April Links

Here are some links from our meeting on Monday.

Our speaker next meeting is Bethany Garner from Kingston. Come and see some art quilts and learn about dyeing your own fabric.
The next Joy of Stitching is Monday, May 6 at Joy’s Bakery in Simcoe. For those who have never come before, it is a get-together to do some hand stitching (fabric or yarn) for a couple hours ,with coffee or tea and some treats, for $5. Starts at 6:30. It is a great way to get to know other members.

Inspired by Julie Bosgoed’s and Terry Anderson’s Anthologie Quilts, a modern/traditional sampler quilt full of patchwork and piecing techniques with a little boho flair, go to the Anthology quilt-along for the free pattern.

Jill sent the page/pattern that she and Julie and Karen used to make their Foundation Paper Pieced house blocks. It is attached as a PDF. Be sure to print it at 100% and check the measurements because they learned that even when printed at full size, different printers can give different results.

How to sew Drunkard’s Path blocks without pins! Ebony sews with the “L” on the bottom. Watch here

I have attached the listing of all the AccuQuilt Dies at the Norfolk County Public Library and the cutting guide for them.. And the “Simple HST Quilt Tutorial” that will walk you through everything you need to know to use the Go Big Electric cutter in the MakerSpace. If you are interested in making a quilt for Marguerite to take to Mexico next winter, why not try it. You can use any fabrics you have on hand. Civil War fabrics will make a serviceable quilt. It doesn’t have to be baby material.

See you in May! Have fun quilting!



January Links

Here is  a complete write up of the instructions for using our InkTense Pencils and our Indigo and Procion MX Dyeing. With step by step directions for using the Procion MX dyes.

Joy of Quilting will be on Monday, February 4 at Joy’s Bakery in Simcoe. Let Monica know if you are interested.

Our Vice President’s Retreat will be on Saturday February 9 and Sunday, February 10 at the Port Dover Library. 9:30-4ish. $20 each day includes lunch. Contact Terry Anderson for more information.

Our next meeting will be Monday, February 11. Michelle Dunn from Kallisti Quilts will be telling us about her South African and Japanese fabrics and her Sashiko kits. You can read more here. Bring some cash or your cards in case you want to buy some fabric, patterns or her kits.

Our Beth Garner dyeing workshops are on Tuesday May 14 and Wednesday May 15 at the Vittoria Community Centre. Non-member can now sign up. $55 each day and $15 supplies each day. Flat Dyeing to Quilt and Gelli Printing are the topics.

Our Camp Trillium Retreat is Friday, November 1 to Sunday November 3. $200 includes all your meals and 2 nights accommodation in the cabins. We have 25 people signed up already. We will start taking your $100 deposits at the March meeting.

Mary’s joining binding tutorial is here. It covers the whole binding process so scroll through most of it to see the joining part.

Here is a 4 minute video that shows another easy method. You use the end snip from your binding to cut your overlap.And a simple diagonal fold makes a really easy join.

Patti showed her quilt with custom cut name letters on the back. Patti used her Cricut Explore Air 2 cutter. Here is a little video that describes the process. There are lots of alphabets and object files to chose from. All of the MakerSpaces at the Norfolk library have Cricuts, but maybe not the same model. They are used more for scrapbooking and cutting paper.

December Links

What a great meeting on Monday night. Brett Schuyler subbed in for his wife, Carrie Woolley, who stayed home looking after their 2 week old son. Brett spoke about being shepherds to 600 ewes who produce over 1000 lambs each year. We can see the sheep grazing in the fields and orchards north east of Simcoe. Brett kept everyone’s interest for an hour and I know people had more questions for him. You can follow Carrie on Instagram @carriewoolley1 and the lamb website is here.

For the overall Schuyler Farm operation, click here.

Heather, thanks for the organizing the treats last night. I was happy not to bring anything else with me to the meeting!

And thanks to Jan G, Jill, Karen and Julie for their demos last night and help getting the wool ready. Did you see how cool Jan’s embellisher was? Did you take some fleece home to try something?

If you Google any of the felted items you are interested in, many links will pop up. Our modus operandi was to read 3-6 tutorials and then give it a try. And then tweak it.

