From Our Presidents

Happy October everyone!

I was so glad I made it back in time to make the September meeting! The Panel was great giving us some insights into what it takes to run a successful business and the Pop-up Shops are always fun, although a little hard on the wallet! This month I am really looking forward to hearing about using rulers in machine quilting from Carola Russell and seeing what goodies she brings.

Speaking of goodies, I want to thank those who continue to bring refreshments to the meetings. For those who don’t know, you are welcome to bring something to share in the month of your birthday. If your birthday is in a non-meeting month, you can pick any other month to bring goodies. And guess what – nobody is going to turn down your contributions whenever you bring them – there are no refreshment police!

Also, a reminder for all of us that our Guild and Executive meetings are “scent free zones”. No perfumes or other strong scents, please. This is to make these evenings more comfortable for anyone who has allergies or special “scent-sitivities”.

Hope to see you all at the meeting October 24th and bring a friend!

Kathryn Gillis


We had 63 members attending our September 26th Guild meeting, plus 2 new members and 2 guests, for a total of 67 attending.

The door prize winners were Dolores Bell, Anne Read and new member Jane Pannell. Prizes this month were compliments of Lorna Shapiro, owner of Quilter’s Dream Fabrics, who was one of the evening’s presenters. 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.

The guild currently has 107 members and the members’ list has just been emailed out. If you did not receive your list by email, please contact Anne O’Brien at Newsletter Editor Please also let me know at the Membership desk, so that I can confirm your email address.

Guests are always welcome at our Guild meetings. If you would like to join, we’d be delighted to have you! 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 (new members, please ask about mid-season rates) made out to ‘Lions Gate Quilters Guild’ or ‘LGQG’. You can also pick up a form at the membership desk, and membership renewals and new registrations will be accepted at any meeting.

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

Katherine Morgan
Membership Coordinator

September 2017 Popping Pop-Ups

This September, we welcomed Debbie Miller, owner of the ‘Needle and I Quilt Shop and Sewing Centre’ in Burnaby and Lorna Shapiro, owner of ‘Quilter’s Dream Fabrics’ in Vancouver. Their brief talks were full of insights as to what goes on behind the scenes of the two very different businesses. The shopping experience before the meeting, during the break and afterwards, was amazing. I spent every dollar I had brought with me and was sorely tempted to pull out the plastic. I wasn’t alone – we kept the pair hopping. Most of my money went towards re-stuffing my stash with Japanese yarn-dyed fabrics, a speciality of Lorna’s. I also got three colours of cork fabric from Debbie, real sewable cork you can make into real things. I’m thinking gadget pouches and change purses for holiday giving. Debbie recommends using baby wipes to clean the items.

From left to right: Betty Clarke, Suzanne Patchell, Debbie Miller, and Lorna Shapiro.DSC05224

Lorna Shapiro’s selection of Japanese yarn-dyed fabrics, shot cottons, and silks. Oh my.dsc05218.jpg

Debbie Miller’s wonderful assortment of fabrics and notions. Something for everyone.DSC05210

Cork fabric from Debbie Miller.DSC05211

October 2017 Upcoming Programs

Rulers Rule Talk by Carola Russell of Carola’s Quilt Shop

Learn everything you need to get started with free motion quilting rulers on your home machine: the foot, the rulers, the supplies and the techniques. She’s bringing loads of things from her store, so think about doing some early Christmas shopping, especially for yourself! Carola is also doing a ruler workshop with us in November and there will be an opportunity to order supplies for that. Note 15% discount on rulers ordered before the workshop.

Winter Social & Guess the Quilter Game

By popular request, the ‘Guess the Quilter Game’ is back, keeping delicious company with our pot luck winter social. Be prepared for fun and prizes and good food. No signup sheet for the pot luck, just bring your favourite sweet or savoury treat to share.

We have lots planned for the 2018, including demos by our members, a tour through the 2017 Birmingham Quilt Show in the UK, and a couple of great trunk shows.
In January, we will display the results of the Row-by-Row challenge – this gives you some extra time over the original plan of showing them in November. Bring your completed work or work-in-progress.

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

Spring Retreat 2018

SIGN UP at the October 24, 2017 Guild Meeting

4 Nights – Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Monday March 5, 2018 – choose your dates

  • 4 nights – Sharing: $525 – Private: $620
  • 3 nights – Sharing: $395 – Private: $470
  • 2 nights – Sharing: $265 – Private: $320

Edenvale Retreat Centre, Aldergrove, BC,

Arrival time Thursday 1:00 PM. Check out of rooms by 11:00 am Monday and leave premises by 3:00 pm.

Meals Included:
Thursday: Dinner
Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Monday: Light Breakfast, Brunch at 11:00

1st Registration: At October 24, 2017 meeting

PAYMENTS: Deposit $150.00 upon signing. Final payment due by December 31, 2017.
Cash or cheque made out to LGQG. A post-dated cheque for balance will be accepted at the October and November Guild meetings. If you will not be attending the meetings, you can mail your cheque to me, made out to “Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild” or “LGQG”.

Leslie Rutledge
255 6th Street West
North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 1K7

** Please let me know if you have any room preference and or food allergies.
** Food or dessert requests welcome
** Tip to be contributed by all at retreat

Leslie Rutledge
Spring Retreat Coordinator

LGQG 2017-18 Challenge

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” (Anthem, Leonard Cohen)

OK! I am still looking for YOU if you haven’t yet taken the leap and bought your challenge packet. There are just a few left and I hope to leave the October meeting with no challenge packets! For $5, the packet includes a generous piece of the challenge fabric, and the guidelines and entry form. Money collected covers costs and prizes!

