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  • Writer's pictureSandy Simmelink

2021 Quilt Canada Conference

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

Speaking at the 2021 Quilt Canada Conference was a rare privilege and was able to showcase tips and tricks to work smaller, without sacrificing detail to make the little gems true treasures for the future.

One of my quilts, William Morris Takes Flight, was uncovered at that time. It was carefully under wraps as it was juried into the 2020 show which was delayed because of covid, so was shown in the 2021 National Juried Show this year.

William Morris Takes Flight is a miniature quilt, which contains hand appliqued bees that are sitting on 1-inch squares. When you look at a photograph of a miniature quilt, you are not supposed to readily see what size it is. It is supposed to look like a full size quilt at first glance, and this small treasure does just that. The small quilting, the special threads used to make it look like bias and give it another dimension, are all part of this little treasure.

Two other quilts were added to my site:

  • Cut Glass Cloth Picture this - a crystal vase full of coloured cloth and threads, set out in the full sun. Picture me with an Ipad and the Kaliedoscope camera trained on the crystal to take multiple pictures. They were loaded into photoshop, sent to Spoonflower, and printed on fabric. The result is a beautiful wall hanging, free motion quilted with Wonderfil threads, embellished and bound to showcase the edges.

  • Bugle Boys of Valcartier This quilt started with a story quilts, of two 16 year old boys stationed at Valcartier Quebec for training before the first world war. Trained as bugle boys, these two shipped off to France. They relayed messages to the troops in the the thick of battle. Read the story of the Bugle Boys, showcased on the quilt. It contains a photograph of the boys, embellished with acrylic paints, photos of Valcartier and the tents they lived in.


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