Next Upcoming Event
8 February 2022
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Shop your Stash with Cheryl Arkison

A 2 – 3 hour lecture and demo on building, storing, and using your stash.

Not every stash is the same, of course. Not to mention, we all make different quilts. Taking a thoughtful approach to buying fabric means that you are likely to have what you need on hand, no matter what the need is. Always have what you need on hand, no matter what the need is. Choosing what to get is only half the battle though, storing your fabric to be accessible and visible while keeping it safe is just as important. The lecture will include lessons on value and colour as well as a fun challenge with fabrics of your own.

Comfy chair, your favourite quilt, a cup of tea or bourbon, and a view of your stash fabrics of your own.
Oh, and bring that one piece of fabric that you just can’t figure out how to use!

Members: $50 / Non-Members $55

Pre-registration is required. Go to http://www.fvqg.org/sign-up/ to register.

March 9th Evening Presentation: Living Lyrically

Take a lighthearted journey with Lyric along her circuitous and unexpected path towards life as a quilt artist. Laugh along as she juggles fabric and family and deals with both duties and dreams. See her first quilts, current work, and a lot of the stuff in between, both the good and the embarrassingly bad.

But this lecture isn’t really about Lyric, it’s about YOU. Learn that where you are right now is the best place to start. Lyric will give you a a quick peek at the various studios she has inhabited and practical tips for how to carve out your own space. She will show you where to find the time to follow your creative passion. If she can do it with five kids and while running a business, you can find time to make a quilt. (You choose whether she is still sane or not!)

Come away fired up, ready to get out there and learn new things, do the hard work necessary and to be fearless enough to create your very own kind beauty.

About Lyric
Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students posses. With playful support and gentle encouragement she will take you through your first steps on a new path, seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. As an artist, author, and educator she transforms cloth into art in her studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom.

Lyric was recognized for her talents as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and The Quilt Show. In her past life she was a musician, earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.

You can read about Lyric and see her artwork at lyrickinard.com

Tina Curran Whimsical Garden Optional Fabric Choice

Tina Curran’s Whimsical Garden workshop involves making a pieced background, Fussy cutting flowers (from floral fabrics), adding cut stems and then fusing down and raw edge appliquéing all the flower heads and stems to the background. For those who do not collect floral fabrics (or even those who do), an option is to make flowers from any non-floral fabric they already have.  Tina Curran  illustrates how to do that in her July newsletter (see the link below).

Tina Curran Newsletter

Playing with Layers Appliquéd Leafscape with Lorna Moffatt

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (rescheduled from January)

Demonstration on how to create a textural background and then layer appliqué leaves, fronds, ferns, florals on top to create an organic, leafy wonderland.

You can either limit the palate of colour for a subtle design or go bonkers with vivid contrasts.


Optional kit: includes a piece of wool Melton, a meter of heat’n bond and patterns of leaves and fronds. Price approximately $25 to $30 per kit.

Members $50.00    Non-Members $70.00

Between with Irene Harvalias: Quilted Postcard Challenge 2020 Workshop

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Make and donate a postcard (or a bunch!) to be sold at 2020 Quilt Canada in Edmonton. Help CQA/ACC and Cindy’s Threadworks raise funds for Glenrose Paediatric Brain Injury Unit in Edmonton, Alberta!

Canada’s natural bounty is a source of inspiration for quilters from coast to coast. Participants are invited to celebrate their regional uniqueness and beauty in a postcard. Enjoy the adventure!

Come and join Irene and fellow Guild members to have some fun and be creative.

Members:  $10.00       Non-Members:  $20.00

Trunk Show: Journey with Lorna Moffat

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (rescheduled from January)

Growing up in Scotland, Lorna was surrounded by fabric, buttons and colourful knitting yarn in her granny’s drapery shop. It was no surprise that this influenced her creative path to the Glasgow School of Art in 1982, where she graduated with both honours and postgraduate degrees in Embroidered and Woven Textiles. She carved out her career running her small business designing and making silk, machine-stitched, soft furnishings. Lorna sold and showed her many creations and collections in prestigious shops and museums both in the UK and North America.

With her geologist husband, Lorna left the UK to live and work around the world. While contractually unable to work, and with two young children, Lorna filled her spare time with volunteer work. Back at home in Scotland she wrote her book ‘Silk Unraveled’, which was published in 2008. This is a project-based book and creative guide to some of the techniques she loves to use.

Lorna will talk about her quest to establish a foothold in Vancouver’s rich craft scene and evolution of her work since she arrived in BC in 2012. She will show examples of bags pillows and blankets made from leather, velvet, wool and cottons and talk about the variety of techniques she uses to manipulate the surfaces to create her unique designs. Lorna will also include inspirational images from the people she met on her travels to the beauty of the landscape that surrounds us. She will have lots of touchy feels samples and finished pieces for you to look at and discuss.

“My Quilting Journey” spans South Africa and North America. Lorna will bring the quilts she has in her home, hanging on the walls, those in the ‘rotating’ wall pile, and bed quilts which she uses and spares she gives as gifts and telling stories about some of them.