May 15, 2018

April 2018 Meeting Recap

Sample from Gunnel Hag's Spotlight on Fabric Painting

Welcome back everyone to the blog! As in previous blog posts, I always like to start with awkward small talk on the weather. Well, it’s finally spring/summer. Alright then, we had a wonderful and full meeting in April, so let’s hop to it!

TMQG Happenings
First off, we’d like to thank the Workroom for the partnership/sponsorship of this month’s raffled door prize of a $40 gift card. Lucky ducky, Valerie won and we wish her some happy shopping! We’ll continue to have our monthly $2 raffle tickets for juicy, delicious door prizes. Thank you everyone for your support.

A few other announcements in support of guild members or interesting things happening:
  • Berene Campbell @happysewlucky is spearheading a banner installation for North York. She’ll be at the May 27th meeting, so bring your banner then! for instructions and more information.
  • The annual Quilts at the Creek will be July 28th & 29th. Let’s get a modern alley going again!
  • Coming soon! Andrea Tsang Jackson from 3rd Story Workshop will be here in October! More info to come as the details get nailed down, but we're excited for 2 days of her amazing workshops!
  • Also, thank you to Kim Mastromartino, Helen Matt and Diana Fox-Revett for bringing the delicious snacks. I’m not going to lie, I ate 3 of Diana’s butterscotch treats.

Wondering what you can expect in the upcoming months at the guild? Here’s the line-up!
  • May: Showing Your Quilts
  • June: Monetizing Your Craft
  • July: Quilts at the Creek
  • September: TBD
  • October: Andrea Tsang-Jackson of @3rdstoryworkshop

Karen Brown showing Memories of a Churn Dash blocks
Block Lotto Challenge
This month’s Block Lotto Challenge is called Memories of a Churn Dash and is also our shout out to the 2018 Colors of the Year. Thank you to Karen Brown for writing the instructions and creating another great video! Rules for the challenge are:
  • 9.5” unfinished / 9” finished block
  • Use only Kona Bright Periwinkle, Tiger Lily and White (in any way)
  • Must be distilled from the Churn Dash block
  • Due at the May 27th meeting

Fabric kits are available for purchase for $8 (includes shipping) and include a FQ of Kona White, a fat eighth of Kona Bright Periwinkle and a fat eighth of Kona Tiger Lily. Email us at to order your kit.

Don’t forget to use your hashtags! #tmqgblocklotto #memoriesofachurndash

Gunnel Hag's Painted Fabric
TMQG Spotlight: Fabric Painting with Gunnel Hag
Thank you to Gunnel Hag for her delightful spotlight on fabric painting. She showcased many of her samples of screen printed and fabric painted works, which she used non-toxic pigments on. My personal favorite was her witty presentation on how to use everyday found objects to create various patterns on fabric. I’ll never look at a potato masher the same way again. For more information on fabric painting visit here.

Also, thank you to Gwen Hopkins for organizing the 2018 TMQG Spotlight series!

One of Johanna Masko's Scrappy Quilts
Programming: Johanna Masko on All About Scraps
Thank you to Johanna Masko for coming and making us rethink the scrap bins we have in the corners of our studios. Johanna is an award winning quilter and teacher who has an epic scrap stash that spans decades.

In her presentation she described her various techniques on how to not only use scraps, but also minimize wasting fabric (aka not creating as many scraps). Here are quick highlight of some of her tips:
  • Suggests using Patchpieces’ No Waste Flying Geese
  • Analyze piecing and cutting instructions to reduce scraps
  • Store scraps by color
  • Scrap busting quilt ideas include:
    • strip quilts
    • simple repeating shapes
    • double wedding rings
    • log cabin
    • Herringbone patchwork
    • Improvisations
    • foundation paper piecing
    • English paper piecing
    • sampler quilts
    • quiltalongs

Show & Share
This month was pretty epic in the number of quilts that were ready to present at Show & Share. Steff Rose kicked it all off with her self-designed Ugh… quilt. Steff loves to free motion quilt and this quilt provided lots of negative space. @steffwess

Bob Gentili showed us her Yuma quilt that was made using a Gotham Quilts pattern. Her stunning version used some beautiful Alison Glass and a backing she loved too much to give away. @geekybobbin

Bob also had her contribution to the Red Feather Project using a free pattern from Anna Maria Horner. Calgary quilter started the #redfeatherquilt to raise awareness of the national tragedy of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. She is currently working on a quilt to benefit an organization in Ontario, let her know if you’d like to contribute. @geekybobbin

Helen Mah brought A Star is Born which was adapted from Fig Tree Quilts’ Jelly Girl. This is a baby quilt to celebrate the birth of a baby boy. She was also inspired by Shirley Dawson’s Make it Big, Make it Small quilt (for this year’s Quilts at the Creek) and made the quilt reversible. Very nice touch!

