March 1, 2020

February 2020 Meeting Recap

February 2020 Meeting Recap

Hello Toronto Modern Quilters!

We know some of you were off at QuiltCon last weekend, but those of us who stayed home got our quilting fix at our fabulous February meeting. 

We had a fantastic presentation from Tania Denyer of Ginger Quilts. She talked about the intersection of art and craft, shared her philosophy on creativity, and left us all asking "What would that look like in fabric?" Plus, we got to see her gorgeous and mouth-watering quilts up close. Inspirational! 


  • Our Vice President Xandra launched our very first block lotto of 2020! It features "Enchanted" the Kona Colour of the Year, and a block pattern from the Modern Quilt Guild. Block lotto instructions can be found here
  • Participate in our TMQG logo design challenge! Submit your designs to by March 29, 2020. You must be a member to enter the challenge. Multiple submissions are accepted.
  • Sign up for the  Krista Hennebury workshops in March! You can register for these highly-recommended workshops in the TMQG online shop!  
From this month's Show and Share - "No, This Way" by Lori Dunn, from the "Speed Date with Improv" workshop at Quilt Canada in June 2019. 
Show and Share
Karen Brown - Back of "Victoria and Albert" using extra pieces of fabric from the quilt top
Gwen Hopkins - Cielo, from Kristi Schroeder's Book Southwest Modern
Cristina De Miranda - "The Drop", her own design, check out Ships and Violins for the pattern
Elena Langlois - "Mint to be HST", made from her first fat quarter bundle
Karen Brown/TMQG - "True North", or Quiltcon 2017 charity quilt 
Sandra Cooper - "Untitled", a hand-quilted work of art
Two quilts by Brandon Wolff - "Homogenized Conversations" (left) about the masking done by Autistic people, and "Crumpled Leaves" (right)

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Sunday March 29th at Trinity St. Paul's!
3:00 - 3:30 WIP and Welcome
3:30 - 5:30 Meeting featuring Krista Hennebury.
Many thanks to Gail Shaw for taking some fantastic photos of this months meeting!

January 28, 2020

January 2020 Meeting Recap

January 2020 Meeting Recap

Hello Toronto Modern Quilters! Welcome new members!

Our January meeting was a lot of fun and a great success. 

The main event was our garage sale fundraiser. Thanks to all the wonderful donations and enthusiastic purchases, we raised $722.55 for the guild!Hurray! Leftover materials will be donated to the TDSB Artsjunktion where teachers can access arts and crafts materials for classroom use. 

Our new president welcomed the new year, and mentioned several exciting things coming up. 
  • Our 2020 UFO challenge! You can sign up online using this Google Form. Congrats to the prize winners from the 2020 challenge. 
  • Doors to the meeting room will now open at 3:00, and we will start with a fun "WIP and welcome". Meeting business will start at 3:30 as usual. 
  • We would like to form a charity committee, a social committee, and a programming committee. If you are interested in being involved, please send us an email.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to help our meetings run smoothly! Send us an email if you are interested in helping with any of the following:
    • Alternate photographer
    • White glove committee
    • Door prize raffle
    • Social media manager


Catherine and Doris will be leading a presentation on quilting on March 25, 2020. They have asked if any members would like to lend their quilts for the presentation to bring their quilts to the February 23, 2020 meeting. 

Don't forget to sign up for our Krista Hennenbury workshops in March!
  • Six hour "Speed Date With Improv" on Saturday March 28th
  • Four hour "Square Peg Round Hole" on Sunday March 29th
You can register for these workshops in the TMQG online shop! Space is limited, so register soon before the workshops fill up!

Show and Share
Karen Powers - 13,884 Stitches
Lynda Hutchison - For Tiffany
Wendy Rosenthall - A Trip to Ghana
Gwen Hopkins - Sunny Log Cabin Quilt
Karen Brown - Too Blue
Karen Brown - Beginner Bargello
Peter Byrne - Lollipops and Ice Cream Cones

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Sunday February 23rd at Trinity St. Paul's!
3:00 - 3:30 WIP and Welcome
3:30 - 5:30 Meeting featuring Tania Denyer of Ginger Quilts.

