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

2020 Programmes

SEPTEMBER It was great to have a live mini-workshop of “Fussy Cut like a Rocket Surgeon!” presented by Bobbie Gentili ( Bobbie shared a demonstration of her fussy cutting techniques that quilters can use to combine various colourways of the same large print or stripe to exciting effect! The advantage of an online lecture is that we got a close up of techniques demonstrated live. We hope members who attended the ZOOM meeting found this as a great opportunity to learn a new and useful skill.

Thanks too to the members who shared their quilts during the virtual Show & Tell. It was wonderful to see what has been keeping members busy during spring and summer. Slideshow of the quilts will be available here in the coming days.

JUNE – first guild meeting held using the ZOOM platform

MARCH – MAY – guild meetings cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions

FEBRUARY It was a pleasure to have Kevin Williams, the owner of Dragonfly Quilting & Gifts from Cloverdale, BC, the home of Cantik Cottons & Batiks.


Kevin introduced Shania Sunga, a Canadian designer. The Trunk Show encompassed a journey of Cantik and Shania’s designs.

A Little Dragonfly pop-up shop showcased Cantik with an incredible selection of fat quarters, 1 metre cuts of Cantiks, along with kits, which were shown during the Trunk Show.

Neighbourhood Quilt-Along: We had a very nice selection of techniques used for the flower blocks, including a shattered pansy, yo-yo flowers, and some really cute and cheerful trapunto blooms.  It is very enjoyable seeing the various different blocks that people are inspired to create!

Your quilt top, of whatever size, is due at the March 24 meeting [meeting cancelled]. The quilt top must include a tree, flower, and house blocks., plus at least one other design block for the Neighbourhood Quilt.

JANUARY  We were excited to share with you two of our long time members of the Guild as they presented their quilting journey.  As we know every quilter has a unique beginning.

Dianne Ritter

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”!

Betty Clarke

Betty was never a sewist; she tried but failed. In 1995 she took her first quilting class at the Cloth Shop. It was a suggestion by two of her quilting co-workers. It was an exciting time. Finally, she sewed some fabric together that did not need to fit a body. She joined the Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild that same year but did not get fully involved until her retirement in 2001. She has been on the Programs Committee, Workshop Committee and was President for four years. About four years ago she became interested in free motion quilting and bought a mid arm quilting machine, a Tiara by Baby Lock. She loves all aspects of guild life and has met many wonderful people on her quilting journey. What great fun this craft of quilting is!!!!!

2019 Programmes

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!!gift_exchange_game-Nov2019gift_exchange1-Nov2019gift_exchange2-Nov2019gift_exchange3-Nov2019

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.

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.