October 23, 2018

September 2018 Meeting Recap

Quilt on!!! We had a long break over the summer and September was our first regular meeting back since June. But no worries, with fall coming, all us quilters are bunkering down and our quilt game is back on. If anyone isn't quite picking up what I'm putting down, think Wayne'sWorld.

Fast & Easy Gift Ideas
With the holidays right around the corner, we had 4 amazing guild members demonstrating some Fast & Easy Gift Ideas. Thank you friends, you make the guild great and we're lucky to have you share all your quilty and crafty know-how with us. 

Disclaimer: Yep, stop being in denial, the holidays are sneaking up and if you want to make handmade gifts, ya better get started now. But no panic, here are some great ideas! We'd like to also thank Claudia of Fabric Please! for hosting a little pop-up shop!

Thread Catchers by Rebecca Burnett
Rebecca Burnett demonstrated how to turn a Pringles can, some cute fabric, and some simple stitches into a sweet little thread catcher (video tutorial here). You have our blessing to eat those Pringles too, waste not want not is our motto!

Fabric Trays by Shirley Dawson
Shirley Dawson showed us how to make some handy fabric trays. They look pretty addicting and are a great way to use that cute fabric you just had to buy, but have no idea what to do with! Download instructions here.

Rope Bowls by Karen Brown
Karen Brown taught us how to lasso (tee hee, I wish) and make those amazing rope bowls you see everywhere on Instagram these days. A colorful tip: Use variegated thread! There are a lot of videos on Youtube, so here's one video I thought might be useful.

No Sew Ornaments by Adrienne Van Halem
Adrienne Van Halem had us all excited to make these beautiful layered fabric star ornaments. These no sew decorations can be made into trees as well as balls. Check out this video of what she demonstrated.

Consider the Bees by Kim Mastromartino
President's Challenge Wrap-Up
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Whispered Happiness President's Challenge. It was inspiring to see all the beautiful finished pieces of happiness. Congratulations to Kim Mastromartino on winning the challenge with her beauty, Consider the Bees.

Wedges as Topography Block Lotto Challenge
Block Lotto Kick-Off
Karen Brown kicked off the nation wide Canadian MQG block lotto. As always, Karen has a great video tutorial about the block. Here are the guild challenge constraints:

  • Color palette: Black, shades of greys and green, and bright white
  • Size: 9 1/2" unfinished square
  • Share: Post to IG with #tmqgblocklotto
  • Due: At the October 28th TMQG meeting

Bonus: Post to Instagram with the hashtags #CDNMQGblocklotto and #wedgesastopography to take part in some national prizes as well. National social media deadline is November 15th.

Show & Share
Due to the long summer break without Show & Share, there was lots to feast our eyes on this month!

Steff Rose had the most fantastic minion quilt to show. She made this for a nephew! Lucky duck! Banana!!!

One in a Minion by Steff Rose

Sandra Sarner had this beautiful star quilt to share that she made from an Elizabeth Dackson's Quilter's Paper Piecing Workbook

Refraction by Sandra Sarner (Elizabeth Dackson pattern)

Catherine Clarke is on a roll this year! She had 4 (four, FOUR) quilts to share with us. First up was this quick HST quilt had some amazing squiggle quilting!

That's Not Red by Catherine Clarke
Tummy Time by Catherine Clarke
Sunrise, Sunset, Blue Moon by Catherine Clarke
Opposites on the Diagonal by Catherine Clarke

Lynda Hutchison is experiencing a baby boom and made this super cute cat panel baby quilt. The 3rd baby quilt this summer! Sorry, Lynda, we only got a picture of the magnificent quilting and backside. 

Back of Cats Meow by Lynda Hutchison

Isabella Garrigan had two beauties this month. The first was a Block of the Month quilt from four years ago. She wanted to use a Canadian color palette.

Stairway to Serenity by Isabella Garrigan
Her second quilt was a large hexagon quilt that busted her polka dot stash. That's a whole lot of polka there!

Polka Dot Party by Isabella Garrigan

Bob Gentili of Geeky Bobbin also had two amazing quilts to share. Her first was the third Red Feather Quilt she's made that focuses on bringing awareness to the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. It'll be donated to the Native Women's Association of Canada.

Red Feather Community Quilt by Bob Gentili
Her second quilt was Retro Tetro! A new quilt pattern that is now available on pre-sale! It's a collaboration with Libs Elliott and features her fabrics. Congratulations on your pattern launch! Does anyone have a certain song in their head right now?!?

Retro Tetro by Bob Gentili of Geeky Bobbin

Elena Langlois had two Irish Chain quilts with the cutest dinosaur fabrics. Elena is an amazing producer and has donated many of the quilts that she has shown at the guild this year. What a big heart!
Dino Delight 1 by Elena Langlois
Dino Delight 2 by Elena Langlois

Linda Wells kept the double quilt trend up with these two beauties! The first is a graphic representation of the logo from her company, The Winston Myles Group. I loved the tie quilting that was able to keep the strong graphics on the front of the quilt. 

Winston Myles Group by Linda Wells
Her second quilt was a labor of love! All the cats (nine of them) were hand embroidered and all the patchwork was made with cat fabric. Meow!

It's a Cat's Life by Linda Wells

TMQG Happenings
And thus concludes the wrap up of yet another great TMQG meeting. Here's some snippets on what is happening around the guild:

  • 2019 TMQG Executive Board voting took place shortly after the September meeting
  • CQA 2019 TrendTex challenge has launched for Quilt Canada 2019 (see Jane Cramer for more information)
  • Andrea will be conducting 2 workshops while in town. Registration info here.
    • Raw Edge Applique Maps - Full day October 27th
    • Foundation Paper Pieced Fox - Half day October 28th
  • 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!

Well, quilt off!!! See you at our next meeting on October 28th from 3:30 to 5:30. We'll be hosting a trunk show by Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop. Guests are welcome!
  • Note: New temporary location -- 18 Hollywood Avenue