Berene Campbell brought her finished Tattoo Quilt #tattooquilt! We’ve seen this quilt come together tattoo block by tattoo block and it was simply stunning in person! It was beautifully quilted by Stacey Murton @hushrules. This quilt is Berene’s response to the events that were occurring around the world throughout 2017 with each block symbolizing an emotion. @happysewlucky

Elena Langlois brought her Kitty Squares 1 & 2 that were made using the squares won in a game we played at the TMQG a couple of years ago. She’s donating them to Cummer Lodge, which is a city run facility specializing in the care of people with dementia. Lovely work, Elena! @elenalanglois

Gwen Hopkins blew us away with her 3 quilts! She presented A Maze for Sarah, a Scrappy Wedding Quilt and A Whale of a Quilt!

Gwen’s A Maze for Sarah

Gwen’s Scrappy Wedding Quilt

Gwen’s A Whale of a Baby Quilt

S. brought in her awesome version of the Foothills Quilt by Mary Elizabeth Kinch. She stumbled upon this quiltalong on Instagram and used mostly only scraps and fabrics she bought at the 2018 TMQG Crafty Sale. She scored an awesome assortment!

Rebecca Burnett also had a self-designed quilty hat trick (that’s all the hockey I know folks). First up was Aces & Kisses for her daughter’s volleyball coach.

Stir Crazy is an old top she found in her studio and decided to finish up!

Checks & Balances is another old top she finished up this year. @rebeccaburnettquilts

Valerie Prideaux brought in her self-designed Biased on Blue that used up some fabric she received for a Quilts at the Creek challenge quilt.

Joan Kilpatrick brought in her self-designed Curved Space quilt that was inspired by an improv workshop she took in Haliburton with Al Cote. @joanflettkilpatrick

Next Time at the TMQG
Mark you calendars for our next meeting on May 27th from 3:30 to 5:30 at Trinity-St. Paul’s (427 Bloor St W). Here’s what you can look forward to!
  • Social at Future's Bistro at 2pm (483 Bloor St W)
  • Tips from guild members on showing your work in quilt shows, including QuiltCon!
  • Wrapping up the Memories of a Churn Dash block lotto
  • Spotlight: Tool Time with Shirley Dawson
  • $40 gift card for the paid raffle door prize. $2/ticket or 3/$5.
See you all there!

April 10, 2018

March 2018 Meeting Recap

Ludgera's 100 Blocks Tula Pink Quilt

As I recall, the first words I typed last month -- and I'm quoting myself directly here -- was "Brrrrrr…. It’s still cold out there!" Why, oh why, could I not have something new to say as an introduction to this blog post?!? But alas, it is what it is, and we still have snow in April. So, on to the reason you're here... the March 2018 Meeting Recap!

Coffee Social
Do quilters tailgate a guild meeting? Could you even imagine? I'm sure it'd involve everyone pounding FQs and charm packs... Hee hee... Well, we got in the mindset for some quilting fun with a social at Future's Bistro before the March meeting. It was a nice chance to catch up with everyone and chat. There will not be a social in April, but more details to follow for other social events coming up over the next few months.

TMQG Happenings
We want to thank The Make Den on their generous donation of the Tula Pink Hardware. Doris was the lucky duck who won the paid door prize and we know she'll be enjoying her new studio bling! 

A few other announcements in support of guild members or interesting things happening:
  • Johanna Masko will be presenting at the April 29th meeting on Scraps and Scrap Quilting. Free for members and $10 for guests.
  • The annual Quilts at the Creek will be July 28th & 29th.
  • Coming soon! Andrea Tsang Jackson from 3rd Story Workshop will be here in October! More info to come as the details get nailed down, but we're excited for 2 days of her amazing workshops!
  • UFOs have been spotted! Happy sightings! Don't forget to hashtag #tmqgufo2018 and bring them to the guild meeting to be recorded!
  • Thank you to Debbie Burchell, Elena Langlois and Helen Mah for bringing the yummy munchies to the guild meeting! Let's keep it rolling.

