Welcome

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 Monthly Meetings

Join us for our monthly Guild meetings in 2023/2024.  We will meet on the third Monday of each month, September through June – our meetings begin at 7:00 pm. 

  • September, October and November, April and May meetings will be held at the Calvary Lutheran Church. 
  • December, January, February, March and June will be held over Zoom.

Our next meeting will be held on February 19, 2024 on Zoom.

Click here for information about our past meetings and a schedule for our 2023/2024 meetings as well as details of our meetings from years past. 

Click here for the Guild’s Constitution.

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Shannon Fraser Designs Lecture – February 12th, 2024  

Check out her website for more info.  Time will be limited and your questions can be forwarded in advance of presentation to:   president@tbaytel.net or vp.tbqg@gmail.com. Or, during the lecture, questions can be posted on the chat & we will try to track them.  Every  effort will be made to answer questions immediately following the lecture.

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Teddy Bear Quilts  

Another successful year for teddy bear quilt collection! Thanks to all the hard work and generosity of our members, we donated 208 bundles of cuteness to various charitable organizations in our communities. The recipients differ from year to year, but include Christmas Cheer Fund, Our Kids Count, and George Jeffrey Childrens’ Centre, to name a few. Thanks to the volunteers who helped in any way, from making, to tying, to counting and distributing. Keep making and see you next year! 

Carol, on behalf of the T/B committee 

A dedicated page has been created where all of our Teddy Bear Quilt patterns will be to make it easier for everyone to find. Click here.

*New – click here for the Dinosaur-Pattern

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Placemats – It’s Collection time!

In November we collected 105 beautiful placemats. Great job, fellow quilters! These, along with nearly 400 others previously donated will be distributed in December to Meals on Wheels clients, and to residents of Jasper Place, Sister Leila Greco apartments, Willow Place and P.R. Cook apartments. Now we can start to get ready for next year! Placemat kits as well as labels to be added to placemats you make with your own materials will be available at the social on December 16. Happy holidays! 

Doris and Judy 

A new page dedicated to placemats has been created.  Click here to find all of the patterns in one place.  Try one or all of them.

Lightning

3 Dudes 5 Strip Magic

Here are more new patterns to try as well:

For those who are not familiar with this initiative, let me direct you to the placemat page – click here. There you will find over 60 free patterns for placemats. You may use these or any pattern to make placemats to donate.

If you do so using your own materials, we recommend 12” x 18” as the size. We also supply labels made specifically to be attached to our donated placemats. To attach, fold the label in half, wrong sides together, and place the raw edges underneath the binding before completion.

Contact Doris (dorisd@tbaytel.net) if you would like some labels.

If you know of any facility or organization that would benefit by receiving our placemats or would like to reach out to places in town on our behalf, please contact us.

Happy quilting!

Doris and Judy 

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Seasonal Post Card Swap

Don’t forget to bring your post card to show off at the Seasonal Social on December 16.

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*NEW GROUPS TO JOIN

Shiny UFOs

Remember when you first started the project, and it was shiny and new, and you couldn’t wait to work on it? Then another shiny project came along and the first one was tossed aside. For those who have one (or too many to count) UFOs (unfinished objects), join us to put the shine back on them.

We will meet over zoom so you can work from the comfort of your own sewing space and the only rule is you must ONLY work on a UFO at this time. The group will meet the first and third Thursday of the month from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Dedicated time to get through those projects that once looked so shiny.

To register please send an email to Cathy at cridley@tbaytel.net. May your UFOs shine bright again.

Cathy

Focus Group – Improv Quilts

An improvisational quilt is a quilt made without design rules, boundaries or specific intention. There is no pattern, template or block to follow. The quilt design is fluid, flexible and develops as the quilt grows. There are no rules!

Katrina and Jennifer will be leading a group to explore the world of improvisational quilting. The first meeting will be held over Zoom on December 6 at 7:00 pm where we will discuss what improv means to each of us, how different improvisational styles make us feel and maybe set a small project to start us on our journey. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in quilting outside the rules, challenging their skills, and willing to embrace “mistakes” as design choices.

If you are interested in joining us, please email Katrina at sewflippincreations@gmail.com and you will be sent a Zoom link for the meeting.

