From Our Presidents

Happy October everyone!

I was so glad I made it back in time to make the September meeting! The Panel was great giving us some insights into what it takes to run a successful business and the Pop-up Shops are always fun, although a little hard on the wallet! This month I am really looking forward to hearing about using rulers in machine quilting from Carola Russell and seeing what goodies she brings.

Speaking of goodies, I want to thank those who continue to bring refreshments to the meetings. For those who don’t know, you are welcome to bring something to share in the month of your birthday. If your birthday is in a non-meeting month, you can pick any other month to bring goodies. And guess what – nobody is going to turn down your contributions whenever you bring them – there are no refreshment police!

Also, a reminder for all of us that our Guild and Executive meetings are “scent free zones”. No perfumes or other strong scents, please. This is to make these evenings more comfortable for anyone who has allergies or special “scent-sitivities”.

Hope to see you all at the meeting October 24th and bring a friend!

Kathryn Gillis


We had 63 members attending our September 26th Guild meeting, plus 2 new members and 2 guests, for a total of 67 attending.

The door prize winners were Dolores Bell, Anne Read and new member Jane Pannell. Prizes this month were compliments of Lorna Shapiro, owner of Quilter’s Dream Fabrics, who was one of the evening’s presenters. Remember to wear your nametag if you would like to win a door prize; everyone who signs in has an opportunity to win. Nametags are available at the membership table for $1.00 each, if you forgot yours.

The guild currently has 107 members and the members’ list has just been emailed out. If you did not receive your list by email, please contact Anne O’Brien at Newsletter Editor Please also let me know at the Membership desk, so that I can confirm your email address.

Guests are always welcome at our Guild meetings. If you would like to join, we’d be delighted to have you! A membership form is on our Guild website. Just go along the headings at the top of the page and click on the ‘Members’ heading. Then go down to ‘join or renew’. This is a PDF file which will allow you to type in your information, print it off, sign it and then drop it off at the membership table with cash or a cheque for $60.00 (new members, please ask about mid-season rates) made out to ‘Lions Gate Quilters Guild’ or ‘LGQG’. You can also pick up a form at the membership desk, and membership renewals and new registrations will be accepted at any meeting.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Katherine Morgan
Membership Coordinator

Spring Retreat 2018

SIGN UP at the October 24, 2017 Guild Meeting

4 Nights – Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Monday March 5, 2018 – choose your dates

  • 4 nights – Sharing: $525 – Private: $620
  • 3 nights – Sharing: $395 – Private: $470
  • 2 nights – Sharing: $265 – Private: $320

Edenvale Retreat Centre, Aldergrove, BC,

Arrival time Thursday 1:00 PM. Check out of rooms by 11:00 am Monday and leave premises by 3:00 pm.

Meals Included:
Thursday: Dinner
Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Monday: Light Breakfast, Brunch at 11:00

1st Registration: At October 24, 2017 meeting

PAYMENTS: Deposit $150.00 upon signing. Final payment due by December 31, 2017.
Cash or cheque made out to LGQG. A post-dated cheque for balance will be accepted at the October and November Guild meetings. If you will not be attending the meetings, you can mail your cheque to me, made out to “Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild” or “LGQG”.

Leslie Rutledge
255 6th Street West
North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 1K7

** Please let me know if you have any room preference and or food allergies.
** Food or dessert requests welcome
** Tip to be contributed by all at retreat

Leslie Rutledge
Spring Retreat Coordinator

LGQG 2017-18 Challenge

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” (Anthem, Leonard Cohen)

OK! I am still looking for YOU if you haven’t yet taken the leap and bought your challenge packet. There are just a few left and I hope to leave the October meeting with no challenge packets! For $5, the packet includes a generous piece of the challenge fabric, and the guidelines and entry form. Money collected covers costs and prizes!

Barbara Beatty
Quilt Show Challenge Coordinator


Our Freezer Paper Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Dianne Ritter sold out at our September 26, 2017 meeting and took place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at St. Agnes Church. We are looking forward to seeing your work!

Upcoming Workshops

Free Motion Quilting with Rulers with Carola Russell from Sechelt, BC
Place:    St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver, BC
Date:     Saturday November 25, 2017
Time:    9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (1/2 hour for lunch)
Cost:     $60.00

Come join us for a day of “Free Motion Quilting with Rulers” on your own domestic sewing machine. Carola will discuss everything you’ll need to know to get started on your machine. You will add ruler work to your repertoire! Rulers are a great way to perfect “in the ditch” quilting, navigate around corners, channel quilting and make consistent shapes such as curves and circles. Do not be intimidated by the description, this class is FUN for novices!

You will need to purchase a “Ruler Foot” and “Ruler” or “Ruler set” before the class, if you do not already have them. Feet, shanks and rulers can be ordered from Carola before the hands-on class. You will receive a 15% discount on all regular priced supplies purchased from Carola.

Carola is also coming to lecture on this technique at our October guild meeting, organized by the Programs Committee. Orders from already-registered participants in this workshop for the feet, shanks and rulers required, have been placed with Carola.

For late registrations, please check with Carola at the October guild meeting for all your requirements, if you don’t already have them.

January Extravaganza 2018

We are working on our annual January Extravaganza 2018 and the exact date, location and sign-up sheets will be available for our October and November meetings.

This absolutely fun, no-pressure day will follow the same format as previous years. We will provide a theme or quilt project that you can participate in, or you may wish to work on community quilts or your own project. We will have a sign-up sheet for either a savoury or sweet contribution to our potluck lunch, and hopefully lots of rewards or prizes! So make sure to check us out at the Workshop table at Guild!

Plans are also underway to have two more workshops in March and May of 2018 and these will be announced soon.

