Bonus Program Work Shop Announcement

Thank you to the fabulous EDQG members who warmly welcomed our special guest instructor, Jeltje van Essen for our 2018 Winter Workshop. It was a wonderful three-day event of slow stitching, camaraderie and just plain fun. Jeltje was overwhelmed with the welcome she received and looks forward to the opportunity to returning again in the future.

A very special opportunity with another International Quilt Artist has dropped on our doorstep, and we’re pleased to share the details with you.

Paula Rafferty (Ireland) will be our May meeting guest-presenter and, as she will be in town for a few days following her presentation, we have organized a 2-day workshop for members and non-members interested in participating.

2-Day Mixed Media Workshop with Paula Rafferty (Ireland)

(see full description below; supply list available upon registration)

Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20, 2018

$75 members, $100 non-members, includes lunch
HECOL Design Lab, U of A
20 students maximum

Registration begins at the March EDQG meeting (see Program table); limited to 20 students maximum


Program at a Glance

Mystery Draw

After much discussion and consideration, it has been decided that Program will not continue with the Mystery Draw Prize. The revenue from the sale of Mystery Draw tickets did not support Program directly, but rather went back into the general coffers of the Guild. The current surplus situation of the Guild’s account does not warrant this additional revenue and Program does not need the extra work the Mystery Draw creates.


October – Corey Ralph/Daltyn Evans – Boys on the Block

Corey and Dalton will examine the role quilting and the trend to men’s quilting in Canada and beyond.  The ‘Boys’ will discuss what got them started in quilting, what inspires them and how they use quilting as a means to help others. Examples of the great work being done by other male quilters, a trunk show and a few surprises are in store!


Teaching Grant Winner Workshop – Corey Ralph, Jellybean Row Houses

$35; Sunday to Monday, November 12-13, 2017; 9:00-4:00pm; HECOL Design Lab, UofA; BYOLunch registration open at October Guild meeting;

Teaching Guild Grant recipient Corey Ralph will lead this 2-day workshop as you create a quilted wall hanging replica of the famous Jellybean Row Houses street scene, Kimberly Row, St. John’s, NL. Create your piece using a paper pattern (provided), fusible applique, raw edge and satin stitch applique, machine quilting.


November – Wanda Cracknell – Beads, Baubles and Beautiful Baskets

If you have seen one of Wanda’s incredible creations, you know just how beautiful these baskets are. Encrusted with beads, buttons and baubles, Wanda creates each unique piece with its own theme. Wanda will take us through her process of assembly and maybe you will be inspired to make one too.


January – Brenda Goodkey – Working With Men’s Shirtings

We are pleased to welcome Brenda Goodkey to present her recent work using men’s shirting samples. Brenda began sewing as a little girl and at age 8, she received an electric Singer Touch & Sew for Christmas. By age 10, she had moved on to sewing her own clothing, using her mother's machine. Brenda continued her exploration of sewing and has worked with a variety of mediums from leather to lace. The quilting bug bit her later in life and she has not, as yet, been able to recover from its effects! Most recently, Brenda has been exploring the assembly of many quilts using men’s shirting samples – what else do you do if you have been gifted a huge collection of men's shirting samples or swatches? What are you to do with over 4000 pieces of 6" x 14", fine Italian milled cotton and wool fabrics, all muted colors in a variety of patterns? Brenda will present her trunk show of finished quilts, each with their own story.


Winter Workshop – Jeltje van Essen – Anton Pieck, Quilting with Embroidery and Watercolour

$180; February 17-19, 2018; 9:00-4:00pm; HECOL Design Lab UofA; lunch included (2 days); registration open October Guild meeting

Joining us from Deventer, The Netherlands, Jeltje will host our Winter Workshop, February 17-19, 2018. With permission from the Anton Pieck family, the famous illustrations of the Dutch illustrator have been printed onto fabric in preparation for further embellishment. Enhance the colour with a light watercolour layer and then add hand embroidery stitches to enrich each panel. Jeltje will instruct the complete process, demonstrating specific techniques and embroidery stitches. Learn special piecing techniques for attic windows block setting and unique border treatment.


February – Jeltje van Essen – Artist Journey

Hear the incredible journey of Jeltje van Essen – a high profile IT professional in 2005 to entrepreneur and self-employed Quilt Shop owner in 2007! Jeltje’s first stiches as a quilter were taken while on vacation in Australia in 2005 – one of those pivotal moments in life when you just know you have found your passion. That can’t-stop-it-if-you-tried calling to follow her passion drove her to buy a small building in the perfect location of her home town, renovate it from the bottom up, and open her quilt shop, 100 Roses in less than 6 months. Jeltje has since taught many classes, hosted numerous retreats, organized a few group Dear Jane quilt projects, co-hosted the Share Jane project, hosted well-known quilt artists such as Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mabley, Sarah Fielke, and Leslie McConnell, and is now focused on building a quilt retreat center in the heart of France. The slow-stitching movement in Europe is not only extremely popular, but is just a way of life. Jeltje’s handwork skills are remarkable, and she will expertly guide you through the learning process.


March – Sadie Munro – Education Grant Winner/Laura Heine Retreat

Education Grant Winner, Sadie Munro will entertain us with her experience of attending the Laura Heine Retreat in September 2017. Laura Heine is a very well-known quilter and fabric artist, specializing in a collage-style applique process. Laura’s popular patterns and projects can be seen throughout the quilt world these days and Sadie will show us what she’s done to join that exciting group.


April – Mary Wilton – Saying Yes Leads to….

Mary will take us through her journey and development as a fibre artist, showcase her work and provide details about the variety of techniques she uses. She will also share how her background as an artist influenced her prior work as a social worker/addictions counselor. She will speak about her involvement with the music of Carolyn McDade and volunteer commitment to the “All Beings Confluence” Project (Martha Cole). Mary will reflect on the power of “Saying Yes” and the opportunities that have opened up through staying open to risk and change.


