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.

LGQG 2017/18 Quilt Challenge

What happened this month? Is it really November? Did something happen in recent months and then you realized “Oh my, that is how the light got into my life this month”. Did a new grandchild arrive? Did the golden colour of the trees catch you off guard and WOW you? Did you just learn to sew little slivers of light into your quilt? Well then, a challenge packet is your answer! I know, I know I said October was the last possible month to buy a challenge packet. Dorothy Porter has agreed to hold the remaining packets and sell them to you. Also, if you would like more fabric, you can buy a fat 1/8 from Dorothy for $2.50. Can’t wait to see everyone’s creative solutions to “There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in”.

Thanks, Barbara

October 2017 Rulers Rule Talk and Popup Shop with Carola Russell

If anyone wondered if just maybe we’d had enough of shopping in the double-whammy pop-ups of September, the answer proved to be a resounding NO! Carola brought a huge selection of pre-cuts, threads, and gadgets, including the new free-motion quilting rulers and feet. The crowds were such that sharp elbows were needed to get to the merchandise. I have sharp elbows. I bought and bought.

Despite the pre-meeting shopping and the shopping at the break and the time we left for shopping after Carola’s talk, there was still a lineup that threatened to take us past 10 pm, our pumpkin hour at the hall. Packing everything up in time took an (un)coordinated effort, dodging the throngs of shoppers still there. A special thanks to Linda Heese who dove right into the packing up alongside the Programs committee.

Even though we aren’t really set up for demos, Carola’s talk was a good introduction to the tools and techniques of using those special rulers for free-motion quilting. I’m going to give it a go in the new year… or when I can see my sewing table again for all the projects I’m trying to get done for Christmas.

Laurel Hickey, Programs Coordinator

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

September 2017 Popping Pop-Ups

This September, we welcomed Debbie Miller, owner of the ‘Needle and I Quilt Shop and Sewing Centre’ in Burnaby and Lorna Shapiro, owner of ‘Quilter’s Dream Fabrics’ in Vancouver. Their brief talks were full of insights as to what goes on behind the scenes of the two very different businesses. The shopping experience before the meeting, during the break and afterwards, was amazing. I spent every dollar I had brought with me and was sorely tempted to pull out the plastic. I wasn’t alone – we kept the pair hopping. Most of my money went towards re-stuffing my stash with Japanese yarn-dyed fabrics, a speciality of Lorna’s. I also got three colours of cork fabric from Debbie, real sewable cork you can make into real things. I’m thinking gadget pouches and change purses for holiday giving. Debbie recommends using baby wipes to clean the items.

From left to right: Betty Clarke, Suzanne Patchell, Debbie Miller, and Lorna Shapiro.DSC05224

Lorna Shapiro’s selection of Japanese yarn-dyed fabrics, shot cottons, and silks. Oh my.dsc05218.jpg

Debbie Miller’s wonderful assortment of fabrics and notions. Something for everyone.DSC05210

Cork fabric from Debbie Miller.DSC05211

October 2017 Upcoming Programs

Rulers Rule Talk by Carola Russell of Carola’s Quilt Shop

Learn everything you need to get started with free motion quilting rulers on your home machine: the foot, the rulers, the supplies and the techniques. She’s bringing loads of things from her store, so think about doing some early Christmas shopping, especially for yourself! Carola is also doing a ruler workshop with us in November and there will be an opportunity to order supplies for that. Note 15% discount on rulers ordered before the workshop.

Winter Social & Guess the Quilter Game

By popular request, the ‘Guess the Quilter Game’ is back, keeping delicious company with our pot luck winter social. Be prepared for fun and prizes and good food. No signup sheet for the pot luck, just bring your favourite sweet or savoury treat to share.

We have lots planned for the 2018, including demos by our members, a tour through the 2017 Birmingham Quilt Show in the UK, and a couple of great trunk shows.
In January, we will display the results of the Row-by-Row challenge – this gives you some extra time over the original plan of showing them in November. Bring your completed work or work-in-progress.

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

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