Fabric Swap at June 13 Closing

For our year-end meeting, TQG will be meeting in person (as long as the current COVID situation doesn’t get worse) at the Port Dover Community Centre. One of our activities will be a swap of 5” squares suitable for I-Spy and memory quilts. In this case, we use the term memory quilt to describe a quilt that prompts memories and conversation, not a quilt made to remember a person’s life.

In either swap, the idea is that you needn’t purchase multiple fabrics to get a good variety. You can buy a few, cut them to meet the swap guidelines and by swapping your repeats, you end up with a much wider choice of feature fabrics.

Members who want to participate should cut or fussy cut 5” squares of the fabrics they have and bring duplicates that they want to swap to our get-together on June 13. To help everyone get a good assortment, keep all blocks with the same images together. We’ll be swapping the fabrics one-for-one.

Choosing Suitable Fabrics

Many I-Spy quilts feature fabrics with small repeating images that appeal to children. The memory quilts we are planning are a bit different in that the feature fabrics are usually pictorial, appealing to adults, and fill a larger space. Of course, many fabrics work in either type of quilt.

This excerpt from the Nova Scotia Alzheimer Society’s website refers to a combination quilt with fidget, touch and memory-stimulating blocks. You can read the full article by Cindy Dobbelsteyn on the Nova Scotia Alzheimer Society’s website. https://alzheimer.ca/ns/en/whats-happening/news/1000-fidget-quilts-labour-love.

“While nine of the 20 squares of each lap quilt share common aspects such as pockets, zippers, Velcro, “blue fuzzies,” and a heart-themed fabric square with “Somebody Cares” labelled on it, each quilt is individualized by careful selection of colourfully patterned fabrics and additional attachments. Cathy and Beth put loving consideration of the recipient’s likes, former occupation and pastimes into the quilt’s design. For example, the inclusion of fabrics depicting various pets for a retired veterinarian or animal lover. Beyond occupations, additional themes include nature, travel, music, dogs, cats and sports, all which can bring back memories and provide topics for conversation. All the quilts contain a key in one pocket, which the recipients often delight in discovering.”

How to Use Your New blocks

So, what will we do with these new-to-us blocks? This tutorial by MarlenaT on Instructables provides a lot of great information about I-Spy quilts and activities to do with them (scroll to Step 13). https://www.instructables.com/Injeaneous-I-Spy-Quilt/

This disappearing nine-patch tutorial from Caroline Sanchez on her blog Obsessively Stitching gives a resulting quilt with borders and cornerstones. http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2010/05/disappearing-nine.html

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter has a couple of options you might want to consider. https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/two-i-spy-quilts

Robert Kaufman offers an economy block I-Spy pattern found through I Love Quilting Forever. https://ilovequiltingforever.com/free-quilt-pattern-i-spy-economy-block/

In addition to the excerpt above about quilts for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the Manitoba Alzheimer Society has a PDF with more information about “touch” quilts. https://www.alzheimer.mb.ca/touchquiltproject/

Indwell – Dogwood Suites in Simcoe – What They’re Doing and How We’re Helping

Indwell started in the mid-seventies with one family, opening one bedroom, to someone coming out of hospital, who would otherwise have been homeless. Since then, it has grown to provide affordable housing and support to individuals in Hamilton, Woodstock, London, and Simcoe (Hambleton Hall). New buildings are coming in St Thomas, Chatham, Kitchener and Mississauga, and right here in Simcoe on Norfolk Street.

Indwell’s Dogwood Suites is brand new, with 51 apartments, built on the site of the Norfolk Inn in downtown Simcoe. Opening is expected in mid-May 2022. Staff will be on site during the day, providing support for mental health, addiction, and housing. A nurse will be available part time. 

They will have some programming to help build community among the tenants, so they get to know their neighbours and feel a part of the community. Weekly coffee time, hot lunch once a month and other things like book club or walking club will be offered depending on what the tenants would like to see happen.  

People grow in their wellness by having affordable, secure housing. They are able to look after all areas of their life when they know their housing is secure and they can afford to buy food and provide for their other needs. Residents have the chance to change their lives. That bodes well for them, their families and our community!

Quilts for the Residents!

Nothing will make the residents more welcome than a quilt of their own. We’ve been asked by Indwell to make twin or double size quilts to warm the hearts of people trying to change their lives for the better. Nothing is better than the hug of a quilt!

So, it’s time to get out that stash and create…or check your quilt closet and see if there is one you’re willing to share. Please call Diane Luke or email twilightsimcoe@gmail.com to arrange pickup. The plan was to get as many quilts as possible by April 1, prior to the opening. Residents will start registering in April and they get to select their own quilt But if you haven’t started…don’t worry…we’ll continue to take quilts after that date. Quilts will be labeled as a donation from the Twilight Quilters’ of Norfolk County.

Barn Quilt

And…check out the building design photo above. The architect added a barn quilt she designed, reflecting the dogwood of the Norfolk County insignia. Indwell asked if we could make a replica of that design for the entrance hall. Absolutely! Nancy Racz and Diane Luke put together the quilt top, with design help from Jane Ryder. Currently Sarah Yetman is doing the long arming…check out her progress on Facebook or Instagram – Spooled Rotten Quilts. Ida Misner will be attaching the binding and hanging sleeve.

We are so excited to see this project come to fruition. The new construction, with caring staff, helping people change their lives is such a massive 180 degree change from the building that existed three years ago.  This is a huge improvement for the community, and the downtown but most importantly, for those people who want to improve their lives and health, and just needed some help and a safe space. A big win/win! 😊 Check out Indwell at indwell.ca

Quilter on Fire April 11th

Brandy Maslowski will be the speaker at our April 11 meeting. Brandy will present her lecture, A Quilter’s Journey. She’ll share her journey through a challenging career as a female firefighter to following her passion as a fibre artist. It has been a journey that has forced her to grow in ways she could never have imagined. In her comforting and creative studio, she has discovered her true passion.

Brandy has recently expanded her quilting business and her website homepage now has “More Joy, Less Overwhelm” in huge letters. You can find out more about Brandy on her website, Instagram and Facebook.

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.