March 3, 2015

February Meeting

We had a lovely meeting at the end of February. That one always sneaks up on me, with the month being so short. A number of our group were away at QuiltCon in Austin, but those of us who were still suffering through the winter in Canada made the best of with good company and beautiful quilts. 
Here's Stephanie's most recent, mostly finished project. An adorable kids quilt called "Spoke-A-Dot".

I'm always impressed by Stephanie's quilting ability. Note the quilted signature. Such a nice solution to the problem of labelling a quilt. 

Lisa made these nice little placemats so that she could test her free motion skills. 

I love her fabric choice! Small projects are so good fro testing out skills and playing with a fun/intense fabric that you might not want to make a full sized quilt out of. 

Carol brought in a top that she's been working on for a long time, and was very pleased to finish. 

Its called Eastern Sunrise. So gorgeous!

Mary Lou was very prolific this month and had TWO quilts to show us. 
This one is intended as a gift for a little boy (I think, my memory is failing me a bit this month). 

I love a nicely pieced back.

And this is one that she has all pin-basted and ready to go, but has not yet been quilted. Here we all are discussing possible quilting options. 

I really love this one. The scale of it is just so great, and the combination of neutrals/white and pops of pink is really great. 

Dana brought in the top that she finished and showed to us at the January meeting, all quilted and bound, for feedback on her technique. And our assessment was that it was lovely. 

A few of our members brought in other handiwork, not necessarily quilt-based, to show the group. Lisa had brought some very nicely mended socks that she'd been working on, which I sadly neglected to photograph. 

Jenna had been to a workshop on natural dying techniques and brought in some of the fabric that she'd dyed there. Such beautiful subtle colours. And look at that indigo blue!

Debra made a very cute tea-cozy (which we were all very tempted to wear as a hat).

Andrea (that's me) brought in two mini quilts, one machine quilted and one in the process of hand quilting. 

And Sue won the "Squeals of Delight" award. You should have heard the audible oohs and aaaahs when she unveiled these adorable blocks. 

Because seriously, these blocks are adorable. You can make them too, as the pattern is available on the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.

Laura was a new face at the guild, but brought a very pretty (and quite impressive) block along to show us. 

Once we wrapped up all the showing and sharing we moved on to a tutorial from Sheila. 
She showed us how to cut and piece things in order to get patterns to line up. In the example above she is showing us how to make a chevron stripe. Its a very nice little technique that you can read about here on her blog

And in this one she's showing us how to match up prints perfectly. Very useful for scrappers like me.

A guild meeting is always the perfect, fun end to the rather dreary month of February. But never fear, March is coming. And with it another guild Sew Down! If you are a paying member of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild feel free to join us on Saturday the 7th of March, from 12-3 at the Fort York Library at 190 Fort York Blvd in Toronto. Bring your machines and projects and get ready to sew! 

January 29, 2015

January Meeting 2015 - New Year and LOTS of New Faces

Its been aaaaages since our last meeting, so it was very exciting to head out to The Workroom again to see what people have been making and doing since last time. And boy were there a lot of people!

After we got the business and whatnot of introductions and dues-paying out of the way, we did our usual bit of show-and-tell.
Rebecca had one of her beautiful, minimalist quilt tops to show us. I love how its all back-lit in this picture. It makes it look like some sort of super contemporary stained glass. 

Andrea brought in these three little quilted board games. They are 27" square, and are intended for playing a simple form of Sudoku, where you use coloured buttons instead of numbers. If you are interested in making on like it the pattern is from the book "A Month of Sundays" by Cheryl Arkison. So simple and fun to make. 

Catherine brought in her finished t-shirt quilt. This one was quite an Odyssey and she is very happy that it is done. As you can probably see, it is a t-shirt quilt. 

She had some good tips after getting it done. As you can imagine, she backed all those stretchy knits with interfacing to stabilize everything, but also recommends that when working on patches like the one above, that have a LOT of printing on them, of the sort of plasticized ink that t-shirts are often made with, that you do a line of "pre-stitching" with an un-threaded machine, to sort of make a path for yourself, and then do the quilting with a threaded machine. Good tip!

Lisa brought in this adorable baby quilt on which she was just finishing the hand-sewn binding. She used the Les Amis fabric line by Patty Sloniger, which is just adorable!

And another lovely baby quilt from Jacqueline; a sweet pixelated heart…

…complete with gorgeous free-motion handwriting quilting. Lots of love in this quilt!

Dia, a new member to our guild (standing on the right) brought in this amazing quilt. The motif is an actual molecule (Mepalizumab, to be specific).

