Cherrywood Van Gogh exhibit

WOW the Van Gogh quilts were amazing!  If they are in your area, you must see them!

Trina from the Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop hosted the 120 quilt exhibit last weekend- and it was incredible.  Thanks Trina for all your work getting these quilts to Seaforth!  Look forward to next year!




The quilt second from the left of the sunset and tree and water won Viewer’s Choice at the exhibit- Congratulations Terri!



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The Van Gogh Cherrywood exhibit is coming to Seaforth Nov. 30- Dec. 2

The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop is honoured to host, for the FIRST TIME EVER IN CANADA, The Cherrywood Challenge Quilt Exhibit!

Karla Overland, owner of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics in Brainerd, Minnesota has given consent for “The 2017 Cherrywood Challenge – VanGogh” to travel to Seaforth, Ontario.

Artists from all over the world were invited to take the challenge to create small quilts using the same fabric, same color, same size and same theme. The variety and inspiration that blossomed from this simple idea has been nothing short of amazing in the quilting world and beyond. Karla has worked in collaboration with Bohin, France to create this latest challenge – VanGogh.

The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop of Seaforth, Ontario will be the first to display this International Exhibit after it’s initial reveal at Quilt Market in Houston, Texas.  All 120 miniature art quilts will travel to Seaforth in November before heading off to tour both the United States and France.  This could be your once in a lifetime chance to view an exhibit of this calibre.  Please plan to visit Seaforth, Ontario Legion at 123 Main Street South from November 30 – December 2, 2017.

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First Clue of the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt today

The first clue is out- its to make HST with the background and accent colours (which I have yet to choose)

I hope to find some time either later today or at least on the weekend to pick my fabric and make the blocks!

I am not good at keeping up with dead lines, but really hope to keep on track for this.

I’ll edit the post in a few days to show you the blocks I make.


PEI MQG Mystery Quilt Along

I am not one for mystery projects, but since the PEI MQG has offered a modern option to their QAL I thought I would give it a shot!

Fabric selection starts now, and they have given a few options to help you pick out your fabrics.  I opted for the easy option and purchased a bundle already curated and expect it to be in my mailbox by the end of the week!  Mad About Patchwork has a few selections that would work well with the mystery quilt and are 10% off.  Thank you Mad About Patchwork!

Here is what I picked:

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I now have to go through my Kona bolts and find 2 grey shades and I know I have a full bolt of Snow, so I am good to go!

The next clue is in September, thankfully, as I doubt I will have any time to work on this project during the summer.  I will try to post photos each month as I go along, so check back.  The final quilt top should be complete April 2018- I hope!


Quilt Canada Quilt Show

The Canadian Quilters Association had their big yearly quilt show, Quilt Canada, this week in Toronto.

I was there for the day on Thursday taking a class on quilt judging.  This was a class if you want to become a quilt show judge, but it was also for people, like me, that enter quilts into juried quilt shows.  I got a lot of information from the teachers on what judges look like in a quilt, so that advise was amazing!

I had a few minutes at lunch and then 1 hour after class to run through the quilt show to do a bit of shopping and see the quilts.  Here are a few of my favourites.


Improv Untitled- Krista Hennebury, North Vancouver BC


Burrard- Susan Purney Mark, Victoria BC


Captured Moments- Marianne Haak, St. Albert AB


March On- Cheryl Arkison, Calgary AB


Eclipse- Terry Aske, Vancouver BC


We The North Since 1867- Michele-Renee Charbonneau, Ottawa ON


Round Peg, Square Hole- Krista Hennebury, North Vancouver BC


Cumulative Effect- Stacey Lee O’Malley, Ottawa, ON


The Ottawa MQG had a special exhibit as well and here are some of their guild member’s quilts.

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It was a rushed trip and I wonder if I spent more time in traffic driving through Toronto than I did at the quilt show?


Speak Even LOUDER

Once again I am angered by the media headlines from today in Halifax.





Add that to the Canadian Judge who questioned a sexual assault victim about keeping her knees together.



For every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 33 are reported; of these, 12 result in charges and six go to trial, where only 45 % result in conviction.

Countless sexual assault survivors are put on trial, their characters questioned and made to re-live the assault over again in court.  Court cases are dismissed and the violent offenders are acquitted.

Sexual assault victims should be thought of as survivors, because they are strong and courageous. Believing survivors lets them know that they are supported and that others may have been in the same situation. They are not alone.  There is hope.

If anything, this is a reason for all of us to speak even louder. (Statement by the victim SURVIVOR in the Brock Turner case)

I made this quilt to bring awareness to survivors- here are some comments about it hanging at QuiltCon in Savannah.  I hope it got a lot of people talking!  I love the hashtags added to the comments!


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STOLEN QUILT- we know who has it, just can’t get it back.

Thought I would post about my “stolen” quilt that I had gifted to my Great Uncle Kenn last year for his 90th birthday.

A man named Phillip befriended my Uncle and pretty much cleaned out his apartment and bank account when my Uncle was dying in the hospital in 2016.  I contacted Phillip and asked for my quilt back but he gave me excuse after excuse as to why I can’t have the quilt.

