Welcome to our innovative and exciting 2020-21 Program year!

We all know that quilters are extremely resourceful people and the onset of COVID and its ramifications has only ignited that drive. We dug deep into our UFO bins and worked on finishing some long forgotten projects. We have been tempted by that sneaky SQUIRREL and shifted our attention to a new and exciting project (or two!).

Our WAAITT Challenge participants have been extremely busy and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the posts of completed projects in our EDQG Members Only Facebook group – great motivation for the rest of us!

I have been watching the magnificent changes and adaptations occurring within our quilting community and again, I am so proud to be a part of the creative industry. Teachers and workshop facilitators have been busy organizing themselves to offer their portfolio virtually – Zoom and Facebook Live seem to be the most popular platforms. I have participated in a few online courses – learning from masters and mentors I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. I was thrilled to quickly realize how simple and effective this format is! Easy to hook into and very productive learning environment!

September 16, 2020: AGM

There will be no formal presenter at this meeting, however the WAAITT Challenge Survey results will be given and the participants will be showcased (**hint **hint… prizes!!). On that note, I bring you to our line-up for the fall of 2020. As you know, we have made the decision to hold our guild meetings virtually, through Zoom. This will allow a safe and socially-distanced environment, while allowing us to bring you some pretty fantastic presenters!

October 21, 2020: Studio Magnificent, Brandy Maslowski

Published in Studios magazine Spring 2011 and Summer 2012, and most recently in Quilter’s Connection magazine in 2017, Brandy explores clearing clutter, organizing your stash, and managing your creative space. She inspires with tips on storage and ideas to make your space a creative sanctuary that brings you more joy and less overwhelm.

November 18, 2020: My Quilting Journey, Veruschka Zarate

Veruschka Zarate of Pride & Joy Quilting, began her quilting journey in 2016, shortly after having her two little boys. After leaving a professional career in University Counseling & Psychology, she decided to dedicate herself to the education and raising of her two precious boys. Along the way, she developed a love of quilting and later a passion for foundation paper piecing.

Wanting to integrate her calling to encourage and empower others, she integrated her background in psychology with quilting by developing a series of pattern books entitled “Em•Pow•HER•Ment: a Quilting Journey of Women who changed the world.” Veruschka is hoping to inspire girls and women of all ages through Foundation Paper Piecing.

December 16: Bonus

At our bonus December meeting, Kim Caskey will provide us armchair travellers with a slide show of her recent trip to Japan and the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival in January 2020.

January's speaker: Dawn Piasta of DewPoint Arts: Trunk Show a-la-Mode.

You are invited to delve into my ‘creative a la mode’ and share my excitement for the inspired process and passion for art quilting.

Dawn will also be hosting two workshops on February 13 and 14, 2021 (more details below).

Workshop in January

January 23, 2021 Workshop: Scrappy Playtime (Cathy Tomm)

Come join Cathy to play with your pretty scraps. Making fabric out of nothing!

She will show you how she cuts, sorts and stores her scraps in a rainbow of colour. She will then show you how to use tiny bits of fabric. You will build fabric using your precious scraps with a few poverty piecing techniques shown. The larger blocks will be based on traditional quilt blocks but 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).

There will be a one-hour pre-class presentation to give you time to sort through your scraps before the workshop.

Workshops in February

In Mexico, little wishes are represented by tiny charms called Milagros. The charms are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico. Let the artisans of Chiapas & Oaxaca regions of Mexico be the base of inspiration to you throughout this workshop. Because Mexico is not only margaritas & sandy beaches.

Using Intense Pencil & blocks, applique and thread you will create a keepsake that will make you want to shake your maracas! You will be introduced to the Appliquick method of applique.

Have a fun day creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art. You will spend the day learning design concepts related to composition and colour while using your fabric scraps.

We will focus on the ancient art of Bojagi, a Korean textile technique which roughly translates as “covering” or “wrapping cloth.” Bojagi is traditionally a square piece of cloth skillfully constructed from a variety of leftover scrap fabrics.

