Every meeting is a friendship meeting, but our first meeting of September is a Meet and Greet. Time to catch up with friends after the summer, meet new members, renew your membership, enjoy a cup of coffee and a spectacular end-of-summer Show and Tell.
Our most important business meeting of the year -- the AGM and Election of Officers -- will take place on September 18. A business meeting have also been scheduled for March 5, 2019. Directors meetings take place as indicated on the Program schedule.
Every meeting day is a Sewing Day. Members are encouraged to bring their machines and work on their own or on group projects. Many hands are always needed to work on donation quilts: cutting, pinning, sewing, etc.
Show and Tell
Every week members bring in newly finished (or sometimes nearly finished) projects for Show and Tell. Members are invited to talk about their work, and the items are displayed throughout the morning. Each project is photographed and registered for our archive and for a monthly fat quarter draw. See the Show and Tell Highlights page for a sampling of our weekly quilt shows.
The guild maintains a library of several hundred books, magazines, patterns, tools, and videos for loan to members. The library is open at every meeting.
2022-2023 Quilts for Survivors
As part of our outreach to local indigenous communities we are making blocks, tops and quilts for Quilts for Survivors.
Each year the members of our guild, either independently or in groups, make and donate hundreds of quilts and other items (baby caps, kitty blankets, pillows, vests, bags, etc.) to local organizations and individuals in need. Please see the Donations page for the full story.
Three Donation Sewing Days will be scheduled for the coming year: On these dates, our meetings will be extended until 1:30 and we encourage participants to bring appies and finger food for a potluck lunch. Bring your machine! These meetings will also feature brief presentations from the recipients of our donations.
High School Outreach Program
Through our High School Outreach program, we have been introducing high school students to the art of quilting through the construction of preemie quilts for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kelowna General Hospital. Volunteer teachers are always welcome!
Mini-classes to and by guild members are offered at a nominal cost. Some of our past tutorials have included the construction of table runners, bags, and baby quilts; others have introduced interesting techniques including thread lace, fabric collage, beading, machine and hand quilting. Watch the Program Calendar for updates and check the Tutorials page for information about the coming tutorials.
Block fo the Month Event
If requested by our members, we will be continuing Block of the Month Event. Learn to construct a new block in each of five sessions:
Hand Sewing Group -- HANDfuls
Anyone interested in hand work -- quilting, appliqué, beading, embroidery, etc. -- is invited to join us for a brief Show and Tell of current projects, a learning experience and a chance to share ideas with other hand sewing enthusiasts. Bring along a work in progress, a finished masterpiece, or just your enthusiasm. Everyone welcome. You don't have to sign up or attend every month -- drop ins welcome. Check our Hand Sewing Group page for the latest news.
Art Quilting Group -- smARTies
Anyone interested in art quilting and learning new techniques is invited to join us for a brief Show and Tell of current projects and a hands-on activity to get your creative juices flowing. Everyone welcome. You don't have to sign up or attend every month -- drop ins welcome. Check our Art Quilting Group page for the latest news.
Modern Quilt Group -- MODley Crew
Anyone interested in modern quilting is invited to join us for a brief Show and Tell of current projects and a learning experience. Everyone welcome. You don't have to sign up or attend every month -- drop ins welcome. Check our Modern Quilting Group page for the latest news.
From time to time, and always over the summer and in connection with quilt shows, we issue a challenge to our members. Sometimes fabric or a theme are given, but it's always a chance to let our creativity run wild.
Members may offer items for sale and keep the proceeds -- or they can donate items to the library to sell with proceeds going to the library. Items can include fabric, thread, patterns, books, notions, knitting yarns, etc.
Members demonstrate techniques in a round robin format. Local quilt stores may also put on demo/sales events. Watch the Program Calendar for updates.
Guest Speakers/Trunk Shows/Slide Shows
An exciting slate of workshops is being planned for 2023.
Our guild sponsors a biennial quilt show. Our most recent show "Roots,Branches and Leaves", was held May 7 and 8 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the foundation of our Guild. Check the Archive page for more information -- and pictures!
We're hoping for a return of Retreat one of these years. Nothing like a couple of days to get away from it all and sew, sew, sew!
Check our Workshops page for information about past and future workshops.
Nothing is currently scheduled, but in the past we have travelled to Sisters, Spokane, Seattle and Tacoma. If you have an idea for a trip, please approach a member of the executive or use the Contact page.