Season of Creation

One of our guild members, Gail Newell, has designed and created a number of art pieces with birds and flowers over the past several years as she has honed her craft.  Some of these have won awards in local shows.  She is also a member of St. Anne’s Anglican Church near No 1 Rd and Francis.  They are currently displayed in the sanctuary of the church to help celebrate the season of creation until the first Sunday of October.  The seven wall hangings of various sizes are: “Loon Rising”, “Kingfisher”, “Pileated Parent”, “Chickadee”, “Columbine”, “Japanese Spring” and “Alpine Memory”.

For the observant and curious: The unusual number of backpacks in front of the altar are waiting to be blessed and distributed to school children in need of packs and supplies for school.

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Techniques used in these hangings include raw edge applique, free form curved piecing, thread painting, Ricky Tim’s convergence piecing and free motion & machine quilting.

Family Day at London Farm

Artists from around Richmond were invited to display their art at London Farm on Family Day.  Freda, Lynda, Ruth and Sherry took samples of our quilts and other works to display and talk about with visitors.

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Picture by Gerry

Quilt Canada 2022

Several of our members enjoyed the displays at Quilt Canada.  This year all the BC guilds were invited to showcase their talents.  We had two quilts displayed, both TAGOR group projects.

Spring Was Wet

Not able to spend much time gardening, some of us turned a rainy spring into a bonus for family and outreach.

Show and Tell

After all the business of our AGM was finished we relaxed and shared our first Show and Tell in a few months.  A wonderful variety!  Quilts, cross stitch, bags, and knitting!

Sparkle and Pop continued…

Three of the workshop quilts are completed and show off the versatility of this design.

Deborah Zibrik – Creating Art Using Stitch

Deborah presented her journey into creative stitchery with good humor, delightful examples and thoughtful tips.  She was very encouraging and offered practical ideas to further our own artistic journeys.  It was a wonderful afternoon talk!

If you missed this and/or want to see more of Deborah’s work check out the exhibits at Knox United Church May 28-29, noon to 5pm part of Artists in Our Midst

Sparkle and Pop workshop with Stacey Day

All the workshop participants enjoyed learning from Stacey how to fold and stitch rectangles and squares into marvelous curved diamonds.  It was fun to see how a single design could be interpreted multiple ways for an interesting and marvelous variety of results.

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Freda pins her pillow top to the design wall.

Our sewing machines are not locked down!

Corisande and her daughter-in-law Bev have been quilting up a storm.  Here are a few of their cheerful creations for kids and the young at heart.

More Fun with Quilting

Log Cabin Fever

Gail’s scrap pile was getting too large.  The first job was to tackle the brown pile.  Then she cut up the Blue with pink highlights and the Pink with blue highlights but put together they didn’t work after all so it was back to the scraps and there were lots of white and cream so one quilt became two.

February Show and Tell

We had a Zoom meeting and shared some of the projects we’ve been working on.

Our members find working with colourful fabrics adds colour to our lives amidst the latest wave.

Members and friends of the guild have been busy creating quilts for the new supportive housing opening in Richmond in the summer. Rather than have them just sit in her cupboard Bev took her creations to show residents at Crofton Manor. “They are truly works of art and we so enjoyed seeing them”, they reported in their newsletter.

ArtRich 2021 entrant Gail Newell’s wall hanging. When hiking in the alpine in summer there is a swath of colour and up close an exquisite variety of shapes and colours.

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources

What to do when it’s raining?

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Melissa Marginet from Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting

Melissa Marginet

We gathered together, some in person and some online with Zoom to listen to Melissa.  What a great presentation filled with ideas and tips for making something unique and making the creative process fun!

Head over to Melissa’s website for patterns, books, ideas and free stuff.

Design fun!

Whether using modern or traditional designs it is always fun to figure out what patterns work with the fabrics you have.

Habitat for Humanity

Six new homes were opened in Richmond by Habitat for Humanity. We were pleased to welcome the new residents with quilts.

Julie Garcia – Bench Under Blossoms

Julie Garcia

What a great presentation we enjoyed!  Julie has some wonderful techniques that got our imaginations going.  We learned about making sky and water, layering pieces for landscaping, use of yarn, thread and embroidery for awesome trees and other embroidery techniques to bring life and interest to fabric pieces.

If you missed this fabulous presentation you can visit Julie’s website for more information and see the following videos on YouTube.

Julie’s YouTube demonstration videos


Some people are great neighbours.  Moreen’s neighbour Joan has a big stash and being good neighbours Moreen has been helping her whittle it down.  These quilts will cheer up kids new to the country and feeling a bit at sea!


Sometimes we find a particularly cute panel.  Other times we get a wonderful assortment of fabrics in a donation that along with a fun pattern turn into wonderful quilts.

A recent donation had several 1 yard WOFs. Gail decided it would be fun to see how using different patterns could make mostly the same fabrics into very different quilts. 

Fall Show & Tell

After a late but good AGM we got down to the business of sharing our adventures in stitching.

Joan has been very busy with cross stitch.  It takes thousands of hours to create such gorgeous pieces but she also managed to work on quilt tops.

Ruth enjoys modern quilting and has been trying out and practicing several techniques.

There are always scraps and then inspiration (or desperation) strikes!

Sherry executed a wonderful variety of projects.

Midsummer Arts Dream 2021

The Community Arts Council of Richmond held their annual show September 10-12.  Due to COVID restrictions only some of the work of Painting/Drawing, Photography, Mixed Media and Textiles could be displayed but the full online show can be found here until December 10. Shirley and Gail had four entries accepted between them, of which two were textiles.