Jennifer and Katrina

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Sew Days 

In-Person

The next In Person Sew Day is Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the West Thunder Community Centre. The Sew Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be one person per table. No lunch will be provided but there will be a treat table so bring some goodies to share. Two ironing stations will be provided and a cutting table if space permits. Cost for the day is $13 with payment by e-transfer only to tbayqg@outlook.com. Cancellation refunds will only be given if we can fill your spot. To register for the January 20, 2024 IP Sew Day email Ellen at ellen_lang@tbaytel.net. The first 12 emails will be accepted and any more will be put on a waiting list and will be the first contacts for the next sew day.

Ellen and Judy

Virtual

Join us from your sewing room or wherever you are hanging out with your project. It is always wonderful to gather and dedicate some time to quilt. If you would like to join in, please send an email to cridley@tbaytel.net and you will receive the zoom link a day or so before the date. 

Here is a list of the dates and times for the Fall Virtual Sew Days:

  • Sunday, January 7 – 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, January 16 – 1 to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, February 6 – 1 to 4 pm
  • Sunday, February 18 – 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, February 27 – 1 to 4 pm

We hope you can join us.

Cathy and Doris

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Guild Workshops

We are happy to offer a wide variety of workshops for our members through the winter months. Hopefully you will find something that interests you. I encourage you to take advantage of these learning opportunities.  Fees are $40 for 6 hour classes. 

All the classes have run for 2023/2024 – if you have a course suggestion for next year or you would like to teach a course, please contact Ellen at  vp.tbqg@gmail.com.

Ellen

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Comfort and Fidget Quilts

Over the summer, the Comfort Quilt Committee (CQC) contacted all of the facilities that receive our donation quilts to assess their current needs. A frequent comment was the deep appreciation for the generosity of our members! Your time and investment make a difference to so many people in Thunder Bay.

To meet the current needs in Thunder Bay, The CQC will focus on wheelchair and bed sized quilts in 2023/2024, though all donations are welcome, and will be distributed.

  • Wheelchair size          around 36” x 45”
  • Bed size/Hospice        63” x 80”         

Jackie Black is piecing together quilted blocks to make larger quilts. Blocks can be any pattern, but we are requesting neutral colours so they will blend together with the other blocks. Sandwich your backing, batting and block to make a 14” square. Then quilt it anyway you like. Please let Jackie trim this down to 12.5”. This is a wonderful way to try out a new block pattern or practice free motion quilting. Completed blocks will be collected at any Guild event. 

Please keep in mind that the usable part of the block will be a 12.5” square, even though you’re asked to make a 14” square.

Thank you Jackie for using your hinge method to piece these blocks together!

Due to storage space limitations, we will be collecting donation quilts three times a year.

  • December 16, 2023 at the Holiday Social, and
  • May 20, 2024 at the in-person meeting

It will be a chance to display all of your hard work and admire each other’s efforts!

Another aspect of the CQC is fidgets. Single fidgets and fidget quilts have become very popular in Long Term Care facilities. We have given out many of them in the city, but there is always a need for more. To help meet this need, we will be having a 100 Marble Maze Challenge! Kits for this challenge will be available at meetings, and instructions can be found here. A big thank you to our Fabricland for their generous donation of fleece for the marble mazes.

Watch for a Fidget Quilting Bee TBA. Click here for some information about how to make a fidget quilt and some suggestions.

Iris

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 Library

The Library will be open before the Monday, November 20 meeting at 6:20 pm and at the break. Anne Lockwood will demo the Accuquilt Go Cutter and help members who want to try it with their own fabric. For the demo, bring three strips of fabric, in three different colours, 5 1/2 inches by WOF each. From these you will be able to cut most of the shapes. The pattern book for the Cutter with the 8″ block has 72 of the patterns the cube will cut. The Accuquilt Go 8″ Cutter will be available for sign out at the end of the meeting on a first come, first served basis. You will be required to sign a waiver.

The theme for the books on display will be Thanksgiving, Christmas and Winter. We have added 7 books to the library which are

  • Classic Country by Lynette Jensen
  • Fat Quarter Quilts by M’Liss Rae Hawley
  • Holiday Collection by Lynette Jensen
  • Minnesota Charms 2 – HRQ102 by Hingeley Road Quilt Designs (Melissa Polo)
  • Quick Method Quilts Galore by Leisure Arts
  • Quick Trip Quilts (Quilt in a Day) by Eleanor

Maria 

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)

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Superior Quilt Show – see you in 2025

Many thanks to all those who were part of the 2023 quilt show and to all those who attended, volunteered, shopped at the vendors, ate at the café, took classes, took part in some demos and made stuff for the Guild booth and donated or obtained door prizes for the banquet and participation prizes (to be announced at the June meeting). See you in 2025!

 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…

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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

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