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 Monthly Meetings

Join us for our Zoom meetings in 2020/2021.  We will meet on the third Monday of each month, September through June – our meetings begin at 7:00 pm  with Zoom opening at 6:00 pm.

Our next meeting will be May 17, 2021, with guest Brenda Gael Smith who will speak about Quilts and Composition

Click here for information about our past meetings and a schedule for our 2020/2021 meetings as well as details of our meetings from years past. 

Click here for the Guild’s Constitution and Procedural Manual.


TBQG Sisterhood Swap – 

The Guild is sponsoring this project swap and supporting the members in the purchase of the ”Sisterhood” pattern by Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky. Each participant will need to pay $5.00 for the pattern. The pattern is paper pieced and will be available only to those members who participate in the swap. The material will come from your stash. Please use 5 different low volume materials for the background. Members will be assigned to a group of 8 for the purposes of the swap.

By participating in the Sisterhood Swap, you are committing yourself to make eight of one section of the pattern, as assigned by the Swap Committee. To ensure everyone receives the correct number of sections for the block, you will keep one section and send the other seven sections you made to the other members in your group. You will then receive the seven other sections required to complete the pattern from your group members. The finished block will be 16 inches square.

Registration must be received by March 1, with the $5.00 payment to the Guild. Groups and patterns will be emailed or available in print to you (at an extra cost) by March 8. Finished sections of the block must be mailed by May 1.

It is hoped that the blocks will be completed by the June meeting for our Show and Tell. The Swap Committee is looking forward to seeing what we all can do together. Blocks can be made into a bag as shown, or can be used to make a quilt if a number of groups want to do so.

Ellen, Anne, Cathy, Laura



click here for more information. Registration opens on Tuesday, May 18!


Sew Days 

In-Person at the CLE

In-person Sew Days are cancelled until further notice.  Cross our fingers we can have these next year.


Virtual Sew Days

  • Wednesday, May 19 – 1 to 4 pm
  • Sunday, May 30 10 am to 4 pm

Join us on-line from your sewing room.  A chance to get a project or two done while visiting with others.  And we are there if you need an opinion too.  Please email Cathy if you are interested in being added to the list at president.tbqg@gmail.com.  Space is limited.


Placemats – *New Patterns* added regularly

A new page dedicated to placemats has been created.  Click here to find all of the patterns in one place.  Try one or all of them.

We had an awesome and generous response to our shout out for 181 placemats to donate to the residents of the PR Cook Apartments. A wide array of gorgeous placemats was collected, and we expect that they will have been delivered to the facility prior to tonight’s meeting. We heard reports of excited anticipation at PR Cook once they heard that the placemats were coming their way. Thanks to all of you who contributed! We were happy to see the placemats we donated to the residents of PR Cook Apartments acknowledged in the Chronicle Journal’s Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down column last month.

There is little new to report, but we hope that you are continuing to finish up any guild placemat kits that you may have and are making some placemats using your own fabrics and perhaps trying out some new techniques and patterns.

We learned this month that if your iron is too hot, it may possibly melt our placemat labels, so please keep that in mind. For those of you who are not familiar with these labels, they are made of satin ribbon and are attached by folding in half width-wise and tucking the raw edges under the binding before it is completed.

There are lots of new patterns for placemats to try.  All patterns can been found here. If you need some labels, please contact Doris (dorisd@tbaytel.net ) to make arrangements to get a supply.

Here are some new patterns to try:

Happy Quilting!

Doris & Judy



Teddy Bear Quilts

A dedicated page has been created where all of our Teddy Bear Quilt patterns will be to make it easier for everyone to find. Click here.

First of all I would like to thank all those who made quilts for their stuffed animals or teddy bears this year. I also want to thank the committee who tied and bagged the many ones that were handed in.

We had a total of 275 handed in on November 21 for the Tailgate party. Weather wise we had a great day to do this. It was +2C but there was no wind and no snow showers. Christmas Cheer will get 60 with stitched eyes and the remaining 215 will go to Our Kids Count for their Christmas party.

This was a very different year with the pandemic and it was great that we could help out another organization and put a smile on a young child’s face.


Click here for more information on this wonderful project and some more great patterns to try like:


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



Virtual Quilt Bee – cancelled – stay tuned for a new date

Even though we decided to postpone the quilt bee for now due to the lockdown, we hope that you are continuing to work on donation quilts. I plan to get back to finishing my Linda’s Quilt this weekend now that a few other projects are off my plate. I encourage you to reach out to me if you need batting or backing to finish a current project. I can be reached by email at alopes@tbaytel.net. The pattern for Linda’s Quilt was attached to the January Quill. If you are trying it and want some pattern support, please contact Adrienne.

