Meeting Sept. 17 in Mount Vernon


WHEN:      Saturday, September 17, 2016
HOSTS:      No Guild Host
WHO:         Kathy McNeil
WHERE:   Hillcrest Church, Mt. Vernon, WA
TIME:        Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m.  Guests $7, members free


Kathy McNeil

Kathy McNeil


Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, teacher and judge.
Hand appliqueing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings. These wall hangings are inherently and symbolically full of love and comfort. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work. Her quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections.





From 1-5 take the Kincaid exist in Mt. Vernon. (Exit 226) At the base of the exit turn left onto Kincaid which will take you under the freeway and up the hill. Turn right at South 13th. The church is across the street from Hillcrest Park. Come in the side door into the fellowship hall


May meeting in Canada


When:                       Saturday, May 14, 2016

Who:                          Krista Hennebury, self-described bag-lady and quilter extraordinaire

Where:                     St. Mary’s Anglican Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC

Time:                          Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.  Program starts at 10:00 a.m.


Geologist by training, wife, mom and quilter by choice! Vancouver Modern Quilt member and Lion’s Gate Quilters Guild member for 13 years. Krista started quilting back in 2001. She hosts a blog called

“I love fabric, pattern and colour. I enjoy sewing straight lines and creating beautiful, functional things. It has been pointed out to me that I might have to change my job description from “Quilter” to “Bag Lady” because the only projects I seem to finish these days are bags of all kinds: totes, purses, pouches, luggage. You name it – I have a bag for it.”

Krista is the author of “Make It. Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends.”

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St. Mary’s Anglican Kerrisdale, 2490 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver, B. C

Take 1-5 North into Canada to Vancouver via the Peace Arch crossing.   I-5 North becomes Provincial Route 99N. Continue north (you will go through a tunnel, then cross the Oak Street Bridge), Continue North on Oak Street to 41st Avenue, turn left on 41st.  Continue to Larch (about 5 miles), turn right (north) and go four blocks to 37th.  The Church is on the right, the southeast corner of the intersection.  Enter from the north side of the building, about half-a-block east on 37th.  There will be arrows directing to the Church Hall.  Only street parking available.


 Exchange Block (see instructions attached)

Show and Share Items


Cash for Auffle  (free ticket with your nametag)

Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership.  $7 (US dollars, please) for non-members/guests.

Bag lunch.



March meeting


WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2016
WHO: Kathleen Kok, Curator, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
WHERE: Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover Street, Lynden
TIME: Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m.
PROGRAM: Fiber as an Art Medium

“Fiber art”: works of art that communicate some sort of message, emotion, or meaning and go beyond just the literal meaning of the materials used.

The term Fiber Art was coined after WWII by art historians and curators of museums. A number of sources list “fiber” as any natural or synthetic material that is longer than it is wide. This fiber can then be used in many different ways to create other products; one everyday item being fabric, with which we are all familiar. To create Fiber Art, one only needs to incorporate fibers as part of the creation. There are many different techniques included under the words, Fiber Art, including: basketry, beading & related embellishments, braiding, crochet, embroidery, felt-making, knitting, knotting, lace-making, needlework, patchwork, piecing & applique, quilting, rug-making, sewing & clothing design, spinning, tying, tufting, and weaving, to name a few.

Kathleen will be bringing examples of fiber art from the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum’s collections and also showing a few pieces from our current exhibits.

DIRECTIONS—Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover:
From the north: Take I-5 to exit #270 (Birch Bay-Lynden Rd). Go east on Birch Bay-Lynden Road to Meridian Street (WA 539). Go left on Meridian to Front St. Turn right on Front (between two cemeteries) and travel on Front to 4th. Turn left on 4th. The Community/Senior Center is at the corner of 4th and Grover.

From the south: Take I-5 to the Bellis Fair/Meridian Exit #256A Take Meridian (WA 539) north to Front St. Turn right on Front (between two cemeteries) and travel on Front to 4th. Turn left on 4th. The Community/Senior Center is at the corner of 4th and Grover.

BRING TO THE MEETING (no host meeting, please bring auffle items & snacks):

Exchange Block (see instructions attached)
Auffle items
Snacks to share
Show and Share Items
Name Tag, Cash for Auffle
Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership. $7 for non-members and for guests.
Bag lunch.

January 9th meeting in Anacortes


HOSTED BY: Fidalgo Island Quilters
WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2016
WHO: Sylvia Pippen
WHERE: Anacortes Christian Church, Anacortes, WA
TIME: Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m.

My quilts are an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional Japanese sashiko, appliqué, hand-dyed and printed fabric, and embroidery embellishment. My quilting career began in Hawai’i, inspired by the polyglot cultures and flamboyant flora of the islands. I am influenced by embroidered and appliquéd Tahitian Tifaifai, Japanese design, and the exquisite symmetry of Hawaiian quilts. I was introduced to Japanese design, sashiko, and the fine art of quilt making by my mother Kitty Pippen, who has been my inspiration and mentor all my life.

My latest exciting discovery is cyanotype sun printing, a technique that produces imagery in shades of blue and white, perfect when combined with sashiko. It is a simple process and very popular with all of my workshop students.

From I-5 take the Hwy 20 exit to Anacortes. At the round-about in Anacortes, turn right onto Commercial Ave. which is the main road through town. Turn left on 12th. Turn left on “M”. The church is on the corner of “M” and 12th.

Show and Share Items
Name Tag
Cash for Auffle (you are welcome to bring items for the auffle)
Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership. $7 for non-members and for guests. Bag lunch. Beverages and dessert only will be provided by the hosting group.

