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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, February 17, 2020.  Family Day – come and visit with your quilting family!

Diane will be doing a demo before the meeting about the teddy bear bunting bags she makes – in the library area.

Download the QuillFeb2020

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. Changes to the Constitution are being proposed – more details in the Quill.



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 **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).



Quilt Bee – February 1 & 2, 2020

What a fun and productive weekend at the Quilt Bee on February 1st and 2nd!

Thank you to everyone who participated. You helped us to create a very large number of completed quilts and even more went home with people to finish. We produced enough to go through more than one roll of batting! I had to go home on Sunday to get more! The committee will be getting together to summarize what went well and what could be improved for next year. If you have any comments to share with the committee please let one of them know…

Click here for more details.

If you have any quilts to hand in from previous quilt bees please let Adrienne know at the meeting and remember your label! Any questions? Email Adrienne at alopes@tbaytel.net.


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



The Library is 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.


2019-2020 Classes

  • Purse with Jeannette Dann on February 15   
  • Box Bag  with Maria Bell on March 28          
  • Bag with a Zipper with Peggy Skillen on April 4      
  • Postcards with Cathy Ridley on May 2       
  • 2 fabric bargello with Jeanette Dann on May 9      

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


Placemats – *New Patterns* added 

In September, 41 placemats were donated for Meals on Wheels. Once again, it was a lovely assortment. Since last meeting we have received a new shipment of placemat labels, so we are well supplied. Please see us at the meeting if you need labels for placemats you are making using your own fabrics. Due to the potluck and other activities, we will not be distributing kits at this meeting. Happy Holidays to all!

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.


Comfort and Figit Quilts

Greetings, in November  27 – 12 1/2 inch blocks, 11 quilts, and 1 figit quilt was collected.

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.

Committee members met in November to sort and distribute the comfort quilts collected to date. We had 4 bed quilts that went to the Lodge on Dawson. Figit quilts and nap ones went to Pioneer Ridge, John Howard Society, Precious Bundles and Bethammi. 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. We wish you Happy Holidays and a Wonder-filled New 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.

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


Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts – 380!!! 

I want to give a big thank you to my committee who tied up all the stuffed animals at the last guild meeting and also to those that were able to come to the Christmas Cheer Kick-off on Friday November 29 at the CLE Cardinal Room. It was a big job to tie up all 380 of the stuffed animals and bag them ready to be given out in a few weeks.

I also want to thank all the ladies of the Guild who contributed those 380 stuffed animals with their quilts and pillowcases. You really out did yourselves this year. I was very proud to be a member of the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild and stand before the TV camera to say that there were 380 stuffed animals donated by our Guild. WOW, how will we ever beat that total next year?

We hope to have some new stuffed animals to be given out to members at the next meeting.

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.


 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 – May 2021 – the planning begins!

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


Superior Quilt Show 2017 

 Dorothy Mills1st Place Viewers Choice  Flights of Fancy


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