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.

CAMPBELL VALLEY DAYS! A COUNTRY CELEBRATION

Fellow Quilters:

It is that time again, where we go out to Campbell Valley and spend a whole day quilting. You talk quilting with all the different visitors, plus wander around the different exhibitors, who have all sorts of delightful wares to buy.

There are 2 shifts per day, or you can spend the whole day. We are in a grass field and the celebrations go rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Feel free to bring your own lunch or purchase something out there.

Wilma Brock will be sending an email out with the shift times, so please come and join us in representing the Fraser Valley Quilters Guild and share the love of quilting.

September 8 & 9, 2018 RAIN OR SHINE! 10 am to 4 pm.

HOW TO GET THERE

From Highway 1: take the Langley City 200th Street South exit (exit #58) and travel south for approximately 15 km. Turn left onto 8th Avenue. Follow the bend in the road and turn left into the parking lot.

From Highway 99: take the 8th Ave East exit (#2) and continue onto 8th Avenue. Travel for approximately 7.5 km. Follow the bend in the road onto 204th Street and turn left into the parking lot

Show and Tell for September: "Quilts I did last summer"

Upcoming Programs and Workshops

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - TRUNK SHOW with ETHEL SNOW

September will be the beginning of my 42nd year as a quilter and my 36th year as a member of the Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild.

I began using fabric as a collage technique, building uniquely different blocks but I soon became enchanted with the traditional quilt blocks. I was short on skill but fearless, using whatever fabric was available from my mother's scraps, my scraps and whatever fabric I could find in a small town fabric store.

My school of quilting was a group of six women who were learning about quilt making by the seat of their pants. There were no rules. There were no specialists in those early days. There were, in the beginning, no magazines with perfect patterns, no Olfa cutters, just whatever scissors your kids hadn't dulled with paper cutting or your husband hadn't nicked by cutting the wires to hold the Christmas tree in place.

Without any quilt show experience, late in our second year of quilting, we planned for a quilt show to share our dozen or so quilts. We  found wonderful quilts within the community that their owners would share, the base helped us with equipment and a facility and our first show introduced us to the community as a group of Quilter's. This led to an Edmonton quilt writer seeing our show, introducing us to our first quilt teacher  and the adult Ed coordinator discovering that I was a teacher who, while wanting to teach a class on spinning and off loom weaving, could be negotiated with, to be her first quilt teacher and run a quilting class that soon grew into two,  six block sampler classes .The spinning and off loom weaving was forgotten. As a teacher I was used to modification based on a student's abilities, so each block came in the basic format, a simplified format and a challenge format. Successfully, it was repeated until we were transferred.

Today, I am the only one of the six still quilting. My skills, although not perfect, have improved.

I have held office in FVQG, CQA, wrote early brochures on "how to"for CQA, designed a year of Original Block of the Months for FVQG, designed a technique sampler for PSQ, taught many classes, lectured for many guilds, and used Quilting to get me through tough times. I have spent time as a member Kerrisdale Quilter's, Pacific Spirit Quilter's and Lion's-gate Quilter's at various times.

Today I am a widow whose time is her own so I am creeping back to a guild that once was a large part of my life. I look forward to the adventures ahead. Ethel Snow

Ethel will be doing two different talks:

Day Meeting will be:  Stories in the quilt

Each of my quilts has a story that started the process of its birth. Many of my quilts have a second and more important story. That story colors my experience each time I look at it as it brings back memories and lessons. I believe that to many of us Quilters, the value in a quilt is not its gift value or its fabric and time replacement value, but as a reminder of our life passage and experiences.Let me share some of my double story quilts from my different eras of style, technique and classes.

Evening Meeting will be:   The latest pile

Let me share my latest quilts. Some are young , some are completed UFOs, but please note, they are finished.I will share the quilt's source and a secret lesson learnt from each project.

Tuesday September 11, 2018 - BETWEEN - Binding like a pro by machine - with MARJIREE KALE

Location:  Kennedy Senior Centre - Main Hall - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Marjiree grew up in a ‘land of home made’.   She learned to sew from her mother who passed on a ‘can do attitude’ and resourceful flair. Marjiree studied fashion design, co-designed a hospice quilt, became a hospice volunteer and co-founded the Langley Quilting Guild.  She is a Quilting Educator of Long Arm and Domestic machines in Alberta and BC. Marjiree constantly gathers innovative ideas and joyfully passes it forward.

