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 landscape.

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 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.  

January  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 fabricbased 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 yourfavourite quilt block pattern. It may also inspire you to see quilts in unexpectedplaces as you travel in the big wide world we live in. 

Sheila began quilting in 1998 but her creative life started much earlier. 

Inspired 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. 


Share 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!

April For the Love of Sewing

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 perceptionsof 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 editorof Societies, Special issue: Interrogating Representations of dis/Ability within and through Material Culture (2016). 


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.