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Member Spotlight: Sky M.

Here’s our latest Member Spotlight. I am enjoying seeing how each of you approach your answers. Enjoy learning about Sky this month.

What is your first quilting memory?

I have always loved fabrics and sewing, so when my aunt introduced quilting to me, I was hooked. Sewing various colours and shapes together to create a functional, beautiful quilt was and still is a delightful, rewarding endeavour.

The UQE’s (ugliest quilts ever) can be recut, refashioned and reworked into something beautiful, nothing is ever a loss when thinking outside of the box. It’s so much fun to explore the possibilities.

What is “Modern Quilting” to you?

Modern quilting to me can be the combination of bold and bright prints and plains with some traditional blocks used in an untraditional way, all the way to freeform shapes randomly sewn together in a pleasing combination. It’s an art form limited only by my imagination (or stash). When what I make is to be given away, a traditional pattern in thoroughly modern colours on one side would have a non-traditional fun design on the other. Satisfies my inner rebel.

What is your favorite moment as a guild member so far?

I love being a member of our Guild. It’s hard to pinpoint one favourite moment, rather it’s a collage of highlights: warm greetings, show and tell, coffee times, retreat days, inspiration, encouraging remarks…….great times.

What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

All of my piecing and quilting happens on my Bernina 630, my backup machine is a Bernina as well. I have never sent a quilt ‘out’ to be quilted, preferring a free-motion design of my own.

What new technique or pattern is highest on your list to learn or do?

Part of personal growth in any design process is learning new techniques and incorporating them into projects. Ansa Breytenbach, a New Zealander, has caught my imagination with her combination of appliquéd curves, quilt ribbons, pieced squares and vibrant colours. Her pieces are fascinating and challenging. Definitely some skills there that I would like to learn.

Pretend it’s a cold winter day and you’re spending it snuggled up on the couch with your favorite quilt…What are you eating and/or drinking?
On a cold day like today, you may find me in front of my fireplace, drinking my new favourite tea, Mint Yerba Matte, and ……knitting……or reading……..or writing…….or dreaming and planning my next project.

Lovely answers Sky! If you want to learn more about Sky you’re going to have to ask her at one of our meetings. 

Member Spotlight: Bronwen M.

Here’s our first member profile of the year. Enjoy getting to know Bronwen!



What is your first quilting memory?
I think it would have to be watching my mum hand quilt and wondering how she got those stitches so tiny or going to help set up her booths at shows.


What are 5 (or so) words that would describe your dream fabric?
hmmm… Colorful, birds, dots, swirls and interesting graphics…I guess that would make one strange print.




What is the finished quilt you are most proud of?
Probably my most recent one as I came up with it on my own and decided on the quilting pattern. It was a gift for one of my sisters and I decided to figure out a way to best use a fat quarter pack I had gotten. I used the Avalon pattern from “Material Obsession” by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke and modified it.


For Potholder swap with FVMQG


What new technique or pattern is highest on your list to learn or do?
Since I am still what I consider a beginner, I’d really like to work on my free motion quilting… I find it a little scary. I’d also like to push myself this year into just trying more new things, patterns or techniques. New Year, so I guess it’s a good resolution.


What is your favourite moment as a guild member so far?
I honestly just love the meetings, I come away every month totally insprired by an amazing group of people. I also really enjoyed the Retreat I went on in October, it was great to be around so many creative people.




What do you spend your days doing, other than quilting?
Mostly working; but in my free time, I embroider, I’m learning to knit, and I’m dreaming about renovations and working on my lack of cooking skills.


What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?
A Janome 415 and an old White Superlock serger.


Pretend it’s a cold winter day and you’re spending it snuggled up on the couch with your favorite quilt…What are you eating and/or drinking?
Probably hot cocoa and crackers with blue cheese, the moldier the better!


Thanks Bronwen! To learn more about Bronwen, visit her blog Rubyna or follow her on Pinterest.

Member Spotlight: Janet A.

Welcome to the first of many posts that show off the amazing talent and enthusiasm we have in our guild.  I gave Janet ten questions and she chose six to respond to.  Enjoy!

What is your first quilting memory?

This one goes back quite a long time.  I learnt to machine sew when I was 9,
but my first memories of sewing by hand were doing those little tracer
stitcheries they put out for kids that my Nana gave me for Christmas
probably when I was 6 or so. (big blunt needles, yarn, and little cards with
pictures on them with holes punched all around). Shortly after learning to
machine sew I remember making and quilting an eye glass case for my Nana –
yellow Fortrel it was, and I quilted a crosshatch and a little flower into
it, as a Christmas present.  Growing up, if it was too wet and cold to be
outside playing, if I didn’t have a book in my hand, chances are it was a
needle and thread.

Winter Frost

Winter Frost (photo by Janet Archibald)

What is the finished quilt you are most proud of?

That’s a tough one – I’m very proud of the first bed-size quilt I designed
and made a few years ago, Winter Frost, that is currently on our bed.  It
was the first good size project that I free motion quilted , and it was a
real learning experience, but it made me realize that with practice, I could
do this!

I’m also very proud of my “There’s Medication For That” quilt made this past
year for the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids challenge. I saw the finished quilt
so clearly in my mind’s eye, and was very pleased that I was able to
re-produce it.

There's Medication for That

There's Medication for That (photo by Janet Archibald)

What new technique or pattern is highest on your list to learn or do?

Right at the top of my wish to do pattern list – and they are fighting each
other for top billing, are a Wholecloth quilt, Spiderweb quilt and a Dresden
Plate quilt – all of them I’m hoping to make in the coming year.  Growing
up, we had a couple of Dresden Plate quilts that were my favourites, and
I’ve always said I was going to make one.  The Spiderweb will be a great way
to use up the stash of scraps I’ve accumulated, and the whole cloth will let
me work on my quilting technique.  I’ve got an idea in mind for the Dresden
Plate to give it a modern twist, so I’m hoping that works out!

What is “Modern Quilting” to you?

To me, Modern Quilting is all about attitude – a can do attitude.  Taking
traditional patterns and through the use of fabrics, turning them into
something very different – more relaxed, less stodgy, if you will.  Colours
are bright and clear, lots of use of solids.  Modern quilters are
enthusiastic, generous and broad minded.  There is a willingness to try new
things and to be open to new ideas.  Modern Quilting embraces modern
technology – there is so much inspiration and sharing that goes on through
the web.  It is wonderful!  I like all kinds of quilting, so some days I
fall cleanly into the Modern Quilting side of things, and other days I’m
very much a traditionalist!

The Wedding Quilt

The Wedding Quilt (photo by Janet Archibald)

What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

I have 3 sewing machines.  My favourite machine and the one  I do almost all
my piecing on is a Husqvarna Viking Lily 555  – I also use it for a lot of
my free motion quilting.  I also have a Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter, that
I quilt my larger pieces on as it has a larger throat, so is easier to
manoeuver the quilts around.  My third machine is a Pfaff Creative Vision
embroidery machine that just doesn’t get used as much any more since I’ve
fallen in love with FMQ!

Sunny Days

Sunny Days (photo by Janet Archibald)

Pretend it’s a cold winter day and you’re spending it snuggled up on the couch with your favourite quilt…What are you eating and/or drinking?

Oh, let’s see – I probably have a glass of red wine nearby,  and if I’m
completely spoiling myself, some wonderful dark chocolate truffles – heaven!

Thanks so much Janet! You can learn more about Janet by visiting her blog, What Comes Next?, and you can see more of her work in her Flickr photostream

Our next Spotlight will be posted in early January.