The May newsletter is now available

Just to let you know, our latest newsletter was emailed to members on Tuesday, May 15th. Click here to read it now.

Be sure to read Dianne’s very important Quilt Show info on page 2 – there’s a lot we need to know to make the show a success and the organisers’ jobs easier.

Programmes has a wonderful evening planned for our June meeting, so don’t miss that news on page 8. There’ll also be a Members Only Fabric Sale at the June meeting… see page 9, especially if you have fabric to sell.

Helen and Sue have two fabulous Workshops in the Fall and are accepting sign-ups now. Details on pages 4 and 5.




Our April Newsletter is now available

Just in case it didn’t pop up in your inbox… our April Newsletter has been emailed to all members!

It includes important info for those who’ve registered quilts for our show, including hanging instructions, how you can help with publicity, boutique items, volunteers and more. There’s also a Challenge Update.

The Workshops ladies have announced a new class… be sure to check it out! AND: we have a COPS Day coming up on April 28th. Sign up at the meeting or contact Marsha at

Just a reminder that our next meeting is Tuesday, April 24th, and the speaker this time is Carola Russell of Carola’s Quilt Shop Threads.Our guild is also supporting the #QuiltsForBroncos initiative following the tragic bus accident in Saskatchewan. Stitch and Bobbin will be collecting contributions and shipping them to SK in the first week of May.

Read the April Newsletter now!

Happy quilting,
Penny Nelson






April Quilt Show Update

We have 216 quilts registered and based on the photos I have seen we will once again have a fantastic variety of quilts on display for our
audience to enjoy! 

JoAnn Lee: Registration:

This month we will focus on hanging the show – virtually. This is the time when membership and registration come together to create the show that we will physically assemble in June.  This process has been made much easier by your use of online registration. Thank you for your participation in that process. I know there were some hiccups along the way, but you embraced the technology and thanks to that, the cards we use to organize the show were ready within a couple of days of close of registration.

Leslie & Kathleen: Hanging info

We will once again be using dowels to hang as many of the quilts as possible. Instructions for dowels and attaching sleeves are on the following page and our website. Please read the instructions carefully as there have been some changes from last show. The proper hanging of our quilts really does make a difference in how our show looks and makes the process go more smoothly so your cooperation is greatly appreciated

Eye hooks for dowels will be handed out at the April and May meetings.  If you require assistance adding the hooks to your dowel please bring your dowel to the MAY meeting.

Linda Heese: Publicity

The lawn signs will be available for pick-up at both the April and May meetings (in case some people will be away in May).  The signs should go up on May 25 and be taken down Saturday after the show or on Sunday.  Return wire frames and signs (these can be recycled) at the June meeting.

Please place as many signs as possible on your lawn and on the lawns of family and friends.  We have permission to post signs at specific places in North Van but these places are very restricted.  West Van is not allowing our signs on municipal land this year – our show is not in West Van.  So let’s make sure we have signs on lots of West Van lawns!  Let’s see lots of signs up everywhere at the end of May!

Our large banners will be on the Delbrook Park fence and on the Harry Jerome overpass.

The show posters and bookmarks will be available at the April and May meetings.  Spread the show info as far and wide as possible.  Emails are going out now to our guild members and to the other guilds on our list, also to quilt shops. Posters will go to Vancouver area shops in late May.  Our show information is also going to senior centres, North Shore lodges and schools with Home Economics programs.

At the end of May we need to have posters on bulletin boards everywhere — libraries, rec centres, coffee shops… please think of good locations and help get posters up.

Karen Munro: Education

Karen is looking for members interested in giving demos in Education for an hour.  If you have a skill and would be willing to demo it, please talk to Karen (Hand Quilting, English Paper Piecing, Embellishing, Sashiko, Foundation Paper Piecing, Hand Applique, Machine Applique… the list goes on).

Krista Hennebury: Boutique

Are you busy making items to sell in our show boutique? I hope so! LGQG is well known for our incredible show AND the quality of goods made by our talented members. Every show we are able to stock a beautiful boutique and I look forward to doing the same this June.  Please have a read of the boutique rules (no food items, please!) and fill out your inventory sheets PRIOR to delivering your goods at the same time you deliver your quilts for the show. Both sheets are posted on the 2018 QUILT SHOW page of our website. Here’s all the boutique info.

Every item you deliver for sale must have a price tag attached. The easiest way to do this
is use tiny safety pins and string tags (stickers often fall off). You set your own prices.

Here are some suggestions for you enthusiastic makers: knit dish cloths, knit baby clothes, pin cushions, stuffed toys, place mats, napkin sets, seasonal table runners/wall hangings, baby quilts, tote bags, needle books, zipper pouches, drawstring bags (think reusable gift bags for birthday/Christmas), quilting related jewelry, photo greeting cards, scissor keepers, bookmarks, wallets/purses, notion holders for mugs, notebook covers, tea cozies, tea wallets, make-up kits, crayon/coloured pencil/marker rolls.

Carol Piercy: Volunteers

Carol has advised that we have a full slate of volunteers. That said, things can crop up, resulting in gaps in coverage. If you have not yet volunteered your time please use the online volunteer form to do so as soon as possible.

