Bill is a storyteller and once he discovered quilting 7 years ago, he had a new voice! Fabrics and carefully placed stitches express joy, anguish, hope, gratitude, and love, providing glimpses into deep and important stories; stories that matter on personal and social levels. His quilts make bold statements and provoke thoughtful consideration of a variety of issues. “With the help of about 20 of my quilts, I’ll tell their stories… my stories. I doubt that these quilts, and their stories, will remind you of your Grandmother’s quilts.”
Bill will be sharing his newest “Backpack Show” with us, highlighting the social justice issues that are so important to him and many of us. There will be tears! Find out the story behind this newest quilt. As an educator in his previous career, Bill can teach us many things.
Our meetings start at 7pm and guests are always welcome. Follow the directions here to pay your $5 guest fee.
This is our 10th block! Only 2 more after this. If you are a new owner of a Stripology slotted ruler, this is a perfect block for that. Cut 2.5” strips of your coloured and background fabrics, then line them up on the cutting mat horizontally and subcut 1.5” pieces. You can have all 36 of the 2.5” x 1.5” rectangles cut in a couple minutes. The centre star uses a stitch and flip technique that makes a slightly wonky star. But you can do whatever star you’d like. The downloadable PDF is here!
Sandra has some great tips for you here!
You can find Bordered Star, our Modern BOM here! We are going to be doing the second May block this month, while we still have lots of sewing time. You can find Sandra’s tutorial here! Thanks again Sandra for helping us make these monthly blocks. Feeling left out? You can start this block of the month now! You can find all the blocks here!
Peter Byrne will be teaching his Hover-quilting workshop on Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4. From 9:45-2 on both days. The cost of the workshop is $40. And there are still a few spots available.
Register by emailing Karen Johnstone or email@example.com. Price of workshop is $40 plus the cost of the kit if you choose. Kits need to be ordered by Monday, April 12.
Hover-quilting is a new form of raw edge appliqué, absent of fusible web. This innovative technique produces not only a beautiful controlled frayed edge, but also creates the illusion of your piecing hovering above the quilt top.
On day one, students will focus on preparing their quilt sandwich, make 36 HST’s and finish the design layout. On day two, you will complete a 16-inch square mini hover-quilt. Students will learn unique design elements such as Cathedral Window, a School of Fabric and Pathways that make this technique so versatile and creative.
Kits are available for $35 plus $5 bulk shipping. Peter’s Hover-quilting Kits have been made with Colorworks Premium Solids from Northcott Fabric and include beautiful prints from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Collection called “Shimmer” and have been paired with Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics. They include a spool of 60 wt Perfect Cotton-Plus thread, a No Slip Ruler and Soft-Blend Batting. Kits are available with your choice of a black background or white background.
If you need help making your own kit for the workshop, you can go to Instagram and search @hoverquiltingworkshop. There you will find the suggested supply list, fabric requirements and how to videos to assist in making your kit!
Please let Karen know what kit works best for you, either the kit with the black background or the kit with the white background and your kit will be reserved for the workshop. Kits need to be ordered by Monday, April 12.
You can find Peter at peterbquilts.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Instagram @petersquilts & @hoverquiltingworkshop
Diane Luke is taking signups for the MiniMod Swap until Saturday, March 20th. Email Diane directly or the guild at email@example.com if you want to get in on the fun!
Berene Campbell designed the Mini Mod Challenge as part of her social justice work. She has given us the patterns and made You Tube videos. We will have a great time making and exchanging tiny blocks and for all that she just encourages us to donate $3 or more to Ryerson University for bursaries for three students…black, indigenous and 2SLGBTQ+. If you’d like to join and become part of the swap, please tell Diane by March 20, which colourway (cool, warm or neutral) and background (white, black or grey) you’d like. She’ll put people in groups based on those choices and email you back with the names and mailing addresses of your team.
Then you just sew away and mail out those teeny blocks to your swap partners. Teams will be set up before the retreat on March 27 – you may want to work on them then. The goal would be to have your blocks made and mailed by May 31. Then in September we’ll have a tiny show and tell!
You can follow Berene @happysewlucky and can see others’ blocks at #minimodswap on Instagram.
The blocks are only 2” square. We are only using solids. But you only use small amounts. Contact Diane if you need help with fabrics. We have members who have solids to share.
And you can donate to these Handmade Collective Awards at Ryerson University without sewing here!
Kathy K. Wylie is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She has lectured and taught all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and now offers online workshops and presentations. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts.”
Join us April 12 at 7pm for Kathy’s presentation “Beauty is All Around Us! Guests are welcome to join us for $5 and details can be found in our FAQs above.
You can find the PDF with the FPP templates here. All the previous blocks can be found at the top of our webpage under Mod BOM. And Sandra’s great tutorial can be found here! I know it helped a couple members with their February blocks. There are always lots of photos, and tips there. Read it before you start and then while you are sewing, if you need extra help.
Consider joining the Royal City Quilters’ Guild from Guelph and the York Heritage Quilters Guild from Toronto for a fun day of virtual programming. Several of us are “going” and there are still lots of sessions left! You can find all the details here!
The Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild is offering 2 Andrea Tsang Jackson workshops in April, (virtually, since Andrea lives in Nova Scotia!) Both of them involve a Swan and a Lone Star Centre. One is a small 20″ x 20″ piece that can be completed in one day. The other is a larger 58″ x 66″ piece that includes the reflection of the swan as it glides through water.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (via Zoom) All-Day Workshop to complete the small project, Our Song Swan — Lone Star Swan. The fee is $85.00 and includes the pattern and all instructions.
Those that want to finish the large project, Our Song, Your Reflection, will attend on this day and will complete the small project. They will then attend a half-day workshop on the following day, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 (via Zoom). On this day, Andrea will provide instructions for putting together the larger project. This fee is $140 and includes the two patterns.
Andrea is an excellent teacher and has lots of tips for foundation paper piecing and sewing lone star diamonds. You can find more about her at
If you are interested, please email Norfolk.Quilt.Guild@gmail.com for details. Workshops are a perk of guild membership and at this time of year, you can join either guild for 1/2 price! So, for our Twilight Quilters’ Guild, for $17.50, you get 4 more great speakers, a weekend virtual retreat on March 27 and 28, and new for this year, summer programming. Membership details can be found at our FAQs, here!