From the Presidents

From Kathryn

I was sorry to miss our speaker last month (heard Stacey was great) but when my husband said let’s do a Panama Canal cruise I just had to say “okay”.  Twenty-two days is a long time to cruise without access to a sewing machine or fabric but somehow I kept myself busy with cooking demos, Spanish lessons, space lectures, BBC Earth productions, digital workshops by Microsoft, Salsa and Merengue dance lessons and much more.  The travel through the locks was definitely the highlight but having someone make my bed and cook me dinner was right up there.

Cruising the Panama Canal was a great experience but there is nothing like coming home to all the beautiful spring flowers! The lawn was another matter – It took quite awhile to wrestle the lawn mower around to tame the rain-fed grass (Good thing my husband was up for it…). Now it’s back to reality and I have only just over a week to get my PHDs completed to show at the May 23 meeting.  It will be interesting to see how many get finished.

I look forward to seeing you all at the May meeting.

Kathryn Gillis, Co-President

From Karen

Happy Spring!
Well, it seems like it’s finally here.  Spring makes me think of Tulip squares made into a quilt, and all the beautiful flower fabrics in my stash.  I’m looking forward to Show ‘n Tell at the next meeting to see who else likes flower fabrics.  See you there!
Karen Cooke, Co-President

Membership

We had 65 members and 1 guest present at our April Guild meeting…..but at the break, the guest came over to the membership table and registered as our newest member, making it 66 members present for the meeting!

The lucky door prize winners were Chris Gardner and Colleen Bell. Remember to wear your nametags 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 the April 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; we are not asking you to phone them to follow up or become their new BFF – we don’t want folks to feel they are being pressured to join. 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 96 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. Our Membership list will be sent out soon; wouldn’t you like to be on it? Membership offers so many benefits: inspiring speakers and fun meeting programs, socializing with other quilters, viewing members’ show & tell quilts, workshops to hone your skills, supporting Community Quilts, being part of our amazing Quilt Show, opportunities to attend COPS days and retreats, 50/50 and door prizes to name a few. And did I mention socializing with other quilters?

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’. This form cannot be saved but can be printed off so you can hand write on it also. 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….you guessed it, at the membership table!

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

Quilt on!

Katherine Morgan, Membership Coordinator

Quilt Challenge

Next year is our quilt show, and as usual, there will be a challenge! Barbara Beatty will announce details at our next meeting. Bring a loonie or twonie to get your challenge kit with a piece of the theme fabric, and get started now. Proceeds will cover your kit and prizes for the quilts that best rise to the challenge!

Community Quilts

Each month we are so grateful for the number of quilts that are made by the guild members for the community.  At the end of May we will be distributing the quilts and report on the number of quilts made so far this year along with a list of recipients.

Starting in September we challenge you to complete a quilt for the community. With every finished quilt your name will go into a box for a prize at the end of January. We encourage you to take home a kit to work on over the summer or finish a kit that has been languishing in your sewing room.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Brenda and Karen.

Workshops

MODERNIZED & TOTALLY IMPROVISATIONAL LOG CABIN

This is a two day class! We are happy to report that this workshop is definitely ON!!

Space is still available for those who would like to register at our May meeting. We will have copies of the supply list and any other information you might need at our workshop table.

Details for the class are:

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

Dates: Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27

Time:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost:   $90.00 for two days

We are also pleased to announce two new workshops for our fall session.  

FREEZER PAPER FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING with Dianne

First of all, our friend and fellow guild member, DIANNE RITTER, will present a one-day workshop on foundation piecing. We are so excited about this simpler way to foundation paper-piece, and the end result will be a stunning table runner for you to enjoy and share (think Christmas gifts, think Quilt Show entry)!! Supply list will be available soon.   Here are the details:

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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 me 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.

