A little history…
Quilting Corners Guild was established in 2006 in response to requests for a local guild to service the Alliston and District area. Local quilt shop owner Liz Schueler, of Lilac Lanes Quilts, initiated the inaugural meeting in March at the Lion’s Club. An executive committee was formulated, followed by a constitution, a guild name and logo, and a mandate was established to provide an atmosphere of learning, sharing and socializing around quilt-minded folks. The name Quilting Corners Guild represents the “four corners” of the townships that surround Alliston: New Tecumseth, Essa, Adjala and Tosorontio (now Adjala-Tosorontio).
Now in our 12th year, we continue to grow in membership, reaching our maximum number of 75, this past March. We welcome guests at any time for a small fee. We are currently working on our 6th bi-annual quilt show, June 8 – 9, 2019, featuring 100+ quilts and wall hangings created by members, a display of community outreach, a bed turning, raffle quilt, tea room, merchant mall, penny auction, and a featured display to be held at the Alliston Curling Club.
We are proud of our dedication to our community outreach programs in support of My Sister’s Place (local woman’s shelter), Matthew’s House Hospice, Days of Girls, and the Good Shepherd Food Bank. To date 617 Quilts of Comfort have been created by the membership for My Sister’s Place plus Christmas stockings, toiletry bags and pillowcases. We have created and donated 6 large quilts and a wall hanging for Matthew’s House, and we have just presented 10 bed quilts for the opening of the new facility in July 2018. Our annual Christmas Bingo proceeds are donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank. When our quilting community finds a need our membership finds a way to help, whether it be by making quilts for flood victims in Calgary (2013), making a donation to fire victims in Fort McMurray (2016), making 8 quilts for the Great Canadian Quilt Bee 2017 in support of Ronald McDonald Houses and most recently 4 quilts for the tragedy in Humboldt. Our contributions to Days for Girls, a program supporting personal hygiene for girls in third world countries, is ongoing with 400 bags, 207 liners and many toiletries donated to date. We even support the local OSPCA with fabric pillows for the cats!
We enjoy our monthly meetings of sharing and socializing as well as other opportunities to make new friends and learn from each other. We meet the first Tuesday monthly (except January) at 7:00 PM at Shilton Hall, St. John’s United Church in Alliston.
Always in stitches… SKB July 2018