December Newsletter

Royal City Quilters' Guild
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Guild Meeting

Next Guild Meeting:
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
7:00pm ET on Zoom

The Zoom link will be emailed to all members and guests on the day before the Guild meeting by Helen Kocmarek.

To renew your membership or purchase a guest pass visit the RCQG store

If you miss the meeting, don't worry! The Guild meeting will be recorded and the link emailed to the membership within about 24 hours.

Please update Zoom before the meeting.  Visit the RCQG Zoom How-To to learn how to update Zoom, and for a Zoom video tutorial.

The newsletter ends with the RCQG Sew Safe Policy. If you are unable to view the entire newsletter, visit the RCQG Newsletter Archives to see the full version.  If you would like to advertise in the newsletter, please get in touch with Jane Londerville (advertising [at]

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December Programme

Smiling face of a white woman with light orange hair, in the background is a quilt in fall colours.
In December Annie Smith will take us on a journey of colour trends and fabric  in her presentation called "Understanding the Value of Colour". Annie Smith is a quilt imagineer, author, national and international quilt instructor and a podcaster and areas of expertise are color and fabric choices and machine applique of which she’s written two books for C&T Publishing.
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RCQG member Kathy Wagner holding up one queen size quilt and one lap quilt and smiling.
To participate in Show & Share please email a photo of your quilt (preferably with you in the photo too!) to Susan Thompson (showandshare [at] ). Include your name, the name of the quilt, the pattern, and the quilter. During the meeting Susan will project the photo for all to see and you'll be asked to speak about it. 
Deadline for photos: 7pm on the Sunday night before the meeting.

Member Spotlight
Colleen Hunter

This photo was taken about 3 years ago during Show&Share at a Guild meeting. The twin quilt on the left was made for Colleen's oldest granddaughter and the one on the right is a double scrap quilt with no two blocks that are alike.
Colleen Hunter has always loved to sew but hadn't been doing much of it until about twenty years ago when her husband commented that she had a lovely sewing machine that she wasn't using. That was all the nudging she needed before she decided to take a machine quilting course with Sandra Thomas - and that was the beginning of her quilting journey. 

Colleen had actually done a bit of quilting much earlier, as a child. She made a 4-square pincushion in 4-H and a Sunbonnet Sue block that was turned into a purse with wooden handles in school. Currently, Colleen is working on a wedding quilt for her nephew who was married three years ago. She is finishing the binding in hopes of sending it up to Sudbury with her sister in time for Christmas. Colleen does a lot of longarming too.

Her favourite kinds of quilts are scrap quilts. She prefers random scrap quilts with dark sashing to tie it together. She has used many scraps from the fabric exchange bin at Guild meetings and misses finding treasures to turn into comfort quilts. Colleen figures she's probably made at least 10 scrap quilts for Community Outreach using all different patterns. She has been part of the Community Outreach committee for years and credits joining committees, and attending workshops and Bee Days for meeting people in the Guild and building friendships. Prior to the pandemic Colleen served as the Guild's library chair.

She and her husband have been building a new house up on the Bruce Peninsula between Wiarton and Lion's Head. They are ready to move and Colleen is keen to enjoy her new quilting studio. Colleen loves that she's been able to keep her membership in the Guild despite their move because of Zoom. 
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Thank you!

The RCQG Executive would like to announce that two valued members of our team have decided to submit their resignation while continuing as members of the Guild:

Past President Monica Bell
Monica has been involved in the RCQG Executive for ten years and has been recognized as a welcoming presence in the Guild. Her contributions over the last five years as Vice-President, President, and Past-President have been valued as were the years she spent as Programme Chair and doing Special Projects. She will be sorely missed on the Executive team. We wish her all the best as she spends more time with her grandchildren and on quilting projects that bring her joy.

Community Outreach Co-Chair Katrina Baklarz
Katrina's contributions to Community Outreach have been a cornerstone of that programme, and we wish her all the best as she steps back into the role of a "regular" member of the committee and as Jan Snell continues in the role of chair. Katrina continued the work begun by Cheryl Cowan to modernize the quilts that are delivered to our community partners. She guided the Community Outreach programme as they shifted their work online during the pandemic.

Thank you both for all your hard work and dedication to the Guild.


red berries hanging from a snow covered branch. text: welcome!
The RCQG stands at 180+ members for the 2021-2022 Guild year. The guild extends a very warm welcome our most recent members: Barbara Powell, Brenda Dagg, and Louise Marshall.

Virtual Workshops

graphic quilt in geometric black, white, and organge with straight line quilting in white and orange. Text: david owen hastings, workshop: modern abstract quilts

New Workshop Announcement

You asked for a workshop with David Owen Hastings and we heard you!  
Modern Abstract Quilts with David Owen Hastings
May 28, 2022 from 12:00pm to 6:oopm (ET)

Visit for more details about the virtual workshop. 
RCQG members can register now at
Non-members may register beginning January 1. 

Tula Pink Quiltalong

rainbow butterfly quilt with a white background. Place on a forest path. Text: Tula Pink, The Butterfly Quilt, 2nd Edition
It’s Tula Pink Time!
Our vendor partner tells us the new Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt pattern should be released by the end of December and that kits (for those who want them) will be available by mid-January. 

