Common Thread Quilt Guild

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We meet at Le Mouvement D’Implication Francophone D’Orléans (MIFO) at 6600 rue Carriere in Orleans at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) on the second Tuesday of the month from September to June.

Visitors are welcome to all our meetings – cost $10/meeting. Members should bring their membership card to every meeting.


Date Event Description
September 14 – Virtual Guild Meeting Programme:  Pat Speth

How Nickel Quilts Are Created –This trunk show is sure to get quilters fired up about using 5″ squares of fabric and many of the ideas can also be adapted for using other precuts; such as 2 1/2″ strips and layer cakes. I’ll show a great assortment of quilts from my collection and we focus on the blocks in the quilts and the simple components they are made from. Quilts for all skill levels will be shown. One of my favorite things to do is to design a quilt using simple piecing and have the result look like a much more intricate quilt! This is the lecture I recommend for my first virtual presentation with a guild, but of course you can choose whichever one you like.

Shop of the Month:  Fabrications

October 12 – Virtual Guild Meeting Programme: Jen Kingwell

Shop of the Month:  Quilty Pleasures, Orleans

November 9 – Virtual Guild Meeting Programme:  Jacquie Gering

Shop of the Month:  Maker Savvy Textile Arts, Kanata

December 14 – Virtual Guild Meeting Programme:  Carolina Oneta from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Shop of the Month:  Paisley Quilt Shop

January 11 – Virtual Guild Meeting Programme:

Elizabeth DeCroos  will be sharing the history of Pogaji, Bogaji and Korean Patchwork.

Elizabeth started sewing as a child, and has always been interested in a variety of needlecrafts. In 2009, she took her young family to South Korea, where she had the opportunity to learn pojagi – a traditional Korean art form that goes back thousands of years. Pojagi patchwork is characterized by delicate fabrics and visible stitches.

Upon returning to Canada, Elizabeth developed techniques for similar patchwork using a sewing machine and materials more readily available in the west. Her batik window hangings look like stained glass in the sun.

She works with this technique in her home base – Epida Studio. Her pattern line is called Epida Designs and she publishes pojagi patterns as well as traditional quilting and embroidery patterns. She teaches live workshops both in person and virtually and has on-demand courses.

You can see tutorials and inspiration at

Shop of the Month: 3 Dogs Quilting

February 8 Guild Meeting Programme:

Sew Smart with Rose Parr of the Healthy Quilter.

Shop of the Month:  Watergirl Quilt Co.

March 8 Guild Meeting Programme:  Audrey Esarey — Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting!

This lecture focuses on my path to becoming a modern quilter and how I’ve applied many traditional techniques in my modern quilts. I’ll discuss the progression of my work and show my Radial Quilts, Watercolor Quilts, and a few others too! I’ll share information on design inspiration, favorite artists, and discuss some quilting highs and lows along my journey. I look forward to sharing my quilts and stories with you!

Shop of the Month:  Happy Wife Quilting

April 12 Guild Meeting Programme:  IN PERSON SOCIAL EVENT.

Volunteer signup for the Quilt Show.

Annual Used Book Sale.  Books, magazine, rulers and patterns.  Cash only.

Shop of the Month:  Mad About Patchwork

Fat Quarter Club:  Spring flowers

May 10 Guild Meeting Programme:  Melanie MacDonald of BeColorful

Melanie lives in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario and is available to teach in Central and Eastern Canada. Follow her on Instagram at melaniemmacdonald or on her blog at

Shop of the Month:  Quilters Barn & Gifts

Fat Quarter Club: Gardening

June 14 Guild Meeting Programme:  Bridget O’Flaherty

Artist Statement

I am inspired by nature. I am passionate about our environment and I feel an intimate connection to the landscape and wildlife of Canada.  I have worked in textile arts for over 25 years and am drawn to fibre for the tactile nature and connection to the land it has. I use my sewing machine to build up layers of multi-coloured thread ‘drawing’ with needle and thread to convey the image.  I begin with local wool from a neighbouring sheep farm, process it and create felted fabric to use in the detailed wildlife and landscape embroideries I create. I use combinations of local, recycled content, organic thread and materials, botanical dyes and sustainably managed, local wood in every original work.  Depicting our Canadian landscape, the precious eco-systems and wildlife with eco-fibre art, I hope the viewer will take away an appreciation and connection to the beautiful, fragile aspects in nature


Bridget’s work and supplies are thoughtfully selected to contribute to greenhouse gas reduction and a low Carbon footprint.

She focuses on rPet threads, locally sourced materials, natural dyes from fair trade partners, certified and labelled supplies, up-cycled materials and recycled content packaging.

Shop of the Month: Les Ateliers Quilt & Coton

Fat Quarter Club:  Summer Fun

What will Sept 2021 look like? Well from a planning side, we are being conservative, and anticipating more virtual lectures. We will be joined by Pat Speth in September and more to come in the next newsletter.

Common Thread Quilt Guild