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Quilts, Quilts, and More Quilts!

September 9, 2009

Garden China by Sue Jensen of Quilted Escapes


Many beautiful quilts, stitchery, and other original needlework will be on display at Tanglebank Country Gardens in Abbotsford, British Columbia, on Saturday, September 12, as three Fraser Valley pattern designers present the first of what they hope will become an annual event.

Sue Jensen of Maple Ridge (Quilted Escapes), Dougal Ann Walker of Surrey (The Freckles Collection), and Cheryl Wall of Abbotsford (Country Quilts) have been designing patterns for their respective home-based businesses for the past several years.  Sue and Dougal also teach quilting classes at shops and retreats and Cheryl is writing a book, due for publication in 2010.  Each of the three women has had patterns featured in national quilting magazines and they exhibit their work at the International Quilt Market held twice a year in the US.  As a result of their shared love of quilting and design, they have become good friends who meet several times a year to discuss their businesses and to exchange ideas on promoting their designs.  It was at one of these meetings that the idea of having a quilt show was suggested.  A garden, with its relaxed, informal atmosphere, seemed a natural choice for the setting.  When the group approached Arnold and Brenda Falk of Tanglebank Country Gardens, they immediately agreed to the idea and a date was set.

Since each of the women has a unique and distinctive approach to design, there will be a lot of variety in the more than one hundred items on display.  Dougal’s patterns feature stitchery and smaller projects, including jackets and wallhangings.  Sue adds details such as beading and embroidery to her quilts, and Cheryl loves working with homespuns to create a more primitive feel in her designs.  They are all excited about this opportunity to share their work with the public.  As far as they know, an event like this has never been done before.

“There are a lot of talented Canadian designers out there but so much of the quilting industry is geared toward the US, that it’s a challenge for them to be recognized,” they say.  “Quilt shops have limited space to display finished projects.  Having a show like this will give quilters an opportunity to see the entire line of the designers’ work and to meet the women behind the quilts.”

In addition, the show will be a launching point for “Quilter’s Connection”, the first magazine published in Canada for Canadian quilters.  Heather McArthur, the editor/publisher of the magazine will be on hand to talk about the publication and to debut the Fall 2009 issue.  Also attending is Tricia Sherman, producer/host of The Great Canadian Shop Hop, an internet program featuring quilt shops and events across Canada, and a regular contributor to “Quilter’s Connection” magazine.

However, you don’t need to be a quilter to enjoy a show like this.  Anyone with a home or garden will be inspired by the creative possibilities for adding beauty to their surroundings.  Patterns, fabric, and finished items will be available for purchase.  Refreshments will be available or people are welcome to bring their own to enjoy in the garden.

The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.  Tanglebank is located at 29985 Downes Road in Abbotsford, BC.  To get there, from Highway #1, take the Mt. Lehman exit (#83) just west of Abbotsford.  Drive north to Downes Road and turn left.  Tanglebank is a short drive west and on your right.  Or visit for additional directions and maps.

For more information on this event, contact Cheryl at or Heather at

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