Program & Speakers

Welcome to all new RVQG members and returning members!

Please mark your calendar for our 2022 meeting dates, to make sure you don’t miss our lineup of guest speakers.

To register for the guild, you can complete a registration form online. Then you can pay using an e-transfer or by mailing a cheque. See 'Membership' for more information.

All program events occur during the monthly RVQG General Meetings. For the Fall, our meetings will be held ONLINE, using ZOOM, due to COVID restrictions. They will begin at 6:30 to get everyone online. The actual meeting will start at 7pm. 



General Meetings continue to be held virtually on Zoom. While there are several benefits to using this platform, there can be some obstacles…from connectivity issues to managing the variety and capacity of devices members use. Therefore, to ensure that our meeting runs smoothly, please adhere to the timeline for presenters,  so that we all enjoy a quality meeting experience.

1. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Members are encouraged to sign in early to socialize and to make sure computer/tablet/phone devices are connecting well before the meeting starts. 

2. Technical Support: 6:30 – 6:50 pm. If you have a Zoom question or concern, call the Tech Team. First, put you audio on mute, then call Tella or Terry to assist you privately before the meeting starts.

        Technical Support Team: 

                Tella: 416-951-9585   Terry: 905-509-1149 

3. Formal Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. 


a) Mute your audio to drown out background noises (TV, dog       barking, etc.) 

b) Mute audio and turn off your video during guest speaker presentations (you’ll still be able to see the presenter…and their slides, etc.). 

c) If your internet is unstable or you lose your connection, try using the meeting invitation link to get back in. A meeting co-host will admit you at any time during the meeting.


Jan.24, 2022  Kim Jamieson-Hirst "How to Wrangle Your Scraps"

Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts in Calgary, Alberta is a teacher and creator of several quilting courses, such as First Steps into Free Motion Quilting, Stitch Composer Basics, and others. Kim shares her quilting knowledge through her YouTube channel, Chatterbox Quilts’ Facebook group, and her private online membership, The Quilter’s Way, where the focus is on free motion quilting.

Kim’s patterns and articles have been featured in various quilting magazines and she has been a guest on several quilting podcasts. Her YouTube videos have been viewed by thousands of quilters who appreciate her upbeat personality and easy to understand tutorials.

Kim believes that quilting is more than stitching an accurate ¼” seam, that chocolate is an essential quilting tool, and that “practice makes improvement”.

You can connect with Kim at:

Chatterbox Quilts:

The Quilter’s Way: http://thequiltersway.mpqs





February 28, 2022 Darcy Hunter "My Journey in Art Quilting"

Darcy Hunter is a quilt artist residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She creates original art landscape wall hangings with fabric and stitch, using her sewing machine as her paint brush. Her fibre art works are inspired by her love of the natural world and evoke the colour, movement, and sense of place of her surroundings. 

Darcy is currently working on two New Brunswick-based grants: The first is a Creation Grant through ArtsNB which is titled “Beautiful New Brunswick”, where she is capturing the natural beauty her home province in a series of large art quilts. In conjunction with this grant, she is also working with elementary students at Nashwaak Valley School through an Arts Smarts grant, to teach her passion and collaborate with the students to create a large textile piece for the school community.

You can learn more about Darcy from:

March 28, 2022 Irene Blanck, My Journey from "Ordinary" to Designer Quilter

Irene moved from Kenya to Australia via Mumbai in the 1970s. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been quilting for the last 30 years but only started designing patterns in 2007. She loves doing needleturn applique. Irene teaches classes in all aspects of needleturn applique and instilling in quilters the love for needleturn applique. She has taught in Australia, the US and Europe.

Irene Blanck is The Quilt Show's Designer for the  2022 BOM - Garden Party Down Under.

In 2015, Quiltmania published a book of her quilts, titled “Focus on Applique”.

During her trunk show, Irene will talk about how she prepares her quilts with quick methods.

You can connect with Irene at and see her quilts on Pinterest.


April 25, 2022 Susan Madu "Blended Quilts"

On April 25, 2022 Susan Madu, from Calgary, Alberta will present “Blended Modern”, a talk to appeal to both traditional and modern quilters.

Susan has written over 25 different patterns, from simple accessory type projects, lap and larger quilts to progressive skill building block of the month patterns. 

Her Mid Century Modern quilt design won first place in the Modern category in Quilt Canada 2021 and was accepted into the Quiltcon Together show.  Her most recent block of the month quilt was accepted into the 2021 national juried show for CQA and her previous block of the month quilt was included in the Summer CQA magazine in the article about quilts that remind you of home.  

Susan describes her teaching as technique based, following a continuous learning process.  Most recently with my current project, I have been experimenting with curved piecing and advanced piecing using freezer paper.

She shares her  insights with humour from the perspective of having learned the hard way what not to do — “ask me how I know”!  she says.   Susan will share projects which illustrate the Modern Traditionalism style of her work, giving us a few helpful tips and tricks.  

You can connect with Susan at:

Instagram:  @modernblendedquilts

Facebook:  Modern Blended Quilts

blog at


Recap of Speakers from September 2021- May 2022

On September 27, 2021 Paul Leger’s trunk show was very entertaining. It was inspiring to see all the quilts he’s made, and the many quilts he has designed. 

On October 25, 2021 Valerie Wilson presented her amazing journey, “Uncovering Art Quilts”. The guild has ordered her book, "Quilted Faces – An Introduction to Fabric Portraits", a book designed to help beginners overcome their fear of not getting a realistic image.

On November 22, 2021 Melissa Marginet presented her "Get Your Motor Running" talk. She showed us many of her quilt challenge projects, which included a lot of 8 1/2 x 11" sized  pieces. She encouraged us to be creative, try new things, with "fearless exploration"! Our guild library will soon contain her 2 books, "Walking Foot Quilting Designs" and "Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs".