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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Dates & Speakers
September 16 – Welcome back, Board introduction, committee updates and Two Mini Trunk Shows:
EQG members Sandra Sarner and Diane Daniel will show us their quilts and take us on their quilting odysseys.
October 21 at 7:00 Guest Speaker Jennie Jenkins
Jeannie Jenkins — Talk & Trunk Show:
From Traditional to Modern: My Journey
Jeannie is an award-winning quiltmaker, longarm quilter, designer and teacher. Her work has been published in magazines, and displayed worldwide. She began sewing as a child and took a dressmaking course at the age of 10. That was the beginning of her love of sewing. She was raised around art, and is the third generation in her family to graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). She began quilting in earnest in 1990 and has never looked back. She loves sharing her passion with other quilters, and recently published her first book, ”Contemporary Paper-Pieced Quilts.”
November 18 at 7:00 Guest Speaker Laura Henneberry
Laura Henneberry — PreQuilt Demonstration and Trunk Show
Laura is a quilter and the founder of Commonwealth Quilts, a Toronto-based quilt and design studio. Laura believes that we each have something authentic to share with the world – a common wealth. Quilts are her commonwealth.
Laura is also the co-founder of PreQuilt, a web application for designing quilts. PreQuilt was born one night when Laura was struggling to design The Circus Tent Quilt with her limited Illustrator skills. Gar Liu, a developer, offered to code something for her that would speed up the design process. Together they’ve teamed up to use technology to design quilts in fun and surprising ways.
Explore PreQuilt at prequilt.com and check out Laura’s studio work on Instagram at @commonwealthquilts.
December 9 – Members Holiday Potluck Dinner and Christmas Party
Doors Open 6:00 pm Pot Luck Starts 7:00 p.m.
As always, the December meeting will be a Holiday Party and potluck—please bring a dish to share! (It’s also great to bring a placemat, plate, cutlery, napkin and cup as well.) There won’t be a speaker, just fun and games, and good food