QUILT CANADA 2016 REPORT BACK: PRIZE WINNING QUILTS and more!

You might remember a few weeks back I mentioned Quilt Canada was almost upon us…….well it has now come & gone and was a wonderful event. We had a HUGE turnout from quilters all over Canada and beyond. I had my camera with me and took lots of pics during the show to share with you.

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There were more than 70 vendors in total. Most vendors seemed to be super happy with the show. Bus loads of quilters arrived every day with Wednesday and Thursday being probably the busiest days.

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Janome was the very proud sponsor of well over 120 sewing machines which were used in the classrooms – how cool is that that class attendees don’t have to schlep their machines to the show for their classes?!

AND Janome also sponsored Best of Show Award which was won by Helen Fujiki who is no stranger to Janome. She has won awards before and I think she owns at least 3 or 4 Janome machines! I spoke to her after the Awards Ceremony and she was as pleased as punch about her ribbon and prize.

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Artist’s Statement:

As I watched the campaigning for the election unfold, I was energized by the call for change and decided red was the colour for this change! As the reality of what was about to happen sank in, the colours reflected my optimism and the light blasted through. I completed the binding as the results came through and it will always be connected to my pride in being a Canadian.

 

 

 

In addition, Janome also sponsored the very popular Artistic Creations by Janome Demo booth on the show floor.

Part of the section where the National Juried Show quilts were on display. I think I heard there were 134 quilts juried into the show this year and of those, over 50 of them were first time entrants - way to go!!

Part of the section where the National Juried Show quilts were on display. I think I heard there were 134 quilts juried into the show this year and of those, over 50 of them were first time entrants – way to go!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a few precious minutes to take some pics in some of the Concurrent show exhibits: The Cascade of Colour from the Beaconsfield Quilt Guild and the traveling exhibit from FAN – the Fibre Art Network. I am not going to share pics of quilts in the National Juried show (Other than the Best of Show above) as some of these will most likely be posted on the Canadian Quilter website. In addition all NJS entries are all published in the NJS Guide which is available for purchase from CQA/ACC and also is sent free of charge to all CQA/ACC members with the copy of the Fall 2016 Canadian Quilter magazine.

Here are some of the pics I took of the most wonderfully inspiring quilts:

The Cascade of Colour Exhibit

The Cascade of Colour Exhibit

 

 

 

The Beaconsfield Quilters Guild curated a collection of quilts entitled Cascade of Colour. This was initiated by Glee Jessee who had seen the original version at the Sisters Oregon Quilt show several years ago. She asked permission to copy the idea…….and this is the result. 26 mmebers of the Beaconsfield Quilters Guild participated. 24 colour cars were drawn at random by these members – all were from a set of colour cards by Joen Wolfrom. Each person had to create a 16x 36 inch quilt that would “read” their colour from 10 feet away. Two ladies shared in the making of one quilt and Glee made a quilt incorporating all 24 colours – as shown here.

 

 

So bright cheerful! My aplogies that I dont hav ethe nmaes of the individual quilt makers. In my haste and joy at looking at the quilts, I did not record the names.

So bright cheerful! My apologies that I dont have the names of the individual quilt makers. In my haste and joy at looking at the quilts, I did not record the names.

Now this one quite intrigued me as I do not recall seeing a quilt like this before: she folded squares or rectangles? of fabric and attached them to a foundation so they were hnaging fairly loosely. I did not touch it to investigate as I did not have any white gloves with me.

Now this one quite intrigued me as I do not recall seeing a quilt like this before: she folded squares or rectangles? of fabric and attached them to a foundation so they were hanging fairly loosely. I did not touch it to investigate as I did not have any white gloves with me.

And 3 in the blue/turquoise part of the colour wheel

And 3 in the blue/turquoise part of the colour wheel

And the pinks and purples

And the pinks and purples

Imagine my excitement when a friend of mine, Terry Aske, won 2 ribbons during the National Juried Show Awards. Now this is not one of those Award winning NJS entries, but Terry also had a quilt in the FAN - Fibre Art Network - display. This is an interesting study and interpretation of the Lions Gate bridge in Vancouver. Obviously was based on a photo of the bridge looking upwards from below. Terry used folded edge applique, fused raw edge applique, couched embroidery thread and machine quilting. Terry is a Janome owner.......just saying!

Imagine my excitement when a friend of mine, Terry Aske, won 2 ribbons during the National Juried Show Awards. Now this is not one of those Award winning NJS entries, but Terry also had a quilt in the FAN – Fibre Art Network – display. This is an interesting study and interpretation of the Lions Gate bridge in Vancouver. Obviously was based on a photo of the bridge looking upwards from below. Terry used folded edge applique, fused raw edge applique, couched embroidery thread and machine quilting. Terry is a Janome owner…….just saying!

 

This quilt is called Pine Beetle Blues and was made for the FAN exhibit by Marcy Horswill who is responsible for the Canadian Quilter magazine published by CQA/ACC. here Marcy explores the plight of many trees in our Canadian pine indusry which have become infested and killed by a rice sized insect called the mountain pine beetle. The Canadian forest industry has been evastated by the beetle invasion which leaves blue dye behind in the wood as the tree dies. Marcy used original wood print; speedball dyes, machine piecing and machine quilting.

This quilt is called Pine Beetle Blues and was made for the FAN exhibit by Marcy Horswill who is responsible for the Canadian Quilter magazine published by CQA/ACC. Here Marcy explores the plight of many trees in our Canadian pine industry which have become infested and killed by a rice sized insect called the mountain pine beetle. The Canadian forest industry has been devastated by the beetle invasion which leaves blue dye behind in the wood as the tree dies. Marcy used original wood print; speedball dyes, machine piecing and machine quilting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry to say it, but if you did not manage to get to get to Mississauga, Ontario this year for Quilt Canada 2016…….well, all we can say is that we are sorry you missed it! We had a great time with quilting friends, we shopped till we dropped and we drooled over the fabulous quilts…… and a whole lot more.

Mark your calendars NOW: Quilt Canada 2017 will be in the same venue (The International Centre), same week (14-17 June 2017), same city  (Mississauga) next year.

Our advice: don’t miss it again!

 

 

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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One Response to QUILT CANADA 2016 REPORT BACK: PRIZE WINNING QUILTS and more!

  1. Deb says:

    Thank you Liz for sharing your pictures of events I cannot get to such as this one & the Stitches conference in Sask. It whets my appetite to maybe be able to attend one some year!

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