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Quilters are lucky people, Victoria Quilt Show, Quilt Canada, New Stuff and New Designs

posted Apr 29, 2018, 1:28 PM by Lorna Shapiro   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 5:06 PM ]
 Hi everyone. Turns out I was wrong before; it wasn't spring... but now it is! Boy it was a long time coming this year but it has finally arrived! So I know you gardeners are itching to get out there and you non-gardeners are happy to be able to take walks in the sunshine and smell spring. However we still need indoor activities for the rainy days and I have some quilt-related news and ideas to share with you for the days when the outdoors doesn't compel you to leave your sewing room! Here goes...

Why Quilters are Lucky People

My husband and I recently watched a great documentary on aging produced by Carl Reiner who, in his 90's now, decided to take a look at what his contemporaries and current science were saying about aging well. Throughout this delightful documentary, from both medical professionals and just regular old folks, a number of keys to aging with joy were identified. Towards the end of documentary my husband turned to me and said "It seems that your quilting brings you most of what is required to age with joy!" What was identified in the show were things like: having a community of friends, having a sense of purpose that gives meaning to your days, challenging your mind, helping other people. I think his reflection on the documentary was correct... we quilters are lucky people for all that this hobby brings into our lives. I'm sure you all knew this already, but I find it never hurts me to remind myself to be grateful for what I have so I thought I'd pass this along!

Victoria Quilt Show this coming weekend... May 4,5,6

It's almost here! Time for the Victoria Quilters' Guild show. Here's the link to the information about location, time, etc.

A Fun Lecture on Design at Quilt Canada 2018

I'm pleased to have the opportunity to offer a lecture on my favourite topic -- Quilt Design! It seems that learning about quilt design is a journey not a destination, and I am forever encountering new lessons scattered along the path I'm taking. I'll be sharing these in a lecture at Quilt Canada and I hope many of you will be there to join me.

And an Invitation from Trend-tex, a local distributor...

Having #quiltcanada on the west coast this year has inspired us to do something we have never done before…#trendtexfabrics is offering a few lucky #quilters the opportunity to come for an exclusive warehouse tour! You will get a top secret sneak peek at some upcoming collections from your favourite designers, you will get to see firsthand what over 30,000 bolts of fabric looks like and go home with a pretty sweet goodie bag! Did we mention all this was FREE?! We have limited spaces available so sign up quickly to ensure you don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity.

May 31June 1 and June 2 (3 tours total)

RSVP: Email  to register

Please note we do not sell fabric to consumers, however we will have a list of stores from across Canada where you can get our products.

A New Design...

Shannon, Carol and I were playing around one day and asked ourselves what we might be able to do with a simple, but oddly shaped block... 

We got on my computer and came up with this design...

And I wanted to make a grey quilt so I turned it into this...

And then I quilted it to look like a rainy day and here's a link to the Instagram photo taken at Vancouver MQG once I quilted it... I love what we can do when we just play!

And New Stuff...

I've just stocked up on a complete range of shot cottons and also cotton/linens and they are wonderful additions to any quilt (they play well with others) and they have enough range to create a complete quilt in themselves. Here are a few photos I took with my camera... so they are not fancy photos but it will give you an idea of what is here...

There are the cotton/linens... 55% cotton, 45% linen... $15.95/M (equivalent of $11 US/yard)


And there are the shot cottons... $14.95/M (equivalent of $10.45 US/yard).


And that is it for this month folks! A reminder that I'm open Saturdays from 10 to 5... and otherwise by appointment. Even if I'm at a show these days, Susan will keep the studio open and will be glad to help you with your next project.

I look forward to visiting with lots of you in Victoria at the wonderful show this coming weekend!