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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, October 15, 2018.

Click her to download the Quill-October2018

** Download the TBQG Membership Form 2018-2019  and bring it to the meeting

Program: Gadget Night – some favourites will be shown!

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.


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 2019 

Guild Boothwe’ve already started working on items to stalk the Booth.  Click here for some ideas.  If you have any suggestions, bring them along to the meeting.  For more information about patterns and links, talk to Cindy.

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 21 comfort quilts and 10 12.5 inch squares at the September meeting. Comfort quilts collected from recent meetings were taken to Precious Bundles, Pinewood Court, and Hogarth Riverview by Committee Members.

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.

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


Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts

The Committee is looking for new members – click here for more information.

I have been asked by some of the members to ask those who have finished their Teddy Bear Quilts to bring them to the meeting in September and October so that everyone can see what is being made.  We will spread them out in one of the rooms at the church so that they can be displayed and pictures can be taken.  Please bring in just the quilt without the stuffed animal.

Here is a new pattern to try:


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


Quilt Bee – January 26, 2019

Welcome back everyone! I am looking forward to another productive year for the Quilt Bees.  For anyone who is new or has not participated in a Quilt Bee before, please consider joining us for our Quilt Bees this year.  For anyone who is wondering what the Quilt Bee Committee is and what Quilt Bees are, I will give a brief description of what we do.  Please consider joining our organizing committee. 

Our Quilt Bee will be held on January 26, 2019 at Oliver Road Community Centre. It will primarily be a Finishing Bee. The successful bees over the past several years have yielded numerous quilt tops that are eager for new homes. Sitting in a bin is not a fruitful existence for a quilt top. Let’s finish them!  Don’t fret if you don’t like finishing quilts, we will also have kits available.   As the planning is finalized we will let everyone know more details. Everything will be published in the Quill and announced at the meetings.

Anyone who has comfort quilts from Bees last year (or the year before…) please let me know when you turn them into the Comfort Quilt Committee at the meetings so I can mark your name off the list of quilts that are out being completed.  No rush.  If you are in need of batting and/or backing to complete quilts, let me know at meetings or by emailing me at alopes@tbaytel.net.  If you need any for September please email me and I will bring it to the meeting. 

I will be bringing kits to each meeting for members to take and finish at home if anyone wants to take a quilt kit to finish.  It is a great way to practice quilting and to hone your quilting skills.  Please see me if you’d like to sign out a charity quilt to finish.  

Looking forward to another fun and productive year.

The link to the stripe tutorial on YouTube is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8xgM1H2X18

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.


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


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.

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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