History

In 2013, the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild (TBQG) is 32 years old. It began in 1981 with 30 members when they bestessayes.com/ decided to form a guild from their click for info group that had been meeting informally for a while. From those early beginnings has arisen an active guild that boasts about 200 today. Our members range in ages – from their early 20s to in their mid-90’s. All share a love of fabrics, sewing and quilting; and enjoy sharing that with others.

Our members also range in their abilities: from beginners to experts. We also have members who are known nationally and internationally. Many of our members also teach or will mentor others.

Hall of Fame

Luci Andreacchi, 2013

Ann Agombar, 1999

Shirley Aussant, 2010

Jo Baarschers, 1996 *

Carol Bernardson, 2003

Jackie Black, 1996

Angie Bragnalo, 1996

Jo Anne Brimmell, 1996 *

May Carlson, 1997

Cindy Cockell 2009

Julie Cullen, 1998

Bobbie Dafoe, 1997

Doris Dungan 2014

Doreen Everitt, 1996 *

Lois Fraser, 1996

Linda Guitard, 2010

Marion Holah, 1998

Pat Inch 2014

Eleanore Kehlenbeck, 1996 *

Joan Kelley, 1996 *

Beatrice King, 1996 *

Helen Knights, 1996*

Patricia Lane, 1996

Stella Leiterman, 1996

Alva Llewellyn, 2010

Marg Marks 2015

Verna McKercher, 1996

Joyce McKinnon, 1997

Marlene McRobb 2012

Sandra Metelnick, 1997

Mildred Morton, 1996

Deb Palmquist 2015

Deloraine Papich, 1996 *

Marilyn Parker, 1996

Nellie Reedhead, 2010

Lee Ross, 2001

Muriel Squires, 1996

Louise Stoot, 1996

Chip Styles, 2003

Dianna Van Kannel, 1997

Celia Wiljala 1996

Betty Whittingham, 1997

Lynn Wilson 2015

Norma Wynn, 2012

*founding members

TBQG loon logo
TBQG Loon Designed by Virginia Antoniak/Quilted by Janet Rice-Bredin

The LOON, with its outstretched wing welcomes all to the Land of the Sleeping Giant.  The great Nanabijou, in his magnificent splendor, surrounded by stately great pines, lies sleeping in the harbour overlooking the city of Thunder Bay.  Ontario’s Provincial Bird, with its haunting call, will make you vow to return to the quiet shores and pristine lakes of Northwestern Ontario again and again.

The logo was originally designed for Quilt Canada 1992.  Thunder Bay was the host city to the Canadian Quilters Association’s (CQA) annual national show.   When the Guild celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2006 we decided to adopt the logo as the Quilt Show’s permanent logo.  We loved the loon quilt so much we’ve also had the logo digitized and have merchandise embroidered with the loon.  When the quilt is not at the show it is on loan to the Cancer Center at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

January 2012: The Thunder Bay Quilters’ Guild has ‘gotten with the times’ – our archives have been scanned and placed on CDs.  The binders of our archives will be placed on tables near the Library for anyone who would like to have an of the pictures or articles for their own use.

 

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