Also, please read the Dowel Instructions for the Quilt Show (for hanging).

Thank you all for registering your quilts and for volunteering for the show.  We have a month and a half to get those quilts finished. While I know that we all intend to have our quilts done on time sometimes life gets in the way. Should that happen and have to withdraw a quilt please be sure to send JoAnn an email. She will need your name and the name of your quilt.

Thank you again for the wonderful support
of our show!

Happy Stitching!

Dianne Ritter
Quilt Show Coordinator

Call for 2018 Boutique items: What do you have to sell?

Boutique Guidelines and Information Coordinator: Krista Hennebury

We encourage members who have items for sale to volunteer in the boutique during the show.


  1. Only Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild Members are eligible to enter items in the Boutique.
  2. The Quilt Show Coordinator and Guild Executive will determine the eligibility of items for sale.
  3. Due to health restrictions, food items CANNOT be accepted, including preserves.
  4. Boutique inventory forms are available here, by email from the Boutique Coordinator, or in printed form at meetings in April and May only.
  5. Items WILL NOT be accepted without a completed Inventory Sheet.
  6. Each item for sale must be listed individually on the Inventory Sheet. Please use as many sheets as required. Price tags on each item must correspond to the inventory sheet, and be securely fastened with a safety pin (or removable sticker if more appropriate).
  7. All price tags must include the following: Your full initials, inventory sheet number and item price ALL on one side of tag. Example: KDH-1 $10
  8. Prices must be in .50 cent increments. No price adjustments during the show.
  9. The Lions Gate Quilters Guild retains 10% commission on all sales, including quilts sold in the show.
  10. Goods will be looked after and special care taken, but LGQG cannot be responsible for damaged, lost or stolen articles.


During quilt drop-off ONLY: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

At show’s end: Saturday, June 9th, 2018  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Click here to download these instructions
Click here to download the Boutique Inventory Form

Presidents Message

Good news! As of February 17, we have nominees for three of the six executive positions up for grabs at our AGM– bad news is; we are missing three nominees for the remaining executive positions.  Our current Treasurer and Librarian have both expressed interest in putting their names forward for their positions for another two year term and someone else has put their name in the hat for Member-at-large. That leaves Vice-President, Programs, and Communications open for nominees.

For those of you who are wondering if you have what it takes to be on the executive let me ask you this: If not you, then who? Who out there enjoys our monthly meetings but thinks maybe there is something new and better we could be trying? Perhaps you have discussed with your friends about something up and coming that you would love to see at our meetings. Well grab those friends, form a committee, and put a name forward for the Programs position.

On the other hand, do you like to work more on your own? Do you like to sit in front of your computer and search the internet for interesting blogs or “how to” videos. Do you really enjoy visiting quilting websites and have ideas about how ours should look. Then do we have a position for you. Our Communications person (previously Newsletter Editor) will be responsible for communicating with our members through our website and email to keep everyone engaged with our guild and with quilting.

Finally I come to the position of Vice-President. The VP job is very important but if everything in the guild is running smoothly there is very little stress in the job. Just because you are the VP does not mean you have to run for President. The VP is someone who can step in and help where help is needed. They collect the mail and are responsible for the storage locker. If you are someone new to the quid or are thinking you would like to meet more people, then this is a good position to hold. Don’t be shy! Our guild needs you!

Please take time to review the guild proposed budget and the community quilts proposed budget (and financial statements for the year end) sent out in an email earlier this month. Both budgets will be voted on at the AGM. Our proposed changes to the by-laws (sent out by email earlier this month) will also be voted on. If you did not receive these items, please ask for them and we will resend a copy.

Our February meeting will be busy. Along with the elections and program we will be getting our first look at the Raffle Quilt for our upcoming show. (I heard raffle tickets might be available.) Quilt registration is continuing online and paper only registration is available at our next couple of meetings. The deadline for quilt registration is March 31/18. Be sure to watch for show volunteer registration coming online soon. Remember to renew your membership – you have until March 27/18 to renew to be able to show quilts in this year’s show. New members have until Feb 27/18 to join. All this information and more is on our website.

Don’t forget that Community Quilts days are February 22 – 24. Hope to see you there!

Kathryn Gillis

Membership Report

We had 71 members attending our January 23rd Guild meeting, plus 4 guests, for a total of 75 attending. One of the guests joined the Guild at the mid-meeting break!

The door prize winners were Cathy Keely (a guest) and member Linda Dunlop. Remember to wear your nametag if you would like to win a door prize; everyone who signs in have an opportunity to win. Nametags are available at the membership table for $1.00 each, if you forgot yours.

Membership Renewals: The Membership Registration/Renewal Forms for 2018 – 2019 are now posted on our website. Fees for the coming year are $80, which includes 4 tickets for this year’s Quilt Show. To make renewal easier, please take a moment to fill out and download the form, and bring it to the meeting along with your payment – easy! There will also be forms available at the Membership desk if you prefer. As usual, this year’s form asks you to check off whether or not you consent to your name, address and phone number being put on the list distributed to non-Executive members. New this year, we are also asking if you agree to share your email address for the same purpose (Guild business between Guild members), so please check yes or no for that as well.

