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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 pm  with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. (5:00 on Pot Luck meetings). All are welcome.  Click here for a full listing of the dates, times.

Our next meeting will be: Monday, November 18, 2019.  Don’t forget your teddy bear quilt!

Download the Quill-Nov2019If you weren’t able to attend the September meeting, download the TBQG Membership Form 2019-2020 and bring to the November meeting.

November Program – Ruler foot quilting -using rulers to help you quilt your quilt. If anyone has a favourite ruler they wish to talk about then bring it along. Or bring samples of items you’ve quilting with rulers. I know lots of you have taken classes with Dori so hopefully you’ll share something you learned. Or maybe you tried it and it isn’t for you and would like to share that experience. Cindy

Also at the meeting – Norma Wynn donated her collection of quilting books to the Guild Library. Some were added to our collection and were circulated at the last meeting.

As per Norma’s wishes, there are 29 books to be given to the members – free. The books will be on display in the Library Room. Each book will have a number on it and an envelope to enter your name. Members can browse the selection from 6 pm to 7 pm before the meeting and during the break. We will draw the name for each book after the break.

New rulers are now in the Library available for borrowingclick here for the list.

Click here for information about our past meetings and a schedule for our 2019 – 2020 meetings as well as details of our meetings from years past. Download the TBQG Information Sheet 2019-2020

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



Start of a new year and we have lots going on:

  • Sew Days – dates can be found here 
  • Classes – lots to choose from
  • *Guest Quilter – Libs Elliott in April 2020 – registration opens at 6:30 the night of the October meeting! **Both workshops are full but email to put your name on the waiting list.  Still lots of room for the Trunk Show (tickets available at the next meeting).
  • Lots of Committees and volunteer opportunities to sign up for including


Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts – bring them to the November meeting!

Please remember to bring you teddy bear or stuffed animal to the November guild meeting along with their quilt or pillowcase. The Committee will be wrapping them in the fellowship hall which is the room where we hang our show and tell quilts, etc. Please do not put your wrapped teddy bear in the foyer but bring it to the Committee to be wrapped. After break time we will have a count of how many were collected.

Remember that these are from Santa so take the price tag off but you can leave other tags on. Also there are no labels on the quilts.

Make sure the quilt is large enough so that we can wrap the stuffed animal up in it.

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.


2019-2020 Classes

Fabric Bargello – January 12 with Jeanette Dann

Box Bag – March 2 with Maria Bell

for more details click here. Contact Vicky at vickyb@tbaytel.net to register.


Libs Elliott – Guest Quilter coming to Thunder Bay April 18 & 19, 2020 for 2 Workshops and a Trunk Show.

**Both workshops are full but email to put your name on the waiting list.  Still lots of room at the Trunk Show-you can get your ticket at the next meeting.

Click here for more information. Contact Cathy to register at cridley@tbaytel.net.

Visit Libs Elliott’s website at www.libselliott.com



Quilt Bee – February 1 & 2, 2020

We will be hosting another 2-day Bee February 1-2, 2020 at Oliver Road Community Centre. More details will follow over the coming months. If you are interested in helping to organize the Quilt Bee, please sign up for the Quilt Bee Organizing Committee. It takes several people to host a productive weekend so we need help to make it work.

The Quilt Bee Committee helps to organize the Quilt Bee as well as any of the lead-up events like cutting bees or Kit planning and organizing. We generally meet a few times before the bee and for any of the lead-up events.

If you need any supplies to complete them let Adrienne know. If you hand any in, please remember to let Adrienne know so you can be marked off the list. Thank you. 


For more information on the Quilt Bees and our Community Projectsclick here.


Placemats – *New Patterns* added 

Although we had a bumper crop of placemats submitted in September, we received even more in October. Sixty-two placemats were submitted for Meals on Wheels last month. Amazing – and so beautiful! Once again this month we will have kits available at the meeting for you to take home and complete, as well as labels to attach to placemats you make using your own materials. Kits will not be available at our December meeting, due to the various other activities at that time.

Last year our members contributed more than 400 placemats that were gratefully received by Meals on Wheels for distribution to their clients. There was so much beauty, ingenuity and quality workmanship displayed! We continue with this initiative this year and will have kits available at our meeting tonight for members to take home, complete and return.You are also encouraged to make placemats using your own materials and patterns. If you wish to do so, we recommend that the finished size is approximately 12” x 18”. At each meeting we also have labels for you to attach to the back side of the placemats that you make for donation. Fold the label in half, wrong sides together, and tuck the cut edges under the binding before you complete it.

Reminder the Library is open from 6 – 7 pm and during the break.  Members are allowed to sign out 3 books at a time.

Members are still required for this committee  – see Maria during Library hours.

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


Comfort and Figit Quilts

Greetings, in October we collected 15 quilts, and 6 figits.

Figit quilts are small textured touchy/feely blankets or squares that are washable and safe for children and seniors. They are wonderful items to amuse and occupy time. We have some pattern suggestions if anyone is interested or there are lots of options if you search on the internet. We have some supplies of lace, textured fabrics and other notions so let us know if you want some starter materials.

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. 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=GhojSOjTAn4Florence 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…


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

The Thunder Bay Quilt Guild would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of those who made our such such an amazing success and to all of those who came to our Show.  See you in 2021!

For more information about the Superior Quilt Show – click here


Superior Quilt Show 2017 Winners

 Dorothy Mills1st Place Viewers Choice  Flights of Fancy



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