January to December 2021

January 18: Yoga Moves to Unstitch the Weary Quilter

Charlotte Crowley, Yoga Instructor and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, presented a free, relaxing, 45-minute chair yoga session (with some optional standing poses).

January 27: Breaking the Rules for Accurate Piecing

This 1-hour Zoom presentation will demonstrate Acorn products and the Easy Precision Piecing System developed by Shelley and Bernie Tobisch. Shelley has been teaching quilting for over 30 years (the photos feature two of her quilts). Her teaching goal is to take the fear out of the word precision and make piecing easy and fun. This presentation is at 1:00 pm and will accommodate 100 participants, on a first-come-first-serve basis. The link will be sent out by e-cast a few days before the presentation.

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Precision is a measurement that can be repeated over and over with a great degree of success. Whether you’re a stickler for precision or just trying to gain a little more accuracy you’ll find success with her painless, pin-less, piecing methods.

We’ll find out how Shelley prepares her fabrics for piecing and quilting and how she presses using Easy Press Fabric Treatment. She will demonstrate easy rotary cutting techniques followed by how to piece without pins using Seam Align Glue. After that we will head to the pressing station to see how Shelley presses seams to get them straight and flat using Easy Press Fabric Treatment and the Easy Press Pen. By following each step you can easily achieve results that you’re happy with, and the process can be repeated over and over with great success.


February 9: Learn to Love Appliqué with Apliquick

Rosa RojasJoin Rosa Rojas, a Spanish designer and artist, creator of APLIQUICK ™ tools, for a free 45-minute Zoom presentation, in which she shows how she uses these tools to create stunning appliqué. She will show us how it is all about ‘letting the tools’ do the work. This presentation will take place on February 9th at 10:00 a.m. The link will be sent to you via email a few days before the presentation.

February 22: Get Your Motor Running

Melissa MarginetMelissa Marginet is a quilt artist, teacher and author, from Manitoba.  Her two books, Walking Foot Quilting Designs and Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs reflect her fondness for teaching quilting.  However, in this presentation, we will learn how to spark creativity in ourselves or in our guild, with challenges that will have everyone thinking outside the box.  This trunk show has more ideas than we will know what to do with to get everyone not only learning new techniques but building their quilting and creative confidence.

This 1.5 hour virtual presentation (45min + Q&A) will  take place on February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.  There is no need to pre-register for this program, which is presented in conjunction with the Nanaimo Guild.  The link will be sent out a couple of days prior to the presentation.


Marlene Waters and Darlene LaCharite
Program Committee