Monday, June 14, 2010

The Lions Gate Quilters Guild Quilt Show

I have been very busy since I got back from New York with the Quilt Show.  I was the organizer of the Merchant's Mall.  This year we had a new venue and 17 merchants -- much larger than our previous shows.  For many years we would just have 5 merchants at our shows - last show we had about 9 merchants. This year I think we had a great selection of merchants. Quite a few of the merchants were from out of town - places we quilters from this area don't get to shop at very often.

A few pictures as I wandered around the room just as we were opening up on Friday morning.  Not great pictures and I didn't take that many as I was so busy!! 

There was Hamel's Fabrics from Chilliwack - they have been attending our shows from the beginning.  They have a very large online business and I love their prices - they have great sales - great kits and Pauline is wonderful to work with every time she comes. 

There was Quilters Dream Fabric which had beautiful batiks -- I spent a bit of money there!  This was her first year at our show. 

I had the room set up with merchants around the perimeter and then a short row of booths in the centre so it was easy to walk around.  It was just jam packed full of beautiful colours - fabric, beads, pattern, wool. 

Eileen Neill  Studio's from Vancouver Island.  Eileen sells beautiful beads and now she is selling little silk screening templates and will make templates from photo's that people send her.  We are going to get her to do a class on silk screening - it is really cool what she is doing with the silk screening.  I took a beading class from her one year and then spent tons of money on beads!! 

Hand dyed wool from Wool Penny Rugs -- hand dyed right here in my little area of the world!  Oh - and I spent a bit of money there as well!!  You have to support the merchants you know!!

A couple of shops from out of town were Katja's Quilt Shoppe  from Kamloops B.C.  Katja had a jam packed booth and lots of great fabric and kits. 

And Di-Versity Quilt Shop from Pritchard B.C.  Both were great additions to our Merchant's Mall this year.

Here is the Di-Veristy shop with another quilt shop owner having a look around - the merchant's really seemed to enjoy the weekend - even to the point of shopping at each others shops!!  Di-Versity had some really cool kits made up.  I can't seem to find a web page for them and they are quite off the beaten track in a little town that only has a gas station on the highway.
A local shop that we have in North Vancouver was there for the second year - great fabric from South Africa as well as great batiks and kits - plus some really cool Melly and Me patterns and stuff - Creative Edge Quilt Shop in North Vancouver -- can't seem to find a web page for that shop either. 

There were a few other shops from out of town that I didn't get pictures of but were really great to have at the show. 

Aldersprings Design from Gibsons B.C

Carola's Quilt Shop from Gibsons B.C

The Quilted Bear from Ladner B.C

Victorian Cottage Treasures from Creston B.C

Stitches from Salt Spring Island B.C  

 Classic Stitch from Surrey B.C

I hope you enjoy the virtual Merchant's Mall -- I'm going to go make some coffee now and get my purchases out of the trunk of the car and see what it is I actually bought - and  hide it all  mix it  in with the rest of my fabric before Jim gets home from work!!!  LOL  


  1. I'm so glad you took pictures, I forgot to bring my camera. Did you get some of the quilts as well.
    It was a great show, thanks for organizing it.

  2. The merchants mall area looks nicely done. I like that there is natural light in the room so true color showed well and I see that the shops managed to pack plenty of great stuff into their stalls. Always amazes me to see just how much they can tuck in each space, lol. Congratulations to you and your guild for a job well done and a memorable show behind you! On to summer fun!! :-D

  3. You did a wonderful job with the merchant mall! What a great selection of quilty/fibre stuff!! I hope all the merchants did well. I hear lots of raves from visitors about the selection. - Paula