Chilliwack Quilters' Guild

Founded 1985

Summary of meetings


Full minutes of each meeting are available for members in the Members only section of the website


October 17th 2022

Members  were invited to bring along a Christmas Project from previous years as an inspirtation for members projects for ths year. There was a fabulous turnout of projects, small mug rugs and table centre pieces, beautiful wall hangings and memorable tree skirts.

There were also many recently completed inspiring projects in our regular show and tell.

Meeting highlights

The 2024 Quilts show was spoken about at length, their are 3

co chairs they are looking for members who will chair committees.

The name of the show was voted on to be called Sew'd to Joy!

Up to 20 We Care quilts will be donated to the Seabird Island Band to be given to members who were survivors of the Indian Day School in that area.







September 19th 2022

Presentation and trunk show given by Barb Chernichan of Coach House Quilts. website coach house designs .ca

Meeting Highlights

new library computer access now in effect, contact Claudette for more info.

We still need a mmeber to take photographs of Show and Tell. We Care sew day November 12th. Open Sew Day October 15th both at Sardis Library.






March 21st 2022

Susan Jensen presented her program called Branching Out.  Susan was a traditional quilter who has moved onto being a fibre artist.  Susan takes a lot of photographs of the natural environment and enjoys interpreting them in small quilts using a variety of materials and techniques.


Meeting highlights

There will be a fabric sale on April 30th at the barn.

The April meeting is on Easter Monday 



February 23st 2022

Zoom Meeting with guest Melissa Marginet from Manitoba.

Melissa is a quilter, designer and author but she loves to teach and inspire others. Melissa likes to be challenged and uses 'challenges' to try out diffferent quilting styles.  She shared many of these examples with the membership today.  She has published 2 books on walking foot quilting and is booked to teach a class to the membership in May.

Meeting Highlights

We care has received a large donation of fabrics from Annie.

The guild will be submitting our guild banner for display at Quilt Canada in June.

Someone is needed to fill the roll of Communications Chairperson as Shirley W is stepping down.



January 17th 2022

Zoom meeting with guest Elizabeth DeGroos from Epidastudio, in Ontario, she spoke about pojagi quilting which is an ancient form of Korean Quilting, originally the blocks were used to wrap and carry things. Light can be seen through the block which gives a stained glass effect, today the blocks are often used as screens or for display in windows. IG elizabeth.epidastudio,


Meeting Highlights

We care is getting low on quilts, all members are encouraged to contribute to this worthwhile guild activity.

The next open sew day is Feb 8th and will be focused on making heart pillows.



December 20th 2021

Our meeting was held on zoom, members were encouraged to wear their Christmas finery and eat lunch together.

We had several small breakout rooms where members got a chance to visit with each other. Fabric block bingo was played as well as several word puzzles.

Meeting Highlights there are 2 workshops planned for the New Year: Paper Piecing with Lynne T and machine quilting with Melissa Marginet



November 15th 2021

Our guest via zoom was Kevin the owner of Dragonfly quilting.  The goal of their store is to inspire quilters.  He spoke about, his favourite threas which is Wonderfil, a Canadian made product. The reason they opened was to sell Cantil Fabrics as well as many others.Lots of exciting fabrics coming soom in the Cantik collection.  Shania Sunga works closely with them. They are located in Aldergrove, apparently a little tricky to locate but apparently well worth trying. For more information contact

Meeting highlights the budget was reviewed we seem to be curretly on track but are aware we do not have a possibility of a quilt show until October 2023 at the earliest.

over 30 people attende the libraty drop in day.  

We Care needs mens quilts


October 18th 2021


Pat from Chiiter Chatter Fabrics took us around her beautiful store showing us the types of fabrics and notions she stocks. They are also hosting workshops now. Chitter Chatter is located on a goat farm in Aldergrove.  More information can be found on her website



Meeting highlights

1st library day was well received. oveer 35 members are participating in the mystery quilt.  Zoom workshop to make Chritsmas stockings planned.


September 20th 2021

This meeting was held at Gwynne Vaughn Park.  35 members were in attendance. Since this was our first formal in person  meeting in 18 months it was decided to allow most of the time to be dedicated to saying hello to each other and for the very large show  and tell. 

Meeting highlights

After a membership vote it was determined that the guild general meetings would be held inperson at the Lions Club Hall.

NB Executive has since decided to have all meetings by zoom.

On the first Monday of each month the hall will also be open for members to borrow and return libray books and to bring in We Care quilts.This will continue. 

