Spring has arrived along with some great speakers, workshops and new guild projects. Keep scrolling down and reading. There's lots of news this month. We have planned a wonderful year of quilting together!
Here's what's coming up from TMQG ...
March 2021 Zoom Meeting - Pet Portraits and More!
Our March meeting will be held on Sunday, March 28, 3 - 5:30 PM.
This meeting will follow our "normal" Zoom format with WIP and Welcome from 3 to 3:30 PM before official events get underway at 3:30 PM. Those of you who were guild members before Covid will recall how we used to cram into the hallway at the church and chat while waiting for the room to be available so we could rush in and start setting up chairs. This portion of our Zoom meeting is meant to be the virtual approximation of that casual pre-meeting meet-up. While catching up with friends, old and new, use this half hour to make sure you've got the correct participant name showing below your picture so we can address you by name instead of "So and so's iPad" (add where you're joining us from if you don't live in the GTA). Maybe add your Instagram "handle" if you'd like so other members can find and follow you. Bring along any WIPs you'd like advice on. Also, please remember to leave your video on, at least while you're in a break out room. It's a bit unnerving to be faced with a black box and not know if there's actually a human behind it.
In addition to our feature presentation, March's meeting will include a Q & A on the TMQG Travelling Quilt project recently announced, Show and Share, a draw for a gift card from a local fabric store as well as a social break and a door prize for one lucky attendee.
Meetings are free for members and guests are welcome with the purchase of $10 Zoom Guest Admission available in our online store.
March Feature Presentation - Pet Portraits with John MacPhail!
At our March 28th meeting John MacPhail of Art East Quilting Co. will provide a presentation of quilts and artwork in an interactive virtual trunk show. John will be encouraging us to ask questions and participate in the trunk show by sharing our own creations made from Art East Quilting Co. patterns to show and tell.
If you're one of the lucky ones taking John's Pet Portraits workshop on Saturday, don't forget to take a photo of your progress and send it in for a special section of Show and Share (see below).
March 27 - Pet Portraiture Using Raw Edge Applique - Almost Sold Out!
John MacPhail of Art East Quilting Co. will be teaching this Zoom workshop on Saturday March 27th from 9:30 am to 5:00 PM.
This full day workshop will include choosing a reference photo, designing the portrait, and the techniques to complete the project. You will work with free motion quilting and adhesive products to produce the portrait. Note: You will probably not complete the project but will be set up with all skills needed to finish. This workshop and guest tickets for John's March 28th presentation are available for purchase in our store. Members: $40 Guests: $50 Zoom Workshop: Saturday, March 27th
February Recap - QuiltCon Together Reviews and More
Our February meeting was a bit less structured than usual. We had plenty of time in the meeting and breakout rooms to rehash the workshops, lectures and other activities our members had participated in at QuiltCon Together. The Modern Guild is already at work on an in-person QuiltCon to be held in Phoenix, AZ next year. Fingers crossed.
So appropriate for a February meeting Spotlight! Lovadina-Lee of Doris Lovadina-Lee Designsdemonstrated how she creates her gorgeous snow-dyed fabrics and scarves. Doris has generously allowed us to share the recordingof her Spotlight session with members until the March meeting (the recording link is right below the members' link to the March Zoom meeting).
Coming Up at the April Meeting - Line Design with our own Kim Mastromartino
During an engaging and interactive program, Kim will share about herself, her background, how she began Free Motion quilting, and what led her to develop her techniques of Line Design and to found her School of Line Design. She will take all of us through the process of a variety of free motion quilting designs and provide ideas and inspiration for how these techniques can be used. Everyone will have the opportunity to practice some techniques with pen and paper or whiteboard and marker. Kim will also demonstrate her free motion quilting tool - the Line Designer. Kim will integrate this with a virtual trunk show of pictures and samples of mini quilts.
Also Coming Up in April - Quilted Coat Workshop with Sandra Johnson - Invitation to Young Sewists
Sandra's workshop is sold out but there are still a few spaces for some lucky young sewists.
We would like to extend an invitation to two young sewists (18 years of age or younger) to attend Sandra Johnson's Quilted Jacket workshop (valued at $65). The TMQG reimburse the selected young sewists for the cost of the required pattern (a discount code is given to workshop participants to use when they order the pattern). The workshop will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday April 10, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
What's a quilted jacket? The pattern pieces will be cut from the sewist's well-loved (stained or patched) quilt(s), or any quilted fabric they wish to make or purchase, in order to construct a one-of-a-kind, cozy quilted jacket. Participants will be making the following pattern: All Well Cardigan Coat Sewing Pattern + Hacking Guide. Students will be required to print and assemble the pattern.
The selected sewists should have some experience and familiarity with sewing garments. They will require access to a sewing machine and sewing tools as well as a computer (or other device) and Internet connection to join the Zoom workshop.
Know a young sewist you think would be interested in joining in? Send us an email and let us know! We're happy to answer your questions too!
Are You Stuck at Home? Your Quilt Doesn't Have to Be!
TMQG Travelling Quilts 2021
Keen to connect with other members of the Guild and stretch your creative quilting skills? TMQG is hosting Travelling Quilts and we hope you'll join in!
What is a Travelling Quilt? A quilt top that gets designed and made by a group of people, round robin style. In groups of 5-7 people we will collaborate to make one quilt per person, concurrently. Each month, each member of the group will receive a quilt top to work on, and then pass on to the next member..
Not interested in making a quilt but still want to be involved? We'd love to have some volunteers available as Quilt Taxi's, to help members who aren't able to do deliveries (to the next member, or a post office) each month.
Heather Quinn is our "quilt dispatcher" and will be available to answer any questions.
Sign up by the end of March as quilts will start travelling in April!
Don't forget to send in pictures for Show and Share of your recent (or not so recent) finishes. If you've previously used patterns from ArtEast Quilting Co. make sure you send in pictures of those projects.
Please submit your pictures by noon on Saturday March 27th.
If you're taking the Pet Portrait workshop, please send pictures of your WIPs at the end of the day. Use the Show and Share button and we'll relax the noon submission deadline for you.
New member, Angele Boudreau, has offered to head up this year's Community Outreach project. Through her work as a social worker, Angele has some wonderful ideas for this year. Angele arranged to have Rebecca Norman of Sprint Senior Care make an interesting presentation on interactive quilts for seniors with dementia. Rebecca is following up on some details and we'll hear more soon.
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
New Member Welcome Committee
The pilot project stage of the New Member Welcome Committee is wrapping up. Interim chair Jane Adams, together with Gwen Hopkins, Shannon Nichols, Ann Tustin, Cristina de Miranda and Lori Dunn, participated in Zoom calls with around a dozen new members. Everyone involved is pleased with the outcome so far. Work continues on summarizing all the information obtained in these Zooms and finalizing the procedure and documentation for a new member welcome procedure to take us through the rest of the lockdown and beyond. Stay tuned for more news on this front soon.
And a Word from our Sponsor
Fabric Spark is the sponsor of this month's "not a raffle" draw for a $40 gift card. 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.
Suggestions about presenters you'd like to see or workshops you'd like to take 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