Bygone days of quilting bees

The Fellowship of VSSQ Subgroups

There is a long tradition of quilters gathering together for fellowship and quilting. VSSQ now has six subgroups available to members. They each have a different focus and meet as noted in the descriptions below. They are not teaching situations, but many a problem has been solved with a little friendly advice from within the subgroup. Each subgroup (except the Community Care Group which the Guild supports) must cover the cost of the workspace rental so a fee is charged for the year beyond the Guild membership. This is typically $25.00 - $30.00 per person depending on the number of people in the subgroup.


Community Care Group

DATE: Periodic open sewing days during the year, please check calendar for dates.

TIME: 9:00am - 3:30pm

CONTACT: Daryl Pike

FOCUS: Guild members are welcome to attend a Care Quilt open sewing day, or can pickup pre-made kits at Guild meetings to sew at home. We also welcome quilts made with your own fabric. Minimum size 36” X 36” and maximum 48” X 48”. Cozy is best, so if you can please back them with something soft - we have some flannel backings. Quilts can be for either gender or gender neutral. Patterns are available and batting is provided. If you prefer, you can cut fabric, quilt a finished top, or put binding on. There is something for everyone's interest.

WHERE DO ALL THESE QUILTS GO? Within the past year we have supplied the Grand Forks flood victims with 6 queen and 1 single bed quilts.  We have given10 quilts to North Okanagan Youth and Family Service Society, 6 quilts to Aboriginal Services with 2 donated comforters, and  7 baby quilts were given to Vernon Jubilee Hospital preemies. And, thanks to the latest Care Quilt sewing day on October 25th, after quilting and binding is done many more quilts will be available when needed.  You are an incredible bunch of quilters.  Hugs to all!


Scrappy Group

DATE: First Monday of the month

TIME: 9:00am - 2:30pm

CONTACT: Esther Pitt

FOCUS: This group meets to pursue the ever elusive task of trying to reduce a stash! This is the largest of our Subgroups and typically has 30 to 40 members attending. So grab your scraps and give it a try.


Hooked on Classics

DATE: Second Monday of the month

TIME: 9:00am - 2:30pm

CONTACT: Ruth Drennan, Mary Ellen MacGregor

FOCUS: The focus for this group is “traditional style” quilts, although we are very accommodating to most projects!


QuArtz Group

DATE: Second Tuesday of the month

TIME: 9:00am - 12 noon

CONTACT: Cathy Gaetz-Brothen, Brigitte Red, Jeanette Marten

FOCUS: This group challenges themselves to try new and different projects. They have even gone on field trips to look for specific shapes in nature on which to base a project. They work with many different techniques using different shapes, a variety fibers and materials, embellishments, paint, glue - the sky is the limit. Click on this link to learn more about the group and see some of the innovative work they have done. This group truly is inspirational so if you are looking for a place to let your artistic juices flow, this is for you!


Stars Group

DATE: Fourth Monday of the month

TIME: 9:00am - 2:30pm

CONTACT: Debbie Briggeman

FOCUS: The focus of this group is friendship while we work with perhaps a project in common or something with some challenging star points!


Modern Quilts

DATE: Third Tuesday of the month

TIME: 9:00am - 2:30pm

CONTACT: Marven Ecker

FOCUS: The group has decided on a format for exploring the definition of "Modern Quilts" and experimenting with various projects on a monthly basis. There will be a brief introduction or discussion followed by a demo and/or a guided "workshop" designed for the project to be finished during the meeting.