April 10, 2018

March 2018 Meeting Recap

Ludgera's 100 Blocks Tula Pink Quilt

As I recall, the first words I typed last month -- and I'm quoting myself directly here -- was "Brrrrrr…. It’s still cold out there!" Why, oh why, could I not have something new to say as an introduction to this blog post?!? But alas, it is what it is, and we still have snow in April. So, on to the reason you're here... the March 2018 Meeting Recap!

Coffee Social
Do quilters tailgate a guild meeting? Could you even imagine? I'm sure it'd involve everyone pounding FQs and charm packs... Hee hee... Well, we got in the mindset for some quilting fun with a social at Future's Bistro before the March meeting. It was a nice chance to catch up with everyone and chat. There will not be a social in April, but more details to follow for other social events coming up over the next few months.

TMQG Happenings
We want to thank The Make Den on their generous donation of the Tula Pink Hardware. Doris was the lucky duck who won the paid door prize and we know she'll be enjoying her new studio bling! 

A few other announcements in support of guild members or interesting things happening:
  • Johanna Masko will be presenting at the April 29th meeting on Scraps and Scrap Quilting. Free for members and $10 for guests.
  • The annual Quilts at the Creek will be July 28th & 29th.
  • Coming soon! Andrea Tsang Jackson from 3rd Story Workshop will be here in October! More info to come as the details get nailed down, but we're excited for 2 days of her amazing workshops!
  • UFOs have been spotted! Happy sightings! Don't forget to hashtag #tmqgufo2018 and bring them to the guild meeting to be recorded!
  • Thank you to Debbie Burchell, Elena Langlois and Helen Mah for bringing the yummy munchies to the guild meeting! Let's keep it rolling.

QuiltCon: 2018 & 2019! 
Pasadena, Nashville, and Austin! Oh my! Lynda Hutchison (fresh from her Pasadena delight) shared her adventure at the 2018 QuiltCon, while Adrienne Van Halem shared some tips on how to start planning for the 2019 QuiltCon in Nashville. If you're feeling super ambitious, 2020 will be in Austin!

There were roughly 300 quilts on display at the 2018 QuiltCon in Pasadena. Lynda Hutchison participated in a mini-quilt swap and took 3 workshops: Intro to Free Motion Quilting (Christina Cameli); Layered abstraction embroidery embellishments (Nichole Vogelsinger), and Whole Cloth Hand quilting (Heidi Parkes). You can see a bit of her beautiful handwork below.

Lynda Hutchison's classwork with Heidi Parkes at QuiltCon

Lynda also brought back our 2018 QuiltCon charity quilt. She did a beautiful job of designing and organizing this quilt-as-you-go project, which was pieced and quilted by a variety of guild members. Well done team! It's currently in need of a charity home, so please let us know if you know of a charity you'd like to support.

Detail of 2018 TMQG Charity Quilt

Adrienne Van Halem, who was a super planner for last year's 2017 QuiltCon, gave a few tips on planning for Nashville. In short, set a budget, find your travel buddies, and remember that as a guild member you can register before the public for workshops. Karen Brown has also put together a video on the top 3 things you need to know about planning for QuiltCon!

Economy Block Lotto Challenge
There were over 40 blocks entered in our first 2018 Block Lotto and Elena Langlois won them all! For more information on the Economy Block and how to whip one up, check out Karen Brown's video tutorial!

Our next Block Lotto will be kicked-offed at the April 29th meeting. More info to come, but start thinking in Tiger Lily and Ultra Violet!

Economy Block Lotto Entries

Programming: The MQG Mothership
President Steff Rose reviewed the resources available to all guild members on the MQG website. Don't forget to take advantage of the blocks of the month, free quilt patterns, and webinars that are included with your annual membership. You can sign in at their website.

TMQG Spotlight: Social Media
Thank you to Morag Johnston for taking us on a tour of Facebook and Instagram and the ways that guild members can take part in our digital community. Don't forget to share your work on Instagram and Facebook with the following hastags: #tmqgufo2018 and #tmqgblocklotto. Check out Morag's presentation here.

Show & Share
First up was Rebecca Burnett with 2 quilts. The first was for the 70273 Project Middling, which is a project to commemorate the 70,273 mentally and physically handicapped people murdered by the Nazis before the Holocaust. Each pair of Xs represents one life lost. The organizer is aiming for 70,273 pairs of Xs. For more info check out thebarefootheart.com.

Rebecca Burnett's 70273 Project Middling mini-quilt
Rebecca's second quilt, A Month of Mondays, is self designed and inspired by the work of Saskia Freeke. @rebeccaburnettquilts

Rebecca Burnett's A Month of Mondays

Sandra Sarner warm-heartedly made this quilt for a 17-year-old young man, who is a grandnephew of her cousin. She calls it Jadon's Quilt. She hopes it keeps him warm in his new home.

Sandra Sarner's Jadon's Quilt

Ludgera Worms showed off this beauty, the output of a 100 day online Tula Pink quilt-a-long challenge. 100 days, 100 blocks. All I can say is whoa.... @lugi5000

Ludgera Worms 100 Blocks Tula Pink Quilt

Diana Fox-Revett does it again with her beautiful, tiny, organic appliqu├ęd circles. She plans on creating several more of a similar size to make a series. We're excited to see them, Diana! @pinkinked

Diana Fox-Revett's Circles & Squares

Bob Gentili is busy building up a machine quilting portfolio. This quilt is for a good friend's 40th birthday next month. What a treat, we feel confident she'll love it! The pattern is by Libs Elliott and quilted by Bob. @geekybobbin

Bob Gentili's version of Libs Elliott's Just Like Heaven quilt

Next Time at the TMQG
Mark your calendars for our next meeting on April 29th 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!
  • Johanna Masko in the house! She'll be discussing Scraps and Scrap Quilting. $10 guest fee, free for members.
  • Kicking off a new Block Lotto Challenge
  • Gunnel Hag's spotlight on fabric painting
  • And a $40 gift card for the paid raffle ticket door prize. $2/ticket or 3/$5.
It's been great and as Porky the Pig would say, "Th-a, th-a, th-a, that's all folks!" See you soon!