Nicholas Turcan – Journey Into Quilting

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.

photo: Marilyn

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Travels with Diane – RV Quilting in California

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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January 2019 Update

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 quilting friends!

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.

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Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter

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.

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Travels with Diane – A Quilter in Paris

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.

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October 2018 – Members Teaching Members

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

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Community Quilt Delivery

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.

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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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