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All Around Canada – Contest Voting has Started!


All Around Canada – that is the name I gave our store’s  #Northcott Trans-Canada Block Party block.  When designing the block, I wanted the geese flying over the entire Canada map, to show the inclusiveness of our country and our pride.

Sharon H. took my concept and with her fabulous drawing and computer skills made it come to life.  We tweaked, we culled, and by December we had it finished.  So off it went to Northcott to be entered into their shop challenge.

How incredibly excited we are that our block made it into the top ten finalists!  We couldn’t be more pumped if we were in the Miss America Pageant!  There are some beautiful blocks besides our own, and we are so proud to be included with them.

I ask that everyone please take the time to vote for your favourite block by clicking here Voting is limited to one per IP address.  Travel to a new place with a different network, then you can vote again.  We also have a link to the voting platform on the first slide on the Home page of our website.

Voting ends February 28 at 11:39 EST.

These blocks are designed by stores who are participating in the #Northcott Trans-Canada Block Party, and they are giving the patterns away for free to walk-in customers until September 1st.  Kits are also available for purchase.

After September 1st, stores may sell the patterns and kits by mail.

Click Here to Purchase our Laser-cut, Pre-fused Store Block Kit – which will be mailed the first week of September

Click Here to Purchase our Store Pattern – which will be mailed the first week of September

In October, I blogged about all the various challenge components of the #Northcott Trans-Canada Block Party, as well as other contests that were announced at the time.  Click here to read this blog post and get all the details.

And thank you for voting – the best competition is one with lots of votes!

Of course, feel free to share this with your quilting buddies, friends, and guild members.  You know how quilters love to hear about new programs.  🙂

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6


Canada’s 150th Birthday Quilting Contests and Programs

As you probably have heard, next year is Canada’s 150th birthday.  For this momentous occasion, a few contests and programs have been constructed for the quilting crowd.  I’ve been getting inquiries regarding the fabrics and programs surrounding these, and thought I’d provide a breakdown of the various ones I have been made aware of.

Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration by Northcott


This program has three components all of which are based on their new fabric line of the same name for the 150th year.  We are purchasing this entire line of fabric which can be seen (and pre-purchased if desired) on our website.  There are also commemorative pins for sale also found on our website.

Transcanada Block Party:  From January to September 2017, participating shops will provide a free pattern (or have kits for sale) for a block to customers who visit their store.  Much like the Row by Row Experience program many of you are familiar with, this is not available on-line or by mail.  Kits from participating stores must consist of only the Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration fabrics and the blocks can range from 6” x 6” to 18” x 18”, in 6” increments.  We are thrilled to be part of this block shop-hop program which is throughout Canada, with 27 stores signed up in Alberta alone!  Northcott created a google map where you can see the participating stores and their locations.  There still is time for stores to sign up and participate, so if your city or province is a little shy of participating stores, tell your local quilt shop that you would love for them to join the fun.  Just like Row by Row, the more stores, the more fun for customers.

Canada Quilt Challenge:  Make a quilt using at least 6 blocks from 6 different participating Transcanada Block Party stores with the Canadian Sesquicentennial Collection and enter to win either the grand prize of $500 or one of the 13 finalist prizes of $250 each.  Details on this contest are here.

Sesquicentennial Quilts of Valour Challenge:  Donate a quilt made from the Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration fabric line for Quilts of Valour.  All quilts are submitted direct to Northcott, from which the top 15 will be displayed at Quilt Canada in Toronto in June.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 viewer’s choices.  Details on this contest are here.

With Glowing Hearts by Trend-Tex Fabrics


Canadian designer, Grace Noel, designed a Canadian-themed line of fabric manufactured by Moda called With Glowing Hearts.  Our store has purchased select pieces of this line of fabric which can be seen (and pre-purchased if desired) on our website.  Trend-Tex, the Canadian distributor of Moda fabrics is also sponsoring a quilt challenge and the rules can be found here.

Canada’s Big Quilt Bee by the Canadian Quilter’s Association


CQA’s is putting on a giant quilting bee to be held at Quilt Canada in Toronto in June.  Donated slab blocks from across the country will be sewn into 1000 quilts to be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.  Each slab block must contain at least one piece of Canadian-themed fabric – not specifically 150th anniversary themed.  Details on this quilting bee are found here.  If you would like to see what we have in Canadian-themed fabric, you can always check out our store’s on-line Canadian Eh! department.  This department has all our Canadiana products.

So as you can see, there are lots of programs and Canadian-themed projects coming up, and we’ll be here to help you with celebrating this milestone.  Drop me an email if you have any questions.

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
toll-free:  1-877-745-6445
Shop online, anytime at:  http://www.alongcamequilting.com