Royal City Quilters’ Guild, Waterloo County Quilters’ Guild, and York Heritage Quilters Guild are partnering for this sew-along, so you’ll get to meet members of these guilds; learn tips and tricks at the monthly sew-along meetings; and share your progress with fellow sew-along members.

For more information about how to sign up, get kits/patterns, etc., see the detailed FAQs at the RCQG website:
Make this one of your favourite 2022 quilting projects!

Community Outreach

Betty Slack was given 58 comfort quilts for use with clients at the Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Care and Treatment Centre in The Guelph General Hospital on November 5th. She was overwhelmed with the generosity and care demonstrated by our membership.

Thank you to RCQG members for your continued support of the Community Outreach Program. Know that you are making a difference in the lives of others at a time of great need.
Image: Quilts Donated by Community Outreach on Nov 5, 2021
Community Outreach Bins
for pick-up and drop-off

Trish Pequegnat's House: 12 Trillium Court, Guelph (ipequegnat [at]

Cindy's Office: Tacoma Engineers, 176 Speedvale Ave., Guelph 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Text: Join us for International Quilting Day. There are three decorative quilt blocks. Text continues: Saturday, March 19, 2022. A virtual, all-day celebration. Demonstrations, vendors, prize draws. Featuring Meg Cox, International Quilt Museum. Free for members of Royal City Quilters Guild, York Heritage Quilters Guild, Waterloo County Quilters Guild. Guest fee $20. Register at


stashbusters logo. Sewing machine in white on a black triangle with the text 'stashbusters' below.
Speedy stars quilt draped over a chair. Quilt colours are grey, black, white, purple, teal.
Stash Busters is one of RCQG's Special Interest Groups. We meet on Zoom, the first Wednesday of every month. Our social sewing starts at 9:30 am and ends around 3:30 pm. Our next Sew Day is January 5th. 

For our next project, Becky Fiedler will lead us in making a quilt-as-you-go pattern called "Speedy Stars by Fairy Lake quilt Designs. This pattern is available digitally for $9.95 US from Fairy Lake Quilts (link). If you are interested in joining us for this project, please contact Sue Foard (stashbusters [at] for additional details. 

Upcoming Show

landscape art quilt in fall colours in a brown frame
‘Scapes, ‘Scopes and Abstracts'

The Guelph Arts Council is honoured to feature local artists in the street-level community gallery located at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, Guelph, ON. 

Royal City Quilters' Guild's very own Joan Hug-Valeriote is presenting her solo show entitled 'Scapes, 'Scopes and Abstracts' between December 11-31, 2021. Mon-Tues 9am-3pm,  to Wed-Fri 9am-5pm.

Joan is an award-winning professional quilt-artist who started quilting with traditional bedquilts and moved on to quilted landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes. Joan will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery on Sunday, December 12th from 2 to 4 pm. Hope to see you there!
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CQA News and Events

CQA Logo. Maple leaf in yellows, reds, and oranges. Text: Canadian Quilters, Courtepointieres Canadiennes
The most recent CQA/AAC newsletter listed two new Facebook groups that they've started:
Quilting in Canada
CQA Quilting Projects

CQA/AAC has started to offer webinars twice a month througout the year. Tickets can be purchased online, here is the schedule. 

CQA/AAC has announced the 2021-2022 challenges - from a youth challenge to a fabric challenge. Read all about the newest challenges here

RCQG Calendar

The Guild has lots of online offerings, from Stash Busters, to Special Interest Groups,and workshops.  
Find all the happenings here: 
RCQG Calendar of Events

Neighbouring Guilds

Scrappy pieced quilt top. Background is neutrals, with a red Q, green U, orange I, blue L and purple T.


February 15: Brandy Maslowski, A Quilter's Journey
February 22 (9:30-4:30): Brandy Maslowski, Workshop: Healing Stitches
February 26 (9:30-4:30): Brandy Maslowski, Workshop: Colourways
March 15: Carolina Oneto, Playing With Colour Value
March 26 (9am-12pm): Carolina Oneto, Workshop: Organic Shapes
March 29 (12pm-4pm): Carolina Oneto, Workshop: Curves and Transparencies
(and more!)

December 8: Kate Colleran, Modern Traditional Exploring Quilt Styles

December 8: Valerie Wilson, Uncovering Art Quilts
January 12: Sharon Blackmore, Express Yourself
February 9: Mary Elizabeth Kinch, Trunk Show

January 6: Kim Caskey, Tour of Japan
February 3: Jackie White, Trunk Show
March 3: Melissa Marginet, Myth: Quilting is an Expensive Hobby
April 7: Nancy McCracken, Trunk show
May 5: Robin Bogaert, Trunk Show

February 23: Peter Byrne
March 23: Arlene Nicholas, My Quilting Journey
April 27: Carla Alexiuk, Things I have Learnt from Quilting

Show & Share

By clicking the button below you can view the entire Show & Share gallery from the last Guild meeting.
Show & Share Powerpoint

Sew Safe Policy

Hand drawn sewing notions in a wreath shape around the words RCQG Sew Safe Policy
Due to the global COVID-19 environment, our concern for members’ well-being, and liability concerns for the Royal City Quilters Guild, all RCQG activities are to be conducted according to current Ontario provincial guidelines including capacity limits, masking, and physical distancing.
In all instances, RCQG in-person gatherings must include proof of vaccination and contact tracing. These gatherings include, but are not limited to monthly guild meetings, executive meetings, committee meetings, special interest groups and workshops.
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