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 theNICU. 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.
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, https://toronto-modern-quilt-guild.square.site/product/krista-hennebury-workshop-speed-date-with-improv/19?cs=true. 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.
Mary Elizabeth Kinch
Mary Elizabeth Kinch https://www.maryelizabethkinch.com 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 25th. She will also conduct a guest lecture, "Random Acts of Quilting" at our regular meeting time, Sunday, October 25th.
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 Formto 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.
February 2020 Meeting RecapHello Toronto Modern Quilters!
We know some of you were off at QuiltCon last weekend, but those of us who stayed home got our quilting fix at our fabulous February meeting.
We had a fantastic presentation from Tania Denyer of Ginger Quilts. She talked about the intersection of art and craft, shared her philosophy on creativity, and left us all asking "What would that look like in fabric?" Plus, we got to see her gorgeous and mouth-watering quilts up close. Inspirational!
AnnouncementsOur Vice President Xandra launched our very first block lotto of 2020! It features "Enchanted" the Kona Colour of the Year, and a block pattern from the Modern Quilt Guild. Block lotto instructions can be found here. Participate in our TMQG logo design challenge! Submit your designs to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 29, 2020. You must be a member to enter the challenge. Multiple submissions are accepted.Sign up for the Krista Hennebury workshops …
Were you able to join us for our April virtual meeting? We had a great time, and maybe even learned a few things about modern quilting! Our guild remains active and our members seem to be keeping busy despite the difficult situation that we find ourselves in. Stay safe and stay well! Announcements Bobbie has launching this year's President's Challenge! It will feature the characteristics of modern quilting, and a modern colour palette. Click here to get more information and sign up to participate! The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild is doing a quilt drive for those affected by the tragic events in Nova Scotia, and our guild has stepped up to help provide some much needed comfort. If you are interested in contributing some blocks to this cause, email us for more information and to sign up to contribute. 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…
Libs Elliott Trunk Show
We had a great meeting, even if it was a bit bright in the auditorium! We had a fabulous trunk show from homegrown quilter Libs Elliott.
Libs shared the fascinating tale of her journey to quilting, pattern and fabric designing, as well as some interesting insights into her process of developing and using the mathematical algorithm that she used to aid her design process.
Libs showed us this great vintage quilt while telling us about growing up with antiques all around her and the beginning of her fascination with quilts.
Algorithm generated quilt!
The result of crowd generated quilt top.
A cool hex quilt, a fascinating way of splitting up block shapes and fitting them together. And a selection of some further quilts made with different designs and some of Libs' different fabric ranges.
Libs took some questions at the end of her talk, and we heard some interesting insights into the more economic aspects of the quilting business.
We had fun at the pop up …