Speakers and Workshops

The 2017-2018 guild year offerings are now listed! We can promise you an exciting roster of speakers and workshops. If you are interested in taking any of our upcoming workshops, visit our table at the next guild meeting, and remember we now accept credit card payments! Email now to sign up!


September 19th 2017

Celeste Compion ( www.meerkatshweshwe.com )

Lecture: Tues. Sept. 19th       “The Bolt and the Beautiful – The Shweshwe Saga”
Celeste Compion was born and raised in South Africa and will be presenting us with an informative and entertaining lecture on the history of Shweshwe cloth that will include a Slide Show presentation and a Trunk Show of Shweshwe items.


October 17th 2017

Ana Buzzalino. (www.AnaBuzzalino.com)

Lecture Tues. Oct. 17th:     “The Quilter in Me“
Ana Buzzalino is a fibre artist and quilt instructor living in Calgary, Alberta. Her quilts have won several awards at local and national shows, and have been juried into major international shows. She is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV as well as many other quilting publications. We look forward to her story presentation as well as her amazing quilts.

Workshop Tues. Oct. 17th:  “Simple Landscapes With Stitch and Paint”
In this full day (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) workshop, students will work on a small wallhanging ( 10” x 20” ), learning to cut and sew simple curves without marking or pinning. Once the background is finished and the basic landscape sewn, the design is drawn on the fabric. The piece will be quilted in preparation for painting. PAINTING TECHNIQUES WILL BE DEMONSTRATED, including shading and highlighting.

Workshop Wed. Oct. 18th:  “From Sketch to Stitch with Inktense Pencils”
In this three hour class (9:00am – 12:00pm), you will use a sketched design and free motion quilt it on the fabric as if you were sketching on a sketch pad. Free motion techniques will be demonstrated. Once the design is fully quilted, it will be coloured using Inktense pencils. Different techniques will be demonstrated. KIT FEE ( optional)

Workshop: Wed. Oct. 18th: “Feather Quilting”
In this three hour workshop (1:00 – 4:00 pm), students will learn tips and tricks to start your journey into quilting beautiful feathers. From traditional to modern, these are one of the most difficult motifs to master. Sewing Machine required.


November 21st 2017

Libs Elliott http://www.libselliott.com/

Lecture  Tues. Nov. 21st: “Quilting with Code”
Libs Elliott is a Toronto resident and quilter known for using computer code and algorithms to create her random quilt patterns. Libs will discuss her ongoing exploration of how technology can transform a traditional craft into modern, functional art. She will be showing us her work and give our members a peek into her process.

Workshop Tues. Nov. 21st:         “THE REBEL QUILT!”
This full day (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) workshop is for anyone who wishes to make a bold and modern geometric quilt. This 1 day session allows for time to cut and learn to make each block type and learn to stay organized as well as learn how to choose fabrics. This most popular Libs Elliott pattern is for all levels of quilters.

Workshop Wed. Nov. 22nd:       “AN EXERCISE IN CONTROLLED RANDOMNESS”
This three hour workshop (9:00am – 12:00pm) using only paper and pencils will walk students through a series of worksheet exercises that Libs uses to generate her quilt patterns. Using controlled elements in a random way, each participant will end up with a unique quilt pattern layout – no two Chaos Quilts are the same.

Workshop Wed. Nov. 22nd:  “INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH PAPER PIECING” with THE WICKED HEX MINI
This three hour workshop (1:00 pm -4:00 pm) will give students an opportunity to slow things down and do a little hand sewing. This intro to English paper piecing using THE WICKED HEX MINI will allow the student to see the final result more quickly. Fussy cutting techniques, different methods for basting, and how to procure shapes will be reviewed.THE WICKED HEX MINI PATTERN and paper pieces included.


January 16th 2018

Elaine Theriault

Lecture Tues. Jan 16th: Elaine is an enthusiastic quilter, long armer, and blogger (crazy quilter on a bike, who also lectures and teaches quilting. Her talk is a humourous look at the ups and downs of creating a group quilt. A number of different styles of group quilts are included in the trunk show.


