At each meeting, we enjoy presentations by speakers on a wide variety of quilting-related topics, coordinated by our Programmes Team. Questions? Contact Programs.
APRIL Thomas Roach on ‘Cloth and Connection’ Thomas is a Vancouver based textile artist who recently managed the (in)finite: spiritual conversations in cloth exhibition at Christ Church Cathedral.
It is in that community that he created the Prayers of the Church Project (2016). This was a community art project permanently installed; 230 screen print, stitched and embroidered textile panels. Thomas co-led the Common Threads Indigo Quilt Project (2012-14).
Thomas currently serves as the BC Rep for the Surface Design Association, and is a resident artist for Christ Church Cathedral.
Thomas will be discussing Cloth and Connection. He states while a quilt is typically defined as three layers stitched together, I believe that the result is vastly more than the simple sum of the component materials. There are a myriad of layers of meaning, memory and connection that at first don’t seem visible, but are often transmitted anyway by the visual and tactile experience. Such is the power of cloth. As quilters, weavers, fibre artists and lovers of textile we know this.
Imagine opening that experience up to a community to (re)discover together. Join Thomas to hear about his experience leading two large textile based community projects and how it has changed his approach to textile art-making.
Animal Quilt-a-Long month 6: The last two blocks, due in May, will be unveiled. The quilt tops (they don’t need to be quilted, we want to keep this low stress!) are due at the June meeting and will be eligible for the grand prize. Please bring your Month 5 blocks along to be eligible for the prize!
MARCH Sandra Sandvik from Mayne Island presented her trunk show “Zero Waste – Up-cycled Quilting”. A textile artist for 30 years, Sandra’s love of textiles has focused on quilting, mix media, art quilts and weaving. She hopes to answer the questions around what is zero waste, what is up-cycling or repurposing and how does that work into her quilts and textile art? Sandra will be returning to the guild on May 24 and 25 as the teacher for the “Botanical Beauty” workshop.
Animal Quilt-a-Long Month 5 blocks will be announced. Please bring your Month 4 blocks along to be eligible for the prize!
FEBRUARY What’s New with Lorna?’ The dynamic speaker Lorna Shapiro, who is the Owner, Maker, Designer of Quilters Dream Fabrics in Vancouver. Lorna spoke about some of the new areas of exploration that she has been pursuing in the last couple of years. Lorna’s focus was design, but she also chatted about some new-to-me tools she has adopted in her quilting activities. She shared the process changes she is making in her design approach. Lorna has a passion for quilting and for Japanese & Batik quilting cottons and silks. Lorna also brought her a pop-up-shop.
JANUARY Chase away the January Blues! Our very own Guild Members were ‘Showcased’ in this special program: Jane Ellis, Paula Bohan, and Suzanne Patchell shared their quilting experiences. Every quilter has a unique beginning, and quilting is a world of color, pattern, design, techniques, ideas and of course endless feedback. Our friends told us about their quilting stories, their quilting journey and showed us their quilts.
NOVEMBER Our annual Christmas Social. Show & Tell of special Christmas Theme Quilts. A Secret Santa Draw for all Guild members that chose to participate.
OCTOBER Shannon from Skunk Hollow Fabrics in Squamish. Carol Piercy introduced the Animal Quilt-a-long and names were drawn for ‘Secret Santa’ gifts.
SEPTEMBER Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky presented her trunk show. She talked about collaborative community projects and craftivism work, and the inspiration behind it. One of Berene’s statements is “Busy Hands Make Happy Hearts”.
JUNE Strawberry Social and Quilt Show Wrap-up before our Summer break
MAY Uschi Greiner of Wool Penny Rugs is a textile artist, designer and instructor in wool applique. She incorporates various hand embroidered stitches, she also hand dyes wool, silk-velvet and linen. She presented her Trunk Show of beautiful wool creations and also a Pop-up Shop.
APRIL Carola Russell of Carola’s Quilt Shop Threads and Trunk Show spoke about the latest trends in thread. After the presentation there was an opportunity to shop.
MARCH Paul Krampitz from the Vancouver Modern Guild gave a trunk show on his journey from traditional to modern quilting, with examples of lessons he learned in traditional quilting and how he has adapted these lessons in making modern quilts.