Quilt Recipes Book from Jen Kingwell

Jen Kingwell’s Quilt Recipes book has finally arrived and was worth the wait!

To Jen, food and quilts symbolize comfort. She grew up on a dairy farm and the country was about community support. The delivery of food in a basket was a way to show support along with a gift of a quilt.

In the beautifully photographed book, Jen shares some of her mom’s cherished dessert recipes as well as instructions for several single repeat block quilts. Her choices of fabric colour and pattern are inspirational!

If you would like to borrow the book, please send an email to our librarian Karen J at TwilightSimcoeLibrary@gmail.com

If you’d like your own copy, Quilt Junction in Waterford tries to keep it in stock! And Lana has templates for some of the blocks and the foundation papers for the cover quilt also!

All Star Sampler on March 19 & 20

Our guild has purchased the Global Quilt Connection “All Star Sampler” again! Every member of the guild will receive a Zoom link for these 2 days of presentations. You can find a PDF with the details here! 9 world class teachers each day presenting their specialties. Several of our members have gone on to take workshops from these instructors and they are a great source for monthly meetings. You’ll be guaranteed to learn something!


You can watch the presentations in real time, or you can start and then hit the pause button and come back later. A recording of the presentations will be available shortly after they finish each day, and you have 24 hours to watch that. In the video, you are able to fast forward and you can increase the speed (look for the little gear icon!)

The Zoom link will be emailed out to all members and they also send out a long PDF with information from each presenter. So watch your email!

Tamara Kate on Colour!

Tamara Serrao will be talking about colour at the TQG meeting on Monday, March 14. Tamara’s For the Love of Colour trunk show will have all members thinking about colours in new and different ways.

Tamara’s joyous use of colour, her fabric designs and quilt patterns have inspired many quilters.

Tamara has been sharing her love of designing fresh, modern quilts and other needle arts with students across North America for a number of years. She equally enjoys teaching techniques and inspiring others to embrace their unique voice in creating contemporary textiles true to their personal vision.

You can learn more about Tamara and her fabric designs and quilt patterns on her Instagram page and her website Kayajoy Designs.

A New Library Book!

“Just arrived for our library!  “99 Machine-Quilting Designs” by Christa Watson. This is a beautifully illustrated instructional book with ideas and options for walking-foot and free-motion quilting. Each page is dedicated to a design. 

Since our guest speaker for February is Cheryl Arkison, I’m featuring her book “Sunday Morning Quilts” where she and co-author, Amanda Jean Nyberg, feature 16 Modern Scrap projects. They cover subjects such as sorting scraps, design, how it’s made and colour. 

Email me if you have any questions regarding borrowing books from the library at twilightsimcoelibrary@gmail.com

Happy sewing, Karen” 

Note: The newest Jen Kingwell book, “Quilt Recipes”, is still on order. Global shortage of paper! When you see a post that Quilt Junction has copies, you will know Karen will pop over ASAP! There is a waiting list for this book so contact Karen if you are interested in it.

If you’d like to find out what books are in our library or you would like to check out a book, you can find the details here!

Links from Our VP Retreat!

We had 35-ish members at both days of our recent retreat. Over 40 members stopped by for a very little or most of both days! Lots of great quilting inspiration! Below are links to some of the quilts we were working on, or things we talked about. In case you couldn’t be there or you aren’t a member of our guild (yet)!

If you aren’t sure what we do at a “Sit and Sew” on Zoom, we just sit at home, and sew and chat and ask our fellow members any questions we have about our projects. Is this colour too dark? How would I do this technique? We were all very happy on the weekend that we didn’t have to brave the frigid temperatures to sew with friends. We do “Sit and Sew” every Monday afternoon from 1-3, using the same Zoom link. And if you have another time that works better for you, just ask and we can set that up!

