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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Quilt Applications

Jane, Shirley and I are so busy at Quilt Canada promoting Quilts at the Creek that we haven’t had a chance to do anything else! That means the deadline for applications for quilts has been extended to June 30th. That gives even US time to enter our quilts! See you all soon!

 

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Two for One for NOW

Two for one! We are offering two classes for the price of one right now! If you register online for a full day workshop with Cheryl Arkison, you can register for another class absolutely free. Here is how to proceed:

Register for a full day class online here.  Then choose the class you would like for free, and email your choice to Valerie: vrprideaux@gmail.com

You may choose any full or half-day class, or to attend one of the trunk shows by Tamara Kate or Cheryl Arkison.

This offer is on a first-come, first-served basis, and ends when classes are filled- so act quickly to get your freebie! Can you give your freebie to a friend? Yes! Just include their name with your choice of class.

ps… if you are Quilt Canada this week, drop by our booth and say hi! And you can sign up for classes, and buy trunk show tickets there too!

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Sneak peak

Here is a sneak peak at the red and white quilts made by Valerie (left), Shirley (centre) and Jane (right). See them this weekend at CreativFestival- booth 275. Drop by and say hi. Don’t miss Valerie’s slideshow there  11:30-12:30 Friday and Saturday. Sit and relax, and revel in quilts from previous Q@C shows.

Don’t forget to sign up for workshops and trunk shows while you are there!

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Quilts for Q@C 2017

Plans are falling nicely into place, and Q@C is getting closer!

If you are going to be at CreativFestival next weekend, drop by our booth and say hi. We hope to have several sewing machines in our space, and we will be sewing blocks for Quilt Canada’s challenge. And Valerie will be doing a slide show and talking about the evolution of the show in the Discovery Centre both Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 12:30.

Take a workshop: There is a discount on Q@C workshop registrations and trunk shows until the end of April. So book your space with Cheryl Arkison and Tamara Kate now!

Enter a quilt! If you enter a quilt in this show, you are entitled to free admission during the show, and to sell quilt-related items at our marketplace. The postcards we are distributing give one free admission with one paid admission, so bring a gang to enjoy the show! We promise to take good care of your quilts: we hang the quilts every morning, and take them down each evening. And we are speed demons at taking the quilts down if there is even a hint of rain.

Quilt Drop-off/Pick up: Quilts may be dropped off directly at Black Creek Pioneer Village on Friday July 28th, 9 am to 11 am. If you are taking a workshop with Cheryl Wednesday or Thursday, you may bring your quilt(s) at that time. Quilts will be available for pick-up on Sunday July 30th at 6 pm. OR you may drop off your quilt at one of the quilt shops: Ruti’s Needlebed, Sew Sisters, Simcoe Sew and Quilt,  Log Cabin Yardage, or Country Clothesline/Fabric Spark. Shop drop-off: July 17 – July 24 2017. Quilt pick-up at the same location as drop-off from Wed August 2 2017. Be sure to check store hours!

Volunteer!  Volunteers have free entry to Black Creek on the day of their shift. Shifts will be 2 – 3 hours in length. Keep up with the latest information about the show by subscribing to email updates from our blog: QuiltsAtTheCreek.wordpress.com. If you would like to volunteer during the show, please contact Jane: ajanecramer@hotmail.com.

Sell your stuff: Anyone who enters a quilt is able to sell quilt-related items in our marketplace. If selling items here, you are required to volunteer in the marketplace Contact Shirley Dawson: shirleylynndawson@hotmail.com for details.

Stay tuned: Sign up for email notifications. That’s how you will be first to know about some of the invitational quilts you can expect to see at the show. But for now, here is a sneak peek at one of the special quilts, by Colleen Greer from High Prairie, AB and quilted by Ardelle at RoseCityQuilter. I’m sure you can guess this is a Canadian flag quilt, replete with maple leaves, flying geese and more.

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