Each year, EQG members have an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques by attending small workshops led by professional teachers and fibre artists. This provides a wonderful, low-cost opportunity to grow and evolve as a quilter.

Some workshops are open to non-members, if space is available.

Workshops are usually held in Studio C at Neilson Park Creative Centre unless otherwise stated.  Times are as shown.


Your registration for a workshop will not be confirmed until payment in full has been received. There are two ways to register for a workshop: 1. Register and pay at a guild meeting; OR 2. Mail a cheque payable to Etobicoke Quilters Guild: c/o Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 1V7, Attention: Workshop Please include your name, telephone number, email address and name of the workshop with the cheque.

Cancellation policy

Due to financial commitments incurred in arranging workshops, refunds are not made unless a workshop is cancelled. If you cannot attend a workshop for which you have registered, you may ask someone else to attend in your place.

2017 – 2018 WORKSHOPS 


Learn the finer points of designing a quilt top in this Sample this imageup-to- date spin on a traditional sampler quilt.

You will learn all the basic piecing units needed to build blocks as well as  play with the colour and value  of your fabrics to create wonderful effects, both subtle and dynamic.

You will explore the idea of a random block setting for your quilt and practice working intuitively.

Your quilt will be a unique reflection of your own likes and choices.

Previous quilting experience required.

Dates:  6 Monday nights  – Sept 25, Oct 2, 23, Nov 6, 13, & 27, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM -9:00 PM


$140 for Non Guild Members

$110 for Etobicoke Quilter’s Guild members

Instructor: Adele Gataveckas  (formerly of the Quilter’s Palette)



You will learn:Beginner Quilting Classes image

A little about fabric and colour theory.

How to cut and piece your quilt top.

How to layer a quilt in preparation for quilting.

How to quilt your masterpiece by machine.

Dates: 8 Wednesday nights – Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8 & 15, 2017

Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fees & Supplies:

$150 for Non Guild Members

$125 for Etobicoke Quilters’ Guild members includes in class use of EQG equipment and quilt batting.  + $10 fee (paid to instructor on first night) for all instruction sheets and patterns

Instructor: Adele Gataveckas  (formerly of the Quilter’s Palette)

Participants may purchase fabric of their choice or buy a kit of fabric from EQG for $15 (not as shown).

It is preferable to have your own sewing machine to work in between classes, however, a limited number of machines are available to rent for in class use: additional cost of $30 for all 8 sessions

 Modern Quilting with Elaine Theriault


Saturday  Nov 18 2017 – 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive,Elaine Theriault-Modern Quilting Instructor

Fee: $45 Guild Member  $55 Non Member

If you think modern quilting is new – think again. Modern quilting has been around for a long time and its’ roots lie deep within the traditional quilt world. Learn the fascinating truth about the modern quilt trend. The modern quilt myths will be exposed and you’ll go home with a very clear understanding of what a modern quilt is. – Specifics to come.

SKILL LEVEL: Suitable for all skill levels.


Stash Buster – Sandy Lindal

Sandy Lindal quilt sample 1

Saturday Dec 2, 2017 – 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Sandy Lintal quilt image 2Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive,

Fee: $55 Guild Member / $65 Non Member

Sandy Lindal, “The Scrappy Gal” did a trunk show for us in April of 2017.  Her energy, enthusiasm and talent prompted many of you to suggest speSandy Lindalnding a whole day with her as workshop instructor.

Plough through your scraps quickly piecing this quilt on a muslin foundation.  This quilt will look equally beautiful in the colour pallet of your choice or “stash”.

In this workshop you will be challenged to think outside the box, as I will present many ways to use the technique and encourage you with different ways  to modernize your old stash. Check out the two very different looks pictured here.

 Skill Level: From beginner and including anyone who wants to spend a day playing with colour and scraps.

Free Motion Quilting for the Timid – Heather Black


Saturday  April 14, 2018 – 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke,

Fee: $40 Guild Member / $50 Non Member

Heather is a member of the Mississauga Quilter’s guild, an avid free motion quilter and great teacher.

Free Motion machine quilting can add texture, design and interest to your quilt.

This course will provide a breakdown of the steps involved, methods for success, and useful tips to develop your skills.  I will include a variety of machine quilting techniques that use both a walking and a quilting/darning foot.  I will demonstrate a variety of quilting techniques including, straight stitching, stippling, free motion flowers, loops, hearts, meandering, feathers etc. and using a quilting template.  You will have ample time to practice these skills and techniques.

In addition I will discuss the use of needles, threads, batting and cleaning your machine in order to provide an opportunity for frustration free quilting.

Since this is a hands on session, we will be working on 16-18” quilt sandwiches, which when completed, will serve for future reference of these techniques. These sandwiches should be a plain fabric to allow you to see the stitching.  If you have a project which is ready for quilting, please bring it along so that I can help you with design considerations. — All skill levels


I Want To Make An Art Quilt – But I Cannot Draw – Joyce O’Connell


Joyce O'Connell

Joyce O’Connell

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Dr.,

Fee:  $65 Guild Member / $75 Non Member

So, how many times have you looked at an Art Quilt and wished that you could do one too?  Maybe now is the time!  In this class, you will learn how to joyce oconnel image 2select an image, and prepare that image to make it into an Art Quilt.   You will learn about the importance of color value, and the role it plays in giving your work the “WOW” factor.  You don’t need an Art degree,  all things are possible when you know how!  For the purpose of learning  the technique, you will reproduce the image provided by the Instructor.   Once you learn the technique you will be able to apply it to other projects of your choice.

 Kit Fee: $15.00  (for the Original Design/Pattern, and the Foundation Stabilizer used in the construction of  the image).

Kit fee contains the following:

  • scaled to size drawing for the Mother & Child
  • the foundation required to trace the drawing on to
  • a small sample to practice learning the technique before the participants uses their own fabric
  • a  very detailed description  of how to select images and how to prepare them to make  an Art Quilt
  • An acetate sheet with an explanation of what to do with it.

Note: Participants must have Appliquik Applique rods for this workshop – Joyce will have them for sale at $40 cash.