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
Co-President

Membership

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

From Our Presidents

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you enjoyed a good Summer — in spite of the extremely hot weather, and the smoke & ash from the bush fires — a Summer with relax time, vacation time and time for your quilting projects.

We have a good year coming up, with plenty of opportunities to learn and participate in Guild activities, and have fun with your Guild friends. Between workshops, COPS days, Community Quilts weekend, the Retreat, our own Quilt Show and the CQA Show, there will be lots to keep us all busy. So decide what you want to do, sign up soon and pay up early. Don’t miss out, as space is sometimes limited. ( I’m so excited!! )

For Show ‘n Tell, please remember to use the mic and the small platform on the left side of the stage, and pass your quilts up to our helpers on the stage

In the interest of good communication, there will be a “Suggestion & Feedback Box” at the 50/50 Table. You can use this anytime to get a message to your Executive or simply send us an email. Since the Newsletter has been online for several months, we are interested in hearing from you. Can you navigate through the Newsletter easily? Can you find what you are looking for? Do you have any questions or need help with anything related to the Newsletter? Let us know and you will get a reply.

I heard we have an interesting Program for September (and someone whispered “bring money”).

If you have not yet renewed your Membership, you can still do so at the September meeting when you sign in.

See you on Sept 26th.

Karen Cooke, Co-President (with Kathryn Gillis)

Membership

We had 75 members attending our June Guild meeting, and 3 guests for a total of 78 attending.

The door prize winners were Sharon Willemse, Katherine Morgan, Rose Moore, Arlene Simpson and Elaine Fjoser. Prizes this month were compliments of the Programs Committee, and picked up on the meeting’s Zen Doodling presentation. 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 105 members and the members list has just been emailed out. I apologize for the delay in sending this – first we moved and then my computer had what my tech guy (aka my husband) called a “catastrophic failure”. It took a while to recover and rebuild files on the new computer…but now it’s done and the list is sent.

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 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.

Thanks to those who volunteered to be a “Buddy” for a guest at a Guild meeting. It’s simple – just sign the volunteer list at the membership table. If a guest comes on their own, I will ask if they would like someone to show them around, and then I’ll call on a volunteer Buddy to welcome them, explain a bit about our Guild, then sit with them if they like, answer questions, and perhaps introduce them to some fellow quilters. Just to clarify, this is not a long-term commitment; it is simply to make sure that all of our guests know they are welcome at their first Guild meeting. Please think about sharing your love of quilting in this simple way.

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

Katherine Morgan, Membership Coordinator

LGQG 2017-18 CHALLENGE

Are you a new quilter or new to the guild and reluctant to participate in the challenge? For that matter, maybe you have been a member of the guild for years and have not taken advantage of this opportunity!

It is an opportunity! The required quilt is small. Small makes it possible to take a small risk and try techniques you have side stepped. Yes, there are rules but nothing says you can’t brainstorm your ideas with your quilting friends.

Surly, there was a crack somewhere where in your life this summer or earlier where the light got in and you paused for just a second. There is you quilt!

There are still challenge packets for sale and for just $5.00 one could be yours. Pin the fabric on you design wall and let your imagination lead you in a creative direction – maybe a quilting path you haven’t stitched along before.

See you at the challenge table.

Barbara Beatty

Workshops

At the September meeting, we will accept registrations for both fall workshops that have already been announced. If space allows, registrations for Carola’s Free Motion Quilting with Rulers workshop will continue in October.   Here is the information once again.   Supply lists will be available at our next guild meeting.   Space is now limited, so please see Helen at the workshop table if you have not yet registered but wish to attend.

Freezer Paper Foundation Paper Piecing – by Dianne Ritter

Place: St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver, BC

Date:   Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost:   $40.00

Have you ever tried or wanted to try Foundation Paper Piecing because you love the accuracy of the technique but the thought of picking out all that paper made you run screaming?

June 1

What if there was a way to achieve the accuracy without all of the paper picking?

There is! Join Dianne for a day of Foundation Paper Piecing using freezer paper and when your block is complete you simply pull the freezer paper off.  No tearing, pulling at stitches or picking required.

We will work on a table runner that, while not too difficult, will give you a good foundation in the technique.

Free Motion Quilting with Rulers – Teacher: Carola Russell from Sechelt, BC

Place: St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver, BC

Dates: 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 standard 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 be required to purchase a “Ruler Foot” and “Ruler” or a “Ruler set” before the class, if you do not already have it.

Feet 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 in our October program.  If you sign-up for this workshop in June or September, you will be able to order the required items from Carola in time.

Please supply the make and model of your sewing machine on sign-up.

For the Foot part:

  1. Current Bernina machines use the new #72 foot – known as the ruler foot.
  2. Most other machines can be fitted with one of the following Janome convertible free motion foot sets as follows:
  3. Part #202002003 High Shank (7mm) for $61.95 or,
  4. Part #202146001 High Shank (9mm) for $61.95 or,

iii. Part #202002004 Low Shank for $61.95

Plus the following attachment:

  1. Part #767434005 for $23.95 (Foot set part, this is the ruler work attachment that fits on the convertible foot noted above)

For the Ruler part:

For this class everyone will use the Versa tool from HandiQuilter.  It is a multi-purpose ruler and a great way to start.  Ruler is $39.99

A supply list will also be available at the sign-up table.

