More Quilt Stories from the Road

The Sugar Pine Company can be found in the scenic Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, just a short drive from Banff.  Alcoves, shelves and walls are packed with material, quilts, fabric packs and all manner of quilting inspiration, beautifully displayed.  There was lots to explore around every corner.  It is a sewing and knitting shop … Continue reading More Quilt Stories from the Road

Quilt Stories from the Road

This month my husband and I explored a bit of central B.C.  Besides enjoying the mountains, ranch lands, canyons, lakes and waterfalls, I managed to do a bit of quilt spotting.  That's my department. Dancing Quilts   In 100 Mile House I visited a quilt shop called Dancing Quilts.  There were lovely quilts on the walls, lots of bags on display, … Continue reading Quilt Stories from the Road

Dianne Stevenson – Caring for Quilts

Dianne Stevenson came to our April meeting with her presentation "C.P.R. - Conservation, Preservation, and Restoration: Breathing New Life into Old Textiles."  We learned how to care for old quilts and how to prevent damage to newer quilts. Dianne referred to herself as “the curator of an extensive textile collection,” describing textiles as "threads bound … Continue reading Dianne Stevenson – Caring for Quilts

The Power of Quilts, with Yoskyl

At our October meeting, we were treated to an engaging presentation called "The Power of Quilts," given by one of our members.  Yoskyl is a retired North Vancouver teacher librarian with a love of quilting and with a family tradition of handwork.   A version of this presentation is part of our "Have Quilts Will Travel" program. Yoskyl … Continue reading The Power of Quilts, with Yoskyl

Hearst Castle, California – A Quilting Connection

Who knew I would be talking quilting during a visit to Hearst Castle!  This opulent mansion, high in the hills overlooking the Central California Coast, was built by William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), an American newspaper magnate.  He was one of the wealthiest men of his time, and actress Marion Davies (1897-1961) was his long-time partner.  … Continue reading Hearst Castle, California – A Quilting Connection


What an interesting meeting!  Anne's excellent talk on Quilts in the Underground Railroad did not dispell the myth but it did give us a better understanding of the possible code. Anne's references: Burns, Eleanor, & Bouchard, Sue. Underground Railroad Sampler.  Quilt in a Day, California, 2003 Rubin, Stella.  How to Compare and Value American Quilts. Opus … Continue reading UNDERGROUND RAILROAD with ANNE S.


March was the beginning of a history of Canada theme at our meetings.  Diane Stevenson presented a mini general history illustrated with maps and artifacts, including, a beaver pelt and hat.  For the quilting history part of her talk she showed many quilts which she or members of her family made and others which she … Continue reading DIANE STEVENSON and OUR HISTORY