Blue by You Challenge Quilts

Last year we gave out fat quarter bundles of teal and blue fabric, kindly donated by Northcott. Below are some of the quilts made from that fabric for the 2016 Blue By You Challenge.

Next year is Canada’s 150th birthday, so we gave red and white fabric FQs (again donated by Northcott) for each and every quilt entered in this year’s show. We hope to have a sea of red and white quilts throughout the park next summer.. so start planning YOUR quilt. And.. think about donating it to Quilts of Valour after the show. We’d love to overwhelm such a worthy cause with quilts!


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First peek…

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Today’s the day.. 

We are busy hanging quilts right now. Ignore the $25 parking sign, I your ticket will be stamped so you pay only $7- (and free for volunteers). See you soon!

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Kathy Doughty Trunk show

I am so excited to hear  Kathy Doughty talk about her work, and show us her quilts at the trunk show tomorrow night. for those of you who do NOT have tickets, they will be available at the door, $15- cash only please! Mix and mingle first starting at 6:30 pm  with food and beverage (wine $2- per glass). This all takes place at North York Public Library  5120 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N9. Conveniently located at the North York Centre subway station. The auditorium is located on the second floor of the library. Remember to bring your ticket if you have already purchased one- see you there!

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Show Details..

Note to quilters: Deadline for quilt applications is now June 30th to allow those who attended Quilt Canada to enter a quilt too. More details below.


Mark your calendars for July 23rd and 24th 2016.. see up to 300 quilts hanging outside throughout the historic village setting of Black Creek Pioneer Village. Something for everyone: tourists, art lovers, historians, quilters, and more, so bring your friends and family, and enjoy this feast for your eyes! Quilts come in a range of styles from classic log cabin to contemporary to modern, comfy quilts or wall art.. choose your favourites! Some quilts and quilt-related items for sale too..



Show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24 2016.

To book one of Kathy Doughty’s classes or get your ticket for her wine & cheese trunk show, email Sandy Lindal. Some spaces available in some classes so contact her soon! More details about these events here.

We need your quilts! Remember, they do not need to be new quilts, just new to us! Any style, any colour. Quilts can be dropped off at Sew Sisters, Log Cabin Yardage or Ruti’s Needlebed the week prior to the show, or at Black Creek on Friday July 22nd. Details here… and if these don’t work for you, email me (Valerie Prideaux), and we can arrange pick up or drop-off.

Does your guild make charity quilts for veterans, women’s shelters, refugees, or other worthy causes? If yes, why not give them a breath of fresh air by hanging them at Quilts at the Creek before they get distributed? We can arrange bulk quilt pick ups- but let us know soon. Contact Valerie for more information.

Your quilt entry gives you free admission to the show and a chance to sell quilt-related items you have made in our Shop ‘Round the Corner. Details available here shortly, or email Shirley Dawson.

And remember the Blue By You challenge (details here). If you were lucky enough to get a Northcott fabric bundle, or were inspired by the colour blue, we want to see your quilt. Should we put them all together or spread them throughout the park? Decisions, decisions. Have you made a quilt from the class you took with Jacqui Gering or Amy Garro? Or have you belatedly finished a challenge quilt? We want to see them!

And of course we can always use a few more volunteers. Spend a few hours chatting with visitors about your favourite subject (quilting), or help us hang/take down the show if you are nimble and spry. Free entry for all volunteers- contact Jane to sign up or for more info.

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Jane’s Blue Bayou is progressing … Slowly


I’m finally making real progress using these great fabrics.  I’ve kept to my first quilt idea, using a pattern from Kaffe, but I just didn’t get at it … So many other things to do and maybe I was a little intimidated.  So, here are my blocks, some embroidery will be added, then sandwiched with batting and backing and quilt as you go and now I’m pretty sure it’ll hang this summer!  Send us some photos of how your projects are going, even just a little corner if you don’t want to give the surprise away.

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Trunks Shows and more!

Who doesn’t love a good trunk show?


First, Kathy Doughty will be giving a trunk show on Wednesday July 20th at the North York Central Library auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15-, and must be presented at the door. Get your tickets for this now event by emailing Valerie Prideaux or Sandy Lindal. Also available at the May YHQG meeting. Not to be missed! More information on the Workshops page.

We have two full days of trunks shows at the quilt show itself, so plan your day around your favourites. These are held in the Town Hall on the village square, and are free. Just get there early if you really want a seat! These trunk shows are approximately 45 minutes each. And don’t worry, the schedule is identical for Saturday and Sunday.

11:30 a.m. Brit Dowson from B.A.T. House
Brit will be talking about using threads to enhance our projects, including the Sue Spargo line, Spagetti 12 weights and finer threads from Mirage and Invisafil.

12:30 p.m. Joanne Harris from Wool Gathering
Joanne will present us with a rug-hooking trunk show and demo.  She’ll tell us about dying wool, and show us her beautiful rugs and rug-hooking kits.

1:30 p.m. Sherri Sylvester – “Be Brave and Sew”
Sherri, from Thread Riding Hood, will tell us about her adventures with sewing and blogging and turning into an extrovert.  She’ll have fun projects for show and tell.

2:30 p.m. Elaine Theriault takes us on a walk-about
Join Elaine (from “crazyquilteronabike” and Northcott Canada) as she takes us on a tour  of this year’s challenge quilts, “Blue by You”,  featuring Northcott fabrics. Meet her at the Town Hall doors to start the tour.

3:30 p.m. Celeste Compion – “The Shweshwe Saga – the Bolt and the Beautiful”
Join Celeste, of Meerkat Trading, as she tells us the story behind these fabrics, the history, production and current uses.

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