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. 


 January 23, 2023

This meeting will be held on ZOOM (it will not be held at the church). You will be send an email a day before the meeting, giving you a link to the online zoom meeting. Please follow the guideline for ZOOM meetings, outlined below.

On Jan. 23, 2023 Joanna Dermenjian will be presenting her talk, "Researching Cananda's Forgotten Wartime Quilts".

As an independent researcher, Joanna is investigating women’s domestic and charitable making in cloth and fibers. She is interested in how women have used stitching, both historically and in the present day, to nurture and restore themselves and to create community with other women for individual and collective well-being.  Joanna is also exploring how women’s everyday domestic textiles and tools reveal stories about their lives, particularly in the 20th century. Her research has led her to rediscover a poorly documented quilt-making operation by Canadian women during the Second World War — hundreds of thousands of quilts made by women and children and donated to the British Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) and the Canadian Red Cross to be distributed to soldiers, civilians and hospitals in Britain and Europe.          Joanna Dermenjian, MA


February 27, 2023

This meeting will be held on ZOOM (it will not be held at the church). You will be send an email a day before the meeting, giving you a link to the online zoom meeting. Please follow the guideline for ZOOM meetings, outlined below.

On Feb. 27, 2023 Mary Simpson will be presenting her talk, "The History of Barn Quilt Trails in Ontario". Mary Simpson and Denise Corneil volunteer at the Ontario Barn Quilt Trails organization. They do online presentations to tell others about the history of the barn quilt movement and how to organize a barn quilt project in your community. They maintain maps of barn quilt trails. They can refer you to “how to” sites if you are interested in making a barn quilt. For more information, see: 

March 27, 2023

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

Johanna Masko is an award-winning Toronto-based textile artist and designer. Born and raised just south of Detroit, she holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Her mother, an avid textile crafter with a variety of interests, let her start with a needle, thread, and some scraps around the age of four. She has been sewing ever since.

Efficient construction techniques that speed the creative process while also preserving a high level of craftsmanship are a focus in Johanna’s work.

Johanna draws inspiration for her textiles from a variety of unconventional sources. Often called a skilled colourist, she strives to build confidence in both colour and technique in her many patchwork, quilting and cross stitch students.

Her talk is titled, “Let’s Talk About Colour and Print”.

For more information see her website:

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!).