May – Paula Rafferty – Art Therapy Program Director, Limerick Prison for Men

Trained as a fashion designer, Paula has been working with textiles for many years. Her natural transition into quilting officially began in 2002 after joining the Irish Patchwork Society, when she started attending workshops by local and international teachers. “I really leaned towards Art Quilts and each quilt I created was a learning process, exploring new techniques, finding out which I liked”.

Paula has been a full-time art teacher in Limerick Prison for Men for the last 15 years. “I work mainly in textiles, but over the years I have worked with mosaic and stained glass, felting and various printmaking techniques, drawing and painting. As my own quilting skills have developed, I have passed them on to my students. I believe my enthusiasm for textiles has been passed on to my students, allowing and facilitating them to create work they never thought possible.”

“I started to show the work in quilt shows several years ago and the response has been amazing. It is a privilege to be able to show something positive that comes out of such a negative environment. I believe we are all capable of amazing things; the only thing that stops most of us is our own self-doubt.”





2015-2016 Speakers


Linda McBain Cuyler is an Edmonton artist who combines paint, fabric and
heavy machine stitching to create rich, textural work inspired by nature.
Painting the fabric background means an almost infinite possibility of colour and
shape. The stitching adds detail and texture. It is a mixed media approach that
uses the sewing machine as a drawing tool.

Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design from University of Manitoba
which gave her a strong grounding in basic design and colour. For the last 20
years she has created art which explores the shapes and colours of the

When Edmonton was selected as a cultural capital of Canada in 2007, Linda
represented Edmonton by demonstrating her work at Canada Day celebrations
in Ottawa. Her artwork was included in the 2009 Craft Biennale in Cheongju,
South Korea and in the Cultural Olympiad during the Vancouver 2010 Winter
Olympics. Also, in 2010 she received an Edmonton Artist's Trust Fund Award.

She can be found on Facebook at Linda McBain Cuyler-fibre artist.

Linda will be in the lobby before the meeting. She would love to meet you and
show you some of her art pieces which she has for sale. Stop by the Program table to meet her.
From our studios to yours, Happy Quilting.


cheryl arkison october 2013 smallCheryl Arkison is our speaker for November. 
Cheryl is from Calgary and is widely known in quilting circles as a writer of 3 quilting books - Sunday Morning Quilts, A Month of Sundays and her latest released in 2015, You Inspire Me To Quilt. 
She also teaches workshops in Scrap Management, Improvisational Quilting and much more.  She is a featured quilter on Craftsy and CreativeLive both online quilt class providers. 
Cheryl will be available at the Program table prior to our meeting to meet and greet you and to sell and sign her books that you may choose to purchase.


Barn Quilts and Barn Quilt Trails
Fiona Audy lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta. She considers herself a quilt lover and an intermediate level quilt maker.
Fiona’s presentation is about Barn Quilts and Barn Quilt trails. This is a fun look at how quilt blocks and quilting traditions can be used outside of the fabric
based world quilters usually live in.
This slide show will give you a short visual break from cold snowy Edmonton and perhaps some inspiration to try something completely different with your
favourite quilt block pattern. It may also inspire you to see quilts in unexpected
places as you travel in the big wide world we live in.

Sheila began quilting in 1998 but her creative life started much earlier.
IMGP4074Inspired by her grandmother, she began sewing at an early age making clothes for her Barbie dolls. Her sewing prowess won her numerous awards throughout her school years. She was a dressmaker for her Grade 9 teacher and for her father’s missionary cousin, making outfits out of silk from India. When she went to South Africa as a newlywed, her first project was to sew a stuffed couch for their apartment. Sheila and Brian were invited to a consular event at the Canadian Embassy so she wore her first crochet project- a full- length gown. Her introduction to machine knitting led her in new directions with numerous afghans, scarves and clothing as the result. She could even use the fine knitting wool on her sewing machine! Sheila also does an incredible amount of machine embroidery on her Bernina and uses the Artista 7 software to design her own motifs. She delighted in making her oldest daughter Megan’s wedding gown out of silk woven at ACAD Calgary’s computer looms while Megan completed her BA in Fine Arts. Sheila was lucky enough to be asked to make the bridesmaids’ dresses too. Her first wedding gown was made for a friend while Sheila was in high school. She sewed and designed all the graduation gowns for her daughters. Her first quilted jacket won second place in the World Sulky contest.
Her first quilt was a reversible bed- sized Trip Around the World. Many classes were taken at Earthly Goods, Quilter’s Dream and with so many excellent guest teachers through the quilt guild. One of her fondest loves is thread sketching. She has created many beautiful quilts over the past 18 years and has also delved into various other creative pursuits through the many courses she has taken, especially those through Focus on Fibre Arts.
Being released after 33 years as the Edmonton Symphony’s librarian has allowed Sheila the time to pursue even more avenues of her creativity. She has extended her creative passion lately into rug hooking, eco dyeing, Romanian lace and embroidery.
Her 3 grandchildren have given her numerous opportunities for quilting and knitting and will continue to be a source of inspiration for many years to come.


Kim and dear janeShare Jane – A Global, Collaborative Quilt Project

- Kim Caskey

Have you ever had an idea that suddenly takes on a life of its own? One of those “can’t-stop-it-if-you-tried” experiences? Well, Kim Caskey sure has, and she will share this incredible story with us at the March Guild Meeting.

The “Share Jane” quilt project started with a simple suggestion between friends, Kim Caskey and Jeltje van Essen (The Netherlands), to make a stylized version of the original Dear Jane quilt. Their little idea has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, gaining recognition and attention from Moda Fabrics, Aurifil Thread and Patchwork Europe in France.

