Welcome to The Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild

The Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild is a non-profit Society. The purpose of the Guild is to bring the joy of quilting to the public by way of shows, displays, and demonstrations. To bring ideas and learning experiences to the members by way of workshops, guest speakers, and demonstrations.

Guests are always welcome with a free drop in for the first meeting. There will be a fee of $10.00 for non- members for special guest speakers to help cover costs.

Next Meeting Program

Show and Tell for April - Any spring flower related quilts and completed Canadiana Quilts taught by Diane Stevenson

Upcoming Programs and Workshops

Tuesday April 10, 2018 - Trunk Show - with Elaine Quehl

Elaine stated, “I am compelled to study light and shadow, movement and curve. Often described as "bold" and "sensual", my art focuses on using value contrasts to intensify visual impact. The subjects depicted are a visual celebra:on of the drama unfolding in the natural world. I am always aiming to evoke the emo:on, awe and wonder I experience when I first encounter my subjects. Foliage, trees, flowers, and nature's cycles serve as metaphors for my inner world and allow communica:on and connec:on with the world through universally-understood themes of personal growth, wonder, self-acceptance, loss and healing, joy, and the cycles of life. In 2015 Elaine received the "Teacher of the Year" Award from the Canadian Quilter's Association.

Elaine Quehl is a Canadian quilt artist, teacher, and fabric dyer/designer who is best known for her dramatic and colourful nature themed art quilts featuring luscious foliage(particularly hosta leaves), flowers and trees. All fabric used in her artwork is hand dyed by the artist to provide the wide range of values she employs to create depth, drama, and contast, and to read like nature's dappled light. Each art quilt is also abundantly textured with free motion stitching.

Elaine's work has been juried into, and selected for awards at numerous international and national exhibits and has been widely published. Her recent accomplishments include being published in the Spring of 2015 issue of "Hosta Journal"(a publication of the American Hosta Society), being " Featured Artist" in the June/July 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, being chosen as one of the 21 artists featured in the book "Art Quilt": Portfolio :Natural World by Lark Books in 2012 and receiving a First Place award in the Art-Naturescapes category at the International Quilt Association's annual juried and judged show in Houston, Texas in 2013.

Surface Design techniques for Quilters and Fiber Artists

Would you like your work to have more depth, dimension and detail, or would you like to apply a new medium to fabric?  In each of these one day classes, students will learn about the properties of the products, as well as how to use them. The instructor will provide demonstations and guidace so that students can create a small sample using each method.

Two Workshops with Elaine Quehl: Thursday April 12 and Friday April 13, 2018

Surface Design  1: PrismaColour Artists Pencils and Caran D'ache Neocolour II water soluable wax pastels. Supply list  $5.00  

Surface Design 2: Tsukineko Inks and Inktense pencils     Supply list $5.00 + GST

Location: Sheraton Guildford Hotel 15269 104 Ave., Surrey  Time 9:00am to 3:30pm

Bring your own lunch.

One Day Workshop with Elaine Quehl- Saturday April 14, 2018  "In Full Bloom"

In the one day class students will work with one of the instructors patterns to create a stunnng quilt with depth and dimension. Learn to see value. Instructor will explain and demonstrate how she turns her close up floral photograph into a pattern suitable for creating a fused wall quilt. Two different patterns will be available for purchase at a cost of $16.00plus GST per pattern. There is also an option of purchasing a hand dyed kit of fabric.

Location: Kennedy Heights, 11760 88 Ave, Surrey  Time 8:45 am to 3:15pm

Bring your own lunch

Cost: members  $50.00  non members $65.00


Tuesday April 10th , 2018 -  In Betweens - Weighted Blanket - with Donna Mae Whitmore

This will be a Demo only no sewing machines required. Donna Mae showed this blanket at  Show & Tell at one of our previous mee:ng and members were very interested in how it was made.

