At each meeting, we enjoy presentations by speakers on a wide variety of quilting-related topics, coordinated by our Programmes Team. Questions? Contact Programs.
JANUARY We are excited to share with you two of our very long time members of the Guild as they present their quilting journey. As we know every quilter has a unique beginning.
Paula was introduced to the sewing machine at an early age and made clothing – mainly from necessity. In 1990 she satisfied a long-time dream and took a quilting class. Following the class, she joined the Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild. Over the years she has served on the Guild’s Executive and Committees, participated in the Quilt Shows, taken and taught classes, and made many friends. She enjoys gardening, golfing, travel and skiing, but quilting is her first love. Paula considers herself to be a ‘traditional’ quilter, but certainly admires and appreciates all aspects of “cutting up fabric and sewing it back together”!
Dianne began quilting in 1998 and 22 years later, is still happiest when she is in her studio! Hanging out with her grandson being the exception to that rule, “nothing is more joy producing than that!” She flexes her creative muscles by designing quilts on EQ8 and gets great pleasure from sharing her designs as projects with her Stitch group, Foreshore Quilters and our Guild. Dianne has been a staunch supporter of our Guild in many roles, including fall seminar team, her inception of COPS, many positions on the Executive, and Quilt Show Coordinator. Dianne stated, “being raised on a farm, the closest she came to a quilt was the pattern of a newly mowed hay field”!
Please join us and welcome Paula and Dianne for an inspiring evening.
Neighbourhood Quilt A-Long
There were also lots of lovely tree blocks for the Neighbourhood Quilt A-Long. Congratulations to Betty Clarke who won the draw!
Next up for our January meeting, the theme will be ‘FLOWERS’. Same rules: any flower, any size, but needs to be a flower.
You will get one draw prize entry, for every flower block you bring in, up to a maximum of five. If your block is not a flower, you can definitely show your block, but it won’t be eligible for an entry ticket for the draw prize.
NOVEMBER WOW, our November Social was a fun event! We enjoyed 54 of our Guild members participating in the handmade gift exchange and game where we formed a circle and Carol Piercy read a Right/Left Story. The game had us all passing back and forth the numbers we were given that corresponded to the gift we would evenutally ‘win’. It was lots of laughs!!
OCTOBER Our speaker was guild member Krista Hennebury of Poppyprint, who spoke about The Search for Signature Style, sharing simple, achievable strategies for finding your own unique quilting voice in the face of constant exposure to inspiring work by others in social and print media. She used examples of her own path from traditional quilter to traditionally informed modern quilter throughout her 20 years of quiltmaking and 10 years of blogging, designing, teaching and active social media participation.
SEPTEMBER Our speaker was one of our Guild members, Trudy Jaskela, who traveled to South Africa in April this year with fibre artist Valerie Hearder from Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The group made visits to embroiderers and quilters. The group also viewed the Keiskamma Art Project and spent a day at the Hillcrest AIDS Centre. Trudy highlighted some of the very creative and ambitious works coming out of South Africa with her photo slide presentation and other items she shared with us.
JUNE Topic: Come and be inspired by our own, talented Guild members! There were three Show and Tell presentations: our usual Show and Tell after the business part of the meeting, the finale of the Animal Block Quilt along and our Community Quilt Committee, who showcased their fantastic completed quilts. They were also recognised for their on-going hard work. And… there were also surprises and games!
MAY Our guest speaker was our very own Guild member, Carol Chernov. Many of our Guild members have had the pleasure of our Quilts long arm quilted by Carol. We also have had the opportunity to view Carol’s work up close at our 2018 Quilt Show, including the 2018 Raffle Quilt. Please join us as Carol shares her inspirations and long arm Quilting journey.
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. Thomas discussed “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.
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.
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.