Update for Guild Members
After our long Covid/quarantine related break (we haven't had a meeting since January) we are ready to get back to meetings again.
For our first event of the year we are going to try an outdoor get together at Robert Simpson Park in Arnprior at the Gazebo. Our original date of Wednesday September 9th has been postponed to Wednesday September 16 at 5 PM due to weather concerns. Bring along your lawn chair and your beverage and your Black and White and President's Challenges. We're going to have a socially distanced (2 m), in person get together out in the beautiful fresh air (weather permitting). The 5 PM start is so that the daylight will still be in our favour.
Our guild meetings for at least the first while, starting with the September 23rd meeting, will be via Zoom (on your computer or by phone). I know it's not as good as having a meeting in person, but we're going to make them as much fun and close to "real meetings" as possible. And remember, if you are on your computer at home, the dress code is easier and a wider choice of beverages.
We hope to transition to real meetings when it is safe to do so. We'll keep you all in the loop as we see how our path forward will change and grow.
While Quilt Canada 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19, the Canadian Quilters' Association is presenting some aspects of the show in a virtual manner, including for the Gateway to Adventure - CQA Member Guild Challenge.
Visit the Gallery in the new CQA web site during these dates for each challenge
2020 Suzi-Q Youth Challenge
Displayed on website by August 24 - Online Viewers' Choice voting Aug. 24 - Sept. 5
2020 Try-A-Triad Challenge
Displayed on website by August 31 - Online Viewers' Choice voting Sept. 5 - 19
2020 TrendTex Challenge
Displayed on website by Sept. 15 - Online Viewers' Choice voting Sept. 15 - 29
2020 Gateway To Adventure Challenge
Displayed on website by Sept. 15 - Online Viewers' Choice voting Sept.19 - Oct. 3
Our guild members have made 499 face masks for community members to wear when they're in the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital for essential visits such as blood work, and for The Grove Nursing Home. Thank you to our guild members and others in our community who have dug into their fabric stashes, and overcome earlier elastic shortages to contribute face masks to these Arnprior Regional Health institutions.
Face mask instructions
Read about the amazing projects of individual members of our guild for other charitable causes in our May and June newsletters.
Thank you to our guild members who are sending in photos of their quilt projects to keep us inspired during this difficult time.
You can see the photos now in our Virtual Show & Tell gallery. Last updated September 7
Hang Out Your Quilts
Saturday March 21st was International Quilt Day and to celebrate, a quilter from Victoria BC asked quilters to hang their quilts outside that day. Our guild members were very happy to support this Canadian initiative, and we proudly hung out our quilts in our yards to brighten neighbourhoods in the Ottawa Valley.
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Our January guild meeting featured tool and gadget demonstrations by 3 local quilt shop owners, the Blue Block Party blocks made by our members for future Charity projects and much more. See January 2020 Meeting Highlights on our Blog for more information and photos.
Quilts for our community
Lots was accomplished on our recent Charity project Sew Day where guild members got together to work on another of our Bethlehem Star quilts and "touch" quilts for local residents who are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, and to cut fabric for our next charity block initiative.
And just before Christmas, Christmas stockings, gift bags and placemats were delivered to local charities, and our guild donated 2 Bethlehem Star quilts for local couch-surfing homeless youth.
Check out our Blog for more photos and information about these recent charitable activities, and read more about our Charity projects on our Charity page.
Our Quilt Show
Congratulations to Sharon Huffman whose beautiful Dance of the Dragonflies quilt won the Viewer’s Choice award and the CQA ribbon.
And congratulations to Ann Hunter for her stunning Christmas Wedding Sampler quilt which was awarded the guild ribbon.
The lucky winner of the stunning raffle quilt is Lianne Wojuk of Renfrew!
Our annual "challenge" projects were due at our March guild meeting and many of these projects were on display at our quilt show. This year's challenges were a modern quilt, silhouette, UFO, and a star block preemie quilt. More photos & information
Quilt Canada 2020 will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from June 18-20, 2020
Greek Island Hillside Workshop
The November 2018 retreat at Providence Point Retreat and Conference Centre near Lanark was enjoyed by all. More information and pictures
Sewing with Precision Workshop
The purpose of this October 30th workshop was to improve accuracy and was enjoyed by all participants. More information and pictures
Auction Quilt for Arnprior Hospital
Outdoor Get Together September 16
Next Meeting September 23
January Meeting Highlights
Meeting Location & More
Informal Outdoor Get Together
Wednesday September 16
5 PM at Robert Simpson Park in Arnprior
Wednesday September 23
7 PM via Zoom