Classes/Clubs/Special Events

2017-2018 Classes

**May 2018: the Guild will be hosting Julie Plotniko for 2 classes and a demo at our May 21st Guild meeting. Class space is open to all members as of the October meeting. Non-member sign ups will be open January 1st. Sign up with Laura (our VP), full payment is required to reserve your spot. New Class Added – see below.

Julie teaches in her community on Vancouver Island, across BC and at Quilt Canada. You can visit her blog at to take a look at her work. We’re excited to have her visit our Guild and share with us.

Classes will be held at the Oliver Road Community Centre between 10-4 pm. Lunch is included in the class fee, please let us know of any allergies when you sign up.

Colour Blend Quilt –May 19th – with Julie Plotniko. A “Colour Blend Quilt” is a quilt made to look like the quilts of the early 1800’s where attention was paid to colour but many small amount of fabric were used rather than having large amounts of yardage. Value was often ignored or lost due to fading or the scale of prints placed side by side. This old fashioned look is what draws many of us to the quilting world. Come and make your own family heirloom while learning simple piecing techniques and colour blend theory. $90 and $10 pattern fee for members or $110 + $10 pattern fee/non-members.

Botanical Free Motion Quilting Made Easy – May 20th – with Julie Plotniko. Let’s go organic with this class on free motion quilting designs from nature. Learn how to stitch a variety of fanciful leaves, vines, ferns and flowers. These designs look wonderful as a background or overall design on batiks, art quilts, children’s quilts and more. Stitch them small with blending thread for a more traditional look or go big and playful with all your fancy threads. Thread choice (colour, type and weight) to enhance design will be discussed as students stitch a small design sampler. $90 or $110 for non-members. For all skill levels.

***New class addedThread Painting for Beginners “Harmony the Hedgehog – May 21st – with Julie Plotniko. Students will create a cute little Hedgehog using raw edge fusible applique and free motion thread painting. Multiple types of thread plus a combination of straight and zig zag stitch will be used to add realistic detail. The techniques learned work in perfect “Harmony” to help students learn the basics of thread painting. $90 + $10 pattern fee or $110 + $10 pattern fee/non-members.

Open Sewing Days

More dates in 2018 to follow..



Possibilities Club

Possibilities Club meets the last Tuesday of the month in the Home Ec room in Superior High School (2nd floor). We meet at 7:00 p.m. Sound interesting……well come out and see for yourself the endless possibilities that await you. Friendship, conversation, new ideas and vocabulary that sounds more like a tea party then a quilting get together! Members are asked to participate by giving a short demo/new tool/product at a meeting  – start thinking now what you can do next year. We collect a loonie or two and donate it to the school’s breakfast program.

The Club will meet on the last Tuesday of every month starting in October.


Quilt Bee -held Saturday, January 27, 2018


At Quilt Bees we make charity quilts for community organizations. The quilts we make are distributed by the Comfort Quilt committee. The bees are fun days filled with creativity and friendly support for all levels of quilters. Please plan to join us. For more information click here.




Thunder Bay Quilters have been very busy making placemats over the last 14 years. We started by making placemats to give to all new clients of Meals on Wheels. We donate well over 200 placemats each year, using all donated fabric and batting. We even had enough to give long term MOW clients a second placemat early this year. For more information and new patterns click here.

The new placemat labels have arrived will be available at the next meeting. These are easy to attach. Simply fold them in half with the writing showing on the outside and the raw edges together. Sew into the binding seam on the back so that the raw edges are hidden under the binding and the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild name will be visible when you look at the back of the placemat. The care instructions will be folded to the underside of the label.


Some adjustments have been made to the quilt sizes:

  • Hospice Bed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..  63” x 80”
  • Neo Natal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36” x 36”
  • Crib . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34” x 48”
  • Wheel Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36” x 48”
  • Nap Quilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40” x 55”


* Past Classes


Iron Caddy with Peggy Skillen – April 2016

 English Paper Piecing with Cathy Ridley and Karen Boote – April 2016

Back to Basics with Christina Wakefield – January 2016

Winter Scene with Cindy Cockell – November 2015

Mystery Quilt Class with Doris Dungan – March 2015

Iron Caddy Class with Peggy Skillen. Spring 2015

Machine Quilting Class with Doris Dungan – February 2015

Hinge Method Workshop with Jackie Black – May 2014

Mystery Quilt Workshop with Doris Dungan – November 2013

Machine Quilting Workshop with Doris Dungan – November 2013 a

Modern Quilting Workshop with Mary Katherine Kennedy and Christina Wakefield – January 2014

Bag Ladies

Bag Ladies

Purses or Bags Workshop with Peggy Skillen


Linda Clark from Kenora came in September to teach us FABULOUS FRACTURES and MORE THAN ONE WAY TO BIND A QUILT



Cotton Theory Workshop

Nancy Eichel’s Cotton Theory held two workshops on the cotton theory.  The Guild also enjoyed Nancy’s trunk show on Friday evening at Superior High School.


Harvest Stars - Anne Amos

Harvest Stars – Anne Amos

‘Harvest Stars’ Quilt Workshop with Marilyn Wiebe from Windygates, Manitoba

Thanks to Marilyn for a truly inspiring Trunk Show.  She gave us all permission to show off our quilt tops with pride – bring yours out to the next meeting.  The group who were lucky enough to participate in her weekend workshop – Harvest Stars – enjoyed many hours of quality quilting and ended up with the beginnings of a new beautiful quilt.   Also, check the resource page to read about her technique to applying binding to the points of ‘kite’ edges.

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