September 3, 2018

July 2018 Meeting Recap: Quilts at the Creek

Fireworks by Jeannie Jenkins

TMQG at Quilts at the Creek

This July's meeting was at Quilts at the Creek and we had a blast! This year there were over 300 quilts on display at Black Creek Pioneer Village and the weather was great. Big shout out to the Quilts at the Creek organizers, Jane Cramer, Shirley Dawson, and Valerie Prideaux, for making it all possible.
As TMQG members, we had the pleasure of attending trunk shows of two members of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Programming: Trunk Shows
First up was Mary Pal, whose roller coaster fibre arts journey shows just what happens when you say “yes!” to crazy opportunities.  Mary described the technique she developed over her 40 years of quilting for creating stunning portraits on fabric using cheese cloth and paint sticks. Her award-winning work often expresses themes related to ecology or inequality.
Mary Pal with her quilt Unspoken

Ana Paula Brasil
, aka Hurricane Ana, is another prolific art quilter. Aiming to make a quilt a day, she uses techniques for capturing portraits on quilts, such as Zentangle and pixilation (pro tip: use PosterShine app to pixelate your photos and then make it into poster size on Block Posters). She has also exhibited her quilts far and wide and shows her students that, yes, you too can learn to draw and quilt!
Ana Paula Brasil with her Fisherman quilt

After the trunk shows, we went out on a scavenger hunt organized by Adrienne. We spied everything quilty from English paper piecing to minimalism, from curves to big and small (this year’s QATC theme). We even found some quilts from TMQG members! Here are a couple of modern gems from the show:
Skittles by Peggy Parillo

Morning Commute by Dia Sue-Wah-Sing
If you had a quilt at QATC, post it in our Facebook group, tag us on Instagram, or bring it to the next Show and Share at September’s meeting! We would love to see your work!
Also great thanks to Peter for a beautiful haul of hand-beaded jewelry that was sold at the QATC Shop Around the Corner, with the proceeds being donated to the TMQG.

TMQG Happenings
Our president Steff announced that TMQG is now a member of Canadian Quilters Association, which provides us with benefits including access to insurance plans and a copy of the quarterly Canadian Quilter Magazine.
There were also some reminders about upcoming events:
  • Our next TMQG meeting will be on September 30, where we will be doing Fast and Easy Gift demos as well as Guild Executive elections.
  • There are still a few spaces in our workshops with Andrea Tsang-Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop on October 27 and 28. The venue for this friendly get-together will be at Yonge and Sheppard. Register for either the full-day workshop, the half-day workshop, the trunk show (trunk show is free for TMQG members), or all of them here!
  • Save the Date for the TMQG Holiday Party on Sunday, December 2, which will be at our usual Trinity-Spadina location. Note this is a shift from the usual November meeting date!
That’s it for this month, friends! See you at our next meeting in September!
PS - Thank you to our bombastic Secretary, Christine Navarro, for writing this month's newsletter while I was out of town.

July 25, 2018

June 2018 Meeting Recap

Close-up of Jane Cramer's Waking Foot Quilting
Hello everyone! Sorry for the long overdue June Meeting recap! So, let's hit it!

TMQG Happenings
Up for grabs this month was a $40 gift card to The Workroom. We'd like to thank Karyn for her joint sponsorship and congratulate Karen Brown for being the lucky winner! Thank you to everyone for their ongoing support.

A few other announcements on things happening in Toronto & at the TMQG:

  • Our July TMGQ meeting will be at Quilts at the Creek on Saturday, July 28th. **Please note that the meeting will be on Saturday, not Sunday. The show will be running all weekend.
  • Sew Day Retreat is on August 25th. Join us for mimosas, a catered lunch, and lots of time with your quilty friends! Register here.
  • Registration for October workshops with Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop is live! Register here.
  • TMQG Executive Board elections are coming up in September! Join the team and help shape another excellent year at the TMQG. Nominations so far:
    • Karen Brown will be running for President 
    • Adrienne Van Halem will be running again for Treasurer
    • Other roles are Vice President, Secretary & Communications Lead

Here's all the dates to the goodies to look forward to in 2018:
  • July 28 (Saturday): Quilts at the Creek with Mary Pal and Ana Paula Brasil Trunk Shows starting at noon
  • August 25: Member only Sew Day Retreat!
  • September 30: Fast & Easy Gifts & Guild Elections
  • October 27 & 28Andrea Tsang Jackson Workshops & Trunk Show
  • December 2 (November Date Shift): Holiday Party!
Sorry for the inconvenience, but some of the dates and locations have shifted to accommodate guild initiatives and room booking constraints. We apologize and hope you will be able to join us!

