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Meeting Update!

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Hey all! Just wanted to remind everyone that there will be no guild meeting this month (i.e. tomorrow) due to the holidays. I'm sure everyone is super-busy, but I hope you've all had a lovely little break and I can't wait to see you in the New Year! Sheila and I had a little "executive" (haha!) chat after our meeting last month and have finalized our workshops and lectures from January until April:

January: English Paper Piecing with me (I will update the blog and send another newsletter with supplies etc. once it's all been finalized)
February: Pincushion swap
March: QuiltCon recap with Doris
April: Modern Quilting mini lecture with Sheila and me

If you think that you have anything to add to these sessions or any suggestions please feel free to get in touch! Happy New Year everyone!

October Meeting Update

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Hey y'all - it's time again for the monthly meeting! Since we didn't get to it last month (we were gabbing too much - it was great fun!) I'll be leading the label design workshop at this month's meeting. No special tools are required and I will have samples of both labels and Spoonflower fabrics for you to look at. If we get the time I will also show you how to create business cards using the same method.

As always please bring along your completed projects and/or problems to share with the group. We are also running short on new workshop and tutorial ideas for meetings. We've already slotted an extended sharing/gifting time into the November meeting for the secret santa/mystery gift exchange and won't be having a meeting in December, but we need something good for January and into next year. Let's hear your ideas!

MQG Survey:
Just a reminder to fill out the MQG survey for this year! Please fill it out if you get the chance - if more than fi…

Monthly Meeting and a Couple of Updates!

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Hey y'all - it's time again for our monthly meeting! At this month's meeting I will be leading a little tutorial on creating your own fabric labels via Spoonflower. This will be a pretty easy, no-special tools (other than the Internet) needed tutorial and I really hope that y'all will learn a little something from it. Some of you may already have some awesome graphics skills and I hope that you will be able to apply those too to what I'll be demonstrating.

We need some more ideas for upcoming meetings! November is pseudo-planned out, but other than that we've exhausted many of the ideas we've brainstormed previously. Bring your ideas along! I've also extended the scrap swap one more month, so if you want to participate please bring along a small sandwich-sized ziploc baggie of scraps. There is a post with some ideas available on the blog now.

As always, please bring along your completed projects and/or problems to share with the group. As a…

Scrap Swap!

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Hey y'all! At last month's meeting we held a little scrap swap with the intention of turning our scraps into items for a secret Santa/mystery gift exchange at our November meeting. I'd like to open up the floor for people to bring a small ziploc-sized bag of scraps to this months meeting too if you'd still like to participate - this will be the last chance to get in! Remember that you can add fabric from your own stash. but the bulk of the main design really should come from the scraps.

I bet some people are wondering what they should make with their swaps - the answer is anything you want, of course! But I thought I'd share a few ideas anyway in case some people are stuck. Here we go!


You could make a ticker tape mini quilt or even a pillow cover! Really the possibilities are endless for this one. The original tutorial by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts appeared on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog in 2009 and can be found here.


Pot holders or any other type of mini-mini qu…

Welcome and Hello!

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Hey y'all - welcome to our brand-new space! For a few months now we've been talking about switching from our old website format to a blog format and the time has finally arrived! Sheila and I have been putting the finishing touches on this new space for the last little bit - oh, who am I kidding? It's been mostly Sheila! She is our Media Guru after all.

There will definitely be some adjustment to this new space as we move everything along, but our goal is to shut the old website down on October 1st. If there is anything that you want from the old site or a discussion you'd like to save, you'd best do it now!

Charity Quilt with blocks made by TMQG members. Photo by Kaye Prince
Some things you might want to know about our new space:
- Only members who have attended meetings will have author rights to write blog posts for this space. Everyone else is free to follow along here and add comments.
- Please email myself, Sheila, or the TMQG directly to request author rights…

July

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It was a busy weekend for the TMQG!  On Saturday a bunch of us made the trip to Black Creek Pioneer Village to see the outdoor quilt show Quilts at the Creek, which was hosted by the York Heritage Quilters Guild.  (Another post will be coming soon to show off our quilts!)

Then on Sunday we met for our monthly meeting.  It was another small group this month (no surprise there), but there were some fabulous quilts!

Rebecca was first up for show and tell, and she had two beautiful quilts with her.  The first is a quilt for her daughter, and I can't decide what side I like best, the front or the back!



The other quilt she brought was a quilt she made for her father.  Again, the back is as gorgeous as the front.



Rebecca quilted both of these quilts herself by renting some time on a long-arm machine, and she did a fabulous job.

Next, Kaye showed off her project in the brand new Pretty In Patchwork book! (You can read a bit more about it over on her blog.)  It was fun to see the project i…

June

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Well, it was a small group at our guild meeting yesterday.  You can tell that summer and the nice weather is here!  I expect that it will be slow for most of the summer as everyone takes advantage of the warmth and the sunshine.

Just myself, Kaye and Doris were in attendance, and only Doris had projects to show off.

She had a lovely little crib quilt, and the circle quilting on it was just fabulous!


She had along her Habitat challenge quilt, which she was just finishing the binding on.


And she showed us some fabric postcards she'd made using her own hand-dyed fabric.  (She took a class with an artist in Mexico back in the winter, and the fabrics she made are just stunning.)


And that's pretty much it!

We also talked about some idea of topics / activities / events that we could plan for the fall when things begin to ramp up again.  We've got some fun ideas in store!

May

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We began this month's meeting by finalising our entries into the Quilts at the Creek event that the York Heritage Quilters Guild is hosting this coming July.  It looks like members of our guild will be contributing five quilts this year.

Then it was on to show and tell!  Nicole started us off with an A.MAZ.ING appliqued quilt she made.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get my camera ready in time, and this was the only shot I got where the lighting was ok.  (I'm still getting used to my DSLR...sheesh.)


Nicole also gave us the bittersweet news that she landed a great research position in Boston, so she will be leaving us. :(  But we wish her all the best, and know that she's going to kick butt down there!  We hope she'll come back to visit.
Andrea was up next, and she shared one of her most recent pieces of art with us.  She used stretchy workout-gear fabrics to construct a three-dimensional surface which she then stretched over a frame and stuffed.  I'm really looking fo…