We are excited to present the speakers for our upcoming meetings. Meetings will continue via Zoom until at least January 2022.
January 17, 2022 — Cheryl Arkison (Calgary) — “Improv Is My Love Language”
Loosely inspired on the idea of the five love languages for showing and feeling love, this presentation shares my theories on the love languages of quilters. Mine just happens to be Improv. Want to find out yours? Tune into this fun presentation. Illustrated with quilts and stories. Knowing your love language will help you understand your quilting joys and frustrations.
Cheryl Arkison Bio: Back when I started quilting it was practically unheard of for a 23 year old to do so, but there I was. Now, over 20 years later I haven’t stopped. In addition to my own creative work, I love to teach, write books, spread the gospel of improv, and design quilts. Every now and then I make a garment, my Grade 8 Home Ec Teacher would be proud.
When it comes to making I am happy to make what inspires. I am well known for my use of bold colour and the quiet whispers of low volume fabrics but I will use anything in between as well. Use what you love, make what makes you happy. Just get your butt in the seat and sew.
In the past decade I’ve published three books: Sunday Morning Quilts (co- authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg, A Month of Sunday, and You Inspire Me to Quilt. I’ve also travelled the world to teach quilting. In between I am raising 3 active kids and running a business with my husband. Sometimes, I sleep.
March 21, 2022 — Melissa Marginet— “Get Your Motor Running”
Melissa is a Canadian Quiltmaker, Author, Teacher, and Quilt Pattern Designer. She has published two books: Walking Foot Quilting Designs, and Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs. She has a passion for teaching. Her focus is to help people gain the confidence to quilt their quilts on their home sewing machines with a walking foot. She has taught for Quilt Canada, the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference as well as guilds across Canada. Since June of 2020 she has been teaching online throughout North America which includes the Virtual Quilt Festival and Road@Home. Visit Melissa’s website www.melissamarginet.ca to see her work, get free stuff, and find links to all her social media.ions.
Typical Meetings / ZOOM time
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 other’s company and staying safe. Guests are still permitted to attend, simply send an email to EQG@gmail.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 approximately 8:45 pm.
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 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.
Typical Meetings / “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.
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 leftovers?
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 leftovers and then they are placed 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: EQGweb@gmail.com