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”

Julie Plotniko – Popcorn Can Quilts

popcorn cans
popcorn cans

Julie Plotniko, Vancouver Island quilting instructor, gave her presentation called “Popcorn Can Quilts” at our March meeting.

As someone who makes their popcorn on the stove top in an old pressure cooker with a tin pie plate for a lid, I was unfamiliar with popcorn cans.  Julie, however, had amassed a collection of popcorn cans over the years as a result of providing snacks to many young people who billeted at her house.

The popcorn cans were often decorative, and she found another use for the empty cans – storing scraps of fabric.  Julie stores her scraps by colour, and they are often used for community quilts and quick-and-easy projects.

Julie’s presentation was full of ideas, tips and techniques for turning scraps into interesting quilts.

These are some of Julie’s quilts made with patterns suitable for scrappy projects – Chinese coins, four-patches, half-square triangles, log cabins, and other designs.

Community Quilts Day – Slab Quilts & More

IMG_1838Members met at the church hall on March 8 to make community quilts.  We cut, pieced, sandwiched and quilted, while swapping stories and sewing tips, truly testing our multi-tasking skills.

Several of the projects were slab block quilts for Canada’s Big Quilt Bee initiated by the Canadian Quilters’ Association to mark Canada’s 150th birthday this year.  The slab block quilts were fun to work with – so many different fabrics and colours coming together into playful, interesting layouts.  They will be given to Ronald McDonald Houses which provide accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must be away from home for their child’s major treatment.

Linda’s homemade soup was delicious, Les’s “long table” setup worked really well, and the beverage service to workstations was excellent.

Machine quilting with wavy lines seemed to catch on with several members, and spread – well, like a wave – through the hall.

Our October Meeting – Creating with Scraps

Our October meeting was a busy one, and quilting with scraps seemed to be a common theme.  There were lots of ideas for creating something new out of scraps and keeping us stitching over the winter.

Anne gave a presentation about making watercolour quilts.  She has a clever system for storing small squares of fabric that are easy to access whenever the creative urge strikes.  She cuts pieces from fabric left over from projects and stores them in foil pans, which stack nicely.  She “paints” her quilt on her design wall, taking her time with the creative process.


Diane introduced us to a new project called “Mystery Scrap-it.”  Part 1 started out with an unconventional way of cutting fabric into scraps.  As Diane says, “this mystery project is to free your mind from conventional patterns and to try new techniques, embellishments and stretch the imagination.”

Eleanor talked about Canada’s Biggest Quilt Bee, initiated by the Canadian Quilters’ Association for Quilt Canada and Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.  Our guild will be making slab block quilts for Ronald McDonald House.  It was suggested that including some children’s fabric in these blocks would be a good idea.

CQA quilt bee
Eleanor’s slab blocks