November 7, 2019

October 2019 Meeting Recap-Alice Williams

Lots of excitement this month!  The by-laws were adopted, and the election results were announced in the first bit of the meeting, and then we had a full schedule of programming!

Election Results
And the vote is in!  Presenting your 2020 TMQG Executive:
President  Bobbie-Sue Gentilli
Vice President Xandra
Treasurer Brandi
Secretary Christina
Communications Officer Theresa
Thanks for stepping up guys, and I can't wait to see what's in store next year!

November Meeting
We're having our annual holiday party in November, with the usual treats!  Don't forget to bring something (enough for no more than 12 people).  New this year, in the second half of the meeting, we will open it to the public, and members of the TMQG will be able to have a table to sell their wares in a festive market (email to book a table).

This year, we'll be having a name badge swap, if you want to participate, please carefully read the instructions that Adrienne has kindly written up here!

Alice Williams "Spirit in My Quilts"
This month we had Alice Williams of Pimaatisiwin Quilts, gave a trunk show (we literally saw three suitcases of quilts!  It was pretty cool). 

Alice started off with a moving acknowledgement to the land of the Anishinaabe, then moved on to tell us a little about her background growing up in the bush of Northern Ontario with her Anishinaabe mother and her Norwegian father.  Alice started quilting in 1980, and some of the aspects that she likes is that it connects her to the past and community.  She  explores a number of traditions and symbols derived from her background.  This starts with the adapted spirit wheel symbol that she likes to incorporate into her quilts, a green ring quartered with red, yellow, black and white.
Alice showed us a couple of sampler quilts incorporating indigenous sayings and quotes. As well as a number of quilts with strawberries, which she says are a traditional and important symbol.  One of them she had done in a kind of trapunto style, using recycled fabric, rather than wadding to stuff the trapunto sections.  It was heavy!

There were alot of turtles, another perennial favourite:

And a number of loons:

And alot of stars!  Some with very tiny piecing, as Alice tries to use up even the smallest scraps of fabric:

I could show you more, but I think I'll stop there!

Laura gave us an intro to Pojagi, an historic Korean art form of patchwork.  With four basic stitches (whip, running, decorative and backstitch), which are used to make wrappings, covers, bags, etc. 
Laura showed us some basic stitches, as well as describing a machine-adapted method that she developed (because apparently she loves her machine!).  Sorry I didn't grab more photos, I was too busy examing the samples she had brought (which were awesome!). Laura's suggestion if you want to find more information on pojagi/bojagi, this video from Korean artist YoungMin Lee is a great place to start, or you can get a DVD made by her here.

Block Lotto
The blue and white crosses were due in this month, and they were all won by Brandon!  Can't wait to see what you do with them!

Charity Quilt Update
Karen has pieced the top, and we got a view of it this month:
Doesn't it look great?  And it hasn't even been quilted yet! That's the next job.

Quilt Canada 2020
There's a pretty great lineup for the 2020 Con, including a number of our own! It's going to be in Edmonton, and you can see more information here. Also, for the first time ever, there will be a modern challenge!  There are also a number of other challenges and swaps, so visit the website to check it out.

Show and Share
I was first up, with two miniquilts:

Next up was Christine Navarro with her version of the Alison Glass Trinket quilt:

Sandra Cooper showed up two pieces, a UFO called "ancestral mod block"

and JoyII, a baby blanket

Brandon showed us his latest flying geese quilt entitled "Some Geese are artistic"

 Sandra Sarner displayed Quilt Quilt, inspired by a Davenport Rd company sign.

And last, (but of course not least!), Peter Byrne showed us his epic Roe V Wade quilt, of his own design with a compelling design and interesting story. You can find more of an explanation on Peter's Instagram post.

Catherine showed us a QuiltCon project from Savannah (so, it's been hanging around awhile, but she's still finished hers before I finished mine!!)

