Meetings

We are excited to present the speakers for our upcoming meetings. Meetings will continue via Zoom until at least April 2022.

Melissa Marginet: Get your Motor Running. March 21st 2022

 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.

Marilyn Farquhar: Quilts to Challenge and Techniques I’ve Learned April 18,2022

Marilyn loves fabric in bold colours and uses both traditional techniques and technology to give her the freedom she likes to create original pieces. She is a Handy-Quilter educator who believes “Life is just way too short to not be doing what makes you happy.” Marilyn is from Ontario and quilts on an HQ Fusion + Pro-Stitcher.

Often motivated by spirited challenges from her family, Marilyn’s quilts are whimsical, thoughtful and unique. A true art quilter, she ensures her quilting is integrated into the personality of the quilt, not simply layered on the surface. She eagerly departs from traditional techniques, pushing the boundaries of conventional quilting.

Want to see more? Click on this link! Marilyn Farquhar – Handi Quilter

Kelly Dumaresq Scrap Quilts Lecture May 16, 2022

Kelly DuMaresq has a passion for scrap quilts – making them, sharing them and teaching them. Her focus is on traditional quilts and finding easy, efficient ways of making the basic units used in these kinds of quilts. Her motto is “Where there’s a scrap, there’s a way!” She hasn’t been nicknamed “The Scrap Queen” for nothing!

Kelly has been quilting for over 25 years, is a certified Square in a Square teacher and has also worked in a quilt shop.

She is an accomplished teacher with a dedicated following of students. Her true joy is to share her love of quilting and inspire others to dig into their own scraps.

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.

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 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.

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:  EQGweb@gmail.com