Meetings

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.

A typical meeting includes items of guild business, a “show and tell” of work by members, refreshments, and a guest speaker. For our schedule of of guest speakers please check the Calendar of Events and Speakers which outlines members meeting dates and highlights of speakers.  Some meetings may include a special activity – demos of new tools and techniques, or even a rousing game of fabric bingo.

As we are currently restricted in our gatherings, all meetings are taking place via ZOOM on the same schedule and members will receive a link to the meeting via email. The meeting agenda will remain the same, and guest speakers or special activities will continue…the only difference is you attend from the comfort of your home – missing each others company and staying safe.  Guests are still permitted to attend, simply send an email to:  info@etobicokequiltersguild.com and our Membership Convenor will forward the ZOOM link to you.

ZOOM meetings start at 6:30 p.m. where breakout rooms are set up in smaller groups to acquaint and meet up with members in a smaller setting, at 7:00 p.m. the meeting will start with its regular agenda and guest speaker usually running until 8:30 p.m. 

April 19 (ZOOM) Members Meeting via ZOOM : 6:30 – 7:00 breakout rooms for member socializing ,    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm regular agenda

Guest Speaker Lorraine Roy — Call of the Heartwood: My Creative Journey with Trees

Textile artist Lorraine Roy will present her artistic journey in words and pictures as she describes how trees wove their way into her art and her heart. Lorraine will describe the variety of non-traditional fabric and thread techniques that have evolved over her 30-year career, and will present a trunk (slide) show of current pieces.

A horticulturalist by training from University of Guelph, Lorraine uses current scientific research in horticulture and forestry as a main inspiration for her framed and quilted artworks. This lecture will appeal to artists of all stripes, environmentalists, gardeners, and anyone who exalts in the presence of trees.

May 17 (ZOOM): Members Meeting via ZOOM : 6:30 – 7:00 breakout rooms for member socializing ,    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm regular agenda

Guest Speaker Bridget O’Flaherty – How to Be a Green Quilter: Making Our Passion More Eco-Friendly

Are you environmentally conscious? Bridget O’Flaherty gives us an in-depth look at our quilting options and her art work, and some of the costs of being green. What does sustainability mean and how is it being addressed in the textile industry? Organic fabric, recycled content threads, natural fibres and dyes — where do you find them and how do you know what to look for? Find out how you can reduce your environmental impact as a quilter, fibre artist, or business owner.

Inspired by nature, Bridget O’Flaherty is passionate about the environment and feels an intimate connection to the landscape and wildlife of Canada. She has worked in textile arts for over 25 years and is drawn to fibre for its tactile nature and connection to the land. Bridget begins with local wool from a neighbouring sheep farm, processing it to create felted fabric to use in her detailed wildlife and landscape embroideries. She “draws” with her sewing machine, building up layers of multi-coloured thread to create her art. She uses combinations of local, recycled content, organic thread and materials, botanical dyes, and sustainably managed and sometimes local wood in every original work. While depicting the Canadian landscape, the precious eco-systems and wildlife with her art, Bridget hopes the viewer will take away an appreciation and connection to the beautiful, fragile aspects in nature.

 

Check her out on Instagram: @bridgetoflaherty_textileartist

 

WHEN THINGS ARE BACK TO NORMAL

Once things are back to normal, our Members Meetings 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.

Upon Arrival

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.

Visitor Policy

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.

Activity Tables

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.

Refreshments for monthly meetings

At each EQG monthly member meeting, your Refreshments Team provides tea and coffee at the break. Members are encouraged to bring their own mug, but cups will be available if required.

We recognize that many members look forward to a sweet or savory nibble to enjoy with their beverage. These are provided by the membership in the following cycle

Refreshments Schedule:
September:  Board members
October:   Members with names beginning with A-C
November:   Members with names beginning with D-F
December:   Pot luck evening social
January:    Members with names beginning with G-J
February: Members with names beginning with K-M
March:   No meeting due to Quilt Fever 2020 show
April:   Members with names beginning with N-R
May:   Members with names beginning with S-Z
June:   Cake is provided by the guild, following the Annual General Meeting

What members should bring?
Anything of your own choosing. Finger food is best. Some suggestions are cookies, cake (cut and ready to serve), savoury items, cheese, vegetables, fruit or chocolates!

How the goodies be should plated?
Everything should be ready to serve. We do have some plates on hand for those in a pinch. The Refreshment Team is are not responsible for cutting the cakes prior to refreshments.

Should I put my name on bottom of dish?
Of course! The guild is not responsible for lost or forgotten items.

Do I need to bring serving utensils?
As most of the goodies are finger food, utensils are not necessary. The guild does have some serving utensils for use in an emergency. .

Do I need to bring plates, napkins etc?
No, the guild provides napkins

What happens to left-overs?
You can either take them home along with your plates and containers. At the end of the break they are left on the end of the counter. Sometimes, people don’t want the left overs and then someone, usually Carmen, puts them in the fridge to share with Studio C.

Where do I bring my goodies?
Leave it on the counter in the room where we meet. Please do not leave it in the kitchen as this is used by other groups at NPCC and it might not be clear if it was intended for EQG or not. The kitchen is a common area.

When do I bring my goodies?
After you check in at the Membership Table, you can put you goodies on the counter in the meeting room.

What else?
It is helpful to label the ingredients in our goodies as some members may have have allergies or other medical conditions.

If you still have questions, please email the guild at:   info@etobicokequiltersguild.com