Quilt Canada 2015 – Registration is Open!

I haven’t mentioned this a lot in this space here, but Quilt Canada, the most prestigious quilt show in our country, is going to be hosted by my local guild, Lethbridge Centennial Quilters next year in June.  Awhile ago, I was asked to be the blogger for the conference, so I’ve been blogging on the Canadian Quilter’s Association’s (CQA) blog with information that pertains to the show.  This is an amazing opportunity for those in Southern Alberta, and anywhere near Southern Alberta really, to see quilts of an amazing caliber in their own backyard.  We don’t need to go to Houston, or Paducah or Japan.  They are going to be right here!

photo by Teresa Petriw

As another added bonus, there are also classes you can take during the weekend of the quilt show.  This year’s teachers are Weeks Ringle, Margie Davidson, Joanne Flamand, Karen Henry, Cindy Needham, and Kathy Tidswell.  All the information is on CQA’s website, and you can find the page all about the local show in Lethbridge here.

The theme for this show is Blown Away.  The local organizing committee, myself included, is hoping that you’ll be blown away by the amazing works of art that you’ll see at the shown, the skill of the instructors, and the local hospitality that Lethbridge is known for.  The name also ties into the fact that Lethbridge often experiences strong Chinook winds which melt our snow away in the winter.

Registration opened for all members on Wednesday.  If you are not a member, you have to wait until January 14, 2015 to register.  But, if you are planning to take more than 2 one-day course or just 1 two-day course, the fee for being a member will basically pay for itself, since members get a $25 discount per day on all classes.  And if you’re a member you also get a subscription to Quilt Canada magazine!

I hope I meet many of you at the show!  I’m really looking forward to it.


Fabric Bleeding (or why you should always use a colour catcher)

My best friend recently had a baby, a very sweet, very cute baby girl.  And I’m a quilter, so of course I made her a quilt.  It’s what we do, right?  I swear, when someone a quilter knows well has a baby, it’s like a homing signal goes off in your brain and it won’t stop until you start sewing.  But I love sewing, so that’s not a problem.

Anyway! I made her a quilt.  I used a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew for a quick baby quilt.  And it was very quick; I had the top together in an evening, using a bobbin that seemed to go on forever.  I love when that happens!  All was going well.

Baby Quilt

I basted the quilt, which was also quick and easy since it was small.  I had planned to free-motion the quilt, but my machine is still giving me endless trouble when I try to free-motion.  The thread will snap after about 10 seconds nearly every time.  So maddening!  A long and frustrating story that is not the point of this post.  Back to the topic, the quilt was stitched with my walking foot using organic lines down the length of each strip.

The binding went on quickly and was easy peasy. I usually hand-stitch my bindings but I did this one by machine because I figured it would get washed lots and I wanted it to wear well. So I was all done, just a day and a half after I started. And then I threw it in the washer….

Disaster! I always use a colour catcher the first time I wash a quilt. Always. And usually that colour catcher comes out the same colour it went in because the fabrics dyes hold. Except! This one time, I was in a hurry and I forgot to put that blasted colour catcher in the washing machine. So what happens? One of the fabrics bleeds! Argh. I was not happy.

Baby Quilt - bleeding!

You can see, it was that very dark pink on the top left. I said not nice words to the fabric but it was too late. The damage had been done. I was so deflated about the whole project, and I hemmed and hawed over whether to give it to her at all. In my eyes the whole thing was completely ruined. But then I decided to give it to her anyway. Maybe if it was already stained, she would’t worry so much if it got puked on. 🙂

Baby Quilt - bleeding!

The dye went onto this section as well because of the way it ended up folded in the washer. Grrr.

Baby Quilt

So I dropped it off at her house when I picked up her older daughter for preschool (our daughters are in the same class) and she texted me later to say thanks, and I apologized for the blasted fabric bleeding and said I’d make her another. And she said, “What fabric bleeding?” She hadn’t even noticed! I mean, she saw it after I said something, but what was so glaringly obvious to me she didn’t even notice. I guess you always only see the flaws in your own work.

Moral of the story: friends appreciate the thought that goes into your work and don’t see mistakes like you do. But also, just don’t forget the colour catcher. I know I never will again.