Monday, 29 October 2012

Exhibit: "15 Years of Quilting"

Exhibition will be on display at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery
(2nd Floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park)
November 1 - 29, 2012


On November 24, 1997 a ‘Getting Organized’ meeting was held with 14 quilters in attendance. There was a general discussion on goals and objectives, and nominations for the first executive, and the Guild began.

The decision to join the Canadian Quilters Association (CQA) was made at the January 12, 1998 meeting. The name NORTHERN LIGHTS QUILTER’S GUILD was accepted at the February 9, 1998 meeting and the announcement of Official Membership in CQA was made at the April 6, 1998 meeting. Meetings were set to be held the second and fourth Monday of each month at Greely Road School; with one being a business meeting and the other an instructional meeting. Annual Membership was set at $20.00 a year.

The membership immediately got to work with in-house demonstrations, instruction and mentoring, show and tell, advertising, fabric discounts for Guild Members, and charitable donations to various causes. By the end of April 1998, the Planning Committee consisted of 11 members. We continue with many of these activities still today.

By 2003, membership had grown to over 40. Throughout the past 5 years, instructors from other sources were being invited to teach interesting techniques and workshops. The Planning Committee kept coming up with new and unique ideas to keep the quilters quilting. Throughout the years, we have utilized several venues in the city for meetings or quilting days, i.e. Haxton Centre, Hub, Bob Lamb/Keyano College, Heritage Park, Bear Paw Quilt Store and Suzy Q's to name just a few.

The Guild has been and continues to be very involved throughout the years very in supporting community organizations through making and donating Charity Quilts. Over the years we have supported many organizations such as the Festival of the Trees, Canadian Mental Health Association, Heritage Park, The Hub, and many others.

Throughout the years, our Guild has maintained a membership of 40+. We have experienced much transition, however we still hang on to our eldest and a founding member, Yvonne Whelton. Our venue is now Heritage Park and Bob Lamb, alternating with one meeting and then a weekend of quilting each month. Membership fees are now just $75.00 a year. The planning committee continues with course offerings from teachers in and out of town as well as meeting activities such as mystery quilt projects and Social Committee plans for celebrations throughout the year with gift exchanges and potlucks. We have a website, that keeps members (old and new) up-to-date and also increases our visibility for those who are new to Fort McMurray and want to join in the fun and creativity of quilting.

Since the beginning and still today, The NORTHERN LIGHTS QUILTER’S GUILD provides an environment of sharing and appreciation for the art of quilting for quilters of all levels.

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