Happy New Year! We have planned a wonderful year of quilting together!
Here's what's coming up from TMQG ...
January 2021 Zoom Meeting - Featuring Sandra Johnson
Our January meeting on Sunday, January 31, 3 - 5:30 PM will feature an exciting presentation by Sandra Johnson on Wearable Art. Sandra's website has this to say about her presentation:
What is art? What is fashion? Wearable fiber art can be anything from purchased fabrics or other materials and unique garments. A collection of several clothing items I have created will awaken your creative juices. Come see my wearable and interactive art pieces, some made from quilts.
Sandra will be joining our members once again for a blazer construction workshop (using your quilted pieces!) on April 10, 2021. You can register for the workshop soon!
This meeting will follow our "normal" Zoom format with WIP and Welcome, Feature Presentation, Show and Share, other business including the big reveal of our QuiltCon submission and a draw to a gift card for a local fabric store.
Guests are welcome with the purchase of $10 Zoom Guest Admission available in our online store.
Holiday Swap 2020 Update
Last November, members were invited to sign-up for a quick and simple gift exchange to help spread some cheer amongst our TMQG community.
Brandie W was thrilled to receive this adorable zip pouch.
Xandra S was sent a pair of mitts, a mask and a pretty Christmas globe ornament.
A big thanks to everyone who participated. It's not too late to post your gifts to social media tagging #torontomqg #TMQGsecretsanta.
Show and Share!
Don't forget to send in pictures for Show and Share of your recent (or not so recent) finishes. Some of you will have received an email about last year's UFO Challenge. This is your last chance to get your UFO's into the draw for prizes.
Please submit your pictures by noon on Saturday January 30th. If you are unable to submit your quilts using the form below, please email your information and photos to email@example.com.
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.
In February we will be announcing this year's community outreach program.
We are continuing to make incubator covers for the NICU at St Joseph's Hospital. Covid 19 restrictions have created some difficulty getting the covers to them at this time but this will give us the chance to get all 20 completed and make a single drop off. Hopefully we will have some photos to share with all of you soon. If you are interested in joining us, please sign up. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15516p_Aeo8kufEKA6QicjHZNEhPBPUptQd7M6JGrWL8/edit?usp=sharing
Some bad news regarding the Toronto Cat Rescue Recovery Center. They experienced a fire over the holidays. No one was hurt and luckily they didn't have any kitties in residence at the time. They are still assessing damages. If you wish to contribute any further kitty quilts it would be greatly appreciated. The quilts can be contributed to the Recovery Center for their use or to the Volunteer Center to be sold to raise funds for the organization.
Please contact either: Kerry Gage Volunteer Large Intake Team Toronto Cat Rescue 416-779-5377 firstname.lastname@example.org or Suzanne Vokey Toronto Cat Rescue Volunteer Centre 4229C Dundas Street West Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9-2pm
And a Word from our Sponsor
The Fabric Curator is the sponsor of this month's "not a raffle" draw. Thank you from all of us.
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.
If you felt you were too mature to send a letter to Santa but still have ideas about presenters you'd like to see or workshops you'd like to take, suggestions are welcome at any time.
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