Baccalieu Quilters Guild got it’s humble beginnings in October of 1998. Three ladies, who had an interest in quilting, and saw a need for a social group in their community, called a meeting at the Firehall in Whitbourne, and it grew from there. At the end of that first meeting, there were 15 paid members in the newly formed Quilters Guild. Currently, 9 of those people are still members of the Guild.
The group, then known as the Whitbourne Quilters, quickly grew to a membership of about 20 ladies. Meetings were held on the third Wednesday of each month, in the former “Boys” Home. More experienced Quilters helped beginners learn to buy expensive fabric, cut it up in little pieces, and sew it back together again into amazing designs.
This group of “Fabricaholics” continued to grow and quickly outgrew it’s meeting space…… so they found a brighter, larger building down the road in”Dildo”.
The Guild began to spread out geographically, so it was decided to change the name to Baccalieu Quilt Guild”, although we still kept the railway train (from Whitbourne days) on our Logo and guild pins.
Baccalieu Guild holds regular meetings, workshops, quilt retreats, and just finished our second quilt show “Quilting Around The Bay 2010”, which was enjoyed by some 500 visitors.
The group creates quilts for charity. In past years we quilted a crazy quilt, which was sold on tickets and raised about $1200.00 with the proceeds being donated to O’Shaunessey House (the new womens shelter in Carbonear). The Money was donated in memory of our sister in Quilting, Loretta Mercer.
Baccalieu Guild today bosts 60 members strong, coming from the Whitbourne/ Blaketown/ New Hr. area, as well as from Musgravetown,North West Brook, Arnolds Cove , Southern Hr, Normans Cove , Thornlea, Dunville , Placentia, Old Perlican, Winterton, Hants Hr., Carbonear, Bay Roberts, Port de Grave, Paradise, St Johns and the Goulds.
We are challenged logistically with weather and program, but the sisterhood of Quilting keeps our fabric addiction strong. We have a reputation of being a friendly group, always sharing with new quilters and of being non competitive among the more experienced.
In the fall of 2010, Baccalieu Guild was the proud Recipient of The Agnes Boal Bursary. This bursary is given annually to a guild who is a member of the Canadian Quilters Association, in the amount of $750.00, to bring in a Canadian teacher of their choice. Agnes Boal was a western Canadian quilter who did a lot to promote quilting in Canada, helping to make the Canadian Quilters Association what it is today. When she passed away, the association established a bursary in her honor. That money was used to bring in Ionne McCauly from B.C. We had so much interest from Guild Members that we had to run two 1-Day Workshops. Ionne focused her workshops on Colour Theory. She showed us how to use the color wheel but more importantly she encouraged us to go "outside the box" & use colours we normally wouldn't consider using. Matching colours is an important aspect of quilting.
Judy Kelly, one of our members is currently the President of the Canadian Quilters Association. Before taking on this position, Judy was the CQA Regional Rep for Newfoundland & Labrador.
The Baccelieu Quilters Guild is part of the Canadian Quilters Association.