August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 Newsletter

Hello TMQG!

Shorter days and cooler mornings maybe have you thinking "Oh! Got to savour these precious last days of summer". But here at TMQG we are already thinking well ahead into the Fall with a lineup of workshops and lectures for you, a brand new website, and some very worth while community/charity projects. Read on to find out more …

August Zoom Stitch and Chat

Sunday, August 30th from 3 to 5 PM.  

Members Only: The sewical will focus on sewing CURVES for the QuiltCon Community Outreach quilt. Read more about the challenge here.  We will have some demonstrations from members showing their favorite curve tips and techniques.  If you would like to share yours, please sign up "Here".  This will be a casual session with no planned agenda so bring your coffee, snack, and stitchy project.  After all demonstrations we will divide up into breakout rooms depending on the group size so there are plenty of options for chatting.  We are looking forward to catching up "in person"!

The Results are in!
In last month's newsletter we surveyed guild members: If there were in-person monthly meetings this Fall would you attend? 

Based on the response, the guild executive has decided there will be ZOOM meetings for the remainder of 2020.
This summer the Charity Committee has
had 2 requests for help. 

The first is from a nurse at St Josephs in the NICU. They are looking for incubator covers
to replace the existing covers as they are in
sad shape. The information and sign up sheet can be found here: INCUBATOR COVERS

The second request came from the Toronto Cat Rescue. They are looking for mini quilts to put
in the cages for the kitties. The information and sign up sheet can be found here: KITTY QUILTS

Please take a look and sign up for these worthwhile causes.
Coming up in September ...
Krista Hennenbury 
Saturday, September 26th

Speed Date
With Improv 

Krista Hennebury (aka Poppyprint) , will be teaching this Zoom workshop from 10:30 to 5:30.
 Think of this class as speed dating with improvisational piecing techniques that include curves and free-cutting. It will be fast-paced and a lot of fun: several techniques are introduced and demonstrated one after the other with very little time to second guess, stress or obsess over perfection. Every student will end up with a unique, original quilt!  This workshop is available for purchase in our store,  
Members:  $50
Guests: $60
Our September meeting on Sunday, September 27th, 3 - 5:30 PM
will also feature Krista with her lecture, "Poppyprint, The Search for Signature Style".  This meeting will follow our "normal" Zoom format with
WIP and Welcome, Show and Share, and raffle tickets to agift card for a
local fabric store. 

Guests are welcome with the purchase of $10 Zoom Guest Lecture available in our online store next month.


Looking Forward

Mary Elizabeth Kinch 
Mary Elizabeth Kinch will be teaching a Zoom Workshop: Summerhill Quilt — The Joy of Small Pieces Sampler on Saturday, October 24th from 9:30 to 4:30. 

She will also conduct a guest lecture, "Random Acts of Quilting" at our regular meeting time, Sunday, October 25thShe will also conduct a guest lecture, "Random Acts of Quilting" at our regular meeting time, Sunday, October 25th.  

Details and links to sign up for these 
will be available in our online store.
Other Announcements
We've got a new look!
The Exec team updated the TMQG website to better reflect our modern guild and provide a user-friendly experience for new members, and you— our current ones.

The blog ( will be accessible through the "Blog" menu item on the new site. We will continue to use the blog to share newsletters and - with your help — unique TMQG content!
TIP: Save the homepage to your browser's bookmark bar for easy access!
Here's a list of new features that will make your browsing intuitive and informative:
  • Contact Us page: Use the fill-in form to contact the TMQG Exec
  • Get Involved page: We've listed a variety of ways to get involved
  • with the Guild! Click here to view.
  • Easy to access content including upcoming meetings, challenge
    details, community outreach projects, and policies and procedures
    (in progress).
Oh, and one more thing...
We want to colour the web pages with photos of YOUR quilts! There are loads of spots to fill, and we'd love for the site to reflect the range of our members' work. Use this Website Quilt Submission Form to send us a high-quality and well-lit photo of your quilts (close-ups are ideal), and we'll have them featured on the website! 
We welcome your feedback and
suggestions as the team continues
to optimize the TorontoMQG's
online community!

The guild executive is thoughtfully working on a long term action plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. As a member guild of the MQG, we follow the MQG's Community Guidelines. We welcome the input of all our members as we examine our policies, learn, and develop plans going forward. We welcome our members to explore the Anti-Racism Resources curated by the MQG.

Do you have an area of expertise to share with the guild? Sign up to give a Spotlight Presentation at one of our upcoming meetings! Click here to sign up, or to suggest a topic you would like to see included. 


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