And the quilting is amazing! She had it done by a long-arm specialist. Note the syringe in there. The whole theme was in reference to an experience she had as she participated in a clinical trial. Fascinating!

Another new member, Julie (seen holding up her quilt on the right hand side) brought in this beautiful, bright classic. She's been working on this one for about two and a half years. Another epic quilt project, as she had it quilted by a long-arm specialist, but did not like the results, and so, picked out all the stitching and has started hand quilting it herself. Now that is dedication to your vision!

I think the hand quilting it a great choice and she is doing a beautiful job of it. She is making it for her daughter, and it is sure to be a treasured heirloom one day. 

Dana, a new, (though temporary member, visiting Canada from the Ukraine) has completed this strikingly graphic quilt top. I can't wait to see how she finishes it!

And Catherine C. has finally gotten over her fear of zippers, and is using little orphan quilt squares to make the cutest little zippered pouches. 

Another bit of fun from the meeting was the "We're Not Really Presidents Challenge". Many guilds have a "President's Challenge" but since our guild is somewhat unique in the way that we have structured our leadership, Rebecca and Andrea (our not-really-presidents) have issued the challenge. Anyone who wanted to participate chose a magazine at random out of a bag. Then, we chose a number  (25) and asked each member to open the magazine to page 25, and rip it out. We are to each use that randomly chosen page as our inspiration for a small quilted object that has a perimeter between 48" and 60". It can be square or rectangular. You can be inspired by colours on the page, motifs, text, anything really, so long as it is on that page. We'll bring the finished items to the May meeting to be judged by the Not Really Presidents, for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

Thanks again to all the people who came to the meeting, both new members and those lovely familiar faces that we always look forward to seeing again. See you next month!

December 17, 2014

November Meeting - Last meeting of 2014

Our November meeting was quite the party. Literally, because its the last meeting of the year for us (just a reminder: no December meeting folks) so we brought food and made a little Happy Holidays feast of it. But also because of the sheer number of us. There were LOTS of new people checking out the guild. More than twenty of us, all told! It was a lot of bodies to pack around The Workroom's big table, but we managed it. It was also an extra long event as our official host Jaqueline suggested we join in on the Quilt Sunday fun. Quilt Sunday is an event hosted by The Workroom on the last Sunday afternoon of each month, from 1-3. Quilters are invited to use the facilities at The Workroom to work on their projects, often working together to pin-baste a quilt sandwich or some other job like that, which is more easily accomplished on a big table with many hands, than at home on the kitchen floor!
So we all showed up with work to be done. Marilou did a little speed-piecing. 

And Rebecca was busy sewing hand-sewing on a binding. (see her lovely finished quilt wall-hanging at the end of this post)

The place was packed, but everyone found some little nook or cranny in which to work.

Various members of the TMQG, both old and new and Quilt Sunday enthusiasts worked together to pin-baste a quilt sandwich.

Rebecca was kind enough to put together all our various stars from last month to make the quilt top for our Charity Quilt. And she quilted it too! But there were a lot of thread ends that needed burying. So Doris, Debi and Lisa started in on it. 
But it was a big job and takes more people than you think, so Katherine joined them.

And then Emily got in on the action. And I still don't know if they got them all done!

Eventually we all gathered around the big table for show and tell. Our guild is participating in a zippered pouch swap with a guild in Victoria. Here are our various member's contributions. Aren't they sweet?
And how about this pretty thing? Part of a workshop available at the Workroom. And a work in progress by Jaqueline. 

Look at this kaleidoscopic stunner that Sheila brought in to show us.
I love her fabric choices. She always manages to combine playful and modern so well.

And Georgia is a new to our guild, but still had this sweet quilt to share. I love that it matches her shoes. 

Bereen is also new, recently arrived from the West Coast. Here she is showing us a bag that she patched and constructed for a charity auction... 
...and a stocking. One of a number that she will be making for her family, as Christmas is nigh.

Samarra made this amazing negative space wall hanging with a fairytale theme.

And Lisa brought in this baby quilt-in-progress.

Note the crazy skilled hand quilting. I know. Can you believe those are hand stitches? Amazing. 

Lisa was filling her time before the Holidays making lots of little coffee cup sleeves for all her co-workers and friends. A very nice little project for using up pretty scraps. 
And as promised, here is Rebecca's finished wall hanging. So cool and calm with the gorgeous chaos of pattern around it. 

Thanks so much to all who came out to the November meeting, both our "regulars" and all the visitors who came to check us out. We hope we'll see many of you again in the New Year. Our next meeting will be on January 25th.