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, and 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.

Guild meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from September through June at 10 AM and 7 PM at:

Trinity Lutheran Church
11040 River Road
Delta, BC

Sit and Stitch

Join us this Saturday January 21, 10am to 1pm.

Work on a project, share a tip, find out what everyone is working on!

Stay as long as you want, come and go as you please!

See you there

 

FVQG Library Update

Have a look at our library!

Our library is a great in-person and on-line resource. We encourage you to use it.  Starting in January 2023 you’ll be able to come in the front door and walk down the hall to get to the library.  We’ll be open downstairs at 9:30 on meeting days for you to browse the books and magazines in person or to pick up the items you’ve reserved on-line.  We will also be there during the break and for a short while after the meeting.

If you pre-order on-line it makes our job as volunteers easier, and you’re guaranteed to get the items you want (if someone didn’t reserve ahead of you).  We’ve all ordered items on-line (groceries, Amazon, etc.) and our system is no different:  check the library tab on your left to see what’s available and how to use the on-line reservation system.

 

We’re always ordering more books and magazines.  Coming soon to our library is “Scrappiness is Happiness” and “Why we Quilt”.

 

Congratulations to our award winners at the 2022 CQA National Juried Show!

Cheryl Olsson, Surrey, won 1st place in the Art Depiction of Human or Animal Form category with Pugsley is a Girl.

Cheryl says, “Pugsley went to visit Grandma two years ago. Then the pandemic locked everything down and we were unable to visit or bring her home. It’s now too late. Pugsley and Grandma have helped each other survive. Now her likeness hangs on the wall for us to say hello to everyday. I was inspired to try Susan Carlson’s collage techniques with my own photo after reading her book “Serendipity Quilts” and seeing her beautiful quilts.”

Techniques and Materials: Raw edge appliqué; collage. Cotton, tulle, rhinestones. Quilting: Self quilted on a frameless machine.

 

 

Lorna Shapiro, Vancouver, won first place in the Modern category with Circles and Stripes.

Lorna says, “I played improvisationally with just two guiding themes: a palette of fabric chosen by my daughter and exploring circles. Blocks started to emerge as I settled into the fun of playing with no pre-determined end goal in mind. The blocks were so pleasing that they wanted to become a bed quilt. The palette for this quilt’s foreground was chosen by my daughter. Her choice inspired me to create a design riffing off the palette itself. The quilting created in the background further developed the pieced design, adding an important element to the original design work.”

Techniques and Materials: Machine piecing. Cotton-linen, printed linen, woven cotton, printed cotton. Quilting: Quilted on a framed machine by Laura Gates

 

Laura Gates, Delta, took home the Excellence Award for Machine Quilting Framed with Pink Blossoming Garden.

From Laura, “I was captivated by this modern floral blossom pattern. I chose a bright colour palette of solids and prints for the Blossoming Garden pattern by Carolyn Murfitt of Free Bird Quilting Designs.”

Techniques and Materials: Fusible appliqué; machine piecing. Cotton. Quilting: Self quilted on a framed machine using a stitch regulator, free motion and ruler work.

 

 

Laura also won second place in the Modern category with Tsuru.

She explains, “An assortment of Japanese fabrics frame this Vancouver street banner designed by Norman Takeuchi depicting the Japanese internment in WWII in British Columbia. “Tsuru” is named after my grandmother and is dedicated to the courage and determination of all who endured the incredible hardships of the internment. The banner, silkscreened on nylon, is one of four in Norman Takeuchi’s 2007 Vancouver Street Banner Project, depicting the Japanese internment of the 1940’s.”

Techniques and Materials: Machine pieced. Cotton fabrics, nylon banner. Quilting: Self quilted on a framed machine using a stitch regulator, combining straight line ruler work and free motion stitching.

 

And Laura also took home third place in the Modern category with Rock Star.

