Visions 2023 – Coming Soon!

Here are some key dates for Visions 2023 for our participating members.

     February 20th deadline for quilt registration
     March 2, 9:30 to 10 Visions quilt drop-off, CAG gallery
     March 4, 11am Visions show opens.  Open daily 11am to 5pm
     March 26, 5pm.  Visions show closes
     March 26, 5 to 5:15pm quilt pick up.

From Quilting Scraps to Cat Beds

Clyde the Cat, Bow Valley SPCA resident, is looking for his forever home—and when he goes to his new home  he plans to bring along his own bed.  Clyde is enjoying one of the fabric scrap bags turned into cat beds.  The beds were donated to the animal shelter by the Mountain Cabin Quilters Guild in January. The beds are fully washable and, according to Clyde, very comfortable.  A great idea to up cycle our fabric scraps.   

Christmas Pot Luck Highlights

At our December 7 pot luck, the best elements of the Christmas season came together – good food, fun activities, and being with wonderful friends who share a passion for all things quilting.

Thanks to Catherine Rankin for being the Queen of Merriment! She organized a wonderful pot luck meeting, with quizzes, prizes, and tasty beverages. I’ve added a new acronym to my vocabulary, and over the holidays I’ll be making a list of my NEStYs.  We had a great turnout for the meeting. It was wonderful to see so many of our new members attend, as well as two guests.

Many members came early and stayed late to help with the setup and tear down. Thank you!

Our prize winners were:

  • Most festive outfit:  Helena Perkins and Dale Robertson (and the competition was stiff!)
  • Best scores on the memory test:  Lynn Borrowman and Colleene Peterson
  • Best score on the general knowledge test:  Jillian Roulet and Isabella Nelson
  • Grand Door Prize:  Heather Davis

One unexpected highlight of the meeting was that Therese Hegnauer came in person to thank us for the HUGS quilt she received when she started chemotherapy. Some of you may know Therese, who is a former member of the Guild and the niece of Margrit Remel, another long-time Guild member who has passed away. It is heartwarming to know how much a HUGS quilt means to someone at a difficult time, and that we have been able to help in a small way.

Our Community Outreach committee provided everyone at the meeting with a bag to hold sewing scraps that, once full, can be sewn closed to make a pillow for an animal at the SPCA. If you attended on zoom and want a bag or more information, please contact Deb Boutilier or Catherine Rankin. What a wonderful way to help an animal in need and reduce the amount of sewing scraps headed to the landfill.

Chris Perrin and the Community Outreach Committee send a big thank you to all who made Christmas place mats for Meals on Wheels and St. Martha’s Place. We also collected some donations for the Bow Valley Food Bank.

Dean Murphy from our LQS showed us lots of fun things at the Sugar Pine for the holidays, including some stunning panels and extra wide fabrics. Dean brought a basket of full of Christmas fat quarters for everyone in the room. For those of you who attended on zoom, ask for one next time you are at the store.

We have a few unclaimed dowels for quilts that were left at the CRQS.  If you are missing a dowel for your quilt, please let me know.

And last but not least, may you and all those dear to you have a wonderful, merry, and happy holiday.  If you celebrate the season, Merry Christmas to you.  See you in 2023!

Visions 2023

We’re back!!!!

The 2023 Visions show of original art quilts will be held in the Canmore Art Guild Gallery from March 4th to March 26th, 2023.  The CAG gallery is in Elevation Place, Canmore at 700 Railway Avenue.  The show will be open from 11 am to 5 pm daily and entry is free.
This is a show of wall quilts of original design by MCQG members.  The theme is Connections.  This theme seems particularly relevant as we all cope with changing connections with family and friends, our health and the world around us.
As a fundraiser, original fabric postcards will be for sale at the show, as well as examples of the charitable work undertaken by the quilt guild.

Canadian Rockies Quilt Show – Viewers Choice Awards

The Canadian Rockies Quilt Show was a huge success for the guild.  Beautiful quilts and great autumn weather brought out the attendees in droves.  Below are the “Viewers Choice” awards in our four categories.   Thanks to all of our quilters for displaying their beautiful quilts in the show, our hard working volunteers, the merchant mall vendors, and the Canmore Recreation Centre.

Large Quilt Category

1st Place Jennifer May, “Inspired By the Mountains”

2nd Place Margaret Lee – Moonglow,  Photo coming soon

3rd Place Catherine Rankin, I Wish There Were Deer

Medium Quilt Category

1st Place Sue Lowell, My World is Colourful

2nd Place  Siobhan Farrer, “Fresh Cut”

3rd Place Sharon Moore, Perspectives of Northern Lights

Original Art Quilt Category

1st Place Rosanne Tarnowski, Rosanne’s Lone Star 

2nd Place Carol Holmblad, Autumn Maple and Birch

3rd Place Lorie Jocius, For Dad who abides amongst the stars…

3D Category

1st Place – Jillian Roulet, Alberta Foothills  

2nd Place – Mary Wahl, Clotilde – a doll

2022/23 Education Lineup

We have a great lineup of speakers for our general meetings, two currently planned workshops, an online retreat in February and many other educational opportunities are being planned through Stitch and Learn and our fun challenges.

Please see the link below for more details on our monthly speakers and the planned workshops.  

