August Sit and Sews

We have scheduled Zoom Drop-in Sit and Sews for 4 Mondays in August. This will give us all a chance to become more comfortable with using Zoom, as our meetings will be on Zoom until we can all meet safely in-person together. Half will be in the afternoon and half will be in the evening, based on the poll we did at the AGM.

Monday, August 10, 1 pm – 3 pm
Monday, August 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday, August 24, 1 pm – 3 pm
Monday, August 31, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We have sent the Zoom invitation links to all members by email. If you are considering joining us as a member this coming year (and the monthly program lineup looks awesome!), please send an email to Our TQG Zoom email!

Note: these meetings can continue past the ending time, if quilters are still sitting and sewing! And if there is a time you would like together with your quilty friends, just let us know and we can schedule it. It is super easy. Just send an email to

If you want to test your Zoom connection, you can do it at

If you want to learn how to connect to Zoom, check out these videos we sent earlier! and

For the best sound quality, for you and for everyone else, please try to use headphones. The ones that came with your cellphone have a built in microphone.

Are You Ready to Zoom?

Are you ready for virtual quilting meetings? It sure looks like it will be a long time yet before we can meet in person. But virtual get togethers are easy on Zoom! You may already be using Zoom for work, for church, to see the grandkids, to take classes. With Zoom, you would click on the meeting link we send you by email, and then, you can see the computer screen with little video windows for everyone who has joined the meeting. Guilds that jumped on the virtual bandwagon months ago have also been doing virtual meeting, trunk shows, webinars and workshops, studio tours, sew-in days and retreats. All from the safety of home! You still get to sew and visit with your friends.

Here is a YouTube video of a Zoom meeting from the Coastal Quilters’ Guild of California.

To use Zoom, you will need a device and an internet connection. You can use your laptop, or a tablet or a smart phone. You would use the wifi you have set up at home.

Here is a link to a great video on “Connecting to Zoom for the first time!“ I would suggest watching it twice, once to get an overview of it and then once more when you are installing the Zoom app on your device. While it is possible to do meetings on a browser, it is much easier to use the app. Don’t be frightened when it asks you to download or to allow the download. It is completely safe. Zoom has enhanced security and we are using secure meetings. You don’t need to register for a Zoom account, but it is free and you don’t need to give a credit card. You can use your Facebook or Google account to join. (Don’t worry about that SSO thing. Even I had to look that up!” The hardest part of downloading the app from the App Store might be remembering your password!

In order to get you started, we are going to be holding “Learn to Zoom” training sessions. Here are links to the meetings we have set up for the coming week.

Monday, July 6, 10-noon

Monday, July 6, 7-9 pm

Wednesday, July 8, 1-3 pm

Friday, July 10, 10-noon

We will schedule more “Learn to Zoom” meetings the week of July 12th depending on the response and feedback from the first meetings. Our goal is to have everyone ready for our AGM on Monday, July 20th at 7pm. You will even be able to instantly vote on the motions! If you have a non-quilting friend who uses Zoom, they can teach you how to do it.

If you have any questions you can email Stephanie at

If you already know how to Zoom, you don’t need to attend any of these sessions, although maybe you can help other members. Please email Stephanie if you are confident using Zoom already.

Health Unit Mask Goal

The Health Unit is continuing to field requests for masks.

And they are so grateful that you all have stepped up to volunteer to make masks until they can guarantee supply through their regular channels.

As of today, they are estimating the we need to make a total of 5000 masks.

We knew it would be a long haul. 

Just thinking about our first responders, the people caring for our family and friends in long term care homes, and other medical professionals who are exposed while they do their jobs to keep us safe….that just strengthens our resolve.

So far, we’ve delivered 1100. Between the kits you received two days ago, and the kit you’ll receive today, that will deliver another 1100 masks. So we’re almost halfway there.

And…..good news…..John Ferras of Al’s Shoes just dropped off more shoelaces. I’m expecting we’ll be able to finish the masks using laces – so much easier…and fun.

The Health unit is also expecting a large shipment of fabric… more waiting. So that should allow us to work ahead, and stop doing such quick turnarounds.

If any group is asking you how they can access the masks …I’ve received several calls from nursing homes….tell them to call Shelley Darlington at the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit on Gilbertson Drive in Simcoe. 

If anyone wants to join us making masks, please contact Jan Grincevicius at

Thanks again – you are the best!
Diane Luke

More Masks for our Health Unit

Thanks everyone for your great response to our appeal for sewers for face masks for our Norfolk County workers. We have delivered 600 masks already and there is another batch out there, hopefully all ready to pick up. More kits will be delivered as those are picked up.

There have been a few tweaks to the pattern. Please use this newest link for the next ones you sew!

The changes are summarized here if you want to mark your printout: The size of finished mask is 6 ½” to 7” wide. Step 2- turn over ¼” to 3/8”. Step 3 – turn over ¼” to 3/8”. Step 7 – Please backstitch a few times at each corner to add strength.

We can use more sewers. Please have them contact Jan G at Thanks Jan for being the main list keeper!