Their collaborative Share Jane quilt has been produced with the help of block makers from all corners of the world – including many Edmonton & District Quilt Guild members! This unique quilt will be a featured part of the special Dear Jane quilt exhibit in Alsace France in September.

Join us for this entertaining and surreal story as Kim shares the twists and turns of the Universe that occurred to allow for such a unique opportunity. If you have a Dear Jane quilt to show, please bring it along!

For the Love of SewingMegan Strickfaden
Have you ever wondered why people immerse themselves in making things and love working with fabrics, textiles, threads and needles? Of course you know why you love sewing and making, but have you ever wondered why it’s so compelling and why sewing can be so addictive?
This presentation reports on a recent study that looked into the perceptions
of expert sewers and tells a story of the inherent value and meanings connected to the creative process. We are reminded of how meaningful sewing is on spiritual, emotional and physical levels and how sewers are deeply engaged while making including reflecting on self, constructing identities, and enhancing social relationships.
Dr. Megan Strickfaden is an educator, designer, and anthropologist. She is an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta (Canada) and an adjunct professor in the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Studies Research Centre at KU Leuven (Belgium). She is in her twenty-fifth year of teaching and has hundreds of scholarly outcomes including publications, patents, designed products, exhibitions, and films.
Her research programme looks into the creative process and her design work focuses on specialty environments and products that support quality of life for people with different abilities including older adults and those with disabilities. Strickfaden’s recent publications include: lead author on Inspired and Inspiring Textile Designers: Understanding Creativity through Influence and Inspiration (2015), co-editor of Rethinking Disability: World Perspectives in Culture and Society (Garant Publishers, 2016); Space and Culture, Special Issue (Im)Materiality: Designing for More Sense/s, 15, 3 (2012); and the sole editor
of Societies, Special issue: Interrogating Representations of dis/Ability within and through Material Culture (2016).

z Head shot Monika Kinner-Whalen (2)Monika Kinner-Whalen is a fibre artist specializing in freestyle embroidery.  Self taught in photography and needles arts, she has been recreating the prairie landscape in fibre since 2009.  She uses the technique of both machine and hand stitching.
Monika joined the Saskatoon Quilt Guild in 2008 and was an active member of the program committee for almost 5 years.  As her career in embroidery art grew, she became a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and joined the Embroidery Association of Canada.
Monika's art work has been published in three countries, and her art resides in homes around the world.  She exhibits, lectures, and teaches fibre art to all ages and all abilities.
art . embroidery . photography
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada  306.979-3519



2014/2015 Speakers at Meeting

Susan - CQA sept 2014September -- Sacred Cloth Textiles of Faith
Join Susan on a journey of discovery. Find out how many of the world’s religions use fabric, thread and textiles in their rituals, ceremonies and beliefs. A closer
look at the history of our relationship with cloth can bring insight and understanding to all people of faith.
As a textile artist, Susan has embarked on a life-transforming journey into the world of colour, design and pattern. Working with textiles has become her method of self-expression and the focus of her methods of communication.

Susan has studied Design, Patchwork and Embroidery with the prestigious City & Guilds Institute of London, England. She has also studied with various
internationally acclaimed teachers/quilt makers Nancy Crow, Jan Meyers, Newbury, Elin Noble, Gail Harker and Ruth Issett. Susan is the recipient of certificates in both Art and Design and Textile Design/Decoration from the Gail Harker Creative Studies Centre in Washington, USA.

At the conclusion of her presentation, Susan would like our group to continue this journey of discovery by sharing our personal cherished quilts made with repurposed cloth. Bring your old quilts made from sugar sacks, old curtains, discarded clothing, or a memory or crazy quilt from a repurposed textile that
commemorates a special event or the life of a person precious to you. Contribute to continuing the guilds journey into how history and beliefs are reflected in our work.

Susan Purney Mark, Designer, Teacher and Author
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IrelandOctober Speakers will be Kim Caskey and Kathy Strawson

1st International Gathering of the GuildsTMKillarney, Ireland

June 7,2014

Kathy Strawson and Kim Caskey have returned to Ireland this past June, and not only did they tour beautiful Southern Ireland and visit FIVE authentic Irish Quilt Shops, they also hosted a unique “quilty” event – the 1st International Gathering of the GuildsTM.  A public gathering such as the IGOTGTM was organized for quilters, by quilters from such countries as Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, Scotland, UK, USA and Canada.

An incredible and unique opportunity, this event allowed for in-­person discussions on relevant topics, sharing of ideas and exchanging strategies -­- everything from how to start a Guild and run a successful meeting, to attracting interested members, undertaking worthy community projects and activities, to education and encouragement of quilting skills and techniques. Participants of the evening event came prepared to share their experiences and expertise in a round-­table discussion format and left energized with new ideas and a worldwide connection for the love of quilting!

No “quilty” event would be complete without a Show & Share session and this one was like none other! Fabulous pieces of various techniques were proudly displayed for all to admire. The oooooohs and aaahhhhs were understandable in ANY language!

