If you joined us for Mary Elizabeth Kinch's Summerhill Sampler workshop held on October 24 you may have left with a few more skills in your quilting arsenal. Accuracy is key when piecing together 1.5" squares, and achieving it requires investigation and adaptability. Students revisited the basics of quilting with a keener eye, and set their sights on strengthening foundational techniques. There was certainly some seam ripping, but students were elated when everything measured up!
At the guild meeting on October 25, Mary Elizabeth Kinch shared her discovery of how quilts compel people to tell their story. She emphasized that each quilt has a voice of their own that you need to learn to listen to. Members enjoyed viewing a variety of her quilts, and what she learned from listening to them.
Some of her lessons included the value of copying antique quilts, the power of "ish" (use of inexact measurement) in layout, embracing "chaos theory" and then establishing some design parameters to create harmony. Other suggestions included adding shocker fabrics (fabrics that you normally avoid) to give life to a quilt. Mary Elizabeth embraces using small pieces to create stunning quilts and has co-authored two books on the topic: Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts, and Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts (co-authored with Biz Storms).
Her final words of advice were "Small pieces aren't scary."
QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt
We are thrilled to see our Community Outreach quilt blocks expertly layout by Peter Byrne, and in three versions no less!
Members: It's time for you to decide! Which layout will become our QuiltCon Together 2021 submission?
October Show and Share
This baby quilt was a HST BOM with the London Modern Quilt guild. We could choose whatever size we wanted for our HST's. Mine are 3" finished. I quilted this one with my DSM walking foot. The print fabric has little seagulls wearing sweaters on it. The baby has already been born so this one will be given away shortly.
Gail McHardy-Leitch Thank You For the Music
This quilt was a music challenge with my traditional guild. We were to depict a song. The material in this quilt is from my Dad's shirts. He died a couple of years ago. He played the fiddle for 84 years. He played at family gatherings, dances, concerts, nursing homes etc. My song was ABBA's "Thank you for the music", specifically the chorus. There are more details on my blogpost on October 23rd. www.thecozyquilter.blogspot.com
This last quilt was also a challenge for the guild's 20th anniversary . We were asked to make a centre block and then add various borders over the course of several months. Stars, appliqué, paper piecing, curved piecing and HST's There has to be a reference to twenty somewhere in the quilt XX=20 I also quilted this quilt myself
Dee O'Connor Little Ghost Quilt
Inspired by the book "The Little Ghost who was a Quilt. Hand dyed indigo, machine pieced and quilted.
The next virtual guild meeting will be held on November 29, 2020. We will be looking forward to a spotlight by Karen Brown, updates on the year-end gift swap, Show & Shares, and some casual conversations. Hope to see you there!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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