Workshops & Retreats

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Next Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, February 13th & 14th , 2016

"Playing in the Trees"
Two day landscapes workshop with Susan Teece

Make a wall hanging, approximately 20"x 30' featuring West Coast trees in an ocean/shoreline landscape. Learn how to create in a free form, fused, raw edge applique method. hey are "built seperately of many fused strips of fabric then straight stitched to the background which will also be quilted in a straight stitch. Some free motion stitching may be done on foliage and boughs. Use photos of your favorite trees, such as the arbutus below, and add elements that appeal to you suchas bears, boats, birds etc. You will e encouraged to have fun, develop your own personal style and make it uniquely yours. Use a variety threads, fabrics,beads, metallics, yarns etc.

Time: Set up 8:50am, classes begin at 9:00am - 3:15pm
Cost: $80.00 for members, $95.00 for non-members

Playing in the Trees Playing in the Trees

Saturday and Sunday March 12 & 13, 2016

"Creating Large, Working Small"
2 day workshop with Marianne Haak

Discover the advantages of Quilt-As-You-Go and Design-As-You Go.Quilting an 18" block as opposed to a large quilt, has some real advantages. The obvious one being everything fits under the machine during quilting, resulting in less frustration and wear and tear on your joints and muscles. Marianne's design process is very improvisational. In this workshop, the techniques you will learn are; Quilt-As-You-Go construction with wide and narrow joining strips, wonky log cabin block, spiral quilting using a walking foot, and getting unity in your quilt designs. Yes, "Quilt-As-You-Go" has been around for a while but Marianne has revitalized and modernized it! You choose to make either the Wonky Log Cabin or the Curved design.

Time: Set up 8:50am, classes begin at 9:00am - 3:15pm
Cost:$115.00 for members, $130.00 for non-members

Creating Large, Working Small

Harrison Hot Springs Fall Retreat

Date: October 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2015

Registration for our annual retreat will be at the April meeting. Last year the third night was so successful we will be again offering either two or three nights at Harrison.

Two nights: October 16 and 17 and includes dinner Friday and Saturday and breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Total price is $385.

Three nights: October 16, 17 and 18 and includes the meals that are in the two night package and coffee on Monday morning. Total price is $485.

All three night participants need to be rooming with another 3 night participants. So if you have a preferred roommate please make sure you are both planning to stay the same length of time. If you do not have a preferred roommate we will try and match you up.

In an effort to simplify a number of things for the guild Cathy and I will be using a joint bank account to manage the Harrison money. This keeps the funds out of guild accounts. So that means cheques are to be made payable to either Cathy Galbraith or Lynne Fanthorpe. One cheque will be for $50 dated April 8, 2015 this is a non refundable deposit. The remaining cheque for either $335.00 or $435.00 is to be dated September 1, 2015. Cathy and I will have two people that attend Harrison review the financial activity following the retreat just so that everyone is comfortable with the process. An audit so to speak. The guild treasurer will also be asked to review the process.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Lynne or 604 521-5543

Past Retreats

Harrison Retreat October 17 – 20, 2014

Harrison Retreat October 18 – 20, 2013

Registration for our annual retreat was at the May meetings.

You will need to write two cheques; the first dated May 14, 2013 for $50. This is a non-refundable deposit. The second for $330 dated August 31, 2013. This covers the room, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday.

This year we also have the option of staying Sunday night and having the sewing room until 3 pm on Monday. There will be no meals provided and the cost will be an extra $105.00. This option is only available if we have 16 people staying the extra night. This will be based on double occupancy so we may have to do some roommate juggling to make this work. If you are interested, a third cheque will be required.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Cathy Galbraith 604-464-4077 or
Lynne 604-521-5543

Harrison Retreat October 12 - 14, 2012

Our retreat is now history. We had a last minute cancellation so only 29 of us attended this year. This was our tenth year at Harrison and the hotel surprised us with cake and coffee on Friday afternoon. I had been planning to make a small quilt for the hotel to celebrate the anniversary, so by Sunday we completed a quilt with 3 leaves in wonderful autumn colours. Judy Leslie and I had worked out the colours. I made the top and Judy quilted and bound the quilt. Everyone signed the back and it was presented to hotel staff on Sunday morning. They were surprised and thrilled. Throughout the weekend, we discovered that leaves are in the decor at Harrison, so perhaps next year, we will see 3 more leaves at the resort.

