Program & Speakers

Welcome to all new RVQG members and returning members!

Please mark your calendar for our 2022-2023 meeting dates, to make sure you don’t miss our lineup of guest speakers. 

To become a member of the guild, please complete the registration form online. You can pay by e-transfer or by mailing a cheque. See 'Membership' for more information.

All program events occur during the monthly RVQG General Meetings. 


Please note that our January and February meetings will be held online, using ZOOM. They will begin at 6:30 to get everyone online. The actual meeting will start at 7pm. 

Our meetings for March, April, and May will be held in-person at Peace Lutheran Church, 928 Liverpool Rd., Pickering L1W 1S6. 


April 24, 2023

This meeting will be held in-person at Peace Lutheran Church, Pickering.

Cristina De Miranda, the designer behind Ships & Violins, is based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been published in Canadian and international publications since the brand's inception in 2018. Most recently, you may have seen her mystery quilt, Paeon, on the cover of the Canadian Quilters magazine this summer. She has a unique style consisting of bold colours, graphic elements, and dynamic layouts. Visit to learn more about Cristina, browse her patterns, and enjoy her free tutorials. 

 Thru-Quilting: My Journey Thru Modern Quilting

This trunk show will showcase quilts designed by Cristina De Miranda of Ships & Violins. The journey begins with a look at her improvised patchwork pillow covers inspired by a thru-hike of the East Coast Trail, and continues through her designs as a burgeoning modern quilt pattern designer. The show will include details about her inspiration, her approach to design, and how pursuing a creative business is not so different from a long walk in the woods.   



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 & Terry : please see membership list for phone #                            

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.

Recap of Speakers from September 2022- May 2023

On Sept. 26, 2022   Rose Parr talked about the ergonomics of healthy quilting. You can connect with Rose at:

On October 24, 2022 Naomi Babineau talked about how Quilts of Valour came to be. Then Captain Philip Trimble was presented with a beautiful Quilt of Valour. It was a very memorable presentation, being piped in and out of the church sanctuary by bagpiper, Scott Williamson. Thank you Captain Philip Trimble for your continued service to keep our country free and peaceful. Many members of our guild made a block for this quilt, and Tella V. quilted the quilt top. What a great guild project! 

To see pictures of this event, click :

On October 24, 2022 Sharon Galna gave a trunk show of her quilting journey. She inspired us with a great variety of quilting styles. You can connect with Sharon at:  

On Nov. 28, 2022, we had a fun social meeting to show our Christmas-themed projects and sewing gadgets. Much laughter was had, as we played some games, and got our exercise (stand up/ sit down game!).

 On January 23, 2023,  Joanna Dermenjian talked about, "Researching Cananda's Forgotten Wartime Quilts". Her research was amazing, and she was very knowledgeable about women's involvement in quilt making during the war from various countries. I really liked how she related womens' response to helping during the war to our response to making face masks during the covid 19 pandemic.

          Joanna Dermenjian, MA

On February 27, 2023, Mary Simpson and Denise Corneil talked about  "The History of Barn Quilt Trails in Ontario". It was very interesting to find out how barn quilt trails get created. 

For more information, see: 

On March 27, 2023, Johanna Masko gave us great ideas for choosing colours for our quilt projects. She brought a very real approach to the table. She encouraged us to use a variety of fabrics, including fabrics from garments. Thank you Johanna for boosting our confidence in making fabric and colour decisions!

For more information see her website: