Library News for June

Happy Summer!

I don’t have any new book acquisitions to tell you about this month, because June will be our last meeting before the summer. All books must be returned in June, so we can do our annual inventory. So find them now, and if you can’t make it to the meeting send you books with a friend or email me to arrange to drop them off.


We will be having a book and magazine sale at the June meeting, so you can take home some “new to you” quilting books for summer inspiration. Sort through your library in preparation and bring your donations to the meeting.

I hope you are enjoying the sun! See you on Tuesday!

Paula, LGQG librarian

You can always browse and search our entire library catalogue at .

If you want to place a hold on any book for September, or suggest new acquisitions, contact me by clicking Librarian on the Contact page of our website: .

From the President(s)

Looking forward to seeing you all at the June meeting.  If you haven’t heard, we’re making a small change to “Show ‘n Tell”.  The quilts will be handed up to people on the stage to be held up for all to see, and the owner of the quilt(s) will use the mike and a small (optional) platform that will be on the floor of the hall, next to the stairs at the left-hand side of the stage.  If the small platform does not feel comfortable for most of us to use, we will get a slightly larger one made for the Fall.

I can’t wait to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, and see photos and hear people’s memories of the earlier years of the Guild.  Show ‘n Tell should be great.  And the light refreshments … yummy!  Remember to bring back your Library books.  See you there!!

Karen Cooke, Co-President


We had 73 members attending our May Guild meeting, including 2 new members who joined that evening, and 2 guests for a total of 75 attending.

The regular door prize winners were Lynda Gidinski and Karen Wong. We had 3 bonus door prizes kindly donated by our speaker; those were won by: Karen Munro, Penny Dyer and Sharon Bovee. Remember to wear your nametag if you would like to win a door prize; everyone who signs in has an opportunity to win. Nametags are available at the membership table for $1.00 each, if you forgot yours.

Thanks to those who volunteered to be a “Buddy” for a guest at a Guild meeting. It’s simple – just sign the volunteer list at the membership table. If a guest comes on their own, I will ask if they would like someone to show them around, and then I’ll call on a volunteer Buddy to welcome them, explain a bit about our Guild, then sit with them if they like, answer questions, and perhaps introduce them to some fellow quilters. Just to clarify, this is not a long-term commitment; it is simply to make sure that all of our guests know they are welcome at their first Guild meeting. Please think about sharing your love of quilting in this simple way.

The guild currently has 98 members and we’d love to have more…. so please consider renewing if you haven’t yet done so, or encourage a friend to join. A membership form is on our Guild website. Just go along the headings at the top of the page and click on the ‘Members’ heading. Then go down to ‘join or renew’. This is a PDF file which will allow you to type in your information, print it off, sign it and then drop it off at the membership table with cash or a cheque for $60.00 made out to ‘Lions Gate Quilters Guild’ or ‘LGQG’. You can also pick up a form at the membership desk, and membership renewals will be accepted at any meeting. For those who have already renewed, your new membership cards are ready for pick-up.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Katherine Morgan,Membership Coordinator

Interesting History of our Guild

Very Early Days….

In September of 1986 the North Shore Continuing Education Department offered two quilting classes. The classes were well received, with good results and ten quilters from within the group decided to meet informally in the following spring, to continue their quilting experience. Elizabeth Cooke who worked for the school board, made arrangements for the group to meet in the library of Westview School. I was invited as a guest and attended a couple of meetings. Before long the group considered forming a guild and discussions took place on the challenges of this initiative including operational rules and selecting a name. I remember one name that was temporarily a front runner “STITCH AND BITCH” but the group was inspired by a sunny evening when the Lion’s Gate bridge could be viewed from the library window: thankfully deciding it would be a more dignified title. Other important considerations were who would bring the cookies to the next meeting and mandatory attendance requirements if you wished to remain in the guild!

During the spring of 1987, quilting was gaining popularity locally, through courses at fabric shops as well as Continuing Education. The graduates of these classes wished to continue and grow their quilting experience and significant interest developed in joining the Lions Gate group. The impact of quilting was recognized when the cover of the Joy of Learning Magazine published by Continuing Education, featured a picture of the group of ten, wrapped in quilts produced from their first class. A picture of that magazine cover is on the table at the rear of the room.

The Guild was formally registered guild numbers swelled as quilters completed their initial quilting experiences. Before long a greater variety of quilting related classes was added and the Guild became active in providing workshops, lead by instructors from Canada and the US who were recognized as experts in the world of quilting. Within 18 months the guild had grown from 10 to over 200 members and further growth of an additional 100 in the following year.