Please join us for the October 2014 Guild Meeting and hear all about Kim and Kathy’s experiences in Ireland and with other quilters of The International Gathering of the Guilds.Show Tell with Ann Hill Scotland

Above: ABC & Standing Stones
Right: Show & Tell with Ann Hill, Scotland
Below: Kathy (and her famous selflie photo op), International Gathering of the Guilds

(pdf version)

Kathy and her famous selflie photo op


After serving 30 years in the Canadian Forces as a Military Engineer Dawn, retireddawn hunt
in 2005 to devote time to her true passion -- textile engineering, a.k.a. quilting -- and her second career as a quilt and textile-arts appraiser. The only AQS certified quilt appraiser in western Canada, Dawn is also an accredited member of the Association of Online Appraisers and has completed the 15-hr National USPAP course.
Initially a traditional quilter, she started her first quilt, a friendship quilt, when only 17, appraising has opened the door to a vast array of quilt and textile related pursuits including quilt study and research. Over the past twelve years, Dawn has taken courses at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, served as a technical expert for the Goulbourn County ON quilt documentation project, curated the ‘East meets West’ quilt exhibit at the Nepean Museum (Ottawa, ON), managed eleven special exhibits at Quilt Canada 2010, co-founded the Southern Alberta Quilt Study Group, and has even completed a quilt or two.
Dawn belongs to many international, national and local quilt organizations including the American Quilt Study Group (where she serves as the Canadian Area representative), Studio Art Quilt Associates, American Quilter’s Society
and the Canadian Quilters’ Association. Dawn is a founding member of the Alberta Quilt Study Society and its first President.
Valuing Your Work
All types of quilts whether they are old, new, work of art, block of the month, family heirloom, or flea-market find have value. Along with the sentimental value associated with these textiles there is often also considerable monetary value. Dawn will explain what factors impact the value of quilts, why people who either own quilts or have other peoples' quilts in their custody should have quilts appraised, and, what's involved in having a quilt appraised. If you are planning to sell, buy, bequeath, donate, raffle, exhibit, or give a quilt as a gift you will want
to attend!
A PowerPoint presentation and quilts from Dawn’s collection will augment the lecture.
Dawn Hunt, AOA AM, Professional Appraiser - Fine, Decorative and Functional Textile Arts
Box 8361, Canmore AB T1W 2V1,
Phone: 403-609-9947 Cell: 403-953-0204 Fax: 403-609-2984


January -- Margaret Hrynew -- My Quilting Journey: Guilds & Beesmargaret hrynew

I started quilting as a hobby about 35 years ago.         My interest in quilting was sparked by my neighbour who belonged to the Edmonton Quilters Guild and instructed quilting classes for the Kenilworth Community League. My enjoyment for quilting continued as each year I encouraged our Ladies Auxiliary group to piece and hand quilt a quilt for charity. Since that time I have joined a quilting bee and then the Edmonton Guild and I spend most of my days working on projects, attending workshops and sharing my passion with others.

My presentation will give you a grassroots perspective on traditional quilting. Through my photos and stories I will demonstrate the advantages of belonging to larger groups and bees. I will attempt a PowerPoint to show you what my bee group workshops and challenges have inspired me to do. If nothing else I learned a little more about my computer!

Program is pleased to announce the February 2015 speaker and workshop facilitator,

Valerie Wilson of Winnipeg.

Her presentation ‘Not one of your Grandmother’s Quilts’ will be followed with a three-day workshop: Portraits in Fabric. Her piece ‘Rupert and his Brother Waiting for Gladys’ featured on the 2014 Quilt Canada’s NJS catalogue won Judge's Choice - Karen Menzies.Valerie Wilson sample work1

Have you ever wanted to create a portrait of a friend, or family member, in fabric, but you don’t know where to start? Or have a fear of not being able to do it? This is the class for you!

You will learn how to create a portrait based on a photo that you provide. You will learn how to develop a pattern from your photo, choose appropriate fabrics and the steps needed to build the quilted portrait. This class focuses on a head and shoulders picture done in raw edge appliqué.

Workshop Friday to Sunday, February 20, 21 & 22, 2015 at the UofA HE Apparel Design Lab.



Arlene Western EvansMarch -- A Guide to Finding your Next Step...Despite Fear, Confusion and Obstacles
Arlene Westen Evans is a multi-disciplinary artist, instructor and ‘arttrepreneur’. A practicing artist with over 35 years of experience, she graduated with two distinctly different baccalaureate degrees in art: (Fibre Art with Honours 2001) from the Alberta College of Art and Design and (Studio Arts, Honours with Great Distinction 2011) from the University of
Lethbridge after an initial career in theatre as a costumer, dyer and wardrobe headmistress.


Arlene is especially supportive of endeavors that celebrate creative expression. She has facilitated numerous workshops for individuals and groups over the years and has curated and juried many notable exhibits. She is presently the director of High River School of Art and Craft and co-owner of Evanescence Gallery and Art Studio in High River, Alberta. Her practice has involved many aspects of art-making; surface design on paper and fabric, felt-making, book art, encaustic painting, mixed-media collage, alternative photographic processes, collaborative interventions and performance.


“I express myself through the vocabulary of imagery and through my use of materials. I am curious about the nature and form of many things. It is that intense curiosity married with personal narrative, a willingness to explore techniques and processes and an intense desire to involve all levels of community that have helped me to understand the world and communicate my ideas.”


Arlene Westen Evans, Evanescence Gallery
61 - 8th Avenue SE, High River, AB.403-652-2512 C. 403-796-4873

Follow us on our Facebook Page or on Twitter (Evanescence Art)



Ingrid Machtemes has been creating since she was a little girl. As a teenager she Ingrid childstarted with a love of quilting and pottery. For many years she worked as a potter and has spent many hours at the wheel creating original works of art and selling them from her studio – Pottery Plus.

As time and children allowed, her interests increasingly returned to quilting. The love affair was instant, and all-consuming. Ingrid designs her own quilt patterns and teaches quilting classes. She had been doing this through continuing education courses and her home business for several years before she made the leap into a full-fledged corporation. She opened Quiltessential Co. as a store in 2004 in downtown St. Albert, and has since expanded into her current location: a former gas station located at 100 McKenney Avenue, St. Albert.Ingrid adult

At the Edmonton Guild on April 15th her talk is “Innovative ideas in the Quilting Industry”. Come and see how far we have come in quilting: new ideas, technology, engineered gadgets, speed cutting and piecing. How do we keep up with this? How do we incorporate it into our work? How can stores and your resource people help you?







