Community Quilts


Please mark your calendars for Community Quilt days March 2-4 at St. Andrews St. Stephens Church, 27th and Chesterfield for our annual gathering. It is a great way to meet other guild members and help us make the beautiful quilts we are continually asked for.

All help is appreciated, we have lots of easy patterns and if you are trying to learn to machine quilt babies are not at all critical 😃😃
We hope to be able to have the sandwiches available for purchase Friday and Saturday but orders must be in before 10. Anyone who loves to bake , your fellow quilters will surely appreciate you!

Quilt sizes are:

  • Wee babe-16×20 or 18×24
  • Baby -36 x40
  • Child/ Lap -42 x54
  • Single bed -54 x72

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.




January Fun Day

We had a great day on January 28th, creating quilts for the CQA Canada Wide Quilting Bee.

Everyone worked really hard, but we did take breaks for trivia games, lovely treats and a potluck lunch. Oh yes, and a birthday cake for Canada’s 150th.


Thanks to Sue Forshaw who showed us two methods for “quilt as you go.”


Hopefully people will bring along their work to the guild meeting for everyone to see. It was so interesting to see how different everyone’s blocks looked. Many thanks to all who participated!


Round Peg, Square Hole, February 18th

By the time the newsletter goes out, this workshop will have taken place already. We will give you the report at the next guild meeting!


Improv Workshop, with Barb Mortell, May 2017

We are in the early planning stages for a two-day workshop (Friday/Saturday) in late May, led by Barb Mortell. More details to follow!

Jane Andrew, Workshop Coordinator


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.


Programs: January Meeting

In January, we welcomed Barb Mortell as she shared her remarkable journey as a textile artist and her relationship with colour. Starting the trunk show was a mini show-and-tell with Betty Clarke, Ellie Stockner, Marsha MacKay, and our out-going president, Bena Luxton, showing quilts they had done at Barb’s colour classes.


Below is what Barb calls her ‘pivotal’ quilt, done in a class taught by Roberta Horton in the Gee’s Bend style; the other, a more recent quilt. Do you remember which is which?


I loved all of Barb’s quilts, but especially adored these two log cabin quilts with their playful use of colour, using both solids and prints.


Laurel Hickey, Programs Coordinator

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

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

MAY: Catherine Nicholls ‘Story-Telling’ Trunk Show 

Exploring legends and stories-from the spoken word to finished quilt.

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

Reminder: Enter your Quilt

As CQA rep, I’d like to encourage members to consider entering work in the upcoming National Juried Show. My work is far from technically perfect, yet three of my quilts were juried into the modern category last year. I was very nervous to enter, but happy that I tried! I hope many of you will, too. It is thrilling to share work at a national level.

The deadline for the CQA-NJS is rapidly approaching! All entries must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on February 1st. Entries are $30 per quilt for individual CQA members and $80 per quilt for non-members. You are also responsible for shipping costs to the show in Toronto.  All categories, prizes and instructions are here:

Please don’t leave it until the last minute as the application process requires some time. Photography is crucial to the success of your entry. You must have a full, flat image of the quilt that accurately depicts colours and is in focus, plus one detailed image showing piecing/quilting or applique. If you are entering the bed quilt category, you must also submit a photo of your quilt on a bed. The photographs must be submitted in a certain size (full instructions available on the CQA website). You’ll also have to know the details pertaining to any pattern (name, book, magazine), workshop, instructor name or collaborators to properly credit any non-original work. Yes, CQA does now accept quilts made from patterns and workshops!


From The President

Hope each of you had a wonderful time over the holidays with your family and friends. I spent my holidays recovering from my second knee replacement. Good thing I only have two knees!

Hard to believe another year is upon us. We begin the year with the Fun Day on January 28th. Everyone is invited.

This month we have the launch of our new website. I personally want to thank Colleen Bell for the dedicated effort and organization she put into making the launch happen this month. She has provided a roadmap with detailed instructions for Anne O’Brien to follow as newsletter editor, and migrated all existing content to the new website. There have been challenges, but she has met them all head on! Both Suzanne Patchell and I have relied on her to guide the guild through the process.

Elections and our annual AGM are happening in February so please please volunteer for one of the following positions: President, Secretary, Workshops Coordinator, and Member-at Large. Katherine Morgan has put her name forward for Membership Coordinator. Being on the executive gives you opportunities to participate in how the guild is run and what direction it will take, and you get to meet so many guild members.

We are also looking for a Raffle Quilt Coordinator for the 2018 Quilt Show. This begins with planning early next year. And for someone to shadow Dianne Ritter at the 2018 show.

At our November 22 meeting, the 50/50 draw winner was Katherine Morgan. Katherine won $41.00. The total amount sold was $82.00.

Our next meeting is on January 24th with Barb Mortell presenting a Colour Trunk Show & Presentation. If you have taken one of her colour classes and have a quilt that came out of it, please bring the quilt to the meeting – I have and will.

Bena Luxton

Getting to Know Our New Web Site

Welcome to the completely revamped web site. We hope you’ll find it easy to use, but since there are a number of differences from the old web site – including some new features – we thought you might like a tour.

Getting to Know the New Website: Slide 1


Getting to Know the New Website: Slide 2


Getting to Know the New Website: Slide 3


Getting to Know the New Website: Slide 4


Getting to Know the New Website: Slide 5



It’s time to think about renewing your membership for 2017/2018. The dues for this year are $60.00. Your current membership is good until February 28, 2017 but membership renewals will be accepted at the January and February meetings.

A membership renewal 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’. This form cannot be saved but can be printed off so you can hand write on it also. Please help us save paper by printing off your own form.

The guild currently has 125 members. We had 65 members present at the November guild meeting where we also welcomed 4 guests. The door prizes were won by Jo-Anne Salmon and Jo Ann Lee.

Remember to wear your nametags 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.

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

Happy Stitching!

Joan Herrin
Membership Coordinator