It's the start of a new guild year! If you're looking for a progressive quilt guild that focuses on the modern aesthetic, and want meetings in the Calgary area, you're in the right place. We have a variety of members at the Calgary MQG - from those who've been around for years and attend most meetings to those who pop in once in a while and some who are brand new!
With that, we wanted to set out a few expectations that apply to our guild.:
Our guild meetings start at 7pm at the Wildwood Community Association. The door is usually open by 6:30, and if you are able, we very much appreciate help with set up and take down of chairs and tables. The Community Association is very flexible with us, and we thank you for making sure our relationship with them remains positive by helping to return the space to its original condition.
Our meetings are about two hours in length. We have some element of programming, set out what's coming up and what members need to know and then have an opportunity to show and tell quilts - our favourite part. We are volunteer driven and hope that members take the initiative to join one of our standing committees or spearhead new initiatives.
The Calgary MQG follows the MQG Community Guidelines, which are a defined set of expectations on behaviour. We know that the reasons you quilt vary - from those that use their quilting practice to de-stress and relax to those who engage with challenging topics in their work. We strive to make the Calgary MQG a place where everyone feels welcomed and valued.
We have a give and take table! If you're tired of a fabric, just don't use a tool, pattern or otherwise would like to pass on loved items, please set them out for others to take. We don't have any storage space, so please bring unclaimed items home at the end of the night or dispose of them in the garbage behind the hall.
We have two block programs that rotate. In Block Lotto, members receive a ticket for each block they make, and a draw is held. The winner gets all of the blocks to make a quilt. In Blocks for Good, the blocks are collected and finished into quilts for our Community Giving program. We've streamlined our Community Giving activities so that Blocks for Good is our primary activity, although donations of full backing fabric or quilt sized batting can be discussed. We gratefully decline other donations, and have a couple of resources down in the local quilt news that would be happy for them.