At each meeting, we enjoy presentations by speakers on a wide variety of quilting-related topics, coordinated by our Programmes Team. Questions? Contact Programs.

2019 Programmes

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.

2018 Programmes

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.