She says, “Being an avid curling fan I was eager for an opportunity to bring two passions together. Inspired by Audrey Esarey’s “Radial Quilt” and techniques from Lisa O’Neill’s book Silver Quilts, my design is a FPP curling ring that I created for my husband who loves the game. I began this project by drafting a full scale pattern on paper taped to the wall and made a template for each piece. The large rings were paper pieced and for the curling rocks I used an inset circle technique from a Lorna Shapiro workshop. I chose a modern quilting design with a combination of straight line ruler work and free motion stitching. Designed on an iPad using the Procreate app and pieced with Kona and Northcott fabrics.”

Techniques and Materials: Machine piecing; paper piecing. Cotton. Quilting: Self quilted on a framed machine with a stitch regulator and rulers.

Sit n Stitch. July 16 10am

Your host Lorraine Wilson welcomes you to join in on some summer stitching fun!

See your quilting buddies on “Zoom” once again.

Keep an eye out for your email invitation .

This Saturday July 16 at 10am

The Story of the FVQG Banner from Cher Olsson

The year of the guilds 30th Anniversary, Val Smith and I decided to make a new banner as an anniversary present for the guild. The current banner was showing its age and I had been thinking about making a new one for a while so this was a perfect opportunity.

Our thought process was simple. We wanted to have the Guild Logo and colours, represent the Fraser Valley and somehow incorporate the different styles of quilting from the guilds 30 years. After drawing up a plan we worked on different parts separately and then got together to put them together.

During this process we added a train and decided we wanted to have boxcars on our train. We wrote letters to 15 guild members that we knew had worked in miniature and asked them to help us with a project we were working on by making us a small quilt. We didn’t tell them what we were going to use them for so it would be a surprise but did give them some guidelines. We needed them a certain size and asked that they be light in colour as we knew they would be in front of the dark mountain.

During the June Guild meeting we had the banner there and covered. After we told the membership that we had an anniversary present for them we unveiled the new banner. As we watched everyone looking at it we were interested in watching the ladies who had made us a miniature quilt as they looked to see what we had done with them. One lady had a very disappointed look on her face as she didn’t see her quilt. Val who was standing beside her, whispered in her ear “When you don’t follow the rules, your quilt falls off the train and ends up in the water”. She was quite happy after that to see her quilt floating.

Inspiring, Learning, Creating and Giving through Friendship in Quilting

The words in the river were to represent the Guilds Mission Statement and are still relevant today, 15 years later.

Happy 45th Anniversary Fraser Valley

Quilting Memories from Wendy Wulff (longtime member)

My first memories of the FVQG were when I noticed a small advertisement in the local paper that said:

Quilters – let’s get together and talk about quilting and start a guild.
Call Margaret at …..

And so, I did.

At first there were just 5 or 6 of us for several months and we met in each other’s living rooms.  Often we came to my home because I had a baby who needed to be nursed and put to bed. (She is now approaching 46).  We chatted about quilting mostly and did hand projects, shared magazines, and marveled at one gal who did amazingly perfect appliqué and had an unusual system of quilting with a very fine crochet hook – sort of a chain stitch through the fabric.

After a while there were too many people for a living room, so we started to rent spaces in halls and community places. It was great fun, but I soon realized I would never be a fabulous artist – more of a crafts gal – and some of the meeting places have been too far from my home to make it feasible to attend regularly.

Two more children and a busy job meant my output was modest. I helped hang quilts, organized a few things, etc.

One of my favourite guild efforts is the swapping tables we used to have before meetings.

What is it about cutting up fabric and sewing it back together that is so darn much fun?

Over the years, I have made lots of things for children, friends and community – I often think that making something quilted is the best response for a friend having a hard time.

I seriously marvel at the fabulous quilts that many talented members make – and have kept up my membership for all these years so that I can be inspired!

Many thanks to all the folks who made this lovely anniversary event happen. And especially big thanks to Margaret Clydesdale who got us all rolling!