The quality of these educational programs improved the skills and knowledge of guild members and produced a level of confidence that the Guild was now mature enough share their quilts with the community. In May 1990, the Guild presented a three day quilt show featuring 150 quilts, At the suggestion of Marie Querns the show was titled “An Album of Quilts”. Producing a quilt show presented many challenges as few members had any experience with such an undertaking. The guild executive carefully examined the risks and rewards in producing a show. At many meetings the challenging elements of such a production were examined, the costs, how to hang a show, the venue, the degree of participation and of course a fear that attendance might be embarrassingly low. To the delight of the executive the show was attended by 1500 visitors and as a bonus provided a substantial profit to be used to subsidize workshops, provide reference materials to schools and public libraries and fund a local initiative entitled the Community Quilts Program. The quilt show has been presented semi annually since its inception.

Dolores Bell

And the Journey Continues….

LIONS GATE QUILTERS GUILD NEWSLETTER:January 22, 1992 (Volume 3, Number 3)


To start the new, I would like to tell our members about the old, namely how the Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild began.

In the fall of 1985 I started quilting classes with Dolores Bell and June Duckenfield as my teachers. It was in that sampler class that I met Debbie Knowles and Brenda Sikich. One term of classes turned into four and other new friendships began. Rose Bates, Kerry Karram and Karin Walkley were also in those early classes.

In the last class of that fourth term we had our usual soiree. We agreed that we were almost on overload with new projects, but we didn’t want to part company. We decided to meet monthly and asked Dolores and June to join us. They agreed, as long as they could come as friends, not as teachers. After careful consideration, of less than a second – they were in.

I look after the facility rentals for the North Vancouver School Board and I offered to arrange a room for us to meet in.

January 29, 1987, was our first meeting at Lonsdale Elementary’s Library and Debbie took hold of the reins as President and asked if I would help as treasurer. (Big Surprise to me, my specialty is spending money, not saving it.) Our overhead for the first six months rent was $46.00

Debbie faithfully kept track of attendance and collected the dues for our membership of 18 and the waiting list that kept growing. At first we decided on baseball rules – 3 strikes and you’re out, or miss 3 consecutive meetings and move over for someone with more time or enthusiasm. Perhaps it was harsh, but at that point we weren’t ready to expand. There was a suggestion that a note from your husband explaining your absence may clear the slate, but it was the ‘80’s and that idea got what it deserved – LAUGHTER!!

The meetings were small enough that we alternated bringing tea, coffee, and goodies to the meetings. In the summer when schools were closed we held the meeting in each other’s homes.

For the first fourteen months we were known as the ‘North Vancouver Quilters’. At one of the meetings in the spring of 1988 it was unseasonably warm and someone opened the library door. It was then that we noticed the exceptional view of the Lions. Out of the many suggestions for a new name, the ‘Lions Gate Quilters’ was not only appropriate, but the most popular; a great name to put on our shingle.

Lonsdale Elementary housed the meetings until June 1988. The membership doors were opened in September 1988 and Highlands United Church was our new home and meeting place.

Elizabeth Cook


Year                        President                                       Location

1987                     DEBBIE KNOWLES         Lonsdale Elementary School

1988/89                DEBBIE KNOWLES        Highlands United Church

1990                     KARIN WALKLEY           Delbrook Centre

1991                     VALERIE JEFFREY          Delbrook Centre

1992                    GAIL HUNT                       Leo Marshall Centre (FIRST QUILT SHOW)

1993                    ANNETTE BLAIR           North Shore Winter Club June/94 ( 2nd Quilt Show)

1995                    MAVIS WALKLEY             Jaycee House (near Capilano University)

1997                     SHIRLEY MORTELL        Jaycee House

1999                     SHIRLEY CORRIS             Jaycee House/International Plaza/NS Winter Club

2001                     MILLIE CUMMINGS        North Shore Winter Club

2003                     PAT GORMELY                 NS Winter Club/ Squamish Nation Rec. Centre

2005                     DIANNE RITTER              Squamish Nation Recreation Centre

2007                     ROSALIND KNIGHT        St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2009                     CAROL PIERCY                 St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2011                     BETTY CLARKE                 St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2013                     BETTY CLARKE                 St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2015                     BENA LUXTON                  St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2017                     KATHRYN GILLIS/KAREN COOKE   St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

Start of Community Quits

In the fall of 1992 a few of the guild members decided to pool their scrapes and make nine patch blocks. The challenge came when they combined these blocks and tried to make attractive lap quilts. It was decided to open the challenge to the whole guild membership. The Lucas Centre was booked and 35 quilts were made and donated to the women and children affiliated with Emily Murphy House (now Sage House).

