Archives – We have an archivist who collects articles and other information pertaining to our guild history.
Bus Trips – Be prepared for a lot of fun and laughs while we enjoy the comfort of a bus and someone to do the driving for us. We try for one bus trip a year and they are usually to a quilt show.
Bursaries – Once a year we offer a bursary of $500 to a graduate of New Beginnings who is continuing his/her education.
Communication Committee – Members are notified of urgent or extra special events by email or phone.
Community Events – The Guild has a booth at many events to promote quilting and our charitable causes. This is handled by many volunteers who sit and stitch and chat with visitors to the booth. This Committee is always looking for volunteers who would like to help out for a few hours, and also have some fun meeting other quilters. The Committee also holds trunk shows in Abbotsford and Mission Seniors Homes on request. For more information, please Email: info@abbotsfordquiltersguild.
Executive – Members of the Executive are listed in the newsletter. They meet the third Tuesday morning, except July. All members are welcome to attend but only an executive member may vote on issues.
Friendship – Members of the Friendship Committee welcome new members and give them an information package. Guests and new members are invited to sit at the Friendship table. Visitors are welcome to their first visit free of charge. It is requested that on subsequent visits they pay a $3.00 fee to help pay expenses.
Hospitality – coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sometimes cookies are provided during the “intermission” of each meeting. Bring your own mug for refreshments, please.
Library – Our guild has an extensive book and magazine collection that is open from 9:30am to 10:00am for the Guild members only. Members can take out 3 books for the month to be returned the following month.
Meetings – are held the second Tuesday of each month, except in July and August. Meetings begin at 10 am. Twice a year, (June and December), we hold a potluck lunch. The annual general meeting is held in June. Elections are held in May.
Membership – Membership committee is responsible for signing members into the meetings as we as enrolling new members. Membership lists are available to guild members in the fall each year.
Newsletter – We publish a newsletter before each monthly meeting. Members are encouraged to submit articles to the newsletter. Submissions must be made by the deadline which is the to the 3rd Friday of the month. Everyone is encouraged to read the newsletter as it contains a wealth of information about guild activities.
Photography – During Show and Tell, the guild photographer takes pictures of each project. Double prints are made and one print goes into a photo album and the other is available for the maker of the quilt or project displayed in the photo. We now use a digital camera and whenever possible photos are uploaded onto our guild members photo page, attached to this website.
Annual Guild Retreat – The Guild hosts a weekend retreat each year that is reasonably priced and is available for approximately 40-45 members to attend. The very best part of Retreat:
- The friendships and ‘sewing buddy’ relationships that develop along with the insights, tips and experiences that are shared among the attendees.
- You’ll get lots of ideas for your own projects – colour combinations, patterns, techniques etc.
- An entire weekend of no cooking or cleaning only sewing and seeing what everyone is working on.
- Door prizes, gift exchange game and a project.
Satellite Groups – Along with our regularly scheduled meetings, many of our members have formed small groups for more personal attachments and closer bonds, some of the groups have a specific focus such as working together to create quilts for donation to our We Care program.
Show and Tell – Members are encouraged to bring their quilting efforts to the guild meetings to display and explain a bit about their projects.
Sunshine – A greeting card is send to members who need a bit of sunshine in their life. Members are urged to notify the sunshine committee when they hear of someone that is in need of a card.
Website – We are always looking for information for our website.
We Care – This is the part of our guild that looks after promoting, collecting and delivering donation quilts. All quilts need to have a guild label attached and these are available from the We Care committee members. Quilts are donated to the Preemie ward at our local hospital, Victim Services, Women’s Shelter, Peardonville House and to a High School Project called New Beginnings. Individual members are encouraged to contribute a quilt to these projects. Reimbursement is available to help defray the cost of backing and batting for those contributing donation quilts.
Workshops – Held at specified times, these are a great way to learn new techniques in quilting, or to start a new project. Workshop samplers are displayed during the meetings and publicized in the newsletter.
Yahoo! online group – our guild maintains a chat group online for members who wish to talk about anything including quilting. See our newsletter for details of how to be a member of this group.