Born in Fort St. John in Northern Bri:sh Columbia, Donna Mae spent her early life on the farm. When she was nine years old she learned to sew on her mother’s treadle machine. At age twelve she began riding her bicycle five miles to the country community hall in all weathers to take sewing lessons at the Women’s Auxiliary from Fort St. John.Donna Mae soon became a very accomplished seamstress. She made dresses for her mother who was disabled and had difficulty finding clothes to fit. When she was fi<een, the family moved to Fort Nelson and Donna Mae met Bob, the love of her life. They married when Donna Mae was 18 and she began dressmaking for other people, turning this into a thriving business, while seeing to all the needs of her growing sons and daughter.

In 1993 Donna Mae and her family moved to Delta and she took her sewing talents and creativity in new directions, taking up quilting full time and making many beautiful quilts for her family and friends. Her quilts soon won many prizes, including a jacket that has traveled across country for Janome. Donna Mae now has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild who she occasionally makes an ouyit for special occasions, but her first love is quil:ng. As she proudly says, “Quil:ng is my life.”

Location: Kennedy Senior Centre, Main Hall

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: Members FREE Non-members $10.00

Aunt Leah's Place

FVQG CHARITY for 2016-2018. We are very pleased to announce that the charity for the next two years is Aunt Leah's Place The following is a brief statement of the wonderful work which they do in our community.

Aunt Leah’s Place, for more than 25 years, has been helping kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future by providing guidance, supported housing, job training and coaching in essential skills. We believe every young person de- serves to feel safe, cared for and have a sense of belonging. Unfortunately, this is not the experience for many teens in the foster care system. When they “age out” of government care at 19, they find themselves completely alone. Aunt Leah’s Place tries to fill that gap and provide the loving support young people in care so desperately need and deserve. Aunt Leah’s often provides the only thread of care and continuity for youth whose young lives have often been marked by abuse, neglect, abandonment and multiple foster home placements.

Over the last two decades we have seen how support at this critical time can help these young people realize their possibilities and potential while becoming resilient, independent adults. Since its incorporation as a society in 1988, Aunt Leah’s has helped countless children and youth lead healthy, safe and productive lives- kids who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks of the “system” into homelessness, entered the criminal justice system or surrendered to suicide.


Please continue to put your toiletry donations for Carole Hando in a separate bag marked with her name.


The guild is again collecting quilts for the Cops for Cancer Ride 2018 (Dates to be  announced). This will be our 14th year we have been donating quilts to this very worthwhile event.

 The Tour de Valley Ride will consist of approximately 15 emergency response members i.e. RCMP, Firefighters and Border Guards who ride their bicycles 600 KMS from South Delta to Boston Bar and back to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer research and Camp Goodtime. Each rider carries a photo of their buddy, the child for whom they are riding and who is either on cancer treatment or in remission. A quilt is then presented to the Buddies at the Opening Ceremonies. Other quilts are handed out during the Ride itself to children who may live outside the lower mainland or a family member who may need a ‘hug’.

The quilts can be unisex or boy/girl specific approximately 40” X 60”. Bright cheerful colours and ages 5- 16 are the norm but infants and younger children can also be afflicted so all sizes are appreciated as the children grow and some quilts can be taken to newly diagnosed children in hospital.

Carole Hando

If there are questions I can be contacted by e-mail chando@shaw.ca

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Next Guild Meeting

Tuesday,April 10, 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm and
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre
11760 - 88th Avenue
Delta, BC

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month (except July and August). Guests are always welcome with a free drop in for the first meeting. There will be a fee of $10.00 for non-members for special guest speakers to help cover costs.


Next Executive Meeting

Thursday,April 3, 2018
7:00 PM

The executive meetings are generally held the first Thursday of the month at Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre. All Guild Members are welcome to attend the Executive Meetings.


A few web links of interest

Cher Cartwright

Quilters Dream Fabrics

Batik Making video

Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts

Paul Krampitz

Kathy McNeil

Barbara Shapel

Karen Johnson

Fibreart Network

CQA 2013 Quilt BC winning quilts

Susan Jensen

Marci Baker

Katie Pasquini Masopust

Fabshophop -search for fabric

Joen Wolfrom

Maureen Wood

Katie Pedersen

Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs

Quilt University

The Quilt Show

Hoffman Fabrics -free patterns