PhDs Reminder

Don’t forget to come to the Program table to check your finished quilt off the list of registered PhDs and give us the dimensions. We have tape measures on hand. Prizes will be awarded during the June social.

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Upcoming Programs

We have a full lineup of speakers and programs for spring and fall of 2017 and welcome suggestions for 2018.

FEBRUARY: Stacey Murton Trunk Show

A trunk show illustration her quilting evolution, from the very beginning to what she is working on now. Several of her quilts have won viewers choice awards and one was featured at Quiltcon 2015 and in two quilting magazines.

MARCH: Wei Hin Ng

Wei Hin will talk about how to keep all our sewing machines purring. From Euro Tech Sewing Machine Repair http://www.eurotechsewrepair.ca.

APRIL: Stacey Day (Stacey in Stitches) 

Stacey is a quilter, pattern writer, and designer. Upbeat modern in style with a touch of traditional, have a look at her blog for patterns and current quilts www.staceyinstitches.wordpress.com.

MAY: Catherine Nicholls ‘Story-Telling’ Trunk Show 

Exploring legends and stories-from the spoken word to finished quilt. https://ravensthread.com/workshops

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

January Guest Speaker: Barb Mortell – Colour Trunk Show

The November social was so much fun – the potluck delicious and the company even better. Judging from how quickly the English Paper Piecing templates and fabric supplies vanished, the North Shore was brighter by many fabric stars this holiday season. We had six quilts and a large bag of hexagons (!) on display for the Inspiration Challenge. Chocolate prizes were awarded. Thank you to everyone who participated.

PhDs – Registration now closed
We had 49 additional PhDs registered and the start of what I’m sure will be a flood of completed quilts for Show and Tell. Be sure to bring your quilt to the Programs table after Show and Tell to check off that it was completed and give the measurements. You’ve got until our May meeting to bring your in finished PhDs– prizes will be awarded at the June meeting.

Row-By-Row Mystery Quilt
Twelve more people signed up for Dianne Ritter’s Row-by-Row Mystery Quilt. If you still want to register, please go to the programs table to sign up. If you do not manage to sign up at the January meeting you will have to contact Dianne directly.  I’m looking forward to getting the first row from her this month.

We have a full lineup of speakers and programs for spring and fall of 2017 and welcome suggestions for 2018.

January: Barb Mortell – Colour Trunk Show

Many of us have taken one of Barb’s workshops, with some fortunate enough to have attended her colour classes. January’s program will bring us a little of both with a refresher in the use of colour through Barb’s own work. Barb asked that members who have taken her colour classes in the past to bring their quilts for a special Show and Tell during her talk. Please contact Betty Clarke if you have any questions. http://www.barbmortell.ca/blog/

Special door prize: Quilt with Tula and Angela: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Piecing and Quilting Using Color and Shape

FEBRUARY: Stacey Murton Trunk Show
MARCH: Wei Hin Ng (Sewing Machine Maintenance)
APRIL: Stacey Day – Stacey in Stitches
MAY: Catherine Nicholls ‘Story-Telling’ Trunk Show

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

 

November Program: Potluck Social

Bring your choice of sweet or savory finger food. Coffee and tea will be provided. We’ll also have a surprise take-away activity – just bring needles (a basting needle plus a fine sewing needle), neutral thread, and a pair of small scissors. We’ll supply the rest.

JANUARY: Barb Mortell Colour Trunk Show & Presentation
FEBRUARY: Stacey Murton Trunk Show

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

Upcoming Programs

We have something new planned for the spring: Dianne Ritter has designed a Row-by-Row Mystery Quilt for us. Be sure to read her write-up – registration starts at the October meeting (Programs table).

PhDs (UFOs)

We had a good response with the PhD signup and lots of signup sheets got taken home. Don’t forget to bring them back, all filled in, for the October meeting. Remember, there’s only this month and November to register your unfinished projects. If you’ve already finished a registered quilt, please bring it to show and tell. Update on the prizes: every quilt you finish will earn an entry into the cash draw. There will also be fabric and other prizes in categories like Community Quilts and most inches finished. Last chance to show your quilts will be in May. The winners will be announced at the June social. Fee: $2 for each PhD registered.

INSPIRATION CHALLENGE

I just know more of you get inspired by what you see around you than signed up in September! October is the last month to register and if you can’t decide right now, sign up a TBA and let your imagination wander at will. There is no restriction on size, so a quick study or prototype block for a larger quilt would work fine. So would a postcard quilt or a mug rug. Bring both the quilt and the inspiration (or a photo of it) to the November social. Because of the short time frame, just the quilt top needs to be finished. Fee: $1. Prizes will be by popular vote (via secret ballot) at the November meeting.

OCTOBER: TBA

Unfortunately, Stacey Day had to cancel her trunk show, but hopefully we’ll be welcoming her in 2017 instead. We’re working on getting a substitute speaker and will let you know when they’re confirmed.

