Workshops

Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild 2023 Extravaganza

  • Saturday, January 14, 2023 
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse – 6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver in the Great Hall, Bayview room
  • Cost: $35 (members only)

Look forward to:

  • Socializing with guild members
  • Sewing – either your own projects or the pattern provided by the guild: Jewel Box Table Runner (21”x 53”) or the Jewel Box Quilt (58”x 58” lap size)
  • Complimentary coffee & tea in the Clubhouse meeting room
  • Games
  • Door prizes
  • Swag bags
  • Show ‘n’ Tell of what members have worked on during the Extravaganza
  • Provision of irons and ironing boards; elevated layout and cutting tables; electrical cords/power bars 
  • Bringing your own lunch, supplemented with fruit, vegetable and baked goods trays

Volunteers are needed to make this a great Extravaganza. 
Please see the registration form on how to help out.


Spring is in the Air – Thread Play Workshop with Carola Russell

  • Saturday, November 26, 2022
  • 10am to 4pm
  • St. Andrew’s and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 2641 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
  • $85 for Members $95 for Non-Members
    Pricing includes a kit (stabilizer, fusible web, needles, background & applique fabric and the USE of all threads needed to make the project), coffee/tea, use of electrical cord, irons and ironing boards.
  • Workshop is full – contact the Workshop Coordinator to be put on the waitlist

In this class explore the uses of different thread weights, from the finest 100wt. to the heaviest 8wt. options for thread painting, sketching, applique, bobbinwork and different free motion techniques.
A little bit of everything so you can try different techniques on a small scale.

  • Thread Paint a Chickadee and learn how best to add thread painting to a quilt project
  • Quilt and applique an interesting background
  • Free Motion stitch (draw) stems of a Cone Flower for our Chickadee to sit upon
  • Free Motion applique leaves and petals
  • Couch stems and make the Chickadee’s feet on water soluble stabilizer

With Carola teaching, this workshop will be fun and informative for all quilters.


Past Workshops:

Happy Sew Lucky: Foundation Paper Piecing Bootcamp with Berene Campbell

  1. HEXIE LOG CABIN: Like FPP burpees for your brain
    Repetition is the best way to cement a technique in your grey matter. By the time you’re done piecing the five radiating hexie shapes you should have the system of “measure, align, stitch, fold, press, trim” down pat. A single block is the perfect size for a coaster or potholder. If you’re totally bonkers, you could make a king size quilt out of these. 😉
  2. “HUG” BLOCK: A little fine motor skills work out
    This pattern teaches how to be efficient by planning and pre-cutting fabric, piecing letters, and stitching tiny pieces. Make the block into a mini quilt or postcard and mail it to send a friend a hug.
  3. MINI BANNER: Multiple skill builder
    In making this block you will learn about picking fabrics to create depth, how to cut fabric for angled sections, cutting directional fabric, joining templates on an angle, lining up critical matching points with perfection, and the beauty of basting. This is a great little block for a quilt label.


The guild’s annual “Big Sew and Social Day” was held Saturday, March 26, 2022 on Zoom. 37 members joined in 6 hours of sewing, 2 games with prizes and 5 door prizes consisting of a $50 gift card to their favourite quilt shop. Some members chose to work on the “Sorbet” pattern. Hoping to see some of those quilts in future Show ‘n’ Tells or maybe next year’s quilt show.


Threadplay Pouch with Krista Hennebury

​This workshop was a followup to Krista Hennebury’s Aurifilosophy lecture. Over the course of 3 hours students made a quilt as you go zipper pouch. The pouch was designed to show off stitch patterns in multiple thread weights using a custom Poppyprint Aurifil thread box. The box included 5 small spools of thread in 12, 28, 40, 50 and 80 wt. Students received lots of tips for working with the various threads by machine and by hand. Several students had completed the pouch at the end of the class, or shortly thereafter. Most were impressed with the applications for the 12 and 80 weight threads.


Melissa is a Canadian Quiltmaker, Author, Teacher, and Quilt Pattern Designer. She has published two books: Walking Foot Quilting Designs, and Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs. She has a passion for teaching. Her focus is to help people gain the confidence to quilt their quilts on their home sewing machines with a walking foot. She has taught for Quilt Canada, the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference as well as guilds across Canada. Since June of 2020 she has been teaching online throughout North America which includes the Virtual Quilt Festival and Road@Home. Visit Melissa’s website www.melissamarginet.ca to see her work, get free stuff, and find links to all her social media.

Post Workshop Commentary

by Shauna Dennert

Several quilt as you go methods were covered in this class. Students made samples of different ways to attach pre-quilted sections; and also attach unquilted sections to an already quilted section and then continue quilting. Quilt patterns sent in by participants were discussed as to which method was best suited to turn each pattern into a quilt as you go. Many participants found this workshop to be very useful.



September 2021 – Dresden Neighbourhood Workshops with Michelle Banton (using Kim Lapecek’s pattern)

Michelle Banton of Lunenburg, Massachusetts taught Kim Lapacek’s cute twist on the Dresden Plate pattern.

Michelle shared a tip sheet of things she does differently from what the designer has written in the pattern. Included in the workshop were Michelle’s PDF of both wedge templates (30 degrees and 12 degrees) to make either the 12 or 20 houses for the 24” x 24” block.


June 2021 – “Slab” Technique Workshop with Cheryl Arkison

photo compiled by M.E. Citton

21 registrants attended the Slab Technique workshop instructed by Cheryl Arkison on June 5, 2021. Before starting the improv piecing, participants sorted scraps first by colour, then value and size. Also, talked about was how to deal with bossy fabrics. After pairing and sewing scraps, trimming was done to minimize wastage and save leftover scraps for other projects. Multiple chunks of sewn together scraps were then laid out to design the made ‘fabric’ into a block. Finally, instruction on squaring up the block completed the workshop. 

I liked the workshop because it was so different from the rigid quilt patterns I normally follow, loved the stress busting fabric slicing into usable scraps and the meditative chain piecing.
 
Shauna Dennert
LGQG Workshops Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 


If you have any questions about any of the workshops, please contact Workshop Coordinator.