actually I do believe we were the only supplier of classroom sewing machines besides the long arm quilting machines – it was the first year Quilt Canada offered classes on long arm machines.
It was a LOT of work and involved quite complex logistical “gymnastics” as we moved machines after classes on most days to other rooms where they were going to be required by a different class & teacher the next day. We also did “housekeeping” every night after the quilters had left: cleaning away threads etc, putting a new needle into every machine so there would be a “fresh” one for the start of the next day, etc. It was well worth it all. Judging by all the comments we received from folk attending Quilt Canada as well as the various people who volunteered countless hours of time & energy to arranging this great show, it was appreciated. We also had fun working together (there were 5 staff from both our Vancouver & Toronto offices including Linda P who many of you know – we don’t often get the opportunity to work together when we work out of offices 3 time zones apart!) We also got the opportunity to meet & chat to SO many of you wonderful quilters who made the trip to St Catharines to join in the excitement and joy of seeing so many incredible quilts in the 4 separate exhibitions, shop-til-you-drop opportunities as well as attending wonderful classes. Thank you for coming to tell us why you love your Janome sewing machine(s) and ask questions, tell us about your quilting journeys etc. It was a pleasure to share the whole Quilt Canada experience with you.
Now you might wonder why there are no pics of quilts from the National Juried Show? Well, that is because we are not permitted to take photographs in that Exhibition. But if you check out the Quilt Canada website, I am sure the catalogue of pic’s of all the entries will be available for ordering and they might even post pics of some of the winning quilts on the website. It was rather exciting to see a record number of entries this year: I think they said 153 entries with more than 50 of those being FIRST time entrants….way to go quilters!
At the closing Ceremony, we were all given one of the wine bags that Quilting Guild members all over Canada had made for this year’s festivities. We asked a passing server if we could borrow 2 (sadly empty) wine bottles so we could take a pic of our wine bags! Our thanks to the many ladies who made these bags for us.
I am excited for next year in Lethbridge ……..see you there!