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2021-2022 Invited Speakers

Cathie Ugrin
September 14, 2021

Cathie is a Manitoba-based fabric artist whose work is characterized by a rich and inventive use of colour and unique approach to geometrical design. She writes, “Living with mental illness is a journey and a process. An emotional and physical roller-coaster that includes and involves loved ones, family and friends.” 

Cathie presents her own experiences living with a family member suffering from mental illness as a case study and talks about how the creation of her solo fibre art exhibit Feeling from Without and Within uses art as a release and a means to understanding.

Through beautiful visuals, poetry, and descriptions of the pieces created for the exhibit, Cathie’s 45-minute presentation will move and inspire you.

Barbara Brackman
October 12, 2021

Out of Control: Quilts That Break the Rules

Traditional quiltmakers express creativity within definite and established forms. By looking, quiltmakers learn – for example – that quilts have squared corners and that they fit on beds. It isn’t until we see such rules ignored that we realize how important the unspoken concepts are. This slide show looks at some crazy good quilts that defy those conventions and do it successfully. You’ll be laughing at how outrageously some quilts break the rules, but you’ll also get a license to follow your own muse.

Barbara Brackman is a quilt historian and author from Lawrence, Kansas.  She’s written many books over the past forty years, indexing patterns, ex ploring women’s history through their quiltmaking and giving guidelines  

for dating fabrics and quilts. She writes several blogs about quilt history,  including Material Culture and Civil War Quilts.  

Barbara was on the board of the Kansas Quilt Project; is a founding mem ber of the American Quilt Study Group and honorary curator of quilts at  the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.  

Her most recent books are Divided Hearts: A Civil War Friendship Quilt  and the third edition of her classic Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  She also designs reproduction prints for quilters for Moda.  

Barbara has retired from traveling to lecture, but is developing skills in  online programming so she can give virtual programs for guilds and museums.



David Owen Hastings
November 9, 2021

The modern quilting movement is evolving and changing, but one thing remains consistent: simple, spare design combined with thoughtful quilting make an outstanding combination.

David is a modern quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. He creates richly layered contemporary artwork and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. For over 20 years, David has exhibited his stitched paper artwork in galleries and juried shows and worked exclusively with nonprofit organizations on their branding and communications. 

David’s creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule of workshops and lectures on quilting, branding for artists, fine art and textile techniques. Sharing knowledge, encouraging creativity, and teaching new skills are personal passions. He also loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences and inspiration through travel photos and stories. 


INSTAGRAM: @davidowenhastings

Annie Smith
December 14, 2021

Annie takes the audience through a journey of color trends and fabric, discussing the key to your fabric choices. No matter what your skill level, learn how to elevate the personality of your quilts through choosing fabric with a new eye on color. We thoroughly discuss the keys to fabric selection and ways to make color design rules work for you.

Annie Smith is a quilt imagineer, author, national and international quilt instructor and a podcaster. She’s a BERNINA Artisan Ambassador, an Aurifilosopher, a LauraStar Ambassador, is an iQuilt instructor and an Annie’s Craft Store instructor — in addition to producing her own online classes. Her areas of expertise are color and fabric choices and machine applique of which she’s written two books for C&T Publishing. You could say that Annie’s life is filled with quilts, and she knows a thing or two about quilting.

Annie’s website:

Kathy Ross
January 11, 2022

Kathy is an Irish textile artist who studied Fine Art and Art History. She paints with wool and draws with thread.

Join Kathy for a trunk show of her work and insight into her process. 

Kathy’s website:

A Royal Virtual Route
February 8, 2022

We are excited to share a virtual tour of four Guild members’ studios: Maggie Vanderweit, Judy Eckhardt, Cheryl Cowan and Monica Bell.  Experience firsthand how they have set up their creative spaces.

Member Show and Share will ask all members to share one of the best ideas they use in their studio: storage, layout, or other!

Leslee White-Eye
March 8, 2022

Thirteen quilters representing Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Lenape Nations of the southwest region of Ontario quilted beautiful images reflecting traditional knowledge and historical events from the perspective of Anishinaabe Kwewag. Thirty-one quilt blocks were designed and sewn using traditional quilt block design techniques and appliqué to tell the stories of First Nation women and their children as they might have experienced life during the beginning of the 19th century.

Join Leslee White-Eye and her friend as they show their work and tell the women’s stories.

Millie Cumming
April 12, 2022

Millie has been quilting for about thirty years and has exhibited in a number of juried shows. She particularly loves cottage quilts, memory quilts, and vintage linen quilts. She has a huge resource library, fabric stash, and thrift store finds; she likes to encourage quilters to personalize their quilts and add “spice” to make their quilts their own.

Gunnel Hag
May 10, 2022

Painted and Dyed Fabrics: A Journey of Beauty

This is an introduction to the magic of colour and pattern in printed and dyed fabrics from around the world as well as hand-printed and painted fabrics that you can create yourself and incorporate into your quilts. As Gunnel takes you on a visual textile trip, you will experience not only the beauty of printed fabrics, but also the techniques used in producing these exquisite textiles. Gunnel also brings actual fabric for you to get close up and personal with. Sit back, get inspired and enjoy!

Jo-Ann Core
June 14, 2022

Jo-Ann LOVES to make quilts. Her trunk show includes a variety of quilts, with many that are hand appliqued and hand quilted. Join Jo-Ann for an inspiring and informative trunk show

When we are able to meet in-person, these are the details:

Guild Meetings are held at Three Willows Church and take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to June.

Library, Membership, Community Outreach and Workshop tables plus Show and Share Sign up List (located on the piano top) are open by 6:30.

The Guild Meeting starts at 7:00pm.
There is a break around 8:30pm
Show & Share at 8:45pm.

Three Willows United Church
(formerly Westwood United Church)
577 Willow Rd., Guelph, ON
N1H 7H3