We had a turnout of fourteen people for the Landscape Workshop on November 5th with Sue Jensen. The class was primarily about creating a landscape quilt from a photo. We worked with perspective, design and light, using colour, fabrics, paints, glue, Kraft Tex, vinyl, pens, pencils, Steam A Seam, and what not. Sue passed on many ideas about quilting and finishing our pieces. What a busy church Highlands United is! They sure make use of their building, renting space to at least four different groups that day.

Coming up on February 18th, we are holding a workshop with Krista Hennebury, her “Quarter Round” quilt design. Krista always does a great job of teaching, and we are really looking forward to the day! Cost of this workshop is $55, including the pattern fee, and it will be held at Highlands United Church. Here is a picture of the Quarter Round quilt, which can also be done in a smaller version with only four blocks for a wall hanging.

Also coming up is our January Fun Day on January 28th [note corrected date]. Don’t forget to bring an item for the potluck lunch.

As described in our October newsletter, we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with a quilting bee/potluck/birthday party. The quilting bee part is an initiative of the Canadian Quilter’ Association, and all the quilts that are created will be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. Each 12 ½” slab block is to have at least one piece of the special edition fabric in it, and the intention is for them to be scrappy. So, think scrappy kids’ quilts. We will have some of the special edition fabrics available at our November guild meeting, so you can go through your stash for coordinating fabrics. Our Community Quilts is also donating some fabrics and batting for the project.

As Sue Forbes will be showing us how to “quilt as you go,” we are hoping people will also think about coordinating the backing of the blocks if you want to pool them together with other people’s blocks. Say, perhaps go with all green and blue fabrics.

This is a really flexible project. You can make blocks, a quilt top, or an entire quilt. Please have a look at the CQA website at for the full details and instructions. They have a short video which shows how to make the slab blocks, as well as written instructions.

Jane Andrew
Workshops Coordinator