Happy quilting,
Susan Lum and Helen Jorgensen
Workshop Coordinators

Fall 2017 COPS Days

The next Fall COPS Days are November 18 and December 9. Make sure to get them into your calendars now and sign up at the next meeting! (Unfortunately, the October 28 COPS Day was cancelled because we didn’t have enough members signed up.)

WHEN:           Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, December 9, 9:30 to 4:30
WHERE:         Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
COST:             $15.00 plus a plate of sweets or savouries to share

Sign up will take place at guild meetings. 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
COPS Day Coordinator

New Additions to the Library for October

Book Sale

As I reported at our September meeting, the Book and Magazine Sale at our June meeting raised $168 for new books for the Library.

New Acquisitions

We have five new books for our October meeting!

The first new book is a seasonal one – Sew a Modern Halloween by Riel Nason. It includes patterns for quilts, cushions and gift items, mainly in orange and black, of course! It’s modern because the projects are made of simple improv elements. The author is a designer from New Brunswick, who wrote the Modern Selvage Quilting book (#1208) last year, and has made over 60 Halloween quilts. She is also a novelist.

Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Ireland is exactly what you expect from him – beautiful quilts in gorgeous colours, photographed in lovely indoor and outdoor locations in Ireland. I’m looking forward to taking this one out soon – someone already has a hold on it!

New York Beauties & Flying Geese: 10 Dramatic Quilts, 27 Pillows, 31 Block Patterns – well, that title says it all! This book combines foundation paper piecing and curved piecing to make beautiful New York Beauty projects. If you are a beginner at either technique, there are lessons with lots of step-by-step photos. Once you have mastered the techniques, there are dozens of templates and patterns for variations on the theme in quilts and pillows. The projects are colourful and there is a good section on choosing colours. And the foundation paper pieced sections of the block would be the perfect place to use your new skills if you took Dianne’s Freezer Paper Foundation Paper Piecing workshop last weekend.

Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers is also exactly what the title says – the quilts are scrappy and bright variations of traditional designs. The book includes ideas for “rescuing” and organizing your scraps, and choosing fabrics to make a cohesive quilt.

And our final new book this month is Stitched Sewing Organizers: Pretty Cases, Boxes, Pouches, Pincushions & More by Aneela Hoey. The projects in this book are perfect quick projects when you want a break from working on big projects. The organizers make perfect gifts for your quilty friends and many of them would have uses outside of sewing too.

There is a sew-along happening now on Instagram so you can find tips and lots of inspiration. A new project is scheduled every week for the next couple of months, with weekly prizes if you make and post the project of the week. See for more information.

Just a reminder that our library “fines” are $1 per book per meeting. All proceeds also go into the library budget to buy more books! So I don’t really mind if you’re late returning a book. 😉


You can always browse our entire library catalogue at

If you want to place a hold on any book for October, or a suggest new acquisition, contact me at: Librarian .

Library News for June

Happy Summer!

I don’t have any new book acquisitions to tell you about this month, because June will be our last meeting before the summer. All books must be returned in June, so we can do our annual inventory. So find them now, and if you can’t make it to the meeting send you books with a friend or email me to arrange to drop them off.


We will be having a book and magazine sale at the June meeting, so you can take home some “new to you” quilting books for summer inspiration. Sort through your library in preparation and bring your donations to the meeting.

I hope you are enjoying the sun! See you on Tuesday!

Paula, LGQG librarian

You can always browse and search our entire library catalogue at .

If you want to place a hold on any book for September, or suggest new acquisitions, contact me by clicking Librarian on the Contact page of our website: .

Jacquie Gering Trunk Show tomorrow – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the trunk show with Jacquie Gering, which was to take place on Friday, May 26, 2017, has been cancelled. The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild found out late yesterday that Jacquie is unable to make the trip to Vancouver. Tickets will be refunded. Please contact the person who sold you the tickets.

New Additions to the Library for May

Hi all!

We have three new books in the library for May and there seems to be a bit of a theme – making the old new again …

The idea for this book is very similar to our recent acquisition, Modern Roots – Today’s Quilts from Yesterday’s Inspiration by Bill Volkening, but the thing I love about quilting is the endless possibility for creativity. In Old Quilts, New Life, Sarah Fielke has selected nine beautiful quilts from The American Folk Art Museum in New York and reinterprets each in two ways. First, she gives a fairly authentic pattern for the original, updated with current techniques and fabrics. Then she takes inspiration from some part of the original quilts and designs a very new contemporary quilt. The patterns are great and the book is full of eye candy and inspiration.

In Quilting the New Classics: 20 Inspired Quilt Projects: Traditional to Modern Designs, editor Michele Muska gathers a group of “influential quilters” with widely different styles to reinterpret traditional blocks and quilts. The traditional inspirations include bear paws, flying geese and log cabins, and there is a traditional and a modern pattern for each.

Scraps quilts and books about them seem to be popular in our guild, so I have another one for you: Scrap Quilt Secrets: 6 Design Techniques for Knockout Results by Diane D. Knott. The author has a system to make sure your scrap quilts work: S.C.R.A.P.S., which stands for style, contrast, repetition, accent color, palette, and selvages. You will learn some important design concepts to help you combine scraps together into beautiful, harmonious quilts.

Don’t forget that all books must be returned in June, so we can do our annual inventory.

We will be having another book and magazine sale at the June meeting, so you can take home some “new to you” quilting books. Start sorting through your library in preparation and bring your donations to the June meeting.

You can always browse our entire library catalogue at .

If you want to place a hold on any book, or suggest new acquisitions, contact me by clicking Librarian on the Contact page of our website: .

Enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weekend. See you next week!

Paula, LGQG librarian