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.

Summer Quilting

Moreen and Gail played with fabric in between gardening.  

June Show and Tell

We gathered on Zoom to catch up with each other and share what we have been working on and learning.  Lynda, Gail and Ruth have been learning Walking Foot quilting from Melissa Marginet.  Barbara has taken courses from both Jean Impey on applique and Lynn Koolish on colour pop.

We have used up scraps, finished UFOs and generally had a stitching good time.

Creative Isolation

Isolation does not mean insulation from new ideas.  Quilt patterns and techniques proliferate on the internet.  Opportunity abounds to take online classes.

Quilts can be simple, complex and fun.  Each with their own charm.

Sherry had lots of scraps to work with.  It is interesting how different scraps and border design can make a quilt unique.

Quilters often have stashes of fabric that might be cute to use ‘some day’.  Covid restrictions have made the ‘some day’ now.  Moreen dug into her stash and came up with some wonderful creations.

What do you do when you get quirky fabric?  Corisande combines it imaginatively to produce some very fun quilts.

Applique is a technique that enables wonderful designs to emerge from pieces of fabric.  Corisande has made many pieces from the elegant to the fun and whimsical.

Judy Leslie Seeded Reflections
Seeded Reflections by Judy Leslie

We had a fun event to see the Fibre Arts Network “From a Tiny Seed”.  This slide show had amazing creative expressions of the small growing large.

See more here

Gail’s “Japanese Spring”, created as part of the Guild President’s challenge in 2020 is being exhibited at the “Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation” show in West Vancouver.  You can find out more about this interesting show here.

TAGOR held its second online event on March 23 with renowned textile artist Susan Purney Mark.  Susan treated us to a talk about her month long residency in Iceland, the places she mot enjoyed seeing, the art she produced there and influences still resonating in the art she is producing now.

Susan Purney Mark paper and fibre
Spring at Brooks Point Susan Purney Mark

TAGOR held its first online event on February 23 with a showing of the Fibre Art Network (FAN) Circles and Lines exhibit. More information about FAN, their artists and artwork for sale can be found on their website here.  We enjoyed seeing quality images of the many wonderful pieces inspired by the theme of circles and lines.

Christmas is over and members are back working on other projects.

Moreen is still using up her stash creatively.

Sometimes neighbours sort their sewing rooms and find they have tried out patterns but don’t know what they would do with another quilt.  Extra quilt tops are welcomed and quilted for our partners.

Sherry and Freda have been sewing and knitting.