QuiltCon: 2018 & 2019! 
Pasadena, Nashville, and Austin! Oh my! Lynda Hutchison (fresh from her Pasadena delight) shared her adventure at the 2018 QuiltCon, while Adrienne Van Halem shared some tips on how to start planning for the 2019 QuiltCon in Nashville. If you're feeling super ambitious, 2020 will be in Austin!

There were roughly 300 quilts on display at the 2018 QuiltCon in Pasadena. Lynda Hutchison participated in a mini-quilt swap and took 3 workshops: Intro to Free Motion Quilting (Christina Cameli); Layered abstraction embroidery embellishments (Nichole Vogelsinger), and Whole Cloth Hand quilting (Heidi Parkes). You can see a bit of her beautiful handwork below.

Lynda Hutchison's classwork with Heidi Parkes at QuiltCon

Lynda also brought back our 2018 QuiltCon charity quilt. She did a beautiful job of designing and organizing this quilt-as-you-go project, which was pieced and quilted by a variety of guild members. Well done team! It's currently in need of a charity home, so please let us know if you know of a charity you'd like to support.

Detail of 2018 TMQG Charity Quilt

Adrienne Van Halem, who was a super planner for last year's 2017 QuiltCon, gave a few tips on planning for Nashville. In short, set a budget, find your travel buddies, and remember that as a guild member you can register before the public for workshops. Karen Brown has also put together a video on the top 3 things you need to know about planning for QuiltCon!

Economy Block Lotto Challenge
There were over 40 blocks entered in our first 2018 Block Lotto and Elena Langlois won them all! For more information on the Economy Block and how to whip one up, check out Karen Brown's video tutorial!

Our next Block Lotto will be kicked-offed at the April 29th meeting. More info to come, but start thinking in Tiger Lily and Ultra Violet!

Economy Block Lotto Entries

Programming: The MQG Mothership
President Steff Rose reviewed the resources available to all guild members on the MQG website. Don't forget to take advantage of the blocks of the month, free quilt patterns, and webinars that are included with your annual membership. You can sign in at their website.

TMQG Spotlight: Social Media
Thank you to Morag Johnston for taking us on a tour of Facebook and Instagram and the ways that guild members can take part in our digital community. Don't forget to share your work on Instagram and Facebook with the following hastags: #tmqgufo2018 and #tmqgblocklotto. Check out Morag's presentation here.

Show & Share
First up was Rebecca Burnett with 2 quilts. The first was for the 70273 Project Middling, which is a project to commemorate the 70,273 mentally and physically handicapped people murdered by the Nazis before the Holocaust. Each pair of Xs represents one life lost. The organizer is aiming for 70,273 pairs of Xs. For more info check out

Rebecca Burnett's 70273 Project Middling mini-quilt
Rebecca's second quilt, A Month of Mondays, is self designed and inspired by the work of Saskia Freeke. @rebeccaburnettquilts

Rebecca Burnett's A Month of Mondays

Sandra Sarner warm-heartedly made this quilt for a 17-year-old young man, who is a grandnephew of her cousin. She calls it Jadon's Quilt. She hopes it keeps him warm in his new home.

Sandra Sarner's Jadon's Quilt

Ludgera Worms showed off this beauty, the output of a 100 day online Tula Pink quilt-a-long challenge. 100 days, 100 blocks. All I can say is whoa.... @lugi5000

Ludgera Worms 100 Blocks Tula Pink Quilt

Diana Fox-Revett does it again with her beautiful, tiny, organic appliquéd circles. She plans on creating several more of a similar size to make a series. We're excited to see them, Diana! @pinkinked

Diana Fox-Revett's Circles & Squares

Bob Gentili is busy building up a machine quilting portfolio. This quilt is for a good friend's 40th birthday next month. What a treat, we feel confident she'll love it! The pattern is by Libs Elliott and quilted by Bob. @geekybobbin

