More Quilt Stories from the Road

The Sugar Pine Company can be found in the scenic Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, just a short drive from Banff.  Alcoves, shelves and walls are packed with material, quilts, fabric packs and all manner of quilting inspiration, beautifully displayed.  There was lots to explore around every corner.  It is a sewing and knitting shop as well.

The Sugar Pine Co.The Sugar Pine Co.The Sugar Pine Co.

Poppin’s Quilt Parlour in downtown Penticton, B.C. deserves much more than a pop-in by quilters.  Poppin’s has a large variety of fabrics, as well as many display quilts, patterns and notions to keep you browsing.  Friendly staff helped me find what I was looking for and showed me what was new and interesting in the quilt world.


Fort Steele is a large and interesting Heritage Town just outside Cranbrook, B.C.  It began as a North West Mounted Police post in 1887, under the command of Superintendent Samuel B. Steele.  Its purpose was to bring peace to an area being affected by a gold rush, the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and land disputes with indigenous peoples.

Wonderful heritage buildings, wagon rides along the dirt streets of the town, old-time weddings still held in the Bandstand, lively street theatre and other entertainments are keeping this period in B.C.’s history alive.

Traditional quilts of the era can be seen in the Officer’s Quarters and other residences in the town.  Dressmakers are still working at Mrs. Sprague’s Dressmaking in the Carlin & Durick General Store.

the officer's quartersthe officer's quartersFort SteeleFort Steele

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Quilt Canada 2017

Report from Marilyn:

In June I went to Quilt Canada 2017 in Toronto.  It was a four day conference put on by the Canadian Quilter’s Association and I decided to go because I had a quilt accepted into the National Juried Show (NJS).  There were about 350 entries for the National Juried Show and 127 were chosen to be shown in Toronto.  Of those 127 there were 44 who were first time entrants.  I feel honoured to have my quilt chosen.  Here are a few pictures of the NJS.

I bought a pass for all four days.  I took a one-day workshop on thread painting with Coreen Zerr where I learned more about thread and now hope to use more thread for embellishment.  I went to the evening lecture with Hollis Chatelain on her quilting journey and her views on social comment in quilts, and, a morning lecture with Elaine Theriault on quilt challenges where she showed many of her completed challenges.

There were other shows all with lovely quilts to peruse.  Quilts from a few of the shows are on the CQA website.  Just now their shows are listed on the Home page and you can also roll over the Galleries menu item and choose one of the shows.

  • Guild Rosette Show – CQA has a program where they give out rosettes at local guild quilt shows across the country.  They asked the winners of those rosettes if they would like to display their quilts.  They were beautiful.
  • Cantik Batik’s Youth Challenge – there were local guides who had quilts in the challenge available to talk to viewers.
  • A local Modern Quilt Guild
  • A few of the Quilts of Valour
  • FAN (Fibre Art Network) – They had the botanical quilt show they had at Van Dusen this Spring except that some of those quilts had been sold so there were additional hangings.
  • Canada’s Centennial – There were a couple of quilts that were made in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s centennial.
  • Newfoundland – There were quilts from a group in Newfoundland who showed quilts that were made to commemorate Newfoundlands military losses in World War I.
  • In a separate room there was The Trend Tex Challenge – Stitching a Canadian Memory which is also on the CQA website.  There were bids on all the quilts by the end of the four days.  It is fun to participate in this challenge and the funds raised in the silent auction helps CQA.

The Quilt Bee continued and by the end of the conference there were over 2000 finished quilts.  The final count is 2614 quilts to be given to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada!!

Then there was a very large merchant mall.  Aurofil had jigsaw puzzles races to win a spool of thread. The Northcott booth asked people to sign in for their newsletter then they could spin the wheel to win and even the consolation prize was a pack of charm squares.  Quilts of Valour hosted a booth and sold blocks which could be returned to them to be made into quilts.  There were a lot of sewing machine, and medium and long arm machines booths.  These are only a few examples of what there was to see.