 All current Health Policys re masks and double vaccination will need to be adhereed to.



March 15th 2021

Cheryl Arkison from Calgary gave a presentation on the importance of Play when quilting, it is not always necessary to have an end product when quilting you could just be stitching for the fun of it. She is the co Author of Several book including You Inspire Me To Quilts Cheryl has recently established a program called Playcation where she gives a Zoom presentation showing attendees how to make a certain block.  This can be found at 


Meeting highlights

The Irish Chain workshop was a sucess.,  Donna proposed a landscape workshop by Darcy Hunter, this seemed popular.

A new chairperson for the We Care Committee will be needed.  Please contact Shirley if you are able to do this


February 15th 2021

Gail Shepherd from Surrey shared many examples of Scrao quilts.  She will be doing a Zomm Workshop for 25 members in March on Scrappy Irish Chain.


Meeting Highlights

The membership voted to increase the Workshop budget for this fiscal year by $500.  Zoom sewing days are continung every 2nd Tuesday, this is open to all members a link will be sent to the members.  Nomination Committee established, we will need a new Secretary and Programs Director. Elections in May.




Jan 18th 2021


Brandy Maslowski, Quilter on Fire was our speaker via zoom. She spoke of her journey from Firefighter to Quilter.  Brandy hosts the Quilter on Fire podcast, where she speaks to well known members of the quilting industry. for more info go to her website


Meeting hilights.

Spring row was presented

There will be a free workshop in March, max 25 people, Scrappy Irish Chain, taught by Gail Shephard

The guild has purchased an annual subscription to zoom.



December 21st 2020


Unfortunately our speaker Carola had to cancel due to the weather her presentation will be rescheduled.

We played several games in breakout rooms and had lots of fun.

Show and Tell via zoom is getting larger each month.

Meeting highlights

UFO challenge was announced due in June. 



November 16th 2020


Zoom meeting 35 members/1 guest in attendance.

An informative program regarding quilting with rulers was given by Kellie Kacz from Silly Moon Quilting. She explained and demonstrated the rulers that their company designs and  manufactures in Mission BC. More demonstrations and information are available on their website and on You tube.

Meeting highlights:

The Winter Row by Row was presented by Pat.

the transition houses have been approached and they would like to receive pillowcases for women and children.

There will be a Zoom workshop to make Christmas stockings on Wednesday Nov 25, led by Donna H.

Decision made to continue Zoom meetings until at least April when it may be possible to meet outdoors.



October 19th 2020


Our first ZOOM meeting was held.  34 members signed in, we currently have 59 members. 

The meeting was a time to practice ZOOM for everybody and worked very well.

Next meeting November 16th 


September 21st 2020


This meeting was held at Gwynne Vaughn Park with social distancing in effect. Members visited with each other.

There was a large show and tell.

The AGM was held with the presentation of the budget and the election of the new officers.

Following the AGM the general meeting was held. It was agreed by the membership that indoor meetings could not be held at this time.  It was agreed that using the ZOOM platform would be an excellent idea for holding meetings in the foreseable future.




March 16th


meeting cancelled


February 10th


Heather from Hamels gave a presentation hi lighting some of new items availablefor quilters



January  20th 2020


meeting cancelled 


December 16th 2019


Christmas Potluck Lincheon

Christmas Block Lotto

Christmas Songs.




November 18th


A presentation was given by Beatrice Rieske regarding how her life experinces have impacted and influenced her career in quilting as both a pattern designer and a proffessional longarm quilter.

Hi lights from business meeting 

            report on the succes of the quilt show 

            a discussion was held regarding the rental of a storage space.  This was approved by the membership






October 7th .


1200 members arrive.  Meet and greet after summer hiatus.

1300 Show and Tell with picture taking

1330 Program, General discussionb surrounding quilting ideas

1430 Business meeting






September 16th 2019


We all enjoyed seeing each other after the summer break.

Members had been busy over the summer so we had a large Show and Tell.

The business meeting largerly centred around the quilt show planning.

There was a brief presentation regarding the requirements for hanging sleeves for quilts being shown at the show.



June 17th 2019


Potluck Lunch


UFO challenge Awards presented

Presentation of Gift certifictes for We Care participation.



May 13th 2019


Presentation of quilts by Wilma Brock

Annual General meeting, see members only section for minutes


April 15th 


3 members did demonstrations

Beatrice: free motion quilting

Pat B : quilting with rulers

Lyn R : Mitred corners



MARCH 18 2019


Jean Jones a quilter from Langley gave an excellent presentation of some Tips and Tricks to make our quilting more accurate. Jean particularly hi-lighted the iportance of having an accurate 1/4" seam allowance.

