September 29, 2017

September 2017 meeting recap

On an unseasonably hot autumn afternoon, the Toronto MQG came back from an unseasonably meh summer break and met up at its new meeting location at Trinity-St.Paul's in the Annex. The Dance Studio provided a sunny, bright space and it took no time for us to settle in, meet new members, and play catch up. 

2017 UFO Challenge

With its deadline looming, participating members have been busy turning those WIPs into fabulous UFOs! 

First up was Debi's Little Bird quilt, based on the Ceiling Tiles pattern by Amy Garro. Worked on during a trying time, sewing up the paper-pieced blocks those blocks were the perfect escape.

Although the room felt like a sauna, Janet's jingly Christmas banner was a welcoming breeze!

Sandra checked off THREE stunners from her UFO list:
Quillow, Quartered 9-Patch, and A Mod Attempt  

Christine's Sunny Sampler

Disco Laminate by Becky 

Karen Palmer's Wedge Whoopsie quilt

Laura had THREE adorable UFOs to share: + Quilt, Meadow, and Kittens

Karen Brown's two finishes were OFF THE HOOK!: Aviatrix and Farmer’s Wife quilt

Lisa's verdant and sunny lap quilt

 Steff was glad to have this Mod Art for Jen baby quilt completed. One down, 15 to go!

Dia's Summer Leaf was 99 44/100% completed. It got posted to her auntie the next day!

Show & Share

Our members have been quite busy this summer and we sure enjoy all their makes.

Peter's trio of quilts were gorgeous to behold!
Step It Up
Pineapple Surprise
Modern Triangles
Steff's baby quilt making machine is going strong. This one's for Roxanne.

Judy's small but oh-so-detailed quilt. 

Made for Canada 150, Sandra's wall hanging, Unsettled, depicts unceded territory. Powerful.

With the state of the world these days, Berene's PEACE blocks bring much needed reflection. She's still working on which pattern will make the cut (I love both!) so in the meantime, check out her Tattoo series.

After assisting in holding up everyone else's quilt, Diane got to show her beauty.

Gwen's on a star-making kick! Here are quilts nos. 1 & 2.

Becky might not look convinced about her Kettle of Fish quilt but it was lovely to behold.

Paper Plane Block Lotto winner Dia had an instant baby quilt to gift.

Phew! what a meeting. Super hot on all counts. A special shout-out to Elena for treating us to some much needed refreshing Popsicles® and for saving my bacon with her iPhone!

— @debilla

Meeting minutes can be found here.

July 24, 2017

Fall 2017 meeting updates

The Toronto MQG membership has grown quickly over the past year and interest in joining our fun guild keeps building. After careful analysis of our current meeting space and the subsequent feedback from our last meeting, we realized a larger meeting space was in order. An exhaustive search was conducted and we're happy to report that we'll be moving to a new home this September!

Trinity-St Paul's United Church, Dance Studio

427 Bloor Street West (west of Spadina)
Spadina TTC subway station; GreenP and street parking nearby 

September 24, 2017

**NEW TIME** 3:30 - 5:30 pm

A great supporter of the arts, Trinity-St. Paul is a vibrant community hub that has been serving the local and extended neighbourhood for more than 125 years. Today, it's home to 60 organizations – cultural, educational, religious, recreational, community and social service groups. And we're looking forward to being a part of its scene!

Many of you have expressed an interest in joining the Toronto MQG. Unfortunately, our membership was closed while we worked out our space issues. Securing our new home for September means our membership is now open for business!

As a special offer (and reward for your patience!) a combined 2017-2018 membership fee of $50 will be available to new members until December. Joining the Toronto MQG has many benefits, including access to all the perks of the greater MQG. Come join the fold here!

A special thank you to The Workroom

A debt of gratitude goes to Karyn Valino and The Workroom. Since our guild's beginnings, The Workroom has been a faithful supporter and gracious host of our meetings. We will miss that welcoming cookie jar and being within touching distance of such beautifully curated fabric! That said, we will continue to hold workshops, special events and guild shopping events at its new space.

We know summer's not over yet (has it even started?) but we're already looking forward to autumn!

June 22, 2017

June 2017

Our June meeting was held on the first Sunday this month at The Workroom’s new shop & studio space. Heavy on guild biz (a mini-AGM of sorts!), the Executive went through bylaw amendments and proposals were discussed. 

May 30, 2017

Sewing All the Curves+ Workshop

Does the idea of sewing curves scare the heck out of you? Don’t let it! In this 3-hour workshop with Jen Carlton Bailly, students will learn three different methods in sewing curves: pinning, gluing, and freehand. Discover some great tricks in creating beautiful curves as well as tips on how to square up blocks neatly and sew them together with perfect matching points. Sign up today!

May 20, 2017

April 2017

This meeting's agenda was definitely a multi-pager and getting through its items within two hours was no mean feat. Those in attendance got to enjoy a plentiful Show & Share, a great presentation on paper piecing (and June's Block Lotto), door prizes, and some sweet treats.

April 17, 2017

Modern Quilting with the Feed Dogs Up Workshop

with Melissa Marginet

Need some inspiration to finish up those pesky UFOs? Our June workshop is the perfect class to expand your quilting options right on your domestic machine.

April 1, 2017

March 2017 meeting recap

Start pulling those bright, floral FQs from your stash as Spring is definitely in the air! This month’s gathering featured a spray of fresh sunny quilts and an enjoyable recap of this year’s QuiltCon from members who were lucky enough to attend.