July 1, 2019

May 2019 Meeting Recap

Libs Elliott Trunk Show
We had a great meeting, even if it was a bit bright in the auditorium!  We had a fabulous trunk show from homegrown quilter Libs Elliott.

Libs shared the fascinating tale of her journey to quilting, pattern and fabric designing, as well as some interesting insights into her process of developing and using the mathematical algorithm that she used to aid her design process.
Libs showed us this great vintage quilt while telling us about growing up with antiques all around her and the beginning of her fascination with quilts.
Algorithm generated quilt!  

The result of crowd generated quilt top.
A cool hex quilt, a fascinating way of splitting up block shapes and fitting them together.  And a selection of some further quilts made with different designs and some of Libs' different fabric ranges.

Libs took some questions at the end of her talk, and we heard some interesting insights into the more economic aspects of the quilting business.

We had fun at the pop up shop that Libs brought along with her, I definitely did anyway, we'll have to see what I can make with Libs' excellent designs, and I'll look forward to seeing what other people do with theirs!

Misc Business

Our fearless leader, Karen, talked a bit of admin-
a) the block lotto is still ongoing-blocks due at the June (July 7th) meeting.  Instructions here, so there's still a bit of time to get in on this action!

b) Days for Girls sewing-don't forget to return your completed sewing to Rebecca Burnett

c) QuiltCon Charity Quilt ideas--the voting is now closed, but you can see the poll on the facebook page here.

Spotlight on.....Techniques in Applique

Yours truly spent a few minutes talking about basic tools and some different techniques of approaching hand sewn applique. Some useful things are applique glue: 

Best used very sparingly, but great for things where you want to drag them around alot. Other useful tools are strong needles (I like Hiroshima or Bohin), good, sharp scissors, applique pins.  Thread is another thing that is important-match your thread to your applique piece, I favour Aurifil 80wt thread (thin, strong, and doesn't break or tangle very much), I also like the Bobs donut, with lots of colours on bobbins, which also are very portable, but I find that I have to use a thread conditioner more often with them to keep them from fraying/breaking while I'm sewing.

Member and prize raffle

This months member raffle was won by Dale Shaw, and the prize raffle was won by Adrienne van Halem!  Lucky people......

Show and Share

    Shirley Dawson showed us this “Free Spririt” pattern she made with charm packs plus suplemental fabric.

      Sonya Elliot shared this Bargello Wall hanging done in shot cottons (I love the richness of shot cotton, don't you?)

     Next was this Rescue quilt, also from Sonya – she found it in a bin,and gave it a new lease on life!

3      Judy Kowalski showed us this interesting quilt that she originally started as part of a workshop by Al Cote, that she worked into a larger quilt in a  modified design.

      Catherine shared this quilt made with Japanese prints (UFO)-I loved the muted tones of it!

     Peter again shared a quilt with us, but wouldn't let me share any pictures--he's a bit of a tease these days with his quilts, but we wish him luck with getting his stunning quilts into the juried shows he's applying to!

    Last bu not least, Karen shared a mini-quilt made using charm pack that she designed using Pre Quilt to play with the colours. If you don't know much about Pre Quilt (developed by our own Laura Hennebury), you can find out more information about it at the link above.

     Well, I think that's it for me for this month. See you at the next meeting--Sunday July  7th!

May 14, 2019

April 2019 Meeting recap

It was an eventful April meeting.  This month we were downstairs in the Rainbow Room!  It was definitely cozier than our usual venue.  Also, I had a bit of excitement trying to sort out audio-visual,   so my visuals this month are a bit less than I might like, so you'll have to use your imagination a bit more if you weren't able to be there!

Show and Share
First up (in a bit of role reversal!) we had Show and Share.  Thanks to Stef for being my official photographer of Show and Share this month.

I'd like to show you a picture of the absolutely fabulous quilt that Peter Byrne showed us this month.  It's not that I don't have one, it's just super top secret and under embargo, so if you didn't see it in person you're out of luck!  And believe me, it's amazing!  Maybe Peter will let me post a photo of it in the future!

Shirley Dawson (@shirlgirl55) showed up a great "Map your world" quild that she made for the Quilts at the Creek theme for 2019.  She's used echo quilting to good effect on this one.  I presume it will be in the exhibit, so if you want a closer look, I guess you'll have to attend Quilts at the Creek!

We had a cute mini from Julie Jai, that she called Beaded Sashiko--I love a good bit of sashiko, myself, and I love the bright colours!

Catherine Clarke showed us a lovely quilt called Glitch, that she pattern tested for our own Bobbi!  I love the design, and the colours Catherine used are really effective.

We also had Three Times a Charm from Kellie Murphy, which is one of her UFO's from 2018. And I'm hoping I've got the correct photo here, as I am not 100% sure!
Finally, we had two offerings from Anna Figueira, Snowflake, which was an MTQG President's Challenge (Love Snow), and Junkfood, a charm pack project.

I think that was everyone, but if I missed you out-apologies! 

Block Lotto
We have a new block lotto starting this month- six minute circles, which Rebecca demo'd for us, and handed out freezer paper for. 
As usual, the instructions are up on the Projects and Challenges page.  The blocks are due in at June meeting, so get sewing away!

Wow!  Thanks to everyone who brought snacks for the meeting, we were totally spoiled for choice!

