Members Workshop

On May 26th and 27th, 2018, Erika will be offering two days of classes to the guild membership.sewer

There is no instruction fee; the only cost to the guild member will be $10.00 per person per day to pay for use of the hall (McQueen Community League Hall, 10825 McQueen Road NW, Edmonton).

To further reduce the cost to members, it will be a “bring your own lunch” event.

Members are welcome to attend both days or just one day. 

The first day: ORPHAN blocks - how to incorporate them successfully into a lap top quilt - focus on design and basic construction techniques 

The second day: THE GOOD, BAD and the UGLY - incorporate "uglies" from your stash - focus on design using those "impossible fabrics"

A sign up list will be available at the March and April meetings. The location can accommodate at least 20 persons per day.

Thanks to our Past President, Laurrie Gerzanich who arranged for the location for this special teaching retreat. We are hopeful that the two days of classes will provide creative solutions for those UFO's we all have, as well as providing assistance to both new members as well as those looking for some information relating to both design and construction of quilts in general.


Community Services Activities 2017-2018


The sole charity focus for this year is making "nap quilts" for  seniors residing in various Good Samaritan care facilities located in the Edmonton area.    

The guild has donated 10 quilts already to the Good Samaritan Society and we have received a  certificate from the Society expressing their thanks.  

Our contact person there is Shannon Goralski, Fund Development Coordinator.  Arrangements will be for her to speak to the guild sometime in the New Year to provide some insight into the work of the Society, how the quilts were distributed and to allow her to express the Society's thanks for the guild's generous support.

Long Arm or Machine Quilting Volunteers Still Needed: Please contact me if you are able to provide some help in this regard. Contact information is on the website and in the newsletter (email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)  I propose to personally look after binding the quilt once quilted if required to do so, but there is a desperate need for assistance with getting the "sandwich" quilted.

Potential for Assistance or Instruction with Kits: For those who would like some assistance or have questions relating to the kits, you are warmly welcomed to attend my home for part of or an entire day for a hands on "question, answer and demonstrate" session. This “mentor for a day” is offered to assist quilters (especially newer guild members) in developing their skills, to welcome and strengthen the EDQG quilt family and to help members contribute to charity projects. There will be a sign-up list at the 2nd VP/Charity table at the November meeting. -


Charity Quilts - Where are we now and what are we looking at for next year?

Many thanks to the charity committee and the volunteers who stepped forward when I broke my wrist. The work continues on the "kits" and we will have them available again at the March general meeting. The Good Samaritan Society will be receiving another 20 lap quilts this month.
The Society has obtained the license for the raffle quilt. The tickets for the raffle quilt have been printed and should be available at the March meeting. It is my understanding that the draw will be scheduled for the fall and the date of the draw will no doubt appear on the tickets. The Good Samaritan Society has advised that the monies from the raffle quilt have been designated for programs that directly benefit the seniors; one example given was a music therapy program. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Finally, the guild year is quickly coming to a close.

This is an invitation for the members to submit their thoughts on what our focus charity should be in the 2018 -2019 year. While the guild concentrated on lap quilts for seniors this year, there are many worthy charities out there that need our support. Your submissions could reference charities that focus on children's needs. Or, given the continuing need to provide comfort in the form of seniors quilts, the membership may wish to donate to two charities, one involving children and one for seniors.

Submissions need to be sent by Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Please send via email addressed to me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Please include sufficient information so that we can identify the legal name of the charity, its purpose and the contact person for the charity. You may wish to include a brief sentence as to why you feel this charity should be considered.

Reminder: If your charity quilt package included a pattern, could you please return the pattern to me upon completion of the quilt so that I can include in them in the kits to follow? Again, many thanks to all the wonderful lap quilt designers and with warmest thanks to all those long arm quilters who answered the call for help. 

Erika Bottcher, 2nd Vice President (Charity)




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