Bee Groups

What’s a Bee Group?

Bee Groups are self-organized groups of guild member that meet on a regular basis to either work on their own projects or to learn techniques. The groups are often composed of members with similar interests, similar locations in town or similar availability.

We Bee Quiltin’

Our group formed at a guild executive meeting back in 2012 when the idea of quilt bees was first discussed. When asked who wanted to try it out, 7 ladies signed up. We are beginning our 3rd year and now have 8 members. On the second Friday of the month, you’ll find us “Upstairs at Romes” working on our projects. We really began to “jell” last year. We started out as relative strangers but we have learned each other’s personalities, skills and sense of humour!

In the midst of our individual projects, we are using our scraps to make blocks for a group quilt. There are 440 blocks in the quilt. It may take us another year to finish it before we decide what to do with it. This past summer we challenged ourselves to use striped fabric from a brown bag challenge. It’s really great to sew with a group, you can catch up on news, learn how to do something new, ask advice, get inspired and so much more. Our group is not accepting new members (closed) but drop in to say hello and let us encourage you to start your own Bee group.

Sandie, Jan, Mary Ann, Becky, Diana, Cathy, Elizabeth C and Elizabeth G.

Fibre Arts Group

This is our third year of exploring and experimenting. The second year we spent many months working on our group effort “ Lock City Promenade” which was displayed at our quilt show and at the AQS quilt show in Grand Rapids MI. This year we chose a monthly theme and a technique on which to work. We try to complete at least a small art quilt using these techniques.

We meet monthly and begin by showing our last month’s efforts over morning coffee and then start to play with the new idea or technique. Ideas come from different sources. A member might read about a technique, or see a demo or volunteer to share something she has tried.

We have felted wool, painted and shrunk Tyvek, explored zentangles and confetti techniques, coloured on fabric, manipulated, foiled, sun dyed, chemically dyed and shrunk fabric.

We work in a lot of places with a variety of supplies. We have crowded around tables to observe each other, sun dyed on a patio, dyed fabric outside in the summer and hung a rainbow on a fence to dry. We even worked in a garage with marbling dyes in kitty litter pans!

No matter what the result, we have a great time, share so much with each other, push and inspire each other to move in different directions and often out of our comfort zone. Lunch time is break time... It has become our pattern to plan and discuss our next adventure over a bowl of the host’s yummy homemade soup along with other goodies that are brought to the gathering.

Extra space, equipment and facilities are often needed for our play days. As a result, our group is capped at seven.

Marilyn Maki, Heddys Stevenson, Sharon Robbins, Elaine Oliana, France Fisher, Nancy Sachro

EQ We Do Group

Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) is a computer quilt design program, which enables quilters to design and visualize a quilt or block before making it. It gives options of editing size, experimenting with different fabric colours and quilting designs. Print your own patterns – paper pieced or templates, figure out the yardage needed, add borders ... the list goes on and on.

So how can you learn to use this excellent tool? On the third Thursday of each month the “EQ We Do” group meets downstairs at the Centennial Library, from 1:00p.m.until 3:00p.m. Each member has EQ7 loaded onto a working laptop. Sometimes we work through a prepared lesson, other times we work through a design challenge a member brings to the group. Beginning and experienced users alike always go home having learned something new.

We are in our 4th year of meeting and we are so grateful to experience Electric Quilt together. As they say, “the evil is in the details” and using EQ monthly helps us to practice using detailed steps and getting the big picture to look just the way we want. This group is open to new members with the program installed on a laptop who would like to learn, experiment and design with EQ.

Cathy Norris, Jane Turgeon, Rejeanne Santoro, Sandie Hrycyk, Jeanette Sorokoput, Elizabeth Clendenning, Jane Darlow, Becky Beall, Elizabeth Gray, Joan Davis, Sandy Marshal