Happy quilting,

Susan Lum and Helen Jorgensen.

From the President(s)

Looking forward to seeing you all at the June meeting.  If you haven’t heard, we’re making a small change to “Show ‘n Tell”.  The quilts will be handed up to people on the stage to be held up for all to see, and the owner of the quilt(s) will use the mike and a small (optional) platform that will be on the floor of the hall, next to the stairs at the left-hand side of the stage.  If the small platform does not feel comfortable for most of us to use, we will get a slightly larger one made for the Fall.

I can’t wait to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, and see photos and hear people’s memories of the earlier years of the Guild.  Show ‘n Tell should be great.  And the light refreshments … yummy!  Remember to bring back your Library books.  See you there!!

Karen Cooke, Co-President

Membership

We had 73 members attending our May Guild meeting, including 2 new members who joined that evening, and 2 guests for a total of 75 attending.

The regular door prize winners were Lynda Gidinski and Karen Wong. We had 3 bonus door prizes kindly donated by our speaker; those were won by: Karen Munro, Penny Dyer and Sharon Bovee. 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.

Thanks to those who volunteered to be a “Buddy” for a guest at a Guild meeting. It’s simple – just sign the volunteer list at the membership table. If a guest comes on their own, I will ask if they would like someone to show them around, and then I’ll call on a volunteer Buddy to welcome them, explain a bit about our Guild, then sit with them if they like, answer questions, and perhaps introduce them to some fellow quilters. Just to clarify, this is not a long-term commitment; it is simply to make sure that all of our guests know they are welcome at their first Guild meeting. Please think about sharing your love of quilting in this simple way.

The guild currently has 98 members and we’d love to have more…. so please consider renewing if you haven’t yet done so, or encourage a friend to join. 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 made out to ‘Lions Gate Quilters Guild’ or ‘LGQG’. You can also pick up a form at the membership desk, and membership renewals will be accepted at any meeting. For those who have already renewed, your new membership cards are ready for pick-up.

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

Katherine Morgan,Membership Coordinator

Interesting History of our Guild

Very Early Days….

In September of 1986 the North Shore Continuing Education Department offered two quilting classes. The classes were well received, with good results and ten quilters from within the group decided to meet informally in the following spring, to continue their quilting experience. Elizabeth Cooke who worked for the school board, made arrangements for the group to meet in the library of Westview School. I was invited as a guest and attended a couple of meetings. Before long the group considered forming a guild and discussions took place on the challenges of this initiative including operational rules and selecting a name. I remember one name that was temporarily a front runner “STITCH AND BITCH” but the group was inspired by a sunny evening when the Lion’s Gate bridge could be viewed from the library window: thankfully deciding it would be a more dignified title. Other important considerations were who would bring the cookies to the next meeting and mandatory attendance requirements if you wished to remain in the guild!

During the spring of 1987, quilting was gaining popularity locally, through courses at fabric shops as well as Continuing Education. The graduates of these classes wished to continue and grow their quilting experience and significant interest developed in joining the Lions Gate group. The impact of quilting was recognized when the cover of the Joy of Learning Magazine published by Continuing Education, featured a picture of the group of ten, wrapped in quilts produced from their first class. A picture of that magazine cover is on the table at the rear of the room.

The Guild was formally registered guild numbers swelled as quilters completed their initial quilting experiences. Before long a greater variety of quilting related classes was added and the Guild became active in providing workshops, lead by instructors from Canada and the US who were recognized as experts in the world of quilting. Within 18 months the guild had grown from 10 to over 200 members and further growth of an additional 100 in the following year.

The quality of these educational programs improved the skills and knowledge of guild members and produced a level of confidence that the Guild was now mature enough share their quilts with the community. In May 1990, the Guild presented a three day quilt show featuring 150 quilts, At the suggestion of Marie Querns the show was titled “An Album of Quilts”. Producing a quilt show presented many challenges as few members had any experience with such an undertaking. The guild executive carefully examined the risks and rewards in producing a show. At many meetings the challenging elements of such a production were examined, the costs, how to hang a show, the venue, the degree of participation and of course a fear that attendance might be embarrassingly low. To the delight of the executive the show was attended by 1500 visitors and as a bonus provided a substantial profit to be used to subsidize workshops, provide reference materials to schools and public libraries and fund a local initiative entitled the Community Quilts Program. The quilt show has been presented semi annually since its inception.

Dolores Bell

And the Journey Continues….

LIONS GATE QUILTERS GUILD NEWSLETTER:January 22, 1992 (Volume 3, Number 3)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To start the new, I would like to tell our members about the old, namely how the Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild began.