Cost:
Members - $5.00
Non-Members - $10.00

Tuesday October 09, 2018 - TRUNK SHOW - with PAUL KRAMPITZ

Paul began quilting in 1986, inspired by the traditional quilts made by his two grandmothers. He started exploring more modern designs in 1998, inspired by the geometry that he studied at university. He also started dying fabrics for some of his quilts using a wax-resist method. Paul is an original member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and offers trunk shows and workshops throughout the Lower Mainland.  When not quilting, Paul works at BC Institute of Technology.

 

Traditional to Modern

This trunk show opens with traditional quilts and tops I have made using patterns like log cabin and Dresden plate.  Then I show how I reinterpreted the blocks to make them more modern.  The methods include using non-traditional layouts,  incorporating designer and solid fabrics, using negative space, asymmetry and inclusions, and changing the scale of the blocks. The quilts are also influenced by the community of modern quilters on social media and the designs they post.

Tuesdays, Starting  OCTOBER  9, 2018 through to  JUNE 11, 2019 - MINI -WORKSHOP WITH DIANNE STEVENSON:

CANADIANA  IN  CLOTH

Class is totally full with a large wait list.

Saturday October 20, 2018 - WORKSHOP with ROBIN FISCHER - Come Dye with Me

Location:  Kennedy Senior Centre - Upper Hall 8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Do you want to dye your own colours and have fun doing it. Let me show how easy it is to create personal colours. We will be using Procion MX dyes and working with dye concentrates. I will supply all the dyes and other chemicals needed. This will be geared to those who have never dyed before and those wanting to expand their dyeing experience. We will create together

Please bring your own lunch, coffee cup, plate/bowl and any cutlery you will require with your lunch.

Cost:
Members - $25.00
Non-Members - $35.00

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - TRUNK SHOW  with  KAREN JOHNSON

I’ve been sewing since I was six years old and have never tired of the process. My journey included a 4-H  Clothing club as I was growing up, then to a Home  Economics degree with a major in Clothing and Textiles before teaching as a career.

Travel has always influenced my life and our home contains many textile treasures. Growing up on a Prairie farm and my Scandinavian background has also shaped my life.

Membership in the following fibre related groups has supported and strengthened my journey in art quilting: Fibre Arts Network 2013,  Studio Art Quilt,  Associates August 2011,  LaConnor Quilt and Textile Museum, Canadian Quilters Association/ACC,  Langley Quilters’ Guild – since inception in 2002.

My inspiration and the way I live my life are shaped by my daily walks, often along the Nikomekl River in Langley. I’m continually intrigued by the lines, shapes, colours and designs that I encounter along the way. Photography helps me return to these images and shows me patterns in how I see the world around me.

I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with techniques in the world of art quilting and am slowly finding ones that best help me to express myself. I love creating texture; especially through raw edge collage, thread work, using unusual fabrics or fabrics I hand dye.

The process of creating a work of art in fibre is a very rich soulful experience and often reflects where I am in my life.

I can’t imagine a life without fibre in all its forms surrounding me and tempting me to new creations.

Saturday November 17, 2018  - WORKSHOP with KAREN JOHNSON: Skinny Stripping

Location - Kennedy Senior Centre - Upper Hall - 8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to sew a variety of skinny strips – straight parallel lines, curved lines, disappearing lines and combinations of each. Using a variety of skinny strips will bring excitement to your block and as you go along you’ll have fun deciding what you should try next.

The technique can be used to create an art quilt or incorporated into a more traditional design such as adding zing to a child’s quilt.

Numerous examples will be given for your inspiration. You’ll be amazed at all the options for using this technique.

Have fun coming to just cut and sew fabric to make unique designs.

Please bring your own lunch, coffee cup, plate/bowl and any cutlery you will require with your lunch.

Cost:
Members - $50.00
Non-Members - $65.00

Tuesday December 11, 2018 - PARTY

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.

TOILETRY DONATIONS

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

COPS for CANCER TOUR de VALLEY 2018

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,September 11, 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, September 6, 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

Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs

Quilt University

The Quilt Show

Hoffman Fabrics -free patterns