Planning Begins for 2018

Yes, as the leaves fall from the trees and we quilters hunker down for a winter in our sewing spaces, thoughts turn to next summer’s Quilts at the Creek. What is next year’s challenge? Who is teaching workshops? What shall I make?

Our challenge this year is BIG / small. Interpret this as you wish- What??
Some suggestions:

  • A small quilt, with a big message (world peace?) This should be a 12 x 12″ quilt, and we will hang them together.
  • A large quilt with small blocks. Or one big block. Your choice!
  • Big and small in one quilt.. hmmmmm need to think about this one.

Our workshops this summer will be led by Leni Levenson Wiener. I LOVE her work, and can’t wait to meet her in person, see her work and attend her trunk show. Sneak peak of her work can be seen here. Details and online sign ups available in early January.

INPUT WANTED:
Do you have a dream teacher you would like to take a workshop with? Workshop instructors are booked years ahead, but we are always interested in your input- you never know, they just might be available and fit into our schedule! Or do you have favourite local quilter that you would like to see give a trunk show at Quilts at the Creek? Click here to send us an email with your suggestions!. Or leave a comment in the box below.

Happy quilting, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for next summer: July 28 & 29, 2018.

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Quilt Show photos

Did you miss Quilts at the Creek last weekend? Or do you just want to sigh over all those wonderful quilts one last time? Wait no longer, see photos here.

And here are some of my favourites from the show…

Want to find out more about next year’s show? Sign up by clicking on the button to your right: “Sign Up Here for Updates”.

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Ready for Red?

Well, the show is over for another year, and we are all in recovery mode. But meanwhile I thought you might like a peak at the quilts celebrating Canada, and all the red and white quilts that we had on display (OK, I hope I didn’t miss any!). Click on the first one for a slideshow.

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What are you doing this weekend?

If you have never been to Quilts at the Creek, this is the year to be there! The weather promises us sunny skies this Saturday and Sunday. There will be hundreds of quilts throughout the park, vendors selling fabric and quilt kits, hand quilting demos (check out the group of Afghani children working on their hand work!). There are lots of places to wander and check out the historic buildings, farm animals to pet, and food trucks: Gourmet Gringos selling tacos and another selling ice cream. There are trunks shows you can attend*, and Laura Coia (Canadian Youtube sensation of SewVeryEasy) doing a meet and greet from 1 – 2:30 pm.

*Saturday’s trunk shows by our guest workshop leaders Cheryl Arkison of Calgary and Tamara Kate of Montreal are $10 each, and Sunday’s workshops are by local up-and-coming quilt designer/artists are free. Details here..


 

Park hours 11 am to 5 pm…see you there!

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Wow, eleven days to go…

If this is your first time attending this show, you are in for a treat! You will see hundreds of quilts displayed throughout the park, contributed by quilters from all across GTA and the province, as well as a sprinkling from further away too! There are trunk shows to attend, vendors and a marketplace to tempt you, and this year we will have a food truck from The Gourmet Gringos, as well as an ice cream truck to help keep you cool. AND tomorrow we can all start checking the long range weather forecast.. fingers crossed!

Jane, Shirley, Judy and Valerie are BUSY behind the scenes getting everything ready for the show- thanks to all of you who have volunteered to help at the show, and those who have submitted quilts. What would we do without those quilts?? And this is one corner of my office.. overflowing with forms, bags, labels, quilts, and all the other things we need to make this show happen.


Workshops: Have you signed up for a workshop yet? There is still time, so clear some space in your calendar and sign up today! We are still honouring the 2 for 1, so if you sign up for one full day class you can then sign a friend up for free, or yourself for a second class. Email Valerie with the info for the free class, as you cannot do that online. Sign up for classes and/or trunk shows here.

If you have signed up for a class (or two!) you can find the class requirements online:
Cheryl Arkison: class descriptions and supply list  here.
Tamara Kate: class description and supply list here.