Our theme was “back to basics” and we got lots of quilting done. Quilts were completed, more started, and as a result, very tired quilters. By Sunday afternoon we reluctantly started for home, thinking about next year. If you have never been to a retreat , you should try it; it is fun!

The cost was $380 paid as follows: First cheque for $50, which is non-refundable, dated April 10, 2012. Second cheque for $330, dated September 1, 2012. We will accept both cheques in April. Registration began on April 10, 2012.

leaves quilt for Harrison 

Harrison Retreat October 14 - 16, 2011

31 stitchin' witches met for a fun filled 3 days at Harrison Hot Springs. We collected over 30 blocks of cats, ghosts, and pumpkins. Donna Mae volunteered to put them all together – hopefully there will enough for three cuddle quilts for Canuck Place. Thank you Donna Mae!

Val and Cher got us to think outside the box regarding gel pens. Thanks ladies!

Becky taught us the 10 minute block - we're expecting more than a few preemie quilts using this technique. Thanks Beckie!

We also managed to fill two pillows with scraps for the homeless. Merla and I have had a blast co-chairing this event for the past couple of years. Time to turn it over to others members. The retreat is booked for the next two years – October 12 – 14, 2012 and October 12 – 14, 2013.

The new co-chairs are Lynne Fanthorpe and Cathy Galbraith. Thank you both for stepping up!

Thanks to all who attended, sharing your skills, donating door prizes, and most of all bringing your smiles and friendship.

Thank you ,
Daisy and Merla

We would like to give a special "thank you" to the following shops for their generosity in donating door prizes for the retreat:

A Great Notion
Quilters Connection Magazine
Quilt Essentials
The Needle & I
Tom's Sewing

Some pictures are available for viewing with possibly more to come.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Merla Strawson 604-581-9834
Daisy Sedmak 604-824-2146

Harrison Retreat October 15 - 17, 2010

Twenty-six of us attended "Santa's Quilt shop" Oct 15 - 17, 2010. We made thirty-four children’s Christmas pillowcases and twenty-two quilted Christmas ornaments to give to Ronald McDonald House and Canuck Place.

We all had a wonderful time! The weather was great, the camaraderie was wonderful, the food was excellent, the door prizes plentiful, and the hot tubs relaxing!

Thanks to our "demo" ladies - Tricia Brown for her pillowcase techniques, Nancy Chan for her magic binding, Sandi Bajcar for her 3-D Christmas tree and patterns, and Mary Shore's impromptu demo on how to measure ends of binding so it fits perfectly. Everyone was so generous with their time and knowledge. A special thank you to all who attended - you really made our first attempt a very rewarding experience.

Merla and Daisy

Workshop Information

Our workshops are held at Kennedy Seniors’ Center, unless otherwise stated. If you cannot make the class, then a refund can be given if the class is full and if there is someone to replace you. We will try to do this if we have a “Wait List” so please notify us ASAP if you can’t come.

Reminder: avoid using personal scented products. Workshops will include coffee/tea and goodies! Please remember to bring your mug. Let’s be life-long learners!

For more information or booking of classes please contact committee members:

Judy Bond

Wilma Brock

Lorna Shapiro

Irene Harvalias

We are looking for one more person for this committee. Please contact Wilma if you are interested in this vital and fun job.



Eileen Neill's workshop

2012 Harrison Retreat

2011 Harrison Retreat

2010 Harrison Retreat


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