Quilt Canada 2020 Challenges
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Quilt Canada, June 18-20, 2020



A great chance to make a new quilting friend

Be part of our first Mini Quilt Swap, open to all quilters in Canada and beyond. You do not need to be a CQA member to join the fun. Just fill out the form on January 2, 2020 so you can be partnered with a quilter who has interests similar to yours.  You and your partner will be introduced by email so you can get to know who you are making a quilt for and who’s making one for you. You will make a new friend!

The timeline to make the mini quilt, (no larger than 24” by 24”) is February to June 2020 ending with Quilt Canada 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. For the partners who are going to Quilt Canada there will be a special meet-up for everyone to meet their partner and to swap their quilts.  If you or your partner are not going, you will swap by mail.

A Swap Leader will be assigned to you so you can ask them questions during the February – June time period.  You will “virtually-meet” your Swap Leader in February and they’ll introduce you to your swap partner.  This is going to be great fun! 

Sign up here 

Important Dates:

  • January 2:  Mini Swap sign-up opens
  • January 23:  Mini Swap sign-up closes
  • February:  Notifications of Swap Leader and partners
  • March/April/May: Make your mini quilt
  • June 1: Shipping for those not going to Quilt Canada
  • June 19, (Friday) Quilt Canada Mini Swap: in person at Quilt Canada

For any questions please email the swap team  at: miniswap@canadianquilter.com

Brought to you by the Mini Swap team:
Linda Schmidt, Laine Canivet and Jackie White. #QuiltCanadaMiniSwap

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Quilted Postcard Challenge 2020


Canada’s natural bounty is a source of inspiration for quilters from coast to coast. Participants are invited to celebrate their regional uniqueness and beauty in a postcard. Enjoy the adventure!

Open to the public. You may submit as many entries as you wish.

Finished dimensions
4″ x 6″ or 6″ x 4″

Three construction layers
Top, batting and/or stabilizer, backing fabric.

All styles and techniques encouraged: traditional, contemporary, modern, fibre art, abstract, pieced, hand embroidered, thread play, etc.

All edges to be finished.

Sewn to back of postcard with your name, city, quilt name and email address.

All postcards received after May 1, 2020, are welcome, but no longer eligible for judging.

Mail postcards to:
Kathy Chavez
15709 – 92A Ave., Edmonton, AB T5R 5G1

Jackie White
Box 208, Manitowaning, ON P0P 1N0

Postcards will be displayed at Quilt Canada 2020 in Edmonton, AB. Each postcard will be for sale by donation (minimum $5.00), and will be taken at time of purchase.

First Place…………………………………….. $500
Second Place………………………………… $300
Third Place……………………………………. $200
Excellence in Thread Use by Machine …. $250
Excellence in Thread Use by Hand………. $250

Several postcards will be on display to raise funds as part of a silent auction. These select postcards will not be available to take home until late Saturday afternoon when the silent auction is closed.

All proceeds from the postcard sales will be donated to the Glenrose Paediatric Brain Injury Unit in Edmonton, AB.

For questions, please contact:
Cindy Scraba – cindysthreadworks@telus.net
Jackie White – jacwhite10@gmail.com
Kathy Chavez – kalogan@shaw.ca

Please Join our Group!
Facebook: CQA Postcard Challenge
Instagram: #cqapostcardchallenge

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Suzi-Q Youth Challenge 2020

My Next Great Adventure


The 2020 challenge for youth is to complete a quilt based on the theme My Next Great Adventure using any style of quilting – art, traditional and/or modern. The quilt must include, all or part of, an eight-inch square of challenge fabric on the face of the quilt. The fabric can be obtained by sending a stamped and self-addressed envelope to:

Sheryl Garrett, Box 178, Moosomin, SK S0G 3N0.

The quilt may be any size, up to a 200-inch perimeter, but a smaller size may be easier to tackle. The quilt must be made of three layers and be quilted, either by hand and/or machine. It must be either bound or closed along the edges with either hand- and/or machine-stitching. Most of the quilt must be the work of the young quilter. The quilter may use any combination of hand- and/or machine-piecing, appliqué and quilting. The use of embellishments such as beads, embroidery, fibres, ribbon, paint, crayon, etc., is the choice of the young quilter. This is an opportunity to experiment and try new things! The entry must be free of any text or images that are protected by copyright unless you have written permission from the holder of the copyright. For any patterns or designs that are not your own, please give credit to the source.

The challenge is open to all youth in Canada up to 19 years of age. The entries must be sponsored by a CQA/ACC individual or shop member, in good standing. Members may sponsor more than one entry. By entering, you are giving CQA/ACC permission to display your quilt on its website, blog, social media and in the magazine, Canadian Quilter.


There will be an online display and voting for Viewers’ Choice in three age categories. In addition, participants are invited to send their quilts to be displayed at Quilt Canada 2020, June 18 to 20, in Edmonton, AB.

STEP 1 – Your quilt can be entered into the challenge by filling out the online entry application on the CQA/ACC website, complete with a photo of your quilt. The completed entry form must be submitted online between February 15 and April 15, 2020. The quilt photo will be uploaded to the CQA/ACC website and will be available for viewers to vote for Viewers’ Choice from May 1 to June 15, 2020. Winners will be announced at the CQA/ACC Award Ceremony on the evening of June 17, 2020.

STEP 2 – Please remember that voting for the online Viewers’ Choice is based on the photo alone. The photo should be taken in good lighting, with no background distractions and within close range. It needs to be between one to three MB to appear clearly on the CQA/ACC website. All edges of the quilt need to be visible in the photograph.