At our January 23rd Guild meeting, 40 members already renewed their membership for the 2018 – 2019 membership year – thank you all! Remember, our membership year goes to the end of February, and you must be a member in good standing as of the close of the Guild AGM on February 27th 2018 to be eligible to enter a quilt in the 2018 show. Please take care of your membership renewal this month; we need those quilts in our show…and we need you in our Guild!

Also new, the Executive has voted to up the fee for guests at Guild meetings. We will continue to welcome guests to their first meeting at no charge. They are then welcome to come as guests two more times for $10 per meeting, after which we encourage them to join our Guild.

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

Katherine Morgan, Membership Coordinator

2018 LGQG Raffle Quilt

At the February meeting, we will commence to sell books of Raffle tickets to Guild members to purchase for advance sales to your family and friends. The prize is a Queen size Quilt, which will be on display.

In 2016, advance sales of Raffle tickets, by all the Guild members were excellent and it would be great to have the same experience for our 2018 Quilt Show!

Tickets will be sold in books of 15 tickets, at a cost of $25.00. The ticket price is 3 tickets for $5.00. So that means you only have to sell your book of 15 tickets to 5 individuals (3 tickets for $5.00), and your book is complete!

As done in previous years, the member purchases the book of tickets up front for $25.00, sells the tickets (now this money is yours) and returns the stubs for the Quilt draw. We will keep track of the member’s names and the ticket books.

It is necessary to return your completed books of stubs to the Raffle Quilt Committee at our monthly meetings. We will need all stubs to be returned for the Quilt draw before the LGQG Quilt Show. This will ensure all tickets are entered in the Quilt draw on Saturday, June 9th.

During March, April, May and June, the Raffle Quilt Committee is planning visits to various Quilting Guilds and also the Lion’s Gate Hospital to promote our Quilt Show, and sell raffle tickets. We need volunteers to assist. Please sign up at the Raffle Quilt table at our monthly meetings. Thank you!

It is important to remember that all proceeds from the sale of the Raffle tickets go directly to our Community Quilts program.

As always, thank you for your support.

Sharon Bovee, Raffle Quilt Coordinator

2018 Challenge

Wow!  I can’t believe it is February! Please go back and check you challenge entry form and the rules included in you challenge packet.  Be sure your quilt is not larger than the upper limit of 60 inches around the perimeter

Quilts must follow the rules for the challenge and for hanging a quilt in the show. Your challenge quilt must have a hanging sleeve and its own dowel attached. Check the hanging instructions the quilt committee has set for quilts that will hang in the main part of the show. If you have done something unusual to the upper edge that will not accommodate a hanging sleeve, please be sure you make it easy for us to best display your quilt. You must hand in your entry form at the April meeting or email it to me by that date. I will see you all at the April meeting.

Barbara Beatty


Workshop – Say it with Flowers!

Teacher:  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

Misty-Fuse:  TBC

Class size:   Maximum 15 participants

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’s completed version was part of the Show and Tell items that were presented at our October guild meeting and it also will be at our Workshops table for viewing at our February guild meeting.   Come take a look up close and check out the supply list, which will be available for those who have registered.

Workshop: Two Level Tote Bag

Teacher:  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.

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.

The supply list for Krista’s class will also be available at our February meeting.

Happy Quilting,
Susan and Helen

Community Quilts

Can I donate fabric from my stash to Community Quilts?

That’s a question we hear a lot. And YES, you can, BUT we ask that you follow the SIMPLE guidelines below. We value the hard work people do and want to use the best materials to ensure that the work will last and provide comfort to the recipients.

Is your donation:

  1. 100% quilting cotton
  2. At least half a metre/yard in length (full yardage, no fussy cut hexagons or dog heads missing)
  3. Suitable colours and patterns for those in care (nursing homes, extended care/hospice, psychiatric care, children’s ward, NICU unit)
  4. “FRESH”. Fabrics that are older, have been stored or folded for long periods of time, may not be useable as they may have deteriorated and will not hold up under repeated washings. Do a strength test.  If you can tear it easily with your hands or it’s threadbare/ faded, please use it for another purpose.
  5. If you don’t have yardage, can YOU pre-cut (5”,6.5” or 10” squares) and donate those to be used for eye spy, or similar scrappy quilts?

If the answer to any of those questions is NO, then we are not able to use it.  We have limited space to store fabrics, and limited time to organize donations.

There are a few suggestions of places that may accept your fabrics, please track Karen down at a meeting and she can let you know. And if you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see for kits, please let us know.  We’ve heard “better colours” so far; let us know what you think about our patterns. Sizes? Do you prefer to do a top only?

Don’t forget to enter the draw, when you donate a quilt!

We look forward to seeing lots of faces at the Community Quilts work bee!  I’ve said it before, but I am constantly amazed by how many quilts our guild donates each year. Thank you in advance for your care and generosity!

Karen and Brenda

Reminder of Free table etiquette:

  1. Bring whatever items you like to the free table.
  2. TAKE HOME items that are not re-homed.
  3. It’s just that simple.