Details:

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

Date:   Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost:   $40.00

RULER CLASS with Carola

Next, we will present a workshop in November, with Carola – well known owner of Carola’s Quilt Shop in Gibsons, BC, and an amazing, artistic quilter.   You will hear from our Programs Committee that Carola will be a guest presenter at our guild meeting in October.   And as a follow up, she will teach a one-day RULER class in November.   There is great excitement in the quilting world about this fun and fascinating method of machine quilting, and so we ask you to stay tuned for all the details on this workshop in our next newsletter and at the June meeting.

Happy quilting,

Susan Lum and Helen Jorgensen.

April 2017 Stacey Day Trunk Show

Quilts are memories, Stacey said, and admits she has trouble letting them go. That turned out to be good news for us. The evening was fun and Stacey’s trunk show energetic, showing her passion for her quilting and design work, and for the community of people she interacts with, from fabric designers and manufacturers to fellow quilters. Be sure to visit her website for free patterns, tutorials, and where else to find her work.

Here are a few of my favourite quilts from the show.

I wouldn’t use the colours of the American flag for my version of this, but Stacey’s stars are so fun and fresh – and most importantly, simple to made and to scale. Four identical star blocks and some extras strips to make one larger block. Repeat as needed. I’m seeing baby quilts here, perhaps in green and grey with a touch of pink. The quilt shown here is ‘Red White and Free’ and is available as a kit through Craftsy. This was Stacey’s first Craftsy quilt pattern.

From the amount of clapping and questions, ‘Power Grid’ was an audience favourite. I love it for its graphic punch. Done using paper foundation piecing, it would be simple to replicate without using that technique. The fun is all in the arrangement of the simple striped and plain blocks. This quilt was part of the Modern Quilt Unlimited Summer 2015 challenge.

Heaven help me, but I want to use the word ‘mod’ to describe this quilt. And ‘cool’. Even without the trip down memory lane, I love the bright pops of colour and manageable curves. This is ‘Whirlpool Quilt’ which appeared in American Quilter Magazine in March 2015, and featured the fabric collection of a friend of Stacey.

Laurel Hickey
Programs Coordinator

May 2017 Upcoming Programs

Remember that this month is the last chance to show your PhD quilts. Be sure to visit the Programs table afterwards to check off your quilt and give us the dimensions.
This fall, we’ll have pop-up shops in September, with details in the June newsletter, and in October, Carola Russel of Carola’s Quilt Shop will talk about using the latest, greatest tool for free-motion machine quilting: rulers, but not the kind you measure and cut with. See her blog for more details: http://www.carolasquiltshop.wordpress.com. There will also be a rulers workshop with Carola in November.

MAY
Catherine Nicholls ‘Story-Telling’ Trunk Show
Join us for a special evening with Catherine Nicholls while she explores legends and stories – from spoken word to finished quilt. Catherine is a member of the Surface Design Association BC + Yukon. https://ravensthread.com/workshops

JUNE
June Social
June isn’t only our summer social, but a chance to celebrate our Guild’s 30 years of quilting. To keep things light, there will be chiffon and angel food cakes with fruit and whipped cream. We still need people to volunteer to bring cakes and fruit, so please sign up at the Program’s table. It’s all in a good cause – us!

Besides food, we’ll have the prizes for the PhD quilts. Two hundred and eighty-six were registered, so you just know there will be lots of big prizes! For Show and Tell, bring your special quilts, first quilt, worst quilt, happiest quilt, best loved quilt, etc. Tell us your stories. We’ll also have a fun activity and lots of door prizes.

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

New Additions to the Library for May

Hi all!

We have three new books in the library for May and there seems to be a bit of a theme – making the old new again …

The idea for this book is very similar to our recent acquisition, Modern Roots – Today’s Quilts from Yesterday’s Inspiration by Bill Volkening, but the thing I love about quilting is the endless possibility for creativity. In Old Quilts, New Life, Sarah Fielke has selected nine beautiful quilts from The American Folk Art Museum in New York and reinterprets each in two ways. First, she gives a fairly authentic pattern for the original, updated with current techniques and fabrics. Then she takes inspiration from some part of the original quilts and designs a very new contemporary quilt. The patterns are great and the book is full of eye candy and inspiration.

