- See our Programs and Workshops pages for complete lists of what we have planned and what we’ve been up to!
- All speakers and workshops will be virtual, on ZOOM, until June 2023.
- Information on joining the guild can be found on our Membership page.
- For general information about our monthly meetings, please see our Meetings page.
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Our sewing days for Fall 2022 are 3 Saturdays:
Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 10 – 10am to 4pm
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.
Pat started working with 5 inch squares as a basis for her quiltmaking in 1993 after attending her first retreat. She was asked to do a program for her guild in 1997 using the 5″ squares, which gave her the push to explore new uses and techniques for working with the squares. Pat, while working a full time job, started on the book, “Nickel Quilts” in 1998 and was able to have it ready for the publishers in June 2001.
FIVE INCH IS A CINCH
“How Nickel Quilts Are Created –This trunk show is sure to get quilters fired up about using 5″ squares of fabric and many of the ideas can also be adapted for using other precuts, such as 2 1/2″ strips and layer cakes. I’ll show a great assortment of quilts from my collection and we focus on the blocks in the quilts and the simple components they are made from.”
9am to 12 am – Workshop Fee is $45
Carolina Oneto hails from Sao Paula, Brazil. She has had exhibits, won awards, and taught all over the world. Carolina will be teaching at QuiltCon 2023.
In this class, Carolina will teach us how to make curved shapes with our sewing machines. She will explain step by step, in detail, how to make these beautiful shapes, which will give us the possibility to freely create shapes on our quilts! This isn’t applique. In addition, she will show us 3 variants of these forms (one form on top of another, one next to another and one within another) She will give us ideas to inspire us in our next organic creation!
We more than reached our original goal of 50 quilts for St. Paul’s Hospital for those dealing with mental health issues!
Thanks to all those who participated in this project. Through their generous donations of completed quilts, quilt tops, fabric, batting and notions, 70 quilts were delivered to St. Paul’s Hospital on June 7th.
Thanks again. — Sherri and Nancy
“I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have been quilting for the last 30 years and enjoyed and learned all techniques, from Machine Piecing, English Paper Piecing, Foundation Piecing and Needleturn Appliqué. I started designing my own applique quilts in 2007 and was asked to teach my first quilt. I haven’t looked back since then.
I enjoy teaching all aspects of needleturn applique and instilling in quilters the love for needleturn applique. I try and run my classes as sit and sew sessions where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to friends as well as learning new techniques or perfecting on learned techniques. I am now expanding into prepared edge applique as well as my version of “template” applique. I teach all the shortcuts that I’ve learnt over the years.
Lecture: My journey in quilting – including choosing fabric for quilts, prepping your complete quilt before sewing – and I share a Powerpoint of my quilts. Includes Q & A.”
1pm to 4pm – Workshop Fee is $75 (includes applique pattern)
Irene Blanck hails from Australia. She has won awards, exhibited her quilts, and taught applique all over the world.
She has a QUILTMANIA published book, Focus on Applique.
This workshop will teach us the basics of needle-turn applique – the way Irene Blanck does it. Straight line applique, curves, points, circles and stems. She will teach us how to prepare our shapes as well as glue them onto the background using a lightbox. Using the lightbox eliminates many steps in the prep process that she used to do many years ago (in the dark ages!!) If you don’t have a lightbox, you can make one by turning over a clear plastic container with a flashlight underneath, or use your window.
This is a 3 hour interactive workshop where she explains and demonstrate each step in detail then gives us time to complete that step – before she continues onto the next step. So we work side by side with her. While working on our quilt we will have lots of time to ask questions.
For Irene, needle-turn applique must be fun. Needle-turn applique does not have to be accurate – our perceived mistakes are all part of the charm of our quilts.
I’ve been working on this quilt sampler using EQ8 for the VQG 2022 Quilt-Along.
- The quilt is approximately 61 x 61 inches.
- Blocks range from 24 x 24 (largest) to 2 x 2 (smallest).
- Various techniques are used in this sampler: piecing, foundation piecing, applique, templates.
- The theme of the quilt is “all things BC“. A log cabin set in the woods with pine trees, maple leaves, bears, owls, birds, flying geese under the starry night sky. There’s even the plant representing the dogwood.
- This will be a scrappy quilt.
- I will send out selected blocks throughout the upcoming months. Some months will have more than one block.
- Anticipated time to complete this is 12 months, but definitely work at your own pace.
- Post pictures in facebook groups as we work on this quilt-along.
- Block instruction, for piecing, foundation piecing, templates and/or applique, will be sent out via email.
So let’s have a ton of fun! If you would like to join in, please send me an email.
— Parm G.
Details to follow.
Chris Jurd from Australia
Melissa Marginet from Manitoba, CAN