March Extravaganza Madness

EXTRAVAGANZA (aka the guild’s members only Big Sew and Social Day) will be virtual again this year.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022

Time: 10am to 4pm – join in on the fun for:

  • Door prizes
  • Games
  • Socializing with guild members sewing (either your own projects or the pattern below called

“Sorbet” by Afton Warrick-it’ll be fun to see individual interpretations of the same pattern) The quilt measures 50″ x 60″. Note: I did not buy fabric for binding as I managed to use leftover backing fabric, cut the length of the fabric, for that purpose. Also, if you want to purchase separate binding fabric, note that for 2 1/2″ binding strips you only need 1/2 yard. In mid-February the Workshops Coordinator will send out other tips, to those registered for the Extravaganza, that I found useful for making the quilt.
During the Extravaganza there will be a Break Out Room for those sewing this quilt. The quilt can be made using a jelly roll with light and dark fabrics; use prints or batiks. 

Threadplay Pouch with Krista Hennebury – spots still available

January 23, 2022 – 9:00am – 12:000pm (virtual)

$25 Members      $35 Non-Members      plus $35 for the optional sample thread box

To support guild programming as a follow up to the Aurifilosophy lecture, Krista offers a half-day (3 hour) workshop to follow the presentation.

Students will make a Quilt-as-you-go zipper pouch with metal zip. The pouch is designed to show off stitch patterns in multiple thread weights using a custom Poppyprint Aurifil thread box that includes 5 small spools of thread in 12, 28, 40, 50,  & 80 wt. This workshop is packed with tips and trouble-shooting support for success in working with these various threads by machine and by hand. Depending on the complexity of stitching designs they choose, students may have a completed pouch at the end of class.  

Thread boxes will be available for pick up in North Van (Saturday mornings @ Highlands United Church) and Burnaby (Shauna’s home) in January 2022. Deadline for ordering and paying for the thread box is December 28, 2021.

November 21, 2021 – 9:00am – 3:30pm (virtual)

$35 Members            $45 Non-Members

Several quilt-as-you-go methods will be covered in this class. Students will make samples of different ways to attach pre-quilted sections or to attach unquilted sections to an already quilted one and continue quilting. We will also look at patterns sent in by class participants and discuss which method would be best suited to turn each pattern into quilt-as-you-go so you can feel confident making your quilt from beginning to end at home.  


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 to see her work, get free stuff, and find links to all her social media.

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.