So it should still be in his possession- unless he ever decides to sell it or give it away.  There is a label on the back, but it could have been removed so that no visible identification can be made.  The label indicates the quilt is for my Uncle Kenn for his 90th birthday and the date is August 5th 2015.

Phillip lives in Pickering Ontario as well as Toronto Ontario, so if anyone ever sees this quilt in those areas, somehow let me know.

The quilt is a double bed size, with the top fabrics being Kona Putty for the background and Moda Weave Linen Look fabrics used for the brown, beige and grey rectangles on the front.  The thread used to quilt it are the same colours, which you can kind of see the different stripes of quilting in the photo.

The back is a Carolyn Friedlander crosshatch widleback in grey (my most favourite fabric)

No idea if I will ever get this quilt back- but just posting the fact that it was taken, is a step.



Local Quilt Store Day- January 28th



I am finding it hard to get to all my local quilt shops in just one day- so I am renaming this “HOLIDAY” Support your local quilt shop WEEK!

If I can get my bike down from the top of the garage I plan to bike to The Marsh Store– yes that’s right I said bike and yes it is January in Canada. Walking will be my plan if I can’t reach my bike.

On Wednesday I will be at Knit Stitch for the end of the month stitching night.

And on Saturday it will be a road trip to The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop and Kalidoscope.


Hope you get the chance to support your local quilt shop on Saturday- HAPPY SHOPPING!


Steal Like an Artist- Nothing Is Original Quilt


After my CQA nonsense and then the MQG post on Derivative work- I really wanted to quilt out my “feelings” so I made my Steal Like An Artist- Nothing Is Original quilt.

The quote above sums up all the places we get our inspiration from.


What makes something a copy or derivative or original?  This is a HST public domain block but when I saw White Curve V 1973 by Ellsworth Kelly it inspired me to make a huge scale HST in the black and white colours.  Here it is hanging in the Seattle Art Museum.


On the painting, the centre line is a tad curved, but I wanted my quilt to be straight like a HST.  Did I alter my inspiration enough for my work to become original? NOPE!  Because it was inspired by something and can’t be ever considered my work.

I also saw Gina Pina’s quilt called Cut and Keep, where she put fabric under the top layer of fabric so that you could faintly see the cut pieces through the top fabric.

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I thought this was a really interesting technique and it inspired me.  So I tried it.  I was using the Michael Miller Luxe fabrics that were part of the MQG Fabric Challenge, and used the solid turquoise under my top white fabric.


The name of this quilt is the title of a book by Austin Kleon, which I suggest everyone read.  Which is yet another source of my inspiration.

A quilt block, a painting, a technique and a book all inspired me to make this quilt, yet it doesn’t look anything like them.

And I still can’t call my quilt an original quilt.

If I hadn’t been banned for 2 years, from the NJS at Quilt Canada, I might have just entered this quilt into the quilt show in hopes to create a discussion once again on original works. Or maybe I want to enter it just to ruffle some feathers?


MQG Swap!

The MQG is hosting their first ever swap which starts now and runs until the week of QuiltCon. There will be an event for swappers to exchange their minis at QuiltCon.

I am one of the Swap Fairies so I have a group of 10 swappers to organize.  Should be quiet fun meeting new people online and hopefully in person next February.

Check out the hashtag #mqgswap for progress photos and inspiration.



Visiting the Vancouver MQG Quilt Show

I had a trip planned for Vancouver and made sure my dates corresponded with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Show!   Some of the Vancouver MQG members are on Instagram and I have been following them for a while, so contacted Holly, the founder of the Vancouver MQG, for more information about the quilt show. She was so friendly and helpful and even gave me all the transit routes to take over to North Van. Once again I got to take a ferry like last year when I went from Halifax to Dartmouth for the Maritime MQG meeting. Once off the ferry, I followed the signs to the quilt show!

I knew Holly was volunteering at the show near the entrance, and she was one of the first people I saw upon entering the quilt show. She welcomed me and told me a little about their guild. The Vancouver MQG has just over 100 members and they organized this quilt show in only a few months. They put in long hours setting up the beautiful venue and hanging quilts, and it was obvious that all their hard work paid off- the quilt show was amazing! Here are a few photos of the show and the venue called The Pipe Shop.

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Right near the entrance was a display of the guild’s mini quilts. The wall was painted with their guild logo and all the mini quilts hung on this wall.

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Beside the mini wall was an activity where quilt show patrons could cut fabric and glue it to paper to create their own improv block, and these blocks were displayed on the nearby beams

Holly introduced me to some of the guild members who were all so excited to tell me about their quilt show, you could tell how proud they were.


The guild was raffling their 2016 QuiltCon Charity quilt to raise money for a local charity called Mom-to-Mom Poverty Initiative. I bought some tickets, but did not win the quilt. One of their members named Nancy Chan won the quilt! Congratulations Nancy!


These are just some of the quilts that were on display at the quilt show.

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As you can see, the Vancouver MQG is a busy guild with lots of member participation. I am so glad to have been able to see their quilt show, and meet some of their members. Wonder which quilts will be at QuiltCon East?