Anne won the member draw ( a fat quarter)
Adrienne was the lucky recipient of the gift card this month.

And that's a wrap for this month folks, thanks for reading!  -Robin.

September 2019 Meeting Recap- Carol Ann Graham

We had a pretty packed meeting in September--it's that amazing time when we have to review the by-laws of the guild, and hold elections for next year's executive!

By-laws and Election Call
Karen reviewed the proposed by-law changes, and a Policy Paper on promotion and support on the guild's social media platforms. 

Once that was done, Adrienne made the call for elections.  At the time of the meeting, all five of the executive positions were open for the 2020 year.  Each of the current position holders got up and gave a brief description of their duties, and took any questions.  

Block Lotto
Becky demonstrated the last block lotto of the year, which is a shorter one, and only ran for a month.  Blue and White crosses, scrappy and using mid-blue range fabrics-fun!

Charity Quilt Update
All the blocks were due in this month, and they look great!  We had a brief discussion about the full arrangement of the blocks, and Karen took them off to assemble them into a completed top! Thanks to everyone who contributed blocks, and really got in the spirit of it!

Carol Ann Graham- Slow Sewing
We had a great talk from Carol Ann Graham, although she was very soft spoken, so I was on the edge of my seat to hear all the great things she had to say! She started off by telling us about how she got started in quilting, hand sewing on the TTC as she carried out her daily commute. To this day, she's still all about the hand quilting--and it show!  The quality of her stitching is amazing!

She showed us a selection of her quilts, which was a lot of fun, and then moved on to talking about why she loves to hand sew, and some of the tools she finds really useful. Carol Ann said that she enjoys every aspect of the process for each of the projects that she starts, and especially enjoys the quiet, portable nature of the sewing, and that it encourages technical excellence, as well as the way that it encourages a different relationship to fabric consumption.  This really echoed with me, as I also love to do hand sewing (although I still love my sewing machine!!), especially the fabric consumption aspect, since I am trying really hard to sew with what I have.
In terms of tools, Carol Ann shared some of her favourite things.  
Thread: 100% cotton, 35 weight, sashiko threads/needles, pearl cotton  (quilting weight threads)
Marking: pencils, pins (marking from the back)
Other: she likes to use beeswax and thread conditioner which prevents bearding or shredding on the threads, and uses a frame for quilting, favouring a cube snap frame, although there are a number of good quality quilting frames available.
She also had some interesting suggestions for recent resources:
Slow-Stitch: Mindful and Cotemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley-Smith
Show and Share
We had a fair bumper crop of show and share this month!  I couldn't quite find the sheets (yes, I am being pretty bad with this lately! ), so hopefully I have got the attributions correct!  If there isn't one, it's because I couldn't figure out what the quilt was called, and who it was from (so, feel free to let me know, and I will update the blog!!)
Christina showed us this finished quilt from her pattern "Love me Not" (which was a raffle prize this month-the pattern, not the quilt :):

 Adrienne Showed us this fab baby quilt that she finished (her own design!):

 Shannon showed us this beautiful Feathers Quilt that she finished:

Laura showed us this cool quilt that she made assisted by Pre-Quilt:

 Xandra showed us this double sided quilt (both sides!):

 Brandon, one of our new members showed us this really graphic flying geese quilt (apparently this is his current "obsession", so I think we might be seeing more of these from him!). 

Peter showed one of the quilts that he had hanging in his exhibition at Quilts at the Creek, Night Sky.  You can't really tell from the picture, but the quilting (as ever!) is incredibly dense in a number of different colours, and brings a cool extra dimension to the finished quilt!

 Our fearless leader Karen had two quilts to show this month, True North (below)

And Big Kahuna!  It definitely is large size!

With a cool backing!

The member draw was won by Xandra.  Someone won the gift card to EweKnit, but I can't quite figure out who!  Whoever it was, hope you enjoy it!
·         That's it for this month from me, Robin.