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Monthly Meetings

Join us  at the Calvary Lutheran Church at 2820 Donald Street East -located at the intersection of Donald Street and Edward Street. We will meet on the third Monday of each month, September through June – our meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Pre-meeting demos start at 6:30 pm (see below for details). All are welcome.  Click here for a full listing of the dates, time and location…

Our next meeting will be: Monday, March 19, 2018. 

Download the Quill-March2018

Click here for information about our past meetings and a schedule of our 2017-2018 meetings as well as details of our meetings from years past.


Free Block for the March meeting – Road to Oklahoma

At the March meeting, Jeanette is going to demonstrate how to do a kaleidoscope stack and wack quilt. We have been asked to demonstrate this from the suggestions that we have received. She will be handing out a pattern sheet with the basic steps. To do this quilt you will need approximately 3 meters of fabric with 8 repeats. And the more obscure and mixed up the pattern is the nicer your pieces end up. We have seen this done with panels.

Jeannette and Maria 


Two Quilt Shows to visit –  

Fibre Arts Exhibition – February 24 – March 25 at the Baggage Arts Building

Baggage Building Arts Centre is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition February 24th-March 25th . Come down to Prince Arthur’s Landing in Marina Park to check out the showcase featuring many talented local artists. From felting, to crocheting, to weaving and everywhere in-between and more… you will not be disappointed with the amount of creativity bursting from the seams! Located at the Baggage Building Arts Centre across from the splash pad. Open Tuesday – Friday 11-5 and Saturday – Sunday 12-4. Sew cool you won’t want to miss it!

Thunder Bay Museum – Botanical Reflections January 16 – March 31, 2018

Click here to view some more upcoming quilt shows near and far.

And an upcoming Quilt Show

 Sunset Country Quilt Guild – Spring 2018 Quilt Show – Dryden – April 28 & 29 – for more information click here


Superior Quilt Show 2019- Quilt Challenge

Spring has Sprung!

Our quilt show in 2019 will be held when flowers are blooming and birds are happily nesting. The long winter will be over and the grass will be green. Help us to welcome spring by creating a challenge quilt to celebrate the arrival of spring in Thunder Bay. Northcott Fabrics has graciously donated 3 bolts of fabric for our challenge. These fabrics will be available to Challenge Participants at the March and April 2018 meetings. For more details click here.


May Classes with Julie Polenko

Those of you that have signed up for a class with Julie this May please see Laura on Monday night for your supply lists. If you’re out of town or unable to get to the meeting email Laura or me for a copy. The supply lists also let you know what you need to have prepared to take the class and get the most out of the experience so please make sure to pick yours up and prep.There are a limited number spots available in some of the classes if you’re still interested. The classes are now open to the public as well if you’d like to invite a friend.


In May 2018, the Guild will be welcoming Julie Plotniko to it’s May meeting for a special demo.  As well she will be conducting 2 classes: Colour Blend Quilt and Botanical Free Motion Quilting Made Easy. 

** New Class added – May 21st – Thread Painting for Beginners “Harmony the Hedgehog”

For more information on these classes click here.


Figit Quilt Bee – April 14 

Have you thought about making a Figit Quilt? We are adding the opportunity to make Figit Quilts at the next Sewing Day, scheduled for April 14th. Florence and I have lots of fabrics, trim and extras so you just need to bring your machine, thread and scissors. If you have surplus supplies at home, please bring them (small washable stuffed toys, Velcro, large buttons, fabric with texture – such as corduroy, fleece, lace, washable wool, fake fur,…). Hopefully you can join us for a lot of fun!

Quilt Bee – February 2018

Thank you to Cindy for giving a few tutorials to boost our quilting skills. I’m looking forward to trying the stripe tutorial. The link to the stripe tutorial on YouTube is

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Quilt Bee on January 27, 2018.  We had a very productive day and enjoyed learning from each other, catching up, and getting to sample some new recipes.  There were a few requests for recipes so we have attached some to the Quill. Click here to take you to the Recipe Page for these and other favourites.   Thank you to everyone who brought desserts to share. They were appreciated and welcome treats throughout the day.

