One of the main advantages of membership in the Guild is the opportunity to attend monthly workshops. These full day workshops are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from September through April. Originally workshops consisted of members sharing ideas and skills with each other. However, as the membership grew the workshops became more organized and the guild will now often include local talented teachers as well as instructors from outside of the Guild. Some of these teachers have included : Dianne Stevenson CQA teacher of the year, Enid Baker, Marianne Parsons, Laurie Turik, Val Wojtula, and Lilly Thorne, just to mention a few.
In any one year the classes are organized so that they will meet the needs of the wide range of abilities from beginner to intermediate to advanced quilters. Some of the classes in the past have included Hand Applique, Nine Patch Pizzazz, Embellishments, Art Quilts, Paper Piecing, Landscapes, Shashiko. There are also demonstrations and classes that cover topics such as bindings, borders, colour choices, machine quilting, thread painting. The fees are usually $20 per class, paid for in advance, and sometimes it will be necessary to purchase a pattern. Class size may be limited. At the time of registration the participant receives a supply list; step by step directions and instruction sheets are provided at class time.
In addition to classes there are two luncheons with entertainment: one at Christmas time and the second at the AGM in May. It is always fun for us to enjoy the fellowship of our guild members as we share delicious food.
Although there are guide lines that we follow in presenting these classes and demonstrations the main purpose of the program is for quilters to celebrate, grow and share quilting.