Bob Gentili's version of Libs Elliott's Just Like Heaven quilt

Next Time at the TMQG
Mark your calendars for our next meeting on April 29th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Trinity- St.Pauls (427 Bloor St W). Here’s a little tidbit of what you can look forward to!
  • Johanna Masko in the house! She'll be discussing Scraps and Scrap Quilting. $10 guest fee, free for members.
  • Kicking off a new Block Lotto Challenge
  • Gunnel Hag's spotlight on fabric painting
  • And a $40 gift card for the paid raffle ticket door prize. $2/ticket or 3/$5.
It's been great and as Porky the Pig would say, "Th-a, th-a, th-a, that's all folks!" See you soon!

March 3, 2018

February 2018 Meeting Recap

Brrrrrr…. It’s still cold out there! Just when I thought spring was on its way, we get a blast of snow again. But really, I’m still holding out that Punxsutawney Phil is really just a beloved rodent and doesn’t know anything about meteorology.
But in the meantime, I hope this February Meeting Recap warms you up!
Shopping Event at Eweknit
TMQG Happenings
Thank you to everyone who came out to support one of our local fabric stores, Eweknit! We had a wonderful shopping event and coffee social before the meeting. We’re hoping to continue to provide social activities and reasons to shop throughout the year. Want to help organize our next social event?!? Great, please let us know that you're interested!
A few other announcements in support of guild members or interesting things happening:
  • Congratulations to Gunnel Hag! Her quilt Green is the New Black has been accepted into the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada in Vancouver, B.C.

  • The Etobicoke Quilt Guild Fever Show is happening March 23- 24. More info.

  • The TMQG will be sponsoring a Spring Retreat in May at Karen Brown’s family’s cottage. More information to come and thank you to Karen’s family for sharing their cottage.

  • Congratulations to Bobbie- sue Gentili for winning the $40 gift card to Fabric Spark and Country Clothesline! We’ll have another great raffle door prize next month! Bring your cash for $2/ticket or 3 for $5!

  • Berene Campbell has a little Heart Tattoo Pattern out! Looking lovely, Berene! More info.

  • Shirley Dawson’s lovely Make It Big, Make It Small quilt top (see Show & Share) is available as a kit at Country Clothesline! More info.

  • Gunnel Hag is running a Winter/ Spring fabric printing workshops at the Colour Vie Studio. More info.

  • Want to do some destashing? Use #tmqggaragesale on Instagram and Facebook to sell your preloved fabric, notions, books, etc, to guild members.

TMQG Business: 2018 Budget
We had 38 members and 1 guest at our February meeting and the big business this month was presenting the 2017 income statement and approving the 2018 budget. The budget passed with flying colors! A brief overview of our pocketbook.
  • 2017 Income Statement

    • Income for 2017 was $5,158.18 versus budgeted $1,800

    • Costs for 2017 was $2,516.67 versus budged $1,800

    • Total retained income of $2,641.51 will be carried over for 2018 programming budget

  • 2018 Budget Overview

    • Projected income $7,100

    • Projected costs $2,440, including $1,500 for workshops

TMQG Challenges: Kick-Off
This month we have 2 great challenges kicking off! Share your progress and end results on Instagram and Facebook with the following hastags: #tmqgufo2018 and #tmqgblocklotto!
The 2018 UFO Challenge has launched into orbit! You have until the January 2019 meeting to complete your registered UFOs for the chance to win some great prizes! Last chance to register your UFOs is at the March meeting. Each UFO is $2 (cash only). Click here for more information on challenge guidelines.
UFO / juːɛfˈəʊ /: An UnFinished Object involves any amount of progress on a conglomerate of fabric, thread, and batting. Its natural environment is a box you have forgotten about on the top shelf of your closet. They can also be found in tupperware under the stairs.

