Story Telling with Collage and Free-motion Stitching with Lorna Moffat This workshop is FULL.

Date:  Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ½ hour lunch
Location:  Highlands United Church, Edgemont Village (same place as COPS Days)
Cost:  $75.00 (includes kit and patterns)

Create a design for either a pillow cover or a frame using simple appliqué shapes and patterns on a wool Melton background. With a darning foot decorate the collaged and layered shapes by stitching free motion details on and around your design (photos are examples only). Lorna will start you off with some fun experiments using the darning foot and black thread to practice ‘drawing with thread’ onto the wool. In the workshop you’ll be playing with the following techniques:

  • tracing from drawings and stencils
  • experimenting with heat ‘n bond to apply shapes to the background
  • you’ll love the process of selecting various combinations of colour and pattern
  • considering scale of one shape to another when designing
  • using the darning foot as a ‘drawing tool’, where the thread not only holds the fabrics together but creates detail, simple or ornate, to create an interesting and unique surface
  • dropping your feed dogs and letting your imagination run bonkers

Class fee includes one kit containing: a piece of wool Melton in either red, cream or grey, a metre of heat’n bond and worksheets in 3 different themes with stencil/pattern/design ideas to work from. Extra kits may be available at a cost of $20. This workshop is FULL.

Speed Date with Improv with Krista Hennebury

Date:  October 19, 2019
Time:  9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location:  North Lonsdale United Church
Cost:  $60

By request, Krista Hennebury will teach her popular Speed Date with Improv class this fall. Sign up at our next meeting or contact Workshops to register.

Think of this class as speed dating with improvisational piecing techniques that include curves and ruler-free cutting.  It will be fast-paced and a lot of fun:  several techniques are introduced and demonstrated one after the other with very little time to second guess, stress or obsess over perfection.

Every student will end up with a unique, original quilt!

The focus here is to explore line, shape and happenstance in abstract design, so keep things simply graphic by using solid-coloured fabrics in black, white and one pop of
colour.  In the afternoon, we’ll work together on the design wall to jigsaw the improv elements together, seeking balance and creative design opportunities.  All you need  is 1/2 m of white & black and a FQ of one colour! Some pre-cutting is required.

Payment is required to secure your registration. Contact Workshops to register. 

NEW!  Santa’s Elves: A holiday gifts double header with Becky West and Uschi Greiner

Date:  November 16, 2019
Time:  9:00 am to noon AND 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:  Highlands United Church, Edgemont Village (COPS Day venue)
Cost:  $20 per workshop plus $15 kit fee for Uschi’s workshop

For this unique workshop, we will host our own Becky West as well as Woolies on the Coast’s Uschi Greiner. Each teacher will offer their workshop twice in the day, from 9 a.m. – 12 and again from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Choose to do one workshop in the morning or afternoon, or stay the entire day and do both workshops! Registration begins at the September meeting.

Becky will teach her popular quilted pencil pouch with zipper (machine required). Uschi will teach a hand sewing/embroidery woolie Christmas ornament (no machine required). Your $15 kit fee will include the needle, wool and threads required to complete your project – just bring sharp scissors!

Uschi is an enthusiastic hand-stitcher with over 10 years of teaching experience. Participants will go home with one holiday ornament with an adorable snowman, created with a variety of stitching techniques. Great for yourself or give it as a gift! Bring your own scissors and pins, while all other supplies will be provided in the purchased kit ($ 15 including threads and needles).

**SHOPPING** For those of you who attend, and anyone else who wants to stop by at lunch time between 12 – 1 p.m., Uschi will be bringing a pop-up shop of her gorgeous hand dyed wool, patterns, kits and threads.

January Extravaganza – mark your calendars!

Date:  January 25th, 2020
Location: St. Stephen’s Church in Lynn Valley

As always, we will provide a fast-to-finish one day quilt top pattern you can piece with your guild mates (make your Community Quilt here!), or feel free to bring along any project you wish to work on. Prizes and potluck lunch. Registration and potluck list begin at the October meeting.