May -- CELTIC ELEMENTSdonna cuyler1

I started quilting in the 90’s. I took a beginner’s class with Margie Davidson, made a sampler quilt and I was hooked. I loved the fabrics, the colours and the process. I took some classes, had some fun and produced a few quilts. Unfortunately life got in the way and there was no time left for sewing. I put my quilting away.

Lives change and time moves on.  Once again I could choose to use some of my time for sewing. The long neglected tools came out to play.

My trip to Ireland was the inspiration for my return to quilting. I love to travel and Ireland is a beautiful country with lots of history to explore.  I was so excited to see the beautiful Book of Kells and to study the intricate designs of these incredible manuscripts. I found so many beautiful Celtic designs both modern and ancient. I was able to take part in a class on Celtic Knots with the talented quilter/ designer Nikki Foley.  Her simple Celtic knot designs are compellingly beautiful. We still see many Celtic Elements in the works of today’s Irish quilters.  There are so many talented Patchwork quilters in Ireland and I was able to enjoy some of their beautiful work.

And so I have begun again.  I am once more making quilts. I have joined this Guild. I am so inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of the members. I am taking classes again and trying to improve my skills. I may have forgotten more than I ever knew!  I hope you will enjoy sharing my journey and the beautiful Celtic designs I found along the way.

Donna Cuyler, EDQG 2014/15 Education Grant Winner




2013/2014 Speakers at the Meeting

 September -- Judy Villett

Judy Head Shots 001smallCollaboration Inspiration

My life as a quilter/textile artist has been blessed with wonderful connections.  Beginning with a traditional quilting bee, moving to round robins, themed exhibitions and collaborative work with artists in other mediums, working with others continues to inspire me! 

I was recently included in the exhibition Together In La Conner, working in collaboration with a painter friend.  We are currently working toward a joint exhibition based on her paintings and my textile art. 

I am showing my work with my son Brad in Lethbridge Alberta - our first joint exhibition, Natural Connection.  His work is carved stone, often animal sculpture that works beautifully with my nature-based wallhangings. 

I have been part of textile artists’ co-operatives both in Edmonton and Vancouver, creating wonderful themed exhibitions.  Also, I've enjoyed textile studio tours in my neighborhood, during which I was able to invite another artist to share my studio/display space. 

Most recently, I participated in Colliding Passions, with three visual artists, several dancers, musicians and a poet at Little Mountain Gallery here in Vancouver. 

I will use slides and samples to illustrate the work made for or inspired by these events.



October -- Brandy Lynn Maslowski – Host of Canadian Quilt Talkoct2013brandy

Your Only Limits Are The Ones You Choose...

One quilter's journey through a challenging, successful, yet spirit crushing career as a female fire fighter to following her passion as a quilt designer, teacher, and judge. It has been a journey of exhaustion and triumph, of camaraderie and hostility, and finally a path to healing that has forced her to grow physically and spiritually in ways she could never have imagined. In her comforting and creative studio she has discovered her true passion and delved deep into the remarkable world of quilting with Brandy Lynn Designs.

Brandy Lynn truly feels she’s now living life to the fullest. As a Fibre Artist, she enjoys the Fibre Art Network challenges. She has landed several articles in fibre art publications including Studios Magazine and Fibre Art Now. She has published her first 2 patterns is also writing a children’s picture book. As a Teacher Brandy Lynn offers over 12 different fibre art and quilting classes providing quilters a taste of the traditional with a twist of artistic flare. Her keynote speeches inspire with 3 different topics such as Your Only Limits Are the Ones You Choose, That Silly Social Media, and Studio Magnificent. Check her Explore Fibre blog at  Her latest adventure is the Canadian Quilt Talk podcast. It’s an online radio show you can listen every week on the blog or just find it on iTunes to subscribe.

To find out what Brandy is up to, be sure to check out the website for a workshop near you! Just click on events and October to find the Edmonton classes for October 18-20, 2013

November --Kim Caskey and Kathy Strawson
I Spy With a Quilter’s Eye Through Ireland
(and the 2013 International Quilt Festival of Ireland)
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 Co-hosts, good friends and guild members Kim Caskey and Kathy Strawson recently toured Southern Ireland with a bus full of Canadian quilters!  Offering a unique twist from an ordinary trip of breathtaking sites – Kim and Kathy offered their travellers an opportunity to participate in “I Spy with a Quilter’s Eye”, finding design inspiration everywhere.

Kim and Kathy’s tour group of 27 were combined with Gloria Reibin’s group of 16 from British Columbia to make for a full house, errr coach. They travelled to destinations like Galway City, Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara region, the Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Killarney, Blarney Castle, Avoca Woolen Mills and Dublin City.  The tour also included two full days at the International Quilt Festival of Ireland, with 17 unique exhibits of extraordinary quilts, big-name teaching faculty including Eleanor Burns, Bonnie Hunter, Pam Holland and local Irish instructors, a vendor mall, Quilter’s Castle and the legendary Wicked Thimble Pub!

Join Kim and Kathy for their entertaining, virtual “I Spy with a Quilter’s Eye” tour of Ireland and the International Quilt Festival of Ireland! 

January 2014 -- Lesley Stafiniak

Textile designers and fibre artists of all genres are moved to create projects from many different types of sources of inspiration. This presentation showcases the journey of myself as a fibre artist and design educator that led to completing a Master’s Degree in Textiles and Clothing where I conducted research into how inspirational sources are adapted during the textile design process. I observed 10 textile and fibre artists/designers from across Alberta to see how they used inspirational sources provided by myself. It was an exploration into whether the use of 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional sources of inspiration made a difference into how the designers worked. On a lesser scale, the research also looked at the difference between how inspiration differs from influence in the design process. The outcomes of this research and ideas for further research will be highlighted during the presentation.

