Today a good friend and I took in the Creative Stitches Quilt Show and Sale in Calgary - quite a few LQS had booths and there were a ton from out of the city and a few from out of Province as well. We talked to owners about fabric, sewing machines, long arm machines (oh how I long for one!!!!) and even had a pretty cool demonstration of a Cameo Shilloette paper/fabric cutter.
We saw some amazing quilts on display from Quilts of Valour. I had never heard of them before today but was absolutely inspired by their dedication to provide quilts to injured Canadian Soldiers. There were in between 20-25 quilts on sale and 12 were being sent off to injured Soldiers to help aid in their recovery and as a thank you for serving our Country.
I only had my iPhone on me but I did take pictures of the ones that I really enjoyed.
I love the pinwheel-checkerboard patterns on this quilt and the hits of blue just pop. So beautiful.
A beautiful flock of Flying Geese.
This one was one of our favourites - its so Canadian without screaming Canada. The picture does not do it justice, it was simply stunning.
This one does scream Canada - and for that I love it! What a simple design with a fantastic impact and it was beautifully quilted as well.
This one would have been perfect for a para-trooper, what fantastic fabric to honour a soldier with.
Yet another quilt that screams Canada - and it was right up there with my favourites.
I loved the contrast between this quilt and most of the others - it was much more subdued but still a strong quilt. So pretty.
I thought the appliqued 'leaves' were neat on this quilt and it was long armed beautifully.
This last picture wasn't a Quilt of Valour quilt it was just one set up at a booth but I thought it was a fantastic alternative layout for an Eye Spy quilt. I haven't seen an Eye Spy set up with such large squares before and I think I might have keep this design tucked away for my next Eye Spy quilt I want to work on.
Last but not least I picked up some pretty good deals on some fabric (but please don't tell my husband.... kidding!) and found a few charm packs of fabric that I had been eyeing online.
I got two charm packs each of Cuzco by Kate Spain and Flirt by Sandy Gervais as well as one pack of Walk in the Woods by Annela Hoey. Now I need to figure out what lovely amazingness I am going to create with my beautiful new fabric.
And before I forget I need to do a majorly HUGE thank you to my Sister for watching all three of my kids this morning so I could go to the Quilt Show without the kids (and have a few hours of quiet shopping with a friend!) - THANKS Kelly!
Thank you for stopping by - Day #20 of Blogtoberfest is in the books and I will see you tomorrow!