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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, September, 2018. Have a great summer!

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.


Placemats – *New Patterns* added 

Looking back over the year, we are reminded of the creativity, skills and generosity of our members.  Since September, over 275 placemats have been made and donated for Meals on Wheels!  Along with thanks to the creators of all of those wonderful placemats, we would also especially like to express our appreciation to Kirsi, Jennifer and Gail for their assistance in assembling kits, Wendy for her donation of batting, and our most recent fabric donors Fiona, Cindy and Maureen.  Although we will not be distributing kits in June, we are collecting placemats and will have more kits in the fall.  Have a great summer!

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.

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.

Click here for information and links to the patterns or to download the pdf’s.

And here are some new patterns to try




SOURDOUGH 24 single


Doris & Judy


Superior Quilt Show 2019 

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.


Comfort and Figit Quilts 

We received 4 Figit and 16 comfort quilts and 5 12.5 inch squares at the May meeting. Comfort quilts collected from recent meetings were taken to Precious Bundles, Pinewood Court, and Hogarth Riverview by Committee Members.

We have been requested to talk about our quilts and quilting on June 20 at 2:30 pm at Pinewood Court Seniors facility. If you can come out with some Show & Tell, please let Pat know. We have about 30 minutes for our session and questions. I expect that there will be lots of interest from residents (typically about 10- 20 show up). This should be a fun time.

Have you thought about making a Figit Quilt? Florence and I could provide you some tactile fabrics and notions to give it a try. Let us know if you’d like some starter materials. Figit Quilts can be almost any size however, we recommend that they fit in your lap and have a Velcro tie end to fasten to the chair or wheel chair.

Florence and Pat


Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts

Don’t forget the bring your SNIP, RIP, DROP, AND PASS Teddy Bear Quilts to Guild meeting this month, even if they aren’t quilted yet.  We will do a group show and tell at the meeting.

I found a small quilt pattern for a teddy bear quilt and it will be attached to the quill.  I did mine in red and light beiges but it could be done in any colour or many different colours.  It finished at 32 inches square which is a great size for a small bear or animal. Download the pattern for the Teddy Bear Heart Quilt


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


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.


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.

Download some information about WHEN TO USE RETAYNE AND SYNTHRAPOL


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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