Brit Dowson is our February speaker. Brit lives in Simcoe and is currently teaching general interest workshops to adults. She has previously taught in the elementary and secondary school systems. Brit is inspired by nature, her Norwegian heritage and by other artists. She is a quilter, she loves to knit, crochet, cross stitch, and rug hook, she loves it all and is mostly self taught. She is excited to share her story and her creative adventure with us!
Our meetings are Monday nights, starting at 7pm, although members start coming at 6:30 so there can be more socializing before the meeting. You can find Old Windham Church at 30 Glendale Crescent, Simcoe. Please bring your own mug for coffee and tea, anything you want to show and share for our show and tell, and some loonies for our great draws. New members can join us for the rest of the year (Feb-June) for only $17.50. Our guest fee is $5. We have ongoing sew alongs and swaps. If the weather looks bad, keep your eye on the Twilight Quilters’ Guild Facebook page. A cancellation email will go out to our members.
Did you make a resolution to improve your quilting skills? Well here’s an online QAL that will do just that. You can do it on your own or form a group with friends and do it together. https://www.onwilliamsstreet.com/online-quilting-bee-2020/ Check out @letsquiltalong or https://southbaybellastudio.com/for lots of other QAL and challenges.
As a quilter, here’s a blog with lots of information to support the victims of the Australian Fires including patterns to buy with a portion of the purchase donated to various charities. https://quietplaydesigns.com/blog/ or @unicornhearts
By using the Weather Network historic data it’s still not too late to start a temperature quilt. Here’s another tutorial. https://www.canuckquilter.com/2020/01/temperature-quilt-2020.html
GREEN is the colour for January for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Angela’s Super Scrappy blog. It is fun to sew your scraps every month! Need some ideas, lots of newly finished quilts at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/rainbowscrapchallenge2019/
What did you learn from Mary Mckenzie presentation? Her lovely pieces were aspirational, but according to Mary, totally ‘doable’, especially with some of the tools and books she shared with us. Here is one of her favourite books, Quilted Symphony by Gloria Loughman. https://www.amazon.ca/Quilted-Symphony-Fusion-Fabric-Texture/dp/1571206604/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=gloria+loughman&qid=1579049185&sr=8-2
Want to try some curves, here’s a link to a curved ruler at Staples. https://www.staples.ca/products/13328-en-staedtler-mars-flex-curve-24
Mary has taken lots of workshops with varied and interesting teachers including Diane Bergmann, Elaine Quail, Hilary Rice and Helen Fujuki. So be inspired by Mary and look out your window, go for a walk, and then pick-up a sketch pad and play with some of your fabric and thread!
Check out Sandra Croley’s 2020 blog post here for some online quilting inspiration. Sandra is a member of our TQG but doesn’t get to many of our meetings. You may know her from the Vittoria or Hagersville guilds. And as an longarmer.
I’m not sure if this link will work, but Bluprint, formerly known as Craftsy, is completely free until January 7th. If this doesn’t work, Google it and I’m sure you will find a link. So many classes for quilting and sewing and knitting and cooking and…………..
You can increase the speed of the videos by clicking on the little gear icon. In case you want to watch them all! Enjoy and “Learn Something Today”
FOMO stands for the Fear Of Missing Out and there are a lot of new programs and sew alongs starting in January. Check out the ones mentioned at our meeting.
Bonnie Hunter’s yearly mystery quilt started on a Black Friday but it is not too late to start. Lovely blues this year!
Start your temperature quilt on January 1st. Here is a tutorial. Here is another one. You will also find some designs on Instagram by searching #temperaturequilt.
You can find the monthly colours for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Angela’s Super Scrappy blog. 2020 isn’t ready quite yet but check back. It is fun to sew your scraps every month!
Crazy Quilter on a Bike, Elaine Theriault, is running 2 sew alongs. $25 for the online lessons throughout the year. You would also need to purchase the project book. Read about it at the bottom of this blog post.
The Pantone Colour of the year is Classic Blue. Here you can be inspired by the quilts made over the years by Debbie of A Quilter’s Table
Our avid English Paper Piecers might be interested in the Fussy Cutting Sewalong. The shape this year is the house. A different prompt each week. Run on Instagram.
And lastly, for those you like a class in person, Quilt Junction has a couple spots left in the Border Creek Mystery Quilt. Call them ASAP!
There are only a couple of spots left in our Vice President’s sewing days on February 8th and 9th. Contact Jill or Stephanie ASAP. 2 fun days of sewing at the Port Dover library with lunches for only $40.
If you were inspired by Kaaren Biggs’ presentation on Sun Bonnet Sue, check out this Around the World Sun Bonnet Sue and Sam sew along.
Mary McKenzie, a member of our own Twilight Quilters’ Guild will guide us through her creative process of designing her beautiful fabric wall art. She will start with the inspiration for the artistic piece, then add how she picks the fabric and finally the selection of embellishments and other parts. Mary will bring some of her fabric wall art pieces to show.
Meeting starts at 7pm at Old Windham Church in Simcoe. If the weather is poor, watch for an email about the meeting.
Come and hear Kaaren Biggs talk about Sunbonnet Sue and how she has changed over 100 years, with the times and the emancipation of women. If you have a Sunbonnet Sue quilt, please bring it to show.
Our Christmas Social will start at the regular time, 7pm, at Old Windham Church in Simcoe. Heather will have appetizers and desserts for us.