I went to Quilt Canada 2018

in Vancouver* last week and it was pretty awesome.

It was the largest quilt show I’ve been to and the first quilt conference. Closely entwined with the quilt show however, this was the longest time I’ve been away from my family in the approximately eleventy-million years I’ve had kids. Yes really, four days and four nights. Eleven years. (You can throw me a pity party later, or just send sympathy fabric instead!) That was an equally awesome part of my trip.

But quilts is why you’re here. I went to or saw the:

  • awards night, which had bad lighting which made it hard to see the slides of the quilt winners so I would give that a C
  • the National Juried Show (NJS) which had a somewhat cramped but still decent layout, a quite high quality of quilts, but not enough quilts (only 151!) B

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My very favourite from the NJS.

  • vendors, many many many vendors, which were fun to look at but since I wasn’t actually shopping kind of pointless for me B
  • demos!
    • the Hobbs batting demo by Stephanie Hackney was informative and pretty great. That woman spends a LOT of her life talking about batting and knows so much about it. B+
    • I also went to a demo about needle size, tension, and thread; again very informative and Anita Zobens from Cotton Mill Thread works/Superior Thread was knowledgable AND funny so A for this one.
  • The best of Quilt Con Modern Quilt Guild exhibit A- 
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My very favourite from the modern exhibit.

  • all the concurrent quilt shows:
    • kids challenge, fabric challenge, best of your local quilt guild show rosette winner (OMG kill me before I see one more damn paper-pieced Judith Niemeyer pattern), Vancouver Quilt Guild, Inuvik Quilt Guild, Fibre Arts Network exhibit, some sort of art? exhibit from Taiwan, and probably one more I forgot. There were a few great quilts in here but a lot of things not to my taste. C- to B-
  • last but not least, my learn about quilt judging workshop. The two instructors were great and one of my classmates was actually one of the judges of the NJS so she contributed a few things to round out what the instructors were teaching. That was an exciting day and affirmed for me that I will pursue my certification as a quilt judge. A

Non-quilt trip highlights: finishing a book in three days (just like the olden days)!, running into an old friend on the skytrain!, getting together with another old friend and catching up on our life implosions and recoveries, hanging out with my adorable nieces, staying up way too late with my sister, NOT cooking dinner for four nights, eating a “toasted brie, walnut, and grape baguette” sandwich from my favourite lunch place in the world, going to Dressew not once, not twice, but THREE times and chatting with the owner’s son and daughter-in-law for a while. A+++ for all this

You can see more pictures from my trip here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

And HUGE thanks to my husband who took vacation days to be a stay at home dad so that I could go.

 

* Not sure if you know this but I lived in Vancouver from 2001-2009, and briefly again from Dec 2010 – March 2011. So I always enjoy visiting again.

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Day 631

I didn’t get my quilt done in four days. I’ve been grumpy and out of sorts for a while which usually means no sewing. I’m feeling better (my family is sooo relieved) but now I’m exhausted.

I did iron the fabrics from my beautiful pull.

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I have to decide if I want to make this quilt anyway. I tend to get stuck on starting a project that has no definite pattern. I psych myself out about starting.

The only reason I haven’t been really terribly grumpy is that I was able to do some longarming this week. My friend Sarah gave me a quilt top to practice on.

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That’s Sarah, not me.

She won all the blocks way back at the February 2014 guild meeting (tutorial here.) I decided that this would be a good quilt for ruler practice.

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How to hold a ruler, where to hold a ruler (and where not to!), continuous path, stitch ripping (of course), and how to make up your damn mind. All good things to learn.

Canada’s Big Quilt Bee

I’ll go for the TL;DR version. Canada is 150 this year, the national quilt guild wants to make 1000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald houses across the country. All the info is HERE. Blah blah blah, later I will share my very personal reasons for making a quilt.

I have to use some of this:

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Although to be fair I could have used the BEIGE or BROWN fabric…is there any kid who chooses beige over any other colour?

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And I thought I would use these fabrics to co-ordinate. Why yes, those are my MQG Riley Blake challenge fabrics that I didn’t use for the MQG Riley Blake challenge. Oops.

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And then when I was getting my backing fabric for my polaroid quilt last week I bought half a metre of this lovely to co-ordinate. 5$ for .5m is a screaming deal. And it’s pretty.

Moving on to stash now…

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I have enough of these two prints for the backing. Found in two different thrift stores three years apart. This fabric makes me laugh.

And then the pull from stash.

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I’m quite pleased with how this all looks together. Now to just whip up a quilt in the next four days.