Machine Quilting
This month's main event was a discussion about machine quilting led by Bobbie. She started off by highlighting a number of different styles using examples from the recent QuiltCon.  A number of members asked for suggestions of what to do for quilting on some finished tops, which was lively and interesting:

I think everyone really enjoyed it (I know I did!). Notes from the discussion are posted on the FB page under the Files tab at the left side if you want a recap, and if anything was covered that you think should be on there, we can add it in.

Spotlight-Instagrammers to follow
We had a fantastic spotlight from Theresa Ghislaine, who gave a great roundup of interesting and prolific posters on Instagram, including
              TMQG, MQG, 52 Quilters (new quilter each week), libselliot, said_with_love,       
             3dstoryworkrhop, quiltsfromtheattic, Ghislaine_marieXX

She finished up with some tips and examples of tags, as well as a couple of websites where you can learn more, should you be so inclined!  You can see her slides here.

The member draw was won by Gillian Leake
The paid raffle for the Workroom gift card, was Rebecca Burnett

All in all, it was a great and lively meeting, with lots to learn. That's it for April, see you at the next meeting!

May Meeting: Libs Elliott will be giving a trunk show and bringing a popup.

April 25, 2019

March 31st Meeting Report

We had another great meeting in March, back to our regular schedule of the last Sunday of the month!  Sadly, Libs Elliot was not able to be with us, as scheduled, but we're looking forward to seeing her in May.

Please welcome our new resident Instagrammer/FB-er, Bobbie Sue Gentilli (aka @geekybobbin), thanks for volunteering!

Days for Girls
In place of Libs Elliot, we had a fascinating and engaging talk from Maria Pollieri, the Toronto team Leader for Days for Girls, an organisation that makes and distributes feminine hygiene kits to Grade 6 girl around the world.  This is life changing for these young women, as these kits allow them to attend school during their period, which they wouldn't otherwise wouldn't be able to do.

Maria Pollieri, Team Leader Toronto, Days for Girls

The TMQG, as a group wants to help contribute to this worthy aim, by providing sewing expertise and complete piecing for the organisation.  From this meeting, alot of the members took away materials to make flannel liners and precut and assembled cotton shield units.  The organisation has very specific criteria for putting these together, so if you were unable to get printed instructions, please email me, or one of the other executive member to get an electronic pdf.  Please return any completed materials to Rebecca Burnett, who is our liason for this initiative. She will likely not be at the April meeting, so please bring them to the May meeting instead!  Can't wait to see all the finished products!

In addition, we are hoping to run a sew day devoted to these materials, in the not so distant future, so stay posted for more news in the future!

Spotlight on Machine Binding
We had a great demonstration on machine binding from Adrienne Van Halem, with tips and tricks that she picked up from QuiltCon this year.

This is a technique that uses white glue and starch, ensuring tightness and accuracy, and achieves a nice even finish, although don't expect it to be faster than hand finishing your binding!  One of the techniques Adrienne suggested was using a fine tip squeeze bottle for the glue, and I think she might have a few extras available, if you want one......

Block Lotto Challenge String Quilt Blocks
We had an awesome number of blocks, with over 100 submitted!

So, we split the block pool into two, and Karen Brown and Adrienne van Halem were the lucky winners of this largesse.  I think we can all agree it was a pretty popular block lotto!  Can't wait to see the finished products.

Show and Share
There were lots of fun things this week!  We had two finishes from Stef Rose:

First, this crosses quilt that was a gift.

And then, Penny the cat!  This is my favourite, and the colours and contours were fab!  Stef made this in a class with Terry Aske (with the York Heritage Guild).

Next up was Lynda Kowalski:

with this Fun Pointsettia runner from the pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful

And these Amsterdam Tulips, pattern also from Sew Kind of Wonderful. They both had some lovely machine quilted details.

Julie Ja showed us a lovely quilted zipper jewellery pouch that she designed herself.  This pattern is available, if you are inspired to make one too!

Doris Lovadina-Lee had a productive month with a Light up Owl Miniquilt

Some great quilted hangers

a pink argyll quilt

And this cool log cabin quilt

New member Karen Powers showed us her first quilt, a baby quilt: 

as well as this "circus tent" quilt

Sandra Cooper showed us a baby quilt she calls "Joy", the colours and gradients are fantastic!

Adrienne Van Halem showed us the final product of our QuiltCon Charity quilt "Missing Pieces", this was a massive effort on the part of the whole group, and the finished quilt is very large, and looks spectacular!
Now that it's back from QuiltCon, the quilt will be donated to the D'Amico Foundation, which we hope will find good use for it. Don't forget, the next one will come around soon--it was a lot of fun to participate, so definitely think about getting involved next year!  

Our last quilts were from Karen Brown who showed us three baby scrap quilts she made recently--some lucky recipients, I think!

Don't forget, this is a monthly feature, so bring your latest finishes next month for show and share!  It's great to see the creativity of the group, I am always inspired!

Member and Raffle prizes
This month's members' draw was for patterns, magazines and some other goodies, and was won by Diana
Our monthly raffle fundraiser for a $40 Workroom gift card was won by Xandra.  Congratulations ladies!

Next meeting
Don't forget, our next meeting is this Sunday, April 28th, 2019, and look out for the change in venue, we're in the Rainbow Room this month!