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 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!

Sarah Yetman – Spooled Rotten Quilts

Vicki, our Vice President and Advertising Co-ordinator, is going to feature one of our advertisers every month. We are starting with Sarah Yetman!

“Hi Everyone I’m Sarah Yetman of Spooled Rotten Quilts. I operate a small longarm business out of my home in Brantford.  I made my first quilt in 2009 when I was on maternity leave with my first child and was hooked. I quickly realized I was getting into this in a big way.  I was drawn especially to free motion quilting and knew I wanted to tackle it. I worked kind of obsessively on my domestic machine to FMQ (free motion quilt). This went on for about 6 years, building my skills. By this point I made a huge decision to follow my passion and take the leap into longarming. With the help of an inheritance I purchased my longarm and left my retail job. Although going into business for yourself can be a challenging, at times scary decision. I am so glad I took that chance. After much thought I decided on purchasing an Innova longarm. This machine, over the years like the domestic before her, has become an extension of me. Today I offer edge 2 edge digitized quilting services as well as custom work. I continue to practice FMQ on my longarm as the learning never stops with this amazing art we all love so much. I work in a small shared space and make the most of every nook and cranny! Most recently I was so honoured to quilt a piece for Sherri Hissey of Border Creek Station that was featured in the yearly quilt calendar for American Patchwork and Quilting. I consider myself so lucky to be able to do what I love everyday and continue to be inspired by the beautiful pieces my clients allow me to quilt for them. ❤”

You can see more of Sarah’s work on her Facebook page, here!

Lana Thomson – October 18th, 2021

Our October meeting is always the Monday after Thanksgiving! Join us on Monday, October 18th at 7pm for our second meeting of the year when a local quilt shop, Quilt Junction, will be featured. We are looking forward to a very large show and tell as well. We will have members projects to show from last year’s ModernBOM, our MiniMod Swap, our Summer QuiltConcert Quilt Along and our Ice Dyeing Workshop as well members finished UFOs!

Quilt Junction is a quaint fabric shop housed in the historic train station of Waterford, ON.  Lana is in her 11th year as owner/operator of the business.  She and her team endeavour to provide inspiring samples, patterns and ideas for their clients.  In pre covid times she and her team offered  workshops ranging from beginner classes to advanced level sew alongs.  “We strive to offer the latest fabric collections, the nifty new notions and the most recent books and patterns on the market.”

Lana’s presentation, My Favourite Things, will feature some of the favourite techniques and tools she likes to use with hand applique and paper piecing.  The presentation will also include a tour of the shop so you’ll see some of the newest collections in stock.  

Please send your show and tell photos before Sunday night at 6pm to Here is our post with the photo instructions!

It is not to late to join our guild. Payment details can be found here and you can print out the program PDF from this link.

Fidget Quilt Update

Here is an update from Monica Thompkins who is coordinating this community sewing project!

“We are meeting at the Port Dover Library on Sunday, September 19th at 9am to sew Fidget quilts. I have put together some supplies, but I ask that you bring the background fabric, enough for a 9 block fidget quilt. I started out with 10 inch blocks and trimmed down to 9-ish inches. My fidget quilt ended up being 27 x 28 inches. It’s a generous size. If you wish to iron on a stabilizer to the background fabric you will not need a batting. The stabilizer and flannel back seems to be enough.  If you do not have stabilizer then a batting is recommended to support the trinkets we are sewing on. 

We still have 3 more spots available for anyone who would like to come (and is double vaccinated)! Janice Youngson, Diane Luke and Nancy Racz have all donated supplies like some flannel backing and trinkets for the fidgets.

In our quest to find out the needs in the community, we were also asked to make some lap/wheelchair quilts for the local long term care homes. We hopefully will be meeting at the library in October to make up some of these lap quilts. I Googled wheelchair quilts and they seem to run about 30-36 x 36-40 inches. You don’t want wheelchair quilts too wide as they can mess up the wheels. Throw quilts can be any size!

If you would like to join us on September 19th, please email We will let you know the October date in a bit. If you have a quilt in your stash that seems about the right size, please consider donating. They seem quick and easy to do. We can do it! Let’s support these homes that do not regularly get donations.  

We are also looking for some patterns for adult bibs!

Thanks everyone! Looking forward to sewing together on September 19th. Monica”

Karen Brown on Monday Night

Our Twilight Quilters’ Guild Program Committee has had Karen Brown of “Just Get It Done Quilts” booked for over a year! It’s almost time now! Monday, September 13 at 7pm! Membership for the year is only $35 or you can buy a guest pass for Karen’s presentation, “Be the Best Quilter you can Be!” for only $10! Please purchase by Sunday 6pm so we can get the Zoom link to you! Details here!

