Thank you Diane!

Our wrap up meeting of the year! We had a great night of shopping at our Destash sale, delicious strawberry shortcake and amazing and inspirational Show & Tell including projects from our Kaffe Fasset Rip and Pass challenge. Look below at the beautiful quilt that was gifted to Diane as a thanks for her leadership and fun presidency. The lovely quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Terry Anderson came together with blocks contributed by guild members and help from Nancy and Jill. Diane was pleased! Thanks Diane for a great presidency!

Bethany Garner Workshops

Our May speaker was Bethany Garner, an Art quilter and teacher from the Kingston area. And on the next 2 days, we had workshops with her at the Vittoria District Community Centre. What fun!

Bethany uses all hand dyed fabric in creations. Her colour sense is wonderful. And all the colours go together!3BCB8E14-2E69-49AD-B989-CB509BD7AACC

Here are a few of the quilts she showed.

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On Tuesday, our workshop was Flat Dyeing for Quilting and we learned Bethany’s technique for dyeing a stack of fabrics between layers of plastic. We poured on Procion MX dyes from jugs and squished colour around, experimenting as we went. Just look at that lineup of colour!

On Wednesday, we switched gears completely and used gelatin plates for printing on fabric or paper. The most well known brand of these plates are Gelli Plates. Here is a link to their video on printing on fabrics. We had 17 people in this workshop and we were able to provide a gelatin plate (8’x12″ or 9″x9″) and a brayer for everyone. We bought our gelatin powder at the Bulk Barn with a 50% discount coupon and the glycerin and alcohol in 1L bottles at the pharmacy and used a $1 foam painting roller with a covering of plumbing pipe so the kit cost us about $18 each!

Assembly line production of gelatin plates!


We used both paper and fabric for our printing. Bethany had lots of things to help with adding texture.

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Bethany was a great teacher and teaches many other workshops. Maybe she should come back……….

May Meeting Links


Did you enjoy our meeting with Bethany Garner? Wasn’t she an inspiration? You can read more about her on her blog and follow her on Facebook as Lise Garner. You can find out more about SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Associates here. Were you inspired by the small art quilts Bethany brought? I heard a few people mention that they would be interested in a 12”x12” mini-quilt group. Who is interested? Please let your executive or program committee know if you are!

We had 2 days of workshops with Bethany. If you check the TQG Facebook page you can see some photos. Workshop attendees, please bring a couple of your favourite pieces to our June meeting to show and tell. Will anyone have a finished project? While we can’t duplicate Bethany’s workshops and her great instruction, we can set up a dyeing and/or a gelatin plate printing session if more people are interested. I am attaching the handout where you will find basic instructions for using Procion MX dyes.
Special thanks go again to Terry Anderson for having Bethany stay at her house. If we had not had a volunteer for billeting Bethany, our workshops would have lost money. Or we would not have been able to supply the gelatin plates for such a low cost. Thanks to Nancy for her plastic sheets for the tables. I plan to use mine again. And thanks to Jill for making the gelatin plates and for proofreading everything that goes out to you!
The next Joy of Stitching is Monday, June 3 at Joy’s Bakery in Simcoe. For those who have never come before, it is a get-together to do some hand stitching (fabric or yarn) for a couple hours, with coffee or tea and some treats, for $5. Starts at 6:30. It is a great way to get to know other members. More and more attendees are working on English Paper Piecing!
Our June 10th meeting is our Strawberry Social and Yard Sale. For $5 you can have your own 1/2 table. 7 tables are spoken for and if you are interested please let us know before the meeting so we can set up a table for you. If you don’t want your own table, how about doing some housecleaning in your sewing area and donating items you don’t love anymore to the guild table. Cheryl Arkison has a blog post on Marie Kondo-ing your sewing room here. If you have firm thoughts on what price your items need to fetch, please price them.
Do you have a Kaffe Fasset project to show at our June meeting? I am hoping to get my quilt sandwich made this weekend. There will be at least one prize!
The library has bought new AccuQuilt Dies for the MakerSpace in Simcoe. They include: Equilateral Triangle 4.5”, Strip Cutter – Can cut 1 each of 1’, 1.5” and 2”  (Great for scraps!), Apple Core 6.25”, Clamshell 8”, Square Multi 4.5” – Cuts 4 4.5” squares with no waste
Bev also bought new mats. If you are cutting and find threads that don’t cut, or the mat looks really beat up and you are not getting perfect cuts, you should look for a new mat. If you don’t see one, please ask the library staff for one.
The new AccuQuilt die that cuts 1 each of 1’. 1.5” and 2” unfinished strips would be very useful for making quilts like Bethany’s.

April Links

Here are some links from our meeting on Monday.

Our speaker next meeting is Bethany Garner from Kingston. Come and see some art quilts and learn about dyeing your own fabric.
The next Joy of Stitching is Monday, May 6 at Joy’s Bakery in Simcoe. For those who have never come before, it is a get-together to do some hand stitching (fabric or yarn) for a couple hours ,with coffee or tea and some treats, for $5. Starts at 6:30. It is a great way to get to know other members.

Inspired by Julie Bosgoed’s and Terry Anderson’s Anthologie Quilts, a modern/traditional sampler quilt full of patchwork and piecing techniques with a little boho flair, go to the Anthology quilt-along for the free pattern.

Jill sent the page/pattern that she and Julie and Karen used to make their Foundation Paper Pieced house blocks. It is attached as a PDF. Be sure to print it at 100% and check the measurements because they learned that even when printed at full size, different printers can give different results.

