Unless noted, the workshops are for all levels of quilters.

Upcoming & Recent Workshops


October 5, 2019 and October 19, 2019 Lorna Shapiro – Quilt Design 101

Instructor: Lorna Shapiro

When: October 5, 2019 and October 19, 2019

Where: St. Faith’s Anglican Church, 57th and Cypress

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Cost:  The cost of this two-day workshop will be $110

Early Bird Special: For VQG members $85 if you sign up by the June 12th meeting

Level: All skill levels welcome

The workshop will be limited to 12 people.

Quilt Design 101 by Lorna Shapiro

This two-day workshop is for quilters who have created quilts from patterns and are moving on to designing their own quilts. Theory and technique are integrated throughout the workshop, allowing participants to: 1) gain a theoretical framework from which to evaluate and improve upon their quilt designs, 2) experience a design process that supports the evolution and refining of a quilt design, and 3) learn new sewing techniques that allow a broader range of elements to be incorporated in their quilt designs.

On day one participants will develop a strong design concept incorporating their chosen fabric selection. Between days one and two of the workshop, participants will refine their design, assemble the complete set of fabric that may be used in the quilt, and possibly start creating some elements of the final design. On day two of the workshop participants will progress from refined design on paper to the final design cut and positioned on their design wall, with some portion of the quilt actually assembled.

November 17, 2018 Sandra Sandvik – The Zig Zag Scrap buster

Zig Zag Scrap buster quilt workshop
The workshop was fun and interesting.  Twelve people attended; some of us completed 8 blocks, and some of us only got one done!  We all learned that zigzagging can be tricky.
Thanks to Sandy Sandvik for presenting this fun pattern.

November 17, 2018 Sandra Sandvik – The Zig Zag Scrap buster

Techniques: Zig Zag quilt using scraps

Instructor: Sandra Sandvik

When: Saturday, 17 November 2018

Where: Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava St

Time: Starts at 10 am until 4 pm

Cost:  Register and pay after the October meeting – $40

Early Bird Special: Register and pay at the October Guild meeting – $35.

Level: All levels

The Zig Zag Scrap buster project:

This workshop ties in nicely with the idea of up-cycling!  I call it half-scrap quilt. You will use scraps for the zig zag print area but you will need yardage for the background.  Use your scraps, use scraps from others, use up your favorite fabrics from some cotton shirts.  This is a great scrap buster project. Two block sizes to choose from and your zig zags can grow to whatever size quilt you would like.  Practice some precision piecing, 1/2 square triangle techniques, 9 patch piecing and you will be well on your way.  It is very satisfying to make something out of fabric you have on hand!

Mar 3 2018, Terry Aske – Circles, circles, circles

Techniques: Circles without sewing curved seems

Instructor: Terry Aske

When: Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Where: St Faith’s Anglican Church

Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: Register and pay after the December meeting – $50

Level: All levels

The workshop will cover:
 an easy method to draw a circle any size
 making and using freezer-paper templates
 how to create accurate circles using a freezer paper pattern and flat seam sewing
 circles with raw edges, covered with bias tape, couching or decorative stitching
 circles with turned-under edges, which are top-stitched in place.
“I will teach you to design your own 12 to 18 inch circle block pattern. Then you will make the blocks using a variety of techniques. The blocks could become a small wall- hanging, a pillow cover, or the start of a larger quilt.”

Oct 21st, 2017 Paul Krampitz: Workshop on Wedges

Techniques: Using a wedge ruler

Instructor: Paul Krampitz

When: Saturday, 21st October 2017

Where: St Faith’s Anglican Church

Cost: Register and pay after the May meeting – $40

Early Bird Special: Register and pay at the  May 10th Guild meeting – $35.  See Linda Rapson

Level: All levels

Paul Krampitz will be conducting a hands-on workshop showing several techniques that can be done with a wedge ruler. Rulers can be purchased from Paul at the workshop or you can bring your own rulers and templates. He will show how a simple shape has the potential for many dynamic quilt designs starting with a basic block and pointed wedges followed by an “improvisational explosion”.


Feb 11, 2017 – Canada’s 150th Birthday Sew-in

When & Where: Saturday February 11th, 2017 10am-5pm at St. Faith’s church.

A chance for members to participate in the CQA Big Quilt Bee to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  The goal of the Big Quilt Bee is to make and donate 1,000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada!

At our Sew-in members can hand in or complete slab blocks in exchange for a ticket for the raffle. We also need people to sew the blocks into quilt tops.  For every block you complete and hand in you will receive a raffle ticket. The grand prize is a free membership for next year! Bring your sewing machine to sew the blocks, fabric to complete the blocks, equipment to help you cut fabric, or pop in to help iron or just drop off your blocks.

Workshop Locations

The Vancouver Quilters’ Guild workshops are held in different locations.

St Faith’s Anglican Church, 7284 Cypress Street, (on 57th 2 blocks west of Granville). Workshops are usually held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parking is on the east side of the church, use the east side door there, as well. Bring lunch; tea, coffee and goodies will be provided. The closest sandwich shop is Choices, across the street. Either pack your lunch or allow enough time to shop.

Knox United Church Hall, 5600 Balaclava Street, (just north of 41st Avenue). Workshops are usually held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parking lot is down the driveway on the south of the facility. Bring lunch; tea, coffee and goodies will be provided. The closest sandwich deli is the IGA a short drive away at 41st and Dunbar. Either pack your lunch or allow enough time to shop.


Workshops are individually priced, please refer to the list. Non-members are welcome to join our workshops for a small surcharge. If there is an additional kit fee it will be shown on the sign-up sheet. Please note that payment of the workshop fee is a commitment to attend the workshop. Refunds will only be made if the class is over-subscribed, or if you can find someone to take your place.

Registration is first come, first served. Please register at the monthly meeting, before the meeting starts and during the break. The fee for the class is payable upon registration.