Missing Pieces designed by Adrienne Van Halem

2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt
Lynda Hutchison and Adrienne Van Halem were hard at work organizing the fabrication of this year's Charity Quilt. Kits were passed out at the June meeting and we have all hands on deck. Reminder that pieced kits are due at the July meeting in order to keep on schedule. So excited to see this one come together.

Check out the MQG site for more information on the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilts.

Jane Cramer's featuring various Walking foot techniques
TMQG Spotlight: The Walking Foot with Jane Cramer
A big thank you to Jane Cramer who showed us all the beautiful things that can be done with a walking foot. Walking foot quilting is an excellent option for negative space and solid quilts and Jane shared us lots of tips gained from workshops she's taken. Thanks again Jane!

Here are some of the resources on the Walking Foot:

Doris Lovadina-Lee and Her Beautiful Dyed Fabrics
Programming: Monetizing Your Craft Panel
Thank you to Doris Lovadina-Lee, Bob Gentili, and Claudia Schumm for sharing with us their experiences turning their craft into a business. Here's a little summary of what they had to share:
  • It's important to have an online presence, somewhere for people to reach you
    • Wordpress themes for your website
    • Woo Commerce for your shops
  • Leverage Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to help spread your content
  • Don't be afraid to take initiative and reach out to people!
  • Know when to hire specialists like:
    • Bookkeepers
    • Accountants
    • Tech support

Doris Lovadina-Lee sells her beautiful hand-dyed fabrics and quilt pieces online and at the Textile Museum of Canada. Doris first started dying fabrics in an indigo workshop and loves the magical process of folding fabric and dipping them in the dyes. She first got her start selling her scarves to co-workers and has since built an online shop.

Bob Gentili of Geeky Bobbin recently started a custom long-arming business and sells patterns and sewn goods. Bob started a year and a half ago selling ponchos and scarves on Etsy. In her experience, yes, there is a market for squid and octopus car seat ponchos! 

Claudia Schumm of Fabric Please recently fulfilled a dream goal when she became the new owner of the online shop. She was also very generous and donated a FQ to each of the meeting attendees. Thanks again, Claudia!

Low Volume FQ from President's Stash
President's Challenge: Happiness is Quiet!
This year's President's Challenge was generously sponsored by the President herself! Using the low volume fabric FQ that was distributed at the June meeting, Steff's President Challenge is to complete a quilted project that makes you happy. Any dimension. Any definition of happiness (there are too too many and we're excited to see what makes YOU happy!). Challenge constraints:
  • Use the whisper FQ from the last guild meeting
  • Any dimension
  • Must be finished & quilted
  • Must make you happy
  • Due at September meeting
Reach out to Steff at if you missed the last meeting and need a FQ for the challenge. 

Show & Share
There were as usual a bundle of beautiful quilts shown at this month's meeting. Sit back and enjoy!

Valerie Prideaux was up first with Call Me By My Name. She did this as a 12x12 challenge and what a great job! @crayonpatch

Call Me By My Name by Valerie Prideaux

Laura Henneberry shared The Circus Tent Quilt for which she recently launched a pattern. Thanks to Berene Campbell who helped name the quilt! There is also a digital coloring application that accompanies this quilt online on PreQuilt that enables quilters to choose, play with, and explore endless color combinations. @commonwealthquilts

The Circus Tent Quilt by Laura Henneberry

Morag Johnston created Frog & Butterfly, this beautiful baby quilt for a "miracle baby". The colors are modern and the block was an improv adaptation of a houndstooth. @moragj 

Frog & Butterfly by Morag Johnston

Rebecca Burnett bought her game this month with her huge and beautiful Dollars to Doughnuts. She was inspired by traditional double wedding ring quilts, but wanted to put a modern spin on it by squaring the shapes and adding lots of negtative space. @rebeccaburnettquilts

Dollars to Doughnuts by Rebecca Burnett

Karen Brown and Elena Langlois shared their joint effort finish of The Economy Block lotto win from a few months ago. It'll be hanging at Quilts at the Creek this weekend and fits their big/small challenge rather well! @justgetitdonequilts @elenalanglois

The Economy Block (Lotto Win) by Karen Brown and Elena Langlois

Judy Kowalski shared this lovely quilt, Star of My Heart, she made for her mother's 89th birthday. Beautiful job!

Star of My Heart by Judy Kowalski

Deborah Burchell shared her addition to the 70273 Project, which commemorates the disabled who were killed by the Nazis before the Holocaust. She did a beautiful job hand quilting the background. 

