Waterloo County Quilters' Guild

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About Us

The Waterloo County Quilters' Guild (WCQG) was founded in June 1984. In the intervening years, we have grown from 20 founders to over 200 members.

Our mission is to celebrate the tradition of quilting in our area. Our monthly meetings always include "Show & Tell", in which members share their latest creations, and frequently feature a guest speaker. We offer workshops to our membership several times a year, to promote quilting skills and maintain an extensive library. To view the current list of inventory please visit the following website: www.librarything.com/catalog/wcqg

On the second Wednesday of each Month from October through June, the guild books the Mannheim Community Centre for the Mannheim Sewing Circle. There is a Google Map link on our Community Outreach Page. The space is booked from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to allow current members to come

 

for the day or drop in for a few hours that they have available. A suggested donation of $4 is requested to help cover the cost of the venue. Special events happening on these days will be communicated in the newsletter. The guild presents a Quilt Exhibit biennially showcasing the work of our members, which enables us to share our passion for quilting with our community. During our Quilt Exhibit, normally we raffle a quilt made by our members, and donate the proceeds to local charities.

We are proud of our community outreach programs, including our guild-sponsored Smile Quilts, Memory Quilts, Touch Quilts and PAL Quilts. These projects are often done at the Mannheim Quilting Circle, which meets second Wednesday of each month from October through May. These quilting bees are held at the Mannheim Community Cenre. Click Mannheim Community Centre for directions there. There is a Google Map link on our Community Outreach Page.

Many members also make and donate quilts to other worthy charities dear to their own hearts, such as the Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale, the Library Project and Project Linus.

Last year (2015) our guild provided The Grand National - Connections with the funds for the Curator's Choice Award, won by Margaret Notar of Waterloo, ON. In 2013 the guild's donaton provided The Grand National - Local Colour with the funds for the same award, won by Pamela Allen of Kingston, ON, for her entries, A Rather Attractive Prison and Nocturn Brewer's Mills Lock. The award winners' quilts can be viewed via links at www.grandnationalquiltshow.ca. We are proud to be associated with this outstanding national exhibition.

Our guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. Members are encouraged to select volunteer duties that suit their skills and schedules -- sign-ups are coordinated by our Past President and Vice President. Many hands make light work, and enable us to offer our membership so many great activities!

The quilt shown above was one of our 1st place winners at our 2015 exhibit, Hand in Hand (35.5" x 41.75") by Judy Pearce.


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