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!

March 21, 2019

March 3rd 2019 Meeting Recap

Hi there!  Welcome to the roundup of the March 3rd, 2019 meeting.  It was pretty action packed! Yours truly volunteered to take up the cap of Communications Officer, so apologies, but some names and details are probably going to be lacking in this month’s roundup, but I will be more on top of it next month, I promise! 

Quiltcon Roundup
So, first up was the QuiltCon roundup, so all of those of us that didn’t manage to go, got to hear about the great happenings.  This included the winners of the quilt categories, recap of classes that the members attended, and a bit about our Charity Quilt and what is happening with it.

Spotlights and Socials
It’s a new year, so it’s a new round for socials and spotlight sign ups. A lot of slots have been filled, but there are still a few available. Please consider signing up for one of these, and help contribute to making our program great, not mentioning making more connections with our membership!

Budget-2018 and 2019
We also had the budget review from Adrienne, so all the members had an opportunity to look at the numbers and understand the budget for the year ahead. Even better, we heard about how we raised over $700 at the garage sale, proving that we never lose our appetite for more fabric!!!

Block Lotto
Next up, Rebecca presented her Block lotto blocks and instructions: we’re doing String Blocks.  Instructions for the blocks can be seen here. Here are some Rebecca prepared earlier! I, of course, will be making mine at the last minute......who else is with me?

Quilts at the Creek
We had a great presentation on Quilts at the Creek from Valerie, which was inspirational.  I wasn’t able to go last year, but I’m determined to make it this year, and I hope I’ll see quilts from lots of our members there!  As with other years, there will be opportunities to volunteer during the event.  It will run July 26th/27th , and you can find out more information here. We also got 2 for 1 ticket postcards, and remember, if you enter or volunteer, you get a free entry.

Show and Share
We had  a shorter Show and Share this month, and I’m afraid I am not up on whose quilt belongs to whom, so here’s a selection of what we saw. Along with my apologies for not being able to credit the quilts and a promise that I'll be better next month!

Next Meeting
Don't forget that our next meeting is the usual last Sunday of the month--March 31st, 2019, and we'll have Libs Elliott for a trunk show-I'm sure you don't want to miss it!

February 8, 2019

December 2018 Meeting

Yes, we had our holiday meeting on Sunday, December 2, 2018 – let’s remember the relatively nice weather we were enjoying that day compared to WINTER, which we are now officially in the middle of! Brrrr!!

December Announcements

  • The Winter Survey launch was announced and that survey was sent to 2018 Members on January 19.
  • 2019 Membership renewals are due by January 31, 2019. Dues can be paid online via the website or, last chance, at the March 3 meeting.
  • The January 13 downtown retreat day was described by Adrienne (hint, hint: it was a great success and the January blog will include inspiring pictures of the work, fun and networking).
  • Sign-ups for the 2019 UFO list were accepted at the January 27 meeting and may also be accepted at the March 2 meeting ($2 donation: $1 guild fundraising + $1 prize pool).

Quilter’s Version of ‘Would you Rather’
Karen Brown had everyone laughing and exercising by leading the group in a great game of “Would You Rather?” – which was actually, for this meeting, a “Have You Ever?”. Prizes were given out for the last person standing in each round, and we could have played all day, judging by the response! A potential final round question for the next version: “Did you win a prize at the December 2 contest? Sit down”.

Social Break and FREE textiles
Free upholstery samples were donated to TMQG by a local Printing House from a local designer that recently closed. Thanks to our 2018 President Steff (Stephanie Wesseley Rose) for storing the many boxes of textile goodies and bringing them to the meeting – the leftovers will be donated to the Textile Museum.
And… lots of edible and tasty samples were brought to the party by everyone! THANKS for kicking off the festive eating season!

2018 Holiday Pincushion Swap
This project resulted in a whopping 46 homemade pincushions! Have we set a bar for this successful event to be repeated at the 2019 holiday meeting? Let the Executive know if another pincushion swap would be appreciated or if you have any other clever ideas for the 2019 Holiday event. Maybe people could post their loot “in action” on the Intagram site? #tmqgpincushionswap
Many thanks to our 2018 Secretary Christine Navarro for managing this project.

Show and Share!
TMQG Charity Quilt entry for QuiltCon 2019

TMQG Charity Quilt entry for QuiltCon 2019 was proudly displayed. Thanks to Lynda Hutchinson for organizing the team and to Adrienne Van Halem for the design. Great to see one side* of the  finished product!
Kudos and thanks to all the other team members who worked on this spectacular quilt: Xandra Shen, Joan Kilpatrick, Isabella Garrigan, Theresa Ghislaine Aqui, Rebecca Burnett, Karen Brown, Shannon Nichols, Brandie Wolff, Catherine Clarke, Robin Cassady-Cain, Bobbie Gentili.
*Lynda will be taking pictures of both sides of the quilt hanging at QuiltCon!

Deborah Burchell presented a quilt with floral blocks that were hand-appliqued by her grandmother, which she pieced into a quilt-top and hand-quilted. How many of us have pieces of needlework that are multi-generational? Congratulations to Deborah for completing this family heirloom!

Julie Jai showed a mini-quilt which she started in a curved-piecing class with Jeannie Jenkins. Great colours Julie!

Peter Byrne brought out a lot of “oohs” and “ahhs” showing a quilting sampler using his new sewing machine!

Gwen Hopkins showed cushion covers for her Reddit Secret Santa.
Gwen also brought a fidget quilt for dementia patients made from fabric from a bedding store that was closing. You can Google ‘fidgit quilts’ for more information, or ask Gwen for more info.

Kaye Phillips showed 2 seasonal projects: a Heart/Reindeer Christmas Quilt and a clever Christmas tree semi-circle napkin as a quick gift item!

Rebecca Burnett showed her ‘Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed quilt: a pattern is in the works from @commonwealthquilts.

Karen Brown dazzled us with a brilliantly coloured Circus Tent quilt. Another pattern from @commonwealth quilts!

IMPORTANT CALENDAR NOTE: due to the 2019 Nashville Quiltcon, there will NOT be a February meeting. Instead the Guild will meet on Sunday, March 3 and Sunday, March 31 at Trinity-St Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West.

Looking forward to a GREAT 2019!
Your TMQG.