Jill – Quartered Stripes Quilt

Jan G and Stephanie (and originally Janice) – Modern Squares Quilt

Monica – Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month with Amy Gibson. 12” blocks

Sandra – Chapman Coverlet and Simple Folk by Sarah Fielke

Anita – Folded Corner Clipper

Jean – Jordan Fabrics Free Patterns and Tutorials

Suzanna, Jill and Stephanie – Postcard from Sweden QAL

Kathi – Featherweight Machines at Heirloom Treasures

Nancy – Turning Twenty Quilt for Indwell

Karen Z’s Triangle Peaks Baby Quilt

Stephanie, Patti and Anita – Sta-Flo Concentrated starch Can use at 1:1 or different ratios. In the laundry aisle of US grocery stores but also available on Amazon.ca ( at a much higher price)

Stephanie – Using a mist bottle for your spray starch. Be sure to get one with the air vent on the bottom! Available at quilt shops or repurpose a Mr Clean Clean Freak spray bottle

Monica, Jean and Carol – Jack Reacher on Amazon Prime coming on February 4th

Books mentioned 

Jack Reacher series by Lee Child

Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy

Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith  ( alias JK Rowling)

Peter Ash series by Nick Petrie

Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley

Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osmond

Ross Pennie books – husband of Ancaster MQG quilter Lorna P, set in Hamilton and local areas

Shannon Fraser on her 100-Day Project

Looking for ways to develop your quilty creative practice? Shannon Fraser will share how taking on a 100-day project can help you do just that. On Monday, January 10, Shannon will share her first 100-day project experience with members of Twilight Quilters’ Guild. The Zoom doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Shannon’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

She will tell us how she picked her topic, how she kept it manageable, the challenges she faced, the quilt she created through the journey and what she learned from sticking with this creative challenge. Shannon will also share tips on how you can successfully navigate this challenge to reap the most of out it and build a lasting creative practice.

Modern quilting is Shannon’s preference, but she also loves learning from traditional techniques and putting her own spin on them. She loves sharing those creations and has discovered designing quilt patterns is her jam! Math and all! Shannon is also a total homebody who loves working from her home studio in Montreal.

After teaching herself to sew a few years ago, she stumbled upon quilting and it was like finding her creative home – and has been hooked ever since!

Shannon is still learning and exploring the craft and creativity of quilting but is happy to share her knowledge, as well as trials and tribulations so we can learn from her mistakes and happy discoveries.

We can see what Shannon is up to over on her Instagram page. When you explore Shannon’s website, you can expect to see modern quilt projects, tutorials to help make quilting easier for you and resources so you don’t have to hunt them down or spend hours searching for the perfect tools – Shannon has done the work for you!

If you aren’t a member yet, follow this link to learn how you can join us to hear Shannon’s presentation.

Scrap Sewciety BOM

Starting in January, Twilight is running a 6-month Scrappy Sew Along designed by Sandy Lindal of Scrappy Gal Quilt Company. Karen Zanstra is going to be explaining the blocks and showing photos every month at the meetings. Every member will get an email right after the meeting with the instructions for the month. Many of our members have picked out their colour schemes but in case you aren’t sure, here’s what Karen, Jill and Stephanie are using. They will be working one month ahead!

From Karen: “My choice was based on what I have the most of in my trays. After many Jen Kingwell projects I have a great selection of brights and white/grey neutrals so that’s what I will be working with. My trays (as shown in the pictures) hold fat quarters and anything smaller than that. My plan is to work through all this before going to the shelves and use my yardage stash. Hope I can stick to this plan and see a dent in my smaller cuts. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has selected!”

Jill’s Neutrals!

From Jill” “I have chosen to do a neutral quilt…greys and whites. Picking colours for each block is always a struggle for me so I’m hoping this will simplify things and the results will be ‘quiet’ and not boring.  In addition to actual scraps from my scrap basket,  I have an assortment of low volume FQs and some leftover yardage. The directions give instructions for making sets of blocks which will work well with my larger pieces. Don’t worry if you plan on only using scraps,  there are instructions for that as well!”

