Beach House Crazy Quilt goes to International Quilt Festival

I am so happy to be part of the O Canada exhibit at the upcoming International Quilt Festival  & Market in Chicago and several other cities in the US of A. My wall quilt entitled "Beach House Crazy Quilt" has been selected to attend.
I know pinch me!!


It all started in Feb, when I saw on one of my favorite blogs a link to a Call for Entries. I clicked over to it and found that the call for entries were for Canadian textile/quilt artists who have work they'd like to submit for jury selection into the special exhibit of Canadian quilters!! I sent along my application and three photos of my Beach House Crazy Quilt.

Then I put my head down, got back into the Smithers Centennial Quilt and continued the daily work on this special quilt with my deadline of April 25th, just in time for our local trade fair.

I continued and continued, slightly lost track of my blog postings and even reading my emails!!
It was a total surprise that one day, I had this email from Carmen Beck who is the Special Exhibits Coordinator for International Quilt Festival and Market.
Dear Carli,
Congratulations! Your quilt Beach House Crazy Quilt has been selected for inclusion in the special exhibit O, Canada 2013. We received many exceptional entries for the exhibit, which will premiere at International Quilt Festival in Chicago .  Ultimately 22 quilts were chosen.  
The exhibit is also scheduled to possibly travel in 2013 to various International Quilt Festival and Market sponsored shows.
Well, I felt my heart skip a beat! I am completely enamoured with crazy quilting. I'm learning more machine embroidery and going to take that into new horizons.
I had to read  over Carmen's email several times to be sure of what had happened. You know, I very rarely see a big city, let alone attend an awesome event like the International Quilt Festival. In Northern BC I'm busy making a living, quilting and living my very rural lifestyle.
So you can imagine how I felt?
 I had numerous questions and details to get clarification on and Carmen was so sweet, answering them all even if they were silly.
And last Monday my good, my friend "Beach House" started a journey all the way to Chicago, Illinois. I haven't been farther east than Calgary, AB. for heavens sake! So its a really big deal when one of my quilts is picked for such an auspicious event as the International Quilt Festival and Market.
Bye for now,


  1. Hi, Carli. Many congratulations! And your quilt is delightful--so much energy with the crazy quilting. Your Centennial quilt has really taken shape wonderfully.
    best, nadia

    1. Nadia, how nice of you to pop in and visit me. I am so happy about this fine turn of events!

  2. Many congrates Carli, It's always such a compliment to get your work shown! Even cooler when it goes on tour! I like all the improv / crazy piecing and wonderful stitching. cheers, Claire W.

    1. Thanks Claire for your kind words and encouragement. I'm organizing an online crazy quilting course, do as you have time to kind of format, that's the way my Crazy Quilts go and let me know if want in? Its by invitation only.

  3. What an honor to be accepted for this exhibit!! I've always loved the look of crazy quilting, and your Beach House is just beautiful!

    1. I totally love working on things in my lap. I could be stitching on the side of a river watching my rod or beside a peaceful lake while the fire crackles and sparks. Its just what I do.
      But it is so nice to hear your enthusiasm! Thanks so much!


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