The guild logo was selected based a vote by members in November 1997
The winning logo was designed by Mary McDonald. The blue represents the waters of Georgian Bay, the triangles are meant to represent waves.
The guild name was chosen by member vote at our very first meeting. The winner, Rose Ball, received a one year membership.
Somehow the name changed, and we went from "Georgian Bay Quilting Guild" (4 months) to "Georgian Bay Quilt Guild" (8 months) and finally settled on "Georgian Bay Quilters Guild" in April 1994.
There’s an ongoing debate about the use and origins of the apostrophe. What we’ve found in looking through the archives of our Newsletters is that the apostrophe kept moving around. Examples from 1997:
- Feb 1997 – Georgian Bay Quilter’s Guild (singular ownership form)
- Apr 1997 – Georgian Bay Quilters Guild (no apostrophe)
- May 1997 – Georgian Bay Quilters’ Guild (plural ownership)
- We currently use “Georgian Bay Quilters Guild”
In February 1993 a small ad appeared in the free Press and the Mirror asking for quilters to meet on March 3 at Georgian Manor to talk about forming a Quilting Guild. Approximately 50 quilters of all abilities attended and from that first meeting, the Georgian Bay Quilters Guild was formed. At their first official meeting, March 24, the executive was voted in with Sue Hopkinson as its first President.
Their first project – a block of the month. Not shy were these founders!
From the first newsletter, the members were asked to bring their own cups to avoid the use of Styrofoam – and we thought this was a new concept. What did they want to see in the newsletter – was it notices of quilt shows, competitions, awards or quilt shops and suppliers, an exchange column, book reviews, projects. Just remember it is “YOUR newsletter”.
The membership fee was $20 to be paid in cash until such time as a bank account could be set up. From these not so humble beginnings our Guild was born.