September — 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 AuthorOnline Workshops: ,Website:
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October Speakers will be Kim Caskey and Kathy Strawson

1st International Gathering of the Guilds(TM) Killarney, 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.Above: ABC & Standing StonesRight: Show & Tell with Ann Hill, Scotland Below: Kathy (and her famous selflie photo op), International Gathering of the Guilds


After serving 30 years in the Canadian Forces as a Military Engineer Dawn, retired 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 WorkAll 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 & Bees

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.

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.


March 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 Gallery61 – 8th Avenue SE, High River, AB.403-652-2512 C. 403-796-4873

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Ingrid Machtemes has been creating since she was a little girl. As a teenager she started 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.

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?


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