The guild meets September through June, on the 3rd Monday of the month (unless that day is a statutory holiday) at Neilson Park Creative Centre. Doors to the Centre open at 6:30 pm for room set-up – after which you can peruse the info tables with details on workshops, tours and retreats being offered or visit the library until the meeting starts. Hours of meetings are 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm sharp. The Centre is wheelchair accessible. Ample free parking is available, and there is handicapped parking near the entrance.
A typical meeting includes items of guild business, a “show and tell” of work by members, refreshments, and a guest speaker. Some meetings may include a special activity – demos of new tools and techniques, or even a rousing game of fabric bingo.
Sign in at the membership table at the entrance to Studio A. Guests will receive a Guest’s name tag. Members wearing their name badges may win a door prize – a “fat quarter” of quilting fabric.
Visitors are welcome at every EQG meeting, except the annual general meeting in June. We present a fat quarter as a thank you to visitors on their first visit. The first visit is free. Subsequent visits cost $5. Visitors may attend a maximum of three meetings per membership year.
Before the meeting and during the break we encourage you to visit:
- Workshop Table – Registration and materials lists.
- Block of the Month – Participating members exchange blocks.
- Comfort Quilts – Comfort quilts are donated to various agencies, hospitals and individuals. Members take quilt tops home for quilting or binding, and return them the following month. For information about the Comfort Quilt program, please visit the EQG Gives Back page.
- Library– Members may borrow one pattern and video and up to three books. Items are due back at the next monthly meeting.
Meeting Goodies Schedule
The first letters of your last name indicate YOUR turn to contribute goodies for the meeting:
Sept. – Board members
Oct. – A-Cat
Nov. – Ch-E
Dec. – Potluck dinner
Jan. – F-Ha
Feb. – Hi-K
March – M
Apr. – N-Sh
May – Sm-Z
June – Guild supplies cakes
Meeting Dates & Speakers
September 18 – general welcome, Board introduction & committee updates.
October 16 – The Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild (from Guelph) will demonstrate some of their work and explain some techniques that could be used to embellish quilts.
November 20 – Elaine Theriault presents Modern quilts. What is a modern quilt? Elaine will discuss her ventures into the modern world, showcasing some of the quilts that she’s designed or collaborated on. In addition, she’ll give a preview of what’s new at Northcott and what she’s been up to with the magazines. It’s going to be a fun, inspirational evening!
December 11 – holiday celebration meeting and full potluck. Bring a dish to share plus your own plate and cutlery to dine and participate in the games and fun of the evening.
Please bring donations for Holiday Wishes for Youth program. Details here.
January 15 – Gail Gallow and Yvette Fornier will talk about a trip they made to the Arctic to teach quilting.
February 26 ** note this date is 4th Monday due to statutory holiday – This is our Bee Meeting where we will help get quilts ready for the show. In addition Morag Johnston our PR Social Media Convenor we will be presenting a review on our updated Website features, events calendar and a social media primer covering why it’s important for the guild to get the word out, how to post and share in Facebook and Instagram for those with existing accounts and posting on Pinterest.
March – No members’ meeting because of the Quilt Fever 2018 show
April 16 – Céleste Compion of Meerkat Shweshwe Fabrics will talk about shweshwe fabrics from South Africa—their history and what quilters can do with them.
May 28 – Several talented guild members will present some of their work—specifics to come.
June 18 – Annual General Meeting, followed by our annual garage sale, and some business, and then, as always, the inevitable cake!