70273 Project by Deborah Burchell

Robin Cassady-Cain recently joined the TMQG and shared her quilt, Neighbourhood, which she had done with her previous MQG in Edinburgh. The design is by Elizabeth Hartman and quilted by Tatyana Duffie. @gingerscribble

Neighbourhood by Robin Cassady-Cain

Next Time at the TMQG
See you at our next meeting on Saturday, July 28th starting at noon at Quilts at the Creek (Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway). Here’s a little tidbit of what you can look forward to! 
  • Two Trunk Shows (Mary Pal at 12:00 & Ana Paula Brasil at 1:00)
    • Trunk shows are free for members. 
    • Sorry, but regular admission to Black Creek is not covered.
  • Quick guild meeting at 2:00 
  • Scavenger Hunt with prizes!
  • Lots of vendors, a brewery, and more quilts than you can probably process!

June 19, 2018

May 2018 Meeting Recap

Valerie Prideaux's Log Cabin Quilt

Hello everyone! Hope you're enjoying the amazing weather we've gotten. Every morning I start out with my daily dose of Vitamin D. Sans drops! Without further ado, here's the May Meeting recap!

TMQG Happenings
Up for grabs this month was a $40 gift card to Fabric Spark & Country Clothesline. We'd like to thank them for their joint sponsorship and congratulate Sonya Eliott for being the lucky duck who won it! Thank you to everyone for their ongoing support.

A few other announcements on things happening in Toronto & at the TMQG:
  • Toronto Love Project opening on June 25th from 12:00 to 1:30 at North York Center.
  • Our July TMGQ meeting will be at Quilts at the Creek on Saturday, July 28th. **Please note that the meeting will be on Saturday, not Sunday. The show will be running all weekend.
  • Member only Early Bird Registration for October workshops with Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop is live! Check your TMQG newsletter for discount codes and shop info. Early bird registration ends July 15th at 11:59pm. Want to become a member? Join here.
  • Thank you to Elisa Versiani Galery and Ghislaine Marie for sharing their yummy snacks!

Here's all the goodies to look forward to in 2018:
  • June 24: Monetizing Your Craft with guest Michelle Galletta of Kiriki Press
  • July 28 (Saturday): Quilts at the Creek with Leni Levenson Weiner Trunk Show
  • August 25: Member only Sew Day!
  • September 30: Fast & Easy Gifts & Guild Elections
  • October 27 & 28: Andrea Tsang Jackson Workshops & Trunk Show
  • December 2 (Date Change): Holiday Party!
Sorry for the inconvenience, but some of the dates and locations have shifted to accommodate guild initiatives and room booking constraints. We apologize and hope you will be able to join us!

Missing Pieces designed by Adrienne Van Halem

2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt
Thanks to Adrienne Van Halemthe designer of our QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt entitled Missing Pieces which has 10 squares representing the lives lost in the Toronto van attack among the many others lost to violence against women. 

Northcott has generously donated Colorworks Premium Solids fabric for the front of our quilt, and Adrienne will be at the June 24th meeting to distribute kits to TMQG members who would like to participate in piecing it. The kits will contain enough fabric for a few rows of the quilt, plus grid interfacing to make the sewing a breeze - and accurate! 

Check out the MQG site for more information on the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilts.

Shirley Dawson's box of everyday sewing gadgets

TMQG Spotlight: Tool Time with Shirley Dawson
A big thank you to Shirley Dawson who did an amazing job opening our minds by showing us some clever and innovative ways to use everyday household items for quilting. I might take up home pedicures just so I can buy those toe foam thingies! As a special perk, Shirley donated some of her household notions as door prizes for the guild. Thanks again Shirley!

Download Shirley's list of household notions here

Toronto Love Project
Berene Campbell has spearheaded the Toronto Love Project and we're so excited to see all the beautiful banners up, showing the love. There's still a tiny amount of time left to make a banner for the Toronto Love Project! Banners are due June 21st and instructions can be found here. The opening will be on June 25th from 12:00 to 1:30 at North York Center. Hope to see you there!

Panel: Valerie Prideaux (not pictured) Jeannie Jenkins, Rebecca Burnett & Lynda Hutchison

Programming: Show Skills Panel
Thank you to Valerie Prideaux, Jeannie Jenkins, Rebecca Burnett and Lynda Hutchison who answered all our questions regarding how to prepare, enter, and show a quilt. Collectively, they've had quilts shown at Quilts at the Creek, Quilt Canada, QuiltCon, and other local and juried shows. Here's what we learned from them.