The event was such a success that plans were made to have a second go at it in April of 1993. Again nine patch was the chosen block, using everyone’s scrapes. It was not easy to make co-ordinated tops, but what we lacked in design and colour co-ordination we made up in quantity. Emily Murphy and some care facilities were recipients of our efforts.

It was decided that Community Quilts should become an annual event for the Guild. Members were encouraged to donate the needed materials and the guild executive provided funds to purchase some batting.

The Project was put on a firm financial footing when the executive decided to allocate funds from the proceeds of the Quilt Show in the spring of 1996 to purchase fabric and batting to supplement that given by members.

Community Quilts is still an annual guild event thanks to some members who have continued to give leadership and much time and energy to the project. Hundreds of quilts have been given to organizations and individuals in our community.

Doree Piercy

***Thanks to Betty Clarke for submitting the interesting articles with  the support of many other….***



Community Quilts

It’s been a very busy month contacting people and arranging for delivery of the quilts. There were 49 quilts were dropped off today, at the NICU, Evergreen House, Hope Ctr, Cancer Ctr at LGH and Kiwanis care home.  Thank you from all those groups and kudos on all the hard work and generosity!

We would really appreciate if you don’t bring any quilts to the June meeting. Instead save them for September so you can enter the draw.  We will have some kits available at the meeting for you to take home and work on.

Have a safe and happy summer.

Brenda and Karen


The COPS Days for next Fall have been scheduled.  They will be: September 30, October 28, November 18 and December 9.  Make sure to get them into your calendars now! Should be fun!

WHEN: Saturday, 9:30 to 4:30, March 11th
WHERE: Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
COST: $15.00 plus a plate of sweets or savouries

Sign up will take place at guild meeting. If fewer than 15 people have signed up by the end of the meeting before the COPS Day, then it will be cancelled. If the COPS Day goes ahead, drop-ins will be welcome. If you are not able to come to the guild meeting and would like to sign up for a particular COPS Day, you can mail a cheque for $15, payable to Lions Gate Quilters Guild (or LGQG), to Marsha MacKay (address available in the directory).


Marsha MacKay


May 2017 Catherine Nicholls ‘Story-Telling’ Trunk Show


There was a recurring theme in the fist groups of quilts shown: the courses that Catherine had taken over five years from City and Guilds of London in the UK. For those who might be curious, the vocational training organization was founded in 1878 and has had a close link to the arts from the start.

For many of the projects, the students first developed hand-made inspiration books, and from that, designed the quilt or quilts. I was particularly taken with the stamps quilt and the accompanying wooden box book. Catherine said it was built on the idea of friends and connecting with others.



She finds inspiration everywhere. The quilt on the right was inspired by the graffiti on the walls of a butcher shop.


Heads and faces from a trip to the UBC Museum of Anthropology, graphite and ink applied directly to the fabric.


Some of what looks like paper on her quilts IS paper on her quilts, from dictionary pages to road maps. She glues the paper directly on the fabric, admitting she has no idea how it will wear over time.

My favouites were for Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom festival, years of quilts, all beautiful, and all showing an aspect of spring on the coast and the transient beauty of the flowers. The white quilt in the second photo below shows cherry blossoms in a late snowfall.

On subject ‘less visited’ in quilting, Catherine combined her love of life drawing with quilting. Using an old drop sheet, she drew the figure directly onto the fabric. The quote is from Shakespeare.


I found Catherine’s work a wonderful example of disciplined creativity, how it is possible to not only bring inspiration to life through quilts, but to actively seek out the process by which that happens.

Laurel Hickey, Programs Coordinator

June 2017 Upcoming Programs

You’ve done it – we’ve done it. Sewn and stitched, counted and recounted. And we have winners! Two winners of $100 each for most quilt inches overall, another $100 winner for most items completed, and four draw prizes for $50 each, plus some fun give-aways. We’ll announce who won what and do the draw prizes at the June meeting.

Of 286 items registered, 112 were completed, a whopping 19,060.50 inches in total. Note that each person can only win one prize, so if you are the winner of a ‘most inches’ or ‘most items’ prize, your name won’t in the hat for the draw prizes.

In addition to the above and as a special thank you, there are three $20 dollar prizes for the most community quilt inches. These prizes can be in addition to other prizes.