Stephanie’s Browns!

From Stephanie: “I was planning on making a brown queen sized quilt and when this BOM came up, I decided to combine the 2 projects. I will be making more blocks each month, for the larger size and I may upsize the assignments. When we need 3.5″ unfinished blocks, I may make 6.5″ UF instead. Or some of both! The final layout is flexible and it is your quilt, so make it your own!”

Stephanie’s Little Girl Brights!

Also from Stephanie: “I’ve had this 40 fabric Fat Quarter bundle for quite a few years. I’m going to do a second top using it! Call me crazy! This will have a completely different look than the browns. And hopefully, it will give everyone a different visual preview of the blocks each month!

Karen will be happy to answer your fabric questions by email or at the December and January meetings.


Christa Watson in December!

Twilight Quilters’ Guild is excited to bring Christa Watson to members via Zoom on December 13, 2022. Not a member yet? You can solve that by joining online to see Christa and many more fantastic speakers and events!

Most quilters understand how important it is to practice machine-quilting designs on small fabric samples, but they often have trouble applying those designs to an actual quilt.

In this informative lecture, Christa will share her secrets for domestic machine-quilting success: adequate basting, choosing the right thread colours, thinking about how to divide and conquer each task, and learning how to create rich texture with little to no marking of the quilt.

Christa will also discuss the importance of making a quilting plan, so you can figure out the best path around the quilt with the fewest stops and starts. Once you see how easy and carefree her methods can be, you’ll feel empowered to quilt your own quilts!

You can learn more about Christa, her talents and offerings via Instagram at @christaquilts on her website Christaquilts.com or by joining her Christa Quilts Facebook Group!

Sylvia Schaefer – Flying Parrot Quilts – November 8, 2021

Sylvia Schaefer has been quilting since 2007. Her quilts have a very modern vibe and she is the author of “The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook”. Her Presentation is “Quilts from Science”. Sylvia earned a PhD in marine science before moving into quilting full-time. Inspiration is everywhere and Sylvia draws on her background in science to come up with science-inspired quilt designs, ranging from the purely visual like chemistry glassware on the lab shelves to actual scientific ideas like ocean circulation or the colours of light emitted by stars. She studied marine science, so there will plenty of oceanography-inspired quilts, plus astronomy, chemistry, biology, and more. And we will hear about her parrots!

You can find out more about Sylvia on her website, Flying Parrot Quilts and on Instagram and Facebook.

Sylvia does not allow guest passes to her lectures, so if you are interested, you can still buy a guild membership. It is only $35 for the remaining 8 meetings plus our retreats, and BOMs. Details can be found here!

Please don’t leave your Show and Tell photos until the last day, Sunday, November 7th. We had 40+ last month and members really do like to see what you have been sewing! You can see them all after the meeting on our Twilight Facebook page! So please send them along to twilightsimcoe@gmail.com any time now!  

Virtual Learning


In March, 2020, as the pandemic started to unfold, some businesses and organizations embraced social media and Zoom and never missed a meeting! Locally, that was the Royal City Quilters’ Guild in Guelph. Designers scrambled to get cameras and microphones and convert their trunk shows into virtual presentations. Designers, stores and guilds started running quilt alongs and mystery quilts through email (most people were comfortable with this), and Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. It was a great way to connect with people when we weren’t leaving home!

And in 18 months, learning opportunities in quilting have exploded. At our October meeting, Stephanie did a presentation on the evolution of virtual learning. You can see it here, with links to many of the things mentioned.

Screenshot from the Presentaton!

Our members did vote to provide the Scrap Sewciety BOM free to all our members, another perk of membership! You can find some information at here at Scrappy Gal Quilt Co! More information will be emailed out next month! Karen Z will be giving us monthly guidance and we will have a few colourways to show you!

It’s still a great time to join the guild! Details here!