FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


I'd like to have a quilt made, do you do that?
As a non-profit guild, we only produce quilts for charities, not for individuals. If you represent a charity and would like to inquire about having quilts donated to your organization, please send us an email at mtlmqg@gmail.com for further information.

I'm new to modern quilting... can the guild help me learn how to quilt? 
We are a passionate group of modern quilting enthusiasts that span all levels of experience from beginner to expert. You absolutely do not have to have experience to become a member of the guild, however be aware that we do not offer courses on quilting. Members will often share resources and recommendations, and we will occasionally have demos/workshops on specific techniques, but we expect that you will pursue the development of your skills outside of our monthly meetings. We will, however, offer you support and encouragement along the way!

Do I have to be a modern quilter to join your guild? 
Our members come from all backgrounds in the quilting community, some modern and some traditional. Indeed, modern quilting draws from a foundation of traditional quilting. That said, the purpose of our guild is to discuss and promote the craft of modern quilting and the focus of our meetings, challenges and demonstrations will be the modern quilting aesthetic, its theories, methods and techniques. If that isn't of interest to you, then you may wish to look into one of the many traditional guilds in the Montreal area instead.


Membership

What is the cost of becoming a member?
The yearly dues for being a member of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is $40 for the year, which runs from September through June. We take the summer months of July and August off.

Can I come to a meeting before I decide if the guild is right for me? 
Of course! You are welcome to attend one of our monthly Tuesday night meetings as a visitor for free to see if the guild will be a good fit for you.

What are the benefits of becoming a member of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild?
By joining the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild, you will enjoy following membership benefits:

  • Participation in our monthly meetings and bi-monthly sew-ins
  • Participation in our many swaps, challenges, meet-ups and social activities
  • Membership in a group of all-around passionate and awesome modern quilters!

How do I become a member? 
Once you have decided to join the guild, please speak to either our president or registrar and we will walk you through the process of becoming an official member. Welcome to the guild! :)


Meetings

What can I expect at a monthly meeting?
Our regular monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, from September through June, at 7pm at the SouthWest Mission in the basement of Verdun Elementary School (entrance at the corner of Melrose and Verdun). At our regular meetings, we will discuss guild business, give updates on our current activities, have member Show & Tell, and enjoy some snacks and socializing. Everyone is asked to wear their name tag at all meetings. For the Show & Tell, members are welcome to bring an item, finished or work in progress, to share; all modern quilting projects and all levels of experience are welcome. Whether you are struggling to finish your first asymmetrical mug rug and need some help, or want to proudly show off your latest alternate gridwork king size quilt, we are here to offer support and cheer one another on.

What can I expect at a sew-in?
Our sew-ins are held every other month on the first Saturday of the month from September through May from 12pm to 5pm at the SouthWest Mission in the basement of Verdun Elementary School (entrance at the corner of Melrose and Verdun). These meetings are offered to give our members a space in which to work on their projects that they may not have the time or space to dedicate to at home. When attending a sew-in, you will want to bring:
  • the project you wish to work on (obviously!)
  • a sewing machine, if needed* (tables and electrical outlets available in the room)
  • any accessories or notions needed for your project (we will often have a cutting board and/or ironing board available, but if your project will require heavy use of either, you may wish to bring your own)
  • an electrical extension cord is often a good idea, as the placement of outlets in some of the rooms is not always ideal
  • your lunch and/or a snack (coffee and tea will be available)
* bringing a sewing machine on public transit can be a challenge, but you can always reach out to fellow members to see if a carpool can be arranged. Also, the sew-ins can be a great opportunity to get some handwork done, no sewing machine needed!