Working with Colour and Texture with Terry Sonnenberg on March 9th

On March 9th, guild member Terry Sonnenberg will share her personal observations on working with colour and texture. In addition to samples of her own projects, she will show slides of beautiful creations from the 2019 Birmingham Quilt Festival to dazzle and inspire you.

Our meetings are held at Old Windham Church, 30 Glendale Crescent in Simcoe and start at 7pm. Guests are always welcome!


Attention: TQG and NCQG Members

We have the details worked out for our Bill Stearman workshops in May.

Bill will teach his Double Disappearing 9-patch workshop on Tuesday, May 12 and Being Bold with Improv on Wednesday, May 13. He can teach 24 members each day. The fee for the workshops is $50 each day and they will be held at the Vittoria Community Centre. 

We will start taking registrations on Tuesday, February 18 at 6pm by email. You should all have an email from Jan G with the details. This method of signing up is just like the postmark system we used in the days of snail mail. Set an alarm in your calendar app so you won’t forget and miss out!

You can check out Bill’s website/blog here, follow him on Instagram @bill_stearman (note the underscore) and Facebook as Bill Stearman.  

Bill is an excellent speaker and teacher. Retired school principals and special ed teachers make the best quilting teachers. There is an additional $40 kit fee payable to Bill for his hand dyed coordinated fabrics for DD9P. They are all cut to the required sizes for all 3 variations he teaches so we don’t have to spend time selecting and cutting fabrics and have more time to play with the technique. You must buy the fabric kit from him. You can’t use your stash for this one.

Once members have signed up, they need to bring their money to their next guild meeting. 

Bill’s Improv workshops follow the theme of breaking out of the “quilt police” jail some of us might be in! Free yourself with his help!

Bill will be presenting his Backpack Show at our meeting on Monday, May 11, at Old Windham Church, in Simcoe. Guests are welcome.

FOMOs from February, 2020

At the bottom of every email I send there are 3 simple words…Learn Something Today!    Brit Dowson needs no reminder to do that. As she told us of her inspiring creative life, she showed us many examples of her journey in arts and crafts world which  began as a young child and continues to this day. In addition to constantly learning, on her own or taking workshops and classes, Brit also loves to to share and teach others. She embraces textile surface design and uses many techniques in the same piece. 

Here are just a few closeups of her work. Anyone else interested in learning wool circle appliqué and embroidery?

Here is a YouTube video showing Yupo paper and alcohol inks. And here is a link to making fabric with the water soluble Solvy 

Mark down the dates for our next Camp Trillium Retreats. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 27-29, 2020 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 26-28, 2021. They will follow the same format as this past year and will be about the same cost, $200 for the weekend for our members. 

The Canadian Quilters’ Association is running another sew along this year. This one is based on sewing rows, not blocks. They will post directions for a row every other Tuesday from February 18-June 9. It is designed to use 5 colours but you can do whatever you want. The quilt will be 60” x 80” Find the details here

I also mentioned the Improv Triangles sew along currently running on Instagram with Nicholas Ball. I love his British accent and he will get you sewing improv triangles easily. Here is a link. You can follow him @quiltsfromtheattic and the hashtag is #improvtrianglesewalong