Juried shows typically cost money to enter and can have strict guidelines for acceptance. There are usually monetary prizes for winners, which are judged both on originality and technical proficiency (although they may not be weighted equally).

Local shows are often run by local guilds and are attended by family and friends. Quilts at the Creek is a great local show held in a public venue (so there is a larger audience). Local shows usually have a few guidelines for acceptance (such as minimum size) and are often open to anyone to participate.

There are many benefits to entering your quilt into a show. There's the thrill of sharing your work with a broader audience, you can get critical feedback from judges, or get free entry to the show to view the inspiring work being displayed. 

Here are some tips before you enter your quilt:

  • Ensure your photos are of high quality (the TMQG is planning on hosting a photography session at The Workroom in November)
  • Read the guidelines carefully
  • When shipping, it is less expensive if you under-insure your quilt and call it a “blanket”; expect it to be gone for a few months; consider tracking it with an electronic device sewn into the label like Lynda did (Tile Mate)
  • Don’t hesitate to enter! Give it a shot and hope for the best 

Memories of a Churn Dash Block Lotto

Block Lotto: Memories of a Churn Dash
Thank you to everyone who participated in this month's Block Lotto Challenge! We had 55 blocks submitted (or was it 54?). Point is, we had so many blocks that winner, Adrienne Van Halem had a hard time counting them. Because of the constraints, we saw so much creativity and we were all pretty blown away with all the variations. We look forward to seeing this all in a quilt!

Thank you to Karen Brown for organizing this fun block lotto.

Show & Share
As the guild has grown, we have seen a huge increase in the amount of show and shares. It's great! Every month we all walk away being inspired and blown away by the amazing work our members are creating. Keep it up!

Valerie Prideaux was up first with My Log Cabin. She got tired of making log cabin blocks, so this sat for a long time. It wasn't until she thought of this layout that she was able to finish it up! @crayonpatch

Adrienne Van Halem shared her 100 Days 100 Blocks quilts (pattern by Tula Pink). She wanted to make two separate quilts that went together to lay on a bed as a set, but that had different batting weights. One is bamboo and the other wool. What a fine pair! @agentpeachquilts

Louise Dixon made this Japanese X + quilt after being inspired by the pattern itself.

Christine Navarro made this beautiful Doodle Quilt inspired by Little Pincushion Studio. It's machine appliqu├ęd with transparency colors, which is a new technique for Christine, and is great using any doodle you can imagine. @sewing_navigator

Bob Gentili started this quilt, Goodnight Irene, for last year's "sew a jelly roll day." It was the first quilt she did on her longarm and she cleverly used an embroidery hoop for her "ruler" work. Pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Co. @geekybobbin

Debi DeSantis also brought in her Tula Pink 100 Days 100 Blocks quilt. She got into the challenge after being inspired by Ludgera (who showed her version in April) and Debi thoroughly enjoyed the experience, except for the fact that this kept her from her other sewing! She gifted it to a dear friend who loves green. It's a beautiful gift, Debi!! @debilla

Karen Brown shared her Long Time Gone quilt (designed by Jen Kingwell). She loved figuring out how to make this quilt without using the pattern. Looks spot on to me! @justgetitdonequilts

Sandra Sarner did this amazing quilt from the book "From Machine Quilting with Design" and used the wrong side of the fabric for the grey background. She made this for her dentist as a thank you for his patience during a long procedure. What a thoughtful gift! @sandrasarner

Debbie Burchell created this sweet panel quilt for the Linus Project - Quilts for Sick Kids. Well done!

Gwen Hopkins designed this Flying Geese Baby quilt and if you pay close attention, you can see that one little goose is flying backwards. @gwenhop50

Laura Henneberry had two quilts this month. The first is Untitled that was created with her son. He helped with each step (except for rotary cutting, he's only 7) and it was a fun project for them to work on together. 

The second quilt was a self-designed Circus Tent Quilt. This is for a friend who recently had a baby girl. @commonwealthquilts

Next Time at the TMQG
See you at our next meeting on June 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Trinity- St.Pauls (427 Bloor St W). Here’s a little tidbit of what you can look forward to! 
  • Monetizing Your Craft Panel discussion with Michelle Galletta of Kiriki Press, Doris Lovadina-Lee and Bob Gentili.
  • Kicking off the President's Challenge -- It'll be a quiet challenge!
  • Jane Cramer's Walking Foot Spotlight
  • Campaign info for the 2019 TMQG Executive Board
  • And a $40 gift card for the paid raffle ticket door prize. $2/ticket or 3/$5.