Shannon Fraser Workshop on Zoom

Workshop: Cloud Surfing Quilt
October 26th, 2021
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Cloud Surfing quilt workshop is all about getting comfortable with piecing curves. In this workshop I walk you through piecing 3 different sized oval drunkard’s path block variations that are featured in the Cloud Surfing quilt. By the end of the workshop you’ll have tried piecing your blocks with and without pins so you can decide which method works best for you!

Important: For this course you need to make templates and have fabric pieces cut before the course so please make sure that you have access to a printer and the time to make the templates before the class starts. 

Cost: $75.00 *includes Cloud Surfing Patter and reprintable templates

Materials Needed: For this course you will be able to make a lap quilt or a wall hanging. We will send out a Welcome package to participants which includes the fabric requirements, a schedule of the day and a cheat sheet to make it easier to keep track of your progress during the workshop.

About the Instructor: Shannon Fraser is a modern quilter, pattern designer and teacher based in Montreal, Canada. Known for her love of colour and bold graphic designs, her patterns have been featured in magazines including Curated Quilts, Love Patchwork and Quilting and the Quilter’s Planner. A self-taught quilter, Shannon loves sharing what she’s learned through her quilty trials and tribulations.

You can find free tutorials, inspirational projects and loads of resources to help you succeed in your quilting journey on her website. For daily inspiration, you can find her on Instagram @shannonfraserdesigns

To Register: Please contact the Education Committee at: to have them hold your place in the course and then e-transfer your course funds of $75.00 to Lorna at:

If you are interested in applying for VMQG Bursary support for this workshop, email the Education Committee. Bursary recipients will be directly notified by an email from the Education Committee co-chair within three days.  All Bursary recipients will remain anonymous.

If you want to help: As part of every VMQG workshop announcement going forward, there is an opportunity for members to contribute an extra $5.00 or $10.00 in addition to the workshop fee; these extra funds will be directly transferred to the Bursary Fund.
For those who are able to donate to the Bursary Fund, please e-transfer the course fee and any extra amount to Treasurer when you register. Please include the words “Fraser Workshop fee plus Donation to the Bursary Fund” in the e-transfer.

Thank you for your generosity towards your fellow guild members.

VMQG Retreat, January 2022

At long last – we are able to gather together again and retreat! Our upcoming retreat is again at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Abbotsford. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through their own private small forest.

We will have three days and three nights, Friday to Monday from January 14-17, 2022.

Here are the details:
Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre
4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Dates: Friday, January 14 – Monday, January 17, 2022
Check-in: 1:00 pm on Friday
Check-out: 2:00 pm on Monday

Included: all meals (including dinner on Friday and brunch on Monday), linens, work tables (everyone will have their own 6′ table to spread out on), ironing stations and power bars.

COVID Considerations:
Edenvale complies with provincial health regulations and requires its guests to be vaccinated against COVID 19. Please bring your vaccine passport and photo ID as proof of vaccination.

Note that Edenvale does request that their staff be fully vaccinated but due to labour shortages, they cannot guarantee that all their staff are vaccinated against COVID 19. We realize this may cause some folks to decide not to attend the retreat and we are looking at alternative venues for future retreats.

Cost for rooms:
Double: $475
Single: $575

$120 non-refundable deposit by November meeting, final payment due by the December meeting.

Please send your e-transfer deposit of $120 to Lorna at Then email Elisabeth at to let her know whether you want a single or shared room. If you are sharing and you have a person identified to share with, please let her know that as well.

If you prefer to send a cheque for your deposit, please email Elisabeth (address above) to arrange this.

There are only 18 spots so if more people sign up, we will take a waiting list. Your space is only reserved once your full deposit has been received.

If you have any questions about the retreat, please reach out to Elisabeth by email.

September 20th Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, September 20th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

The September guest lecturer is Gina Adams! Gina will be presenting her lecture “Broken Treaty Quilts”.

Gina Adams’s cross-media studio work includes the reuse of antique quilts and broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing.

She is a descendant of both Indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans.

Gina Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay, and her adolescent and early adult years in Maine. Her formal education includes a BFA from the Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of Kansas. She currently holds a tenure track Assistant Professor position at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2002, she received a BFA from the Maine College of Art. Gina comes to Emily Carr from the Faculty of Visual Arts in Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In 2013, Gina received an MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on visual art, curatorial practice, and critical theory. In 2015 the noted international art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction to her solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, which launched her art career with the Broken Treaty Quilts Series.

Broken Treaty Quilts
Quilts: Webster’s dictionary defines them as “a bed cover with stitched designs that is made of two layers of cloth filled with wool, cotton, or soft feathers”. The first use of the term ‘quilt’ is credited to the year 1555. But for the Native people of this country, my people, the quilt and what it represents transcends modern time keeping.

My Broken Treaty Quilt project is an ally for all Indigenous nations and to make up for the wrongs passed down by our colonial ancestors who created the systems of removals, broken treaties, reservation systems, and relocation acts. It is my greatest hope to convince individuals of privilege to do the same. The visual art exhibition is my form of storytelling. I am moved by a sense of discovery and connection, and much of it is deeply connected and rooted within place and land. My life’s journey is about where the land, peoples, and stories come together.

Blair Stocker Zoom Workshop – “Find the Value in your Scraps”

Saturday, September 18th, 2021
10:00am to 1:00pm

Using scrap fabrics and making do is the very essence of quilt making. Blair will take you through a practical exploration of using color value relationships between fabrics in your stash. Using color value differences between your fabrics in an intentional way is a powerful design tool. It can create a unique “sparkle” to your work.

Registration for this workshop opens Monday August 16th and closes Friday August 27th at 5:00 p.m. There is room for 20 participants, sign up quickly! The cost per person is $40.00. Please e-transfer the $40.00 to

August 16th Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, August 16th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

The August guest lecturer is Fabricana’s VP of Purchasing – Myles Hurtubise!

Myles is a lover of all things textile related. He started sewing in his mid-teens and went on to earn his Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He enjoys designing garments for himself and his family. He is also an avid quilter and knitter. His home features much of his work including draperies and upholstery. If you ask his husband, “given the chance, Myles would cover the whole house in fabric!”

Between sewing and knitting projects, Myles also finds time to sing and play the piano and is a novice at the ukulele. He also loves his two “fur babies”, Twig and Whisky.

Myles will cover the important topics of Needle Basics:
– Anatomy of a sewing machine needle
– The Schmetz colour chart
– How to Read the Needle pack
– What needle should I use?
– When should I change my needle?