Urban Nine Patch

This quilt, Urban Nine Patch, was finished in April.  I had a deadline for this quilt, because it was my choice of quilt to hang in the Invitational Show at Quilt Canada 2015, which was hosted by my local traditional guild in Lethbridge at the beginning of June.  It was very, very busy heading up to the show, and I intended to blog about it after it had hung there, but then life stayed busy, with school wrapping up for the year, followed by a 2 week trip to BC to visit family, after which my church had their VBS, which I am heavily involved with, and now I am in the midst of summer swimming lessons.  Since life doesn’t seem to get less busy, I figured I just need to prioritize my blog more and make time for it even when it seems like I can’t.

Urban Nine PatchI began this quilt a long time ago, way back when the Quick Curve Ruler first came out.  In fact, I started this when the pattern was still free and listed on Jenny Pedigo’s site, Sew Kind of Wonderful.  It’s not free anymore, but it’s a really good pattern and definitely worth  buying.  I worked on it a few blocks at a time, pulling it out every few months and then packing it up again.  Deciding that this was my quilt for the Invitational Show motivated me to finally finish it. Urban Nine Patch

I had this quilt professionally long-armed by Andrea Harris, who blogs at Urban Quiltworks.  She lives in Calgary so I dropped it off there when I visited my brother once, and then she mailed it back to me when it was done.  She did an amazing job!  I was so thrilled when I opened up the package.  It was exactly what I hoped it would be.

Urban Nine PatchMy friend Chelsie took this photo for me at Quilt Canada, where it was hanging. My volunteer shift was white gloving and I was stationed right in the area where it hung, so I got to hear lots of comments on it from the visitors to the show. They were all positive, thankfully. 🙂 One thing specifically that I noticed was how many of the male guests particularly liked it. Whether they were husbands of quilters, or quilters themselves, or just men who appreciated fine art, they would pause there longer than their female counterpoints and stand and look at it. One husband actually called his wife back from a hew quilts ahead to ask her to come back and take a picture of it.  I never thought before about how my work appeals to different genders, but it was definitely interesting to see.

Urban Nine Patch at Quilt Canada 2015

The colours are the truest in the first picture I posted, the one taken in full sun, so I put that one here again. I love how the different greens that I chose affected the other colours in the blocks.  The blues and reds are the two that I see the most variation in, even though I used the same reds and the same blues.  Colour is so fascinating, don’t you think?

Urban Nine Patch

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.

Guild related things

Some of you may know that I have long wished that there would be a Modern Quilt Guild closer to me.  There is one in Calgary and one is Saskatoon, but they are too far for me to go.  I have thought many times about starting one myself, but I am already quite busy and I feared that if I committed to start a local MQG that I would get too stressed out from being too busy.

But, someone else is starting one!  Yay!  I’m so very excited about this. She sent me a copy of the ad that she’s posted around town and on the internet, and asked me to post it here as well.  The inaugural meeting is just over a week away!

MQG Lethbridge

I had to change the weekday, because in her excitement to get the ad out, she forgot to double check the days on her calendar. But it is Thursday, March 7. Yay!

In other very exciting news, my guild has been working on a proposal to Quilt Canada to host the smaller regional show that they put on. We got word back last week that our proposal had been accepted! This is a huge honour for us. As our president said last night, we were thrilled when the show was in Calgary a number of years back, because it was so close by, and now it will be right in Lethbridge! The date for that show is June 3-6, 2015. Yes, it’s two years away, but it takes time to plan.

And they asked me to be on the planing committee, so then I’ll be sure to not get the date wrong!  (So there, Mr. Apple Pie.)  There is a longstanding tradition of me getting dates wrong for things.  I’ll write them down on the wrong week or the wrong month and completely miss things.  The most major example of this happening was for Quilt Canada when it was in Calgary a number of years ago.  My sister came down from northern Alberta just for the show, and we drove from my place to Calgary, to the convention centre, only to realize that the show was a week later.  I felt so bad!  She had come so far, and then my mistake made her miss it!  I am still mocked about this.  But rest assured, for this Quilt Canada show, I will not have the date wrong.

I know this is not really a WIP, well I guess the guild is, and the show is, but I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network to get the word out.  I’ll post a picture of the quilt and blocks I’m hoping to use for my turn on the Simply Solids bee.  After all, it’s a pretty picture, and those are always nice to look at.

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