Quilt Canada 2012

The Canadian Quilters’ Association presents Quilt Canada – a five-day, national quilting conference – once every two years.  Held in different cities across the country, next year’s conference will take place in Halifax NS from May 29 to June 2, 2012.  Since on-line registration for workshops, accommodation, and special events opens this Saturday, October 1st, our topic this week is Quilt Canada 2012:  Seams Like Home!

The conference will be held at Dalhousie University, a beautiful campus located minutes away from the ocean and Halifax city center.  Choose from a wide variety of over 100 classes from Canadian and international teachers.  Other activities during the week include lectures, dinners, a merchant mall and a closing banquet at the Cunard Centre on the Halifax waterfront.

And there will be quilts!  The National Juried Show is a showcase of the best quilts and wearable art from across the country; the awards presentation on Tuesday evening, May 29th, is sure to be an exciting event.  The Trend-Tex Challenge presents the creative results of five Trend-Tex challenge fabrics to portray the theme “At Home in my Garden by the Sea”.  Other exhibits include the CQA/ACC Invitational Show, the Mariners Quilt Guild Show, the Mayflower Quilters’ Guild Show, the Needlework Exhibition, “Seams Like Home” Nova Scotian Provincial Miniature Challenge, “Secret Codes”: An Exhibition of Contemporary African Nova Scotian Narrative and Picture Quilts, and displays from the Fibre Arts Network (FAN) and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).

Many special events are planned throughout the week, such as a “Kitchen Party” on Wednesday evening, a Show-and-Share Quilt and Fashion Show on Thursday evening, three Friday evening after-dinner lectures, and of course, the final Saturday evening Nova Scotia Ceilidh Closing Banquet.  Tours are available to the nearby attractions of Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Halifax city itself.  And for the professional quilter, four half-day sessions on Tuesday May 29th will cover a variety of topics related to career development.  So much to do!

I will be teaching four one-day classes and presenting one of the half-day career development sessions at Quilt Canada 2012:

Introduction to EQ7 Wednesday, May 30, 2012

EQ7 is the newest and most advanced version of the best-selling Electric Quilt software and it is also the most user-friendly.  This incredibly full-featured quilt design and drawing program has been especially designed with beginners as well as advanced designers in mind.  This class is oriented towards beginners and covers the basics of simple quilt layouts as well as how to colour, save, and print your quilt designs.  (Laptop computer and EQ7 software is required.)

Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Thursday, May 31, 2012

As featured in my book Sewflakes, papercut appliqué is a technique similar to making paper snowflakes. In this workshop, we will discover how to design these unique snowflakes for fabric, with an emphasis on incorporating recognizable images into the design, and then look at various ways to transfer the design from paper to fabric.

Butterfly Mosaic Friday, June 1, 2012

Let your creativity soar as your butterfly comes alive with color.  Cut and fuse small pieces of fabric to form your own mosaic masterpiece.  Optional kit includes 40 swatches of pre-fused fabric, but this is a great way to use up all your fabric scraps!

Tools of the Trade Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tools of the Trade
features papercut appliqué blocks of some of the favourite tools in a quilt maker’s studio.  Begin this project in class by making the scissors block using fusible appliqué with an invisible edge-finishing technique.  Exercise accurate piecing skills while making a 3-¼” spool of thread block.   Book purchase required:  Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts.

Web Strategy for Business Success – Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Your web site is a vital tool for building, supporting, and developing your quilting business.  It establishes your credibility in the industry and represents who you are.  Whether you are just starting out or considering a makeover, your web strategy should be consistent with your business goals.  This session will consider the essential elements of an effective web site, how to generate and monitor traffic to your site, e-commerce, blogs, integration of social networking tools, and more.

Post any questions you may have in the comment box below and I will attach my reply so others can read it as well.  You can also follow this event on my Facebook Page and post comments there as well.  Hope to see you next May in Halifax at Quilt Canada 2012!

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  1. Hi Marg,
    Get your guild together and make a proposal to the Canadian Quilters Association’s board of directors. I’m sure they would love to hold a show in New Brunswick!

  2. Margaret Phillips says:

    I was wondering whether or not in the future there could ever be a National Quilt show in Moncton, or Saint John New Brunswick? I would love to be able to attend a show!


    Marg Phillips

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