Meet Your New Executive Members

Please make note of the Executive Positions which will become vacant in February 2014. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions and let the Executive know as soon as possible if you can help.

VICE-PRESIDENT: This person assumes the duties of the President in her/his absence. Oversees the storage locker and post office box rentals.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Prepares the Program for each guild meeting, including all arrangements for guest speakers and presenters.

All of the above positions are two-year terms and require the members to attend monthly executive meetings.

Our new Executive members:

Suzanne Patchell – Treasurer
I am quite new to quilting but have been sewing since I was 10. Three years ago, on a whim, I took a beginner’s quilting class at Creative Edge and I was hooked. I thought I didn’t have enough experience to join a guild but, at a class, Carol Piercy encouraged me to attend a meeting and I joined LGQG in September /12. I’ve so enjoyed being part of a community of quilters, happy to have made new friends, continually inspired by ‘Show & Tell’, and am looking forward to working on the executive.

Norine McCaffrey – Member-at-Large
Although I began machine sewing when I was twelve years old I did not begin quilting until I was much older. My early sewing consisted of dressing myself and our children, mending, and slip covering. I began quilting at about age 55. I wanted to sew for fun and not have to put in any more zippers or make any more buttonholes. However, I was still working and my play time was limited. Once I retired I thought I would have all the time in the world to quilt. It seems time is still in short supply but I have found a hobby that has become an addiction.

Laurel Hickey – Newsletter Editor
I picked up quilting a few years ago after a thirty year absence from sewing of any sort, and am having great fun exploring all that quilting has to offer, taking courses and buying loads of books. Besides enjoying being part of a community of quilters, my motivation for quilting is greed: I want quilts, I want stacks of quilts. I especially love the muted Japanese-style taupes and yarn-dyed fabrics, but find myself seduced as well by the bright moderns – pinks and greens and lots of white. I have too much fabric and keep buying more. I joined the Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild little over a year and a half ago, and now that I’m retired and have the time, thought I could put my background in writing and print/web publishing to some use as the newsletter editor.

Sonia Milanez – Librarian
I first learned about quilting when I moved to Canada 20 years ago. I took my first sample class in 2001 with Dolores Bell, and discovered my passion for quilting. The first time I went to a LGQG meeting was as Barb Mortell’s guest, and I became a full member shortly after that. I prefer to design my own quilts because I enjoy being challenged. I get my inspiration from rugs, tiled floors, or anywhere I find an interesting pattern. I’ve been involved in the making of raffle quilts and community quilts for the guild, I worked on the cloth letter sent to Japan after the tsunami, and I’ve made many quilts for friends and family. I look forward to being a librarian for the guild.