Tuesday, June 12, 2018

News from Céleste Compion to share some wonderful opportunities in our Quilt World this summer.....

Shweshwe News in June
Dear Shweshwe fans

After a very busy schedule of travelling during May, it feels great to touch base with you again. It has been an adventurous month with trunk show presentations spread far and wide in Ontario from Mississauga, Hamilton and Ingersoll to Orillia and even two presentations in Geneva NY in the United States. I never tire of sharing the Shweshwe story, because it is so rich in the cultural history of South Africa and of textiles, worldwide.

I was fortunate to attend several quilt shows in the past month: the Four Corners Quilt Guild Show in Mount Forest ON, as well as the Courtepointe Québec Salon 2018 in Laval QC, where I managed to tell the Shweshwe story in French to very patient and helpful Québec quilters visiting our booth at the quilt show. I was able to attend the Quilts on the Grand Show in Fergus ON as a volunteer, not as a vendor, and just be a member of my own guild this weekend too. It is both humbling and inspiring to see the outstanding work of so many talented quilters and fibre artists both on my travels and at home.

During the summer months, the pace will slow down a little, and I look forward to welcoming visitors to the Meerkat Shweshwe Studio in beautiful Elora. There are several Open House days, workshops and retreats coming up. 

Elora is a fabulous destination for an overnight getaway, so be sure to check out our link to the Flying Leap B&B on our website, as they will offer a discounted rate to Meerkat Shweshwe customers.

Click on the button to see full details about 
Summer Events and Accommodation.
Canadian Summer Quilt Along
A free fun event for quilters all summer long!
I am thrilled to be one of twelve Canadian designers led by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts who have each designed a block that represents what makes us happy about Canada. Anita has made up a sample of each block already and put a quilt top together using her Canadian Flag blocks as sashing.

In Anita's own words:
"Twelve Canadian block designers have teamed up with me to bring you this fun, free and patriotic quilt along. Each designer will design a 12″ finished quilt block and offer it to Quilt Along participants for free during their week in the quilt along. Some might even offer bonus blocks. After each week is up the designers have the option of charging a fee for their blocks so make sure to follow along each week and get your downloads. Some blocks will remain free forever but it is up to each individual designer if they want to charge a fee after their week in the quilt along."

Weekly blocks will be released by Anita on her blog, and each individual designer will have news and posts on their blogs or social media platforms as well.

Don't miss out on the fun. Click on the link below to visit Daydreams of Quilts and sign up to follow this free event. There will be lots of prizes along the way too!

June Studio Events
DUTCH RETREAT Friday June 15
There is only one spot left for members of the #dutchtreatsewalong
$20 for lunch

OPEN HOUSE Saturday June 16

10am - 3pm
248 Geddes Street Elora ON

Shop for Shweshwe yardage, fat quarters and kits.

RSVP HERE to let me know if you are coming am or pm.


Thank you for your offer to post news from SAQA members in Central Canada. Maggie reminded me that it might be good to add this information to your blog: I am participating as a block designer in a Summer Quilt Along hosted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts. 

The QAL started this week on Monday.

Céleste Compion