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.

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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

COPS Day: February 4th

Our next COPS Day is February 4th. There is also a COPS Days scheduled for March 11.

WHEN: Saturday, 9:30 to 4:30, February 4th
WHERE: Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
COST: $15.00 plus a plate of sweets or savouries

Sign up will take place at guild meeting. If fewer than 15 people have signed up by the end of the meeting before the COPS Day, then it will be cancelled. If the COPS Day goes ahead, drop-ins will be welcome. If you are not able to come to the guild meeting and would like to sign up for a particular COPS Day, you can mail a cheque for $15, payable to Lions Gate Quilters Guild (or LGQG), to Marsha MacKay (address available in the directory).

Marsha MacKay


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

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.

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



Happy New Year!

Don’t forget to bring your books back to the library this month – if you’re like me, you’ll have to dig them out from under the books I received as Christmas gifts. I did get a little time over the holidays to browse through the library books.

We have four new books for the library this month.

Alex Anderson’s new book, All Things Quilting, is a “text book” of quilting. If there is a technique you want to learn, teach or perfect, it’s in this book. There are chapters on tools, choosing fabrics, drafting blocks, rotary cutting, piecing, appliqué, quilting and finishing. Hand and machine techniques are included and there are lots of photos illustrating ideas and showing step-by-step methods.

Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels is a collection of mini quilts designed by Moda’s fabric designers. They are mostly made by tiny piecing, but there is also some quilt-as-you-go, fused appliqué and wool appliqué. Sizes range from 8” x 10” to 20” x 20”. Great ideas to use some of the tiny scraps you can’t throw out!

Quilts from Sweet Jane by Sue Pfau is another collection of patterns for use with pre-cuts – jellyrolls, charm squares and layer cakes. The quilts are straightforward and striking.

Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison is a bit of a “classic” of modern quilting. It’s basically about sorting and using your scraps, in a no-pressure, no-pattern kind of way. There are lots of ideas for sewing scraps together, without measuring or trimming first, and then putting them together into a harmonious comfy quilt.

You can browse our library catalogue at

Please email me to make suggestions or to place a hold on a book for our next meeting.



Retreat Opportunity: BOGO for Charity

Hi, it’s Kate Davies here, I run Sew Fabulous Creative Retreats for Quilters. The holidays are over but I’m carrying on the giving spirit by making a special Buy One/Get One Free offer to Quilt Guild members. Get an extra retreat day for FREE on any retreats booked from now until May 30, 2017.

All you have to do to receive an extra day for FREE is spend a few hours of your retreat working on quilts for charity.

I’ll be working on slab blocks for Canada’s Big Quilt Bee, but any charity quilt work will qualify your retreat group for an extra day for FREE!  It’s a chance to treat yourself, and give to your favourite charity!

Visit my website and call 604 316 7188 or email for details and availability.

Kate Davies

For Sale: Butterfly Craft and Sewing Table

Butterfly Craft and Sewing Table
Dimensions: 72” (width) x 35″ (height) x 40″ (depth)
When closed: 72″x40″
Cream with wood trim
Price: $250
Photos available on request

Contact: Anne Hamilton

From the President

Wasn’t that fun? Our last program featured our home-grown talent featuring a game show quiz; a comedic production by our creative Programs Committee. It was a surprise to all of us, including myself. From the feedback I received, everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show. Kudos to the Programs team!


Elections and our annual AGM are happening in February so please consider volunteering your time for one of the following positions: President, Secretary, Workshops Co-ordinator, Membership Co-ordinator and Member-at Large. The newsletter features write-ups on each of the positions. Being on the executive has advantages, you get a direct say in how the guild is run and what direction it will take, and you get to meet so many guild members.

Our new member, Kathleen Hiom has already agreed to step forward and shadow Anita Jones-Gould as she looks to take on the role of Community Quilts President in March. We are still looking for members of that team, so please consider volunteering to this worthwhile group.

Consider volunteering as a Raffle Quilt Coordinator for the 2018 Quilt Show. This begins with planning early next year.

Dianne Ritter agreed to put on the 2018 show, but we are looking for someone to step forward and shadow her in anticipation of putting on the 2020 show. Think about taking this on, and talk to Dianne.

I am sure many of you are busy now completing hand-crafted gifts for friends and family. Seems like the best way to enjoy the rainy weather!

At the Oct 25th meeting the 50/50 lottery draw raised $102.00; Elaine Fjoser was the winner and took home $51.00.

A reminder that our next meeting is on the 4th Tuesday of the month – this month has 5 Tuesdays. See you on the 22nd of November.

Wishing everyone a wonderful time over the holidays as you celebrate with family and friends.

Bena Luxton