December 2017 lotto block

The December lotto block instructions are now available. In a nod to the season, Meg has chosen a “Snowflake” Star.

Snow flake block

Click December Lotto Block for instructions.


November meeting recap

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A big thank you to Lisa M. for coordinating our November meeting. We had a number of guests join us  — it was a full house. We all enjoyed the chance to meet the engaging Libs Elliott, and hear about her quilting journey and her experiments with linking quilting and computer code. I think we all went home very inspired!

Our next meeting will be on Thursday December 14th. Meg will be our meeting coordinator, and she is planning a potluck and sew-in. Some people have expressed an interest in coming early so they can sew for longer — Meg is looking into that possibility, and will soon let us know what all the meeting details will be.

Block Lotto

A whopping 27 hashtag blocks were turned in for our November block lotto, and the lucky winner was Lois! Congratulations!
Jen's little tents

Jen also brought in the quilt she made from her September block lotto winnings — don’t all those little tents look great? I love all the extra fabrics she introduced in piecing the blocks together, to give the quilt a unified scrappy look. And the stars are a wonderful addition. Great job, Jen!

Instructions for the December lotto block will be posted soon.


Charity Quilt Update

2017 mod charity quiltNancy has been continuing to move our charity quilt project forward, and has circulated a picture of the work in progress. Wow!

A big thank you to everyone who has worked on the quilt to get it this far!

Once the rows are pieced, it will go to Audrey for quilting (thank you, Audrey), and then it will be almost ready to make its journey to QuiltCon 2018.


Show & Tell

Members, let me know if anything is amiss with these photos and captions, or if there are any design credits you would like to have acknowledged!

Lindsay’s Jewel; Lisa T’s couch quilt; Marilyn’s abstract trees.

Lisa T’s orange quilt, made for her dad; Jen’s quilt from a Tamara Kate workshop;
Lisa M’s coffin block pillow.

Linda shows the quilts she made for our Ronald McDonald House charity project.

Johanna and Wendy C show off projects they made using Libs Elliott fabrics.

Wendy O with sundresses that have matching doll dresses (cute!) and a funky star quilt.




Next meeting: 9 November

Guest speaker Libs Elliott!

Our November meeting will take place next week, Thursday November 9th, at 7pm. It’s going to be an exciting one — we will be welcoming Toronto-based modern quilter Libs Elliott as our special guest speaker.

Due to space restrictions, we will only have limited space available for guests: any non-members interested in attending this meeting must arrange for a ticket in advance: to find out more, please contact Audrey Vrooman.

Members, don’t forget to bring your November lotto blocks, as well as your show & tell!

Congratulations to Marilyn

marilyns treeCongratulations go out to our very own Marilyn Farquhar who made us proud in Houston! Her quilt See the Leaves For the Tree won Judge’s Choice, chosen by judge David Taylor. Great job, Marilyn!


Next meeting: October 12

Hey everyone! This is a reminder of our next meeting, which will take place on Thursday October 12 at 7pm at our NEW LOCATION! We will be meeting at Bloomingdale United Church, 860 Sawmill Road, Woolwich. Parking is behind the church. The door we will be using is the side door up the ramp/stairs, behind the church (as opposed to the library door). 

Liz is leading our October meeting  — we will be having a charity quilt sew-in, as we discussed in September. Our fabrics (supplied by Elaine via Northcott) have been precut by Peggy and Lisa T.; we will be auditioning layouts on portable design walls that Emily and Audrey have agreed to bring. Thank you all, ladies!

Members, please bring: Continue reading “Next meeting: October 12”

October lotto block

Hi everyone!

Great job on the Little Tents you all made for the September meeting. They looked terrific! Your next challenge is to get ready for Hallowe’en by making some of these cool coffin blocks for our October block lotto.

IMG_3275Spooky, right?

If you own some funky Hallowe’en fabric, here’s a great chance to use it! I also suggest using solids. Have fun with modern Hallowe’en colours – from black, grey, and orange to lime green, purple and fuchsia. You can even fussy cut the fabric for the coffin, if you like. Get creative, quilters!

You can find the free pattern for this block on Jeni Baker’s website at Make sure you print the pattern full-sized, not “scaled to fit”! (Her post also contains a link to a paper piecing tutorial, if you’re new to paper piecing.)

I hope you have fun trying this block! I love the potential this block shows – from super cute, to eerie and scary. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with at the October meeting! Remember, each block you enter earns you one ballot in the draw to win all the blocks.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favour,