How to sew Drunkard’s Path blocks without pins! Ebony sews with the “L” on the bottom. Watch here

I have attached the listing of all the AccuQuilt Dies at the Norfolk County Public Library and the cutting guide for them.. And the “Simple HST Quilt Tutorial” that will walk you through everything you need to know to use the Go Big Electric cutter in the MakerSpace. If you are interested in making a quilt for Marguerite to take to Mexico next winter, why not try it. You can use any fabrics you have on hand. Civil War fabrics will make a serviceable quilt. It doesn’t have to be baby material.

See you in May! Have fun quilting!



January Links

Here is  a complete write up of the instructions for using our InkTense Pencils and our Indigo and Procion MX Dyeing. With step by step directions for using the Procion MX dyes.

Joy of Quilting will be on Monday, February 4 at Joy’s Bakery in Simcoe. Let Monica know if you are interested.

Our Vice President’s Retreat will be on Saturday February 9 and Sunday, February 10 at the Port Dover Library. 9:30-4ish. $20 each day includes lunch. Contact Terry Anderson for more information.

Our next meeting will be Monday, February 11. Michelle Dunn from Kallisti Quilts will be telling us about her South African and Japanese fabrics and her Sashiko kits. You can read more here. Bring some cash or your cards in case you want to buy some fabric, patterns or her kits.

Our Beth Garner dyeing workshops are on Tuesday May 14 and Wednesday May 15 at the Vittoria Community Centre. Non-member can now sign up. $55 each day and $15 supplies each day. Flat Dyeing to Quilt and Gelli Printing are the topics.

Our Camp Trillium Retreat is Friday, November 1 to Sunday November 3. $200 includes all your meals and 2 nights accommodation in the cabins. We have 25 people signed up already. We will start taking your $100 deposits at the March meeting.

Mary’s joining binding tutorial is here. It covers the whole binding process so scroll through most of it to see the joining part.

Here is a 4 minute video that shows another easy method. You use the end snip from your binding to cut your overlap.And a simple diagonal fold makes a really easy join.

Patti showed her quilt with custom cut name letters on the back. Patti used her Cricut Explore Air 2 cutter. Here is a little video that describes the process. There are lots of alphabets and object files to chose from. All of the MakerSpaces at the Norfolk library have Cricuts, but maybe not the same model. They are used more for scrapbooking and cutting paper.

December Links

What a great meeting on Monday night. Brett Schuyler subbed in for his wife, Carrie Woolley, who stayed home looking after their 2 week old son. Brett spoke about being shepherds to 600 ewes who produce over 1000 lambs each year. We can see the sheep grazing in the fields and orchards north east of Simcoe. Brett kept everyone’s interest for an hour and I know people had more questions for him. You can follow Carrie on Instagram @carriewoolley1 and the lamb website is here.

For the overall Schuyler Farm operation, click here.

Heather, thanks for the organizing the treats last night. I was happy not to bring anything else with me to the meeting!

And thanks to Jan G, Jill, Karen and Julie for their demos last night and help getting the wool ready. Did you see how cool Jan’s embellisher was? Did you take some fleece home to try something?

If you Google any of the felted items you are interested in, many links will pop up. Our modus operandi was to read 3-6 tutorials and then give it a try. And then tweak it.

For wet-felted items, you need all 3 of these things:

  1. a change in water temperature (Jill’s ice cube bucket and hot water bucket for dryer balls)
  2. agitation (rubbing with your hands or bubble wrap or a washboard) and
  3. detergent. Dish detergent is really the best for raw wool fleece to dissolve the lanolin (a grease). You don’t need to buy fancy wool washes.

For needle felting, you can find the Clover Felting tool at Len’s, down the aisle with the sewing notions, on the other side at the end. It is $22. Individual needles are a little harder to track down.


The Woodstock Fleece Festival is Saturday, October 19th 2019. Mark your calendars. You can get fibre at The Fibre Garden in Jordan. You can buy dyed roving from Sheepspot in London. She sells fleeces also.

To make a large sheet of felt, watch this video

In response to the question about buying mill carded wool for quilt batting or duvets, I did find an Ontario farm that can supply it. Circle R  Lamb north of Kitchener. It would be wool from Ontario sheep but the processing mill is Zeilingers in Frankenmuth, Michigan. A queen sized batt would be $160 here. So you might want to wait until Carrie’s shearing next spring and buy a fleece or 2 from her! Especially after watching the video above. Carrie and Brett’s sheep are free from straw bits as they are outside on grass all year round. A definite plus!

Hopefully everyone will be able to see the “Red Cross Quilts of the Great War” exhibit at the Waterford Heritage and Cultural Museum. Details are here. It is on until February 15th and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10-4:30 and Sunday 1-4.

Vice President’s Days are Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th. Signups will be at the January meeting. Terry is working on some great ideas.

Mark Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 1-3 on your calendar for our first Quilting Retreat at Camp Trillium. Details and pricing will be ready for the January meeting.

Do you think you want to do the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2019? It was a lot of fun this past year. Each month a colour is posted and you can make whatever blocks you want each month. You can find links to previous ones on So Scrappy’s blog. She is even looking for people to design blocks for her.

A monthly tracking sheet is attached to this email. You can look up the colour at the beginning of each month or you can wait until the meeting to find out. Either way you have a month for each colour.

Our next meeting on Monday, January 14 is about adding colour to your fabrics yourself. We will have an indigo vat going, will demonstrate snow or ice dyeing, baggie dyeing and using InkTense pencils.

On a sad note, Martin MacNeil, the gentleman who talked to us about Quilts of Valour 2 years ago, passed away last week.