February -- Virginia Stephens 
My practice in the visual arts (in which I include craft) has been a layer affair as I have negotiated the overlaying roles of educator, curator, administrator, painter and fibre artist. The first three roles have in most parts of my life been more than fulltime endeavours that greatly limited the time and focus for my own production but at various points in my life and especially in recent years, the making has a primacy and I begin to self identify as ‘an artist’. My ‘painting’ is really a mixed media practice and often the work will incorporate fibre elements (silk ‘paper’). My fibre practice has 2 parts – a function stream of wearable hats, scarves, and cuffs and decorative vessels; and an exhibition stream of less functional unique pieces, the largest body being my recent exhibition ‘What’s A Girl To Do?’ of narrative sculptural ‘hats’. There are similarities and differences in how I approach both mediums but there is overlap, as recently came home to me when a young woman in a store commented the hat I was wearing was ‘like a painting on my head’.
In this presentation I will talk about the exhibition but also about intersection and layering of my practices and how I work.

March -- Jackie Van Fossen                 Debs Wedding 001 med
My creative journey and how has my interest in textiles and artwork taken me from needlework to my current work?
I have enjoyed a long history of painting and dyeing fabric and threads, surface design and colour.  Creative work in multi-media including felting, free-form embroidery, quilting, weaving and surface embellishment.
In the beginning….my mother was a sewer and she instilled in me my interest in sewing clothing from junior high school through to motherhood when I sewed nearly everything my kids wore.  I made my first quilt long before this mad fad became popular and carried on through learning embroidery at the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild studying under world renowned stitchers and quilt makers. 
Studying and enjoying quiltmaking on my own and again studying with well known quilt makers – Yvonne Porcella, Nancy Crow, and closer to home – Anna Hergert, Anne Seversen – a great and innovative woman from Calgary, Lee Bale and Marlene Cox-bishop from the U of A  and your own Judy Villett and Laurie Sobie.  My work in quilt making moved from the traditional to ‘art quilting’ fairly early on.  Likely because making bed quilts took too long and I wanted to play with the fabric.  I wanted to see what I could do to change fabric from ‘off the shelf’ to ‘off the wall’ so to say.  I studied with Yvonne Porcella in Santa Fe, New Mexico learning about Setacolor fabric paints, with several instructors at the U of Alberta learning about dyes and printing and decorating fabric and expanding my thought process to see in new ways and process that sight into innovative thoughts and subsequently textile work.
I learned to weave when I was given a loom that belonged to Helen Bentley – a pioneer in women’s work – teaching, silver smithing, embroidery and weaving.  My weaving has been filled with colour and innovative work supported by a group of amazing weavers with many years of experience.  And I continue to do a bit of embroidery.
Since I had developed all of this expertise, others wanted to ‘pick my brains’ and that led to a considerable amount of teaching – For the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild, shops in several cities, the provincial needlearts conference, the Edmonton Weavers guild and the provincial weavers and spinners, and the Regina Stitchers Guild .  I have taught for eleven years for the Saskatchewan Stitchers conference.  I now have a ‘following’ at that conference and they insist on my producing a new project each year. 
Some of my work is online on my blog

April -- Margie Davidson

Inspired by TravelMargie Davidson

In Feb 2012 Margie traveled to India as part of a textile tour. It was a fascinating experience and one that has influenced her textile artwork. The PowerPoint part of the presentation will show slides of the places, people and textiles in the remote villages of India that she visited. The trunk show presentation will show many of the textiles I purchased and brought back with me. Two short DVD clips are included in the presentation. Mixed into the presentation would be the stories of Margie’s travels in India and how the trip has inspired her as a quilt maker.

Charlotte Kwon, the owner of Maiwa and the organizer of the textile tour in India, has agreed to support this presentation by sending a variety of textiles from the same artisans mentioned in my lecture to Edmonton for sale to EDQG members. The proceeds would go to the Maiwa Foundation. This foundation exists to support the revival of traditional textile skill in developing countries and encourages financial independence.

Margie Davidson
Artist & Educator

Bernice AeblyMay -- Bernice Aebly, Guild Educational Grant Winner

This month we welcome the worthy recipient of the $500 EDQG
Continuing Education Grant for 2013-2014, Bernice Aebly.
Bernice chose to attend Appliqué Academy also known as TESAA, The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy in Historic Williamsburg, Virginia, in February 2014.
Bernice first met Elly in 2007 while in Calgary to take some classes Elly was teaching. During the same time Bernice was taking a yearlong course in making a Baltimore Album quilt. The class was based on "Baltimore Beauties and Beyond, Volume 1” a lesson book written by Elly. How exciting, the person that had written such books was coming to Calgary! Since then Bernice has taken a number of classes by Elly. The ultimate experience for appliqué needleworkers is to attend Appliqué Academy.

Bernice’s presentation will include photos and stories of her adventure, and provide some history of the Baltimore revival, how Appliqué Academy operates and Bernice’s experiences of being a
participant at Appliqué Academy.



EDQG Annual Banquet June 2014Kathy Wylie copybeauty is all around
With Kathy K. Wylie

Lecture presentation and trunk show

Kathy K. Wylie, a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué techniques in a "contemporary traditional" style. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book "Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts" - a look at designs which are circular or radiating in nature.

Beauty really is all around us and provides a constant source of inspiration.
This lecture takes a closer look at designs that are circular or radiating in
nature. Kathy K. Wylie’s complete collection of papercut appliqué quilts is examined in
detail, revealing how each motif is transformed into a snowflake, a block, and a quilt.



Following the business meeting, Program introduces the Featured Speaker. Speakers provide a 45-minute PowerPoint PPT and or a trunk show. Following the Speaker, white-gloved volunteers ready themselves up on stage as all charity quilters are asked to come to the podium to share their name and introduce their project(s).

