Brandy Maslowski – Blog Advisor
Brandy is an avid blogger and has the experience to promote Quilt BC 2013.
Brandy began hand sewing at the age of 12, after meeting a woman who made hand sewn doll clothes at the local flea market across the back lane from her childhood home. She sat with her at her table every Sunday for 4 hours that entire season. That experience blossomed into 2 decades of crafting and sewing that included bazaars and craft markets. In 2000 she took her first hand quilting class and fell head over heels in love with the craft. To this day she cherishes that first quilt, proudly displaying it wherever possible.
Darlene Chapman – Trend-Tex Challenge and Invitational Shows
For the past 25 years Darlene has been involved with quilting. During that time she has tried many, many techniques and strategies to discover “her” style. Darlene’s quest continues, but she has fun with whatever she is doing. Presently, she is a member of the Double O Quilters’ Guild in Oliver and the Fabricators group. When she heard that CQA/ACC was planning a conference in Penticton she immediately decided to volunteer her services. Darlene will be responsible for hanging both the Trend Tex Challenge and the Invitational Show. She is very excited because she will be working with a group of people who are also very thrilled about this event.
Joan Swan – NJS Coordinator Assistant
Joan Swan lives in Oliver BC, the wine capital of Canada. She joined the Double O Quilters’ Guild in 2002 after taking a beginner course in quilting from Marianne Parsons. Now in addition to quilting she enjoys golfing and travel with her husband. Joan has been on the Program Committee and on the Design and Layout Committee for her local guild.
She brings experience and enthusiasm and is looking forward to working with Quilt BC 2013.
Rita Macdonnell - Volunteer Coordinator
Knowing that she would need a new interest when she retired from teaching, Rita joined a Block-of-the-Month Club in Creston, BC – and that was the start of her interest in quilting. After retirement, Rita moved to Peachland, BC and joined the Pincushion Quilt Guild, a wonderful source of education and stimulation. She has learned so much over ten years of quilting – free motion, curved pieces, paper piecing, fabric painting, and pictorial, etc. Rita has experimented with lots of different ideas, but gets the most satisfaction from quilts of her own design. Rita’s other great passion is singing and is fortunate to be able to sing with some the Okanagan’s finest choirs.
It is going to be great over the next few months hearing what these ladies are up to!