Our Chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild came into existence by accident. I was very interested in joining a modern quilt guild, but one didn’t exist. I wrote to Alissa and Latifah at different times, asking whether anyone had expressed interest in starting one in our city, and was always told – “No, only you”. Eventually, at the suggestion of Alissa, I decided to open up a web site for Toronto Modern Quilt Guild and hope that “if I built it, they would come”. Come they did, but only online, and none of them seemed interested in leading a new, real-time, guild.
So, I decided we should have an informal meeting, and the following month we had another informal meeting, and the month after that, we had a third informal meeting, but at that one we voted ourselves into existence, and there we were – Toronto Modern Quilt Guild – with me as President! I went home and said to my spouse “How did THAT happen?”
Perhaps because of our informal beginnings, we’ve continued to be so, but our group has gotten to a size (76 members) that means we can no longer be so informal. Luckily, the guild has attracted an incredibly talented and wonderfully experienced Vice-President in the person of Jenni Wood, a textile artist, recently moved to Canada from the UK; and a very versatile and gifted Financial Officer in the person of Kristy Mohan.
With their combined expertise and experience, the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild will be a very exciting group to be part of this fall! The executive team will be meeting and planning over the summer to create a dynamic and active group in the 2010-11 season.
“Holiday Hostess” by Karen McClean
From Kit Lang, President of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild
In the meantime, our group continues to meet at a local sewing shop NTD: (http://www.theworkroom.ca/), where we show off our projects, learn from each other, have spirited conversations and enjoy the company of other modern quilters.
We’re looking forward to our first official year with great anticipation. In the meantime, happy quilting to you all!