2022/23 Education Lineup

MCQG Education Program 2022-2023 Year at a Glance

General Meetings

Date                                          Activity                                                      Topic

Fall 2022 Fall 2022 Fall 2022
September Canadian Rockies Quilt Show (CRQS) Workshops and Demos are occurring during the CRQS
October Cheryl Arkison (Lecture & Trunk Show)
(In person & Zoom)
Topic:  Improv is My Love Language
November Cathie Ugrin (Lecture & Trunk Show)  (In person & Zoom) Topic:  Inspired to Create  
December Dean Murphy (Presentation)
(In person & Zoom)
Topic:  What’s New at the Sugar Pine?
Winter 2023 Winter 2023 Winter 2023
January Vanessa Genier  (Lecture & Trunk Show). (Zoom) Topic:   Quilts for Survivors
February MCQG (In person & Zoom) Topic:  Every Quilt Tells a Story.


MCQG (In person & Zoom)

Topic:  Connections Across our Guild Community

April Gloria Loughman (Lecture & Trunk Show) (In person & Zoom) Topic:  The Quilted Landscape
May Jillian Roulet (Lecture & Trunk Show)
(In person & Zoom
Topic:   Innovative Art Quilting
June Year windup Pot luck  
November 17, 2022. 9 am-4 pm Cathie Ugrin Topic:  Representational Layered Landscapes
January 26, 2023  9 am-4 pm Jacquie Gering Topic:  Creative Walking Foot Quilting
Stitch & Learn
Monthly October 2022-May 2023 Sue Lowell Skill building challenge each month, announced at the General Meeting
February 24-25, 2023 Suzanne Clease & Donna Coulson (our retreat guides) Online Zoom Retreat (watch for details on the website)
Other Opportunities
October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2022 (One hour per week) Lori Dickman Invitation from Lori to join her free Fall Mystery Quilt Class

Community Outreach – Touch Quilts

Our last community outreach initiative for this year is “Touch Quilts”!  For people with dementia touch quilts can be a stimulating and calming activity, including those with arthritis.

Jorie, our team member leading the touch quilt initiative, has contacted various members of the Bow Valley care community to assess their needs.  The goal is 20 lap quilts that measure approximately 20″x20″.   Nine 7 inch cut squares pieced 3×3 and then embellished  will create a perfect size.    Three quilts were handed in at our meeting so we have 17 to go!

In addition four 36″x36″ wall quilts have been requested.  If you are interested in making a wall quilt please contact Jorie at  We need two more volunteers.

To provide ideas and answer questions Jorie will be attending the May 4th QTYW zoom meeting from 1-3 pm.  Touch quilts are a fun and quick project that make a big impact.  Nine fun blocks sewn together.

  May 4th QTYW Zoom Link




President’s Message

Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Bag Blitz”!  What a team of overachievers we are.  And a huge thank you to Siobhan, Deb, Albertina, Roseanne for organizing and getting fabric to make it as easy as possible.  Small acts of kindness like this make such a difference in the lives of those in crisis or in grief.
It’s time to think about next year!  At our June meeting, we will need to vote and have our Executive members confirmed for the 2022-2023 Guild year.  We need to fill both the Secretary and Membership Coordinator position.  The librarian position is also changing; Dale Robertson has volunteered to take that role.
Being on the Executive is a great way to meet people and learn new skills (so good for your brain).  Current and past Executive members will help mentor you, no special skills needed.  Even if you are new to the Guild, please consider taking a position.  Almost any position can be shared, so call a friend and work together.
In any given year, more than 25% of our members are involved in the Executive or our larger committees.  Delivery of our programs depends on having people to organize them and make them happen.Our immediate past president, Deb Boutilier, has agreed to head the nominating committee.  If you are interested in joining the Executive team, please contact her ( .  She’d be thrilled to talk to you and answer questions.
MCQG Projector
We’ve purchased a new high-definition projector for our hybrid meetings.  The Guild’s Dell projector, purchased about 9 or 10 years ago and gently used, is no longer needed.  It connects to a computer via HDMI cable.
If you are interested in purchasing this item, please contact Karen (  by March 31 to discuss.

Honouring Roseanne and our Guild Founders

The link below is to a video that we planned to show at our November meeting to honour Roseanne and the Founders of our Guild.  As we recently learned, Roseanne is moving to Leduc to be closer to family.  She will, however, remain a member of our Guild and through the magic of technology, be able to join us on Zoom.  We’re all sad to see her leave the Bow Valley!  Her sunny attitude and willingness to volunteer for anything that needs to be done will be missed by so many local organizations.  Thanks so much to Wally and her son-in-law for converting it to a private YouTube video so we can all watch.

Raffle Quilt Draw – Colourful Canmore

Raffle Quilt Draw

On Sunday afternoon, Dean Murphy from the Sugar Pine in Canmore drew the winning ticket for our stunning raffle quilt, Colourful Canmore.  The winner is (insert drum roll here!)  Sue Herlett.  The winning ticket was sold by Pat G.  We hope Sue, the winner of Colourful Canmore will be delighted with her prize.

The raffle quilt is a major source of funding for the Guild.  Many thanks to the Raffle Quilt committee and all those who sold tickets and manned the booths at the market and outside the Sugar Pine during these difficult months!

It was lovely to see so many members out to watch the draw on this lovely fall afternoon, and to Dean for taking the time from his busy life to draw the winning ticket.