The new year is well underway as we approach the end of the first week (at least the week that included January 1st!). Best wishes to each of you for a truly wonderful and creative 2014.
Members of a number of local and distance groups will begin their spring meeting schedules this next week. You are invited to sample a number of opportunities for networking with old and new friends.
LIMESTONE QUILTERS GUILD
The Limestone Quilters Guild meets on first Wednesday evenings each month at the Kingston Seniors Association Centre located at 56 Francis Street off Mowat Drive. Meetings are open at 6:30 pm with registration and time to visit the Guild's vast lending Library.
The Wednesday January 8, 2014 meeting is an invitation to enjoy a presentation by well known local quilters and group facilitators Ann Oastler, Mary Waugh and Brynhild Hansen.
Visitors are always welcome at meetings, and very seldom does a visitor leave the meeting hall without a decision to join in the fun of this large and very talented group of both traditional and contemporary quilters.
The mid-meeting breaks always offer a lovely array of donated treats and time for meeting new friends. Come enjoy the quilting community.... and help us maintain the links to this well loved stitch tradition.
Details here: Limestone Quilters Guild
INNOVATIVE THREADS GROUP
This is a wonderful group of friends who have almost all attended courses at St. Lawrence College or are involved in one way or another with the fibre arts movement in the Kingston area. Many members are quilters, others love painting and dyeing fabrics and others love the traditional hand stitch stretched into a modern twist on embroidery. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the group.
There are two separate arms of this group:
An evening meeting is held on the second Monday each month, 6:30-8:30 pm from September through June (and often through summer). The meetings have recently moved from the college to their new location at the St. John's Church located on Church Street just off Biden, and north of King Street in the Portsmouth Village area of Kingston. Everyone welcome. Please plan to bring something to shar and always feel free to bring a stitch project to work on... and in January enjoy a short talk about the use of WASP NEST fibre by member Diane Hogan. (imagine!)
A daytime group (often including members who attend the evening group as well) is held at St. John's Church on the fourth Tuesday each month from 10 am - 3 pm... bring your own brown bag lunch and enjoy coffee/tea time with friends. No specific program is planned, but there is often lots of sharing and new work to see and enjoy. The group owns a wonderful resource library that will be kept at the Church in the new year and is available to all member participants.
For information contact:
Donna Hamilton: hamilton[AT]queensu.ca or Robin Field: robin[AT] kingston.net
SAQA CENTRAL CANADA
Regional gatherings of the Kingston and area arm of the fibre artist members of the international STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES and are open to all SAQA members.
A quarterly meeting is held locally to bring area members of SAQA together for sharing four times a year. The next Central Canada, Ontario Regional Meeting will be held in Kingston at St. John's Church on Monday, February 10th, 2014 from 10:30 - 3 pm. Feel free to join us for a visit and learn more about this wonderful network of fibre artist friends. The Church is located at St. John's Church, Church Street off Baiden Ave in Portsmouth Village.
SAQA members in Kingston and area definitely enjoy time together for catching up on all the news that this great association offers to members and friends. Everyone is welcome, and membership is open. Please visit the SAQA.com main website at Studio Art Quilt Associates where you will enjoy wonderful links to all of the beautiful fibre art and the members across the ART QUILT world. Or visit the Central Canada Regional blog at SAQA Central Canada for all of the updated news from Ontario.
Contact Bethany Garner, Regional Co-Rep for information: garner[AT]kingston.net
Enjoy the season and have some fun exploring all things quilt and stitch related in Kingston this new year.