Featured Speaker: Cynthia Frenette

Hello all,

What a beautiful month so far… And so many quilt shows. As I type this up on my iPhone I am on the ferry to Gibsons to see the show up there. Two weeks ago was a fabulous show in Maple Ridge and next weekend off to CQA in Penticton! Fun! Of course some might suggest that I stop going to shows and start doing some actual quilting but right now I am happy being “inspired.”

Speaking of inspired, this month Cynthia Frenette coming to speak to us. Cynthia does a lot of different things. She is a graphic designer, illustrator, fabric designer, and mixed media/fibre/quilting artist living in Mission, BC with her husband, Norm, and dog, Starr. By trade Cynthia is a graphic designer, and owns and operates her own design business with her husband. Cynthia also designs fabric for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and has three current collections released with them, as well as one more to come later this year.

In addition to her design work, Cynthia is an active quilt artist, as well as co-founder of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild. Over the past few years her work has been shown in various shows in the US and Canada, and has won several awards. Most recently, Cynthia won first place in the Designer Style Challenge at the CreativFestival in Toronto for Quilting, for her piece “Mr. Crow’s Tea Party” (currently out traveling with Janome). Her piece, “Paris in the Moonglow” placed 8th in worldwide entries in the Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements, Art quilt competition in 2012. Cynthia has also been published in Quilting Arts Magazine, Quilting UK magazine, and was chosen/had her work published as Mixed Media Artisan 2012, by Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine in January 2012.

I am really looking forward to meeting Cynthia and seeing some of her work in person. Here’s a warning though. Cynthia is bringing fabric and some goodies to sell so fair warning: bring your wallets!

Now to the serious stuff – This is the last month for your finished TGIF projects! Please bring your finished treasures on the 28th and make this a Show and Tell to remember. Prizes will be awarded at our June meeting. Enjoy the rest of the month and see you soon.

Andrea & Your Program Committee