For wet-felted items, you need all 3 of these things:

  1. a change in water temperature (Jill’s ice cube bucket and hot water bucket for dryer balls)
  2. agitation (rubbing with your hands or bubble wrap or a washboard) and
  3. detergent. Dish detergent is really the best for raw wool fleece to dissolve the lanolin (a grease). You don’t need to buy fancy wool washes.

For needle felting, you can find the Clover Felting tool at Len’s, down the aisle with the sewing notions, on the other side at the end. It is $22. Individual needles are a little harder to track down.


The Woodstock Fleece Festival is Saturday, October 19th 2019. Mark your calendars. You can get fibre at The Fibre Garden in Jordan. You can buy dyed roving from Sheepspot in London. She sells fleeces also.

To make a large sheet of felt, watch this video

In response to the question about buying mill carded wool for quilt batting or duvets, I did find an Ontario farm that can supply it. Circle R  Lamb north of Kitchener. It would be wool from Ontario sheep but the processing mill is Zeilingers in Frankenmuth, Michigan. A queen sized batt would be $160 here. So you might want to wait until Carrie’s shearing next spring and buy a fleece or 2 from her! Especially after watching the video above. Carrie and Brett’s sheep are free from straw bits as they are outside on grass all year round. A definite plus!

Hopefully everyone will be able to see the “Red Cross Quilts of the Great War” exhibit at the Waterford Heritage and Cultural Museum. Details are here. It is on until February 15th and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10-4:30 and Sunday 1-4.

Vice President’s Days are Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th. Signups will be at the January meeting. Terry is working on some great ideas.

Mark Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 1-3 on your calendar for our first Quilting Retreat at Camp Trillium. Details and pricing will be ready for the January meeting.

Do you think you want to do the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2019? It was a lot of fun this past year. Each month a colour is posted and you can make whatever blocks you want each month. You can find links to previous ones on So Scrappy’s blog. She is even looking for people to design blocks for her.

A monthly tracking sheet is attached to this email. You can look up the colour at the beginning of each month or you can wait until the meeting to find out. Either way you have a month for each colour.

Our next meeting on Monday, January 14 is about adding colour to your fabrics yourself. We will have an indigo vat going, will demonstrate snow or ice dyeing, baggie dyeing and using InkTense pencils.

On a sad note, Martin MacNeil, the gentleman who talked to us about Quilts of Valour 2 years ago, passed away last week. https://www.simcoereformer.ca/news/local-news/popular-teacher-coach-mourned



November Links

Did everyone enjoy our Colour presentation by Johanna Masko? We certainly have a lot of things to think about! What Mood do you want your quilt to have? What’s it’s voice? Look for inspiration everywhere but quilting magazines where the goal is to sell complete lines of fabrics. Don’t worry about matching colours. Think more about what “looks good with”. Open those fat quarter bundles and sort them by colour. And mix your batiks in with everything else. Gradients are fun! You can follow Johanna on Instagram @jmaskoquilts. You might find inspiration in “Things organized neatly” by following Instagram @thingsorganizedneatly  Johanna showed us a colour blending game/puzzle. I already had the Blendoku app on my iPad so I started again at level one. There are apps for both Apple and Android. You can learn more about it here. It is a great tool for sharpening your colour sense.

Carrie Woolley is our speaker on December 10. Carrie is a young shepherdess who is raising local grass fed sheep. We will also have a chance to play with some wool from her sheep. You can find Carrie here and follow her on Instagram @carriewooley1

Hopefully everyone will be able to see the “Red Cross Quilts of the Great War” exhibit at the Waterford Heritage and Cultural Museum. Details are here. The Opening Gala is this Friday, November 16th. It is on until February 15th and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10-4:30 and Sunday 1-4.

We are having our pincushion swap at our December meeting. Any design you wish.

A tutorial for Marguerite’s husband’s Big Shirt Apron can be found here

Here is a link to Jinny Beyer’s page for calculating diagonal quilt backings. You will need to add your required overhang to the width and height of your quilt. if you are sending it to a long armer, add 8” to each measurement before you do the simple adding and subtracting.

