The following are dates for Community Quilts Workshops:
Thursday February 22 and Friday 23 – 9:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday February 24 – 9:30am to 3:00pm
The location for the workshops is:
St Andrews & St Stephens Church 2641 Chesterfield (same place where we meet each month.)
The holidays are over, the decorations packed away for another year, so it’s time to get together to make quilts for the community.
The gym will be setup with tables, chairs, ironing boards, cutting mats, rulers, rotary cutters, batting and tables heaped with fabric.
If you don’t want to bring your sewing machine there will be lots of other things to do. You can iron fabric, cut fabric for a kit, layer quilts, sew on labels, sew on bindings, help out in the kitchen and much more. You can stay for the day or a few hours. As we all know there are many stages to building a quilt, so even a few hours of your time will help us get there!
There will be coffee, tea and goodies for your refreshments. On Thursday bring a bagged lunch.
On Friday and Saturday we will be ordering sandwiches from The Galleria in Edgemont Village. Please note you must place your order by 10:15 each day. All orders must be prepaid so please bring cash. Price TBA
The workshop is a great way to meet other members, share ideas, share a laugh or two and feel good about contributing to those that are ill, infirmed or down on their luck.
As always we need help with transporting the supplies to and from the locker and with setting up the room. If you can help please let Karen or myself know as soon as possible. Your strong spouse, children or friends are welcome to help.
We look forward to your participation and please remember this is a Fragrance Free Event.
Brenda Sangster and Karen Marshall
Reminder to everyone to bring your Row-by-Row projects to the January meeting for show and tell. The quilts or quilt tops don’t have to be complete – share your progress!
We’re also looking for a new team to take on Programs. We’ve got the next few months arranged already, so anyone who volunteers will have an easy introduction to the job. Working with a team, Programs is both fun to do and a great opportunity to get to know people better.
January Program: Barb Mortell – The Power of Creativity
Barb Mortell will join us to give a presentation entitled The Power of Creativity. She believes that creativity exists in all of us in one form or another, and that we need to nurture it in order to live a whole-hearted life. A regular practice of art-making and doing creative things keeps us young and open minded. We will do some quick creative exercises at the meeting, so bring pieces of paper and pencils or pens. www.barbmortell.ca and www.artleap.ca
2017 Birmingham Quilt Show in the UK with Rosalind Knight
Paul Krampitz Trunk Show
Paul Krampitz from the Vancouver Modern Guild will be giving us a trunk show on his journey from traditional to modern quilting, with examples of lessons he learned in traditional quilting and how he has adapted these lessons in making modern quilts.
Laurel Hickey, Norine McCaffrey, Betty Clarke, and Rosalind Knight, Program Coordinators
The food for our winter social was wonderful – yay us! Thanks to everyone who brought sweet and savoury treats. After a slow start, our Guess the Quilter game took off with guesses coming at a rapid pace. Special thanks to all our mystery quilters. And to Betty for both moderating and for providing the disguises. I had no idea who anyone was.
Our mystery quilters: Leslie Chatelain, Rita Douglas, Chris Gardner, Joan Elliot, Clarice Hobson, Isabelle Jenkins, Becky West, and Margaret Duckham.
Laurel Hickey, Programs Coordinator
The gloomy days of November are upon us; what a perfect time to spend quilting! I don’t know about the rest of you but I still have to decide what I am entering in our June show and calculating how much time it will take to get it (them) done. My family says I am the “Queen of Procrastination” and need deadlines to get anything done. I can’t imagine where they get that idea from! I hope everyone will enter one or more quilts in the show. Our show is about our members work and showcasing where we are at in our quilting journey. Some are at award winning levels but for the rest of us, we are joyously sewing away, with the support of family and friends, creating memories and good times. All quilts are equally valuable to our show.
We are still looking for a CQA Liaison for our guild. The job is what you make of it – you would not have to stand up at meetings to report unless you wanted to. The idea is to gather information about what is going on with the CQA and to let them know what we are up to. For example, Quilt Canada 2018 is in Vancouver next year and the information about workshops and lectures is now up on their website.
Speaking of reps., it is never too early to start everyone thinking about volunteering for one of our executive positions. At our February AGM we will be voting for six positions, Vice-President, Treasurer, Programs, Communications (formerly Newsletter Editor), Librarian, and one Member-at-Large. Being on the Executive Board is a great way to get to know your fellow guild members. More details to follow from the Nominations Committee.
Happy quilting everyone and I hope to see you all at our Winter Social November 28.
As you know, our AGM is coming up in February 2018 and six Executive positions will be open for election. We hope you will give serious consideration to letting your name stand for one of them. Those of us who have done so in the past can attest to the fun we have had and the new friendships that have been made. If there is a position you think you might be interested in, make a point of finding out more about it from the person or people currently in it. You may be surprised to find out that it is not as daunting as it may first appear.
The positions open for election are:
The Vice-President takes over the duties of the President in the absence of the President. He or she also oversees the storage locker and the post office box.
The treasurer looks after all the financial business of the guild. That business includes preparing year-end financial statements, any required tax returns, preparation of draft and final budgets, and presenting financial and budget details at the AGM.
Communication Coordinator (formerly Newsletter Editor)
The Communication Coordinator is responsible for compiling the content of the newsletter each month and posting it on the website, and for sending communications to all guild members via email. This person is the primary contact for Advertisers (retail and guild members) for questions and updates to advertisements. Email communication entails forwarding emails on behalf of the Executive and those holding Volunteer positions in the guild. The Communication Coordinator is also the backup contact for Membership Lists when the Membership person is not available.
