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Quilt Canada Workshops

Quilt Canada 2018

May 31 –  June 2, 2018
Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver Convention Centre

 

REGISTRATION 

Opens for CQA/ACC Members – Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12 PM (Noon) EST

Opens for non-members  – Monday, January 29, 2018 at 12 PM (Noon) EST for non-members

Questions about registration  – contact Janet Kasper, Conference Registrar at cqaregistrar@canadianquilter.com or by phone at 1-877-672-8777, Press 2 for Janet

Quilt Canada 2018


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Joyce Brown & Judy Villett Workshops

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312 - What WAS the judge thinking? An Introduction to Quilt Judging

Workshop Difficulty: All Levels
Workshop Length: 6 Hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 113
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $150

This hands-on workshop would be of interest to anyone thinking about entering a judged quilt show, organizing a judged show, or becoming a quilt judge.  It is a stand-alone workshop for those wanting a basic understanding of judging.  It is also Module 1 of the CQA/ACC Quilt Judge Certification Program and will be credited as such if registrants wish to continue in the program.  The QJCP is growing, with a base of 15 Certified Judges and 5 Apprentice Judges.  It is an internationally recognized certification that already includes judges from Canada and the USA.



Janet Barker Workshops

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101 - A Walk in the Woods

101 - A Walk in the Woods

Workshop Difficulty: Intermediate
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 101/102
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 - 8:30-4
Workshop Fee: $160

Learn how to make the three leaf blocks in this dynamic quilt pattern.

You’ll use 2½-inch leaf strips and longer stem strips to play with various leaf shapes. You can use the cool greens of spring, multitudinous fall colours, or some other combination to make your project sing.


Kit Fee: $11 for Pattern

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201 - Sunflower Power

201 - Sunflower Power

Workshop Difficulty: Intermediate
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 101/102
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $160

Curved, turned-back bias edges make Janet’s three-dimensional flying geese seem to float above the background fabric. It looks complicated . . . but it’s easy to do.

In this class, you’ll learn Janet’s clever techniques and begin work on a 16-block medallion-style mini-quilt or the full 36-block Sunflower Power quilt.


Kit Fee: $11 for Pattern

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301 - What If...

301 - What If...

Workshop Difficulty: Advanced
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 101/102
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $160

What if you start with a basic uneven nine patch block, and tweak it? What if you choose several corner options, side options, and centre options, and mix them all up?

By shifting and rotating nine elements, folding back bias edges, and changing colour placements, you can create a dazzling array of blocks and make a stunning sampler quilt.

Janet’s folded-fabric techniques use straight piecing to make sharp star points and gentle, pretty curves. There’s no fussing with templates. The block are easy to make, yet look complicated.

You may have seen folded corner squares and folded rectangles in 3D flying geese. After this class, you’ll also be able to make folded triangles and position slashed squares and rectangles in various ways to provide much more variety in your quilt blocks.


Kit Fee: $11 for Pattern

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Ana Buzzalino Workshops

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102 - Writing With Your Sewing Machine

102 - Writing With Your Sewing Machine

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner to Advanced
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 103/104
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $170

Do you like letters, fonts, and typography? Would you like to add quotes, lyrics, and words to your quilts—without having to use a fancy machine that comes loaded with alphabet stitches? Then this process-oriented class is for you.

In a relaxed atmosphere, you’ll learn how to use a standard sewing machine to write on your quilt with free-motion stitching. Ana shows you how to mark the quilt, how to space the lines of text, the effects of different spacings, and how to stitch your words via free motion.


Kit Fee: $10

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202 - New York Beauty Pillow

202 - New York Beauty Pillow

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner to Advanced
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 103/104
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $170

The beautiful New York Beauty block seems intricate and difficult to make. In fact, it’s quite simple, once you learn a few tricks involving foundation paper piecing and partial seams.

Ana shares her techniques for ensuring that all of the blocks are the same size and perfectly square. This avoids frustration when you piece the blocks into a pillow top.


Kit Fee: $25

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302 - Ideas for New Work - Keeping a Sketchbook

302 - Ideas for New Work - Keeping a Sketchbook

Workshop Difficulty: All Levels
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 103/104
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $170

Do you long to break from traditional designs or pieced work, try something different, and create an original design?

