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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

Brit Dowson “Everything I Do” February 10th

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.

January FOMO

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!

Bluprint, formerly Craftsy, is free until January 7

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”