Saturday Trunk shows: Tickets for trunk shows on Saturday with Tamara Kate (11:00 am) and Cheryl Arkison (3:30 pm) are $10- each online here.
IF there is space remaining on Saturday, you may purchase a ticket at the door.


Sunday Trunk shows: We have some wonderful presentations for you on Sunday:
11:30 am: Bill Stearman
Bill started sewing- and making quilts- when he was laid up with a serious leg injury and needed something to distract himself from the pain. He never stopped and now has close to 70 quilts under his belt.His quilts tell a story- part of his own personal life story.
Bill is one busy man- he continues to learn, play and work on his craft, he takes a wide variety of workshops, gives presentations and is a member of numerous guilds and quilt groups. His quilts have been exhibited in juried and non-juried shows in both Canada and the USA. Don’t miss his talk- he is a very enthusiastic and outgoing quilter with a great story to tell.


11:30 am: Ana Paula Brasil
Ana Paula is a professional visual artist. She graduated in fine arts studio and photography in Brazil, and has a passion for the arts, textile art, art quilts and handcrafts. Currently, she’s working with textile arts to express the happiness of life. She has been teaching and lecturing since 1988. In the early 90’s her art work could be found in magazines and on TV in Brazil.
Currently living in Canada, Ana Paula exhibits her work here and abroad, sharing her art knowledge and love of craft. This year there are 20 quilts made by Ana’s students on display as part of Quilts at the Creek.


Note: All trunk shows take place at theTown Hall, which is located facing on the village green.



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Just three weeks to go!

The application deadline has come and gone for submitting quilts to Q@C…it was turned off at midnight July 8th.

There is still room in most of the workshops we are offering, and don’t forget our two for one offer. Sign up for one full day class and take any other free! Or sign a friend up for a class… most of the classes are suitable for beginners, so this might be a great way to introduce a friend to our craft! Check out Cheryl and Tamara’s offerings  and sign up here.

There are so many great Canadian quilters, and it is time we got to know them a bit better! So we invited a small number Canadian quilters across the country to enter quilts at Quilts at the Creek. Their works will be on display in the main building. Be sure to check them out.

Terry Aske: An award-winning art quilter, Terry has been designing and creating quilts since 1998.  Her art quilts have been juried into national and international exhibits, and published in well known magazines.  Terry lives in New Westminster BC, and has contributed two quilts to our show.Here is a brief bio of Terry. Link to her blog.

Colleen Greer: Colleen lives in High Prairie, AB. I saw this quilt in a blog by Ardelle at Quilting from the Heart. She runs a quilt shop in Camrose, and a long-arm quilting business.. check out the close-ups of this quilt.. stunning! Rose City Quilter. I tracked Colleen down, and she agreed to send it to me. Can’t wait to see it live!

Paul Leger: Paul is a former member of Canada’s armed forces He currently lives in Ottawa, and is now a prolific quilter and quilt teacher. Here is a short bio of Paul.. be sure to look for his quilt- he is donating it to Quilts of Valour, and it will be displayed in their area in the park.

Kathy Wylie: Kathy is from Whitby, ON. She is an author, lecturer and teacher best know for her fine applique work. Kathy has won a host of awards for her work .Find her bio here. And link to her blog.

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Sew Very Easy

Do you watch YouTube videos on quilting? If so, you must have encountered Laura Coia, of Sew Very Easy. If not, you need to check her out. Firstly, Laura is Canadian, and lives in Niagara Falls. As of today, Laura has over 100,000 subscribers and almost 10 MILLION views on her YouTube channel, SewVeryEasy. She posts useful quilting tips and projects twice weekly. And she will be holding a Meet and Greet at Quilts at the Creek. Drop by and see what Laura is up to.. Her Glorious and Free quilt (3 part instructions on her site!) will be hanging nearby. You can find Laura at the Town Hall on Saturday July 29th at 1- 2:30 pm. This is Jane, Laura and Valerie standing in front of her quilt, Glorious and Free.

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