Quilt Ontario 2011, the mini conference of the Canadian Quilters Association is taking place this week in London. The National Juried Show, Invitational Show, workshops, lectures, merchant malls etc. etc. all 20 minutes from home!
Last night I attended the opening of the National Juried Show. My friend Darlene was one of the winners of a rosette and cash prize. We are all so very proud of her! Darlene is a beautiful quilter and deserves to be recognized.
It has been wonderful to see friends and students from all over the country. There are two friends from BC that come to every conference that I met in 1988 that were back once again. How wonderful to catch up on all the news once again with them.
Today I taught the Spiral Bargello class to a wonderful group of enthusiastic quilters. Janome provided sewing machines for all of the workshops. We had no trouble whatsoever with the machines that Janome provided so that took a lot of stress from the day. It is such a privilege to be able to spend time and share my passion for the art of quilting with these students. Thank you once again for making the day so special.
Gwen Tracey and her committee did such a great job of organizing the classrooms etc. Thanks so much for all of your hard work!
Friday night (tomorrow) there is a passport night to visit all of the teacher's classrooms to see the work that has been going on all week and to meet the teachers. I'll be in room 2040 in Althouse College so come by and say hello. I'm having a draw for a basket of quilt goodies you may win.
Don't forget to visit the National Juried Show. The quilts are absolutely amazing! They make you want to shut yourself in your studio for a few weeks and produce something new and amazing yourself!
I lost complete control in the merchant's mall yesterday and bought a PILE of Japanese taupes and dobby fabrics. OH MY!
The lady here to my right is Madonna from Fort McMurray. She is my new heroine! Congratulations once again for winning that sewing machine, Madonna!