Sometimes the biggest challenge is knowing how to start. Where do you look for inspiration? Then how do you develop it into a theme that can become a body of work?

A sketchbook is a great way to learn the principles of design, develop your skills, and refine ideas that you can later translate into fabric art. In this class, you’ll learn how to get started with various media to create a sketchbook that inspires and stretches you

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Stacey Day Workshops

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103 - Modern Skyline - An Introduction to Free Piecing

103 - Modern Skyline - An Introduction to Free Piecing

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner to Advanced
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 105/106
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $150

Do you love modern quilts, but don’t know how to create one?

In this class, you’ll learn how to combine the modern technique of free piecing with the classic technique of strip piecing to create your own skyline quilt. No two quilts are the same using these techniques. Each quilt is a different size, shape, and composition.

There’s no pressure in this class. No rulers, and no rules. Just fun!

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203 - Modern Pop-Art Circles

203 - Modern Pop-Art Circles

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner to Advanced
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 105/106
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $150

Come and play with the modern technique of free cutting and the classic technique of bias tape applique!

You’ll learn how to use layering, composition, and contrast to build interesting pop-art circles. At the end of class, you’ll have at least two finished blocks, and the confidence to make many more.

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303 - Cross Country - A Modern Slice-and-Insert Quilt

303 - Cross Country - A Modern Slice-and-Insert Quilt

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner to Advanced
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 105/106
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $150

Learn the modern technique of slice-and-insert piecing, which works well with both prints and solids.

Stacey introduces the basics of colour and contrast, shows you how to make the most of your fabrics, and helps you explore the freedom of the slice-and-insert technique.

By the end of class, you’ll be able to make it . . . and know how to fake it!

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Gloria Loughman Workshops

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104 - Distinctive Doorways

104 - Distinctive Doorways

Workshop Difficulty: Intermediate
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 107/108
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $170

Doorways have intriguing stories to tell us. They’re created from a variety of materials and showcase a range of colours and textures. Some are elaborate, some are commonplace, and many are in various states of disrepair as materials weather, paints fade and peel, and metals rust.

In this class, you’ll create a small quilt based on a doorway. You can bring your own design or use one of Gloria’s three patterns.

You’ll learn how to examine a building’s layers, decide on a colour palette, construct each layer separately, and outline the main features with a thin, dark line to create a more graphic image.

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204 - Shades of the Forest

204 - Shades of the Forest

Workshop Difficulty: All Levels
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 107/108
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $170

A forest is often filled with a play of light as the sun filters through to some areas and leaves others mysteriously shady.

In this class, you’ll learn how to create this dappled effect by tiling a background of fused small squares or rectangles in a variety of colors. You’ll then add detailed trees, branches, and leaves in the foreground, to create perspective and interest.

You’ll work from a photo or sketch, using fusing, fabric painting, free-motion stitching, and quilting techniques to bring your landscape to life.

Gloria provides a pattern and suitable hand-dyed fabrics. You can choose stunning autumn tones, the crisp new greens of spring, or the grey and white tones of the bleak midwinter.

This workshop is suitable for both new and experienced quilters.

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304 - Layer by Layer

304 - Layer by Layer

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 107/108
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $170

Are you ready to try something different? Want to experiment with different designs, patterns, and fabrics, and take the next step with your textile art?

In this class, you’ll learn how to combine landscape elements in an abstract way to create a visually exciting design.

You can choose from four abstract designs or design your own piece.

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Melissa Marginet Workshops

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105 - Modern Quilting With Your Walking Foot

105 - Modern Quilting With Your Walking Foot

Workshop Difficulty: All Levels
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 116
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $150

Learn the ins and outs of quilting with your walking foot! It’s surprising how many quilting designs you can do with the feed dogs up on your home sewing machine.

You’ll make samples you can refer to at home, and learn how to quilt a large quilt on a domestic machine.

If you want the satisfaction of finishing your own quilts and you don’t enjoy free-motion quilting—or if you simply want other options—this is the class for you!


