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.