Nicholas Turcan was our March speaker. He is multi-talented – even a professional baker – who has embraced quilting, and does much of the amazing quilting of the sample quilts at The Cloth Shop on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC.
Nicholas told us the story of how he came to quilting. Trying his hand at making a quilt for himself led to visits to the local quilt shop, where he discovered a love for fabrics, quiltmaking – and sewing machines. He is now a talented longarm quilter, applying his skills and his creativity to enhancing the quilts of his clients.
Nicholas’s presentation was entertaining and informative with lots of humorous stories, design suggestions, and samples of his beautiful quilting.
He has a new website and business, and has created a murder
mystery block of the month program that will be launching soon.
Nicholas Turcan’s website is Mystery Stitch Designs.
Diane has found a great way to “quilt as you go”! Park your recreational vehicle near the beautiful California coast and have a sewing machine and supplies at hand. If you run out of fabric, maybe there’s a quilt shop in the area!
“Sitting here in Pismo Beach CA. Weather was rainy and windy so I started sewing. Managed to get 6 QAYG (quilt as you go) blocks done but now the sun is out; it’s 2 pm; time to get dressed and go for a walk.” – Diane
Header image: David Madison, Getty Images; National Geographic post
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In the last couple of months we said good-bye to 2018 and launched
into 2019 with a new round of guild activities – more fun with fabric and
Our December meeting was a Christmas Luncheon, featuring delicious food brought by members and a round of enjoyable activities organized by the Programme Committee to get us into the spirit of the season.
Posted in Meetings
Cathy Miller and her husband John put on a great show at our November meeting. Cathy played guitar and sang songs she has written about the world of a quilter, with John accompanying on harmonica and vocals – and sometimes with a laser pointer! Their performance was held in the beautiful Church Sanctuary at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Prominent on stage was one of Cathy’s quilts, made mostly with pre-1972 blocks.
Diane has been exploring Paris, and, of course, exploring the fabric scene there as well. Here’s a taste of what a quilter can find in France’s City of Lights …
My husband thought we were going to Sacre-Coeur for the afternoon. We did walk around, and I did a sketch — but my main goal was to hit the fabric stores that are right near the bottom of the steps.
The program at our October meeting was our traditional “Members Teaching Members,” and it was fun, inspiring, and informative, as always. Several presentations were given by members, and small groups moved from table to table, enjoying demonstrations of hexigons, folded stars, thread painting and machine embroidery, single fold bindings, a super quick table runner, ruler work with machine quilting, and paper piecing. Continue reading
Early in October Les and Marilyn delivered the Hourglass Quilt to the Lynn Valley Legion Branch 114, 1630 Lynn valley Road, NV. Diana Saboe was excited to receive the quilt and told us that it will be used as one of the prizes in a raffle to raise money in December for the hamper drive. Thank you to all the members who contributed to the quilt. We hope to get tickets on their raffle and have them available at the November meeting.
Diana mentioned that the Legion is open to everyone and is trying to build up a positive image in the community. They do not yet have anyone to set up a website for them but their activities are listed in the Lynn Valley Events Calendar on the Lynn Valley Life website.
Our September meeting was a busy one after a long, hot summer, and it was great to get together again and look forward to quilting activities ahead.
Thanks to our talented member, Les, who brought her amazing and varied collection of beautiful quilts to accompany her presentation about quilt backs. As we learned, quilt backs don’t have to be just “the B side” of your quilt. They can be stars in their own right, and add that ‘”wow factor” that makes a quilt pretty much reversible. Les has tried many designs on the backs of her quilts. Some she likes more than others, she told us, but she continues to experiment and learn from each quilt she makes. Continue reading
The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild recently held their second biennial show, Modern Quilt Showcase, at The Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver, B.C. The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is eight years old, with about 120 members, and is part of the worldwide modern quilting movement.
The quilts in Modern Quilt Showcase 2018 were colourful and innovative, utilizing many different stitching techniques, but perhaps most importantly, they represented the originality and self-expression of their creators.
What is a modern quilt? Besides being fresh and non-traditional, this question is open to ongoing debate and discussion among quiltmakers. From the VMQG website, and as demonstrated by the quilts shown in the gallery below, some of the characteristics of “modern quilts” are: Continue reading