“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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What you missed if you didn’t come to the clothesline bag workshop!

Many thanks to Suzanne P for hosting this one… what a fun day we had on May 9th! There was a lot of sewing prep for this class for those who chose to wrap their clothesline in fabric (and no prep for moi, because I left my clothesline unwrapped for a more beachy feel!), but after the initial demonstration, we were soon zig-zagging our way to some pretty nifty totes, storage baskets and purses. As always, each one was unique, depending on fabric and colour choices, and how the shape evolved during the making of each bag. By around 2pm many had finished the tote/bag body. Which in truth was great progress given the amount of chirping and chatting going on as always! Which is what sewing together is all about!

And at yesterday’s May meeting, many bags appeared, already in use! The winner of the Block of the Month was pulled from Marilyn C’s basket, Kathryn G will be using hers as a toy box, Anne W and Maureen O are using theirs as totes. Mine is not yet finished… it still needs handles. If anyone else has pics of their bags, please share and either Judy or I will add them to this post.

Update: Finished my bag, which turned out to be more purse-sized! Any more to share?!

Clothesline bag workshop - Penny N purse



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City of Gardens Quilt Show – Victoria Quilters’ Guild

Victoria Quilters' Guild City of Gardens Quilt Show 2018From Linda D … Last Friday I attended the Victoria Quilters’ Guild’s show in Victoria.  Just crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria was a lovely mini holiday!  The sunny weather was fabulous, all the flowers and shrubs were in bloom, and the promise of summer was just around the corner.  Then of course, there was the ‘CITY OF GARDENS’ QUILT SHOW!

There were 250 quilts displayed, live music, interesting demonstrations, a ticketed ‘auction’ of sewing related items (including a $$$ machine!), a selection of quilts from the ‘youth’ quilters, guild competition challenge, a vast amount of quilted art postcards for the CQA show and a HUGE ‘member market’. Continue reading

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Wonky Stars continued…

Following our Wednesday Workshop with Dougal Walker, Linda D and I were at a sewing day on Saturday and both of us continued working on our Wonky Stars! We were wondering if anyone else has been making progress? We’d love to see how you’re doing! Send pics of your progress to me, Penny N, and I’ll post them here, too.

Linda D has made more progress (May 10th)…

Workshops - wonky stars - Linda D more blocks

And from Judy S (May 7th)!

Workshops - Judy S stars

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