Program & Speakers

We have our PROGRAM SPEAKERS lined up for January thru April, 2021, so mark your calendar to be there with us!

Jan. 25, 2021

By day, Sue Sherman 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.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLU6wYnluvmMN7DFHlJ-Vw

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

Feb. 22, 2021

Elaine Theriault is a teacher, writer and pattern designer . She will be presenting a lecture called, “Scrap Quilt”. Elaine will give us a new and exciting look into the old art of scrap quilts. In addition to a trunk show with different styles of scrap quilts, she will talk about ideas for storing fabric, in particular, scraps. In her lecture, she will also give us some tips on how to declutter and get our sewing room in order.

Check out Elaine’s blog – crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.com

March 22, 2021

Céleste Compion was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2001, she moved to Canada and is living in Elora.

Driven by her passion for the beautiful creativity of South Africa, Céleste imports and distributes Shweshwe (pronounced shwayshway) to North America. Shweshwe, often called the tartan of South Africa, is a heritage fabric with a fascinating story. Her presentation, “The Bolt and the Beautiful: The Shweshwe Saga” is all about that story.

Check out her website:      www.meerkatshweshwe.com

Apr. 26, 2021

Jeannie Jenkins is a designer, longarm quilter and teacher, living in North York. She is the author of the book, “Contemporary Paper-Pieced Quilts”.

You can follow Jeannie’s blog:  Jeannie Jenkins (wordpress.com)