Corey Ralph from Edmonton, AB, Canada has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Ponnie Brinkmann Retreat Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a newbie quilter who has exhibited enthusiasm and great progress.

Nominees may not have been quilting for more than three years. Additionally, they must have completed a minimum of six quilts and should exhibit confidence, enthusiasm, and originality. Their style of quilting (traditional, contemporary, or art quilts) does not make a difference in the selection process.

All nominations for the scholarship are submitted by a quilt guild's board of directors and signed by the nominating board's representative.


About Corey Ralph
Corey is originally from Newfoundland, Canada. Being a family of all boys, his mother recently expressed her disappointment that she had no one to whom she could pass down her love of quiltmaking. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Corey told his mom...“show me… I’m interested!”.

As noted by the board of the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild, Corey “has become much more than a hobby quilter, a student, or customer. He has jumped in to all aspects of the quilting world with vigor and passion. In less than two years he has completed 29 full sized quilts, including hand-guided longarm quilting on most of them.”


Corey volunteers in many organizations and has raised thousands of dollars for worthy causes. His passion and support for AIDS Lifecycle is remarkable. Not only has he ridden in this epic 500+ mile road-journey charity event, but he also designed and made three full-sized quilts for raffle in support of this great cause.




He also produced an entertaining and successful fundraiser called Fight Song. Corey wrote, directed, played piano, and sang in this full-scale stage show production which included local entertainers and a beautiful backdrop of nearly 100 quilts.

Corey will receive full tuition and $500 toward his expenses to attend an upcoming Ricky Tims La Veta Quilt Retreat in La Veta, Colorado.


Corey's Bears Paw Quilt



The Fight Song Quilt, by Corey Ralph

Detail of Elizabeth quilt, by Corey Ralph


Kool Kaleidoscope Quilt, by Corey Ralph


#6 Debbie 2017-01-07 10:21
Great to see a fellow Canadian advancing in their quilting skills. Corey sounds like a remarkable man and how cool for his mom to be able to share her quilting passion with him.
#5 Willy 2017-01-07 10:06
Wow -congratulation s form a fellow Canadian in BC! What beautiful work.
#4 Joy 2017-01-07 07:49
It's great to see some Canadian talent being recognized. Well deserved.
#3 Sheryl Campbell 2017-01-06 19:15
That's awesome! A fellow Canadian quilter! Congratulations !
#2 Kerry Davidson 2017-01-06 19:05
:eek: Wow, this is just amazing - to make that many quality quilts in just such a short time is truly amazing. Especially when you consider what else goes on his life. Congratulations Corey, this is a well deserved honour.
#1 Cecile Uhry 2016-12-01 08:13
Very nice display, but, my favorite is the musical quilt. My heart sings when I see any quilts made with that theme. Congrats to Corey

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