January Fun Day, January 28

January Fun Day, January 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 1360 East 24th St. (at Mt. Hwy.), North Vancouver. Cost is $25 plus an item for the potluck

As described in our October newsletter, we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with a quilting bee/potluck/birthday party. Please take note of the date – it is on the last Saturday of January. We had to change the date that was originally planned, as several of our members will be away at the Road2California quilt show. The quilting bee is an initiative of the Canadian Quilters’ Association, and all the quilts that are created will be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. Each 12 ½” slab block is to have at least one piece of the special edition Canada 150 fabric in it, and the intention is for them to be scrappy. So, think scrappy kids’ quilts.

As Sue Forbes will be showing us how to “quilt as you go,” we are hoping people will also think about coordinating the backing of the blocks if you want to pool them together with other people’s blocks. We will have some fabrics you can use for the joining strips and backing. If you have any batting scraps that are at least 14” square, we can sure use them up for you!

This is a really flexible project. You can make blocks, a quilt top, or an entire quilt. Please have a look at the CQA website at for the full details and instructions. They have a short video which shows how to make the slab blocks, as well as written instructions.

If you haven’t signed up to come yet, and plan to attend, please let me know asap. There will be an opportunity to register at the guild meeting, but we’d appreciate knowing how many people to expect before then.


Round Peg, Square Hole Workshop

Our Round Peg, Square Hole workshop will be February 18th from 9:30am to 4:30pm.  The locations is Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. The cost is $55.00, which includes the pattern fee

We still have some places available in the upcoming February 18th, workshop with Krista Hennebury, her “Quarter Round” quilt design. Krista always does a great job of teaching, and we are really looking forward to the day! You can choose to make the four block wall hanging or the larger 16 block quilt.

Workshop Coordinator

Workshop: Round Peg, Square Hole (Krista Hennebury)

wks1Krista always does a great job of teaching, and we are really looking forward to the day! Here is a picture of the Quarter Round quilt, which can also be done in a smaller version with only four blocks for a wall hanging.

DATE: Saturday, February 18
TIME: 10 AM to 4 PM
LOCATION: Highlands United Church,
COST: $55.00 (includes pattern)

Workshop: January Fun Day

Mark your calendar for this fun event! Each year we do something a bit different for our January event, and this year we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. A potluck birthday party!

The Canadian Quilters Association is hosting a nationwide quilting bee, with the goal of making 1,000 quilts for donation to Ronald MacDonald Houses across Canada, and we thought this would be an excellent project for our annual event. The quilts are to be made of 12 ½”slab blocks, and we can just provide blocks, make them into quilt tops, or finish entire quilts. Each block is to contain at least one piece of the specialty fabric being issued (by Moda and Nortcott) for Canada’s 150th birthday. As long as the shipment arrives on time, we will have some of this fabric to give out at the November guild meeting, and again at the January Fun Day. You can find instructions for the slab blocks on the CQA website at Our very own Sue Forshaw will be teaching how to do Quilt As You Go. What a great project for that technique!

DATE: January 21, 2017
TIME: 10 am to 4 pm
LOCATION: St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 1360 East 24th St. (at Mt. Hwy.), North Vancouver

Workshop: Circles, Circles, Circles (Terry Aske)

Do you love the look of circles in quilts? But are you intimidated by sewing curves?  Me too! I use a variety of techniques to create my circle quilts that are simple, easy and effective.

The workshop will cover:

  • an easy method to draw a circle any size
  • making and using freezer-paper templates
  • how to create accurate circles using a freezer paper pattern and flat seam sewing
  • circles with raw edges, covered with bias tape, couching or decorative stitching
  • circles with turned-under edges, which are topstitched in place

I will teach you to design your own 12 to 18 inch square circle block pattern. Then you will make the blocks using a variety of techniques. The blocks could become a small wall-hanging, a pillow cover, or the start of a larger quilt.

DATE: September 24/16
TIME: 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: St. Agnes Lutheran Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver
COST: $55.00

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Workshop: Landscapes (Susan Jensen)

In this class you will learn the techniques to give you the confidence to create a landscape quilt from any of your own photos.  Learn how to create landscape elements and what fabrics to use and how to enhance your piece with paint and stitching. The techniques include raw edge applique, kraft-tex elements, painting highlights and shadows to give your piece depth. In this workshop you have a choice between 2 photos to work from to start your landscape journey.

