Last Night’s Sit and Sew

Did you try to join in but have trouble? While Karen, Jill, and Vicki had a lovely virtual visit, we know one person was not able to connect. Not sure what the problem was/is but we will try to correct it! Please email twilightsimcoe@gmail.com if you couldn’t connect.

Are you interested in daytime sit and sews? A number of members are. Again, please email if you are. What about next Monday, September 28th? 1-3 pm.

Zig Zag – Our September Modern BOM

Are you joining us? Our September block is Zig Zag. We are using a block of the month program that was designed by the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild, back in 2012. They very generously made it available to anyone. And in 2017, the Oakville Quilters’ Guild ran it AND converted all the Knoxville files from photos to PDFs. Thanks so much. That’s why you see their names on the top of the PDF!
Here is the link to that printable PDF!

Our member, Sandra Croley, is leading us with these blocks, during our monthly meetings and with a blog just for this Mod BOM. You can find that blog here. Unsure about fabric selections? Sandra has a blog post about that also, here!

How much fabric do you need? The completed quilt is about 44″ x 58″. You will need about 2 yards of Background fabric, 6 – 10 FQs for the blocks, 1 yard for the sashing, 0.75 yard for the binding and 2.5 yards for the backing.   

To follow everyone’s progress, follow #tqgmodernbom on Instagram. Show us your fabric pulls, ask questions, see what your fellow quilters are doing. Not on Instagram? Now is the time!

Tips for Great Zoom Meetings

We are all getting better at Zoom! People are getting on more easily and are learning how to mute and unmute themselves easily. Chatting is getting easier. Meetings are happening all over and we are able to enjoy the benefits of this whole virtual thing. We can see the quilts really closely and we are in charge of our own volume! No more yelling “I can’t hear you”! or “Use the microphone!”

If you haven’t used Zoom a lot you may want to try a Zoom test meeting. Go to zoom.us/test and start a meeting. It will want you to download the Zoom app, either on your computer or tablet. We are going to be using Zoom for the foreseeable future so now might be the time to download it. But you can also select “join from your browser”, and run it without the app. You don’t need a Zoom account, but it is free and easy. And it will remember your virtual background and always “touch up your appearance” if you select that. When you are in your test meeting, check and see where the mute and un-mute buttons are, where to stop and start video, where to find the Chat section and how to do Reactions. These very important buttons are in different spots depending on which device you are using. So please take a minute to find them and write down where they are. On tablets, you might have to touch the centre of your screen to get them to pop up. Now is a good time to find the icon to switch from gallery view to active speaker.

For a quilting guild meeting , where you want to see the presentation and the quilts, think about using your biggest screen possible. A laptop should allow you to see 25 others, a tablet might be limited to 9. You can do a Zoom meeting on your smart phone, but wouldn’t it be great on your smart TV? You have more controls available on the bigger devices.

If you are having connectivity problems, like your video is blurry or your sound goes in and out, get as close to your modem/router as possible! You won’t be the only one in your laundry room, I can guarantee it! It is also possible to plug your laptop or tablet into the router for an even better connection. You will just need an Ethernet adapter cable. And possibly a virtual background! More on that below!

The Zoom platform is set up for horizontal display, so it is best to tip your tablet sideways, so you can see the full screen view. Laptops are already set for this. You will need to have a full battery or be able to plug in.

What if you feel self conscious and don’t want people seeing your face during the meetings? No problem! You can put in a profile photo, of you or a quilt or anything, and if you don’t turn your video on, people will only see that! Here is a link on how to do it! You will need a Zoom account

You can also set a virtual background, so others don’t see your messy room behind you. You can pick one of the Zoom photos or use one of your own. If you are interested in this, just google “How do I do a Zoom virtual background on my _________ (iPad or whatever you have)? Or check out the Zoom Help Section here.

For Show and Share, please send your photos to twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. Take your photos sideways (landscape) if using your phone or tablet. Try to use natural light. Zoom in for some closeups! And send your photos the largest size possible. Please submit your photos by the Sunday prior to the meeting. Your Zoom Team has lots to do to get ready for each meeting so please give them time to get the slideshow ready. You will be asked to un-mute yourself to speak about your quilt when it comes up.

During the meeting, we will mute everyone. So we don’t hear every cough and dog bark. And so that you can sew along on your machine while the meeting is going, without disturbing anyone! But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you. Simply un-mute to ask your questions. We will have one of our Zoom Team Members monitoring the Chat comments, so if you have a question and you don’t want to interrupt, type it into the Chat box and we will get to it. You can ask the guest speaker questions this way!

This is a lot of words, but every one is important and is here so we can have awesome Zoom meetings! See you on Monday night!

