Hover-quilting Workshop May 3rd and 4th

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 twilightsimcoe@gmail.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: petersquilts@gmail.com and on Instagram @petersquilts & @hoverquiltingworkshop 

MiniMod Swap Signups

Diane Luke is taking signups for the MiniMod Swap until Saturday, March 20th. Email Diane directly or the guild at twilightsimcoe@gmail.com if you want to get in on the fun!

Courtesy of Berene Campbell @happysewlucky http://www.happysewlucky.com

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 – April 12

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.

Andrea Tsang Jackson Workshops

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!

Peter Byrne – March 8th, 2021


Please join us virtually on March 8th at 7 pm for “Behind the Seams” with Peter Byrne.  Guests welcome! Please see FAQs above!

Hello quilters, my name is Peter Byrne. I am an international award-winning, published modern quilter and teacher with a deep passion for innovation and design. My strength is maintaining a fresh approach to quilting, with original designs and technical mastery.  

My goal is innovation, my passion is creativity and I am thrilled to have opportunities to share new techniques within the quilting community. While attending QuiltCon 2020, my quilt titled ‘Starring You’ won Best in Show and my quilt titled ‘Cityscape” won Best Machine Quilting Frameless. 

After 25 years working as a stylist and salon owner I retired, and then had time to explore new creative outlets. I started making quilt in 2009 and to further my quilting experience, in 2017 I joined the Toronto Modern Quilting Guild and when I walked into that first guild meeting, I had never quilted a quilt.  

It was at this time, I became a full time student of the craft and 2 years later, I designed and made Starring You. I’m very excited to share my quilts, dreams and ambitions with you and look forward to meeting you at my Trunk Show!

Here are all the places you can find me!  Email: petersquilts@gmail.com   Instagram @petersquilts and @hoverquilting. You can find me on Facebook under Peter Byrne and I invite you to check out my website at www.peterbquilts.com

February Follow-ups!

Wasn’t that a great meeting with Brett Lewis? You can find more about him and his work at his webpage, Natural Born Quilter. He has truly mastered social media for showcasing his work. Facebook is here and Instagram is here. You can see his energy! The webpage has links to podcasts and interviews also. A link to the recording of the Zoom meeting will be sent to members by email shortly.

Brett’s second line of fabric from Northcott Fabrics will be out in September and this Prairie Reflections free pattern is out now. You can find it here. The pattern also includes directions on how to splice pattern match 2 different colourways of a pattern, as in the central square!

Brett’s first line of fabric can be found at the Kingfisher Craft Company, although some fabrics are sold out. They even have kits with hardware for some of the bags Brett showed.

If you want to punch up your English Paper Piecing, look up what Brimfield Awakening has done! Use the slider to see the 2 colourways!

All in all, lots of inspiration! Who wants to use their new Foundation Paper Piecing skills to make some New York Beauty blocks?