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!

Roger 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.

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.

Clearly, 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.

Sean 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 

EDQG 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.

Ana 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

I 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.”

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.

One 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.

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’


Quilters 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.

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

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.