Recent Guild Activities
Guild year 2022-2023
We are moving into our new home at Highlands United Church in Edgemont Village, which is a new central location for us and we are happy that the church has offered us space.
September - this was the month for our AGM and we planned our move from St Martin's Church.
October - we will be having our first meeting at Highlands United Church. We have a zoom Speaker, Ms Jen
Houlden from quiltsbyjen.ca.
November - Zoom meeting with Stephani Hackney ( HOBBS ) on the subject of batting.
December - Christmas party and craft
January - Lisa taught us her doll pattern. Start of Plaidish quilt sew along.
February- English Paper piecing
March - Comfort Quilts
April - Kevin from Dragonfly quilting will be helping us with our "Ugly Fabrics"
May - Franklin Bags with Margo
June - summer get together and show and tell
Guild year 2021–2022
Start of a new year and another new way programs will happen. We can now meet in the church if we wish to do so. Our presenters will be live (probably starting 2022) and via Zoom streamed into your homes and the church hall. Workshops will still be via Zoom to your home.
September 16:Ruth from Shelter to Home gave us a talk on what they do with our comfort quilts, and how this organization functions to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
September 23:Krista Hennebury workshop.(http://poppyprintcreates.blogspot.com)
October 21:Melissa Marginet (http://melissamarginet.ca), a teacher, author and quilter from Manitoba gave her presentation ‘Get Your Motor Running”. She has written 2 books on quilting with your walking foot.
November 18: Kellie Kaczmarek from Silly Moon Quilting Company (https://sillymoonquiltingco.ca) will give us a talk on the quilting rulers that her company manufactures right here in the Fraser Valley. I am investigating a workshop with her for January 2022.
November 25:Workshop with Melissa Marginet on quilting with a walking foot.
December 09:No formal meeting due to Omicrom varient
January 20: Carola was our zoom speaker this month. Carola gave us her “Scrap Happy and Fat Quarter Friendly” talk. She is the owner of Carola’s Quilt Shop in Chilliwack and has a wonderful selection of fabrics if you are out that way. She also carries Aurifil threads. Her presentations are always full of very practical tips and should be an inspiration for our comfort Quilts Day in February.
February 17: Comfort quilt month was held this year on zoom and in the church - thank you for your efforts.
March 17: Berene C gave us her moving talk about her use of sewing to drive many charitable endeavors and she also treated us to a fabulous trunk show.
April 21: in person visiting in the hall, lots of show and tell. UFO challenge wrapped up.
May 19: Elections for our executive followed by a batik presentation by Shirley Jade. In person only meeting at the Hall
June 16: 25th anniversary celebration and picnic followed by group visit to CQA.
Programs and Workshops
The past year presented us with the opportunity to learn from outside the quilting world. The pandemic protocols forced us to look at new ways to interact within the guild membership and with the quilting world outside our immediate environment.
September17:The first meeting of the year was also the start of a totally different way of holding meetings, via Zoom. Members caught up with each other while sign in difficulties were sorted out. We had a short Quilting Quiz, which was aced by Sharon W. We also had the first virtual Show and Tell with quite a few lovely quilts.
October 15:Our first talk via Zoom was given by Cheryl Arkison from Alberta. She is a quilter, a teacher and a writer who not-so-secretly dreams of being a disc jockey. Her presentation was inspiring and quite a few slab quilts appeared in our Show and Tell over the coming months.
November 19:Terry Aske presented us with a trunk show of her latest art quilts. These were quite different from our familiar trunk show quilts, as they were small quilts. They were so well designed and interesting.
December 17:Our virtual Christmas party. By this time a few more members who had been hesitant about the new technology had joined our Zoom meetings and we had a joyous and cheerful group. We played some games which were enjoyed by all. Show and Tell presented peeks into the Christmas celebrations of some of our members. Great decorations and quilts by all.
January 21:Lorna Shapiro presented her quilts and the design decisions that occurred in their making. Lorna is a quilter from Vancouver who uses different fabric types to add texture and interest to her quilts. We were all inspired by the design process.
February 11:Cheryl Arkison workshop held and attended by 9 members plus 3 guests from other guilds. It was a great workshop and presented us with many options for those scraps in our sewing rooms.
February 18:Comfort Quilt Day. Zoom meeting was open from 9:30 for members to join us to sew their comfort quilts. Quite a few members decided to do slab quilts. It was a fun day as we cut and sewed together.
March 18:Peter Byrne from Toronto gave his presentation on his quilting journey. An interesting speaker who is totally committed to quilting. He presented a new approach to quilting which he named “Hover Quilting”. He also told us about some new products: Quilter’s Select rulers and Frixon marking pens.
April 15:Barbara Bert and Michelle Mason from ‘Days for Girls’ gave us a talk. The importance of the sanitary products for girls to be able to continue their education was presented as well as how we can help.
May 20:Presentation by Grace Errea on “The importance of Value”. Grace is a fiber artist from California. She presented a very illuminating talk on how to use value in one's quilts to make them interesting and cohesive.
May 25 and 26:Peter Byrne workshop. Twenty participants took this workshop, including 6 non-guildmembers. The benefits of virtual gatherings were realized.
June17:Krista Hennebury presented her talk on Aurifil threads. It was a long and very interesting presentation. Experimenting with threads in our quilting is on the list for next year.
Last Thursday of the month January to May were Stitch Alongs when the Zoom room was open from morning to late afternoon, for quilting, chatting and catching up. Members popped into and out of the room as their day permitted.