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 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:   Instagram @petersquilts and @hoverquilting. You can find me on Facebook under Peter Byrne and I invite you to check out my website at

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?

Raw Edges – February Mod BOM

We have 2 blocks to do this month. We will start with “Raw Edges” and release “Curves” in 2 weeks! You can find the PDF here and Sandra’s instructional blog post here! Be sure to print page 2 of the PDF, the circle template, at “full size” or “100%” or “no scaling”. Or skip that step and use household bowls to draw your circles! The measurements are 7” and 8.5”!

Brett Lewis – February 8th, 2021

Please join us at 7pm for a great presentation from Brett Lewis. Brett Lewis is a dad and husband, works full-time, and lives in Edmonton Alberta. Natural Born Quilter is a nickname given to him by his sister early on in his quilting journey. You can find his website here!

Brett has accomplished a lot in his almost 5 years of quilting. He is a teacher, lecturer, pattern designer and certified Sew Kind of Wonderful teacher. He is also a fabric designer for Northcott Fabrics and has recently introduced his second line, Prairie Meadow, which features his favourite plants and animals of the prairie. Brett has been interviewed on several podcasts and CBC radio, and is active on Facebook and Instagram.

Brett’s presentation, Becoming Natural Born Quilter, will surely be entertaining, energetic and inspiring! The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to members on the weekend before our Monday night meeting. Guests are welcome. $5 and details can be found in our FAQs above. And please, send in your Show and Tell photos by Sunday to

Are you Ready for the Retreat?

Our first virtual Midwinter Sew-tist Retreat starts tomorrow! Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 starting at 9 am and going until everyone is too tired to be online! There are early birds and I’m sure there are night owls out there! There are 8 great gift certificate draws spread out over the 2 days, but you must be there at the draw time to win!

Here is the Zoom link, our regular Sit and sew link. We are going to be using breakout rooms for several things. If you have the latest version of the Zoom app, you have more control over the breakout rooms. You can choose which room you want to go into, for example. If you are using a tablet or iPad, hopefully you have it set to automatically update apps. My iPad is using version 5.4.10. If you have a laptop, you can check for updates by hovering over the “” at the very top left corner. Select “Check for Updates” in the drop down menu. My Mac is using version 5.4.9. If you are not using an app and just Zooming through your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) you are updated. And if you don’t understand this, don’t worry. We can put in the breakout room for the Retreat bag and the Foundation Paper Piecing and you can leave on your own when you want.

One last reminder! Have your power cord handy. You won’t be able to play all day on one charge! See you soon!

A Great Time to Join!

Do you have a friend who might like to join our guild? Have you thought about joining our guild? Now is the perfect time! We have a half year rate of $17.50 and that would include 5 meetings and a weekend retreat! There may be a spot or two available at our workshop also. Our retreat at the end of the January is free for all members and includes a Retreat Bag Workshop (15 student limit), a Foundation Paper Piecing Demo and a Mile-a-Minute/Crumb piecing Demo along with some fun activities and lots of prizes!

We have some great speakers lined up for our remaining meetings. Check them out below!

January 30 & 31Midwinter Sew-Tist Retreat 9-we are tired!
February 8Brett Lewis “Becoming Natural Born Quilter”
February 27“Colourways Workshop” with Quilter on FireDetails here!
March 8Peter Byrne “Behind the Seams with Peter Byrne”
April 12Kathy K Wylie “Beauty is All Around”
May 10Bill Stearman “Bill’s Backpack Show”
June 14Year-end Wrap up – Speaker to be announced

We have a record number of members this year and many members have joined our guild because of our Zoom virtual meetings. You don’t have to leave home at night! You don’t have to worry about the weather! You can see the quilts up close! We have had speakers from across Canada, that we would not have been able to have! We get together to sit and sew virtually every Monday afternoon! It’s a great community! You can find instructions to pay your membership fee here!

Sit and Sew on Monday Afternoon!

Did you read your email from Monica? We announced that Sit and sews will be every Monday afternoon, except meeting night. From 1-3 pm. Here is the Zoom link! We have room for everyone so why not try it this week. Great conversations and idea sharing!

Isn’t this Retreat bag lovely? Melanie will be teaching this workshop on Saturday at our Midwinter Sew-tist. She has room for a few more students. Again, details are in the email. Contact Melanie to get on the list!

Photo courtesy of Emmaline Bags!

Jill has lots of activities planned for our retreat weekend on January 30 and 31st. There will be demos on no tear Foundation Paper Piecing and mile a minute/poverty/crumb piecing. Time to bust those scraps! Be inspired by quilters finishing their UFOs! Details will follow in an email to all guild members.

Pixels -January Modern BOM

Here is the PDF for our January BOM! It’s an easy block in that it is just straight seams. But the pieces are pretty tiny! Sandra Croley has some great tips on her blog. It’s not to late to start if you haven’t! Terry just did her first block this week as she didn’t want to start any new projects in 2020! (And she didn’t!) You can find all the blocks under the Mod BOM tab on our header (linked here!)