About Us

Niagara Heritage Quilters’ Guild is dedicated to promote the appreciation of the art of  quilting, be it traditional, modern, contemporary,  pieced or appliquéd , through education from our shared collective knowledge base with fun and celebration and to recognize community needs and the contribution that quilting can make.

Our members are like our quilts, completely unique!

Niagara Heritage Quilters’ Guild was established in 1980 when a member organized a quilt show to raise money for the Pelham and Effingham Heritage Associations. Recruiting several other women, all pretty much strangers, working together produced a very successful show. At the celebration party, and further discussion, the guild was formed over a pizza at Mother’s Pizza in St. Catharines.

Posting an ad in the St. Catharines Standard in December announcing the very first meeting was to be held at the library, the guild felt numbers would be only 20-30 people at most, considering the upcoming Christmas season.

Well, the date arrived and people kept coming and coming!  It was a success!! Jackie Morningstar offered to do  a bulletin and Marg Walpole got Irja Donahue to do membership.  She had moved to the area from Sault Ste. Marie and wasn’t too happy to be in St. Catharines so Marg thought this would be a good chance for her to meet people.

And so the Guild was on its way!  All thanks to Marg Walpole for persisting.

It was found later in the minutes that there were 90 people at that first meeting of the Niagara Heritage Quilters’ Guild.

OUR 2020 EXECUTIVE

President - Fran Inglis

The times are a-changing’. My first term as president was in 2004-2005 and it was such fun that I didn’t hesitate to do it again. Well!!!! Now we have websites, small business accounts, computers and guest speaker accommodations. It’s the way of things in 2019. However, with a good executive my job is easy.

I’ve been a member of the NHQG for many years (with a few interruptions from life’s challenges). When I retired from teaching in 2003 I really focused on quilting and have loved every minute of it. So many skills and styles of quilts to try makes quilting an unending challenge. And I love giving quilts to those I love. It’s a win/win for me.

Vice President - Debbie Hipple

I started sewing at the age of 12 on a treadle machine under the watchful eye of my Grandma who was a quilter.

I’ve been a member of NHQG since 2012 and have held the positions of Secretary 2013-2015 and the Position of Vice President 2015-2017. Once again I’m serving as Vice President and part of my responsibly is to present to the membership with a yearly quilt challenge to be submitted at the end of April.

Secretary - Heather Murray

I’ve been quilting on and off for 35 years.  My first quilts were quilted by hand and that is really where my heart lies. I love handwork. However since I joined the guild almost two years ago, I’ve been practising making quilts on my sewing machine.  I’m also an enthusiastic member of The Afternoon Group where we enjoy exploring various kinds of hand embroidery, my favorite right now being wool applique. I’ve really enjoyed and appreciated the welcome I have received by members of the NHQG.

Treasurer - Maureen Morrison

I have been quilting for over 30 years. I started out piecing and quilting everything by hand. After about 10 years, I graduated to machine piecing and eventually purchased a long arm machine – the rest is history! I have been a member of NHQG for seven years and enjoy every meeting!

Past President - Lynne Wilkinson

As of June 2020, my position as Past President will be over, but it has been a thoroughly enjoyable tenure. I came to the guild ten years ago, after retiring from a 26-year teaching career. I had been quilting in a very small way prior to retiring, but now am “obsessed.”  I have a long arm machine in my Serenity Studio. I go there daily for realization and sheer enjoyment in the love of quilting. I am looking forward to our Quilt Show in May of 2020 and have become involved in bringing the raffle quilt to the show.

CHAIRS AND COMMITTEES

Archives - Alice Muller

I’m naturally fussy, so keeping tabs on Guild Minutes, Newsletter etc. for the Archives is a good fit for me. During my 17 years as a guild member I was lucky enough to spend six months in Hawaii, where I learnt their hand-quilting style from a local teacher and on a visit to South Africa, I was able to buy some iconic Shweshwe fabric to make into bed quilts at home

Community Outreach - Jennifer Dyck

I started sewing at age 5, and began quilting at age 17.

An intense career of being a psychology professor didn’t leave enough time for quilting, so now in retirement I am enjoying quilting every day. I have been long arm quilting for ten years, and love helping people finish their quilts.

Membership - Lolly Challice, Gayle Stewart, Wanda Braukmann

Lolly Chalice – I learned to quilt approximately 15 years ago from a dear friend who was also a quilt pattern designer. I quickly developed a liking for redwork embroidery and still enjoy doing all kinds of embroidery and needle work by hand. I’ve also experimented with satin stitch applique and recently I’ve started doing embroidery on greeting cards. I’ve been a member of the NHQG since 2006 and have been instrumental in starting and being involved with The Afternoon Group.

Newsletter - Carol McRae

I’ve had an opportunity to learn many skills in my career in Management. These skills help me today to be an active and engaged member of the Guild.

I watched my mother quilt for many years and even hand quilted some of her quilts, so when I retired 6 years ago I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my time.

I took some quilting classes to improve my quilting skills and I am now totally addicted. I purchased a Handi Quilter with Pro-Stitcher two years ago and started a small home based business.

Programs/Workshops - Pat Andres, Donna Pree, Luci Ronald, Judy Yovanovich

Pat Andres – My goal upon retiring from teaching was to learn to quilt. With an invitation from my friend Donna Pree, I joined the program and workshop committee. I have learned so much about this committee and the NHQG and it’s many activities. I made my first quilt in the winter of 2017 and it became the quilt for my first granddaughter who was born that fall. I enjoy taking workshops through the guild where I meet new people and classes locally help to expand my quilting repertoire. The NHQG lectures and workshops were a great learning experience for a newbie like me.

Luci RonaldI have been a member of the NHQG since sometime in the early 90’s. Not really sure but Angie Whittaker was the President then. I became a member of the program-workshop committee in 2017. I have enjoyed many aspects of quilting including learning new techniques, creating my own designs or putting a twist on a purchased pattern. I challenge myself as to theme and color and incorporating previously learned techniques. Much of my work is now wall art, often with a touch of whimsy. 

Scholarship - Lynda Iannandrea, Gloria Meyer, Kathryn Karr

Gloria Meyer – I grew up in a household surrounded with quilts that were made by my mother and grandmother. My aunt Lydia (my mother’s sister) was an influence on me to begin quilting, as she worked with small more intricate patchwork and applique. I have sewn and embroidered since I was a little girl and have been quilting for over 20 years now and teaching for the last 15. This has also led me to some designing as well.  I especially like putting colors together. I like a variety of styles of quilting with some of the traditional blocks still being my favorites.

AWESOME AD-HOC COMMITTEES

Meals on Wheels - Sharree Eidt, Ann Marie Tummillo

Sharee Eidt – I have been quilting for 7 years and have been a guild member for 4. Becoming the secretary 3 years ago enabled me the opportunity to get to know more members and be more active in the guild. I also enjoyed being active with the Community Quilts group, which helps me hone my skills and learn new techniques from the more experienced members.