DATE: November 5, 2016
TIME: 10 am to 4 pm
LOCATION: Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver
COST: $40.00

Susan’s Bio:

Creativity has always been in my life thanks to my Dad. He wanted each of us to realize our own creative path and the joy it would bring into our lives. “All work and no play” was not good for the soul he would say. He instilled the love of nature and to appreciate the beauty around us and I shall always be truly grateful for that.

Who am I you ask?

  • Designer of Quilted Escapes Pattern Design, desgining for Northcott Inc. with my patterns being sold across North America and Internationally
  • I recently joined Trend-Tex Inc. as their In-house Desginer and Creative Director
  • I teach at quilt shops, trade shows and guilds
  • Recently opened my new studio where I teach and create fibre art in Maple Ridge, B.C
  • Fibre Artist and a member of the Fibre Arts Network
  • On the editorial committee of the Quilter’s Connection Magazine
  • I’m happily married to my husband of 31 years with 2 beautiful children, 2 beautiful grandchildren. We have 2 dogs and a cat who thinks he’s a dog!

As I spend time out in this glorious province it’s exciting to really look at nature, the sunshine and the shadows, the textures and the colours are just some of what inspires my desgins. I want my fibre art to give the viewer the feeling that they are actually there, that they could walk right into the piece and touch the trees or open the garden gate or get their feet wet down by the water.

My hope is to inspire my students to look at nature with a whole new perspective, and, using what they learn in the classes I offer, create their own masterpieces. In this class you will learn the techniques to give you the confidence to create a landscape quilt from a photo.  You have a choice of 2 photos to work from to start your landscape journey.


Workshop: January Extravaganza (Elaine Andrew)

january_extravaganzaBring a Jelly Roll, and we’ll make up some no-calorie Jelly Long Johns. You can even keep your New Year’s resolutions with these ones! Better yet, work from your stash, and you’ll be able to keep more than one resolution! We will explore many possible ways of setting these quick, easy blocks. If you would rather work on something else, that’s fine, too. Just bring it along! Please bring any quilts you have handy that were made from precuts, and share your ideas. As always at this annual event, we will have a pot luck lunch, prizes, companionship and fun.

Elaine, our instructor for this day, has been quilting so long, she remembers when rotary cutters were invented. A retired nurse, she now keeps herself busy with a computerized longarm quilting business, chairing a quilt guild in Calgary, making oodles of quilts, and teaching others to quilt. She is an entertaining and knowledgeable person, who happens to also be my sister!

DATE: January 16, 2016
TIME: 10 am to 4 pm
LOCATION: St. Stephens Catholic Parish, 1360 East 24th Street, North Vancouver
COST: $25.00

Workshop: Lonestar Circle (Krista Hennebury)


Lonestar Circle featuring Oakshott Cottons (Make It, Take It, p. 68)

I will assume Krista needs no introduction to our group. This pattern is from Krista’s newest book, Make It, Take It. Due to copyright agreements, everyone will need to have a copy of the book. If you don’t have one yet, we will have some available for sale at the meeting for $30. Participants will be given the option of making the full 55 inch quilt from the book, or a 20 inch mini quilt. Samples will be on display at the October Guild meeting.

DATE: February 20, 2016
TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
LOCATION: St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver
COST: $45

Variation in Christmas Fabrics by Krista Hennebury, from September 2015 Show and Tell

Workshop: Machine Quilting (Terry Grusendorf)

Terry is a member of our guild who has a lot of experience in the quilting world. Following is her biography. She will be teaching machine quilting techniques, and we will come away from our day having created a sampler.

machine_quiltingThis from Terry:
Growing up with quilts stretched on a wooden frame and my mom’s friends sitting around hand stitching the quilt layers together, it was a natural progression to become a quilter and let the creative juices flow. A professional draftsperson for over 25 years, the experience allows me to design quilts, and create topstitch patterns by hand or on the computer before free handing them on the longarm.

As the owner of 6 Ave Quilting and Longarm Service I have been able to explore many other aspects of the fabric art industry. I have enjoyed designing as well as making specialty bags, multi organizational purses and wearable art. Designing and creating has always been my passion and I am happiest with a pencil, paper (or computer aided drafting) and needle in hand (or a very large sewing machine). It is not only about holding the quilt layers together but ability to add colour, flow and enhance the quilter’s labor of love in quilting.

