November monthly updates from the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild
November 2020 Newsletter
It is time for the end of year wrap up. Here's what's coming up from TMQG...
November Zoom Meeting: Done with 2020
Our November meeting on Sunday, November 29th, 3 - 5:30 PM will feature Fun & Games!
Since we haven't been able to meet in person much this year we want to feature YOU - our members!
This meeting will follow our "normal" Zoom format with WIP and Welcome, extended Show and Share, games and prizes and a draw to a gift card for a local fabric store.
Guests are welcome with the purchase of $5 Zoom Guest Admission available in our online store.
Holiday Swap 2020
Members are invited to sign-up for a quick and simple gift exchange to help spread some cheer amongst our TMQG community. Participants are required to craft a small gift of any kind to be mailed out to their swap partner by December 13, 2020. We've included some project ideas and tutorials for you below. The sign-up deadline is 11:59 pm on November 29, 2020.
It's been a really depressing year. We also have a lot of new members who we haven't gotten to know yet. Let's end the year on cheerful note by spending some time looking at pretty quilts. We would love to have EACH MEMBER share your favourite quilt whether you finished it in 2020 or not.
Everyone send in pictures of your favourite quilt. Please submit your pictures by noon on Saturday November 28th.
Volunteer needed! Do you love Google Slides, PowerPoint, or Keynote? We need a volunteer to pull together all the November show and share submissions into a slideshow. Email us if you can help!
Karen Brown on "How to Organize Your Stash"
Karen Brown will be sharing her tips and tricks on how to organize your fabric stash.
Website Virtual Tour
Have you had a chance to explore our new TMQG website? If not, Cristina will be providing you with a quick tour at the November meeting to familiarize you with the changes.
QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Top
Thank you for voting on your favourite layout! The winner was.... #3! The quilt top has been pieced from all of your blocks and our collaboration is stunning. Now, we are still in search of a volunteer to piece the backing. There is enough leftover fabric for about ⅔ of the total needed. The backing requirements are for sizing only, no design pressure at all! If you have some spare time, please email us today. We will bring the top and extra fabric to you.
Voting Update Welcome Your 2021 Exec
Bobbie Gentili - President Xandra Shen - Vice-president Brandie Wolff - Treasurer Cristina De Miranda - Secretary Lori Dunn - Communications
Update on Patchwork Initiative
In response to conversations about anti-racism this year, we are creating Patchwork — a social initiative to work towards long-term changes in the racial makeup of our guilds. The main piece of the project will be a sewing school geared towards youth of colour to teach basic sewing and quilting skills with the goal of ushering them towards the guild at an earlier age.
If you are interested in working on the curriculum creation, teaching classes, or are otherwise interested/have further questions, email Faryn. Thank you to all who have already reached out, you will be contacted shortly. If you are paring down your sewing room at all, consider donating any extra notions to the project so we can begin building our resources.
We are still working hard to complete our charity projects.
Kitty Quilts: We have finished 35 of the 50 kitty quilts, but as you can see from the photo the quilts that have been submitted are already getting good use. Come join in the fun! Go to our new website or sign up here.
Incubator Covers: On Sunday Nov 1st we had a sew together and Q&A for the volunteers who are busy sewing the incubator covers. We are striving to get some delivered before Christmas. New volunteers are always welcome! Go to our new website or sign up here.
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.
It is that time of year again - time to renew your guild memberships! You can go to our TMQG website store for all the details.
February 2020 Meeting Recap Hello 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! Announcements Our 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 email@example.com by March 29, 2020. You must be a member to enter the challenge. Multiple submissions are accepted.
April 2020 Meeting Recap Hello ! 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 upcomin
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