In Quilting the New Classics: 20 Inspired Quilt Projects: Traditional to Modern Designs, editor Michele Muska gathers a group of “influential quilters” with widely different styles to reinterpret traditional blocks and quilts. The traditional inspirations include bear paws, flying geese and log cabins, and there is a traditional and a modern pattern for each.

Scraps quilts and books about them seem to be popular in our guild, so I have another one for you: Scrap Quilt Secrets: 6 Design Techniques for Knockout Results by Diane D. Knott. The author has a system to make sure your scrap quilts work: S.C.R.A.P.S., which stands for style, contrast, repetition, accent color, palette, and selvages. You will learn some important design concepts to help you combine scraps together into beautiful, harmonious quilts.

Don’t forget that all books must be returned in June, so we can do our annual inventory.

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

You can always browse our entire library catalogue at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/lionsgatequilters .

If you want to place a hold on any book, or suggest new acquisitions, contact me by clicking Librarian on the Contact page of our website: https://lionsgatequiltersguild.com/contact-us/ .

Enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weekend. See you next week!

Paula, LGQG librarian

From the President(s)

Hello everyone!

After many years away from the Quilting Community and Quilt Guilds, I am very happy to once again be a member of the LGQG. For me, serving as Co-President means an opportunity to meet and get to know many wonderful people who love quilts and quilting.  One of the things I most enjoyed in the past was going to LGQG Retreats.  Sometimes I got a lot accomplished, and sometimes I simply enjoyed being with everyone … and occasionally getting up to a little mischief!!

I also spent some time on the Executive of the Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild, as Co-Chair for the Evening meetings and sharing the position of Community Liaison.  During those years with FVQG I  got to know many of the members and had an incredible amount of fun at UFO Days and Community Events.

Although this isn’t a new idea, the Executive has decided to try to make our Guild more welcoming by introducing a “Buddy” system for Guests.  Starting at the April meeting, we will be looking for two Volunteers each month to make themselves available to spend the evening with any Guests who would appreciate having a Buddy.  Buddies will be expected to sit with Guests, visit with them, answer any general questions they might have (or find someone who knows the answer), and do their best to ensure that Guests have a pleasant time visiting our Guild.  There will be a sign-up sheet for “Buddies” at the “Membership / Sign In” table.  Ideally we would like to have Buddy Volunteers signed up one or two months in advance.  And if we have Guests at the April meeting, we would like to start the “Buddy” initiative right away!  I hope you will consider being a Buddy for a month.

You may have heard that Kathryn Gillis will be chairing the monthly Guild meetings (Tuesday night) and I will be chairing the monthly Executive meetings, although I expect we will both attend as many of these meetings as we can.  Although I am new (again) to the LGQG, I know that most of you are not.  Whether you are working on a small project, perusing books in our Library, or enjoying the Program and visiting with friends, spending an evening with other quilters is comfortable and inspiring.  If you have a completed quilt project or a special quilt top that is not yet layered I hope you will bring it for Show ‘n Tell.  I look forward to seeing you at the April Guild meeting.  Happy quilting!!

Karen Cooke, Co-President (with Kathryn Gillis)

Community Quilts

Hello Community of Quilters,

Thanks to everyone for all the community quilts that were shown at last month’s meeting.  I’m always amazed at the sheer numbers of quilts we produce. We’re still sorting them and will hopefully have them delivered by the end of the month.

As a reminder, we do have new labels available for quilts (they’re quite nice), so if you’re in need we’ll try to bring a few to each meeting, as well as one or two kits.  Please feel free to bring any finished quilts with you to the meeting.

We haven’t formalized any challenges yet, trying to keep everyone motivated, but until then, I will challenge you to spend 10 % of your quilting time on community quilts.  Use community quilts as leaders/ enders, cut an extra block to make a small quilt, or a sampler.  If you hit a road block on a current project, take a break! That’s only SIX minutes over the course of an hour!

Karen and Brenda