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 twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. 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 twilightsimcoe@gmail.com. We will take the first 10 double vaccinated volunteers!

Karen Brown – September 13

Please join us on Monday, September 13 at 7 p.m. when we kick off our Zoom year with Karen Brown!

Nearly 15 years ago Karen began to quilt to escape from work stress. Beginning with minor knowledge of quilting, it wasn’t until Karen joined a stitch’n’chat group with her cousin that she gained the confidence to finish her first sampler quilt. With the quilt top completed, she wanted to utilize all the scraps and orphan blocks, thus creating her first AFTERQUILT improv project.

Karen realized her tastes were more modern, so she joined the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild. She has participated in two Quiltcons, making numerous friends along the way. She also began making more complicated quilts; gaining new skills with each project.

In 2018, Karen volunteered to make a video for a guild block lotto challenge. Even though she didn’t know how to film and edit, she was committed to the process and teaching herself filmmaking. These videos lead to her YouTube channel, Just Get it Done Quilts.

Just Get it Done Quilts became a way for Karen to help quilters decipher all the rules and mix messages they receive. Karen’s videos examine various quilting problems and then suggest solutions. She also aids viewers in understanding colour theory.

In this rapidly changing world, Karen wants to help fellow quilters find the calm in their hobby, recharge and empower them to be the best they can be.

Karen is all over Social Media and you can find her on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and her own website!

You can find a PDF of all our upcoming programs here! Our annual membership is only $35! A guest pass for this meeting is $10. You can find details on how to send your etransfer here!

Our 2021-2022 Program Lineup!

September 13, 2021 Karen Brown – Just Get It Done Quilts 
“Be the Best Quilter You Can Be”
October 2,3, 2021Global Quilt Connection All Star Virtual Sampler Platter
October 18, 2021Lana Thomson – Quilt Junction
“My Favourite Things”
November 8, 2021Sylvia Schaefer – Flying Parrot Quilts 
“Science Quilts”
November 13, 2021Seasonal Workshop, taught by members
December 13, 2021Christa Watson – Christa Quilts
“How Do I Quilt That?”
January 10, 2022Shannon Fraser – Shannon Fraser Designs    
“Finding Your Creative Practice Through the 100-Day Project”
January 29, 30, 2022Vice President’s Weekend
February 14, 2022Cheryl Arkison – CherylArkison
“Scraps vs. Scrappy”
March 14, 2022Tamara Serra –Tamara Kate
“For the Love of Colour”
April 11, 2022Brandy Maslowski – Quilter on Fire     
“A Quilter’s Journey”
April 29, 30, May 1, 2022Camp Trillium Retreat
May 9, 2022Candy Grisham – ICandyFiberArt 
“Reimagined Dresdens ”
May 16, 2022Dresden Plate Workshop
June 13, 2022In Person Party 

Click here for a Program PDF you can print!

As we enter another year, where it is still important to be safe and protected from COVID-19, the program for our Twilight Quilters’ Guild will remain in a virtual format. We have made every effort to bring you the best program we can in the comfort of your own home. We have been able to contract speakers from as far away as Missouri and as close to home as Waterford. Each speaker will bring their unique ideas, the use of colour and interesting themes to explore for that special project. We encourage you to join us via Zoom and invite friends you know who quilt to join the Guild to get the best experience possible.

We are thrilled to host Western Canada Quilters Cheryl Arkison and Brandy Maslowki, Shannon Fraser and Tamara Kate from Montreal and Candy Grisham, Sylvia Schaefer and Christa Watson from the USA. Candy will also be running a workshop for us in late May, showing us how to make a reimagined Dresden plate pattern. And we will kick it all off with Ontario’s Karen Brown!

In the program PDF we have provided you with a link to each speaker so you can learn about them before they present. This will give you a taste of what’s to come and whet your appetite. Share this with other quilters to tease them with our program and encourage them to join us.

We have enjoyed putting this program together, bringing you high quality quilt masters with their unique spin on the craft. We look forward to having you join us each month to enjoy this exciting program.

