January Extravaganza: Make-one, Take-one!

Date:                           Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time:                          9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:                    St. Stephen’s Parish, 24th Street and Mountain Highway, North Vancouver
Cost:                           $25.00

Join us on Saturday January 20, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Parish Church for our annual extravaganza!   We will work on one of the bright and cheerful fat-quarter quilts by Emma Jean Jansen, the author of the ‘By the Bundle’ book (with her approval and generosity to use the pattern). We will create a lovely scrap version, play a game of make-one, take-one, and prizes. Come join in the camaraderie, bring a sweet, savoury, or fruit/veggies to share and be prepared for a fun filled day with many surprises!

You can also use this day to work on your own project, or a community quilt.   The more the merrier for this event!   We’d like to fill the hall with busy quilters.

Workshop – Say it with Flowers! (Leslie Forbes)

Date:              Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, 2018
Time:             9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:      St. Agnes Anglican, 530 12th St. E. North Vancouver
Cost:               $100.00
Optional Silk Kit: Cost to be determined
Class size:      Maximum 15 participants

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Join us for a two day workshop with Leslie Forbes using raw edge techniques and misty-fuse, along with exploring the use of value to bring a floral or floral grouping to life!    Take one of your favourite colour photos, enlarge it to 22” x 22” or a variation of this (easy to do at your local Staples shop), print another copy in black and white to help with seeing value, and before you know it you will have created a beautiful and dimensional quilt.  This could be done in cotton or silk.  Leslie has offered to provide a silk package, if desired, to complete this project in silk.   Her completed version was part of the Show and Tell items that were presented at our October guild meeting.

Workshop: Two Level Tote Bag (Krista Hennebury)

Date:                           May 12, 2018
Time:                          9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:                    St. Agnes Anglican, 530 12th St. E. North Vancouver
Cost:                           $50.00
Kit cost:                      $25.00 – Includes pattern, leather handles, magnetic latch, rivets.
Add. Kits:                   $20.00 – Leather handles, magnetic latch, rivets only.

November 2

This design grew out of my experience making many purses, bags and totes designed by others. I wanted a stylish every-day bag that didn’t have a lot of complicated hardware, closures or heavy structure; one that could accommodate a few extra things that I’d need for traveling or hold a few purchases made throughout the day. It is the perfect pattern for a sewist looking to learn new bag-making skills. The bag is constructed from two outer fabrics; pair a few cotton canvas or home-décor print on the upper level with cork, waved canvas, lightweight leather or vinyl on the lower level.

Skills to learn; zipper window, sewing with heavy materials like cork, leather, waxed canvas or vinyl, installing rivets and magnetic snaps, top-stitching, boxing corners.

November Program: Potluck Social

Bring your choice of sweet or savory finger food. Coffee and tea will be provided. We’ll also have a surprise take-away activity – just bring needles (a basting needle plus a fine sewing needle), neutral thread, and a pair of small scissors. We’ll supply the rest.

JANUARY: Barb Mortell Colour Trunk Show & Presentation
FEBRUARY: Stacey Murton Trunk Show

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

New in the Library: Patchwork Holidays and Kaffe Fassett in Italy

Hi all,

I’ve ordered some new selections in the library … hopefully they will all arrive before the meeting!

library1There don’t seem to be any new Christmas quilting books published this year, but I’ve ordered one that some of you may be familiar with, from a couple of years ago: Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays: 30+ Seasonal Patchwork Projects to Piece, Stitch, and Love. It’s a collection of Christmas projects compiled by John Q. Adams (Quilt Dad), and includes quilts, home dec and gift items.

Also on their way are: Moda All-Stars All in a Row is a collection of patterns for rows that can be used as table runners or wall-hangings, or combined into a row quilt. It includes cute pieced, appliquéd and embellished rows.

In Modern Roots, Bill Volckening updates 12 vintage quilts. Directions are given for the vintage quilts and the modern updates. (And Krista Hennebury made one of the modern quilts!)

Striking Strip Quilts: 16 Amazing Patterns for 2 1/2″-Strip Lovers is another book of great designs for “jelly roll” quilts. (This one is on hold for the guild member who requested it.)

library2Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Italy – more great colourful quilts, photographed in beautiful settings in Italy.

