Program & Speakers

All program events occur during the monthly RVQG General Meetings.  For the Fall (Sept.-Nov.) 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.



Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

 Speaker: Michael Smith

Michael will present his quilts and share his journey, from garment sewing while studying Fashion Design in college, to now having a successful longarm quilting business, and being a certified tech and dealer for APQS. He is the National Consumer Education Manager of Janome Canada, where he teaches classes from the Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville. 

Michael discovered quilting by accident - or by fate - by flipping around the TV channels and stumbling upon Eleanor Burns on Quilt In a Day on PBS. He was instantly hooked and has made dozens of her patterns, which are great for beginners, great for quick and easy projects, great to use pre-cuts, etc. In 2017 Michael flew to San Marcos, California to meet his idol, Eleanor Burns, and was personally trained by her to become a Certified Quilt In A Day instructor. 

You can find more about Michael on his website:


Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

 Speaker:  Jackie White.

Jackie will be doing a trunk show of quilts... some from published books and magazines, many modern ones, and some fun ones.

She lives on Manitoulin Island and is a social media manager for several organizations. Jackie designs patterns and has recently hosted 3 online QAL.  She has been at CQA and did a 52 blocks in 52 weeks blog (

You can find more about Jackie on her website:


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: