For general information on our meetings, please see our Meeting Info page.
I have always been intrigued by the artwork of M.C. Escher. One of his better-known works (Reptiles, M.C. Escher, March 1943) depicts a series of lizards marching in a circle (figure 1). In the late 80s, I found a book in which was a reproduction of Escher’s notebook describing what he called tessellating shapes. I was hooked and began to use his techniques to create my own tessellating shapes.
In order to tessellate, a shape must fill a two-dimensional surface without overlapping and without leaving gaps. Many common shapes tessellate — squares; rectangles; triangles; trapezoids; some hexagons – the trick is to find a shape that both tessellates and is representative of some kind of creature.
Figure 1: Reptiles, Escher, 1943
Around 2002, a colleague who saw my interest in Escher suggested that I should try adapting one of my designs for quilting. That started my journey into the world of quilting.
To date, I have committed to fabric approximately twelve tessellating designs, and I easily have twice that number of designs on paper that have yet to be realized. I love the design phase of quilting more than any other phase.
I have made several of my designs into quilt patterns that I sell. These are not for the faint of heart, nor for the beginner quilter. It is a wonderful feeling to see a quilt made from one of my designs. Recently, I have become enthralled with freezer-paper piecing, and I am currently in the process of converting my patterns for freezer-paper piecing.
Bart will have some patterns for sale – cash or credit cards.
Design shop: https://www.bonanza.com/booths/quiltessell_designs?fref=80irlAM
Or search for @quiltesselldesigns on FaceBook
Maureen Wood has been quilting since 2004 and has developed a passion for foundation paper piecing. She has made well over 100 quilts using the foundation paper piecing techniques of Judy Niemeyer and of Jacqueline de Jonge, and has taught many classes focusing on the patterns of both of these amazing quilt designers.
Maureen has been a Quiltworx Certified Instructor since 2009 and a BeColourful Authorized Teacher since 2018. She enjoys teaching the techniques of both of these designers and assisting other quilters to develop the skills and confidence to successfully complete any of the Judy Niemeyer or Jacqueline de Jonge patterns that they choose to work on.
In her trunk show Maureen will be showing a number of quilts that highlight the various techniques of these two quilt designers and explaining the similarities and differences between the two.
She will have patterns and kits for sale and prefers a cheque or cash.
Ursula (Uschi) Greiner lives on the Sunshine Coast. She has been doing wool applique with hand embroidery and embellishments since 2007. She is a well-known fiber artist whose current focus is contemporary folk art using her own hand-dyed wool and a wide variety of threads from around the world. She emphasizes the fusion of dimensional embroidery and traditional needlework. As a pattern designer, Uschi is inspired by nature, the play of colour and layered textures using different mediums. Additional areas of specialty are hand dying of silk velvet, wool, linen and other fibers, which are incorporated into her art work. She enjoys all the steps it takes from design to finished project.
She will do a trunk show of her work and will bring her Pop-up store with hand-dyed wool, threads, kits, books, patterns, and notions. She can take cash, cheques, or credit card payments.
Nicholas Turcan is a multi-talented and very creative individual. His journey into quilting began in 2012 with one quilt. Well, one quilt quickly turned into several which led him to a job at The Cloth Shop on Granville Island, where his passion for fabrics, quilting and designing patterns only grew. He is now a talented long-arm quilter, who helps his clients enhance their quilts with his creativity. In addition to long-arm quilting, he has also started to teach free-motion quilting workshops where students can learn the confidence and skill in mastering their own quilting. He has also launched his own pattern company, where he developed a very creative mystery block of the month where members receive a pattern each month along with a chapter from a murder mystery novel. Nicholas will be sharing his quilting journey, design suggestions, and samples of his quilting.
For our party this year, the December 5th meeting will include:
1. Pot Luck Supper: Bring one dish for all of us to share. Finger food is easiest, but if you want to bring a casserole, pie, etc. please also bring the necessary utensils to serve it. Also bring your own cup, plate, silverware and napkin. The idea is that you leave with everything you come with and no one has to clean up. The program committee will provide juice and soft drinks.
2. Pop-Up Shop: Shannon Morris of Skunk Hollow Fabrics will bring her Pop-Up Shop and will join us for the evening. She will be able to take cash, cheque, or credit card for anything you want to purchase.
3. Holiday Show and Tell: We will not have our usual show and tell where we hang the quilts. Instead, bring something you have made for the holidays. It can be a quilt, table runner, pot holder, apron, etc. It can be new or old. We will then share these and generate lots of ideas for things we can make this year.
