Visions 2023 – A Huge Success!

The 2023 Visions show closed on March 26th.  Thirty-three original art quilts were shown and over 1350 viewers visited the show.  The guild received many positive comments about the show and the quality of the work displayed.

The winners of the Viewers Choice awards for the 2023 Visions show were recently announced.  First place went to Jillian Roulet for her quilt of a dog called ‘Namaste’. 
Jillian’s quilt was hand appliquéd and machine quilted.  She provided the following information on her quilt.
“This quilt was partly done and marinating on a wall in my studio for a little while.  Well, okay….since 2011!  When trekking in Nepal I saw a lovely, clean, white, dog sitting in the entrance to a tea house.  He looked like he was greeting all the people who passed by.  I started this piece in a course by David Taylor of Colorado.  I found the face a particular challenge, so the quilt was temporarily abandoned.  I decided to tackle finishing the quilt for this Visions show.  I have named the dog Namaste which is a greeting of respect in Nepal.”

Second place went to Lorie Jocius for her quilt entitled ‘For my Dad Who Abides Amongst the Stars’.

Lorie’s quilt is an original design, free motion quilted on a mid-arm machine using a variety of quilting materials and 3-D additions.  Lorie provided the following information.  “Years ago, I was working on a star quilt while caring for my ailing Father.  When he died on January 29th, 2000, I mourned, placed a quilt square in his pocket, and then put away the pieces of that unfinished quilt.  Twenty years to the day of his death, I accidentally found the pieces and decided to create a quilt in memory of all the joy, love, fun and moments of colour and courage that he gave to me.  It now hangs over my bed and serves as a guiding star.
The next MCQG’s Visions Art Quilt Show is planned for March 2 – 24  2024, and will be held  in the Canmore Art Guild gallery in Elevation Place.   A show theme has not been chosen yet. Stay tuned for more information!

From Quilting Scraps to Cat Beds

Clyde the Cat, Bow Valley SPCA resident, is looking for his forever home—and when he goes to his new home  he plans to bring along his own bed.  Clyde is enjoying one of the fabric scrap bags turned into cat beds.  The beds were donated to the animal shelter by the Mountain Cabin Quilters Guild in January. The beds are fully washable and, according to Clyde, very comfortable.  A great idea to up cycle our fabric scraps.   

Canadian Rockies Quilt Show – Viewers Choice Awards

The Canadian Rockies Quilt Show was a huge success for the guild.  Beautiful quilts and great autumn weather brought out the attendees in droves.  Below are the “Viewers Choice” awards in our four categories.   Thanks to all of our quilters for displaying their beautiful quilts in the show, our hard working volunteers, the merchant mall vendors, and the Canmore Recreation Centre.

Large Quilt Category

1st Place Jennifer May, “Inspired By the Mountains”

2nd Place Margaret Lee – Moonglow,  Photo coming soon

3rd Place Catherine Rankin, I Wish There Were Deer

Medium Quilt Category

1st Place Sue Lowell, My World is Colourful

2nd Place  Siobhan Farrer, “Fresh Cut”

3rd Place Sharon Moore, Perspectives of Northern Lights

Original Art Quilt Category

1st Place Rosanne Tarnowski, Rosanne’s Lone Star 

2nd Place Carol Holmblad, Autumn Maple and Birch

3rd Place Lorie Jocius, For Dad who abides amongst the stars…

3D Category

1st Place – Jillian Roulet, Alberta Foothills  

2nd Place – Mary Wahl, Clotilde – a doll

Community Outreach – Touch Quilts

Our last community outreach initiative for this year is “Touch Quilts”!  For people with dementia touch quilts can be a stimulating and calming activity, including those with arthritis.

Jorie, our team member leading the touch quilt initiative, has contacted various members of the Bow Valley care community to assess their needs.  The goal is 20 lap quilts that measure approximately 20″x20″.   Nine 7 inch cut squares pieced 3×3 and then embellished  will create a perfect size.    Three quilts were handed in at our meeting so we have 17 to go!

In addition four 36″x36″ wall quilts have been requested.  If you are interested in making a wall quilt please contact Jorie at  We need two more volunteers.

To provide ideas and answer questions Jorie will be attending the May 4th QTYW zoom meeting from 1-3 pm.  Touch quilts are a fun and quick project that make a big impact.  Nine fun blocks sewn together.

  May 4th QTYW Zoom Link




Honouring Roseanne and our Guild Founders

The link below is to a video that we planned to show at our November meeting to honour Roseanne and the Founders of our Guild.  As we recently learned, Roseanne is moving to Leduc to be closer to family.  She will, however, remain a member of our Guild and through the magic of technology, be able to join us on Zoom.  We’re all sad to see her leave the Bow Valley!  Her sunny attitude and willingness to volunteer for anything that needs to be done will be missed by so many local organizations.  Thanks so much to Wally and her son-in-law for converting it to a private YouTube video so we can all watch.

Raffle Quilt Draw – Colourful Canmore

Raffle Quilt Draw

On Sunday afternoon, Dean Murphy from the Sugar Pine in Canmore drew the winning ticket for our stunning raffle quilt, Colourful Canmore.  The winner is (insert drum roll here!)  Sue Herlett.  The winning ticket was sold by Pat G.  We hope Sue, the winner of Colourful Canmore will be delighted with her prize.

The raffle quilt is a major source of funding for the Guild.  Many thanks to the Raffle Quilt committee and all those who sold tickets and manned the booths at the market and outside the Sugar Pine during these difficult months!

It was lovely to see so many members out to watch the draw on this lovely fall afternoon, and to Dean for taking the time from his busy life to draw the winning ticket.