November 7, 2018

October 2018 Meeting Recap


Great Lakes Workshop Participants with 3rd Story Workshop

Hello again! Wow, what a wonderful month we had at the TMQG. So, let's just dive in!


Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop Trunk Show
We were so fortunate to have the extremely talented Andrea Tsang Jackson in town for a pair of workshops and trunk show. To see more of her work and buy her excellent patterns, check out her website here.


Crow Quills by Andrea Tsang Jackson
Ruby Gemstone Wall Hanging by Andrea Tsang Jackson
Our Song Quilt by Andrea Tsang Jackson

Here's what we learned:
  • Andrea is originally from Ottawa, studied architecture at McGill, followed by a Masters in Education. 
  • She has lived in Halifax for 6 years with her husband and two children and is an active member of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.
  • She has always been interested in the intersection between design, craft, and education. She wants to be somebody who takes technology and makes it meaningful, usable, something that makes sense.
  • Andrea made her first quilt in 2011 when her eldest of 2 was born.
  • She won the Etsy Canada Award for New Talent for her Diamond Gemmology Pillow in 2016.
  • The quilt for her second born, Crow Quills Analog, was shown at QuiltCon 2017 and was inspired by the colorful work of Andy Gillmore.
  • Inspired by Libs Elliot’s The Unity Quilt project in Brooklyn and the children’s book Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt, Andrea had the opportunity to conduct a collaborative project as the Artist in Residence at Pier 21 in 2017. Using a the idea of things that immigrants brought with them, she facilitated a block-making experience for more than 1,200 Pier 21 visitors. The project culminated in 10’ x 10’ The Here and Elsewhere Bee Quilt that was awarded 1st Place in the Group or Bee Quilt category at QuiltCon 2018.
  • In 2018, she designed the Our Song Quilt and the song “Our Song, Your Reflection” (with songwriter Meaghan Smith) to celebrate the quilting community. The project was supported by a crowdfunding campaign.

    October Happenings
    Well, it's hard to follow an act like that! But here we are to announce what's happening at the guild.
    • Congratulations and thank you to the 2019 Executive Board!
      • President Karen Brown
      • Vice President Rebecca Burnett
      • Secretary Shannon Nicols
      • Treasurer Adrienne Van Halem
      • Communications Officer Linda Wells
    • Doris and Rebecca shared some of the amazing work by TMQG members with the London MQG on October 12th. Thank you to both these ladies and the London MQG for inviting them!
      • The London MQG will be hosting a quilt show in September 2019. Road trip anyone?!?
    • Congratulations to Kaye, who won the $40 gift card, sponsored in part by the Workroom! Next time any of you are in the shop, please thank Karyn for her ongoing support!


    Wedges as Topography Block Lotto

    Wedges as Topography: Canada MQG Block Lotto
    Thank you to Karen Brown for organizing this month's Block Lotto and Adrienne Van Halem for designing this national block lotto. Kim (who seems to be on a winning streak) won all the blocks! She has a wonderful start to a truly unique quilt.


    Holiday Party Pincushion Swap
    This year, we're changing our gift exchange tradition! The Naughty Santa/White Elephant was fun, but does anyone remember how long that went on for last year?!? So, we're starting a new tradition: a Pincushion Swap! Guideline info can be found here.

    Please bring your individually wrapped pincushion to our annual Holiday Party meeting on December 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 at Trinity-St.Paul's (427 Bloor St W). Also, please bring a treat to share!


    Show & Share!
    Anna Figueroa moves quick! Her first show and share was the Great Lakes map quilt that she learned in Andrea's workshop the day before. Anna also had some Sashiko to share that she completed while on vacation. Well done! 

    Great Lakes Map Quilt by Anna Figueroa


    by Anna Figueroa

    Valerie Prideaux shared a President's Challenge she wasn't able to share last month as well as a mini quilt she completed during a fibre arts class, using image transfer. 

    Ice Cream President's Challenge by Valerie Prideaux

    Fibre Art by Valerie Prideaux

    Dia Sue-Wah-Sing completed this amazing Double Wedding Ring quilt made of Lizzy House 1001 Peeps fabric. Beautiful finish with the bias binding!

    Pickle Dish by Dia Sue-Wah-Sing

    Jeannie Jenkins had two quilts from her brand new book Contemporary Paper-Pieced Quilts! Love these quilts? Make sure to get your own copy of the book!

    Supernova by Jeannie Jenkins

    Starburst by Jeannie Jenkins

    Kim Mastromartino had this beautiful quilt to show that produced during a course she took at the Textile Museum over the summer.

    My City View by Kim Mastromartino

    Kaye Phillips shared this colorful, reverse appliquéd quilt. Everyone sees different things as the shape, but Kaye calls this one Fish.

    Fish by Kaye Phillips

    Peter Byrne had these gorgeous quilts to show. Pineapple Surprise won a ribbon (rightfully so!) at York Heritage's Celebration of Quilts XIII in 2017 and Peter is planning on building out a series. 


    Modern Triangles by Peter Byrne

    Pineapple Surprise by Peter Byrne


    Next Meeting 
    We've gone off schedule this month and so please remember that our next meeting (and Holiday Party) will be on December 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 at Trinity-St Paul's (427 Bloor St W). 

    Don't forget to make a pincushion (or two) for the swap and bring a holiday snack to share! We look forward to looking back on another amazing year and forward to more fun to come!

    All the best, Your TMQG



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