Our membership fee for the year is $35 and our guest fees will generally be $10/meeting. We have several workshops planned and more will probably pop up! We are booked for a Vice President’s weekend at the end of January and a weekend retreat at Camp Trillium the last weekend in April. So, if you see a couple speakers you’d like to see and you’d like to take a workshop or 2, your yearly membership is paid by guest fees.

You can find the instructions for paying your fees here!😢

How to send us money!

When you are ready to join the Twilight Quilters’ Guild or if you want to buy a guest pass for a meeting, it is easy to do it with an etransfer! These instructions can always be found under the “Fees” tab at the top.

To pay your membership, guest or workshop fee, please do the following:
1. Send an etransfer through your online banking to Twilight Quilt Guild or twilightquiltguild@gmail.com
2. Tell us your name, email address and telephone number. We need to be able to send you follow up information 
3. Please tell us if your payment is for membership, guest fees or a workshop, specifying the meeting or the workshop you are interested in

If your online banking does not give you the option to give us the information above, please send an email to twilightquiltguild@gmail.com with that information.

If you can’t do an e-transfer, please send an email to twilightquiltguild@gmail.com for cheque mailing instructions. 

Our membership fees are $35 for our year, September to August. Guest fees are generally $10/meeting.

Ice Dyeing Workshop – Monday, August 9

Summer is the perfect time to learn how to ice dye cotton fabrics with Procion MX dyes. The melting ice cubes give you amazing colour effects, with no effort other than sprinkling! 

This workshop will be held on outside on Monday, August 9 at Karen Johnstone’s home between Simcoe and Vittoria. Stephanie Sinden will be teaching us the basics of dyeing cotton with these dyes. She will supply the dyes and the fixer. You will supply your fabrics, a container and your ice! Stephanie has worked out a method that just uses household items but will allow you to take your dyeing setup, with the melting ice cubes, home safely!

The workshop will be from 6:30-8:30 pm and the $20 materials fee and is payable that night. Karen has space for 10-12 members.  

Below on the left is the dyeing setup. You’ll have to look closely to see the melting ice cubes! The right is the washed quilt backing. Can you see the diagonal seam?

This technique works well for both large and small pieces of fabric. It works really well for a whole quilt backing, especially if you seam the piece ahead of time. But you can also use yardage, fat quarters or other items like napkins and t-shirts. You can use 100% cotton or other cellulose fibres like rayon or linen. White fabrics are best but it can be any light colour. Flannel dyes well for backings. It does NOT have to be Prepared for Dyeing (PFD) fabric. You need to wash any item(s) you wish to dye in hot soapy water before dyeing. 

If you are interested, please send an email to twilightsimcoe@gmail.com ASAP. If you have any questions, also email. 

A detailed workshop supply list will be sent once you register. But the basics are above!

Partial Seams and the Dreaded Y-Seams

This information was shared by Diane Crothers as part of the Lightbulb Night program in October 2018.

The Learn How to Quilt website has a very good video about sewing partial seams.

For sewing Y-seams, The Fat Quarter Shop has an excellent video by Edyta Sitar. Edyta doesn’t even mark her stopping points, but you can. Using your quilting ruler mark the 1/4” intersections as you see in the image below.

Featured Library Books

Hello, it’s Karen, your librarian. I hope everyone is finding time for quilting this summer.  The library is available to anyone who would like to pick up a few books. I have a box at the end of my driveway for easy pickup and drop off.


Several of the books featured below were written by quilters who spoke to us in the last few years, either at Twilight or at the day guild, the NCQG. Or are coming up! And others are always inspiring! Our library a great resource!

WALKING FOOT DESIGNS and EDGE TO EDGE QUILTING DESIGNS, written by Melissa Marginet. She kicked off our September Zoom meeting last year and recently taught a workshop for the day guild.

MODERN QUILTING by Jacquie Gering is a great resource for improvisational quilts and you may remember she held several great workshops for us a few years back. She is going to be the September speaker for NCQG and there may be a spot left in her Walking Foot Workshop.

ADDING LAYERS by Kathy Doughty is a great experimentation book on textiles, tools and techniques.  If you love colour you will enjoy this book.

Tula Pink’s books, QUILTS FROM THE HOUSE OF TULA PINK and 100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS are sure to inspire.

