September Program: Panel and Pop-up Shops

We have two new programs this fall: PhDs (aka UFOs) and an Inspiration Challenge. Signup sheets will be available at the monthly meetings.

SEPTEMBER: Panel and Pop-up Shops

For something a little different, we’ve invited three shop owners to tell us about their experiences adapting to retail in the changing world of quilting, and then to field questions from our members. Laura Shaw of Laura’s Fashion Fabrics in White Rock has been in business for almost 40 years, Alanna Volp of the Cedar & Needle Modern Fabric has a pop-up shop in Squamish (in her family florist shop) as well as on Etsy, and Lois Kelly from Campbell River has an Etsy shop, selling batik bags and kits.

Their ‘shops’ will open at 7pm and continue at the break and after the talk. There will be lots to buy, so bring money!

OCTOBER: Stacey Day, Trunk Show “Stacey in Stitches”
NOVEMBER: Potluck Winter Social

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

COPS Day: October 1

Our next COPS Day is scheduled for October 1. Future dates are October 29 and November 16.

WHEN: Saturday, 9:30 to 4:30, October 1
WHERE: Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver, BC
COST: $15.00 plus a plate of sweets or savouries

ign 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


After a quiet summer, we are getting ready for two workshops this fall, as well as planning our January Extravaganza.  Our September 24th workshop, Circles, Circles, Circles, with Terry Aske, is completely sold out.  We are really looking forward to it!  Our next workshop, Landscapes, with Susan Jensen, takes place in November.  See below for a description of the class and Susan’s biography.  Plans for the January Extravaganza include a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.  More info to follow!

Jane Andrew
Workshops Coordinator

Library Additions: Intentional Piecing

Hi all,

Thank you for all your donations of books and magazines, and your support for the book sale at the June meeting! And a huge thank you to Jo Ann Lee and all her helpers for collecting library books and running the sale while I was off on vacation!

We have some great new books for the September meeting:

library1Intentional Piecing: From Fussy Cutting to Foundation Piecing by Amy Friend, the very creative blogger behind the “” blog. She provides inspiration to cut into those special novelty fabrics and highlight them in your piecing. It includes great fussy-cut blocks, including some very cute paper pieced blocks, and projects to use them in. There are patterns for quilts and smaller projects including bags and sewing accessories.

library2In By the Bundle: Turn Precuts into Patchwork with 12 Fat Quarter-Friendly Quilts, designer Emma Jean Jansen progresses from easy quilts made with squares, through triangles and drunkard’s path (curved) blocks, to one showstopper New York Beauty quilt.

library3By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts is a collection of great pieced quilts. They are mostly simple and based on traditional blocks, but have a modern vibe. Author Siobhan Rogers plays with scale and fun bright fabrics to freshen them up.

library4Long-arm quilter Angela Walters and domestic machine quilter Christa Watson have teamed up for The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-Arm and Sit-Down Learn When, Where, Why and How to Finish Your Quilts. There are patterns for ten quilts and then ideas and techniques for quilting from both quilters for every quilt.

Also on order, but I don’t know if they’ll arrive by the meeting:

Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A Visual Guide to Adding Dimension & Unique Embroidery by Deborah Gale Tirico

Sew Organized for the Busy Girl: Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space 23 Quick & Clever Sewing Projects You’ll Love by Heidi Staples

A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston – I’m looking forward to this one!

More Adventures with Leaders and Enders: Make Even More Quilts in Less Time by Bonnie Hunter

Thank you to Jo Ann, Dorothy Porter, Rose Moore and Dianne Ritter for their suggestions for library acquisitions!

You can browse our library listings at And please email me at to make suggestions or to place a hold on a book for September.


From Your President

WOW!  I felt so privileged this month.  I was able to walk to the quilt show and participate at the raffle station.  Many of you came up to wish me well and remark on the results so far of my knee surgery.  Thanks everyone for caring.  As for myself, I was in awe of the wonderful quilts displayed at our semi-annual quilt show.  Visual eye candy of all flavours – modern, traditional, hand quilting, long arm quilting… a display of which each and every one of our members should be proud.

Our boutique was no slouch and did not shy from taking my money!  Visitors were very impressed with the crafted gifts.  And of course, there was the merchant mall!

I am looking forward to seeing the results of the raffle quilt sales.  The location of the sales desk at the entrance worked well! No one phoned so I guess I did not win!

Thank you to Dianne Ritter and her team for all the hard work. What an effort. And thanks to Barbara Beatty for her inspired “Tell me a story” challenge.  I hope most of you were able to make it to our quilt show and savour the moment!

Enjoy our social games, treats, and recognition meeting on the 28th of June.  At this month’s meeting we will showcase the winning quilts and the 3 winning challenge quilts from the show. Please remember to bring your ribbon winning quilts to the show.  Away from the crowd, our guild members can admire and enjoy them again.  Krisa Hennebury will have just returned from CQA and will briefly share her experience.

For those who picked up signs you can return them at the guild meeting this month.

As we head into summer, and quilting quiet time, all books need to be back at the library for the end of June.

We are looking for a named volunteer to commit to taking a few photos (phone quality is okay) at our monthly meeting and sending them to our newsletter.  Please step forward.

At the May meeting, Edna Simpson won the 50/50 draw.  The total amount raised was $92.00, and Edna received $46.00.  The balance is given to Community Quilts.

Thanks again to Suzanne Patchell, our wonderful VP, who stepped in to backfill me during the April and May meeting.

I wish you all a happy and healthy summer, surrounded by family and friends.

Bena Luxton

2016 Quilt Show Wrap-up

Thanks to your amazing quilts and the tireless work of 100+ volunteers our 2016 Quilt Show was a smashing success.