There will also be a number of prize draws, including several gift certificates you can use in Shannon’s Pop-Up Shop.
Skunk Hollow Fabrics
Skunk Hollow Fabrics is a li’l home-based fabric store aiming to build a community of crafters and quilters here in Squamish, BC and the surrounding area. The Hollow is open Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm. Please book an appointment outside of these hours.
Janet has been a long time member of the Vancouver Quilters’ Guild. She has been sewing garments since about the age of 13, starting on a treadle and ever so happy to finally have access to an electric machine a few years later. Her mom and grandma were always sewing and quilting. She grew up sleeping under many scrap quilts made from old clothing. Attending a quilt show at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in about 1998 sparked an interest in quilting. Her interests are varied, and range from hand appliqué, to paper piecing, to new techniques, to workshops, to traditional and modern quilts.
Greetings, fellow quilters and kindred spirits!
I am honored to share my creations with you at your October meeting.
Here’s a wee bit about me and my journey.
I grew up in Sitka, Alaska, moved to Bellingham where I met my husband, we raised our sons, and plan to forever live in this gorgeous area. After 64 trips around the sun, I finally retired a few years ago from Whatcom Community College and since then I’ve let my hair go grey, gained to many pounds, and rekindled my love of sewing. I have made many quilts, wall hangings, and an assortment of fabric projects. I’ll bring some of my favorites to share with you. One thing you will notice about my handiwork is that there is no common thread (pun not intended). I am all over the place, jumping from an artsy frog wall hanging (did you catch that one?), to a funky cute bag, to a traditional blue and white quilt, to making art bowls; no consistency at all.
My curse is that I cannot seem to finish one project before getting excited about the next one (or three) – do you share my dilemma? I finally accepted the fact that, for me, it isn’t the goal of the finish line but rather the journey. I believe we all have a craving to create. During my presentation I will share with you an insightful book that speaks to my heart about that hunger, and I think it will resonate with you as well. It is titled “An absorbing Errand” by Jana Malamud Smith.
See you soon,
I have been quilting since the 1970’s but have taken it up with gusto since returning to Vancouver in 1989. I readily admit to having a bit of a “squirrel” approach to my quilting – easily distracted by the next great project. And to my everlasting sorrow [not!], I am not much of a perfectionist, so have not yet produced a perfect quilt with perfect points and perfect 1/4″ seams. But to my great joy, along the way, I have completed quite a number of quilts – some favourites and some not so much – and I would like to share some of them with you.
The final meeting before the summer.
Annual General Meeting
We will start the evening with our AGM where the committee is finalized and other Guild business is discussed.
Mini Trunk Show
Our June program will include mini trunk shows by three of our members—Robin Coates, Andrea Griffin, and Janet Harper. They represent a range of quilting skills and loves. They explain their love of quilting as follows:
Robin: Like many, I cannot remember when I was not able to run a needle. Unfortunately, my teacher was my Grandmother, who passed just after my 13th birthday. After that came a boring 45 years of school/career where necessity-sewing was done. I was finally able to get back to enhancing my creative skills when I retired and joined the Guild. I like to do all kinds of needle work, none to an award-winning level, but always to my personal joy.
Andrea: Have you ever wondered why it is that you are drawn to quilts that may be dramatically different from one another? I love working with the soft comfort of 1930’s prints but the next day I’m caught up with my pile of bright batiks and imagining what I can make with them. Long before I received my Ancestry results, I knew this had something to do with my particular clash of DNA. I’ll be exploring these ideas and some of the quilts that have emerged from them.
Janet: Over the past 20 years, Janet has become more and more addicted to quilting and now sees quilt patterns everywhere from the tide ebbing from the beach to paving stones in Tokyo. Where will this passion take her next?
Lorna Shapiro – Exploring Shape as a Design Element
I tend to stay within a comfortable zone of familiar shapes as I build new quilt designs. This past year I had the opportunity to spend 4 days in a workshop with quilter Maria Schell from Alaska. Maria’s work is very different than mine… very electric and busy and vibrant… but I chose to study with her because customers had praised her teaching. She was indeed a fabulous teacher, and I came away with a newfound interest in incorporating different shapes into my quilt designs. Shape is only one of the elements of design that we get to work with as quilters. However, it can be very powerful as an aid to creating eye-catching designs. Come spend an hour looking at quilts as we isolate the element of “shape” and see what we can do with it.