Here is a link to the big block Lone Star quilt I showed.

And finally, Julie’s recipe for the yummy wheat-free cookies. They look simple enough for me to make! And they were so good.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Makes 2 Dozen

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1.25 cups quick cooking oats

1/2 teaspoonful baking soda

In a small bowl, cream peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add oats and baking

soda and mix well. Drop by tablespoonful 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

October Links

What a great night! Lots of very useful information on some tricky topics. Hopefully everyone has something new to try.

Here is the link to the big PDF file that it has all of the topics. But if you are interested in just one or 2, you will be able to print only those pages. Instead of using the default “Print all Pages” selection, use the “Print Pages __  to  __ “ just below.

Our Next meeting November 12 and our speaker is Johanna Masko. She teaches extensively at The Workroom in Toronto. Here is her bio.

Our next Joy of Stitching is Monday, November 5. There may be a spot or 2 left. Contact Monica.

Congratulations to the winners of of our Accuquilt Challenge: Diane Luke, Vicki Harris. Maggie McEntee and Evelyn Rosa. I loved the Drunkard’s Path quilts that were shown and one is in my future!

We had many members participating in the Kaffe Fassett Rip and Pass Exchange. It always seems to be confusing to start. Your Challenge now is to Make Something with many assorted fabrics of different sizes. There were several chunks of fabric left. You should be able to lay your fabric out and have about a yard when it is all patched together. If you are missing fabric or have some duplicates, bring them to the next meeting and we will try to even things up.


September Links

I hope everyone enjoyed our first meeting of the year and our awesome speaker Elaine Theriault. Elaine spoke about Modern Quilting including some or all of the following: use of negative spaces, using asymmetrical layouts, using bold colours, using solids, using improvisational piecing and using differences in scale.

You can follow Elaine’s blog at Crazy Quilter on aBike. http://crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.com  Here is a link to her tutorials on Quilt Social https://quiltsocial.com/author/qs_elaine/ and her machine binding tutorial is here https://quiltsocial.com/stitching-down-the-binding-thread-color-stitches-and-stitch-length/  This is part 4. Be sure to click the other parts (at the bottom) as there are some really good tips there. Don’t be put off by the sewing machine part of the reviews. It is the sewing machine companies that pay for all this free content. You don’t have to have a Husqvarna to learn these tips.

Joy of Quilting will be on Monday, October 1. 6:30-8:30 at Joy’s Bakery. Monica has 1 or 2 spots left. $5. Email her if you are interested.

Our May speaker is Beth Garner, a dyer and textile artist from the Kingston area. Since she is coming so far, and because she is an awesome instructor we are going to offer 2 workshop. Tuesday, May 14th Beth will be teaching Flat Dyeing to Quilt and on Wednesday, May 15th Gelli Plate Printing. These workshops will be at the Vittoria Community Centre. You can see her classes here. The workshops will be $50 each day with a $15 materials fee each day. We have these workshops almost half filled but you can sign up at the October meeting.

Here is a link to using adding machine tape to piece your scraps. http://thewomanonthehill.blogspot.com/2013/06/pieced-strip-blocks.html Did you take one? If you didn’t you can still try the technique. Just cut some paper into a 2-3” wide strip and start to sew. I used newsprint initially but you can use a plain lighter weight paper, even the telephone book pages Bonnie Hunter uses. Just cut strips not squares.

We passed out a page from a Moda Cupcake Mix Recipe 3. Basically you take two 5” squares of fabric, place them right sides together and place the paper on the back of the lighter one. Sew around all the dotted lines, starting where it says start. Cut on the solid lines. These 4 HSTs and 4 4-patches can be sewn together in a number of ways. 3 are suggested on the package. You can see that here https://www.fatquartershop.com/cupcake-mix-recipe-3

Here is a Youtube video that shows how to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtfbdwCpxZw She is using wild fabrics but all the steps are there.

We are going to have a pincushion exchange at our December meeting. You could use these squares for yours, or you can make any other  pincushion. More details and suggestions later.

Enjoy your sewing this month. As Elaine said, you can really learn when you do challenges!