Barbara Beatty
Quilt Show Challenge Coordinator


Our Freezer Paper Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Dianne Ritter sold out at our September 26, 2017 meeting and took place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at St. Agnes Church. We are looking forward to seeing your work!

Upcoming Workshops

Free Motion Quilting with Rulers with Carola Russell from Sechelt, BC
Place:    St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver, BC
Date:     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 domestic 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 need to purchase a “Ruler Foot” and “Ruler” or “Ruler set” before the class, if you do not already have them. Feet, shanks 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 at our October guild meeting, organized by the Programs Committee. Orders from already-registered participants in this workshop for the feet, shanks and rulers required, have been placed with Carola.

For late registrations, please check with Carola at the October guild meeting for all your requirements, if you don’t already have them.

January Extravaganza 2018

We are working on our annual January Extravaganza 2018 and the exact date, location and sign-up sheets will be available for our October and November meetings.

This absolutely fun, no-pressure day will follow the same format as previous years. We will provide a theme or quilt project that you can participate in, or you may wish to work on community quilts or your own project. We will have a sign-up sheet for either a savoury or sweet contribution to our potluck lunch, and hopefully lots of rewards or prizes! So make sure to check us out at the Workshop table at Guild!

Plans are also underway to have two more workshops in March and May of 2018 and these will be announced soon.

Happy quilting,
Susan Lum and Helen Jorgensen
Workshop Coordinators

Fall 2017 COPS Days

The next Fall COPS Days are November 18 and December 9. Make sure to get them into your calendars now and sign up at the next meeting! (Unfortunately, the October 28 COPS Day was cancelled because we didn’t have enough members signed up.)

WHEN:           Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, December 9, 9:30 to 4:30
WHERE:         Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
COST:             $15.00 plus a plate of sweets or savouries to share

Sign up will take place at guild meetings. 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
COPS Day Coordinator

New Additions to the Library for October

Book Sale

As I reported at our September meeting, the Book and Magazine Sale at our June meeting raised $168 for new books for the Library.

New Acquisitions

We have five new books for our October meeting!

The first new book is a seasonal one – Sew a Modern Halloween by Riel Nason. It includes patterns for quilts, cushions and gift items, mainly in orange and black, of course! It’s modern because the projects are made of simple improv elements. The author is a designer from New Brunswick, who wrote the Modern Selvage Quilting book (#1208) last year, and has made over 60 Halloween quilts. She is also a novelist.

Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Ireland is exactly what you expect from him – beautiful quilts in gorgeous colours, photographed in lovely indoor and outdoor locations in Ireland. I’m looking forward to taking this one out soon – someone already has a hold on it!

New York Beauties & Flying Geese: 10 Dramatic Quilts, 27 Pillows, 31 Block Patterns – well, that title says it all! This book combines foundation paper piecing and curved piecing to make beautiful New York Beauty projects. If you are a beginner at either technique, there are lessons with lots of step-by-step photos. Once you have mastered the techniques, there are dozens of templates and patterns for variations on the theme in quilts and pillows. The projects are colourful and there is a good section on choosing colours. And the foundation paper pieced sections of the block would be the perfect place to use your new skills if you took Dianne’s Freezer Paper Foundation Paper Piecing workshop last weekend.

Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers is also exactly what the title says – the quilts are scrappy and bright variations of traditional designs. The book includes ideas for “rescuing” and organizing your scraps, and choosing fabrics to make a cohesive quilt.

And our final new book this month is Stitched Sewing Organizers: Pretty Cases, Boxes, Pouches, Pincushions & More by Aneela Hoey. The projects in this book are perfect quick projects when you want a break from working on big projects. The organizers make perfect gifts for your quilty friends and many of them would have uses outside of sewing too.

There is a sew-along happening now on Instagram so you can find tips and lots of inspiration. A new project is scheduled every week for the next couple of months, with weekly prizes if you make and post the project of the week. See for more information.

Just a reminder that our library “fines” are $1 per book per meeting. All proceeds also go into the library budget to buy more books! So I don’t really mind if you’re late returning a book. 😉


You can always browse our entire library catalogue at

If you want to place a hold on any book for October, or a suggest new acquisition, contact me at: Librarian .

From Our Presidents

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you enjoyed a good Summer — in spite of the extremely hot weather, and the smoke & ash from the bush fires — a Summer with relax time, vacation time and time for your quilting projects.

We have a good year coming up, with plenty of opportunities to learn and participate in Guild activities, and have fun with your Guild friends. Between workshops, COPS days, Community Quilts weekend, the Retreat, our own Quilt Show and the CQA Show, there will be lots to keep us all busy. So decide what you want to do, sign up soon and pay up early. Don’t miss out, as space is sometimes limited. ( I’m so excited!! )

For Show ‘n Tell, please remember to use the mic and the small platform on the left side of the stage, and pass your quilts up to our helpers on the stage

In the interest of good communication, there will be a “Suggestion & Feedback Box” at the 50/50 Table. You can use this anytime to get a message to your Executive or simply send us an email. Since the Newsletter has been online for several months, we are interested in hearing from you. Can you navigate through the Newsletter easily? Can you find what you are looking for? Do you have any questions or need help with anything related to the Newsletter? Let us know and you will get a reply.

I heard we have an interesting Program for September (and someone whispered “bring money”).

If you have not yet renewed your Membership, you can still do so at the September meeting when you sign in.

See you on Sept 26th.

Karen Cooke, Co-President (with Kathryn Gillis)