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 a  Sewing and Quilting Circle.

 

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. As well as well as preserving the  of quilt making in the Region of Waterloo, this Quilt Exhibit is used as a fundraiser for the Guild to continue providing education in the art of quilting.

 

For many years the guild produced and raffled quilts with proceeds going to local charities. Members participated in the design and construction of the which were selected by the membership through 2015.  Since then the guild provides quilts to charitable organizations upon request, to use as they choose. In 2017 we produced the Arthritis Society Bluebird Quilt (shown below) and currently we are working on a quilt for the Victims Services to raffle.

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Arthritis Society Bluebird Quit
Springtime Memories   by  Renske Helmuth

Springtime Memories

Renske Helmuth

First Place - Master Quilter Category

2017 WCQG Exhibit Viewers’ Choice

Many members also make and donate quilts to other worthy charities dear to their own hearts, such as the New Hamburg Relief Sale, Project Linus and Caring Connection.

For many years our guild provided The Grand National Quilt Show with the funds for the Curator's Choice Award. Catalogues of the past shows can be viewed on the Past Shows page of http://www.grandnationalquiltshow.ca/pastshows.html. We are proud to continue 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!

In 2015 we created a retrospective of our 30 years as a guild. It has been converted to a PDF and reduced from its once significant size. It brought back many memories for long-time members and provided a bit of history for newer members.