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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, May 21, 2019. Last meeting before the Show!

Click here to download the Quill-May2019

  • Jeannette Dann will be our Quilter of the Month!


  • donations for the Quilt Booth (NOTE: book and magazine donations should be dropped on at the Cardinal Room on the Thursday drop-off date)

Pre-meeting Demos with Peggy – join her in the library area starting at the January Guild Meeting –  6:15 – 6:45 pm. Join her for some fun blocks. This will be the last demo of the year. A big thank you to Peggy for your guidance and inspiration.

Click here for information about our past meetings and a schedule for our 2018-2019 meetings as well as details of our meetings from years past.


Superior Quilt Show 2019 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DROPPING OFF QUILTS – Thursday, May 23 in the Cardinal Room at the CLE between 8:00 -9:00 am-

Please insure that your Quilt Show entries arrive with an appropriate hanging sleeve so that the volunteers can care for your quilt properly.

Instructions for registering your quilts for the Quilt Show:

  1. Print off the claim ticket hanging ticket
  2. Fill out both sides of ticket (one for each quilt). DO NOT CUT IN TWO.
  3. Bring ticket and quilt to registration desk in cardinal room at CLE in Thursday May 23 between 8-9 am.
  4. You will be given a claim ticket.

PICK UP – Come to Cardinal room on Sunday May 26 between 4:30-5:30 with your claim ticket to retrieve your quilt.

We are not responsible for quilts that are left behind.

Click here to to download the hanging ticket and HangingSleeveInfo



Circle of Friends

Dori Sewing

Fuelled by Fabric

Oma’s Quilt Shop*

Quilter’s Den

Rhonda’s Knitting Room

Rd. 17 N. Quilt Shop

Wildflower Arts

* (does not take Credit Cards, only cash or cheque)

The Viewer’s Choice ballots are available at the door and the Member’s Choice ballots will be available to guild members only at the hospitality booth just inside the entrance. The ballots for the challenge quilts will be available near the challenge quilt wall. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite quilts.

Sandra’s Catering Thunder Bay is our caterer again this year. 

Dessert Social – $20 includes coffee, tea, fruit and dessert, ‘Creating with Colour – My Quilt Journey’ a trunk show by Jennifer Houlden, the awards presentation and door prizes!!! See Sharon for your ticket.

Volunteers – we still need some volunteers! Sign-up sheets will be at January meeting. For more information contact: Cathy c-britt50@hotmail.com / Linda boulterlindak@gmail.com

Creating with Colour – My Quilt Journey Jennifer Houlden;’s trunk show is called ‘Creating with Colour – My Quilt Journey’. Jennifer uses traditional patchwork and applique to create not so traditional designs. Learn about how she uses the colour wheel to help create stunning colour combinations in her eye catching quilts. As well learn how the use of value is paramount in creating her dynamic quilts – light, medium and dark values in just the right proportions. Movement is something that Jennifer strives for in her quilts and the use of colour is important in creating this feeling of movement through the design whether it be from the use of value or secondary designs within the quilt. Join Jennifer in her quilting journey as she discusses the use of colour in her quilts and designs and how colour and value work together to create magic in fabric and textile designWorkshops – Guest Instructor will be Jennifer Houlden a textile artist by passion and nurse by profession, who lives with her husband and dog in beautiful Muskokaquiltsbyjen.caFor more information on Jennifer and the inspirations for her quilting is posted on the Superior Quilt Show page.


Friday @ 1 pm: Maria Bell – Preparing and designing with Drunkards Path blocks

Friday @ 5 pm – Cathy Ridley – Postcard Quilts – Uses for scraps and Orphan blocks

Friday @ 7 pm – Dori Hopko – Notion Knowledge – Rulers, Pressing, and Marking

Saturday @ 11 am – Pamela Jensen – Easy free-motion quilting

Saturday @ 1 pm – Maureen Mauro – English Paper Piecing Hexagons – Make and take

Saturday @ 2:30 pm – Meagan Botterill – Bag Making Basics – Interfacing and Zippers

Sunday @ 10:30 am – Jackie Black – Quilt-as-you-go Hinge Construction Method

Sunday @ 12:30 pm – Cindy Cockell – Wool applique? pincushion – Make and take

For more information about the Superior Quilt Show – click here



Placemats – *New Patterns* added 

In April, 36 placemats were donated for Meals on Wheels. Congratulations, quilters! There was lots of beautiful work, and it can all be viewed on our Flickr site following the link below.

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.

Comfort and Figit Quilts

Just a reminder – Labels should be sewn on the back of the quilts flat so that they do not get caught on anything including fingers and toes.  The label that is sewn on flat is the correct way to sew them on.

There were 12 comfort quilts, 3 neonatal blankets and 2 12 1?2 inch squares turned in from the April meeting. A huge thank you to everyone finishing up those comfort quilts from the Quilt Bee and other projects. We are keeping the quilts for show in May since many visitors appreciate seeing the donated items and some simpler patterns. Jackie Black is still using the Hinge Method and the Quilted Squares donated to make beautiful larger quilts. Please note 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 (beige, red, blue, brown, black & white) backing and would like colours that will appeal to both males and females.

Comfort quilts collected from recent meetings were taken to Precious Bundles, Pinewood Court, and Hogarth Riverview by Committee Members. Click here for more information about our Comfort Quilts and other community projects.

Have you thought about making a Figit Quilt? Florence and I could provide you some tactile fabrics and notions to give it a try. Here is a great example of a fidget quilt. This is from ‘Man Quilting’ with Rob Apell. He has some great ideas on this fidget quilt. If you Google ‘fidget pillows’ you’ll see more examples made as pillows instead.


Florence and Pat



Quilt Bee – January 2019

The Big Quilt Bee for Charity was held January 26 & 27, 2019 and was a great success! We had a fantastic turn out and made one of the coldest weekends into a weekend of learning and charitable warmth. Thank you to everyone who participated in the weekend. The coming months will see numerous finished quilts turned in and we will have a beautiful display at the Quilt Show. Our charitable organizations will be thrilled with all of the quilts they will be receiving this year. We had over 35 quilts signed out for finishing! 4 quilts were finished at the bee and many more will be coming in soon (I’ve seen pictures of finished products as proud makers complete their quilts.) In addition, several neo-natal quilts were finished at the bee.

Thank you to the Quilt Bee participant.?Thank you to the organizing committee for the planning and preparation that went into this weekend. The organizing committee for the Bee this year included: Adrienne, Leona, Laura, Linda, Wendy, Fran, Aila, Cindy, Carol- Great Job to everyone!


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


Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts – 303- Thank you!

WE DID IT.!!!! We outdid ourselves and really surpassed our last year’s total. The Christmas Cheer Kick-off was Friday November 30th and the committee attended to put the stuffed animals and their quilts, pillowcases and sleeping bags out on display. This year there were 303 stuffed animals donated by Guild members. I want to thank all who contributed to this great cause. It was really something to stand in front of the TV camera and mention that last year we contributed 256 and this year it was 303. WAY TO GO EVERYONE.


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

We Won!!!!!! Thunder Bay Quilt Guild was the proud recipient of a $500 grant from Tbaytel for Good – the funds will be used to hold a two-day Quilt Bee to finish bed sized quilts!  More details on all the winners http://www.tbaytelforgood.net/winners/ . For more details about the January Quilt Bee – see below…


FAQs and Tips

Cindy has shared some great information about using Wonder Clips for binding.  Do you have any tips to share?  Click here for more…


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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