Attention: TQG and NCQG Members

We have the details worked out for our Bill Stearman workshops in May.

Bill will teach his Double Disappearing 9-patch workshop on Tuesday, May 12 and Being Bold with Improv on Wednesday, May 13. He can teach 24 members each day. The fee for the workshops is $50 each day and they will be held at the Vittoria Community Centre. 

We will start taking registrations on Tuesday, February 18 at 6pm by email. You should all have an email from Jan G with the details. This method of signing up is just like the postmark system we used in the days of snail mail. Set an alarm in your calendar app so you won’t forget and miss out!

You can check out Bill’s website/blog here, follow him on Instagram @bill_stearman (note the underscore) and Facebook as Bill Stearman.  

Bill is an excellent speaker and teacher. Retired school principals and special ed teachers make the best quilting teachers. There is an additional $40 kit fee payable to Bill for his hand dyed coordinated fabrics for DD9P. They are all cut to the required sizes for all 3 variations he teaches so we don’t have to spend time selecting and cutting fabrics and have more time to play with the technique. You must buy the fabric kit from him. You can’t use your stash for this one.

Once members have signed up, they need to bring their money to their next guild meeting. 

Bill’s Improv workshops follow the theme of breaking out of the “quilt police” jail some of us might be in! Free yourself with his help!

Bill will be presenting his Backpack Show at our meeting on Monday, May 11, at Old Windham Church, in Simcoe. Guests are welcome.

FOMOs from February, 2020

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 “Everything I Do” February 10th

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.

January FOMO

Did you make a resolution to improve your quilting skills? Well here’s an online QAL that will do just that. You can do it on your own or form a group with friends and do it together.  Check out @letsquiltalong   or lots of other QAL and challenges.

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.   or @unicornhearts

By using the Weather Network historic data it’s still not too late to start a temperature quilt. Here’s another tutorial.

GREEN is the colour for January for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Angela’s Super Scrappy blog.  It is fun to sew your scraps every month! Need some ideas, lots of newly finished quilts at

What did you learn from Mary Mckenzie presentation? Her lovely pieces were aspirational, but according to Mary, totally ‘doable’, especially with some of the tools and books she shared with us. Here is one of her favourite books, Quilted Symphony by Gloria Loughman.

Want to try some curves, here’s a link to a curved ruler at Staples.

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!

Bluprint, formerly Craftsy, is free until January 7

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 for December 2019

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.

And lastly, for those you like a class in person, Quilt Junction has a couple spots left in the Border Creek Mystery Quilt. Call them ASAP!

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.

January 13th, 2020!

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.

Win This Quilt!

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!