It was interesting and fun to meet people from all across the country, to see us as part of a large quilting community, and to see that it is vibrant and has appeal to so many people of all ages.  Mark your calendars for CQA Quilt Canada 2018 which will be here in Vancouver on May 31-June 2, 2018.  See you there!

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Quilts in Our Community – A Quilt Show by the Sunshine Coast Quilters’ Guild

The Sunshine Coast Quilters’ Guild presented a quilt show called “Quilts in Our Community” on June 17-18 in Sechelt, B.C.

From Moira … “It was a great show.  The planning and execution went very smoothly.  We had lots of volunteers and the members were very pleased with the results of their hard work.  We had a judge for our Challenge Quilts and we had three Viewer’s Choice awards.”

Sunshine Coast Quilters' Guild Show 2017

Sunshine Coast Quilters' Guild Show 2017

Moira with “Yellow Bits,” the raffle quilt.

Photos:  Moira

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Quilts in the Chapel – A Big Show by a Small Guild

Some photos from Quilts in the Chapel, a quilt show presented on June 10 at St. Martin’s Anglican Church in North Vancouver, B.C. by the Grouse Mountain Day Quilters Guild.  A wide variety of quilts and a showcase of talent and creativity.

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FibreWorks Studio & Gallery – Art in Yurts

FibreWorksFibreWorks Studio & Gallery is located on B.C.’s beautiful Sunshine Coast just north of Madeira Park.

Studios and galleries are housed in a cluster of yurts, with wooden decking providing space for open air activities when weather permits.

Workshops and exhibitions are presented from April through October.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of FibreWorks, the retirement of owners Yvonne and Reg, and the welcoming of new owner, Alexis Bach, an educator and fibre artist herself.

‘The yurts” are a distinctive, collaborative environment for artists and an inviting place for visitors.

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery Website

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Paul Krampitz – Working with Wedges

Paul Krampitz’s Working with Wedges Workshop was well attended, with members enthusiastic about learning something new and sharing the process with quilting friends.

Paul Krampitz WorkshopArmed with our wedge templates, we learned how to cut our fabric into angled pieces and sew them together to create interesting effects.  We started with the basics, creating our own block.  Later, Paul showed us some variations such as angle cutting striped fabric and using pieced strips in our blocks.

Paul enjoys the math around working with wedges and the many possibilities that wedges offer for making eye-catching quilts.  He gave us lots of personal instruction and assistance, and we headed home from this enjoyable event with new ideas and techniques to explore.

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Carola Russell – Choosing the Right Needles, Thread & Feet for Quiltmaking

Carola RussellCarola Russell, owner of Carola’s Quilt Shop on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, gave a presentation  at our May meeting.  It was all about machine needles, quilting threads, and presser feet, and how choosing them wisely can lead to more successful projects and more enjoyable quilting.

She discussed needle sizes and threads for piecing and machine quilting, and provided answers for why needles may bend and thread may break.  Did you know that the thickness of your thread should match the size of the groove in your sewing machine needle?

Along with practical advice was inspiration about creative techniques such as silk ribbon work, beading, and machine applique and information about interesting tools such as the ruler foot and ruler feet templates.

Carola is a big fan of Aurifil threads, made in Italy, light and strong, and now available in a wider range of colours and weights.  She brought her travelling shop to the meeting, with lots of Aurifil threads and tempting collections of fabric.

Carola’s blog

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Spring Quilting Retreat

The Spring Quilting Retreat in April was a lot of fun.

This was the guild’s second annual retreat at Over the Rainbow Lodge on Camano Island in Washington State.

The Lodge is spacious and comfortable and well equipped for quilting, preparing food, and hanging out with friends.

We shared a lot of ideas, tips and laughs during our stay.  You could even say we were in stitches on occasion.


SQG Spring Retreat 2017

SQG Spring Retreat 2017

SQG Spring Retreat 2017

10:00 p.m. … the evening shift …

And, oh yes, the Over the Rainbow Quilt Shop is just a short drive away.  The inventory is huge, as the shop is also a busy online enterprise.

Many thanks to Diane for making this retreat happen.

Same place, same time (well, almost) next year.

retreat album

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