Activities & Groups
Community gift quilts is an important part of the Guild. We donate finished quilts to the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital, Victim Services with the RCMP, and New Beginnings, an organization that assists single and first-time moms with their children. You can attend the workshops that are held each month. You can also take a kit home and work on it there, if you prefer.
Kits are prepared for the members to sew, and the guild provides fabric for the backing and batting for the quilts. We have two kinds of batting.
If you sew a top, or complete a quilt, your name will go into a draw for a prize at the June meeting. Our Guild gives away in excess of 100 quilts each year. Community Quilts meet on the first Wednesday of the month and you don't need to bring a thing as everything including equipment is supplied.
At these classes we share new techniques, and not-so-new techniques. We are always on the outlook for new ideas and recruit from within our guild, which helps keep the cost of these classes down. These classes have a limit of 16 – 20 individuals. At times there may be an additional cost for specialty rulers or patterns, however this will be indicated at the time of sign up. Sign up for classes will be done at the guild meetings, and you will be required to pay for your class at that time. Due to the low cost of the classes if you cannot attend you will not be reimbursed if you don’t attend.
We ask that individuals have taken a beginners class in quilting and have basic sewing skills. The Guild has a great deal of items available for use, however we do suggest that you also have the basic tools to enjoy your class. Basic Tools: Sewing machine, thread, rulers, rotary cutters, cutting mat, scissors.
Workshops are the second Saturday of the month.
Quilters Day out Saturday
The last Saturday of the month we devote to quilting, in whatever way you want. Sewing, cutting, planning, quilting, sharing ideas, chatting, admiring each other’s projects – you do whatever suits you. The price is still $5.00. Combine it with the Friday PHD and you have yourself a mini-retreat – no family, no chores, no interruptions, just quilting for one or two days - you decide!
Projects Half Done
The Friday proceeding the last Saturday of the month is devoted to getting your projects completed - no starting new ones! Bring along a project or two that you started, but just haven't had time to finish. Work on them and once you've finished you will gain your PHD! This class runs from 9 - 9. Bring your lunch and/or dinner and quilt away. Sign up is required. There is an attendance fee of $5. But if you leave your machine set up and come to the Saturday Quilters Day out, then you only pay for one of the days. It'a a monthly mini retreat - what more could you want!
We are members who have an embroidery attachment for our sewing machines that allows us to stitch the amazing world of digitized designs. Our monthly sessions are a mixture of sewing and sharing – exchanging information on a new designer that has been found – new stabilizers – newest threads – troubleshooting stitch out issues – sources of linens, etc. Our participants have a variety of machines so if one is having trouble, there is always someone to offer help. The Guild’s Library has subscribed to a magazine for us - ‘Creative Machine Embroidery’ - which has free designs and projects that we often do as a group – otherwise we work on our own projects - which provides endless inspiration for everyone else. Have a look at this magazine to see the types of things that we do – or better yet - drop by for coffee and see what we are stitching. If you have an embroidery machine or are thinking about one, please come and join us.
Once a year in April from Thursday to Sunday we have a Retreat at Ness Lake Bible Camp. The camp features dorm style rooms and lots of outdoor space for an afternoon walk if you need a break. It is nestled in the trees on Ness Lake - just outside of Prince George. For 2019 we are hoping to offer a 5 day or a 3 day retreat option. We will continue to offer a mystery quilt for those of you interested and we hope to continue with offering an on-site store for all of your quilting needs.
Along with your projects, sewing machine and accessories you will need to bring clothes, bedding (pillow, single size sheets and blankets)and toiletries.. All your meals and snacks are provided by the camp. This is a weekend of socializing, learning, and sharing. We even bring a few games if you would like to play. No housework, cooking, husbands, or children to distract you. A weekend to have an open mind and enjoy yourself!
Studio Fair is a creation of the Community Art Council ( CAC) and is their main fund raiser to cover operating costs. Studio Fair is a juried craft show which draws Artisans from across Northern BC and Canada to sell their handmade wares. The guilds, as members of the CAC are requested to help out with something for Studio Fair and in turn get a free booth at the sale. The Quilters Guild sells raffle tickets one day of the fair for the CAC.
Members of the guild can sell items in the Quilters booth. All items must be well made of quality fabric and made by the selling member. All items are juried in house and all must be recorded on a form and tagged with price, contents and makers name. The forms and tags are supplied by the Guild. The Guild collects the sales monies and retains 15% if the member works at Studio Fair or 25% if a member does not work a shift. Also, it is not mandatory, but we ask that members donate a small article to the Guild, of which 100% is kept by the Guild.