Past meeting program information is listed below.
July Flea Market
Monday, July 11 – 7pm
PVQA’s fabulous flea market.
We will have over 15 people selling fabric, notions, yarn and other goodies.
Meeting will be at Temple Beth El.
An Art Quilter’s Journey
Monday, June 13 – 7pm
Meri Henriques Vahl
Join me on a journey through my quilt making adventures, from my early attempted rebellion against sewing anything on a machine and teaching anyone anything(!) – to my introduction to the exciting world of art quilts, back in 1995. I’ll tell you about my evolution through the various techniques I picked up along the way, and then to the extremely versatile and rewarding fabric collage with a tulle overlay and people-making techniques that I use and teach today. I will bring several quilts with me for a mini-trunk show.
Meeting will be at Temple Beth El.
Motivation and Method
Monday, May 9 – 7pm
May brings us flowers and Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!
Our own Karen Foster will present her lecture and trunk show titled “Motivation and Method – an inside look at my quilts and creative journey.” Karen is a local prolific quilter who is generous with sharing her techniques and ideas. She is an active participant in PVQA and the local Modern Quilt Guild. Karen has been waiting to share her ideas and quilts with us until we were back in person. So, put on your mask, call a friend, and come out on May 9th to Temple Beth El.
There will be no workshop this month.
Techniques Meeting – Monday April 11 – 7pm
Technique night is coming!!! Our guild is putting on the annual Technique Night on April 11th live and in person! For those new to PVQA, every year we enlist our guild members to share some of their expertise in short demonstrations. There will be eight enthusiastic teachers from our guild ready to demonstrate and teach some fun quilting methods. You will not have time to visit all of the tables, but there will be people showing their skills and helping you to improve your skills in the areas of Kawandi, Seminole piecing, attaching a sleeve by machine, Sashiko, English Paper Piecing, The Accuquilt machine, and more! So….COME ON OUT!!!! Visit with friends and get inspired. Remember – Wear your mask, bring proof of vaccination, a spring fat quarter, your name tag, and a water bottle! We will also be having Show & Tell in person for the first time in 2 YEARS! So many things to remember. Can’t wait to see everyone!
The Ultimate Color Lecture
Monday, March 14 – 7pm
Boost your colour confidence and learn to use every colour of the rainbow in your quilts. Linda and Carl will discuss the basics of colour theory, demonstrate colour concepts and how to create and combine dynamic colour palettes, as well as share their tips and tricks on how to find colour inspiration in everyday objects to inspire, infuse and ignite the colour in your next quilting project.
Quilt Show Working Meeting – Monday February 14 – 7pm
The February 14 meeting will be devoted to work on the quilt show.
Monday, January 10 – 7pm
Cyndi McChesney will be presenting a lecture called Panel Palooza. She will show a trunk show of her work transforming panels into fabulous quilts.
Working in a Series
Monday, December 13 – 7pm
I’ve been a quilter for 50 years, and for the last 20, I’ve focused on working in a series, or a group of quilts related in any number of ways. When I started, I made nothing but “britches quilts” from sturdy fabric for an entire year. Now I make shorter series of quilts related by pattern, process, or materials. Some series are brief explorations. Others, I return to after a period of time, and some, it seems will never end. Join me as I share the quilts I’ve made and what I’ve learned on a journey that, it turns out, has been its own reward.
Monday, December 13 – 7pm
Get your snacks ready and decorate a hat or head piece to join the fun on Zoom. Pam Rocco will be our speaker, followed by the announcement of our Very Special Person award! We will join together for Quilt-O (Bingo for quilters), a Know Your Acronyms game, and end with a virtual version of our Ugly Fabric Contest led by Mac our auctioneer!
To participate in the Ugly Fabric Contest, send a picture of your ugliest fabric along with its size to firstname.lastname@example.org . A small committee will pick the ten ugliest fabrics to be voted on and auctioned this year. Proceeds will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Members, look for the agenda for the December Zoom meeting in email. There will be two attachments to print: one is the Quilt-O bingo board and the other is the Acronym game. Also, you can download your copies here:
Artful Couching: Texture and Definition
Monday, November 8 – 7pm
Join Rachel as she gives her lecture presentation showing the many ways couching can be used to take your art to the next level. Instruction in specific techniques on how to couch will be shown. She will show examples of how couching can be added to garments and bags as well as quilts.
Quilts of Illusions
Monday, October 11- 7pm
Explore the world of optical illusions with Karen as she shows you some of the wonderful quilts that she has created and shares tricks and tips on how to make them. A native of Michigan, Karen Combs began quilting while still in high school. She has a degree in library science and has worked at many state, city and school libraries before finding her calling as a professional quilting instructor, writer and designer. Her quilts are known for taking a traditional pattern and giving it her own unique “twist.” Karen is intrigued with quilts of illusions and has been designing quilts with a 3-D look for many years.
Photo to Fabric: Design in the Palm of Your Hand
Monday, September 13 – 7pm
I demonstrate, how to take a simple photo with your smart phone or tablet, manipulate it in app and print the image onto fabric on a home printer. I share a variety of art quilts I’ve created with these images as a central theme. As well as several art quilts using multiple photo images tiled together to create a stunning collaged quilt effect. I have also come up with an easy way to create a repeat printed fabric in 4 steps using a smart phone or tablet. I will demonstrate, the process of creating and uploading your own repeat fabric design for commercial printing. This lecture comes with handouts detailing apps, printer info and fabric printing sources. There will be lots of art quilts, fabric and clothing items to see. Participants who want to play along can download app I use and start manipulating photos during the presentation!
My Life in Quilts:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Monday, August 9 – 7pm
Marge Tucker is an international award-winning quilt artist. The first quilt she made, over twenty-five years ago, was for friends expecting their first child. “At that time, I didn’t know that quilting would become my passion and now my profession. I feel so fortunate to be able to share and continue the tradition of quilting with my students.”
“I started with traditional pieced quilts but am now focused on abstract improvisational design in my work.”
Marge received “Best Machine Quilting” at QuiltCon 2019 as well as “Best Sewing Machine Workmanship Award – Modern” at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in 2019 as well as numerous other awards for her quilts. Marge teaches throughout the United States and also from her studio in Rockland, MA.
In this lecture, I tell my quilting journey, from the first quilt I remember seeing to becoming a quilting instructor/fiber artist. I also discuss my inspirations for quilt designs and how quilting has changed my life.
Driven to Abstraction
Monday, July 12, 2021
Brenda Gael Smith
Brenda creates textile works made from a rich palette of her hand-dyed fabrics complemented by intensive stitching. Much of her work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world with a focus on her surroundings at the “other” Copacabana in Australia and her New Zealand homeland. Using a process of abstraction, Brenda strives to capture the essence of her subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, she refines line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response. Learn more about Brenda’s inspiration and process in this colourful lecture.
Stitching, Symbols, Signature Style
Monday, June 14 – 7pm
Deborah shares her most recent art quilts and talks about developing her own personal style. She’ll share tons of examples of her favorite techniques, materials and themes. She’ll tell stories about exciting collaborations, surprising discoveries and finding inspiration in unexpected places.