November 5, 2017

October 2017 Meeting Recap

We had quite the productive meeting in October what with elections for next year's term, social updates, a session on marking tools, and a couple of challenges coming to an end. 

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

Organizer Lynda and participants presented their awesome quilt-as-you-go sections. We’re looking forward to seeing them come together and be featured proudly in Pasadena next February.

President's Challenge

October also drew an end to another guild challenge, Adrienne’s challenge. Members teamed up last June, drew 2 random Crayola crayons and off they went!

First up was Elena & Jane’s Carnations & Clementines 

Laura & Catherine drew carnation pink and turquoise blue crayons for their quilt

Valerie & Sue’s WIP starburst quilt was inspired by their lime green and blue crayons

Becky & Diana's metallic gold and pink crayons set the stage for this detailed improv study.

Xandra & Catherine’s Flying North panels made great use of a brown and orange draw

After much deliberation, the winning team was … <drumroll> … Laura and Catherine! Congrats to all participants and stay tuned for next year’s new prez challenge.

2017 UFO Challenge

Elena’s lovely Amethyst Jubilee quilt was a surprise gift for her mom. So sweet!

Becky’s UFO started off as a quilt intended for her husband but as is often the case, she no longer felt the pull to complete it as such. So Ms. Ingenuity decided to upcycle the quilt into something practical. Challenge: Becky’s likes to sleep in tanktops. However, she sometimes feels a slight chill whilst reading in bed, eating bonbons. Solution: the full-frontal Shrug Thing II. We’re thinking Project Runway’s in your future Becky. Let's bring back the bed jacket!

Becky also shared two pillow covers:

Emily checked off two sweeet UFOs from her list: a huge BoM sampler quilt and a Mini Quilt Club quilt. That must feel great!

And if you haven’t heard yet, we’re extending the 2017 UFO Challenge until the January 28 meeting! That’s giving registered participants an extra two months to be like these ladies who Get. Things. Done! Remember to always tag your œuvres #tmqgUFO2017 on Instagram and show your support to fellow members.

Show & Share

Elena’s uplifting Beach Balls & Raindrops was inspired by our Jen Carlton-Bailly's workshop:

Louise’s Crimson Forest quilt was a gorgeous exercise in uber-skinny strip improv piecing. Exquisite!

Marking Tools

Steff brought numerous marking tools that participants could try out on different coloured fabrics. The much-loved yet "controversial" Frixion pen was tested and it was soon determined that it tends to leave a white line on darker fabrics after heat is applied. However, the line was not visible on lighter fabrics.

Other marking tools included some water soluble marking pens that seemed to leave some of the colour of the pens even after using the water. Another marking tool from Bohn provided a sharp, thin chalk line that's easier to remove versus any of the chemical/ink-based tools tested.


What a fun-filled meeting with lots of tips to share. As always, keep it coming!


A full list of the election results and meeting minutes can be found here.

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. 

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!

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.

March 12, 2017

February 2017 meeting recap

Since our usual meeting place at The Workroom Studio was packing up and moving to much larger digs, our February meeting was held at the Yonge/Eglinton branch of the Toronto Public Library. And although many of you were whooping it up at QuiltCon in Savannah, we were 30 strong, including 10 guests!

February 5, 2017

January 2017 mtg recap

With a whopping 41 eager makers in attendance, January’s meeting saw a great turn out including 8 guests and 9 new members. The agenda was jam-packed but let’s face it, we were all here for the guild’s first fundraising craft sale!

January 31, 2017


On January 29, an attack made on members of our Canadian community took place in Quebec City. A gunman entered a mosque during evening prayers and opened fire, killing 6 people and seriously injuring at least 5 others. Intolerance and hate have no place in our world. As our Prime Minister recently said, "Our diversity is our strength." 

In the hopes of sending a little comfort and a strong message of support to our neighbours in their time of need, we are doing what we do as a quilt guild.