If you wish your quilt to be displayed at Quilt Canada 2020 in Edmonton, mail your quilt and a copy of your entry form to: Sheryl Garrett, Box 178, Moosomin, SK, S0G 3N0, to be received no later than May 1, 2020. Attach a four-inch hanging sleeve to the top of the back of the quilt. In addition, a label needs to be attached to the back of the quilt showing the title, artist’s name, age category, date completed and credits, if any. The quilts will be displayed at Quilt Canada 2020 from June 18 to 20, 2020, where visitors to the show will vote for their favourite entry. After the event, the quilts will be mailed back to the entrant.

Prizes for entrants will be divided into three age categories: 5 to 9 years, 10 to 14 years, and 15 to 19 years. The online Viewers’ Choice will be awarded to a quilt in each age category. Quilts displayed at Quilt Canada 2020 will have one Viewers’ Choice prize awarded based on votes from guests to the show. If winners choose to submit a photo of themselves with their quilt by June 30, 2020, the photo will be published in the autumn Canadian Quilter magazine. All winners will receive a free copy of that issue. They will also receive a ribbon, a certificate and a fabric prize from the sponsor.

Members are encouraged to find young quilters! The sponsors of the entries who win Viewers’ Choice awards will receive a free, one-year renewal of their CQA/ACC membership.

Become a Youth Sponsor! CQA/ACC members are encouraged to find young quilters to sponsor! The sponsors of the entries who win the Viewers’ Choice awards will receive a free one-year renewal of their CQA/ACC membership.

Try-A-Triad Challenge 2020

This modern challenge includes the use of colours red, blue and yellow, which are equidistant around the colour wheel. Using these colours, CQA/ACC dares you to get in touch with your inner modern. Using solid colours only, play with design elements such as: negative space, graphics, improvisational piecing, grid work, asymmetry and modern traditionalism.

Triad colours are evenly balanced and play well together!

• Grab your colour wheel and use only the blue/red/yellow triad for fabric selection.
• Use solid colours only.
• Use one tint, tone or shade of each of the three triad colours. Only three fabrics in total can be used on the face of the quilt—including the background fabric.
• The quilt perimeter is to be no larger than 96 inches.
• Each quilt must be finished with either binding, facings or an enveloped pillow case style.
• There must be a hanging sleeve, at least three inches wide, for display purposes.
• All quilts must have a label with the quilt name and the quilter’s name visible on it.
• You may submit up to a 50-word explanation to accompany your quilt.

• Open to individual and professional CQA/ACC members. If you wish to become a member and participate, please go to www.canadianquilter.com and join the fun!
• Entries will be accepted through an online entry form on the CQA/ACC website February 1 to April 15, 2020.
•When the online entry form is received, a confirmation email with instructions for shipping the quilt will be sent to the entrant.
• All quilts must be received by May 30, 2020, to be displayed at Quilt Canada 2020, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, from June 18 to 20.
• The winning quilt will be selected by Viewers’ Choice during Quilt Canada 2020 and awarded a $100 cash prize.
• All submitted quilts will remain in the possession of CQA/ACC for approximately 11 months and will be returned to the owner/maker prior to
Quilt Canada 2021.
• CQA/ACC plans to tour the quilts as part of a travelling quilt show in Canada. Our Regional Representatives and/or Board members will take the quilts to guilds in their area to share the talents of our members.

Entry form will be available on February 1, 2020

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MEMBER GUILD CHALLENGE – “Gateway to Adventure”

Calling all member guilds! Here is the news about the exciting challenge for next year. CQA/ACC wants to share everyone’s sense of adventure as Quilt Canada travels north to Edmonton, AB! Join in the fun with your guild – your quilt could end up at Quilt Canada 2020!

The Gateway to Adventure Quilt Challenge:

  • Each quilt must have a visible amount of KONA cotton colour #k001-147 JUNGLE, along with three (3) additional fabrics on the face of your quilt. The additional fabrics can be a print or solid.
  • The quilt perimeter is to be no larger than 72 inches.
  • Each quilt must be finished with either binding, facings or enveloped pillow case style.
  • Please ensure that there is a hanging sleeve, at least 3 inches wide, for display purpose.
  • All quilts must have a label on back with the quilt name and quilter’s name visible on it.
  • Each CQA/ACC Member Guild selects one winner only from their Guild’s membership, before April 15, 2020 for entry into this challenge.
  • All entries must follow the guidelines below.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Open to CQA/ACC Member Guilds
  • Guilds wishing to enter the Challenge must advise of their intent via email to Heather Black, h_nblack@sympatico.ca by March 1, 2020, so that space allocation for display at Quilt Canada 2020 can be arranged.
  • Once the guild has selected the quilt to represent their guild, the online entry form must be filled out and submitted by April 15, 2020. The online entry form will be located on Quilt Canada 2020 Guild Challenge page on the canadianquilter.com website. The form will be available March 1, 2020.
  • When the online entry form has been received by CQA/ACC, a confirmation email with instructions for shipping the quilt will be sent to the email address supplied on the entry form.
  • All quilts must be received by May 30, 2020 so they can be displayed at Quilt Canada 2020, at the Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB.
  • The winning quilt will be selected by Viewers’ Choice during Quilt Canada 2020 and awarded a $100 cash prize.
  • All submitted quilts will remain in the possession of the CQA/ACC for approx. 11 months and will be returned to the owner/maker prior to Quilt Canada June 2021.
  • The CQA/ACC plans to take these quilts, as part of a travelling show within Canada. Our Regional Reps and/or Board members will take the quilts to Guilds and/or shops in their province to share the talents of our guild members. 

Take up the challenge and set off on an adventure!

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