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!

February 9, 2018

January 2018 Meeting Recap

Well, hello 2018! Thank you to everyone who came out to kick-off the year, it was nice to see old friends and meet new ones at our January guild meeting. Equally refreshing was cleaning out our sewing space and adding new fabric finds! Here’s a recap of the fun we had!

TMQG Happenings
Hip hip hooray! Introducing our 2018 Executive Team: President Steff Rose, Vice-President Karen Brown, Secretary Christine Narravo, Treasurer Adrienne Van Halem, Communications Officer Laura Henneberry, and Guild Photographer Diana Fox-Revett.

The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild is currently 72 members strong and we’d like to welcome our 9 new members! Thanks for joining us, we’re so happy to have you! One goal for 2018 is to encourage member engagement (nudge, nudge, wink wink, yep, we're looking at you!). With that nudge, would you like to step up and chair a committee? We’d love to see your leadership on the following committees: Social, Programming, and Charity.

Know anyone who’d like to join us? Excellent, we’re accepting new members and our annual dues are $40. Payment method details can be found on our website.

A few announcements in support of guild members or interesting things happening:
  • Gunnel Hag is running a Winter/Spring fabric printing workshops at the Colour Vie Studio. More details can be found here.
  • Catherine Clark is attending a retreat in April in Hawley Hills and there are two openings.
  • Creative Reuse Toronto is applying for grant and is looking for volunteers and Board members for a grant application. More information here.
  • The Canadian Quilters Association (CQA/ACC) is looking for some input on what modern quilters are looking for from a National Quilting Organization. Contact Irene Lafleche at to give feedback.
  • Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky has her Badass Quilt kit on sale at Fabric Spark.
  • Doris Lovadina-Lee was included in a book called Quilts and Health. Congratulations on having your work recognized!
Want to know more about your executives? Full bios can be found at the end of this newsletter.

2nd Annual Crafty Sale
Scrap bonanza! Thank you to everyone who donated to and shopped at our Crafty Sale. This year was definitely more scrap focused, perfect for those small piecing projects. Together we raised $657.85, with the proceeds contributing to upcoming programming initiatives. Leftover items were donated to Helen at Creative Reuse Toronto, who was very grateful for the support.

2017 UFO Challenge
There were some final challenge finishes at our January meeting.

First up was Laura Henneberry’s improv quilt named A Mighty Hok. She organically built the quilt out after using improv strips for the center. Aren’t the colors so soothing! It’s a gift for a friend, but it was a hard one to let go! @commonwealthquilts

Lynda Hutchison blew everyone away with the beautiful colors and simplicity of her Rainbow Remix My Way quilt. She started this at QuiltCon in a class by Rebecca Bryan. @artfultoo

Catherine Clarke had two UFO beauties! Stars was beautifully quilted using techniques learned in last summer's Melissa Marginet’s Modern Quilting with the Feed Dogs Up workshop. Wow! And Here Fishy was a quilt kit she found again and tackled for a big finish. @catherineannclarke

Berene Campbell finished a quilt she started three years ago when she first moved from Vancouver to Toronto. Moving is always tough and so she pieced “Home Sweet Home” as a way to help the transition. We’re so glad to have you here in Toronto, Berene! @happysewlucky

Elena Langlois finished her Carpenter Star, made using a Love Moda Bakeshop pattern. She started with the backing fabric and felt too constricted to its colors. But, after breaking free and adding some additional colors, she was able to produce this beauty. Well done! @elenalanglois

There were so many beautiful quilts finished during this challenge. And while the real win was FINALLY getting those UFOs completed, Christine Navarro, Karen Brown, Dia Sue-Wah-Sing, Steff Rose, and Emily Becket Smith got a sweet top off of some nice prizes!

Want to participate this year? We’ll be kicking off this same challenge for 2018 at our February guild meeting. More details to come!

January Show & Share

Catherine Clarke is going to be grandmother for the first time this spring (Congratulations!) and she hasn’t wasted any time making the first baby quilt. Backed with super soft flannel, Bright Star will no doubt be treasured for years to come. Plus, such beautiful quilting! @catherineannclarke

Gunnel Hag is starting a new trend, because Green is the New Black. Gunnel used the longarm at the Workroom to quilt this beauty and painted the green fabric herself. What a beautiful job, Gunnel!

Sandra Sarner started these Roosters awhile back in inspiration of her father. She built out the border with techniques learned from a Wonky Block workshop she attended. Amazing work!

Lynda Hutchison shared a MQG Mini Quilt Exchange finish, but since it’s a secret (shush…) we won’t be able to share it here on the blog. But let’s just say, like all things Lynda does, it is beautiful. @artfultoo

Berene Campbell is an inspiration in the creative community and really, quite a badass. So, it makes perfect sense that she would have designed this beauty, The Badass Quilt. This quilt kit is being sold exclusively at Fabric Spark with 30% of the profits going toward a local Toronto women’s shelter. @happysewlucky Quilted by Stacey M @hushrules
Apologies, the photograph taken at the meeting got corrupted, so we've used the one from Fabric Spark.

Wendy Rosenthall blew us all away with her Wild Fire quilt. The trees are all paper pieced and is going to be at home in her office. Such a beautiful quilt, Wendy!

