- Quilts at the Creek 2017July 29th, 201710 months to go.
It still feels like summer out there, and the Quilts at the Creek gang is busy planning for next year.
Guild visits: Are you a member of a quilt guild? We’d love to come and spend 10 minutes talking to your guild about our show, showing photos from previous years, encouraging more participation and distributing red and white fabric (donated by Northcott, while supplies last!). And of course if you’d like to be a part of the organizing committee, we’d love to have you. Contact Jane Cramer to book us!
Challenge: Next year we would like to see the park wrapped in red and white quilts, so dig into your stash. Northcott generously donated red and white fabric, and we are busy distributing it.. hope to see it in YOUR quilt next summer, whether modern, contemporary, scrappy or traditional. And because it is Canada’s 150th anniversary and Canadians are very generous people, we hope a lot of these quilts get donated to Quilts of Valour. These quilts are donated to injured Canadian Forces members, past and present. A very worthwhile cause. There will be a place on the application form to mark if this is where you want your quilt to go.
Workshops: In honour of our Canadiana theme, Cheryl Arkinson will be giving workshops at Black Creek next summer. Stay tuned for more details on what she will be teaching. (I for one love the idea of her Words not War workshop!) Meanwhile, check out her blog. Cheryl is a quilt judge, mother, author of several books, and has designed a line of fabric coming out any day now.. busy!
Suggestions: We know we are not perfect, and are always looking for ways to improve our show.. we’d love to hear your suggestions, so email Valerie Prideaux with your ideas, and thanks for sharing. Anything from where to advertise, who you’d like to have teach workshops in future years, to .. whatever!
Meanwhile… here is a sneak peek at some of my reddish works-in-progress. Hopefully one or two will become full quilts and be on display next summer. I’d love to see what you are working on, so send me your pics!
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!
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!
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!
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.