HERITAGE QUILTS by Kaffe Fassett is a fabulous book with his take on glorious quilts from past. His book has 20 quilt pattern .

SUNDAY MORNING QUILTS: 16 Modern Scrap Projects by Cheryl Arikson shows us how to use every last bit of our treasured fabrics.

Lastly, for anyone thinking about getting started on Christmas projects, there is SIMPLY MODERN CHRISTMAS by Cindy Lamon. 


A detailed post on how to check out books, as well as the Library Thing list and a PDF of our library books can be found here! If you’d like to borrow a book(s) email your request to twilightsimcoelibrary@gmail.com If you have a suggestion for a book you’d like to have in the library, email and I’ll add it to our list to be discussed at a future executive meeting. We have an increased budget for books this year ! 


Enjoy the rest of the summer! Karen 

How to Fix Bleeding in a Finished Quilt

This information was shared by Vicki Harris as part of the Lightbulb Night program in October 2018.

The key to removing unwanted colour from your quilt is to use lots of hot water, a dish detergent and long 12-hour soaks. Your bathtub is the perfect place! You want all the excess dye molecules to float into the water. Repeat the process until the rinse water is completely clear.

Vicki Welsh’s “Test Subject” Quilt

Vicki at Colorways by Vicki Welsh has been dyeing fabrics for more than 20 years and sells them on her website. She knows what she is talking about when it comes to fabrics bleeding. You can see her test results and download her recommendations on her website.

Pool Noodle Spray Quilt Sandwiching

This information was shared by Stephanie Sinden as part of the Lightbulb Night program in October 2018.

If you Google “pool noodle quilt sandwich” you will find many links.

Screenshot from Melanie Ham’s YouTube Tutorial

Melanie Ham uses 1”x 2” boards from the lumber yard. I have a set of those in my garage that I use for wider quilts. You can use masking tape to attach the fabric to the wood or just start off carefully. Melanie demos her technique with safety pins in this YouTube video.

There is a video on Kenneth Hamburg’s YouTube channel, though the woman on the video is not Kenneth, we can’t find her name. Since she is from the UK, she uses the terms wadding for the batting and topper for the top. The video demo of pool noodle basting is nice and short.

Sharon of Serendipity in Quilting & Other Things has a photo tutorial that explains the rolling a little better on her blog.

This is my technique:

With your backing wrong side up on your flat surface, you will roll your backing onto the noodle, pinning with small-headed pins, so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside. It doesn’t matter how you roll the batting. Roll the top so that the wrong side is on the outside. Start pinning in the centre and then smooth it out so it is taut and even as you go outwards. You should only need to pin the fabric to the noodle once at the very beginning. Be sure to roll the fabric onto the roll perfectly straight. If it angles, it can cause problems.

Place your backing on your table so that the fabric rolls smoothly off of the noodle. You want the backing to be flat on the table. You don’t want a “waterfall” like you use for toilet paper.

Unroll about a foot, smooth it out and spray lightly with your basting spray. I use 505 Spray and it is widely available. Now place the batting noodle at the top of the backing. Centre it and roll it out, smoothing out any wrinkles. Basting spray is repositionable so you can lift it up and try again, even several times. you can even reroll it back onto the noodle. Some quilters like to use a quilting ruler to smooth things out. I mostly just use my hands.

At this point, you might want to unroll a few feet of both without spraying just to see that you have rolled everything straightly. And you can decide whether to baste the whole length of the batting onto the backing or start the top now. There are advantages to both.

If you complete the batting first, you could then roll both layers onto the noodle and repeat the step above, or you can leave your two layers flat on your table, hanging over the side.

If you are trying to match up a seam line on the backing with seams on the top, then work with all three layers at a time. Unroll the bottom one about a foot, spray and roll the batting out over that area, spray it and then roll down the top. You can mark the top of the batting if you need exact matching.

You can’t see where the spray is but if you try to roll the noodle back up, it will stick where the spray is.

If you can’t find pool noodles in the winter, you can also look for foam pipe insulation at the building stores. If you can only find one or two, you can still make it work. It really is pretty easy. Try it using a crib quilt; the first few times, I had to rewatch the video, but now I can do without looking!