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 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.
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
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!
Check out Sandra Croley’s 2020 blog post here for some online quilting inspiration. Sandra is a member of our TQG but doesn’t get to many of our meetings. You may know her from the Vittoria or Hagersville guilds. And as an longarmer.
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”
FOMO stands for the Fear Of Missing Out and there are a lot of new programs and sew alongs starting in January. Check out the ones mentioned at our meeting.
Bonnie Hunter’s yearly mystery quilt started on a Black Friday but it is not too late to start. Lovely blues this year!
Start your temperature quilt on January 1st. Here is a tutorial. Here is another one. You will also find some designs on Instagram by searching #temperaturequilt.
You can find the monthly colours for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Angela’s Super Scrappy blog. 2020 isn’t ready quite yet but check back. It is fun to sew your scraps every month!
Crazy Quilter on a Bike, Elaine Theriault, is running 2 sew alongs. $25 for the online lessons throughout the year. You would also need to purchase the project book. Read about it at the bottom of this blog post.
The Pantone Colour of the year is Classic Blue. Here you can be inspired by the quilts made over the years by Debbie of A Quilter’s Table
Our avid English Paper Piecers might be interested in the Fussy Cutting Sewalong. The shape this year is the house. A different prompt each week. Run on Instagram.
There are only a couple of spots left in our Vice President’s sewing days on February 8th and 9th. Contact Jill or Stephanie ASAP. 2 fun days of sewing at the Port Dover library with lunches for only $40.
If you were inspired by Kaaren Biggs’ presentation on Sun Bonnet Sue, check out this Around the World Sun Bonnet Sue and Sam sew along.
Mary McKenzie, a member of our own Twilight Quilters’ Guild will guide us through her creative process of designing her beautiful fabric wall art. She will start with the inspiration for the artistic piece, then add how she picks the fabric and finally the selection of embellishments and other parts. Mary will bring some of her fabric wall art pieces to show.
Meeting starts at 7pm at Old Windham Church in Simcoe. If the weather is poor, watch for an email about the meeting.
Edited to add! Vicki won this quilt and our guild added over $180 to a special fund for rulers and AccuQuilt dies! Thanks again everyone
Do you remember using Inktense pencils to colour a quilt block at our January meeting? Terry Sonnenberg and her mother completed our blocks and got the quilt ready for Terry Anderson to quilt. Then Janice White completed the binding. It is lovely and a generous 60” x 69”. You have a chance to win this quilt at our December meeting. $2 or 3 for $5. If you can’t be at the meeting, you can etransfer money to Stephanie at email@example.com!
Due the our early November storm and the terrible weather conditions, our November 11th meeting has been cancelled. Very disappointing, but the safety our members, speakers and guests is most important. Take care everyone!!