JUNE Social
As it’s our guild’s 30th birthday, we have a few special things planned for the evening. In keeping with that, for show and tell, please bring your special quilts and tell us what they mean to you. If you’ve signed up to bring cake or fruit, don’t forget. If you get inspired at the last minute, feel free to bring whatever you’d like.

Panel and Pop-up Shops

Seeing as how popular the panel and shops were last year, we’re doing it again, this time looking behind the scenes in quilting retail. We have a diverse group: Christine Hamilton of ‘Made by Me Sewing’ in North Vancouver, Debbie Miller of ‘Needle and I Quilt Shop and Sewing Centre’ in Burnaby, and Lorna Shapiro from Vancouver. Bring money!

Carola Russell of Carola’s Quilt Shop

Learn everything you need to know to get started with free motion quilting rulers on your home machine: the foot, the rulers, the supplies and the techniques. Carola is also doing a rulers workshop with us in November and there will be an opportunity to order supplies.

November 2017
Winter Social & Guess the Quilter Game

We’re combining the popular ‘Guess the Quilter’ game with our pot-luck winter social. If you’d like to be one of the quilters, let Betty Clarke know.

Laurel Hickey, Norine McCaffrey, Betty Clarke, and Rosalind Knight, Program Coordinators


Our improvisational log cabin workshop led by Barb Mortell was enjoyed by all who attended.   We had a wonderfully enlightening and inspiring two days of no-ruler cutting and creating! We hope our June meeting’s Show and Tell will see some of the amazing results of our efforts!

At the June meeting, we will accept registrations for the two fall workshops that have already been announced.   Here is the information once again, and supply lists will be available when you register.

There is already a great deal of interest in both workshops, so please register soon to secure your place.

Freezer Paper Foundation Paper Piecing – by Dianne Ritter

Place:            St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver, BC

Date:             Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time:             9:30 am to 4:00 pm [1/2 hour for lunch]

Cost:               $40.00

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Have you ever tried or wanted to try Foundation Paper Piecing because you love the accuracy of the technique but the thought of picking out all that paper made you run screaming?

What if there was a way to achieve the accuracy without all of the paper picking?

There is! Join Dianne for a day of Foundation Paper Piecing using freezer paper and when your block is complete you simply pull the freezer paper off.  No tearing, pulling at stitches or picking required.

We will work on a table runner that, while not too difficult, will give you a good foundation in the technique.

Free Motion Quilting with Rulers – Teacher: Carola Russell from Sechelt, BC

Place:              St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver, BC

Dates:              Saturday November 25, 2017

Time:                9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. [1/2 hour for lunch]

Cost:                  $60.00 

Come join us for a day of “Free Motion Quilting with Rulers” on your own standard sewing machine.  Carola will discuss everything you’ll need to know to get started on your machine. You will add ruler work to your repertoire! Rulers are a great way to perfect – “in the ditch” quilting, “navigate around corners”, “channel quilting” and make consistent shapes such as curves and circles.  Do not be intimidated by the description, this class is FUN for novices!

You will be required to purchase a “Ruler Foot” and “Ruler” or a “Ruler set” before the class, if you do not already have it.

Feet and rulers can be ordered from Carola before the hands-on class. You will receive a 15% discount on all regular priced supplies purchased from Carola.

Carola is also coming to lecture on this technique in our October program.  If you sign-up for this workshop in June or September, you will be able to order the required items from Carola in time.

Please supply the make and model of your sewing machine on sign-up.

For the Foot part:

  1. Current Bernina machines use the new #72 foot – known as the ruler foot.
  2. Most other machines can be fitted with one of the following Janome convertible free motion foot sets as follows:
    1. Part #202002003 High Shank (7mm) for $61.95 or,
    2. Part #202146001 High Shank (9mm) for $61.95 or,
    3. Part #202002004 Low Shank for $61.95 

Plus the following attachment:

4. Part #767434005 for $23.95 (Foot set part, this is the ruler work attachment that fits on the convertible foot noted above)

For the Ruler part:

For this class everyone will use the Versa tool from Handi-Quilter. It is a multi-purpose ruler and a great way to start. The Ruler is $39.99.

A supply list will also be available at the sign-up table.

Happy quilting! Susan Lum and Helen Jorgensen.

Jacquie Gering Trunk Show tomorrow – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the trunk show with Jacquie Gering, which was to take place on Friday, May 26, 2017, has been cancelled. The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild found out late yesterday that Jacquie is unable to make the trip to Vancouver. Tickets will be refunded. Please contact the person who sold you the tickets.