H-N Face Masks

As you know, we are at war with coronavirus. Dr Shanker Nesathuri, the Medical Officer of Health, and Marlene Miranda, the General Manager, Health & Social Services have asked our 2 local quilting guilds to make 500 masks, to be worn under face shields for medical staff.

They are supplying high density microfibre material and ribbon for ties. Kits are being made and sent out to our volunteers. Here is a link to the approved pattern!

It is so important that our paramedics, health unit staff and other have the right protection against infection so we’re happy to help them augment their supplies. Sewing is something we love to do, so why not put our skills to good use for the community during a time of need? We certainly appreciate everyone working to keep our county and country functioning!

Tips for sewing!
1. A new needle helps and you may need a 90/14 to get through all the layers of the pleats. 
2. You may need to use a stiletto or the tip of your seam ripper or your scissors to help push the fabric under the pressure foot. This fabric is stickier that the quilting cotton we are used to. And a “normal” pressure foot, a flat wide one, might help and be easier than our trusty 1/4” foot. 
3. You may want to make one mask fully, and then chain piece the next ones. 
4. It can be tricky to gets the pleats even. You can make a tick mark along the edges every 1” down from the top and then use these marks to make the pleats. Bring 2 up to 1, 4 up to 3 and 6 up to 5. Clip in place and measure to see if it is 3.75”.  We found it easier to use a template of some sort for measuring. Mark your ruler with masking tape at the 3.75” line, or corner pin markers on your ironing board. Adjust the pleats to the measurement. You can also stick a piece of tape over the pleats to hold them in place. Put all your sewing skills to use!
5. Your pleats are quite thick so sew slowly. You may want your walking foot for this part (or for all of it!)

6. This batch of ribbon seems to be fraying so please do a small overhand knot on the ends.

DIY Face Masks

Here is an excellent article, by a scientist, on making your own face masks! They don’t prevent the passage of the virus but they have a role to play. It is a long article but well worth a read. Yesterday, there were lots of patterns and tutorials being circulated. By now, I hope everyone is staying inside their homes, the primary way to stop the spread, but making masks will give us another way to help out with this crisis. Batiks generally have a high thread count so would work well. Maybe flannel on the layer next to the face. If you don’t have thin or round elastic, you can make ties or even use shoelaces for ties. It wasn’t that long ago that masks were all tied on. Here are some links.

From Jenny Doan.

From Diane Luke… Her style was like the one Stephanie had….worked really well…..but she
is going to try it a little wider…..7″”x9″ to get more coverage….. we
found that tying the elastic at the back might work better for some people
than the elastic looped behind the ears….to use it looped it has to be
exactly the right length.

This is the one I did…. OOPS! This link doesn’t link any longer.

From Nancy Racz…..I did one similar to Jenny Doan but quicker. I did use flannel on the inside and it is nice. The cheaper flannalette stretches the thicker one worked great All mine have batik on the outside. If you use ribbon don’t use silky it slides down you hair. Twill tape might work. Thin elastic works great 1/8”, but keep in mind it could contain latex which might be problematic to some.


Please take some photos and tag #twilightquiltersguild so we can all see what you’ve been doing. Stay healthy!

It’s National Quilting Weekend!

Hi everyone. Hope you are all making the best of our extra time at home! There are lots of new sew alongs running on quilters’ blogs and Instagram feeds! Maybe now is the time to join Instagram! It is a more positive place than Facebook these days! And remember that you can learn how to do just about anything by asking Google “How do I ____________?”

Did you know that it is International Quilting Weekend! Here is a link for watching free segments of The Quilting Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. They have some awesome teachers featured. Click here to get started.

And Creativebug has 50 free classes that you can take yourself or maybe with your kids or grandkids without having to register your credit card. Have fun learning!!!

Links from March Meeting

With the closure of all Norfolk County buildings, our Slow Stitching on Monday night is cancelled. It is impossible to say how things will be for our April and May meetings. Please stay home and sew!

Terry Sonnenberg’s trunk show on Colour and Texture was very, very interesting. Through a combination of her quilts, sometimes with a side by side quilt comparison, and her photos from the Birmingham Quilt Festival 2019, I’m sure every single person had something to think about trying. Several quilts illustrated the need for variety and interest in the blocks and the backgrounds! And Terry said “the quilt tells you what it needs!”

Terry introduced many of us to the Pantone’s standardized colour matching system. They are the colour experts of the whole world, representing colours in textiles and clothing, advertising and design. Here is a link to their Colour of the Year, a lovely Classic Blue! Anyone interested in a Challenge using Classic Blue?

Kaffe Fassett has been known for his bold use of colours for over 40 years, first in knitting and needlepoint and then quilting fabric. Have some fun looking at his webpage here!

Here is a great article on digital printing and how it is transforming the quilting. Learn about Jason Yenter’s In The Beginning here.

Terry attended the Birmingham Quilt Festival in England last summer. Here is a link to their winning quilts.

Terry was able to visit the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Reddich.

Here is a general video on how needles and pins are forged.

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!