The person responsible for the library puts out the books for each meeting and stores them away afterwards. They record books in and out, collect library fines, purchase new books for the library, cull outdated books, and organize the Annual Book Sale.
There are two Member-at-Large positions, each serving a two year term. One new Member-at-Large is elected each year. The Member-at-Large greets people arriving at guild meetings, looks after the 50/50 raffle which includes applying for the annual license, assists with Show and Tell, keeps and monitors the Suggestion/Feedback box and gives entries to the President, and is another avenue for members to communicate with the guild Executive. They also communicate congratulations or condolences to fellow guild members on behalf of the guild. In the second year of his or her term, the Member-at-Large is the Nominating Committee Coordinator for the upcoming elections.
Program Coordinator and Committee
The Program Coordinator and members of the Program Committee are responsible for planning the educational part of our Guild meetings. They contact speakers to determine availability and cost, and are responsible for all correspondence with them, determining if special equipment or setup is required. (A list of speakers and presenters is available from the local Guild gatherings.) Committee members assist speakers when they arrive at our meetings, and introduce them. The Program Coordinator attends the Executive meetings. Programs will already be finalized until June 2018.
We have a very talented group of people in our guild. We hope you will consider sharing your talents with your guild by putting your name forward for one of these Executive positions.
We had 74 members attending our October 24th Guild meeting, plus 3 new members and 4 guests, for a total of 81 attending.
The door prize winners were Jane Pannell and Karen Wong. 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 110 members. If you did not receive your members list by email, please email me or let me know at the Membership desk, so that I can confirm that we have your correct email address.
Important Deadline, Dec 8/17: As our next wonderful Quilt Show will be on June 8 & 9, 2018, you must be a member in good standing by six months prior in order to submit quilts to the show. If you are a current member, don’t worry, you just need to renew when we begin renewals for 2018/19 in January 2018. If you did not renew and are not a current member this year, you probably recently received an email from me reminding you to renew before Dec 8/17 if you just forgot to do so. If you know anyone who has attended as a guest, or anyone you think might be interested in becoming a member, please let them know about this deadline – they can join and pay the pro-rated fee of $30 for new members by Dec 8th to be eligible to enter quilts in the show. We are always happy to have new members, so please think about anyone you could encourage to join – we want those quilts for our 2018 show!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Katherine Morgan, Membership Coordinator
Hello everyone, we are back from a short Newsletter break!
We’ve had a specific request for some single bed and large lap quilts for Turning Point and Lookout. The measurements should be: Twin min = 54” x72” (max 60”x80”) and Lap = 42”x54” Those sizes are also welcome elsewhere, so make as many as you like!
When you show your community quilt at the meeting, you can win a prize!
- one entry for cutting out the fabric for the kit
- one entry for completing the top
- one entry for quilting and finishing it.
That’s up to 3 entries for a quilt. Some of you are finding it a lot of work to fill out all the entry forms, but you can’t win if you don’t do it! Also please add a label to your community quilt! We usually have labels at the meeting along with a needle and thread for you to sew the label on during the meeting.
The Community Quilts Bee will be taking place on FEBRUARY 22, 23, 24, 2018. Basic hours are 9:30 to 4:00 Mark the date on your calendar now as there are only 2 meeting (Nov & Jan) till then. We have access to the church, we have tables, we have a stash of fabric, we have batting…. ALL WE NEED IS YOU and your machine! Please think about joining us for a day and making something wonderful!
Giving feels good!
Also if you can help with transporting the fabric and equipment to and from the locker please let us know as soon as possible. We will plan to have the order forms for “La Galleria” sandwiches for Fri/Sat.
Last 2 last items!
IF YOU NEED BATTING, please give us at least 2 weeks notice before the meeting, it’s a big roll located at the Locker and we have to plan ahead!
KITS, please consider taking one and please return any that you aren’t going to finish (no questions asked)
Thanks again everyone, I’m constantly amazed and proud of our guild’s generosity, so if no one has said it lately, YOU’RE AWESOME!
Karen and Brenda
Preparations for our 2018 Quilt Show are in full swing so if you haven’t already been planning your entries it is time to start!
- Our show will be held at the Capilano University Sportsplex on June 8th and 9th.
- Quilt drop off will be June 8th
- Registration will begin in January.
- You must be a member in good standing as of the close of the Guild AGM February 26th 2018 to be eligible enter a quilt in the 2018 show.
- To be eligible your quilt cannot have been hung in a public arena (store, show, display) in the lower mainland between June 1 2017 and the date of our show.
- Each member is eligible to hang 3 quilts – ONE of which may be extra-large. As in the past extra-large quilts are hung on a “space available” basis and first registered are first eligible.
This show we are using technology to help with registration. JoAnn will be talking to us at our next meeting about using Google Forms via our website to register quilts. The process will be extensively tested prior to launching it so that we are confident that it is easy to use. This technology will make the registration process easier for members and volunteers alike. More information will be provided as we move forward.
There is a vacant spot on our committee that must be filled. Vicki Digby has moved to the island so isn’t able to carry on as Volunteer coordinator. Katherine Gillis has been Vicki’s right hand for this position for a number of shows and has agreed to assist the new coordinator. If you have reasonable computer and organizational skills please consider volunteering for this position. We cannot mount a show without volunteers.
I and everyone on my committee are looking forward to seeing your quilts hanging in all of their glory next June!
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
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.