Melissa Marginet, September 14, 2020

Our first Zoom speaker this year is Melissa Marginet and her presentation is “Get your Motor Running !” “Learn how to spark creativity in yourself or in your guild with challenges that will have everyone thinking outside the box. This trunk show has more ideas than you will know what to do with to get everyone not only learning new techniques but building their quilting and creative confidence.” Doesn’t that sound perfect for these strange times?

Check Melissa out at all these places!

Author: Walking Foot Quilting Designs / Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs

Etsy:www.Etsy.com/shop/melissamarginet

Website: www.melissamarginet.ca

Instagram: @melissamarginet

Facebook: Melissa Marginet – Quilter

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/melissamarginet

Our meeting will start at 7pm but the “doors” will open at 6:30 so you can get connected on Zoom and visit with your quilty friends! Watch for your September quild email for the Zoom meeting link. Want to be a guest? E-transfer $5 following the directions in the FAQs above.

Our Modern Block of the Month

We have selected this modern block of the month for our sew along this year. It was designed by the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild in 2012 and has been run at many guilds over the years. Sandra Croley will be leading us on this adventure and she has a started a new blog just for it, and us! Check it out here. At each meeting, we will let you know which block we are making that month. There will be a blog post that night with the links to Sandra’s blog and the PDF directions. We have set up a hashtag on Instagram so that you can follow everyone’s progress!

The completed quilt is about 44″ x 58″. You will need about 2 yards of Background fabric, 6 – 10 FQs for the blocks, 1 yard for the sashing, 0.75 yard for the binding and 2.5 yards for the backing.   

It is Time to Join! We are Starting! We’ve Gone Virtual!

A message from our President, Terry Anderson

2020! The year where everything is different! If life gives you scraps, make quilts!! I am sure every Guild member has heard that message before. It works for us, and what beautiful scrap quilts we make!

What we don’t have right now, and perhaps won’t have for some time, is a safe way for all of us to be together, face to face, in one room. As president, I really miss seeing everyone. So, we will do the next best thing. We are going to have all our upcoming meetings on Zoom.

The Twilight Quilters’ Guild is doing everything in their power to keep the guild going and reach as many members as possible. Think of all the positives as you join us from the comfort of your own home with no night time driving and you don’t have to get dressed below your camera angle!

The programs this year are fabulous! And we have a great Zoom committee ready to help you connect on Zoom! If you’re still not comfortable doing it on your own, what about a Zoom Buddy? With the proper health precautions, two members could be together and attend the meeting either on a shared device or using an extra one. Let us know if this would work for you and we will try and set you up with a buddy if you need one.

Have you tried one of our Zoom sessions? Sometimes, it is tricky to get your device set up with audio and video. In August we are having Zoom Sit and Sew sessions every week. Every time, someone has an Eureka moment! They got on and they saw their Quilty friends!

Stay connected! Join the fun on Zoom meetings and Virtual Sit and Sews. If you can’t do zoom, we are also having a fun Block of the month too. The blocks will be posted on the guild website after each meeting. Be sure to check it out at twilightquiltguild.ca
Let’s keep the gang together!  Terry

Colleen Homme is all set up to take your $35 membership fee by e-transfer or by cheque made out to Twilight Quilters’ Guild. For e-transfer, use the guild financial email address twilightquiltguild@gmail.com. Please make your security question “What is our President’s first name?” And TerryA as the answer. Please include your name. So far, 15 members have paid. If Colleen has your money by 9 pm on Monday, August 31, you will be entered into a draw for a $20 gift certificate at Cherished Pieces.

Click here to see our speakers for the coming year! We have a great variety of Canadians coming to us!

Don’t forget we are having Zoom Sit and Sews every Monday in August. Here is the schedule and the Zoom meeting link. We had 12 members at our session this Monday night.
Monday, August 24, 1 pm – 3 pm
Monday, August 31, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
You were sent a Zoom link for these sit and sews early in August. Email twilightsimcoe@gmail.com if you would like to receive a Zoom meeting invitation.

We hope to see all our old Quilty friends and some new ones, soon!!

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 twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. 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 twilightsimcoe@gmail.com

If you want to test your Zoom connection, you can do it at zoom.us/test

If you want to learn how to connect to Zoom, check out these videos we sent earlier!
https://youtu.be/mbbYqiurgeo and
https://youtu.be/OD2aDKzfZWk

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 twilightsimcoe@gmail.com

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…..no 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 pwdtwo_2@eastlink.ca


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 pwdtwo_2@eastlink.ca Thanks Jan for being the main list keeper!

THANKS EVERYONE AND THANK YOU NORFOLK COUNTY WORKERS!!!!!!