November 9th Guild Meeting

November Program – Zoom

Batting: What’s Inside Matters

Presented by Stephanie Hackney
Director of Sales & Marketing, Craft & Retail
Hobbs Bonded Fibers

This lecture offers quilters and other creatives a chance to learn all about batting, and to possibly WIN FREE BATTING!

This lecture covers:

• the questions we ask quilters to assist them in narrowing down the many
batting choices to what’s ‘best’ for achieving the results they desire
• the various fiber types, and pros and (potential) cons of each type
• what we recommend for specific use cases (modern quilts, charity quilts,
art quilts, wall hangings, runners, throws, etc.)
• proper use and care of battings and quilts
• tips and tricks for best results
• and, a bit of fun!

The lecture is appx. 1-1.5 hours in length, depending on if questions are asked during the lecture or we hold all questions until the end, in which case I’m happy to offer time afterwards for a Q&A session.

Stephanie Hackney

She’s responsible for sales of Hobbs’ craft & retail products, and for all marketing activities centered around the Hobbs Batting brand, including educating quilters and other creatives on the products Hobbs manufactures.

Stephanie has shared her batting expertise through in-person lectures at most major quilt industry events, including Quilt Market, and she continues to share this knowledge virtually.

Stephanie has extensive experience in brand management, sales, marketing strategy and execution, and event production across a variety of industries and enjoys giving back through non-profit fundraising.

October 12th Speaker


Brett Lewis

Avid Quilter and Fabric Designer, Brett Lewis, aka Natural Born Quilter, discovered his love of the craft through learning to sew and quilt in the spring of 2016. Fast forward five years and over 60 quilts later, Brett has attended Spring and Fall International Quilt Markets, with his work and original patterns showcased in Birch Fabric’s, Hobbs Batting, and his very own Quilt Market booth.

He has been featured in the Designer Profile section of the acclaimed magazine Love Patchwork and Quilting and 2022 Quilter’s, various podcasts, developed his own Designer’s Palette thread collection with WonderFil Specialty Threads, and instructs his very own EQ8 designed quilt patterns, with classes focusing on foundation paper piecing, fussy cutting, and curves.

His quilting adventures have taken him to attend an Alaska quilting cruise, and becoming a certified Sew Kind of Wonderful Instructor. And to come full circle, Brett debuted his premiere fabric line Stag and Thistle with Northcott Fabrics in the fall of 2019. Brett describes his quilting style as Contemporary Traditional, using contemporary vibrant and bold fabrics with traditional patterns. Brett’s second fabric collection “Prairie Meadow” shipped to quilt shops in September 2021.

September Guild Meeting

We were able to have an in person meeting on September 14th; our guild followed all the provincial covid guidelines so we could have a safe and enjoyable meeting for our guild members.  Some of the exciting upcoming events are a return to in person sewing days, the annual retreat and a workshop.  The guild will be continuing in the future with a mix of in person and zoom meetings and sewing days.

Our guild members were busy over the summer months and brought their projects for show & tell.

June Meeting

Our June meeting was a zoom social.  Games were played with prizes given out; a trivia quiz and name that block.  There was also a prize for the best decorated hat.  The guild members went into smaller break-out rooms for a short time for some “get to know you” conversations and find out some interesting things that others have experienced in their lives.  A fabulous way to strengthen friendships and build new ones among our guild.  Our programs committee organized a terrific meeting and everyone had a good laugh at some of the topics and discussions that came up.  A great way to end our guild year.

The guild doesn’t have meetings during July and August but there will be some Saturday zoom sewing days; dates will be posted in the near future.  Our meetings will resume in September and membership renewal information has been sent out.  The programs committee have already been booking speakers for the 2021-22 year and the mystery quilt will continue through the summer with the final clue in August.  

Thank you to the many guild members who volunteered their time and energy over the 2020-21 year to keep our guild connected with each other and involved with the projects we do.  Covid changed how our guild operated but we adapted and were able to enjoy our vibrant community of quilters through facebook and zoom.  Many quilts, beads of courage bags, cardiac patient pillows and place mats were sewn to donate to our community.  We had sewing days, sew a-longs, social events, meetings and shared photos of completed projects; though we may not have seen each other in person we stayed connected through the internet.

March 2021 Guild Meeting

Sonya Oblak will be presenting via Zoom at our March 9th Guild meeting.  

Thrifted, Gifted or Free – Using Pre-owned Fabrics in Quilts

My ‘WHY’ of using thrifted fabrics in quilt making and other projects

What I look for when I go thrifting: a virtual shopping trip

Trunk Show: My Thrifted Linen Quilts

Sonya started quilting 23 years ago.  She now loves to design and create one of a kind quilts, often using thrifted fabrics, especially linen.  When she’s not in her studio, you can find her enjoying all that the Yukon outdoors provides:  open space, peace, tranquility, and lots and lots of inspiration.