February 20th 2018

Community Night


March 20th 2018

Bethanne Nemesh http://www.whitearborquilting.com

Lecture Tues. Mar.20th:       “WALK A CREATIVE PATH”
Bethanne Nemesh was inducted into the National Quilting Association Masterpiece Quilt Guild in 2015 and received the Masters Award for machine artistry at Houston International Quilt Festival in 2016. Her journey as an Art Quilter from her beginnings making traditional quilts, then branching out into pattern manipulation, to her current pictographic silk art quilts is explored with a Slide Show presentation and a Trunk Show of available quilts.
Bethanne will explore how her silk quilts come to be: from initial sketches, paintings, photography to final creation and finish details.

Workshop Tues. Mar. 20th:   “THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS”
Sometimes the difference between a show quilt and an AWARD WINNING show quilt is in the details! In this full day (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) workshop students will make a collection of samples that feature beaded bias appliqué, beaded piping, swag piping, beaded knife edge binding as well as an introduction to the use of Derwent Inktense pencils.( The CLASS KIT includes pre-quilted squares, all beads, piping, ink, and activators, as well as handouts for the project.) SEWING MACHINE with ZIPPER FOOT required for this class. CLASS KIT FEE REQUIRED.

Workshop Wed. Mar. 21st:  “NEMESHING”
9:00 am -11:00 am) In this drawing class, Bethanne will show us her signature quilting style “ NEMESHING” This class is a wonderful compliment to the “A to Zen”. This unique fill has been stopping crowds. Learn to blend and repeat the five easy shapes and you’ll be using “ NEMESHING” on backgrounds, smashing borders, and edge to edge quilting!

Workshop Wed. Mar. 21st:   “QUILTED TEXTURE FROM A to ZEN”
11:15 am – 4:00pm Be inspired in this four hour free motion quilting workshop with Bethanne’s fresh take on backgrounds, taking inspiration from every letter of the alphabet.. perfect for filling those big open spaces of more modern quilts!(lunch 12:15-1:00pm)
KIT FEE INCLUDES: a pre-quilted sample to fill with textures.


April 17th 2018

Cynthia England http://www.englanddesign.com

Lecture Tues. April 17th. “ WHY DID I BUY THIS UGLY FABRIC “
Cynthia England is an international fibre artist, pattern designer and author. She will give us a lighthearted look at conversational prints and offer ideas into how to incorporate these fabrics into our quilts, as well as a trunk show of her work. One of her quilts “Piece and Quiet” was distinguished as one of  “The Twentieth Century’s Best Quilts”. She has received many awards for her quilts including several Best of Show awards at Houston International Quilt Festival.

IN BOTH OF THESE NEXT WORKSHOPS, THE TECHNIQUE THAT CYNTHIA DEVELOPED CALLED: “ Picture Piecing” IS A TECHNIQUE TO ACHIEVE DETAILED QUILT IMAGERY. IT IS EASIER THAN IT LOOKS USING REGULAR STITCH LENGTH AND STRAIGHT LINES. THERE IS NO PAPER TO PICK OUT OR FABRIC WASTE AND THE PATTERN CAN BE REUSED.

Workshop Tues. April 17th   “SMALL LANDSCAPE CLASS”
In this full day (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) class, our members can choose from two small landscapes. Both are 19” x 17”. You will make a choice of the “ Country Roads” or “ Smokey Mountain” pattern. There is no tracing involved; templates are preprinted onto freezer paper. Sewing machine required.KIT FEE REQUIRED

Workshop Wed. April 18th: “PICTURE PIECING DESIGN”: ½ DAY and ½ DAY SEWING
In this two part class (9:30 am – 3:30 pm), our members will learn how to piece a small design as well as get a feel for how to design your own project using the PICTURE PIECING technique. For the sewing portion, you will be making a colourful bird feeder with a selection of birds titled,   “ For the Birds”. KIT FEE REQUIRED


May 15th 2018

YHQG Annual General  Meeting

Members only at this meeting, please, as guild business will be discussed and executive elections will be held.


Previous speakers and workshops (2016-2017 ):

September 20 2016: Elisabeth Bacque: Pioneer Women and Paper Patchwork
October 18 2016: Reeze Hanson lecture and 2 workshops
November 15 2016: Mary Pal lecture and  1 workshop
January 17 2017: Community Quilts Night
February 21 2017: Members’ Technique Showcase
March 21 2017: Debbie Grifka lecture and 1 workshop
April 18 2017: Albert Cote lecture and 1 workshop
May 17 2017: Annual General Meeting


Note– Meetings start promptly at 7:00 pm.


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