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The Thread: News From Quilt Canada 2015
teri • July 02, 2015 • 2 Comments

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Hey! Jackie White here, popping in again to guest-blog on GenQ–thanks, Melissa!–and share the latest news from the Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepoint, or CQA/ACC  for short.

The CQA/ACC is the national quilt organization that exists north of our American neighbours. We span Canada from coast to coast to coast and each year we meet at our national conference, Quilt Canada.  Thousands from across Canada come each year to participate in this gathering of like-minded quilters for fellowship, inspiration and of course, to buy fabric! The event includes workshops by well-known instructors, our National Juried Show, in which the best of Canadian quilts are displayed, several concurrent quilt shows and a merchant mall. (Oh, and we had a tattoo parlour this year. If you wanted a tattoo, you just marched up to our desk and showed us where you wanted it. Let’s just say, quilters are a wild bunch!)


quilters are a wild bunch

Lethbridge, Alberta, was the setting for Quilt Canada 2015, and the quilt show definitely did not disappoint. One crowd favorite was Echoes by Leanne Chahley, which won the Excellence For Original Modern Quilts. Now, if you want more eye candy, you simply must check out the winners of our National Juried Show, found here.

Echoes  by Leanne Chahley, which won Excellence for Original Modern Wall Quilts at this year’s quilt Canada. (All photos courtesy of Quilt Canada.)

Best of Show went to Judy Leslie’s quilt, Beach Sculptures.


Judy Leslie’s Beach Sculptures won Best of Show at Quilt Canada 2015.

To see all the quilts in the show, click here:

Quilt Canada also includes the Trend-Tex Challenge, sponsored by Trend-Tex Fabrics. This is our largest fundraiser, where all the challenge quilts are sold by silent auction. The challenge entries are made using specific Trend-Tex fabrics.Members purchase 5 fat quarters using all 5 pieces of fabric following a theme. Check out the gallery.

Now, the best of events often have a glitch, but those glitches can turn out well, too. Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio was booked as our feature speaker, unfortunately she was taken ill quite suddenly. Her husband and design partner, Bill Kerr, stepped in admirably and wowed the audience with his knowledge, humour and of course, quilts!

Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio sharing his quilty knowledge at Quilt Canada last month.

At each Quilt Canada conference, we also run our exceptional Quilt Judge Certification Program.  It is for individuals with a solid foundation in quilt making, a good understanding of design, and keen interest in sharing knowledge through constructive critiques. To become a certified judge one enrolls in this three-part program. We are proud of our certification program and welcome American students.

You can find out more about CQA/ACC at our website. P.S. We have monthly giveaways on our fb page.




Our 2016 conference will be in Toronto, Ontario, June 15-18, 2016, and we would love to have you join us!


  • quiltzyx/sue • 23 hours ago
    COMMENT #1

    Thanks for the info & great links to see the quilts at the CQA/ACC show!

  • shecanquilt • 18 hours ago
    COMMENT #2

    How lovely to see my quilt here, thank you for sharing it. Quilt Canada was a great event, I hope to be able to go next year too.

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