Programs

2021-22

January’s meeting featured Vanessa Genier from Quilts for Survivors, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Residential School Survivors with quilts. Vanessa started in July 2021 after hearing about the 215 unmarked childrens graves discovered in Kamloops and felt the need to ‘do something!’ Her dream has since exploded into a well run organization which has had donations from North America, Europe and Australia. Her Facebook group Quilts for Survivors has regular updates and contributions from all sorts of people. Vanessa is an Indigenous woman from the Missanabie Cree First Nation and she resides in Timmons Ontario. Her great grandparents were in residential school but it was never spoken of due to feelings of shame. After the graves were found in Kamloops she was seeking some way to honor these children, when she felt the Creator told her to use her quilting talents. This busy mom of 5 children, working full time and attending university found the time to start up Quilts for Survivors. 939 quilts have been made and given to survivors. The quilts go through a smudging ceremony, before being packaged up and sent out labelled, and with a poem written by a volunteer. At this time there are 550 people who would like quilts. If you are interested in finding out more, or donating to this wonderful cause contact Vanessa through her Facebook page which has so much information and FAQ or email her directly at vanessa@quiltsforsurvivors.ca.

December’s meeting sounds like it will be a break from our tradition by having a speaker rather than doing a Christmas party on Zoom. Who knows what will happen, with the last two years, we are learning to be prepared for anything!

November’s meeting showcased some of our members who demonstrated different quilting techniques which is always a favorite of our guild. As well our very own Carolyn Jennings who is the Fraser Valley representative for Quilts of Valor Canada shared about this wonderful program that supports injured Canadian Armed Forces members past and present, with quilts of comfort. A number of us in the guild have made quilts for this program. One thing about quilters – they love to give! Quilts of Valour Canada

October 14, 2021 – Carola from Carola’s Quilt Shop: Scrap Happy and Fat Quarter Friendly

If you are not a member of FVMQG you can attend any of our ZOOM meetings. Just email fvmodernquilting@gmail.com and we will give you all the details you need to join our Zoom meeting for no charge!

2020-21

At each monthly meeting (except July, August & December) in the 2020/21 guild year we did a ZOOM program for our members on some aspect of modern quilting. Each program consisted of a lecture/trunk show (approximately 45 min) and a 15 minute Q&A.

Here is a list of the Programs that were provided for the 2020/21 membership year.

September 10, 2020 – Cheryl Arkison: Her Improv Style

November 12, 2020 – Krista Hennebury: Poppyprint: The Search for Signature Style

January 14, 2020 – Sonya Oblak: Thrifted, Gifted or Free – Using pre-owned fabrics in quilts

February 11, 2021 – Bill Stearman: My Backpack Show

March 11, 2021 – Berene Campbell: Cracks of Light

April 8, 2021 – Daisy Aschehoug: How I Started Designing Quilts

May 13, 2021 – Andrea Tsang Jackson: Light & Fabric: Approaches to Transparency

June 10, 2021 – Steph Jacobson: For the Love of Half Square Triangles.