We will be planning for a quilt bee in the coming months. In the meantime, if you would like to finish a quilt or a kit, contact Adrienne for options for supplies pick up. If you’d like to hand back a complete top to be quilted by others please contact Adrienne, Leona or Wendy. Thank you. Keep up the great work (quilting).

A special pattern has been drafted that you may want to consider making.  At the next Bee, our long time and creative member, Linda Guitard, handed in a beautiful quilt top that has been made into a new pattern especially for the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild.  It is going to be ready for the 2021 Bee as both hospice size and lap size.  A photo of Linda’s quilt is included here so you can consider if you’d like to make this quilt as your charity quilt this year.  If interested, please let Adrienne know.  Don’t worry if you’re not ready for this quilt.  It will be around as a Guild pattern for years to come.

Thank you to everyone who is completing quilts for donation! We are doing a great job of keeping our recipients warm this winter. If you have finished a charity quilt and hand it in at a meeting please remember to let Adrienne, Leona or Wendy know so your name can be marked off the list. Remember to attach the guild label before handing it in. Thanks.

Click here for more details.

Any questions? Email Adrienne at alopes@tbaytel.net.


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


NEW *Figit Quilts

We’ve added a new page that will feature pictures, patterns and instructions to make Figit Quilts.  Check them out and try some. Click here

Pat and Florence


Superior Quilt Show – May  26, 27, 28, 2023

Although our Quilt Show has been postponed – the Challenge is still on!

Information about the Challenge can be found here .

NEW – The challenge quilts will be displayed as part of the Grand Nations Crossroads fibre arts exhibition from July 13 – September 17, 2021 at the Thunder Bay Museum. Voting information to follow.

Keep checking this site for more details.



Please Note – The Library Committee is currently working on a plan in the works to allow members access to the Guild’s extensive collection online. We will update members when we can.

In the meantime, click here to view the updated TBQG Library List Aug2020

When we are back up and running the Library will open from 6 – 7 pm and during the break.  Members are allowed to sign out 3 books at a time. Did you know that Quilting magazines are available for free and discontinued library books are on sale for $2.50.

Try out one of the new rulers:

  • Non-slip Pineapple Trim Tool Mini (4″, 5″,6″) or the Regular (6″, 8″, 10″) size
    Quick Curve Ruler (Regular Size and Mini) with Runner Pattern
    Tucker Trimmer
    Wing Clipper
    Add-A-Quarter Inch Plus Ruler (12″ long and a 6″ mini)

Click here for more information on what’s new to borrow at the Library.


Traditional and Curvy Workshop with Daisy Ascheboug

April 10 and 11, 2021  – thanks Daisy for an amazing workshop!


Comfort and Figit Quilts

The Committee is always reviewing and updating the list of locations that receives Comfort Quilts. If you know of any location that may benefit from receiving a quilt or quilts, please provide contact and background information. The aim has been to support facilities where quilts will be used multiple times and benefit the users. We don’t provide quilts to sell or give specifically to any individuals, however, Guild members often contribute their time for these other projects.

Jackie Black is piecing together larger quilts using the quilted 12 1/2 inch blocks. Please keep bringing them in. Blocks can be any pattern but we are requesting that colours be kept neutral so they can be used by male and female residents. Remember to sandwich larger (about 14 inch backing and batting) and leave them untrimmed. It is a wonderful way to try out a pattern you find in a magazine or on-line. Come find Jackie or me if you have questions.

Thanks goes out to the many quilters who contributed quilts, squares, time and so much support so far this year. 

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. 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


 FAQs and Tips

Aunt Marti’s 52 Quilts – Susie’s Magic Binding Tutorial – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8N6nv90H2c

Binding a quilt without binding strips – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw_OBqG_nAI

Do you have any tips to share?  Click here for more…


Take a look at what we’ve done in our past shows –

Superior Quilt Show 2019

Viewers’ Choice Best in Show & Members’ Choice – Paradise in Bloom by Shirley Assaunt2nd in Viewers’ Choice – Full Bloom by Suzanne Mills

3rd in Viewers’ Choice – Friendship by Jeanette Dann

Winner of the Challenge – Joyce Gilmore

Best Booth – Road 17N

For more information about the Superior Quilt Show – click here


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