Program & Workshops

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 – Corinna Clendenning – Quilting with Leather

Corinna has taken her longarm quilting skills to another level – quilting on leather! Inspired by the work of Cathy Vandiford Wiggins of Gypsy Wood Designs, Corinna has been playing with her own designs and creations. Join Corinna as she takes us through the process of creating beautiful “wholecloth” quilts on leather!


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.”





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