Next meeting will be November 14


Hosted By:             EverGreen Quilters
When:                     Saturday, November 14, 2015
Who:                       JB Sharf
Where:                    Washington Educational Credit Union, Ferndale
Time:                       Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m.
Program:                 Celebrate Silk!

In 1999 JB bought a Bernina sewing machine and loved it. This led to learning to quilt, taking many classes from fabulous instructors and beginning to teach others what she had learned. JB began learning about silk and how to use this glorious fabric in quilting and so began her passion of celebrating silk in quilts.

She joined the Silk Study Tour to Japan in May of 2011 to learn all about reeling, weaving, and the history of silk. Long an admirer of things Japanese she loves to create elegant applique patterns in the Asian style.

DIRECTIONS to WECU at 5659 Barrett Rd, Ferndale, WA:

Driving South: Exit 262 (Main St) Turn left on Main and cross I-5 to light. Turn right onto Pacific Hwy. Turn right into WECU parking lot.

Driving North: Exit 262 (Main St) Exit lane makes a 180 degree turn to Main. Go straight through the light across Main onto Pacific Hwy. Turn right into WECU parking lot.

Dues are $30/year (See dues payment form in this newsletter) We will NOT be collected dues at the Retreat so mail them in or pay at a meeting. Dues must be paid up by the 1st of February to continue to receive the newletter AND to be allowed to sign up for the Retreat in 2016. Due to heavy demand for retreat seats we will give preference to current active members (remember we take attendance at the meetings).

Exchange Block (see instructions attached)
Show and Share Items
Name Tag, Cash for auffle & Flea Market
Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership. $7 for non-members and for guests.
Bag lunch. Beverages and dessert only will be provided by the hosting group.

September Meeting


Host:        Members-at-large

When:      Saturday, September 12, 2015

Program:  Susan Mayer “Tips for a Perfect Quilt”

Where:     Hillcrest Church, 1830 S. 13th St., Mt Vernon, WA

Time:       Registration starts at 9:30 am.  Program starts at 10 am.

Fee:         $7 for non-members and guests, admission part of paid NQC

Bring:       Sack lunch, show and share items, exchange block and money
for Auffle

Susan is a quilt maker, quilt instructor, and pattern designer who will share with us her techniques and ideas from color to design for creating a perfect quilt.   She has taught quilting for 17 years and is a prolific pattern designer.  She is noted for her method of creating quilts on point.  Her patterns have been printed in such magazines as Quilter’s World, Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, and American Quilters.  Her most recent magazine pattern, Raspberry Sorbet, is featured on the cover of the summer 2015 issue of Quilter’s World.  She will be bringing “LOTS” of quilts to inspire us.

Retreat information


If you are signed up for the retreat you probably are wondering about when, where and what. Here is what you need to know. If you have any questions e-mail Elsie Sand or Joy Neal.

[Newsflash: Retreat 2015 is already fully subscribed; it sold out the day registration opened. Please be sure to send the balance of your payment in US funds by August 1, 2015 to: Carolyn Weatherly, 980 West Beach Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239. Your registration form will show you the balance owing.]

Retreat Info: The Northwest Quilt Connection holds its retreat every October in beautiful Bellingham, Washington at The Firs retreat center. Quilters enjoy accommodation, three meals a day, snacks and lots of time for sewing, chatting and shopping at local quilt shops. Check-in is at 10:30 a.m. on the first day of retreat, with check-out by 3:00 pm on the last day.
Here’s a link to the website for The Firs so you can see the cosy accommodations. No need to bring bedding or towels … they’re provided.
Silent Auction at Retreat: The retreat features a silent auction where quilters can pick up new treasures or say good-bye to old ones. All the money goes to the seller (no commission), so bring your gently used sewing-related items, large and small and have some fun with this. The silent auction table gives you a chance to get up and stretch while checking out the latest bids.

Massage: A masseuse will be available by appointment to pamper you with a massage.

Demos at Retreat: There are always some short sewing related demos of new patterns and ideas. If you have a “pearl of wisdom” to share and did not put it on your registration form, please send a note to Elsie Sands at and bring needed demo materials with you to the retreat.
Finish some UFO’s; start a new project, rest and recharge your batteries; walk around the property; walk to the shore; admire the fall foliage; shop at local quilt stores; learn more about your sister quilters (sometimes MORE than you wanted to know!); eat some fabulous food, GROAN!
What to Bring:
Sewing machine with power cord and foot pedal, extension table and machine supplies
Surge protector, extension cord and chargers for your cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.
Design wall, if desired. A piece of flannel, cotton blend batting or flannel-backed tablecloth works well.
Sewing projects with all the fabric, notions, thread, etc. you need to sew them. There are fabric stores nearby in case you forget something.
Portable light; camera
Rotary cutter and rulers (We will have stations set up for cutting or bring items for your personal use at your table.)
Full size ironing boards are set up for communal use but you might want a small craft-sized iron and pressing surface.
Adjustable chair or seat cushion for comfort and posture
Snacks to share at communal snack table, if desired. Let’s consider some healthy alternatives.
Coffee, tea, cocoa and ice water are available. There is a soda machine where soda can be purchased. If you need other beverages you need to pack them. It’s nice to have an insulated travel mug for hot beverages at your sewing station.
There is a mini-fridge in the sewing area.
Extra pillow, if desired. Linens and towels are supplied but you might want to sleep under your own quilt.
Toiletries and medications. A list of your current medications that your room mate could find is helpful. Each cabin has a bathroom.
Clothes: Pack layers for rain or shine. Pajamas and/or sweats.
Sturdy walking shoes. It’s a short walk to cabins and dining room.
Materials for any sewing demos.
Silent Auction items. All profits go to you. Bring small US bills for purchases.
Massage available. Bring $$