GREAT NEWS!  We have received the second instalment of the grant we were awarded from the Northern Credit Union.    We will be using the funds to purchase batting and backing for our quilts.  Thank you to the Northern Credit Union for this support.  It allows us to buy high quality batting and backing for our quilts, making for long lasting donations.

Remember you can email me alopes@tbaytel.net if you need batting or backing to finish a quilt top from previous bees.

Thanks and keep up the great work.


For more information on the Quilt Bees and our Community Projects – click here.


Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts

Congratulations, we did it!  We beat last year’s total of 216 by 41 for a total of 257 stuffed animals and dolls with their quilts, pillowcases, sleeping bags and tote bags that were donated to the Christmas Cheer Fund.

The Teddy Bear Committee has decided to take over programming for the February Guild meeting and we thought this would be a good way to get you started on your teddy bear quilt for next November. For the February meeting you need to bring a pair of scissors and 1 metre of fabric. Since this will be for a child it would be nice to bring a primary colour or children’s fabric. We will be in groups of 5-6 (depending on how many people plan on participating) so if you like, you could get together with your friends and choose coordinating fabric. You will start with a metre of fabric and go home with a metre of assorted fabrics. There will be more explanation at Guild and at the February meeting. See you there.


For more details about this and other Community Service Projects click here.


Pre-Meeting Demos

Wendy and Cindy will be keeping with Alva’s tradition of demo’s before the meeting. We welcome others to join in as well.

In March, Cindy will do a demo on Quartered Stripes (the same demo I did at the quilt bee). This is a quick and easy quilt to do with striped fabric. The finished size is approximately 40×40 so great for a teddy bear.

This video link demonstrates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8xgM1H2X18


Placemats – *New Patterns* added 

In February, members donated 26 placemats for Meals on Wheels, and a number of kits were taken home for completion. Again this month we will have placemat kits and labels available at the meeting.

Some members have recently inquired as to how the labels should be attached.  Simply fold in half, wrong sides together, and encase the raw edges underneath the binding by attaching to the seam before completion.  The folded edge remains free, so that both sides are readable.

Doris and Judy

Remember that you can view pictures of our donated placemats on our Flickr site. If you want to make placemats using your own fabrics and patterns, we will also have labels available for you to add.



Our theme for February will be Easter, Spring and Colour quilt books. Use your 3 cards and enjoy the Library.  The Library is open before the meeting from 6 to 7 pm and during the break.

The library has been blessed with donations of previously loved books and magazines. Some have been added to the library and will be displayed at the January meeting as new books to the library.

Maria and Barb


 Comfort Quilts

We received 9 comfort quilts at the February meeting and 6 121?2 inch squares. The Committee Members will be meet and distribute the comfort quilts collected from recent meetings and report next month on which local facilities.

Thanks to Jannette and Marie for the ideas for blocks but remember that you can make any quilt square and then sandwich it with cotton or cotton/poly batting and a backing fabric to make a quilted square that should measure a minimum of 12.5 inches (so start with a 14 inch piece for backing and batting). Don’t trim your blocks as they may fray so blocks should be trimmed just prior to making the quilt tops. Almost any colours can be used but we recommend using a neutral backing and would like colours that will appeal to both males and females.In 2017-2018 we are launching a new project for next year called “Hope House”. We will be looking to donate bed and crib quilts for each room when they rebuild the facility after the fire.

To read more about our Comfort Quilts and other community projects click here.


Superior Quilt Show 2019 

The information about the Quilt Challenge is up – click here for more details.

Superior Quilt Show 2017 Winners

 Dorothy Mills1st Place Viewers Choice  Flights of Fancy

Winner of the Quilt Show Challenge.

The Guild will be be hosting their next Quilt Show in 2019! The organizing has begun – click here for regular updates.


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