Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter

Cathy Miller and her husband John put on a great show at our November meeting.  Cathy played guitar and sang  songs she has written about the world of  a quilter, with John accompanying on harmonica and vocals – and sometimes with a laser pointer!  Their performance was held in the beautiful Church Sanctuary at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  Prominent on stage was one of Cathy’s quilts, made mostly with pre-1972 blocks.

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October 2018 – Members Teaching Members

The program at our October meeting was our traditional “Members Teaching Members,” and it was fun, inspiring, and informative, as always.  Several presentations were given by members, and small groups moved from table to table, enjoying demonstrations of hexigons, folded stars, thread painting and machine embroidery, single fold bindings, a super quick table runner, ruler work with machine quilting, and paper piecing. Continue reading “October 2018 – Members Teaching Members”

September 2018 – A New Quilting Season

Les Ωuilt BacksOur September meeting was a busy one after a long, hot summer, and it was great to get together again and look forward to quilting activities ahead.

Thanks to our talented member, Les, who brought her amazing and varied collection of beautiful quilts to accompany her presentation about quilt backs.  As we learned, quilt backs don’t have to be just “the B side” of your quilt.  They can be stars in their own right, and add that ‘”wow factor” that makes a quilt pretty much reversible.  Les has tried many designs on the backs of her quilts.  Some she likes more than others, she told us, but she continues to experiment and learn from each quilt she makes. Continue reading “September 2018 – A New Quilting Season”

Jane Johnstone – Magical Miniature Quilts

IMG_3035_edited-1Jane Johnstone is a local quilter with a self-admitted consuming passion for making small quilts, and we were dazzled by her collection at our May meeting.  The smallest quilt looked to be somewhere around 6 inches by 8 inches in size.

She was introduced to miniature quilts through a course she took, and she was drawn into a world of colour and design, and ever-evolving ideas for new things to try with small pieces of fabric. Continue reading “Jane Johnstone – Magical Miniature Quilts”

Dougal Walker – The Joy of Stitchery

dougal walker apr 2018 bd15Dougal Walker entertained us at our April meeting with stories about her creative journey and a trunk show full of delightful folk art stitchery and colourful modern art quilts.

We were off to a good start when she mentioned the apron that some of us made in Home Economics class back in high school.  Pockets, straps, gathers, pleats, hems, slipstitching – that apron had it all!

Dougal has had many artistic, crafting and sewing interests over the years.  She had her own children’s clothing line called Freckleswear.  Currently, she has a line of patterns called The Freckles Collection, which take her to quilt shows and merchandisers near and far. Continue reading “Dougal Walker – The Joy of Stitchery”

Catherine Nicholls, Textile Artist

Catherine NichollsCatherine Nicholls brought some of her textile art to our March meeting.  She began by telling us that the presentation she was about to give would be her last for the time being, so we were fortunate to have her visit our guild.  She is looking forward to spending lots of time in her new studio on the Sunshine Coast, where she will use her many skills and techniques to create the art that is her passion.  There will be opportunities, also, to be involved with the FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park nearby, after much time spent abroad. Continue reading “Catherine Nicholls, Textile Artist”