October Meeting Wrap Up

Better late than never!

You can view all of the photos from the October meeting online here.

Cathy Erickson (our wonderful President) welcomed everyone to the October meeting.

Membership Update
Sherri Chalke (Membership) announced that we are up to 55 full members. Membership cards and receipts are available to pickup at meetings.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 10.56.59 AMUpcoming Events

Darlene Rosner (Sew-In and Coffee Klatsch Coordinator) reminded the group that the next coffee klatsch is Nov 8 in Abbotsford at Duft Bakehouse, 10 am. The December coffee klatsch will be December 6 at the Billy Miner Ale House in Maple Ridge, 10 am. The next sew-in is planned for Oct 18 at UFV Room A259 starting at 9 am. Barb will do a tutorial on how to make a cute little square basket and Darlene will do a notebook cover tutorial.

The Creative Stitches Show will be at the Tradex in March again next year and we have been asked to be part of the show again. Robert Kaufman is sponsoring fabric for a challenge that we will display at the show. There will be more details coming once we define the criteria for the challenge a bit more.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 10.56.41 AM Ellen Lewis (Workshops and Programs) told us a bit more about the Curved Piecing Workshop November 29. The fee is $35 for the class or $50 for the class plus a curved ruler. We will cover both traditional and freeform piecing. The first half of the session will be techniques and the afternoon will be time to work on your own project with support from the instructor, our very own Jean Jones. Update: This workshop is full. If there is enough interest we can look at scheduling another session – please speak to Ellen.

Fat Quarter Swap
The November FQ swap is Christmas fabric. Please make sure you bring two fat quarters of modern fabric, quilt shop quality, in a ziplock with your name on it.

Iron Quilter
The group voted on the miniqults from the September Iron Quilter Contest.

Show & Tell
Highlights of the October show & tell included one new member’s very first quilt block (which was beautiful!) We also saw a scrappy yoga bag, a scrappy quilt pieced onto colour catchers instead of paper and a hexagon scrap quilt pieced from 2.5 inch strips and 60 degree triangles.

Everyone broke into three groups  and rotated through three demos: Journal Covers with Cathy, Foot Fetish with Lynn, and Back to Basics with Jean. These quick demos were a great learning opportunity and a valuable chance to see something new (and learn some new techniques.) Thank you to Cathy, Lynn and Jean for putting together the demos and sharing their knowledge with the group. If you have something you’d like to demo to the group, please speak to Ellen at an upcoming meeting.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 10.56.17 AM

Door Prizes & Snacks
Thank you to everyone who took the time to bring a door prize or a snack to the meeting. These little treats are another thing that makes the meetings so much fun and helps us create a friendly atmosphere.

Next Meeting: November 13th at UFV. This meeting will feature a pop-up shop with Cathy from Steam Trunk Craftworks.

September 2014 meeting wrap up, Happy 4 years to us!

You can check out all of the September 2014 meeting photos here on Flickr.


Cynthia: OMG I can’t believe we’re 4 years old already!


Lysa: Do I go now?…lol!


Cynthia: What do you think of our guild and how much it’s grown, wow! I remember when we first started it. We were so worried nobody would come.


Lysa: Can you imagine if no one came. We’d be sitting there looking at each other, looking at our watches, eating all the snacks we brought. Although I don’t think we had snacks at our first meeting did we? I guess Teresa would have been there, since she owned Quilt Essentials (where we held our first meetings). So we were guaranteed at least one person other than us to show up! It’s amazing to look around the room at each meeting and to see so many people now. Kind of makes you feel like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams doesn’t it,”build it and they will come”, except the ghost baseball players part (oops, spoiler alert!). Talk about a leap of faith, I’m not sure what we were expecting. Although we were always pretty clear we wanted to keep the guild open, any level of quilter welcome, all inclusive and fun! Do you have any big memorable moments in the guild that really stands out for you?


Cynthia: Lol! I think we hit a home run!
Aww I miss Quilt Essentials so much, such a wonderful store. Teresa was so kind to host us for our first year and support us.
A memorable moment… hmmm….. (kidding!) – Oh my gosh the quilts that our wonderful members made for us and presented at our anniversary meeting- simply amazing, thoughtful, brilliant, wonderful, full of love and kindness. It certainly makes you feel appreciated doesn’t it! And shows the love that our members have for our amazing group.
Along with that, our big show at Creative Stitches last year, and really pretty much every meeting has something fun, or funny, exciting, or impressive, happen. I don’t know about you but I take a whole day to wind down after a meeting, so much fun! I seriously felt hungover after our September meeting. Is there such thing as a guild hangover? I think so, ha!

What was your favourite moment(s) from the last 4 years?


Lysa: I have to agree the last meeting was HUGE, being given those beautiful quilts! I still get goose bumps just thinking about it! And yes the Creative Stitches shows too. I’d have to add the workshops we’ve had (I know I’m kind of bias there) but having Monica (Happy Zombie) out, Barb Mortell, Cheryl Arkison, Sonja Callaghan … aw, they were all great! I have to admit though, the paper piecing workshop Sonja did is still a favourite of mine, mostly because I sat in front of Helen and I just loved hearing her swear! Let’s see we also had Paul Klampitz, Bernie and Shelly, and YOU do workshops too! Did I miss any? The sew-ins have all been pretty rad… everything is a favourite, the retreats, the challenges, the Coffee Klatches! Darlene’s squeals! The shop hops…How do we pick just one!

Remember when we had the featured members? Wow, we’re really done A LOT in four years. No wonder we have meeting hang overs!

Oh and we have to mention how Carol Browne documented it all! My favourite of her photo’s was how she captured the announcement of Happy Zombie is coming to town, just exactly as it happened! Oh and the butt pictures! The new Butt pictures are great! We’ve always had such great photo’s and I must add I think we’ve always looked so great online, thanks to you! Everyone give Cynthia a round of applause! Hasn’t she always made us look so great!

Wow, how lucky are we! The guild is growing, so many people are contributing and they are doing such a bang up job! Gosh, I’m sure you feel the same as me, so, so proud!

We love you Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild!

You can check out all of the September 2014 meeting photos here on Flickr.

August 2014 meeting wrap up

You can check out all of the August meeting photos on Flickr here. Big huge thanks to Carol Browne for her wonderful photos! Lysa introduced the 2014-2015 executive members: President: Cathy Erickson Vice-president: Cynthia Frenette Communications: Lynn Swanson Treasurer: Jean Jones Membership: Sherri Chalke Workshops & Programmes: Ellen Lewis Announcements September Meeting – September is […]

Read more →