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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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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“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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