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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, February 19, 2018. 

**Don’t forget your 1 metre piece of material for the Program

Download the Quill-February2018

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.


Two Quilt Shows to visit –  

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

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


Quilt Bee – Thank you! 

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.

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

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.


2017-2018 Classes**NEW CLASSES ADDED

There are many classes arranged for this year – a Free Motion Class with Adrienne; a Bag Class with Peggy and Hand Quilting class with Jeannette. Click here for more details.


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.


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 February, 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 

74 beautiful placemats were donated at our November meeting – a record number! Congratulations.  Due to the pot luck and other activities, we will not be distributing kits at this meeting but we will still collect completed placemats.  Check with us in the new year if you want additional kits at that tie.  In the meantime, have wonderful holidays!

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

There were 2 comfort quilts and 12 squares turned in at the December meeting.

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 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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