Kit Fee: $26.25 Recommended: Walking Foot Quilting Designs. Will be available in class - please bring exact change.

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205 - Break It Up—Finishing Big Quilts on Your Domestic Machine

205 - Break It Up—Finishing Big Quilts on Your Domestic Machine

Workshop Difficulty: All Levels
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 116
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $150

Quilting sections of your quilt—sometimes called “quilt as you go”—is easy on a home sewing machine. But how do you join the sections after they’re quilted?

In this class you’ll learn nine methods for joining those quilted pieces, with and without sashing.

Find out how to analyze and break up a quilt design, then make samples you can refer to at home.

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305 - Let's Bind It!

305 - Let's Bind It!

Workshop Difficulty: All Levels
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 116
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $150

Want to make your bindings special? Or simply want to avoid fussing with the usual binding methods?

Come and learn a variety of binding options, from the simple to the sublime. You’ll make samples of each technique, so you understand it. The samples will be a great reference at home later.

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Kathleen Riggins Workshops

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106M - Swirls Intensive

106M - Swirls Intensive

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Workshop Length: 3 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 117
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (8:30-11:30 am)
Workshop Fee: $80

Learn this particularly versatile design, then practice using it in different ways! Kathleen shows her favourite variations on the basic swirl so that by learning this one easy design, it opens up a huge variety of different designs for you to use.

Supply lists will be available prior to registration opening date.


106A - Using Rulers

106A - Using Rulers

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Workshop Length: 3 Hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 117
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (1-4 pm)
Workshop Fee: $80

Kathleen shares how to get perfect straight lines while in Free Motion mode on your sewing machine allowing you to easily stitch-in-the-ditch and create geometric quilting designs.

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206 - Making Shapes

206 - Making Shapes

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Workshop Length: 6 hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 117
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (8:30-4)
Workshop Fee: $160

Not sure where to start when faced with a large area of negative space? Make shapes! Kathleen walks you through this easy process to create stunning negative spaces. Choose from two choices – use a practice sandwich of plain fabric, or follow the easy pattern provided to create a quilt perfect for this technique before class.

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306M - Invisible Block Sampler

306M - Invisible Block Sampler

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Workshop Length: 3 Hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 117
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (8:30 - 11:30 am)
Workshop Fee: $80

Create a modern whole cloth sampler using only thread! Transform traditional blocks into quilting designs and use various fills, lines & threads to create a one of a kind sampler quilt.

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306A - Designs for Lines (And Other Shapes that Don't Rhyme)

306A - Designs for Lines (And Other Shapes that Don't Rhyme)

Workshop Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Workshop Length: 3 Hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Room: 117
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (1-4 pm)
Workshop Fee: $80

Learn Kathleen’s go-to designs for the shapes she finds in quilts the most often. Learn designs for lines, designs for squares, designs for triangles & designs for odd shapes. Use these easy-to-quilt designs in your quilts to easily create beautiful quilting.

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Terry Aske Lecture

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310LM - Hard Edges in a Soft Medium (Lecture)

310LM - Hard Edges in a Soft Medium (Lecture)


Workshop Length: 1 Hour
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibition Hall A
Day & Time: Saturday June 2 (9-10 am)
Workshop Fee: $45

Come and hear the challenges of interpreting architectural structures with fabric and thread – making them look solid and three-dimensional by using perspective and value.

Please note: All day lecture attendees will be need to purchase a day pass to the Merchant Mall/NJS in order to access the lecture area within the Main Exhibit Hall.



Stacey Day Lecture

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123 - What is Modern Quilting? (Lecture)

123 - What is Modern Quilting? (Lecture)


Workshop Length: 1 Hour
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibition Hall A
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (7:30 pm)
Workshop Fee: $50

Just what is “modern quilting”?

In this lecture, Stacey introduces you to this exciting world and shows you how to recognize modern quilting when you see it.

You’ll learn about various modern quilting techniques, and find out how to incorporate them into your own style.



Robin Fischer Lecture

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207LA - Come Dye With Me (Lecture)

207LA - Come Dye With Me (Lecture)


Workshop Length: 1 Hour
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibition Hall A
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (1-2 pm)
Workshop Fee: $50

You’re a quilter, so you love to play with colour. Would you also like to create your own colours, specifically designed for your projects?