While the charity quilters are lining up, half a dozen door prizes are awarded. By simply signing your name with one of the two ‘greeters’ your number and name is entered into the evening draw. Shops and Longarm quilters advertising in
the guild newsletter provide prizes or gift certificates worth $30 to $50. Note, the winner must personally accept the prize at the time of the draw.

As quilters showing their own projects line up, the balance of the door prizes are awarded.

Program also holds a “Mystery Draw” each evening. Mystery Tickets are 2 for $1 or a packet of 13 tickets for $5 with monies to fund Programming and workshops. Find sellers at the Program Table or roaming the crowd. The Mystery
Draw is approximately $50+.

To close the evening, any individuals donating charity quilts, or showing their quilts on stage can enter the “Quibit” draw. Find Quibits at the Program table; or you can enter while you are in the lineup. Regardless of the number of projects you bring each meeting, you are ONLY allowed one Quibit per evening. The prize is donated by one of the advertisers. You do not have to be in the auditorium for this draw.


2012/2013 Speakers at the Meeting


Sept 2012 -  Judy Weiss, 'Adventures of a Quilter in a Digital World'

Rescheduled for April 2013 due to length of A.G.M.


Oct 2012 - Lucie Heins, 'The Alberta Quilt Project'

Lucie joined the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) in 2008. She has a B.Sc. and an M.A. in Human Ecology, majoring in clothing and textiles.  Lucie had the opportunity to be the guest curator for the "What We Wore:  100 Years at the University of Alberta as Told Through Clothing", a University of Alberta centennial project.  She has also been engaged in conservation projects, including work with the RAM's Southesk collection.  She has worked on projects at the Textile Museum in Washington DC, and in Haifa, Israel, at the Baha'i World Centre attending to the textile collection under the care of the Department of Holy Places.  Lucie Presently, Lucie has been documenting current quilting trends in Alberta as part of the Alberta Quilt Project research initiative at the RAM. serves as a board member for the Alberta Museums Association, the Edmonton & District Quilters Guild and the Focus on Fibre Art Association.

Presently, Lucie has been documenting current quilting trends in Alberta as part of the Alberta Quilt Project research initiative at the RAM.


Nov 2012 - Roger Kerr, 'Quilting sew easy even a Man can do it!

2012 11 kerrRoger Kerr has done many things in his life. He is a provincial champion wrestler, all-star football player, high school science and math teacher and former dairy farmer.  More recently he has discovered quilting, opening Quilting From the Heart in Camrose with his wife in 2000, and The Sewing Center, with his daughter in 2012.  He began piecing quilts in 2005 and has since built about 200 quilts.

Roger's creations have won Best Large Quilt at the Central Alberta Quilt Guild Show - 2010 and Best Novice Longarm quilt at the Innovations show in Tacoma in 2010.  Roger's quilting passion is foundation piecing and he has built over 40 foundation pieced projects from small wall hangings to king sized quilts.  He has completed about 30 quilts using patterns from Judy Niemeyer Quilting and is currently one of 4 Certified Instructors for Judy Niemeyer and the world's only male instructor qualified to teach the Judy Niemeyer method of quilting.  A sampling of his quilts can be found on Facebook.  Look for QuilterGuy-Roger Kerr.2012 11 kerrquilt

5710-48 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta T4V 0K1

Phone - Day - 780-649-5492, Cell- 780-672-5469

E-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - QUILTERGUY 



Jan 2013 - Sean Moir, Threads of Life: the 1917 Waskatenau Signature Quilt


Sean's presentation focuses on an historic signature quilt and how it has served as a gateway into understanding the wartime experiences of the members of a small Alberta community.


2013 01 moir waskatenauClearly, a quilt is not something that comes to mind when one thinks of the military, but the connection is stronger than one might think. Initial examination revealed that 28 of the 300 names embroidered on the quilt are those of Alberta soldiers and sailors; this prompted the acquisition and subsequent research.


It quickly became apparent that this object touched on many historical themes: the Great War, home front activities, women's history, and community/ local history, to name a few. The presentation will touch on a number of these themes, as well as address what research has been undertaken to date and what remains to be done in order to develop a clear understanding of the wartime experiences of the people of Waskatenau.


2013 01 moirSean Moir received a M.A. degree in history in 1992 and completed a Master of Library and Information Studies degree in 2004, both from the University of Alberta. Sean began working in the heritage sector in 1987, and from 1997 and 2004 served as Curator of Documentary Collections at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. He has been on staff at Royal Alberta Museum since May 2004, serving in the capacity of Curator of Military & Political History overseeing a collection of approximately 45,000 objects as diverse as coins and tokens to firearms and uniforms to political campaign signs and memorabilia.



Feb 2013 - Ana Buzzalino, 'My Life as a Quilter'

Feb 22 to 24 Workshop info    •    Ana's website 

2013 02 buzzalino afterEDQG welcomes Calgary fibre artist and quilt instructor Ana Buzzalino.  Ana has appeared on the Quilting Arts television series and in the December 2011/January 2012 edition of QA Magazine.

2013 02 BuzzalinoAna has taken numerous workshops with renowned quilt and fiber artists throughout the years to improve her skills.  Workshops include Hollis Chatelain, Laura Cater Woods, Katie Pasquini Masopust, and Elizabeth Barton among others.  She has also attended various classes at Alberta College of Arts and Design.

Ana has been a teacher of a variety of quilting techniques for the past 23 years.  Her recent workshops have been on machine quilting, with a focus on free-motion quilting, and New York Beauty block quilts, which is one of her interests.  Her present focus is on Art Quilts, incorporating different elements for surface texture.

This talented artist is offering two workshops beginning Friday February 22.  Classes will be held at the Human Ecology Department, U of A Campus.  Contact the Program committee for details.

Ana's quilts have won several awards at local and national shows, and have been juried into major International shows.

