Dougal Walker – The Joy of Stitchery

dougal walker apr 2018 bd15Dougal Walker entertained us at our April meeting with stories about her creative journey and a trunk show full of delightful folk art stitchery and colourful modern art quilts.

We were off to a good start when she mentioned the apron that some of us made in Home Economics class back in high school.  Pockets, straps, gathers, pleats, hems, slipstitching – that apron had it all!

Dougal has had many artistic, crafting and sewing interests over the years.  She had her own children’s clothing line called Freckleswear.  Currently, she has a line of patterns called The Freckles Collection, which take her to quilt shows and merchandisers near and far. Continue reading

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April 2018 – Pitcher Block

Congratulations to Barb McG for winning the house blocks.  Members told me they were fun to make.

Thanks again to everyone who made Hourglass blocks for the January Block of the Month.  They came together very well to make the quilt that will now go to Quilts of Valour.

The Pitcher Block is now on our website.   Think of summer and choose a bright, cheery print for your pitcher.


Happy quilting,
Marilyn C


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Catherine Nicholls, Textile Artist

Catherine NichollsCatherine Nicholls brought some of her textile art to our March meeting.  She began by telling us that the presentation she was about to give would be her last for the time being, so we were fortunate to have her visit our guild.  She is looking forward to spending lots of time in her new studio on the Sunshine Coast, where she will use her many skills and techniques to create the art that is her passion.  There will be opportunities, also, to be involved with the FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park nearby, after much time spent abroad. Continue reading

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Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2018

Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2018The Silk Purse Arts Centre in West Vancouver is currently exhibiting works by 26 talented fibre artists, who are sharing their interpretations of the cherry blossom.

Photographs of the art on display are not permitted, so you will have to imagine the many techniques and the variety of stitches that the artists have used to capture the delicate, ephemeral beauty of the blossoms in their fibre art. Continue reading

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March 2018 Block of the Month

Thanks to everyone who made blocks.
Linda F won all the 31 blocks!  Congratulations, Linda. Continue reading

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Desert Guilds Quilt Show 2018

From Moira …

Here are some pictures from the Desert Guilds Quilt Show which is a joint show by the Cactus Sew-Ables, Coachella Valley and Pass Patchers Quilt Guilds.  This was their 10th Biennial Quilt Show held in Palm Springs on March 2 and 3.

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Viewers Choice

The quilt above (Grandma’s Flower Garden) was hand pieced and took 1-1/2 years.

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Sharing fabric in the community

We recently received a very generous donation of fabric from a lovely lady in North Vancouver. The quilting fabric will be used to make quilts for donation in the community (Community Quilts), but she was also trying to find a home for other types of fabric, including felt and velvet, buttons and craft supplies! With her permission, we were able to donate these to Lord Roberts school in downtown Vancouver, where a Grade 1 class put some of it to good use making hand puppets of their super heroes, which could be a real person or a fictional character. Their wonderfully creative teacher, Mrs Skibinski – also an avid quilter, by the way! – sent us some pics to show what her little Grade 1’s had come up with.


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Lauren Tolhurst: A trunk show to inspire

I imagine most of us rushed home from the February meeting to sew, inspired by the multitude of quilts, large and small, that Lauren Tolhurst of Busy Bobbin Longarm Quilting brought to show us!

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February 2018 Block of the Month

Wow, we received 30 Hourglass blocks!  Barbara McG and Marilyn C won the blocks.  Congratulations! Continue reading

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Thom Atkins – Bead Embellished Quilts

Many thanks to Moira S for sharing this story about her recent visit to a quilt guild in Southern California.

Thom Atkins ms 3“I attended the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild meeting on Saturday.

The speaker was Thom Atkins who did a wonderful talk on his beaded quilts which were truly works of art. Continue reading

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