February's Speaker: Susan Purney Mark, “My Iceland Narrative”

Susan Purney Mark, an award winning artist, experienced teacher and an inspiring designer, is our speaker at the February 17, 2021 meeting.

In My Iceland Narrative, Susan describes her experience spending an entire month – halfway around the world – to create her art.

Susan says, “Doesn’t that sound like heaven? Well, actually it was Iceland and I was fortunate to devote myself to exploring a topic that has become a major focus of my work – textile book forms. I’ll share my experiences, thoughts and plans with you and include suggestions on how you can create your own art residency far, far away or in your own backyard. Plus, I’ll show you the results of my creative adventure. It’s a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together.”

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.

She has studied Design, Patchwork and Embroidery with the prestigious City & Guilds Institute of London, England and has studied with internationally acclaimed teachers/quilt makers Nancy Crow, Jan Meyers Newbury, Elin Noble, Gail Harker and Ruth Issett. Susan has also been awarded two Certificates in Art and Design and Textile Design/Decoration from the Gail Harker Creative Studies Centre in Washington, USA.

Susan has spent the last 20 years learning, experimenting and finally teaching a variety of surface design techniques in dyeing, painting, screen printing and image transfers. Most recently she has focused on soy wax resists and has recently released an instructional DVD on many of the techniques she is currently teaching across North America. Her work is known for its use of traditional methods with contemporary design and materials.

When time permits, Susan is an avid kayaker and gardener as well as an active member of the fibre arts community in British Columbia and is a member of national/ international fibre and surface design associations and is a qualified quilt judge.

March 2021: What Needle should I Use? with Rhonda Pierce, Schmetz Needles

Confused about what needle to use?

What do all those numbers mean on the needle package?
Is changing the needle really important before it breaks?
What needle should I use?

Successful sewing is often about paying attention to the little things – like the needle in your sewing machine.

Get the low-down about how this little piece of steel can solve some very BIG problems, including broken threads, skipped stitches and puckered fabrics.

Your sewing machine is an investment and protection begins by using the very best needle. Sew SCHMETZ!

April 2021: Pat Archibald: Design Tips for Inspired Quilts

Travels are inspiring in so many ways. You arrive home with so many thoughts and you really want to make a quilt…..but inspiration drains when you can’t quite get started.

This talk will tell you what inspired me on my travels worldwide, how I organize my thoughts and ideas and then move onto the design process to produce thought provoking and award-winning quilts.

Join me to get a glimpse into my creative process and apply that to your own creativity.

Workshop in April

APRIL 17 & 24, 2021 Workshop: Temperature Quilts (Kim Caskey))

Join me for two mornings of fun and creativity as you plan your own unique Temperature Quilt.

Review many different Temperature Quilts for inspiration and motivation.
Get organized with a journal for daily notes, determine your temperature gauge, and choose your unique block pattern.
Decide on a colour range of fabric for your high and low temperatures of each day and think about background and layout choices.

You’ll be well on your way to proceed with your 2020 Temperature Quilt after this workshop.

May 19, 2021: Joanne Flamand: Victoria Findlay Wolfe class (Education Grant Recipient)

Our 2020 Teaching Grant recipient is long-time EDQG guild member and appreciated advertiser (owner of Spools: The Workshop in Leduc), Joanne Flamand. Joanne used her $500 grant award to attend Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Double Wedding Ring workshop. Although this workshop was held virtually, Joanne has learned a great deal from this master quilter, and she will tell us all about her experience at our May meeting.

“Double Wedding Ring quilts have always tugged at the traditional strings of my quilting heart. I found a Double Wedding Ring quilt top in my mother’s things when she moved to an assisted living facility. I discovered Victoria Findlay Wolfe and her exploration of the Double Wedding Ring in Austin when I attended Quilt Con to learn more about modern quilting. I was hooked! I knew I wanted to explore and experiment with her method of fabric selection and piecing some Double Wedding Ring quilts. Thanks to the generous scholarship from EDQG, I have been doing just that, using Victoria’s templates and her class instruction to guide me during this past year”.

(Victoria Findlay’s website – https://vfwquilts.com/ )