About Us

We are a group of quilters who meet during the day to share our common interest in all things related to quilts.  We welcome returning and new members and hope you will enjoy being with us.

When and where we meet

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month (except July and August) via Zoom, and at the Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbyhill Drive, Kanata once we resume in-person monthly meetings.  The meetings are from 9:30 to noon, with the Zoom call open at 9:00 for informal chatting.

We will be meeting on Zoom until at least March 2023, a link to the meeting will be emailed each month to current members and paid visitors, generally a day or two before the meeting.

Membership

The membership year runs from July 1 through June 30.  Our membership cost is $35 per year, if paid before November 30.  Visitors are welcome at any meeting, at a per meeting fee of $5.

Click here for the online membership form

New members may also order a guild name tag for an additional cost, the name tag can be used at our in-person sew days, workshops and other in-person events.  Name tag update:  We will be placing two orders for name tags this year, the first is due by September 30th, with pick up of name tags at the October Sew Day and the other in February 2023.  Please click on the membership form to order a name tag, and send your payment using either eTransfer or Cheque as indicated.  Payment must be received prior to your order being accepted.  The cost for a name tag with a magnetic holder is $10.00.  

Membership benefits include the monthly newsletter, monthly meetings with interesting speakers, sew days, play-days, retreats, workshops, community involvement with charity quilts and baby quilties and so much more.

New and renewing members can fill in an online form that will be sent to the membership team as soon as you hit the Submit button, you can also pre-purchase your draw tickets at the same time.  Follow the instructions on the membership form for payment by either eTransfer or cheque.  A membership card will be mailed once the team has both the form and payment.

For a print version of the membership form, click here, print and mail as per instructions on the page.  

History

The Kanata Quilt Guild was started in 2010 by Judy Emond. The first meeting was held September 8th, 2010 at the Glen Cairn United Church. The idea for the guild started a few months earlier when Judy overheard a conversation among a group of quilters. They were upset because they could not attend guild meetings anymore as they were all held in the evening and many of them were unable to drive after dark. She sent out approximately 500 emails to quilters in Ottawa and the surrounding area to see if there was an interest in a new, daytime guild. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

Judy decided on a west end location because it was the area she knew best, and Kanata was a central point, easy to access. It was important to have a big, bright, accessible room with kitchen access and the Glen Cairn United Church matched these requirements. Judy hoped for 40 to 50 people at the first meeting but 62 ladies came, and of those, 60 signed up for membership. The goal of 100 members was met by the end of the second meeting, and it is nearly double that in 2017.

The Blue Heron was chosen for the guild membership cards, because Judy used to see them in the water along Eagleson Road every time she went to Kanata.

The hope in starting the guild was that the members would share ideas, projects, expertise and friendship while fostering and preserving the tradition of quilting and at the same time give back to the community.

Constitution

Read our constitution document.  The constitution was updated at the Annual meeting in September 2022.

Annual Report

Read the 2021-2022 Annual Report (coming soon) for more information on recent activities of the Guild.

Volunteer roles

Read a brief description of the responsibilities of each of the executive and volunteer positions.