In the fall of 1985 I started quilting classes with Dolores Bell and June Duckenfield as my teachers. It was in that sampler class that I met Debbie Knowles and Brenda Sikich. One term of classes turned into four and other new friendships began. Rose Bates, Kerry Karram and Karin Walkley were also in those early classes.

In the last class of that fourth term we had our usual soiree. We agreed that we were almost on overload with new projects, but we didn’t want to part company. We decided to meet monthly and asked Dolores and June to join us. They agreed, as long as they could come as friends, not as teachers. After careful consideration, of less than a second – they were in.

I look after the facility rentals for the North Vancouver School Board and I offered to arrange a room for us to meet in.

January 29, 1987, was our first meeting at Lonsdale Elementary’s Library and Debbie took hold of the reins as President and asked if I would help as treasurer. (Big Surprise to me, my specialty is spending money, not saving it.) Our overhead for the first six months rent was $46.00

Debbie faithfully kept track of attendance and collected the dues for our membership of 18 and the waiting list that kept growing. At first we decided on baseball rules – 3 strikes and you’re out, or miss 3 consecutive meetings and move over for someone with more time or enthusiasm. Perhaps it was harsh, but at that point we weren’t ready to expand. There was a suggestion that a note from your husband explaining your absence may clear the slate, but it was the ‘80’s and that idea got what it deserved – LAUGHTER!!

The meetings were small enough that we alternated bringing tea, coffee, and goodies to the meetings. In the summer when schools were closed we held the meeting in each other’s homes.

For the first fourteen months we were known as the ‘North Vancouver Quilters’. At one of the meetings in the spring of 1988 it was unseasonably warm and someone opened the library door. It was then that we noticed the exceptional view of the Lions. Out of the many suggestions for a new name, the ‘Lions Gate Quilters’ was not only appropriate, but the most popular; a great name to put on our shingle.

Lonsdale Elementary housed the meetings until June 1988. The membership doors were opened in September 1988 and Highlands United Church was our new home and meeting place.

Elizabeth Cook

HISTORY OF PRESIDENTS & LOCATIONS

Year                        President                                       Location

1987                     DEBBIE KNOWLES         Lonsdale Elementary School

1988/89                DEBBIE KNOWLES        Highlands United Church

1990                     KARIN WALKLEY           Delbrook Centre

1991                     VALERIE JEFFREY          Delbrook Centre

1992                    GAIL HUNT                       Leo Marshall Centre (FIRST QUILT SHOW)

1993                    ANNETTE BLAIR           North Shore Winter Club June/94 ( 2nd Quilt Show)

1995                    MAVIS WALKLEY             Jaycee House (near Capilano University)

1997                     SHIRLEY MORTELL        Jaycee House

1999                     SHIRLEY CORRIS             Jaycee House/International Plaza/NS Winter Club

2001                     MILLIE CUMMINGS        North Shore Winter Club

2003                     PAT GORMELY                 NS Winter Club/ Squamish Nation Rec. Centre

2005                     DIANNE RITTER              Squamish Nation Recreation Centre

2007                     ROSALIND KNIGHT        St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2009                     CAROL PIERCY                 St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2011                     BETTY CLARKE                 St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2013                     BETTY CLARKE                 St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2015                     BENA LUXTON                  St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

2017                     KATHRYN GILLIS/KAREN COOKE   St. Andrews & St. Stephens Church

Start of Community Quits

In the fall of 1992 a few of the guild members decided to pool their scrapes and make nine patch blocks. The challenge came when they combined these blocks and tried to make attractive lap quilts. It was decided to open the challenge to the whole guild membership. The Lucas Centre was booked and 35 quilts were made and donated to the women and children affiliated with Emily Murphy House (now Sage House).

The event was such a success that plans were made to have a second go at it in April of 1993. Again nine patch was the chosen block, using everyone’s scrapes. It was not easy to make co-ordinated tops, but what we lacked in design and colour co-ordination we made up in quantity. Emily Murphy and some care facilities were recipients of our efforts.

It was decided that Community Quilts should become an annual event for the Guild. Members were encouraged to donate the needed materials and the guild executive provided funds to purchase some batting.

The Project was put on a firm financial footing when the executive decided to allocate funds from the proceeds of the Quilt Show in the spring of 1996 to purchase fabric and batting to supplement that given by members.

Community Quilts is still an annual guild event thanks to some members who have continued to give leadership and much time and energy to the project. Hundreds of quilts have been given to organizations and individuals in our community.

Doree Piercy

***Thanks to Betty Clarke for submitting the interesting articles with  the support of many other….***

 

 

Community Quilts

It’s been a very busy month contacting people and arranging for delivery of the quilts. There were 49 quilts were dropped off today, at the NICU, Evergreen House, Hope Ctr, Cancer Ctr at LGH and Kiwanis care home.  Thank you from all those groups and kudos on all the hard work and generosity!

We would really appreciate if you don’t bring any quilts to the June meeting. Instead save them for September so you can enter the draw.  We will have some kits available at the meeting for you to take home and work on.

Have a safe and happy summer.

Brenda and Karen