Our first 2018 Block Lotto is a 2.5”, 5” or 10” Fussy Cut Economy Block. Karen Brown, has put together a stellar video tutorial and templates. Bring your completed blocks to the March meeting to enter into the lottery! May the odds be ever in your favor.
BLOCK LOTTO / blɒk ˈlɒt oʊ/: A block lotto is when a group of quilters make a predetermined block. Each block earns you 1 entry into the lottery. Whoever draws the winning ticket, wins all the blocks. Insta-quilt!
Christine's Fussy Cut Economy Block Lotto -- Draw in March

Programming: “Energy, Color, and Those Darn UFOs” by Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts
Our very own Karen Brown presented on color theory and the four energy types that determine which hues, tones, shades, and tints appeal to you. I found it to be a very interesting dive into what can impact our individual style and the type of quilts we create.
Are you having a hard time finishing some of your UFOs? Maybe it’s because they’re not the right projects for your energy. Karen provided some advice on tackling your UFOs:
  • Focus on those that are (a) Just about finished, (b) Some blocks done, and (c) Partially cut or sewn

  • Determine what’s keeping you from finishing: (a) Out of love with the project, (b) Made a mistake, or (c) Financial barriers

  • Make a plan to finish it OR say goodbye

Want to learn more about color? Peter recommended the Craftsy class Color Play. More info.

February Show & Share
This month we introduced a new Show & Share process. When showing a quilt, please pick up one of the new Show & Share forms at the door and fill it out at your seat. At show time, line up and when it's your turn, hand Laura Henneberry your form. The information you provide will help write the monthly recap blog posts. Thank you in advance and if you have any suggestions on how to make this better, please let her know!
Shirley Dawson had two quilts this month! First up was Make It Big, Make It Small, a quilt she designed along with Sylvia Gamble of Country Clothesline for this year’s Quilts at the Creek theme. Shirley loves how by enlarging the Eight Pointed Star, this traditional block feels modern.The quilt kit is available at Country Clothesline. @shirlgirl55

Make It Big, Make It Small by Shirley Dawson

Shirley’s second quilt was a pattern test for Berene Campbell’s Badass Quilt. The colorway was chosen with her daughter in mind (who has already claimed it on Instagram) and man, do I love all that Essex blue. The quilt kit is available at Fabric Spark. @shirlgirl55

Shirley Dawson's version of the Badass Quilt

Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky has designed another tattoo block, Wisdom. It’s block 9 of 11 in an ongoing series. It should be out shortly in her Etsy shop. More information regarding its inspiration can be found on her Instagram post. @happysewlucky

Wisdom Tattoo Block by Berene Campbell

Marisa Rogucki was inspired to make her first quilt for a new baby. She used a Cricut Maker to cut out the squares and embroidered a sweet little label for the baby. Well done, Marisa!

Marisa Rogucki's lovely first quilt!

Sandy Moore also had two quilts to show this month. First up was the completed quilt from last year’s beloved block lotto, The Pussy March Block Lotto. Sandy was inspired to gift this quilt to a friend who was unable to march. Thanks for showing this one off, Sandy, you did a great job!

Sandy Moore's completed Pussy March block lotto quilt

Sandy’s second quilt was a brightly colored Log Cabin. We all loved the bright colors and the setting of the block. Simply stunning!

Sandy Moore's Log Cabin Quilt

Ludgera Worms showed off her Heart Tattoo Block finish which is designed by Berene Campbell and available in her Etsy shop. We all loved the Cotton + Steel oxfords! This was the 6” paper pieced block, which is also available as a 4” and 9” block. Ludgera plans on making this bigger and into a pillow.

Ludgera's version of the Heart Tattoo Block

Spotlight Series: Fussy Cutting
Stephanie Rose hosted this month’s Spotlight Series with a quick demonstration on fussy cutting. One of her great tips was to make a “window” with tape on your ruler, so you know exactly what will be kept when you fussy cut your fabric! Use this technique on the Economy Block Lotto!

Steff used blue tape to outline her fussy cutting window. Great tip!

Next Time at the TMQG
Mark your calendars for our next meeting on March 25th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Trinity- St.Pauls (427 Bloor St W). Here’s a little tidbit of what you can look forward to!
  • Deeper Dive into the MQG Mothership!

  • QuiltCon 2018 Recap by Lynda Hutchison

  • Instagram & Hashtag Spotlight by Laura Henneberry

  • Another fabulously, delicious door prize ($2/ticket or 3 for $5 - Cash only!)

  • Economy Block Lotto draw -- So bring your blocks!
Also, could we please get a couple of volunteers to bring some snacks? Thank you to Catherine Clarke, Becky Burnett, and Shannon Nichols who brought some yummies to our February meeting!