More Maps to Inspire

Another month, another map quilt! This month, our quilt was designed and made by Johanna Masko… visit our Map Quilt page to see what she made- and be sure to check it out in person at Quilts at the Creek. Her work was inspired by her love of quilts and tattoos!

If you haven’t heard, this is the last year that Quilts at the Creek will run. So be sure to enter your quilt, and help make this the biggest and best show yet. Entries are now being accepted… apply online here or download a form and mail it in. Bring your friends and enjoy the day!

Sunday July 28th noon: Valerie Goodwin is our invited workshop presenter for 2019. She is professor of architecture in Tallahassee Florida, and well known for her creative map quilts. She will be speaking about her work, and presenting a trunk show. Tickets are $15- and space is limited… buy yours online now! Her classes are filling fast, so book your space now!

We also offer trunk shows in Town Hall on the village green, close to the vendor area. Admission is free, but we suggest you get there a few minutes early as space is limited. View the schedule here.

Prince: Plan on spending the day at Black Creek Pioneer Village- so much to see! This year there is a special exhibit, featuring the Cherrywood Prince Challenge. Don’t miss this- it is here for 3 days only, then it moves on to Paducah, Ky. More details here.  Tickets available at the door $5-

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February updates

Tickets can now be purchased for Valerie Goodwin’s trunkshow, to be held on Sunday July 28th at noon – 1:30 pm. $15- Tickets are limited, so get yours soon!

You can now also buy tickets for the Prince exhibit which is on display for 3 days at Black Creek Pioneer Village: Friday July 26th to Sunday July 28th, 11 am to 5 pm daily. Don’t miss this! Click here for tickets. $5- per person.

Are you participating in the map quilt challenge? Think of a favourite place, and get busy! We ask that the quilts be approximately 40 x 40″, and we will display them together in the park. Every month we show quilts designed by other people to inspire you. Don’t miss the latest addition to our map series. This month we have a map quilt designed by Ana Paula Brasil. Visit our map quilt page to see Ana’s quilt, inspired by memeories of her Brazilian home.

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And So It Begins…

January is when we start planning for Quilts at the Creek in earnest. What does that mean? Well, for those who are really keen, the online applications are now ready to receive your quilts.

We have booked Valerie Goodwin as the workshop leader this summer, and those classes are starting to fill. Learn her techniques and see her work up close and in person! We have also started a Map Quilt Challenge for those who enjoy challenges. They should be a minimum of 40″ each side. We will be posting samples made by a variety of people on our Map Quilt page, coming soon!

Don’t forget the Prince exhibit! This is a special display from the Cherrywood Fabric Challenge, and some of the best quilts from this challenge will be in a special space in the main building of Black Creek Pioneer Village from Friday July 26th to Sunday July 28th. there is a $5- admission fee to help cover the cost of insurance, shipping, etc. The Cotton Harvest will be a vendor at our show this year, selling that luscious Cherrywood fabric. Get a group together and don’t miss this show- it next goes to Paducah, Ky so you can save some time and money by seeing it here!

January is when we start working on promoting the show too.. we will be visiting Markham Quilt Guild this week with a slide show/quilt display, and we will be at the Oakville Quilt Guild next week. If you want us to visit your group to do our one hour presentation, contact Jane Cramer and we will see if we can squeeze you in.  And finally, we will once again have a booth at CreativFestival in April so you can drop by and see us there.

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Let’s Talk about Maps

We love talking about Quilts at the Creek. If you’d like to have us visit your guild/group contact Jane Cramer, and we’ll try to fit it into our schedule. We can promise a fun hour with a slideshow with great photos of the show, background info about the show, and of course quilts to display!

Entry forms will be available starting January 1st to enter your quilt for the 2019 show, and more information about events that will be happening at the show will be posted as we finalize details, so check back here.. or better yet, sign up to follow our blog (see side bar to the right).

Valerie Goodwin will be teaching workshops at Quilts at the Creek next summer- check out class descriptions here!  You will also find links for class registration there too. (Registration for her trunkshow will be posted at a later date.. stay tuned!). To inspire you and get you thinking about what YOU want to work on, we will be giving you ideas from now until next summer.

Here is a map quilt I made a while ago, about the area I grew up in in Montreal.. home, school and the local library were the centre of my universe back then.. I am hoping Valerie Goodwin’s class will help me create a less literal interpretation!

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What ARE we up to?

Quilts at the Creek 2018 is now history. Thanks to YOU for visiting and contributing your time and your quilts. This year our show was a huge hit with quilters, with a record number of quilts AND a record number of visitors. Couldn’t do it without you!

So what are we up to now? Well, we will be at QuiltX in St Marys September 21 & 22nd. We will have some of the BIG / small quilts that were shown at Quilts at the Creek on display there. Jane, Shirley and I will be giving a talk about the history of the show from its beginnings to where it is now. To give you a chance to get to know us better, we will also be showing some of the quilts the three of us have made over the years. Drop by and say hi!

We are happy to visit your guild to talk about Quilts at the Creek. Just ask- if we can fit it into our schedules, we will!  Email Jane with your request.

Our workshops for 2019 will be led by Valerie Goodwin. Valerie teaches architectural design at Florida A & M University. She is also a passionate mapmaker, using fabric as her medium to explore real and imaginary landscapes and cities. We will be featuring examples throughout the year to inspire you and get your creative juices going. Below are some samples of her work (click for larger image). So excited to try my hand at this, and learn her tips and techniques! Stay turned for details and schedule.

Last but not least: Cherrywood Fabrics makes the most gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics with the look and feel of suede in a wonderful range of luscious colours. They sponsor a yearly challenge, and the 2018 challenge was to use their fabric in a limited palette of saturated purples to make a quilt inspired by Prince’s music, style, movies.

The winners of this challenge have been selected, and will be touring North America. One of their stops will be Quilts at the Creek 2019. We are SO excited to present this special exhibit! All the quilts use the same colours, fabric, size and theme, so it should be a lot of fun to see the variety of submissions! I see there are 4 entries from Canada that made the cut- congratulations to Carole Cann, Christa Marcotte, Donna Sheppard, and Betty Sutherland!

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Photos are here..

I have uploaded my photos from Quilts at the Creek 2018 to

 Flickr.. click here to check them out!

Feel free to post your favourites to Instagram as #QuiltsAtTheCreek2018.. can’t wait to see them.

Here are a few on my personal favourites, forgive me if yours isn’t there, there were SO many amazing quilts this year!

I would like to extend a special thanks to all those shops that act as drop-off points for us. It makes it so much easier for quilters from outside Toronto to participate.. they just have to show up and enjoy the show, knowing their quilts are transported to and from the show for them- one trip instead of 2 or 3. Thanks again!

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It’s a Wrap!

Here are two photos- one taken at start of set-up on Saturday, and the other at start of take-down on Sunday. Photos from the show itself will be uploaded in the next few days.

Meanwhile, a big thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this a success, and to everyone who made their way to Black Creek Pioneer Village to see the show.

We dodged many potential rain storms all weekend, but a sprinkling of rain that started at 4 pm on Sunday made us whip through the park taking quilts down. Our team had much help, and they were down in ten minutes.. unbelievably fast! Many quilts are now safely home, and the others will be returned shortly to their drop off points. Again, thanks for sharing your quilts, thanks for participating, and thanks for attending!

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