A Great Time to Join!

Do you have a friend who might like to join our guild? Have you thought about joining our guild? Now is the perfect time! We have a half year rate of $17.50 and that would include 5 meetings and a weekend retreat! There may be a spot or two available at our workshop also. Our retreat at the end of the January is free for all members and includes a Retreat Bag Workshop (15 student limit), a Foundation Paper Piecing Demo and a Mile-a-Minute/Crumb piecing Demo along with some fun activities and lots of prizes!

We have some great speakers lined up for our remaining meetings. Check them out below!

January 30 & 31Midwinter Sew-Tist Retreat 9-we are tired!
February 8Brett Lewis “Becoming Natural Born Quilter”naturalbornquilter.com
February 27“Colourways Workshop” with Quilter on FireDetails here!
March 8Peter Byrne “Behind the Seams with Peter Byrne”peterbquilts.com
April 12Kathy K Wylie “Beauty is All Around”kathykwylie.com
May 10Bill Stearman “Bill’s Backpack Show”billstearmanquilts.blogspot.com
June 14Year-end Wrap up – Speaker to be announced

We have a record number of members this year and many members have joined our guild because of our Zoom virtual meetings. You don’t have to leave home at night! You don’t have to worry about the weather! You can see the quilts up close! We have had speakers from across Canada, that we would not have been able to have! We get together to sit and sew virtually every Monday afternoon! It’s a great community! You can find instructions to pay your membership fee here!

Sit and Sew on Monday Afternoon!

Did you read your email from Monica? We announced that Sit and sews will be every Monday afternoon, except meeting night. From 1-3 pm. Here is the Zoom link! We have room for everyone so why not try it this week. Great conversations and idea sharing!

Isn’t this Retreat bag lovely? Melanie will be teaching this workshop on Saturday at our Midwinter Sew-tist. She has room for a few more students. Again, details are in the email. Contact Melanie to get on the list!

Photo courtesy of Emmaline Bags!

Jill has lots of activities planned for our retreat weekend on January 30 and 31st. There will be demos on no tear Foundation Paper Piecing and mile a minute/poverty/crumb piecing. Time to bust those scraps! Be inspired by quilters finishing their UFOs! Details will follow in an email to all guild members.

Pixels -January Modern BOM

Here is the PDF for our January BOM! It’s an easy block in that it is just straight seams. But the pieces are pretty tiny! Sandra Croley has some great tips on her blog. It’s not to late to start if you haven’t! Terry just did her first block this week as she didn’t want to start any new projects in 2020! (And she didn’t!) You can find all the blocks under the Mod BOM tab on our header (linked here!)

Quilter on Fire Colourways Workshop

COLOURWAYS Create a beautiful fibre art piece to mount on canvas or wood panel. Dive into those favourite batiks that you tuck away into your stash and never cut up! This class gets you pulling out all of your treasures and playing with colour. Watch the colours weave in and out with gorgeous simplicity adding fiber, embellishments and multiple stitches along the way. Students finish this one day workshop with an art piece complete and ready to hang on the wall. 

Brandy Maslowski is a quilter and fibre artist who loves humans, hiking, travel and tea. She is a quilt teacher, speaker, judge and the author of children’s picture book Kristy’s Quilt. She has been a light-hearted stitcher for 30 years. From clumsy beginner quilter all the way to showing her fibre art in galleries, Brandy has a passion for fabric, stitch, colour, texture and everything quilting.  She loves to host her annual Ignite Okanagan Quilting Retreat and travel the world with quilters to ignite their creativity with the tag line “More JOY, less OVERWHELM.” You can find her as the Quilter on Fire on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram or visit her website at www.quilteronfire.com.

This 6 hour workshop runs on Zoom on Saturday, February 27th from 10am-4:30pm with a lunch break. It is $45 (includes HST). 20 students maximum. Twilight Quilters’ Guild members can sign up now by sending an email to Karen Johnstone or twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. After your spot is confirmed, you will receive an email from Karen with payment details and a supply list. Payment is required immediately to hold your spot. Some prep work is required. After January 17, Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild members may signup (but send your email now to get on our waiting list!) Check out the slideshow below! Brandy has a great podcast. You can check it out here!

Anna Armitage – January 11, 2021

Hi, my name is Anna, I am retired from a corporate life and live in rural Norfolk County, Ontario Canada. I love to make things, and to learn new techniques with different materials, to see an idea or feeling come together into some form or other. I chose fabric and fibre because it is probably the most typical way a woman “of that age” might express herself, but also because of the textural and colourful quality of fabric and fibre, and the opportunity to work on a flat plain but also in three dimensional form.  I’ve learned most of what I know thru books, experimentation, trial and error and recently, through groups I have joined online (Facebook etc). I’ve transitioned from being a traditional quilter to being an art quilter and stitcher, and a wool fibre artist. Now more than ever I work with an emphasis on repurposing and reusing materials, using natural and sustainable materials, like wool, and drawing materials from nature, such as plant based dyes and printing. Nature is a huge inspiration to me as are current events, like this d*** pandemic.

I love that my foundation is in the traditional quilt, but I love more that I can express an idea, concept or emotion in any way I want to. And that I “fit” somewhere in the world. Through groups I am or have been a part of, I have been able to show my work in local galleries, participate in group shows, and soon I will have a piece of my work shown in a magazine for the very first time! (Quilting Arts magazine, Jan/Feb 2021 issue)!

I also have an Instagram account, @annarmitage26.  

Meeting starts at 7 pm. Guests always welcome for $5. Follow the instructions here to purchase your guest pass.

