May 2017 Catherine Nicholls ‘Story-Telling’ Trunk Show

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There was a recurring theme in the fist groups of quilts shown: the courses that Catherine had taken over five years from City and Guilds of London in the UK. For those who might be curious, the vocational training organization was founded in 1878 and has had a close link to the arts from the start.

For many of the projects, the students first developed hand-made inspiration books, and from that, designed the quilt or quilts. I was particularly taken with the stamps quilt and the accompanying wooden box book. Catherine said it was built on the idea of friends and connecting with others.

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She finds inspiration everywhere. The quilt on the right was inspired by the graffiti on the walls of a butcher shop.

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Heads and faces from a trip to the UBC Museum of Anthropology, graphite and ink applied directly to the fabric.

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Some of what looks like paper on her quilts IS paper on her quilts, from dictionary pages to road maps. She glues the paper directly on the fabric, admitting she has no idea how it will wear over time.

My favouites were for Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom festival, years of quilts, all beautiful, and all showing an aspect of spring on the coast and the transient beauty of the flowers. The white quilt in the second photo below shows cherry blossoms in a late snowfall.

On subject ‘less visited’ in quilting, Catherine combined her love of life drawing with quilting. Using an old drop sheet, she drew the figure directly onto an old drop sheet. The quote is from Shakespeare.

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I found Catherine’s work a wonderful example of disciplined creativity, how it is possible to not only bring inspiration to life through quilts, but to actively seek out the process by which that happens.

Laurel Hickey, Programs Coordinator

June 2017 Upcoming Programs

PhDs
You’ve done it – we’ve done it. Sewn and stitched, counted and recounted. And we have winners! Two winners of $100 each for most quilt inches overall, another $100 winner for most items completed, and four draw prizes for $50 each, plus some fun give-aways. We’ll announce who won what and do the draw prizes at the June meeting.

Of 286 items registered, 112 were completed, a whopping 19,060.50 inches in total. Note that each person can only win one prize, so if you are the winner of a ‘most inches’ or ‘most items’ prize, your name won’t in the hat for the draw prizes.

In addition to the above and as a special thank you, there are three $20 dollar prizes for the most community quilt inches. These prizes can be in addition to other prizes.

JUNE Social
As it’s our guild’s 30th birthday, we have a few special things planned for the evening. In keeping with that, for show and tell, please bring your special quilts and tell us what they mean to you. If you’ve signed up to bring cake or fruit, don’t forget. If you get inspired at the last minute, feel free to bring whatever you’d like.

SEPTEMBER
Panel and Pop-up Shops

Seeing as how popular the panel and shops were last year, we’re doing it again, this time looking behind the scenes in quilting retail. We have a diverse group: Christine Hamilton of ‘Made by Me Sewing’ in North Vancouver, Debbie Miller of ‘Needle and I Quilt Shop and Sewing Centre’ in Burnaby, and Lorna Shapiro from Vancouver. Bring money!

OCTOBER
Carola Russell of Carola’s Quilt Shop

Learn everything you need to know to get started with free motion quilting rulers on your home machine: the foot, the rulers, the supplies and the techniques. Carola is also doing a rulers workshop with us in November and there will be an opportunity to order supplies. www.carolasquiltshop.com

November 2017
Winter Social & Guess the Quilter Game

We’re combining the popular ‘Guess the Quilter’ game with our pot-luck winter social. If you’d like to be one of the quilters, let Betty Clarke know.

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

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

April 2017 Upcoming Programs

APRIL
Stacey Day (Stacey in Stitches)

This month we are happy to have Stacey Day of ‘Stacey in Stitches’ as our presenter. Stacey is a local quilter and quilt designer who lives in Mission with her husband and two young children. She will do a trunk show for us as well as give us tips for getting free fabric from manufacturers. Stacey has been published in American Quilter magazine and has free quilt patterns on the Craftsy website. She will have copies of her patterns to sell, so come prepared. www.staceyinstitches.wordpress.com.

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

PhDs at Show and Tell
Remember that May is your last chance to show your PhD quilts.

JUNE
June Social

For those who might have lost track, this is the Guild’s 30th anniversary – and we deserve a party! Expecting our usual warm summer evening, we’ll be serving chiffon and angel food cakes and fruit, with a side order of fun. There will be a signup list at the Programs table during the April and May meetings – if you wish to bring a cake, please let us know.
We have lots planned, not the least of which is awarding 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 – in addition to the PhD quilts – bring your special quilts, first quilt, worst quilt, happiest quilt, best loved quilt, etc. We’ll also have a fun activity and lots of door prizes. And did I mention cake?

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