NOVEMBER: Potluck Winter Social

Bring your choice of sweet or savory finger food – no signup required. Coffee and tea will be provided. We’ll also have a surprise take-away activity – just bring needles, neutral thread, and a pair of small scissors. We’ll supply the rest. Also in November, the results of the Inspiration Challenge and more completed PhDs for show and tell.

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

September Meeting: How I Became a Shop Owner

For something a little different to start off the fall, we invited three shop owners to talk about themselves and their experiences. Well, a little talk, more shopping. Based on the feedback we received and the crowds around the shop tables, the format worked and is something we’ll keep in mind for the future.

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Special thanks to our own Stephanie of Stitch and Bobbin for stepping in at the last moment with a lovely selection of fabric. We had originally thought having a shop owner who had been in business for many years could give an interesting perspective about the changes in the quilting world, but I found Stephanie’s story resonated with me a great deal and shows just how fast a life can change when you’re willing to take a risk. A set of fat quarters from the ‘Flight’ collection made it into my stash, reminding me of arriving at San Francisco last year on a cruise at the beginning of Fleet Week, and the amazing air show seen from the harbour ferry.

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Especially popular were the ‘Thicket’ black and white panels brought by Alanna Volp of Cedar & Needle Modern Fabric in Squamish. Over twenty were sold. Alanna suggested we do a show and tell in the new year featuring the finished quilts. Mine will eventually head to Fort St. John for a Christmas baby, with a touch of blue added. If your Thicket quilt is given away before you have an opportunity to show it at a Guild meeting, send me a photo and I’ll add it to the Programs Report along with mine.

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In addition to a purse pattern and some batik fat quarters, I bought an already made up shopping basket (or large purse) from Lois Kelly, the big blue one below, a Christmas present for a friend. I may – may – tell her I didn’t make it myself. The pattern I bought is wonderfully detailed and the method should be much faster than the technique we learned in the workshop last year. It’s not too late to buy something as the kits and patterns are always available at her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BatikBaskets

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I hope everyone has as much fun as I did!

Laurel Hickey

Programs Coordinator

September Program: Panel and Pop-up Shops

We have two new programs this fall: PhDs (aka UFOs) and an Inspiration Challenge. Signup sheets will be available at the monthly meetings.

SEPTEMBER: Panel and Pop-up Shops

For something a little different, we’ve invited three shop owners to tell us about their experiences adapting to retail in the changing world of quilting, and then to field questions from our members. Laura Shaw of Laura’s Fashion Fabrics in White Rock has been in business for almost 40 years, Alanna Volp of the Cedar & Needle Modern Fabric has a pop-up shop in Squamish (in her family florist shop) as well as on Etsy, and Lois Kelly from Campbell River has an Etsy shop, selling batik bags and kits.

Their ‘shops’ will open at 7pm and continue at the break and after the talk. There will be lots to buy, so bring money!

OCTOBER: Stacey Day, Trunk Show “Stacey in Stitches”
NOVEMBER: Potluck Winter Social

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

June Program: Very Berry Summer Social

In September, when we’re well rested from the quilt show and ready to sink our teeth into new – and old – projects, we’ll be starting two new programs: an “Inspiration” challenge, the finished pieces to be brought to the November meeting, and a PhD registration (aka UFOs) with the finished quilts shown in the new year. Also in January will be signup for a mystery or row by row quilt.

JUNE: Very Berry Summer Social
All things berry – plus a ‘save your skewer’ game and lots of prizes. Please remember to bring your mug.

SEPTEMBER: Panel and Pop-up Shop
OCTOBER: Stacey Day, Trunk Show “Stacey in Stitches”

Laurel Hickey, Norine McCaffrey and Betty Clarke
Program Coordinators

May Trunk Show: Jane Cannon

Beginning with her mother’s 1933 Nancy Page quilt and her own wall hanging interpretation of the pattern, Jane’s trunk show “My Quilting Origins and Journey” follows her development as a quilter and the special features and challenges each quilt presented. In 2008, she started a series of math quilts: number sequences, tangrams, pentominoes, MC Escher-type tessellations, and so forth; the tessellation technique was published in the fall 2015 issue of Quilter’s Connection.

JUNE: Very Berry Summer Social

Laurel Hickey, Norine McCaffrey and Betty Clarke
Program Coordinators

April Trunk Show: Judy Villett

We welcome Betty Clarke to the Programs Committee! Thank you Betty.

Remember to give us your suggestions for speakers and other program-related ideas, such as challenges and swaps. Phone or grab any of us at a meeting, or email to programs@lionsgatequiltersguild.com.

APRIL: Judy Villett
A fourth generation quilter, Judy’s trunk show “From Prairies to Pacific” shows how her work is influenced by where she lives, from the Alberta foothills to the west coast of BC, and combining traditional techniques and contemporary design. Her work has appeared in juried shows and solo exhibitions in Canada, the US, and Japan. She is also a CQA-certified judge. Judy will be bringing colour wheel kits and patterns, bookmarks, butterfly pins and cards for sale at the break and after the presentation, and takes cheques, cash and credit cards

MAY: Jane Cannon
JUNE: Summer Social

Laurel Hickey & Norine McCaffrey
Program Coordinators