Bill Stearman – May 10

Bill is a storyteller and once he discovered quilting 7 years ago, he had a new voice! Fabrics and carefully placed stitches express joy, anguish, hope, gratitude, and love, providing glimpses into deep and important stories; stories that matter on personal and social levels. His quilts make bold statements and provoke thoughtful consideration of a variety of issues. “With the help of about 20 of my quilts, I’ll tell their stories… my stories. I doubt that these quilts, and their stories, will remind you of your Grandmother’s quilts.”

Bill will be sharing his newest “Backpack Show” with us, highlighting the social justice issues that are so important to him and many of us. There will be tears! Find out the story behind this newest quilt. As an educator in his previous career, Bill can teach us many things.

You can find more of Bill’s work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Our meetings start at 7pm and guests are always welcome. Follow the directions here to pay your $5 guest fee.

Film Strip – April ModBOM

This is our 10th block! Only 2 more after this. If you are a new owner of a Stripology slotted ruler, this is a perfect block for that. Cut 2.5” strips of your coloured and background fabrics, then line them up on the cutting mat horizontally and subcut 1.5” pieces. You can have all 36 of the 2.5” x 1.5” rectangles cut in a couple minutes. The centre star uses a stitch and flip technique that makes a slightly wonky star. But you can do whatever star you’d like. The downloadable PDF is here!

Sandra has some great tips for you here!

Hover-quilting Workshop May 3rd and 4th

Peter Byrne will be teaching his Hover-quilting workshop on Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4. From 9:45-2 on both days. The cost of the workshop is $40. And there are still a few spots available.

Register by emailing Karen Johnstone or Price of workshop is $40 plus the cost of the kit if you choose. Kits need to be ordered by Monday, April 12.

Hover-quilting is a new form of raw edge appliqué, absent of fusible web. This innovative technique produces not only a beautiful controlled frayed edge, but also creates the illusion of your piecing hovering above the quilt top.  

On day one, students will focus on preparing their quilt sandwich, make 36 HST’s and finish the design layout. On day two, you will complete a 16-inch square mini hover-quilt. Students will learn unique design elements such as Cathedral Window, a School of Fabric and Pathways that make this technique so versatile and creative. 

Kits are available for $35 plus $5 bulk shipping. Peter’s Hover-quilting kits have been made with Colorworks Premium Solids from Northcott Fabric and include beautiful prints from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Collection called “Shimmer” and have been paired with Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics. They include a spool of 60 wt Perfect Cotton-Plus thread, a No Slip Ruler and Soft-Blend Batting. Kits are available with your choice of a black background or white background.  

If you need help making your own kit for the workshop, you can go to Instagram and search @hoverquiltingworkshop. There you will find the suggested supply list, fabric requirements and how to videos to assist in making your kit!  

Please let Karen know what kit works best for you, either the kit with the black background or the kit with the white background and your kit will be reserved for the workshop. Kits need to be ordered by Monday, April 12.

You can find Peter at Email: and on Instagram @petersquilts & @hoverquiltingworkshop 

MiniMod Swap Signups

Diane Luke is taking signups for the MiniMod Swap until Saturday, March 20th. Email Diane directly or the guild at if you want to get in on the fun!

Courtesy of Berene Campbell @happysewlucky

Berene Campbell designed the Mini Mod Challenge as part of her social justice work. She has given us the patterns and made You Tube videos. We will have a great time making and exchanging tiny blocks and for all that she just encourages us to donate $3 or more to Ryerson University for bursaries for three students…black, indigenous and 2SLGBTQ+. If you’d like to join and become part of the swap, please tell Diane by March 20, which colourway (cool, warm or neutral) and background (white, black or grey) you’d like. She’ll put people in groups based on those choices and email you back with the names and mailing addresses of your team.

Then you just sew away and mail out those teeny blocks to your swap partners. Teams will be set up before the retreat on March 27 – you may want to work on them then. The goal would be to have your blocks made and mailed by May 31. Then in September we’ll have a tiny show and tell!

You can follow Berene @happysewlucky and can see others’ blocks at #minimodswap on Instagram.
The blocks are only 2” square. We are only using solids. But you only use small amounts. Contact Diane if you need help with fabrics. We have members who have solids to share.

And you can donate to these Handmade Collective Awards at Ryerson University without sewing here!

Kathy K Wylie – April 12

Kathy K. Wylie is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She has lectured and taught all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and now offers online workshops and presentations. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts.”

Join us April 12 at 7pm for Kathy’s presentation “Beauty is All Around Us! Guests are welcome to join us for $5 and details can be found in our FAQs above.