Program & Workshops

Program at a Glance

2019-20 Program Information 

We are very pleased to welcome some dynamic and interesting speakers to present at our monthly meetings in the upcoming (2019-20) program year. We’ve also got a number of workshops lined up to entice your creativity! To whet your appetite…. Here’s what we have confirmed to get our year started!


December 2019 – no meeting

January 15, 2020 – Becoming NBQ – A Journey into the World of Quilting by Brett Lewis
Join fellow EDQG guild member Brett Lewis as he takes us on a stroll through Natural Born Quilter’s natural born environment. Brett will share his fast-track quilting journey - how he got started in the world of quilting and how, in just three short years, he has attended a quilting cruise, International Quilt Markets, pattern tested for renowned designers, taught various quilting classes, developed original patterns, and how the name “Natural Born Quilter” was bestowed upon him. He will conclude with talking about growing up in beautiful British Columbic and how the vibrancy of his childhood environment of whimsical flora and fauna intertwined with his adult discovery of a passion for brightly coloured fabrics sewing together led to becoming a Fabric Designer for Northcott Fabrics, and the debut of his premiere fabric collection, Stag and Thistle.

Saturday, February 15 & Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Winter Workshop

Woodland Beauties: Adventures in Fussy Cutting, Curves & Foundation Paper Piecing with Brett Lewis
$100/person (2-day workshop), includes lunch – Registration commences at January Guild Meeting 
Human Ecology Design Apparel Lab, UofA Campus (116 Street & 89 Avenue), Edmonton, AB

A Natural Born Quilter original pattern, participants will be given an introduction to foundation paper piecing, sewing curves, and creating various New York Beauty blocks (Brett’s favourite quilting block!). Each participant can arrange their blocks to create a personalized quilt top that is contemporary- traditional. Colour and fabric selection will be discussed. During the 2-day workshop, students will be well underway to completing the project, or have the skills to expand the pattern to a larger size quilt. A secondary project will also be taught - Splice Fussy Cutting. Students will have the option to observe the demo and/or participate to make a block that can be turned into an eye catching pillow.

February 19, 2020 – Emmaline Bags, Janelle McKay
Janelle McKay, otherwise known as Emmaline Bags, will share her journey from quilter to bag maker. The many and varied patterns of Emmaline Bags have become extremely popular in recent years. Listen and learn how quilters already have many skills and tools in their toolbox that give them a head start in bag making. Janelle will share other tips and to make bag making easy for you too!

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – SPRING WORKSHOP – Emmaline Bag (TBA), Susan Johnson
Quiltessential Co., 100 McKenny Avenue, St. Albert, AB
$50/person, includes lunch – Registration commences at February Guild Meeting
Course description/details coming soon 

March 18, 2020 – The Wonderfill World of Thread! Joanne Flamand

Presentation details coming soon

Saturday, April 25, 2020 – EDUCATION WORKSHOP, Scrappy Play Time with Cathy Tomm

McQueen Community Hall, 10825 McQueen Rd NW, Edmonton, AB
$50/person, includes lunch – Registration commences at March Guild Meeting
Come join me to play with your pretty scraps. Making fabric out of nothing! I will show you how I cut, sort and store my scraps in a rainbow of colour. I will then show you how I have used my tiny bits of fabric. You will build fabric using your precious scraps with a few poverty piecing techniques shown. Our larger blocks will be based on traditional quilt blocks, but we will have used poverty piecing to add greater interest and texture. Students can choose the Bouncy Ball block or a Friendship Star block (some students may have time for both blocks).

April 15, 2020 – Edmonton Modern Guild, Wendy Cooper

Presentation details coming soon

May 19, 2020 – Alabama Chanin – Judy Elliot

Presentation details coming soon



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