Kanata Quilt Guild

We want you back!

We want you back!

With the COVID 19 situation still continuing in our region, the Kanata Quilt Guild will be moving its meetings to the ZOOM platform until we can safely meet in person.  Our meetings will be held on the usual days – second Thursday of the month – and time (9:30 am).  We will be broadcasting from our homes to yours.   The Executive and the Program Volunteers are working to bring you some exciting and different speakers as we search North America for interesting presentations.  And we are doing this to entice you to remain as members and keep our guild as vibrant as it has been.

Attached is the new Membership form for 2020-2021.  You will see that we have reduced the membership fee to $25.00 for the year as we do not have to pay rentals on the church or legion.  Plus we have arranged to accept this fee by e transfer, but you can send a cheque if you wish.  The details for both methods are on the membership form. 

We also ask you to accept that if we do meet in person, it will be using the guidance from the ON Government and the Ottawa Public Health agency.  To entice you further, we are offering 3 gift certificates to 3 members who register by September 7, Labour Day.  We will do the draw live on our September ZOOM meeting and will arrange to send the prizes to the winners.  

One of the fun things we did as a group was our regular and special draws.  And we have a system in place to continue this.  You can buy tickets for each of the 5 special draws we have planned for 2020-2021, by adding $25 to your membership e transfer.  This gives you one ticket for each of the 5 special draws (Tickets are $5 each.). You can buy more than one ticket per draw if you wish.  The draws will be done live on ZOOM and volunteers will deliver the prizes.  A complete list of the items included in each special draw is attached.   

We were all new to ZOOM when we went into isolation and many of us have had to learn ZOOM to contact our families (we do a weekly games night with all the grandkids), talk to our quilting friends, and organize the next year for the guild.  It is not complicated and is easy to learn.  Do you want to have a mini tutorial on how to use ZOOM before we start our meetings?  If so, please send a note to Leslie at lesliewhitby6@gmail.com to request one and she will organize small group sessions at the beginning of September.  A ZOOM account is not needed to join us, a link to the meeting will be sent to all 2019/2020 members for the September meeting and to all 2020 members in the following months.  Who knows, you may just want to set up your own ZOOM account and contact all your friends!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in September, Leslie, Liz, Lynn, Dianne, Pauline, Judith, Debby and Brigid
Membership Form
Draw Basket Information

2019-2020 Program Cancelled

Good morning everyone.  What a difference a month makes.  I want to thank you all for doing your part to keep each of us and our community as safe as we can.  I think it is so interesting how everyone is expressing their appreciation for each other, their friends, their neighbours and  their community.  I love seeing the banner “Apart but not Alone”  to remember we are part of a community that works together. And I cannot believe how many face masks you have all made and given away!

But time is marching on and one day dissolves into another, and I have to check my computer to recall what day it really is.  At least, we quilters have something we love doing to keep us alert and active. And I have loved looking at your projects on social media.  I have made a huge dent in all my UFOs by bribing myself that I can start 2 new projects if I get others done first.  I have no idea when I thought these would ever get finished and it is a good feeling.

It is mid April and we have to make a decision about  the rest of our quilting year.  We have the guidance on social distancing that we have all been following, but there is also guidance to businesses and organizations about measures they should take.  It looks like we cannot hold any large gatherings until at least the end of June. And I am not sure that the Public Health folks would recognize quilting as an essential service!  So the KQG Exec has taken the decision to cancel our meetings and activities for the rest of the year.  We hope to work over the summer to have a great program for you starting in September if we can all bring this virus under control. We will hold the September meeting taking all actions necessary to stay safe and healthy, so make a mask to wear! 

 
A Note from the Glen Cairn United Church:  These are strange times, indeed. As you shelter in place, please know we are sending prayers your way and that we hope to see you all again soon. And if any of you are ever interested in attending our online 10:00 am Sunday worship service with Rev. Elaine Beattie, please feel welcome to check out our website at gcuc.ca for more details.
 
Hopefully, by September,  we can get together to see what we have all been up to for all this time.  A huge Show and Tell Meeting maybe?
 
Stay Safe and Sew On!  Leslie, Liz, Lynn, Dianne, Pauline, Judith and Debby

Quilts to Cornerstone

Not even a pandemic can stop us from giving the gift of love. Still while respecting the ‘social distancing’, Rosemary from the Cornerstone Housing for Women came over to our Charity coordinator, Carol’s house to pick up 10 quilts. She said this could not have come at a better time since more women than ever are suffering from anxieties during this pandemic. I reassured her that each of these quilts were sewn with extra hugs in hopes to provide more comfort. From the bottom of their hearts, the women at the Cornerstone thank us for our continued support.


NOTICE TO KANATA QUILT GUILD MEMBERS

At our Meeting on March 12, we agreed to undertake some measures to help stop the spread of the COVID – 19 virus.

As a way of being prudent, we are canceling the rest of the events for March, notably the March In-Town Retreat, and the Sew Days on March 18 and April 2. Until further notice, all planned April events and the guild meeting, including the retreat at Fort Coulonge, will be assessed on an event by event basis, as there is a more definitive approach proposed to groups like us. The Exec will be assessing the situation weekly and will let you know as soon as we make a decision. We will refund the In-Town retreat funds at our next guild meeting. Your Fort Coulonge cheques have not been cashed yet so we will hold them until a decision is made either way.

Additional Information

Yesterday, the Glen Cairn United Church contacted all its renters with some requests with regard to the COVID-19 virus. As recommended by the United Church of Canada in accordance with WHO, they asked that we please communicate to our group the following precautions in order to prevent the spread of the virus should there be an outbreak in our community:

  • Regular and thorough hand-washing. Hand-sanitizing is the next best alternative.
  • When coughing or sneezing, please do so into a tissue or use your elbow bend
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay at home if feeling unwell, or if in contact with anyone that has visited an infected area.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wipe down any surfaces used with a cleaning agent.

Yesterday, the Legion Exec also addressed the COVID-19 situation and came to the conclusion to assess each event on a case by case basis. We will let both the Church and the Legion know what we are planning.

The President also contacted the City of Ottawa Medical Office of Health who advised that we follow the WHO guidelines and remain vigilant and prudent. We used all this info to come to our decisions listed above and will continue to monitor the latest advice from medical experts.

Thank you for your support and stay safe, Leslie