230 Business meeting



February 11th 2019


Local Chiropractor Craig Robinson spoke on the importance of good body positioing when we sew.  He also demonstrated several exercises that would assist us when we are sewing.


January 21st 2019


Laura Peters from the organization  DAYS FOR GIRLS spoke to us

This organization provides reusable sanitary napkins for girls and women in 3rd World countries. Because the women often have no products to use during their menstrual cycle they usually have to miss school and work.  By providing sanitary products to these girls and women it changes their life significantly


Days for Girls is able to use any pieces of cotton and flannel larger than 9" square.  If you would like to doante fabric bring it to the guild meeting and it will be forwarded to them. They also accept cash doantions.

Days for Girls website

click on above for direct link


 Business Meeting Hi Lights

The guild chairs have been sold and delivered to the Chillliwack Alliance Church.

The name for our 2019 Quilt Show was chosen.






December 17th


Our annual Christmas Potluck was held with lots of delicious food shared by the members. Christmas Carols were sung and small handmade ornaments were exchanged.

132 quilts from our We Care were donated to various local community organizations.  Several of these organizatiosn were able to send a representative to accept the quilts, they told us how much these quilts mean to the people who receive them.


Business meeting hilights

We are still looking for someone to purchase our chairs.  All the tables have been sold



November 19th 2018


5 guild members deonstrated ideas for making small Christmas Decorations from leftover fabric.


Christmas bells……  NOTE: scroll way down past the quilt patterns

Folded star …..

Folded pinecone folded pinecone

Yoyo’s .....Connecting (it is one of their Freebies or go directly to Pinterest and key in YOYO ornaments

Santa ornament.....  Pinterest -search "fabric log cabin Santa Ornaments"...the video is in Italian, but the pictures are very clear on how to make this ornament


Business meeting hilights

3 patterns have been chosen as suggetions for the We Care Quilts

Quilt Show chair Evelyn reported several of the positions for the show have been filled, but she is still needs more members to volunteer for the key positions.  Evelyn is looking for suggestions for names for the show.

Deb announced we will have a UFO challenge for the up coming year.  Quilts commenced before December 2014 can be entered, need to be completed before the May meeting.

The full minutes of the meeting are avaibale to members in the Member only section of the website.




October 15 th 2018


Carolyn Jennings the local representative for Quilts of Valour gave a presentation about this program that provides quilts to injured members of the Canadian Armed forces. Injuries are not always visible, includes PTSD.  Quilts donated do not need to be in "patriotic colours" all blocks and colours may be used. If you would like more information,  have a quilt or quilt blocks you would like to donate or if you are aware of a veteran that may warrant receiving a quilt you can get in touch with Carolyn at

Blocks for our members to make were given out with the thought that in the New Year the guild would make a quilt for Quilts of Valour


 Business meeting hi lights.

 We now the Cheam Lions Club Hall on the 4th Monday of each month 1200 to 6pm, can be used at that time for sewing time and to hold exec meetings.

Discussion re considering moving our monthly meeting to the 4th Monday of each month

Discussion was held regarding the disposition of the chairs and tables that we own and currently dont need. Lynn is to discuss this with City Hall to see if they wiould be interested in purchasing them.




Sept 17th 2018


This was our first meeting in our new home the Mount Cheam Lions Club.  

The doors opened at 1130, and for the first hour we had a meet and greet, ate our lunches and enjoyed cookies provided by the Program Committee.

Members had obviously been busy over the summer as over 30 quilts were turned in for We Care.

The program included a Show and Tell by the Executive Committee who

showed their first quilts and more recent ones and spoke about their quilting journey. 

A game was held to encourage members to meet and talk to members they may not know.

Their was a mug rug exchange.



June 17th 2018


This was our final meeting for the year. Lynn G advised us during the business meeting that we would be moving to a new venue in September which has much easier access.

A fun game was held for members to have a chance to find out more about each other.

Potluck lunch was shared and prizes donated by members were given away.



May 15th 2018


Gail Hunt Quilter and Artist from the Sunshine Coast gave a presentation about her work.  Gail has published a book featuring a a Quilter from every province............. A particular focus of her presentation was regarding Confetti Quilts. 12 memebers were fortunate to participate in a workshop the following day.

The Annual General meeting was held during the business potion of the day with election of the officers of the guild for the upcomoing 2 years and also presentation of the Bylaws which were voted on an passed.