Mariners Quilt Guild


Mariners Quilt Guild meets the second and fourth Monday of the month (September to June) at Grace Lutheran Church, 40 Caldwell Road in Cole Harbour at 7:30 pm. Membership is $30 a year.  Guests are welcome and are asked to pay $2 per meeting.

Mariners Meeting Programs

Most meetings will begin with a brief business meeting and a Show-and-Share session. Bring along any completed (or in progress) projects. Scheduled programs will follow a break for refreshments and conversation.

2017-18 Year

Upcoming meetings:

March 12, 2018: Silent auction. A fundraiser for the guild.

March 26, 2018:  “Not as hard as it looks”  Sheila will demonstrated complicated looking blocks that are really very easy.


March is Craft Month

March is National Craft Month in Canada and the US.  The Mariners’ quilters got to try their hand this month with a few different crafts. Crazy quilting with Vera McInnis, Shiva Paint Stiks with Karen Henry, and screen printing with Beth Arden.  It was a  wonderful way to celebrate those crafting skills.

Shiva Paint Stiks with Karen Henry was a evening of fun and creativity and Karen has provided us with her notes from that evening, as well as instructions in using the Shiva Paint Stiks.

We were pleased to welcome Beth Arden to demonstrate screen printing. Many members took delight in trying their hand at screening.  A messy buy great skill.  Beth has her own company Poison Pear and sells her textiles at the Seaport Market in Halifax. As well as at the Trainyard General Store in downtown Dartmouth.  Here are a few images from those evenings.



Crazy Quilt Workshop

On Saturday March 4th, quilters gathered with Vera McInnis (Bearly Works Creations) to take on the task of learning crazy quilting.  We were thankful that weather permitted Vera to travel and be with us.  It was an excellent workshop and quilters discovered that the only rule in crazy quilting is to have fun!.  A lot of members used a variety of cotton, but a few branched out with different textures using velvet, silk, and organzas.  There is no wrong way to do crazy quilting so members stretched their creativity and had fun.  Looking forward to seeing their pieces at Show and Share.  Here are some images of some of the participant’s work. Thanks to Patti Clark for taking the pictures.

January 9th Pot Luck

Due to a cancellation in December we held a New Year pot luck on January 9th.  It was an absolutely wonderful meal . . . you ladies really did a great job. I know that -22 degrees, sickness, and vacations kept some members from attending. Nonetheless we had a lovely evening and saw some beautiful mini quilts from the Mini-quilt challenge.  Jacqueline Adams’ quilts were certainly a favourite as she took first and second place.  See pics below.


Heather’s colourful bargello quilt


She quilted it on her new quilt frame!


close up of Karen’s beading work


beading and couching


Gils mug rug – completed


Gil’s beautiful placemats as a gift for a friend


First place!


Second place!


Jacqueline’s mini batik stars


Sharon’s Mini saw-tooth and applique


Marilyn’s mini bed quilt for a doll’s bed


Kristina’s mini hexagons


Jacqueline’s mini hearts


Sharon’s mini baskets


Betty’s nine patch barn raising mini


Gillian’s mini sampler


Robyn’s new skill: crocheted hats for Rowan


Crocheted hats for Rowan


Used Yogurt packages make a great tote bag!


Karen’s Sari inspired wall hanging

Colour Theory with Jennifer Oldford

Jennifer is a art teacher at Prince Andrew High School. Her knowledge of colour and fabric was extensive and as often as we quilters deal with fabric and choosing colours, there is always something more to learn.  In this hands on mini-workshop we used fabrics to create our own personalized colour wheels and with Jennifer’s assistance we did good!

She was an excellent presenter – helped “newbies” understand colour coordination, hues, tints, saturation, value, etc.  all the terms that we hear on a regular basis.  Her slide show using great works of art to help us envision how fabrics work together was truly inspiring.

Here is just a few pictures of the evening:



Jennifer Olford



…so many choices


Hard at work



A wheel in progress


… and another


some chose to listen and visit