While I don’t have all of the final numbers as yet, I do know that our boutique had record sales and we exceeded the number of visitors we had to our last show. Krista, our boutique coordinator is in Ontario at present volunteering at the National Show and keeping an eye on the beautiful quilts she had juried in. As soon as she returns we can close the books and give a full report at the June meeting.

In the mean time I want to thank each and every person who entered a quilt, volunteered their time, erected a lawn sign, put a poster in their car window or gave tickets to friends and family. Our show is, and always has been the result of a group of committed people who love the art of quilting wanting to share their creations. Well done you!

A few reminders for the June meeting:

  • If you won a ribbon, viewer’s choice, challenge or committee, please bring your quilt for show and tell.
  • Did you volunteer? If so your name has been entered to win a volunteer prize. The draw will take place at the June meeting but you must be there to win.
  • A stainless water bottle with a black top and red logo was left at the Sportsplex. If it belongs to you please pick it up at this meeting or arrange for a friend to do so. I won’t be bringing it back in September so this is your chance to claim it.
  • Cheques for boutique sales will be available as well. If you cannot attend this meeting, please arrange for a friend to collect your cheque. Otherwise they will be available at the September meeting.

And now the list of Ribbon and Door Prize winners:

Viewer’s Choice

  • Marika Dauberman – My Neighbourhood
  • Ellen Domm – Heart Chakra
  • Debbie Barrett – Silent Night
  • Leslie Forbes – Loving Murano Italy
  • Dianne Ritter – My Summer with Kaffe
  • Terry Grusendorf– Little Orange Bird Song
  • Leslie Rutledge – Paradise in Blooms
  • Rita Douglas -­‐ Bali Wedding Star
  • JoAnn Lee – Midnight at the Oasis with Grandma

CQA Ribbon

  • JoAnn Lee – Midnight at the Oasis with Grandma

Committee Ribbons

  • Handstitching: Marika Dauberman – My Neighbourhood
  • Hand Applique: Marika Dauberman – My Lollipop Garden
  • Size Matters (largest quilt): Marika Dauberman – My Lollipop Garden
  • Blended Colours: Joan Gold – Blue Bowtie Circles
  • Circles: Paula Bohan – Endless Rhythm
  • Half Square Triangles: Laurel Hickey – Sally Ann Triangles
  • Best Use of Red: Sharon Bovee – Maison de Noel
  • Tell Me a Story: Cathy Hinds – Taylor’s Friends
  • Perseverance: Helen Jorgensen – O Canada Our Canada
  • Negative Space: Judy Walkey – A Message of Love
  • Little Jewels/Small Quilts: Boudina Jones – Tiny Stitches Miniature Sampler
  • Two Colours: Jane Ellis – True Blue
  • Improv: Myra Frampton – Shirt Quilt #1
  • Re-Mix: Susan Germain – Red Rocks
  • English Paper Pieicing: Judith Pilley – Once in A Blue Moon or Never Again

Challenge Quilt – Quilt Me A Story

  • Puff in The Land of Honalee – Helen Jorgensen
  • Wishing for a Secret Garden – Leslie Forbes
  • Whoot – Isabelle Jenkins

Door Prize Winners

  • Donna Wedell ­‐ Burnaby
  • Shelley Laird – Surrey
  • Lori Greyell – Port Moody
  • Kat Thomson – Lynn Valley

Our thanks to the following vendors for their contributions of door and volunteer prizes:

Be sure to remember these generous vendors when you shop or are looking for a retreat space.

I’m planning my quilts for 2018. How about you?

Dianne Ritter
Quilt Show Coordinator


What an amazing Quilt Show!!  It’s hard to believe that it has come and gone and so has June.  Where does the time go when you are busy quilting?

We currently have 122 members in our guild. Do you know someone who might be interested in quilting and would like to join us? Bring them to a meeting – the first visit is free. After that there is a $5.00 drop in fee

payable at the membership table or a membership is $55.00 a year. Please remember that the prorated rate of $27.50 is for New Members only and comes into effect September through December.  We also welcomed 2 guests to our meeting.

To be a door prize winner, be sure to be wearing your nametag at the meeting. Congratulations to our May winners: Leslie Forbes and Karen Marshall.  Nametags are available for $1.00 each if you forget to bring your own.

The new membership lists were emailed out to all members just after the April guild meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact

Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

Happy Stitching,
Joan Herrin

May Program Report

Our May speaker, Jane Cannon, brought such energy to the room that I forgot to be intimidated by the idea of applying serious math to the making of quilts. My personal favourites were her colourful pentominoes quilts featuring simple shapes made up of unique arrangements of five squares. I also would love to use complex tessellations as free-motion quilting patterns as she did.

For those who have already forgotten, from wiki: “A pentomino is a plane geometric figure formed by joining five equal squares edge to edge…. There are twelve pentominoes, not counting rotations and reflections as distinct. They are used chiefly in recreational mathematics for puzzles and problems.”

Laurel Hickey
Programs Coordinator

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June Program: Very Berry Summer Social

In September, when we’re well rested from the quilt show and ready to sink our teeth into new – and old – projects, we’ll be starting two new programs: an “Inspiration” challenge, the finished pieces to be brought to the November meeting, and a PhD registration (aka UFOs) with the finished quilts shown in the new year. Also in January will be signup for a mystery or row by row quilt.

JUNE: Very Berry Summer Social
All things berry – plus a ‘save your skewer’ game and lots of prizes. Please remember to bring your mug.

SEPTEMBER: Panel and Pop-up Shop
OCTOBER: Stacey Day, Trunk Show “Stacey in Stitches”

Laurel Hickey, Norine McCaffrey and Betty Clarke
Program Coordinators