Karen has a great YouTube channel with 267,000 subscribers! Are you one of them?

This screenshot above of her most recent videos shows the diversity of her content types. Great interviews with very interesting quilters, YouTube live sessions on Tips and Tricks, short clips on common topics and useful features for newer and experienced quilters!

This second screenshot shows some of her most popular videos. I love my diagonal masking tape on my square rulers, for trimming HSTs! So fast and accurate when you hit that corner everytime!

“Sew a Jelly Roll Day”!

Moda, the inventor of the jelly roll, has designated Saturday, September 18th as “National Sew A Jelly Roll Day”. Completely self promoting, but wouldn’t it be fun to sew together? We can, through the magic of Zoom! And our Sit and Sew anytime Zoom link!

Maybe you already have a roll of 2.5” strips on hand. Maybe you have another brand of strips. You can cut your own strips or find a jelly roll at our sponsoring quilt shops!

The Fat Quarter Shop has a bunch of free, and quick, jelly roll patterns!

And if you search for “free jelly roll quilt patterns” on either Google or Pinterest, you are bound to find at least one you want to make!

September is the best time to join a quilting guild. $35 for the year for all our meetings and activities! Details on paying your membership fee are here! See you soon!

Norfolk County Fair Quilting Competitions

The competition book is out! It is only online this year, not printed. Click here to see the booklet with only the quilting. Inside you can find directions on the rules and how to enter online. The deadline for entries is September 25th.

Our Twilight Quilters’ Guild is offering a prize for a Quilt, exhibitor’s choice. The Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild prize is for a Quilt, pieced. Kernel Peanuts is offering a prize for a Quilt, pieced, machine quilted. Quilt Junction’s prize is for My First Quilt, and it can be made in the last 5 years! And Terry Anderson of Potter’s Creek Quilting started a new class for an Art Quilt! Plus, there are lots of other classes for other kinds of quilts.

You can find the entire booklet with all the competitions here!

How to Submit Quilt Photos for Show and Tell

It’s so great to see so many members’ projects! 

For each piece of work, please email one overall photo and one or more close-up photos. Photos taken in the landscape orientation (sideways on your phone) and with natural light work best. Please email your photos to The deadline is 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the Monday meeting!

Here are some tips if you would like to take your photos to the next level, say for posting on Instagram and Facebook!

  • You don’t need an expensive camera – any point and shoot will do… you can even do it with your cell phone’s camera if that’s all you have!
  • Good light is important – if you can, take the quilt outside to photograph… however, sunny days will create lots of shadows, so best to do it on a cloudy day
  • If you must do the photography inside, take the photos during the day in a naturally lit room
  • Create a ‘story’ around your quilt
  • Add props… for example, if it’s a baby quilt, place a teddy bear or baby rattle on or nearby
  • If your props include candles, light them… but make sure the wax doesn’t drip on your quilt
  • Use props, but… make the quilt the focal point, not the props
  • Zoom in on some of the detail of the quilt. If you need to get a close-up of the detail of the quilt (a specific block or the machine quilting) … you can use a tripod or place your camera on a solid surface so the ‘shakes’ don’t blur the image
  • Include at least one border in the photograph

Fidget Quilt Sewing Day

Monica is looking for 10 volunteers (who are double vaccinated!) to come to the Port Dover library on Sunday, September 19th for a Charity Sewing Day. We are going to be making Fidget Quilts for local retirement homes and we have been asked to make 25 of them. They will be going to the retirement homes in Simcoe, Waterford, Port Dover and Delhi.

Monica has assembled lots of textured fabrics, ribbons, zippers, fringe, rickrack, strapping, rock fabric and Bosal interfacing to make it poofy. We’ve been asked not to use any plastic, as that may not stand up in an industrial washing machine. There should be enough to make 10 of these nine-patch fidget quilts using her supplies. 

What would be great is if participants could bring 9-10″x10″ pieces of brightly coloured background fabric with a stabilizer on the back. Or one solid piece of about 30″x30″ fabric. Also a piece of batting and backing. It is highly recommended that we use flannel on the back to avoid the quilt slipping off the resident’s laps.  

Monica will also be having another day in October, hopefully to sew lap quilts!

So in short. September 19th, 9am at the Port Dover Public Library for this fun, community-need driven sew day. If you have ribbons or textured fabric, large buttons and zippers, please bring them with background fabric on stabilizer, batting and flannel backing. And your sewing machine and the basic supplies.

If you are interested, please send an email to We will take the first 10 double vaccinated volunteers!