Thursday, June 9, 2011

Memories of Quilt Ontario--the CQA show in London, Ontario

Quilt Ontario was held at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario at the end of May. My friend, Karen, and I attended the show and closing banquet. We were not allowed to take pictures at the National Juried show, but I did take this picture of Chistine's Carolina Christmas quilt at the Invitational show--all members of the organizing committee were invited to submit a quilt to this show. Christine and I spent 6 months last year working on our Carolina Christmas quilts together. Mine is not quilted yet, but will be soon.

Christine's quilt is spectacular! 

Karen and I volunteered at the banquet so we were able to hear and see "Dala" doing their sound check before dinner. "Dala" is a Canadian folk singing duo from Toronto who have been nominated for a Juno award and they were simply wonderful!

You can see the Leaf Bowls decorating the curtain at the back of the stage (The leaf bowls were designed by a member of the London Friendship Quilters Guild, Jill, aka the Quilt Rat)...There were also leaf bowls with candles in them on the tables...

And, in goodie bags at each place setting filled with thread, fabric, needles, pins, sewing gadgets, and little handmade items from quilters across the country.
Our napkins were even decorated with more gifts!
The meal was wonderful and then, after some presentations, Dala performed for over an hour. They received a well deserved standing ovation. I think I will try to go to one of their concerts sometime. I purchased one of their CD's at the end of the night to listen to in my car.

It was a wonderful day!  Many thanks to the CQA and the Local Organizing committee for such a terrific show and entertaining evening.


  1. Christine's quilt IS spectacular! and yes the Gala Banquet was a perfect way to finish off the CQA conference. The performance by Dala was absolutely fabulous....I am certain they gained new fans, not only are they incredibly talented but also such friendly, lovely women.

    Glad to know you enjoyed the evening....the gal who said Grace for us all was amazing.....wasn't she? :-)

  2. It does look like a wonderful day. Your friend Christine's quilt is wonderful, but I am like you. My Iowa (Carolina) Christmas top is all done, except for attaching the borders, which are also done. I still need to quilt it, but it scares me because it is so big. In addition to the already large size, I added sashing so it is even bigger. I want to get it done before the end of November though.