December Happenings

Heather King is our featured speaker this month. Many will know Heather from her position as CEO of our Norfolk County Public Library. But Heather is also a history buff and a quilter! Her topic will be “How Women in Norfolk County Supported the War Efforts” and she will highlight stories about the women who served abroad and at home. Our December meeting seems late, the latest possible date for the second Monday. Join us on Monday, December 14. Doors and Breakout rooms open at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7.

On Dec 5th the Program committee is hosting a Zoom Craft Day. Participating members will receive a kit containing the felted shapes and stuffing to make Christmas tree ornaments. Melanie Douglas and Vicki Harris will lead this activity from 10am to 12pm. Kathryn Robichaud will be available to give a brief demonstration of a few decorative stitches to complete the ornaments. From 1-3pm, we will be making a Christmas Tree table runner with Karen Johnstone. Karen has emailed the templates and instructions to make one or both styles. All the details are in the guild email from Monica sent on November 16th. If you haven’t signed up yet here is still time! Email Melanie before Wednesday, December 3 if you want to participate. It is free for all guild members.

Many quilters come to the meetings just for Show and Tell, to see what other quilters are making and to show their own accomplishments. One advantage of this pandemic is that we have virtual show and tell and we all have a front row seat! This month there will be 5 sections to our show and tell.

What do quilters do when they’re in lockdown? They quilt!! Show us your best COVID quilt that you made when we all had to stay home. Please send your pictures and a brief description to twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. Be ready to talk about your masterpiece at the Show and Tell part of the meeting. We are very excited to see what you made! Terry Anderson challenged members to finish their Double Delight mystery quilt for December. Please send pictures of your completed mystery quilt to twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. Did you participate in the Speed Date quilt workshop? Again, send pictures to twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. Did you get any ornaments or a table runner done after our Sew Day? Photos please! And if you didn’t do any of those activities but were still busy creating, we want to see what you’ve made. We will add them to our regular Show and Tell. Sounds like we could be covering everyone in December.

Our next Sit and sew is November 30, 1-3 pm here is the Zoom link.

Our own Anna Armitage will be our speaker via Zoom in January. Stay connected for details.

Chevrons – November Mod BOM

We have our first foundation paper pieced block this month. Do you avoid FPPing like the plague? Guess what? The plague is here and you can do it!

You can download the PDF and the FPPing templates here. You will notice that there is no little square to check that your printer printed at 100% or Actual size. But there are 2 big rectangles that you can measure! The outside lines should measure 3.5” x 4.5”, the unfinished size of the blocks.

Sandra Croley has detailed instruction for making this block here. Sandra is doing a special blog just for this Block of the Month! Thanks Sandra!

Are you new to Foundation Paper Piecing?

If you are completely new to FPPing, then check out these video tutorials. The first one is from Laura Coia, our speaker tonight! Laura is doing Scrappy Pineapple blocks and that block is way more complicated than our little 3 piece blocks!

Foundation Paper piecing is great for getting precise points on angles that are difficult to piece with traditional methods. But the shapes are often weird triangles and it is very easy to get your piece sewn on and then realize that it is too small. The video and tutorial links below show you how to avoid that! And that is the method Sandra is using.

Mister Domestic has this great video. And if you click on the little down arrow (V) at the bottom right of the screen, there is a link to download the 6” heart that he is using in the tutorial. Or click here for it!

This video by Amanda Rolfe uses a paper tracing wheel to pre-perforate the paper, making it easier to tear off. You can simply fold your paper on the lines. And it shows all the steps nicely. And her Australian accent is fun!

Here is a link to a quick tutorial to Never Tear Out Stitches Again! And another one on Piecing Angles. These are done by popular quilting bloggers and are great references.

Lastly, here are tips. 5 tips here and 3 tips here. Still having trouble after trying this all out yourself? Let us know and we can do a Zoom Sit and Sew on Foundation Paper Piecing!

Once your block is done, please share it on Instagram with the hashtag #tqgmodernbom It’s fun to see everyone’s fabrics and blocks!

See Laura Coia on November 9


Laura Coia is the headliner for our Monday, November 9th meeting. Laura is a freelance educator, a Pattern Designer, and the founder of “Sew Very Easy” which is a very active educational and entertaining YouTube Channel. Her videos are uploaded each Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 and are free to subscribe too. She has over 338,000 subscribers with over 36,000,000 views.

Along with her free videos she shares many tips, techniques, and new ideas for the novice as well as the experienced.  Her videos are easy to follow, allowing you to get the project done.

She is a registered professional, with over 45 years of sewing experience as a tailor, seamstress, teacher, and a designer. 26 of those years have been quilting, with over 300 completed quilts. 

She has been published in Quilters Connection Magazine as well as Canadian Quilter magazine. She has been awarded the Canadian Zoomer award and has a new booked published called Sew Very Easy Quilt Favorites.

If you have watched her videos you will see her Relaxed and Have Fun…” it’s all good” attitude!

The “doors open” at 6:30 so you can get connected to Zoom and the meeting will start at 7pm. You will receive an email from Monica on the weekend with the Zoom link. Everyone seemed happy with the breakout rooms we used at the break at our last meeting and we are going to try the breakout rooms again before the meeting starts. Fingers crossed, it will work.

Please remember to send your photos for Show and Tell to TwilightSimcoe@gmail.com ASAP. Landscape photos work best on the screen and please, zoom in on you quilt and quilting details.

Monday Afternoon Sit and Sew

Join us at the November 2nd, Sit and Sew when Kathryn Robicheau will join us with a short slide show on the subject of embroidery. She will give pointers and answer any questions you might have and could demo specific stitches for us. If there is enough interest Kathryn has offered to lead an embroidery workshop via Zoom.

Kathryn has been a member of our guild for a couple years and has been actively involved in Embroidery guilds for many years.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ZOOM MEETING LINK! The meeting is from 1pm – 3:30pm.
See you then!