Speakers and Workshops

The 2016-17 guild year offerings are now listed! We can promise you an exciting roster of speakers and workshops… and remember you can sign up for any or all workshops at any time of the year! If you are interested in taking any of our upcoming workshops,visit our table at the next guild meeting.
2016-2017 – Mark these dates in your calendar: more details on each event below!

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 176 2017: Annual General Meeting
Note– Meetings start promptly at 7:00 pm.

September 20 2016 Elisabeth Bacque: Pioneer Women and Paper Patchwork

Elisabeth’s presentation is an historical series that grew from her fascination with early patchwork quilt and their intricate patterns and fine stitchery. Her work provides a unique window on North American pioneer life, celebrating the courage and achievements of women pioneers in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in Canada.

In Elisabeth Bacque’s new series, Pioneer Women and Paper Patchwork, she departs from traditional painting in oils and acrylics to use collage and mixed media to celebrate the courage and achievements of thirteen Canadian women pioneers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Inspired by early patchwork quilts with their intricate and colourful patterns, she uses paper images, birch bark, old letters, journals, maps and recipes instead of fabric to tell their fascinating stories.

Elisabeth Bacque was born in Toronto but now lives in Penetanguishene on the Georgian Bay. After taking her degree in Art and Archaeology at the U of T, she guided tours at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and for many years enjoyed teaching high school Visual Arts in North York. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries around Ontario and her work is in collections in Canada, the United States, France and the Bahamas.
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October 18 2016 Reeze Hanson: Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilts

Reeze Hanson is an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker as well as a gifted designer and teacher from Kansas. Reeze will tell us the history of the hexagon shape in quilts, its incredible variety, and the versatility of this traditional pattern.
Tuesday Oct 18: Seminole Patchwork –Explore ten basic Seminole piecing designs that will result in a stunning wall quilt.
Wednesday Oct 19: Diamond Star–Make a small quilt using precuts and an incredible Marti Michell template. You will learn some great new techniques for working with charm packs and jelly rolls, coping borders, and tricks for creating magic bow tie blocks. A great project will be the result.

November 15 2016 Mary Pal: Accidental Artist

Mary Pal is a Canadian fibre artist known for her cheesecloth portraits. Her work has been published in several books, and has been featured in Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV. Mary will tell us how she ventured from early quilt beginnings to her current cheesecloth creations, along with a look at the stunning artwork of the fibre artists who inspired her.
Wednesday Nov 16th: Introduction to Cheesecloth Portraiture–This introductory workshop covers a unique method of manipulating fabric that combines sculpting and painting with fibres. Included is an overview of how photographs may be adjusted on a computer. Working from a simple photo that Mary provides, you will explore the various options for using this technique, learning all the skills required to create stunning potrraits out of cheesecloth.

January 17 2017 Community Quilts Night

Guests may attend and participate. Have fun making blocks together while enjoying refreshments and the good company of other guild members. Smaller groups or individuals transform the blocks later into quilts which the guild then donates to selected community organizations for fund-raising purposes.

February 21 2017  Members Techniques Showcase 

Join some of our talented members as the share their quilting and fibre arts expertise to show us techniques that can be used to create and finish stunning quilts. Learn some tips and ideas to improve your quilt-making skills and maybe even enter one of your quilts in a challenge or competition. Topics and presenters will be confirmed at a later date.

 March 21 2017  Debbie Grifka: What Do YOu Mean by Modern Quilting?

Debbie Grifka started her quilting journey in 2002, and along the way developed a love for modern quilts with traditional materials. She’ll discuss the characteristics and the role of the internet in the development of modern quilting.
Tuesday March 21st: Clerestory on Negative Space– Learn multiple ways to play with negative space in your quilts while making this partially pieced and partially appliqued Clerestory quilt.

April 19 2017 Albert Cote: Trunk Show

Albert Cote is a local artist from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Albert spent his working life running a successful hair salon, but retirement brought a new interest in quilting. Coupled with his education in visual arts, Albert currently has a successful longarm and fibre arts career.
Tuesday April 18th: Quilted Rug– An innovative and fun class that will have students creating a beautiful quilted rug. Layering three to five fabrics, students will doodle a unique design to create their own one-of-a-kind quilted run. A fun class that will have your project completed in no time.

May 16 2017 Annual General Meeting 

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