Before starting 6 Ave Quilting and Longarm Service 7 years ago, my passion was in creating art quilts that have traveled the world, won ribbons and kept my family, friends and clients in smiles and wrapped in warmth and love.

Teaching this wonderful craft has been a joy. To see the smiles on happy faces when they create and make that last stitch on an item that they will enjoy for many years makes the whole world a little brighter.

DATE: October 17, 2015
TIME: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1110 Gladwin Drive, North Vancouver
COST: $30.00 per person

Workshop: Shrinky, Stretchy, Pliable Patchwork (Barb Mortell)

shrinkyShrinky, Stretchy is a new course Barb is teaching. This is a class for the Improv challenged as well as the Improv experts (as if there are any!). A well designed palette of colours will help you bring many concepts of design to life as you improvise, stretch, shrink and play with traditional quilt blocks. A small quilt top will come to life by day’s end. Come to class with an open mindedness to explore and discover new design ideas. View more photos

From Barb’s website:
I have been making quilts since I took my first sampler class in 1990. That sampler was small and yellow and very bright and was my first improvisational quilt, because I’m not always good at following instructions. I gave it to my best friend when she had her first child.

It was worn to pieces by her two babies and that makes me feel happy. I’ve wandered through many quilt making styles since then, and taken many different directions. I used to make pointy points and repeat blocks in traditional styles (using not so traditional colours) but now I cut free hand and improvise my designs as I go. I used to love collecting fabrics and working with vibrant prints (and I always considered the quilts I made with these to be collaborations with those anonymous fabric designers), but now I mostly work with solid chunks of colour. I used to pay close attention to colour relationships, working out how the colours reacted together by consulting my colour wheel and studying different traditional “schemes”, but now I pay close attention to my gut reaction to colour and design. I am training my eye to see good relationships in colour, value, line and shape. It’s a hard slog sometimes, but getting the cloth to sing is what keeps me in the studio. It’s just that simple.

DATE: November 14, 2015
TIME: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1110 Gladwin Drive, North Vancouver
COST: $45.00 per person

Workshop Survey Results

At the last Guild General Meeting, we distributed surveys and have summarized the results of the 57 completed surveys we received.

Topics of Interest:

Quilt As You Go 28 Embellishments 14
Modern Quilts 27 Colour Workshops 12
Fun Days 23 French Braid 12
Improv Piecing 23 One Block Wonders 12
Free Motion Quilting 22 Sashiko 11
Jelly Roll Quilts 22 Thread Play 11
Machine Quilting 21 Foundation Piecing 9
Totes/bags 19 Stack ‘n Whack 9
Curved Seams 18 Paper Piecing 8
Art Quilts 15 Traditional Quilts 8
Designing Quilts 15 Borders & Bindings 6
Fabric Dyeing 15 Crazy Quilts 4

Other suggested topics:

  • 3D quilts eg. using value to create 3D, like tumbling blocks (Library book #1098)
  • Baltimore Quilt Appliqué
  • Beading
  • Civil War Quilts
  • Ice Dying (2 people)
  • Miniatures
  • Name Tags
  • Precuts (charm squares, layer cakes)
  • Stained Glass Window
  • Thread Painting
  • Wool Felt Appliqué

Do you prefer workshops on weekends or weekdays?

Weekends 25
Weekdays 9

How many workshops do you think you will attend in the next year?

1 – 2 25
2 – 3 18
4 – 5 4
6 – 7 1

What price per day are you comfortable with?

$25 – 49 6
$50 – 75 33
$75 – 119 3
Up to $150 1

Do you prefer local teachers, members from our guild as teachers, or internationally known teachers from further distances?

Local 18
Our guild 8
International 2

Do you consider yourself to be a beginner, intermediate or advanced quilter?

Beginner 1
Intermediate 38
Advanced 14

Thank you for taking the time to complete and submit a survey. The Workshop Committee is glad to know what you are interested in, so we can offer appropriate classes. Hope you have a lovely summer and are able to find lots of time for quilting!

Jane Andrew, Workshops Coordinator