Program & Speakers

All program events occur during the monthly RVQG General Meetings.  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.

We are so thrilled to report that 60 out of our current 79 members viewed the October meeting on ZOOM (up from 52 at the September general meeting). This is amazing to know that our members are connecting with each other this way.



Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

Speaker:  Laura Coia.

Laura will be doing a trunk show called, “Live, Laugh, Learn”.

Laura is a registered professional, with over 45 years of sewing experience including Seamstress – Quilting – Tailoring – Garment Repairs & construction, as well as teaching. She is also a published Pattern Designer and has written for various sewing & quilting magazines.

Laura published her first book in the Spring of 2020, Sew Very Easy Quilt Favorites: 12 Skill-Building Projects.

Laura is also a freelance educator, and the founder of “Sew Very Easy” which is an educational, entertaining, and award-winning YouTube Channel.  Laura teaches all aspects of sewing and quilting, while motivating everyone to spend quality time in the sewing room.

You can find out more about Laura on her facebook page:

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

Speaker: Sue Sherman, from Newmarket

By day, Sue is a textile artist working with hand dyed fabrics or dye painting, and machine quilting, to make quilts depicting wild animals. Sue loves to travel, especially to places with iconic vistas or interesting wildlife.  She is a concerned nature lover, often featuring endangered or threatened animals in her designs.

At dusk Sue becomes a slow stitcher, making Hawaiian quilts and other projects using hand applique and hand quilting. She lived most of 2012 through 2014 in Honolulu where she belonged to a Hawaiian quilting group that met each week on the Iolani Palace grounds, and there she learned about the techniques, designs and cultural significance of Hawaiian quilting. 

Sue’s pieces have been juried into the 2018, 2019 and 2020 National Juried Shows, where they were awarded “Excellence in Hand Quilting” at the National Juried Show in 2018 and 2019, as well as First Place for “Art – Portraits” in 2019. Her quilts have also been juried into various AQS shows

Sue is a Juried Artist Member (JAM) of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).  Two of her pieces have been juried into SAQA travelling art quilt exhibitions.

Fabrics based on several of Sue’s penguin quilts, including the award-winning Huddle!, have been combined into the Magdalena collection by Northcott fabrics, for sale starting November 2020.  She has also created two quilt patterns based on this fabric line.

Sue has also created three art quilt patterns/kits (Bashful Honu, Giraffe Duo, and Turtle Encounter), which feature raw edge appliqué and, for the kits, hand dyed fabrics.  Sue’s YouTube channel includes videos on how to make all these quilts.

For more about Sue’s work, and to see some of her quilts, visit  You can follow Sue on Instagram or Facebook at SueShermanQuilts.