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

Workshop: Shattered Angles (Susan Purney Mark)

1604680415-01-_sx142_sy224_sclzzzzzzz_Shattered Angles is Susan’s most popular workshop. We will learn the technique which one of her books is based on. There will be lots of room for your own creativity in designing and finishing your quilt. Please visit her website if you would like more information about Susan and her endeavours. We will have samples of her work available at our next meeting for you to have a look at, as well as a list of required materials. There is no need to purchase the pattern or book.

DATE: May 23, 2015
TIME: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
PLACE: St. Catherine’s Church, 1058 Ridgewood Dr., North Vancouver
COST: $65.00

Worshop: Twist-and-Turn Bargello (Eileen Wright)

We are very pleased to have Eileen Wright, from Parksville, returning to present her two-day Bargello workshop. Eileen will be offering a choice of 4 patterns from her books. These choices are: Island Sunset, Aurora Borealis and Cosmic Twist from her first book “Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts”, and Glacier Bay from her second book “More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts”. Cosmic Twist is a little bigger quilt but is a little easier to make.

You will need to wash and pre-cut your fabric before the workshop (batiks are wonderful in these quilts).

1564779432-01-_sx142_sy224_sclzzzzzzz_You will also need to purchase one of Eileen’s books “Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts” or “More Twist-andTurn Bargello Quilts”, whichever contains the pattern you choose to make (both are available in our library). Stephanie at Stitch & Bobbin will bring in books if you pre-order.

Everyone take note: Eileen is happy to do a book signing over the lunch hour for anyone who has either of her books, even if you are not taking her class!

DATE: Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25, 2015
TIME: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm each day
PLACE: St. Agnes Church, 530 East 12th, North Vancouver
COST: $110.00 for 2 days

Workshop: Mola Style Appliqué (Shirley Prakke)

molaMola appliqué is neither simple appliqué nor reverse appliqué, but rather a technique that is unique to the Kuna Indians of Panama, and is an artistic representation of the their lives and their environment. Mola designs are characterized by a central motif surrounded by ribbons or channels of high contrast, saturated, solid colour. Traditional Mola appliqué is entirely hand made using invisible needle-turn appliqué. In the workshop we will make a small panel as an introduction to the Mola appliqué technique, that could be incorporated into a small bag or small project afterwards.

DATE: March 28, 2015
TIME: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
PLACE: St. Catherine’s Church, 1058 Ridgewood Dr., North Vancouver
COST: $65 (includes kit cost of $15 and provides all fabric needed for the workshop)