The Quilt Block Cookbook: 50 Block Recipes, 7 Sample Quilts, Endless Possibilities by Amy Gibson – this is a sampler book, with some great new block designs and settings.

You can browse our entire library catalogue at https://lionsgatequiltersguild.com/library/. Please email me at librarian@lionsgatequilters.com to make suggestions or to place a hold on a book for our next meeting. Paula

COPS Day: November 19

Our final COPS Day for 2016 is November 19.

WHEN: Saturday, 9:30 to 4:30, November 19
WHERE: Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
COST: $15.00 plus a plate of sweets or savouries

Sign up will take place at guild meeting. 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


From Your President

The seasonal change is upon us. With September, and the cooler weather, I know that I am not alone in being excited to stir the creative challenge and rewards waiting for us as quilters. The new colours and designs are in our local fabric stores and provide the palette for our chosen means of expression.  We are so lucky!

Stay tuned!  Our webmaster Colleen Bell has been working with the Executive to change our website and newsletter distribution.  We will be transitioning over time to a new WordPress site which will enhance the visual appeal of our website, make it easier to maintain, and will provide quicker access to information.  As this plan moves forward, we will keep you all updated.

The Community Librarian at the North Vancouver City Library has asked our members to consider participating in their Urban Homesteading series at the Library.  The series is a monthly Wednesday evening presentation that is free and open to the public with a focus on connecting community.  Should we take this on, we would provide background information on our topic (quilting), and then spend the second hour helping attendees to practice their new skill.   Our Programs Committee has some material that could be used for the practice session.   This represents an opportunity for us to showcase our craft, and we are looking for a volunteer to commit to a date in early 2017.   Will someone step forward?

I am sad to say that a long time member and creative quilter, Gaye McCance, suffered a heart attack and passed away on July 28th.  Gaye struggled with multiple health challenges, but never hesitated to participate in workshops, community quilts, our quilt show, and cops days. You may also have met her mother at our meetings. See the box below for information on the Joint service planned for Oct 15.

CQA is reaching out for a national quilting project Big Quilt Bee to help sick kids right across Canada!  Their goal is to make and donate 1,000 quilts for kids at Ronald MacDonald houses across Canada for Canada’s 150th birthday.  Participation can be as simple as making a 12” slab block using at least one Canada 150 fabric. We have some ideas on how we can actively participate as a guild in this initiative and will be communicating more as the fabrics are made available locally.

At the June 28th LGQG meeting the 50/50 lottery draw raised $111.00.  The winner Melanie Zdan, took home $55.50.

Welcome back everyone!
Bena Luxton

Membership: Welcome Back!

Where has the summer gone?  Soon we will be thinking about Hallowe’en and Christmas – heaven forbid.  I hope you enjoyed a great barbecue or two as you visited with family and friends over the summer.  Now it’s time to spend some time in your quilting room or visiting with your quilting friends.

I hope to see a lot of you at the September meeting.  We are always delighted to see returning members and have new ones join us.  The registration fee for non-registered but returning members is $55.00 for the year.  Only new members will be prorated to $27.50 for the remainder of the year.

We currently have 122 registered members and had 75 members in attendance along with one guest at our June guild meeting.  The door prizes were won by Barb Brawn and Joan Elliott.

Be sure to sign in and be wearing your nametag in order to claim your door prize, should your number be drawn.  Nametags are available for $1.00 at the membership table should you forget to bring yours.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at membership@lionsgatequiltersguild.com

Happy Stitching,

Joan Herrin
Membership Coordinator

Community Quilts

Congratulations… we gave away 74 quilts January to July this year! Please bring any quilts you have to the meeting for collection, I will be there with some kits for you to peruse and please remember we try to take some Xmas baby quilts for Lions Gate Hospital NICU. Please contact me at communityquilts@lionsgatequiltersguild.com, if you need batting. You can also leave a phone message with Joan Elliott of sizes needed. Hope everyone had a good summer, looking forward to the meeting.

Thank you,
Anita Jones- Gould