Coming in February!
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of this blog post! But, aren’t you just tingling and inspired to get back to your projects? Just a couple more announcements on what’s coming up in February! Our next meeting is on February, 25th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Trinity-St. Paul's (427 Bloor St W).
  • Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts will be presenting on Color, Energy, and Those Darn UFOs.
  • Kicking off the 2018 UFO Challenge (please bring cash)

Additional Executive Bios
Stephanie Rose @steffwess
Hi I'm Stephanie Rose (Steff is just fine too), and I'm happy to be serving as this year's guild president. I have been quilting about 15 years and love the quilting process. In my opinion  piecing is just done so I can get to the quilting. During the day I am the director of an undergraduate Engineering program at U of T, and when I'm not quilting I can be found teaching classes at The Make Den, curling, or hanging around with my hubby and our two cats. I was previously VP and President of the Riverwalk Quilters Guild in Naperville, IL. I am always open to new ideas for our guild, so don't hesitate to reach out.

Karen has been a life long crafter. When her life reached a breaking point in 2011, she signed up for her first block-of-the-month, which in turn led her to her first quilt guild and has never looked back. This year she participated in the Canada 150 Nine Patch exhibit that hung at the Houston Quilt Festival and now travelling through Canadian Embassies. She finds quilting is the perfect mix of projects, colour, friends and fun.

Christine Navarro @the_nav
I made my first quilt as a teenager in Sarnia in the 1990s, and I finished my second quilt about 20 years later just before joining the TMQG in 2016. So I'm still a relative beginner but I love to keep learning. Likewise I'd call myself an advanced beginner garment sewist and post my various makes on IG as the_nav. When I'm not sewing you may find me at my day job as a public health physician at Toronto Public Health or in my natural habitat, as pictured. I live with my partner Kent in a tiny Parkdale house. I also take really good meeting minutes.

Adrienne Van Halem @agentpeachquilts
Adrienne is proud to be serving on the TMQG executive for the second year, this year as the Treasurer and last as the President. She started quilting in 2012 after making her first quilt, a queen-sized Summer in the Park jelly roll quilt, which needs some mending, because seam allowances are hard. Since then she's worked on one quilt at a time, because space is limited, but dreams of having a stack of UFOs and a stash to be ashamed of. During the day, Adrienne is a Librarian in the corporate sector and loves a good spreadsheet if such a thing is possible, making being Treasurer just makes sense. Adrienne likes working with strong contrast, bright colours and very modern designs. For some reason she likes to man-handle giant queen sizes quilts through her Featherweight, and really needs to tone it down a bit and make smaller ones. You can follow Adrienne on IG @AgentPeachQuilts, because Agent Orange is too violent, and peaches are just peachy.

Laura Henneberry @commonwealthquilts
Laura has been a happier camper since 2015 when she found the mothership and all her people in the form of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild. She is most ecstatic with life when debating how much new Carolyn Friedlander to buy or which has better hand, Kona or Free Spirit… Blues, teals, peaches, and pinks are her happy spot. Having given away every quilt she has ever made, she can now be found at her new Instagram handle to Commonwealth Quilts.

Diana Fox-Revett @pinkinked
Toronto-based artist, Diana, is a graduate of OCAD and NSCAD, where she specialized in textiles, printing, dying and weaving. Her love of colour-play and obsession with the process of working with fabric drew her to modern improv quilting. When not in her studio at Artscape, you can find her travelling with a box of hexies for her next project.

December 11, 2017

November 2017 Meeting Recap

The last meeting of the year was all fun, no biz. We said goodbye to the ole Executive (well, not really goodbye ...) and got an early start on the holiday festivities. But before that, we got to see what's been keeping you busy.

2017 UFO Challenge

Christine Navarro’s gorgeous Weight of Love is one satisfying checkmark in her column of UFOs

Christmas in July by Karen got us all pumped for the Season

As we've extend the deadline until the January meeting, there's still time to finish up your 2017 UFOs. Get cracking!

Show & Share

In the spirit of Canada 150, Lynda’s 1779 quilt was inspired by the iconic HBC Point Blanket

Gayle’s Wedding Bands quilt top promises to be a great finish

Jane’s juicy Pineapples quilt is a modern take on a Buggy Barn pattern

Jeannie’s bold yet transparent Bee Loved quilt is a heartthrobber!

Her Diamond in the Rough is sparkly in all the right places

The use of solids in Laura’s Betsy’s Quilt is perfection

You can always count on Ludgera’s love for Cotton & Steel! First up, Noodlehead's 2 by 4 quilt

Taffy Pull quilt top by Pen + Paper looks like stained glass

Inherited a stack of vintage hankies? Since they’re no longer practical (and uh… grr-ros!) they can still be put to good use. Set them on blocks and voilà, a quick quilt project!

After these great shares, we kicked off the our Holiday Party with some jingly tunes and a sweet spread of treats.

Our annual Bad Santa Gift Exchange did not disappoint. There were several covetable gifts that kept crossing the floor. We sure wore down the hardwood!

Karen’s challenging HST Game is always a crowd-pleaser. Watch who won the finals:

Such a fun meeting and a lovely close to a great year. All the best this holiday season and may all your quilty wishes come true!

See you in January – new year, new guild leadership, and set some cash aside – our fundraising Craft Sale is on!


PS It's time to renew your guild dues for the 2018 season. Karen/Adrienne will be collecting your $40 at the January meeting. If you prefer, you can send $40 via Interac's eTransfer. Easy peasy, just add to your online banking payee list. Thanks!