Check this out…Ana is bringing 15 to 20 quilts for our viewing pleasure.  She is graciously donating her instructional DVD to the guild library.  Additional DVD's are available for purchase.



March 2013 - Wayne Kollinger, AB Series Quilts

2013 03 ab series quiltsI became a quilter because I didn't know when to keep my mouth shut.

Before I became a quilter, being a good and dutiful husband, I would go with my wife, Linda, to quilt shows. Occasionally I would see pieced lettering on a quilt and I was not impressed. I thought most of what I saw was poorly designed and said so. Well you know what happens when you do that too often. Your wife says, "If you think you can do better go right ahead."2013 03 kollinger

So about 2001 I began designing pieced lettering for quilts, which meant I had to learn to sew and I had to learn to quilt. My first quilts where alphabet quilts that I designed.

About 2005 I became interested in designing blocks. I came up with a style of blocks that I call Ninepatch pinwheel blocks. I used these to create a series of quilts that I call my Alberta Series because I name them after places in Alberta.

When they were still around, I used to be a frequent customer at the Fabric Cottage in Calgary. One day Doreen, one of the owners, asked me to teach my Alberta Series patterns and to do a trunk show to promote the class. This was the first of many trunk shows to follow and the beginning of publishing my Alberta series patterns to sell.

2013 03 kollinger bookcoverOne thing leads to another. While designing quilts in my Alberta series I came to realize that designing is a game with some very simple rules. The result of this realization was my book, Designing Quilts Is Easy, which was published by C&T in 2010.

My accidental career as a quilter continues to expand. I was a featured designer in the winter 2011 issue of The Canadian Quilter magazine. I had two blocks include in Modern Blocks which was published by C&T in 2011. I had a block included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine which came out in November 2012. I have designed a quilt that will appear in the March 2013 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

I sometimes wonder what I would be doing now if I would have had the good sense to keep my mouth shut.

His website is:

The number of quilts that he is planning to bring will make this an evening that is not to be missed. 



April 2013 - Judy Weiss, 'Adventures of a Quilter in a Digital World'

2013 04 weiss apple blossomsQuilters live in a digital world.  On any given day, we may communicate with each other via email, or get our news via the internet.  We may shop an e-tailer for fabrics, patterns, books or magazines, or sign up for a course delivered electronically from a location we don't even need to know about, and be conversing with the teacher in an online classroom the same day.  We might submit a show entry via email, attach digital photos and know for sure that it will arrive before deadline!  Or you might log into a chat group and decide to enter a virtual show where the quilt never has to leave your home!  For many quilters, these forays into the digital age are normal, all in a day's work.

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Life as a quilter began for Judy Weiss, with a local, personal introduction to the time-honoured, 'manual' art form of quilting.  She soon learned that there was literally a whole world quilting out there, and much of it was 'digital'.  What adventures were to be had!  She'll share the story of how she got started, found new friendships and support groups, grew her skills, pursued artistic interests and found a personal style.  She is still growing as a fibre artist, and is learning to establish a digital presence of her own.

In the short six years or so that she has been quilting she has focused on landscapes and the natural world, looking for ways to mesh her interests in photography, paint and stitch.  She will bring a sampling of her work to share with us, as she illustrates her digital journey and her growth as a fibre artist.

Judy was originally scheduled to be our September speaker.  Unfortunately, the business portion of the A.G.M. was too long for her to present.  We would like to thank Judy for her willingness to reschedule to our new April meeting date.


May 2013 - Iona (McLoughlan) Reichl, Guild Grant Recipient

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Iona chose to use the grant for a three day course on Designing Art Quilts offered by Lura Schwarz Smith; her talk will be about her course with Lura, an award winning quilter who has been producing textile art for over 30 years. Lura works to merge her art background with quilting techniques, exploring potential and expressing the inner life through fabric art.


Lura's award- winning work has been shown at national and international exhibitions. Her quilt "Seams a Lot Like Degas" was named one of the '100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century'. Lura is a sought- after instructor who encourages students to express themselves in their quilt work.

Lura's course focused on working with surface design materials including inks, markers and pencil crayons on fabric. Students had the opportunity to use materials and techniques learned in class to create their own art quilt pattern from photographs or drawings. Lura shared her 'P-free' (no Paper, no Pins, no Planning, and no Pain!) curved free form machine piecing technique and showed how she incorporates the method into her quilts. Lura also showed students how to draft and distort traditional quilt blocks and some tricks of curved piecing.

Iona has been quilting for about five years. Iona started off her quilting career with learning the basics of quilting and she has made mainly traditional quilts. Lura's course helped Iona to expand her skill sets to include more creative methods of quilt design. Iona hopes to use what she learned to develop more sophisticated quilts that can be shown at art shows.

Here is a link to the Guild Grants information.  The application deadline is May.
















This Month's Speaker

May – Paula Rafferty – Art Therapy Program Director, Limerick Prison for Men

Trained as a fashion designer, Paula has been working with textiles for many years. Her natural transition into quilting officially began in 2002 after joining the Irish Patchwork Society, when she started attending workshops by local and international teachers. “I really leaned towards Art Quilts and each quilt I created was a learning process, exploring new techniques, finding out which I liked”.

Paula has been a full-time art teacher in Limerick Prison for Men for the last 15 years. “I work mainly in textiles, but over the years I have worked with mosaic and stained glass, felting and various printmaking techniques, drawing and painting. As my own quilting skills have developed, I have passed them on to my students. I believe my enthusiasm for textiles has been passed on to my students, allowing and facilitating them to create work they never thought possible.”

“I started to show the work in quilt shows several years ago and the response has been amazing. It is a privilege to be able to show something positive that comes out of such a negative environment. I believe we are all capable of amazing things; the only thing that stops most of us is our own self-doubt.”




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