September 2018 – A New Quilting Season

Les Ωuilt BacksOur 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

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Modern Quilt Showcase 2018 – A Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Show

Modern Quilt Showcase 2018The 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

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Oregon

From Moira …

“I was in Sisters, Oregon, for the Outdoor Quilt Show July 14.  It was very hot but worth the two hours walking around.  My husband even walked with me.

There were quilts from Campbell River and Comox on display.  They also did fabric postcards.  Special ones were auctioned and others sold for a set price.”

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“BeDazzled” – A Parksville Quilt Show

Quilting is alive and well on Vancouver Island, as I discovered on a recent visit to “BeDazzled,” a quilt show presented by the Parksville Quilt House Quilters’ Guild.

As I entered the venue, I could see right away that this was a really big show!  The guild has over 300 members and was registered in 1981 as the first guild on Vancouver Island.  It was interesting to learn that their early meetings were held in a “quilt house” built in a backyard, which led to the name of the guild. Continue reading

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A Delicious Meeting before the Summer Break

Our June potluck luncheon was a lovely way to get together before summer.

The tables were decorated with stunning floral centrepieces – vases of orange roses, lady’s mantle and ferns set on teal coloured chargers with shimmering glass beads, courtesy of Linda F. They generated a lot of discussion about colour and creativity, which are favourite topics of quilters, many of whom seem to be gardeners, also!

Prizes were won by a number of members – door prizes, the May Block of the Month draw, and the Community Quilts draw for those who made wheelchair quilts. Continue reading

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Quilts Bloom at the Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild Show

Lions Gate Quilters' Guild Show 2018Here are a few images from the Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild Show held recently at Capilano University in North Vancouver.  On the day I was there, there were many quilters in attendance, but also, as one visitor told me, people who just like to look at quilts!  A husband offered praise for his wife’s quilts, and I overheard people talking in awe about the talent and skill of the quiltmakers. Continue reading

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May 2018 – Churn Dash Block

Congratulations to Lorna on winning the Pitcher Blocks.  I know she already has plans for them.  Thanks to Anne for showing her wheelchair quilts made with the Envelope Blocks!

Now that Quilt Canada has come and gone I hope you will have time to make the Churn Dash Block.  Please make the background white and the foreground a print in a saturated colour.  Just bring it to the June meeting for a chance to win all the blocks in the lotto!

 

I will not be presenting a new block in June but I will do blocks for September to November.

Happy Quilting, Marilyn

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A Visit to Quilt Canada 2018

Quilters gathered in Vancouver today at the opening of Quilt Canada 2018, a national show organized by the Canadian Quilters’ Association.  The three-day event is in the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre and showcases the work of quiltmakers from across Canada.

Quilts ranged from traditional to modern in style, and represented a variety of themes and techniques, as you can see in the pictures below … Continue reading

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Langley Quilters’ Guild Show: The Threads That Bind Us

Kudos to Langley Quilters’ Guild members! What a wonderful show you put on this year! There was so much inspiration to be had, and of course a goodly number of shopping opportunities, too! Oh, and raffle prizes galore to be won (not by me, sadly, not a one!).

I ran into a number of Seymour members at the show, and I think it’s fair to say we were a little stumped as to how to pick a favourite quilt and vote… there were so many amazing pieces of so many different styles, it really was impossible to choose just one. At the time of posting, there were no results on their website as yet, but I’m guessing if you keep a look out, you may see the winners posted in the near future.

For those who didn’t get there, here are some pics taken by myself and Linda D (thanks, Linda).

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Jane Johnstone – Magical Miniature Quilts

IMG_3035_edited-1Jane Johnstone is a local quilter with a self-admitted consuming passion for making small quilts, and we were dazzled by her collection at our May meeting.  The smallest quilt looked to be somewhere around 6 inches by 8 inches in size.

She was introduced to miniature quilts through a course she took, and she was drawn into a world of colour and design, and ever-evolving ideas for new things to try with small pieces of fabric. Continue reading

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