We are excited to present the schedule for our 2022-2023 meetings. Meetings will be a mix of live and ZOOM presentations- check the schedule!
Amanda McCouver: Thread Work Installations May 15, 2023
This is a LIVE presentation
Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.
McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength.
Annual Meeting June 19, 2023
Chriss Coleman September 18 2023
This is a LIVE presentation
Chriss has been sewing since a young child, learning to use a sewing machine by the age of 5. By the time she was 10 she was sewing her own clothes and by the age of 15 she owned better sewing machines than her mother, who had taught her to sew. She began her quilt journey in 2003, but only jumped in with both feet after moving back to Canada in 2015. Her quilts have been shown in the Grand National Fibre Arts Exhibition, Quilt Canada, and QuiltCon
Ruth Quinn October 16, 2023
This is a LIVE presentation
Ruth has been quilting for over 24 years and long-arm quilting for 16 years. She recently upgraded to digital quilting and loves all aspects of quilting. You can see more of her work on Instagram @stitchingimpressions
Typical Meetings / ZOOM time
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.
Some of the 2022-2023 meetings will take 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. Guests are still permitted to attend for a $10 fee. 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.
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”
Beginning September 2022, many of our Members Meetings will be LIVE and in person. Doors 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. Fee for visitors is free for the first meeting if in person, $10 for subsequent meetings. All ZOOM meetings are $10 per person. 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