What’s New with You?


We have a new sponsor this year, thanks to Kathy Doughty! Free Spirit Fabrics is the company that manufactures fabric designed by Kathy, and they are donating some of this luscious fabric to us. How can you get your hands on this? Well, if you enter a quilt in our show, your name will go into a draw. And yes, more quilts entered means more chances to win! Other ways you can win:  sign up for a workshop, and/or volunteer at the show. These are separate draws, so lots of chances to add this to your stash.

In case you need a refresher on how joyous and colourful her fabrics are, check out these photos of her recent work… and just think, it can be yours!

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8 months to go!

Yes, it is just about 8 months until our 6th annual Quilts at the Creek show. Hope you are all busy making quilts with your red and white fabric, donated by Northcott, or “using up your stash”. Wish I had a quarter for each time I have heard someone say that.

Details about Cheryl Arkison’s workshops will be posted shortly. We will be testing online registration this year, so stay tuned!

At York Heritage Quilters Guild last night, during our Show and tell session, one of our members showed off her recently completed quilts. She had taken Kathy Doughty’s Love Birds class, and what a stunner! Ann has re-named her version as Bill and Coo. As you can see, she put two birds in each of her bird blocks, so everyone has a partner. Too cute!


And here is Kathy Doughty’s version… love them both!

Love Birds

Have you been working on a quilt from a workshop last summer? If yes, feel free to share, we’d love to have a preview. Looks like next summer will be GREAT!

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Back at The Creek

Today is Pioneer Spirit day at Black Creek, and we have a booth to promote Quilts at the Creek for next summer.. a great day to be here!

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Looking Forward

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 Arkison 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!


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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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