~ Celebrating 25 years of shared events and support ~

~ Dufferin Piecemakers Quilt Event ~

Guild Goal: to enhance the knowledge of quilting to the community.

Dufferin County Museum & Archives hosted the first Dufferin Piecemakers Quilt Exhibit in the Silo from April - June 1996. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony the Guild members attended the presentation by Isabel Underwood. Her topic was “Tales Never Told, Women and their Quilts”. Arrangement were made for Guild members to have museum membership.

August 10th-15th, 2004 the Museum featured the CBC’s “Great Canadian Quilt” as it travelled across Canada. The museum hung their archival signature quilts and invited the Guild to display their 10th Anniversary Signature Quilt, their 2004 Raffle Quilt, their “for Sale” Heavenly Star Quilt and Leah’s Sunbonnet Sue quilt created from her President’s signed blocks. The Guild also set up a display to promote the 2007 Quilt Show and their Community Outreach.

Demos on August 12th. L to R: Jillian & Penny Squirrell (rotary cutting); Joanne Kiser (hand piecing); Mary Light (hand applique); Leah Mitchell (English paper piecing) and Anne Parsons (hand quilting)

Community Outreach Display< > 2004Quilt Show Promotion

The Guild held its November 2007 general meeting at the museum. At this meeting the Orangeville Meridian Credit Union presented the “In Your Neighbourhood” quilt to the Museum that the Afternoon Stitch & Share ladies had made and donated to the Meridian as a token of the Guild’s appreciation for the use of their Boardroom for meetings, classes and the weekly Wedseday Afternoon Stitch & Share meetings.

Front Row L to R: Wayne Townsend, Museum; Tracy Handbrackenridge, Stitch & Share; Yvonne Guse Rahn, Meridian Credit Union. Back Rows-Stitch & Share Group

Steve Brown, Meridian manager, Penny Squirrell and the raffle quilt.

"The Quilts of Dufferin County, Women's Art, Women's Stories"


September 2008 - Steve Brown and Shelagh Roberts presented a Trunk Show of Museum Quilts. They told us about the research and quilt documentation being done for the planned book about the Museum's quilt collection.





October 2013-DCMA display at the Magic of Cloth Act V ~ Five Times a Charm Quilt Show promoting the production of its newest book, "The Quilts of Dufferin County, Women's Art, Women's Stories" Pre-orders were taken.






November 2013 - Steve Brown giving thanks for funding received to help cover the cost of publication. The Guild was pleased to give a substantial grant from funds generated by the May Auction.






Quilting Bee” Steve Brown, Debbie Fawcett, Marilyn Graham, Mary Light


The book launch, February 12th., 2014 was held on a lovely sunny winter day at the Museum. Steve Brown, Shelagh Roberts and Peter Paterson (photographer) spoke about the journey that resulted in this wonderful book. Leah Mitchell, Guild Historian, thanked the Museum for the opportunity to be a part of the process.

Quilt Display on the Mezzanine floor. It promoted the Guild’s 2010 “The Magic of Cloth ~ Sweet Sixteen” Quilt Show. (Cardinal-Liz Nash; Mariner’s Compass-Beckie Shaw; English Paper Piecing-Berva Buttery; Table Runner-Judi Sullivan; Applique piece-Mary Light; Other items-Leah Mitchell)


October 2014 Guild meeting held at the DCM&A ~ Steve Brown guest speaker

The 2014 museum display was titled “Stitches Across Time” and featured a nation-wide contest that asked participants to create a new art piece that was inspired by selected textile items from the museum’s collection.
The October general Guild meeting was held at the museum, giving Guild members the opportunity to view the display and the art entries. A collection of old family quilts(?) were shown. Followed by Steven Brown, museum archivists, who spoke about his quilting journey. The three quilts below are some of the old family quilts shown.

2018-19 True. Grit. Display. MoD looked into the past; to the pioneers, the originals, to understand where our community began. The display of artifacts, archival materials and modern photography compares and contrasts the pioneers and the present-day people who have made important contributions to Dufferin County. The quilts, made by women for warmth and comfort, were a necessary part of pioneer life. Today’s quilters quilt for pleasure and their quilts still bring comfort and joy to those who receive them.

Linda Lewis,Guild President; Fern Pugh,Community Project Chair; Doreen Riggin and Judi Sullivan,Museum volunters and Guild members; Leah Mitchell, Guild Historian. Photo credit: MoD 2017, photographer: Peter Paterson