- See our Programs and Workshops pages for complete lists of what we have planned and what we’ve been up to!
- Unless otherwise noted, all speakers and workshops will be virtual, on ZOOM.
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Next Meeting: Wednesday June 14th, 2023
Jun 14, 2023 (Wed) AGM
Zoom meeting to include the Annual General Meeting followed by Show & Tell and announcements.
Jun 21, 2023 (Wed) Social Event
An in-person get-together to be held in Riley Park at 5pm. It will include real time Show & Tell and bring-your-own food & beverage. More details to follow.
Spring 2023 Sewing Days
Saturdays – 10am to 4pm
April 15, May 13, June 24
Join other guild members on Zoom as we sew together, working on our own projects. Sometimes you cannot get a word in edgewise, and other times we sew in silence. You can come and go as you like. Look for a Zoom invitation prior to the date.
Sep 13, 2023 (Wed) Program: Bridget O’Flaherty “The Sustainable Quilter”
Bridget O’Flaherty is a renowned Canadian free-motion embroiderer, quilter and textile artist, teacher, speaker and podcaster. Known as The Sustainable Quilter, she shares her passion for sustainability and invites the quilting and textile art community to bring sustainability into their practice.
“I love the tactile nature of anything fibre and expressing a connection to the land. As a textile artist focusing primarily on free-motion thread painting in natural landscape designs, I “draw” with my sewing machine, building up layers of thread to create art that blends quilting, felting and stitching. I use combinations of local, up-cycled, recycled and organic materials and include botanical and natural dyes in my original works.”
April 2023 Retreat Report
Our retreat is over for another year and was very successful. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we were very happy to be together, sew, be creative and exchange ideas. We had 16 people attend this year and the Charis Camp Chalet was a good size for that number, rooms were comfortable and the lighting was very good. Carola brought her pop up shop on Tuesday and we had a shopping frenzy (because we all needed more fabric, right?). The weather cooperated nicely and the walk to the dining room not only gave us a chance for some fresh air and exercise but it was actually enjoyable! Now I’m looking forward to next year’s retreat which Alison will be organizing. — Carol K
Jun 3, 2023 (Sat) Workshop: Cindy Grisdela “Fabulous Freehand Curves”
9am to 3:30pm – $25
Cindy Grisdela is an Artist, Quilter, Teacher and Author from Reston, VA.
Colour and texture are the driving forces behind her contemporary art quilts. Browse her site to see how she combines line and shape, then adds stitching lines to create texture and dimension.
Fabulous Freehand Curves
Cut large scale curves freehand without templates or patterns. Add dots, skinny lines, wonky triangles and more to give each curve its own personality, then combine them into a fun original design.
Cindy will talk about colour and design to create the composition as well as the techniques needed.
cindygrisdela.com IG @cindygrisdelaquilts
May 10, 2023 (Wed) Program: Timna Tarr “Flying Colours Trunk Show”
Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and began quilting clients’ quilts shortly thereafter. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in exhibits, publications, and on The Quilt Show and Quilting Arts TV. Timna is a designer for Studio e Fabrics, the author of Stitched Photo Mosaic Quilting, and is an in-demand teacher and speaker. She lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Flying Colours Trunk Show
Timna is known for making fun, colourful, award-winning quilts. Join her for a trunk show of her quilting journey. She talks about her design and colour choices, as well as the personal stories behind the quilts.
Apr 12, 2023 (Wed) Program: Cindy Grisdela
“I’m Cindy Grisdela – an Artist, Teacher and Author from Reston, Virginia.
Color and texture are the driving forces behind my contemporary art quilts. Browse my site to see how I combine line and shape, then add stitching lines to create texture and dimension – a process I like to think of as painting with fabric and thread.”
Cindy Grisdela from Virginia, USA
cindygrisdela.com IG @cindygrisdelaquilts
Apr 1-2, 2023 (Sat&Sun) Workshop: Sheila Frampton-Cooper “Applique + Piecing = New Possibilities”
2-day workshop 10am-1pm both days – $75
“My Pieced quilts are bold and graphic, as I am inspired by colour, line and shape.”
In this workshop, students will compose a small design, create a full-scale pattern on freezer paper, and assemble the forms using a technique called “Appli-piecing”, originally developed by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. By using this technique, you can bring almost any complex abstract idea into quilt form. You will retain a clean, graphic look and when complete, you will have a quilt top pieced together with a 1/4” seam allowance.
Mar 8, 2023 (Wed) Program: Bill Stearman’s “Backpack Show”
I Will be Silent No More
Bill struggled with storytelling as a way to make sense of his life for many years. And then discovered his voice in quilt making.
Fabrics and carefully placed stitches express joy, anguish, hope, gratitude, and love, providing glimpses into deep and important stories; stories that matter on personal and social levels.
His quilts make bold statements and provoke thoughtful consideration of a variety of issues.
“With the help of about 20 of my quilts, I’ll tell their stories… my stories. I doubt that these quilts, and their stories, will remind you of your Grandmother’s quilts.”