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:
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.
Currently our activities are virtual, using the Zoom platform. For the moment the library is closed and our monthly gatherings in Mannheim are on hold.
Flowers for Mum
by Susan Shillingford-Pearson
We are proud of our Community Outreach Programs, including our guild sponsored
Silverback Eats a Snack
by Judy Pearce
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.