Guild  Meetings are Virtual on the Third Wednesday of the Month

Welcome to our next online meeting
December 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm

A Boys on the Block III - Connecting Passion and Patchwork
 Corey Ralph

We are delighted to have Corey Ralph of Sew Manly Quilting, in Edmonton, Alberta, join us for our November meeting for his presentation, Boys on the Block III - Connecting Passion and Patchwork.

Corey has been an artist since he was a small child growing up in St. John's, NL and performed in the Church and community concerts. After he graduated with Bachelor of Music (vocal performance) and Bachelor of Education Degrees, he spent nine years teaching in both


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Newfoundland and Alberta and was awarded the excellence of teaching award in Alberta and was recognized multiple times for music and teaching scholarships and awards. Today Corey sings with Greenwood Singers, a semi-professional choir based in Edmonton.

In 2008, needing a change, Corey completed a Master’s in Business Administration. For years Corey ran a successful business and was very happy with the “new” career, however he needed an outlet for his creative side. That is when he found quilting!

passion. Corey will also offer suggestions as to how we can find, or re-find our passion for quilting. Corey will share a trunk show of some of the 145 quilts that he has completed to date.

In this presentation, Corey will discuss his quilting journey and how through quilting, he found a new passion!  Corey will walk us through the steps he had to make in order to find work-life balance and he will illustrate how quilting has become an outlet for his creative and artist side, and what has become a true

Join Corey on January 14, for his workshop, “Jellybean Row - Signature Houses of St. John’s”. Go to the WCQG store for details and sign up soon if you would also like to order the kit and have it for the workshop.

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Our virtual vendor for this meeting is

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To view a list of all of our 2022/2023 speakers along with links to their websites go to our Meetings Page

Gatherings are In-Person on the First Wednesday of the Month

Welcome to our next Gatherings
December 7, 2022 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Gatherings is a new programme offered by the WCQG. This new monthly in-person programme was created to enable members to meet, sew, socialize and learn. From October to June, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, on the first Wednesday of the month, there will be space for members who wish to sew. There will be an opportunity to pick up and deliver supplies and projects to SMILE and PAL and other outreach projects. The library will be open to take out and return library books. There will be an opportunity to participate in the UFO Challenge and Strippers Club.

In addition, there will be a Featured Member sharing works and/or techniques, enabling members to enhance their quilting talents.

There are more than 10 different ways to make HSTs which appear in numerous quilt blocks.

I would like to share a few techniques that avoid bias edges, but give you a variety of speedier and accurate methods of sewing this versatile square. The demonstration will start at 11:00 am.


For those of you wishing to sew along with me:

Bring roughly 2 fat quarters (FQ) in contrasting material, sewing machine, pencil, paper, ruler, scissors, if you would like to learn these techniques together.

You will need to register with Jean McFarlane to reserve a table for the day. Email Jean at

For those of you wishing to observe:

Bring a notebook and pen or pencil

Bonnie Murdoch, Featured Member for December Gatherings

For anyone just wishing to come and sew for the day, please contact Jean to reserve a table.

And, how about some Christmas treats?? Please feel free to bring some sweets or savouries to enjoy during Gatherings. We'll have tea and coffee for you to enjoy with your treat.

Gatherings is a new initiative for WCQG members, so any and all feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Coordinators: Elaine LaRonde & Jean McFarlane.

This month Bonnie Murdoch will be featured along with a display of some of  her quilts.

Please Note:

For the safety of the membership, Gatherings will adhere to health and safety guidelines established by the Region of Waterloo and the WCQG Executive.


At this time proof of vaccination and masking are required to enter the room for any purpose.  We will continue to monitor Covid health guidelines and numbers, but given the age demographic of our membership we are taking these current extra precautions.  


A big THANKS to the volunteers at November Gathering and to the 27 members who borrowed a total of 80 library books.   Borrowers must be current members and may borrow three (3) books using a valid library card. The cards will be available at the membership table where you check in at the Gatherings.


On December 7, borrowing will continue in two ways: 

  1. In-house at the monthly Gatherings, the library will be open between 10:30am - 3:30pm.

  2. Online orders with curbside pickup will continue. The Deadline for online orders, by email to Librarians, is Saturday, December 3.  Curbside pick-up, on Dec 7, will be 12 noon to 2 pm outside in the Albert McCormick Community Centre parking lot. 


BRING ONE, TAKE TWO   For the next Gathering take a look through your magazine stash and bring them to donate to the BRING ONE, TAKE TWO table. 


Bring your Toonies for the BOOK SALE!  Up on the library stage, we will set out the books 2000-2002 that were culled from the collection.  We'll continue to sell these culled books on a month-to-month basis.

Here’s our next puzzle


See how many words you can make out of the letters in this popular quilt block name – Enjoy!!  

This puzzle is from Happy Quilter Variety Puzzles, Volume 2 by Gailen Runge.

C & T Publishing have given us permission to distribute this puzzle.

A Fat Qtr prize for all who complete the quiz and pick up library books.   


Jean Simpson:


Donna McKay:

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Upcoming  Virtual Workshops

Saturday, December 3, 2022
Back-Basting Appliqué
by Machine
Barbara J. Eikmeier

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Now open to non-members.

Date: Saturday December 3, 2022

Time: 9:30am -12:30pm ET
Skill level: Beginner and up


Saturday, January 14, 2023
Jelly Bean Row - Signature Houses of NFLD

Corey Ralph

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Date: Saturday January 14, 2023

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm ET

Skill level - Intermediate and up

Now open to non-members.

Saturday, January 28, 2023
WALK Mastering Machine Quilting with the Walking Foot

Jacquie Gering

Date: Saturday January 28,2023
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm ET
Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Workshop Information & Registration

Once you have paid for your workshop at the online store, please send an email  with the name of the workshop, your name, phone number and email address to:

For details on each of  the workshop go to the Workshops page.

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Open Sewing Days

Our Open Sewing Times for members only, are continuing each* Monday afternoon  from 2 to 4 pm.  We continue to share social time, great conversations and laughter – all things that are so good for the soul right now.  Come when you can, leave when you wish. We are enjoying a great time together. The links are in the weekly updates.

There will also be monthly  Saturday Open Sewing Day every month.

*Except holiday Mondays

Sewing Together, But Apart

Our Sewing Together, But Apart Days provide an entire day of sewing activities, including sharing tips and strategies, socializing as well as having guest speakers join us for part of the day. To help cover some of the cost of the guest speakers, a charge of $10.00 is included for the afternoon guest speaker. With the possibilities Zoom provides, we are able to access guest speakers from near and far. We look forward to having you join us. Participants are invited to come for all or part of the day. This is event is open to members of the WCQG only. There is no limit to the number of participants.


For details of next session(s) click the date(s) below.

Sewing Together Registration

Once you have for paid a Sewing Together, But Apart day, please send an email  with the date of the event at the online store,  your name, phone number and email address to:

Sewing Together Coordinator