It’s Time for Colour!

Water Play by Tracey Lawko

Water Play 16″ x 12″

“It’s Time for Colour” is a travelling show of thirty-eight 16″ x 12″ quilts created and donated by winners of the Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried Show. The show is to raise awareness of quilting in Canada. The quilts are for sale for $200.00 plus tax with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Wish Foundation.

My piece “Water Play” is all about experimentation and play. I was interested in learning about wet felting and I signed up for a class with Carol Seeley at Quilt Canada 2014 in St. Catharines. I had no plan or design in mind, I just wanted to learn how it was done. I picked out some green, blue, and purple (an analogous colour scheme that I like) as well as some white and black wool roving, then layered and arranged the coloured wool in a pleasing pattern…something that indicated movement. I wet and soaped it; mixed in a few other miscellaneous yarns; and then rolled and rolled and rolled (200 times according to Carol); and finally washed and rinsed it to make a piece of felt. It was a fairly uneven first attempt, quite thick in some places, but I was still able to stitch through.

Back in my studio, I thought the result looked like water with plants floating in it, so I went with that. I set the felt on some cotton fabric and started free-motion stitching with various threads on my APQS Freedom longarm. I stitched a bit with my Janome 6600 too. I incorporated a few additional yarns and metallic threads. At one point I thought I might add some contrasting complementary colours (maybe peach, apricot or yellow-orange). However, when I auditioned those bits I thought they were too strong and detracted from the flow of the piece. I decided that the vibrant blue would have to carry the day in terms of colour. In this way the piece developed organically. I just tried things as I went along to see what would happen. I guess this is what happens when you play with water!

The 38 quilts have been divided into two quilt shows that will cross the country sea to sea to sea and end up at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta June 4-6, 2015.  They are for sale for $200 each plus tax with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Wish Foundation, a national charity. Note cards of each quilt are also available at $4.00.

Lucky residents of Vancouver Island will be the first to see all 38 quilts. First stops are:

The show has been divided in two travelling shows in order to cover the country. I can’t tell you which quilts are in which show, but be sure to see the ones coming to a location near you! Next stops for each of the shows are:

Northwest Territories:

  • Jan 1 – 18: Centennial Library, Inuvik
  • Jan 23 – 25: Javaroma, Yellowknife


  • Jan 7: Anglican-Lutheran Centre, Winnipeg
  • Jan 9-11: St Benedict’s Retreat Centre, Middlechurch
  • Jan 12: Kenora Quilters, Kenora
  • Jan 13: Frayed Edges Quilt Group, Winnipeg
  • Jan 19: Country Lane Quilters Guild, Portage la Prairie
  • Jan 22: Manitoba Prairie Quilters, Winnipeg
  • Jan 27: Little Britain Quilting Group, Little Britain
  • Jan 28: Nifty Needlers Quilt Group, Brandon Embroiderers Group, Brandon
  • Jan 29-Feb 1: Quilting Jewels retreat, Winkler
  • Feb 4: Barnswallows open house, Morden
  • Feb 5: Winnipeg Embroiderers Guild, Winnipeg


  • Feb 2: Crocus Quilt Guild, Weyburn
  • Feb 4-9: Quilters Haven, Moose Jaw
  • Feb 9: Saskatoon Quilters Guild, Saskatoon
  • Feb10: Prince Albert Quilt Guild, Prince Albert
  • Feb 10: Tisdale Quilters Group, Tisdale
  • Feb 11: Log Cabin Quilters Guild, Lloydminster
  • Feb 12: Rivers Edge Quilters, North Battleford
  • Feb 12: Southwest Quilters Guild, Swift Current
  • Feb 13: Sew Special, Rosetown
  • Feb 14-23: Cindy-rellas Sewing & Quilting


  • Feb 14 – 18: Calico Cottage, Kahnawakege
  • Feb 20 – 26: Courtepoint Claire, Laval

British Columbia:

  • Mar 5:  Vernon
  • Mar 7-8:  Penticton
  • Mar 9-10:  Oliver
  • Mar 11-16:  Rossland
  • Mar 17-18:  Creston
  • Mar 20-24: Kelowna
  • Mar 25-29:  Salmon Arm
  • Mar 30-31:  Kamloops


  • Mar 11-25:  Sewing World, St. Johns


  • Apr 9-11:  The Quilting Bee, Fonthill
  • Apr 13 – 18:  Quilters by the Square, Goderich
  • Apr 22:  Five Star Quilt Guild, Teeswater
  • Apr 24-25:  Creativ Festival, Mississauga
  • May 16- 20: Cindy Bees Quilt Shop, Espanola

Nova Scotia:

  • Apr 6 – 8:  People’s Place Library, Antigonish
  • Apr 13:  Mahone Bay Quilters Guild
  • Apr 14:  Atlantic Fabrics, Dartmouth
  • Apr 22:  Highland Quilt Guild, Antigonish
  • Apr 25:  Ocean Waves Quilt Society, Port Hawkesbury
  • Apr 29:  Mrs Pugsley’s Emporium, Amherst
  • May 4 – 9: Mira Stitch’n Post, Marion Bridge, Cape Breton


  • May 11:  Chinook Fibre Arts Guild, Calgary
  • May 12:  Airdrie
  • May 13:  Medicine Hat
  • May 22 – 24:  Heritage Park, Calgary
  • May 29 – 31:  Addies, Cochrane
  • June 4-5: Quilt Canada, Lethbridge

See the on-line gallery of quilts and read the CQA blog for updates about the show.The purpose of the CQA is to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of all aspects of quilting in Canada. For more information on CQA or to join this educational and fun group, go to the CQA/ACC website.

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