Come and learn the basics of dye mixing. You’ll leave with a rudimentary understanding of dyes and a desire to work with them yourself.

Whether you already have experience or would like to try dying for the first time, Robin’s lecture will interest and engage you.

Please note: All day lecture attendees will be need to purchase a day pass to the Merchant Mall/NJS in order to access the lecture area within the Main Exhibit Hall



Gloria Loughman Lecture

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224 - The Quilted Landscape (Lecture)

224 - The Quilted Landscape (Lecture)


Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibition Hall A
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (7:30 pm)
Workshop Fee: $50

Would you like to make a quilt that captures a special place and time? A wonderful holiday, a view from your living room window, a treasured childhood memory?

With the right techniques, you can create a landscape quilt that preserves your special moment.

In this slide-illustrated lecture, Gloria explains how to make decisions about design and color choice, and illustrates accurate construction techniques. She solves the mystery of where to begin!



Brandy Lynn Maslowski Lectures

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108LA - That Silly Social Media! (Lecture)

108LA - That Silly Social Media! (Lecture)


Workshop Length: 2 Hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibition Hall A
Day & Time: Thursday May 31 (1-3 pm)
Workshop Fee: $60

Would you rather peel potatoes than enter cyberspace? Are you a twit when it comes to tweeting?

Take a step out of your comfort zone, and learn the basics of social media. You’ll hear comical stories, and learn practical ways to find and follow your favourite quilters online.

Come and connect with a younger generation of quilters. You might even start blogging yourself!

Please note: All day lecture attendees will be need to purchase a day pass to the Merchant Mall/NJS in order to access the lecture area within the Main Exhibit Hall


208LM - Studio Magnificent (Lecture)

208LM - Studio Magnificent (Lecture)


Workshop Length: 2 Hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibition Hall A
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (9-11 am)
Workshop Fee: $60

Want to clear away the clutter, organize your stash, and manage your creative space?

Come to Brandy Lynn’s lecture, and learn how! She shares tips for storage and ideas for making your space a creative sanctuary.

Brandy Lynn’s studios have been featured in both Studios and Quilter’s Connection magazines. Come and be inspired by Brandy Lynn!

Please note: All day lecture attendees will be need to purchase a day pass to the Merchant Mall/NJS in order to access the lecture area within the Main Exhibit Hall



Lorna Shapiro Lecture

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209LA - Quilt Design with Japanese Flair - For Us Average Quilters (Lecture)

209LA - Quilt Design with Japanese Flair - For Us Average Quilters (Lecture)


Workshop Length: 1.5 Hours
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibition Hall A
Day & Time: Friday June 1 (2:30-4 pm)
Workshop Fee: $50

Would you like to create your own designs, rather than simply following other people’s patterns? Not sure how to get started?

Come and hear how Lorna did it! After a 35-year career that mostly used her left brain, and with no art training, she wanted to create aesthetically pleasing designs of her own. So she studied the ground rules for effective design developed by artists over the years. She was particularly drawn to the simple yet powerful aesthetic found in Japanese artforms, and the textural richness of Japanese fabrics.

In this lecture, Lorna shares some key lessons she’s learned as she’s develop her own design abilities and tried to follow in the footsteps of the Japanese masters.

Please note: All day lecture attendees will be need to purchase a day pass to the Merchant Mall/NJS in order to access the lecture area within the Main Exhibit Hall



TOUR the National Juried Show

TOUR the National Juried Show


Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, National Juried Show

Join a small group on a walk through the National Juried Show. Get the inside scoop on the NJS. Hear how a quilt gets in, how the judges choose the winners and many more fun and exciting details about this show that features the best of the best in Canada and beyond! The tour guides will share tidbits about the artists and their quilts on this fun and informative adventure. (45 minutes)

Tickets: $10 online, $15 at event

Schedule of Tours:

Thursday 11:00 am and 1:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am and 1:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am and 1:30 pm

Please note: All attendees will be need to purchase a day pass to the Merchant Mall/NJS in order to take the tour.