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Community Outreach “Bag Blitz”

We’re having a Bag Blitz!
From our January through April Guild meetings we will be sewing with a frenzy in support of our community YWCA and  Bow Valley Palliative Care  programs  Let’s see how many bags we can make!  

Here are the pattern links for the YWCA and Precious Belongings Palliative Care tote bag: Simple Tote Bag 2020 and Precious Belongings

Your contacts for the YWCA Totes are Siobhan or Deb and for the Precious Belongings Totes, Albertina or Dale.

Honouring Roseanne and our Guild Founders

The link below is to a video that we planned to show at our November meeting to honour Roseanne and the Founders of our Guild.  As we recently learned, Roseanne is moving to Leduc to be closer to family.  She will, however, remain a member of our Guild and through the magic of technology, be able to join us on Zoom.  We’re all sad to see her leave the Bow Valley!  Her sunny attitude and willingness to volunteer for anything that needs to be done will be missed by so many local organizations.  Thanks so much to Wally and her son-in-law for converting it to a private YouTube video so we can all watch.

Lori Dickman Workshop for Members Only!

Workshop Postponed Due to Instructor illness

We know that the past many months have been challenging for everyone.  So we wanted to do something special for our members.  We will be offering a free one day zoom workshop on January 22, 2022 for all of our members.  The workshop we will be offering is with award winning quilter, teacher and designer Lori Dickman  ( Zooming in from Illinois.   For the workshop description, supply list and the workshop sign up  please go to the members only section of the website.  If you have any questions please contact

Raffle Quilt Draw – Colourful Canmore

Raffle Quilt Draw

On Sunday afternoon, Dean Murphy from the Sugar Pine in Canmore drew the winning ticket for our stunning raffle quilt, Colourful Canmore.  The winner is (insert drum roll here!)  Sue Herlett.  The winning ticket was sold by Pat G.  We hope Sue, the winner of Colourful Canmore will be delighted with her prize.

The raffle quilt is a major source of funding for the Guild.  Many thanks to the Raffle Quilt committee and all those who sold tickets and manned the booths at the market and outside the Sugar Pine during these difficult months!

It was lovely to see so many members out to watch the draw on this lovely fall afternoon, and to Dean for taking the time from his busy life to draw the winning ticket.

Bee Groups

Bee Groups give us the opportunity to connect in small groups with other like-minded quilters, and learn from each other and be inspired by each other.  Hopefully, this year will allow us to be together again, whether in person (following covid restrictions) or virtually using Zoom.  If you’d like to start a bee group, but aren’t sure about zoom, there are many of us that could help with that.  We are only limited by our imaginations!  

Please email me with ideas for Bee Groups – When emailing, it will be helpful if you use the title MCQG Bee Group, and send to

Current Bee Groups

Postcard making for shows (Lead Mary W.)  The guild would like members to make some postcards to be sold at the Visions Show and at the Canadian Rockies Quilt Show.  So, wouldn’t it be fun to have a monthly zoom get together for a couple of  hours where members could make postcards, inspire each other and socialize at the same time! 

There’s no obligation to be there every month, but we’d just like to know if there are people who might be interested in doing this. Please send an email to if you’d like to participate.  
 Pick 5 Challenge (Co-Leads Ellen L. and Dawn H.)  This idea was started last year by ‘the working group’ and there has been interest expressed to do it again!  This group will connect in a zoom meeting once a month for a couple of hours.  
Here’s how it works:
Do you have projects or specific quilt related tasks you would like to complete?  It could be a course you want to take or a new technique you want to try. Here’s a little motivation!
– You choose 5 of your own projects and assign numbers 1 through 4 to each project.    Label the 5th project as “Joker”
– Each month a number (1 to 4 or Joker) will be drawn by the leads
– That’s the project you would work on completing that month
– The joker will be a surprise
Please send an email to Ellen at if you’d like to be included.
Zoom meeting dates are posted on the guild calendar.
Scrappy Quilts  This bee group, led by Chris Nykoluk, was previously established and met in person monthly.  Members are interested in working on, and sharing ideas about creating Scrap Quilts. There’s always a bit of fabric sharing that happens too!  This group has a tentative plan to restart in November.  At this time, the group is at full capacity, for the space in the room, with members who have participated in the past.

UFO’s   This bee group, led by Chris Nykoluk,  was previously established and met in person monthly.  Members are interested in completing projects of their own, while in the company of others.  They share ideas, help each other with techniques, and generally support each other and enjoy this social time. This group has a tentative plan to restart in November.  At this time, the group is at full capacity, for the space in the room, with members who have participated in the past.

A Note From Our President

Thanks to everyone who attended our first meeting on Wednesday.  We had a great turnout and the technology gods seemed to smile upon us.  The link to the recording is now available on the website and it will be available until end of day on September 30.
We have a great lineup of activities planned for the year.  Remember that there is no expectation that you will participate in everything!  Think of it as a buffet and get involved in the things that grab your interest and that you feel you have the time to do.  
We’re monitoring the situation with COVID and the provincial health restrictions.  We’ll let you know if we need to adjust our plans as we get closer to each event.  At the moment, the Canmore Recreation Centre is planning to remain open under the REP guidelines (what we would all call the vaccine passport) so we will be able to continue to have in-person meetings for everyone who is fully vaccinated.  Of course, this could change on short notice.  We will also offer a Zoom connection for those of you who need to limit your contact with others.  We aren’t sure yet if we can do Zoom for in-person workshops.
If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so as soon as you can.  It’s quick and easy on the website with your credit card, but there are other options available too.  And of course, if you need help, reach out to our wonderful membership coordinators.
We’re looking for one or two people to back up Catherine R., our new Zoom Mother, in case she is unable to attend a meeting.  Training is available and it isn’t hard.  It’s also good for your brain to be challenged in new and weird ways!  Please help out if you can.
Thanks so much to Jillian R., who has volunteered to help Catherine R. with our Bylaw update, and to Cathy S. who has agreed to organize our photo montage for Show & Share!
Please come out for a few minutes on Sunday, October 17 at 3 pm at the courtyard of St. Michael’s Church in Canmore.  We’ll be drawing the winner of our gorgeous raffle quilt then.
Speaking of the Raffle Quilt, don’t forget to return your ticket stubs to Karen or Chris no later than Friday, October 8.


The 2021/22 Education Calendar of Events

There are great speakers lined up for the  2021/2022 guild year.

November 17, 2021:  Dean Murphy from The Sugar Pine Company will present a Christmas and Sugar Pine product showcase.  

December 15, 2021:  Joanna Dermenjian from Ontario will present Quilting as to War:  Canadian Women’s Community Contributions to WWII.

January 19, 2022:  Bernie and Shelly Tobisch will present Building a Better Relationship with Your Sewing Machine.

February 16, 2022: “Every Quilt Tells a Story”

March 16, 2022:   Dawn Piasta from Manitoba will present Trunk Show A La Mode.

April 20, 2022. Krista Hennebury from British Columbia with present Search for a Signature Style.

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