Guild Bylaws and Election

Beginning in September we will have a new executive committee. We are so appreciative of Becky and Andrea for their almost 3 years of service to the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild.

TMQG Board 2016-2017
President: Adrienne Van Halem
Vice President: Dia Sue-Wah-Sing
Treasurer: Karen Brown
Secretary: Debi De Santis

Committee Leaders
Charity: Becky Burnett
Programming: Stephanie Rose
Social: Sabrina Beans
Membership: Catherine Clarke
Shows:
Guild Photographer:  Elisa Galery

A part of this new change of leadership came the need to review and update our TMQG Bylaws. Thank you to Catherine, Becky and Dia for their extensive reviewing of the Bylaws.  In order to ratify them at the September meeting, active membership (those who have paid their dues and are in good standing) can review the draft of the bylaws and the proposed changes here.

Draft Bylaws
Proposed changes

Please send your comments to Catherine by September 12th at the latest. This site will be edited to have the final version of the bylaws will be posted after that date.

Voting will take place at the September 25th meeting. All active members will be sent a link September 18th (open till September 25th 5pm)  to vote to ratify online if they will not be able to attend that meeting. Quorum of 40% of the membership is required for ratification to be possible.

July Meeting

We started our meeting off with an uplifting and positive message in the wake of an inexplicable tragedy. 

Sheila has designed a block for us to make so we can put together a quilt to support the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Its a cause that many of us feel strongly about, so we wanted to make this quilt to raise awareness about this issue. The design comes from Lin Manuel Miranda’s acceptance speech at the Tony’s in the wake of the shooting, when he declared that no matter who you love, Love is Love is Love is Love. Its a beautiful rallying cry and I think the quilt we make from it will be stunning.

Berene is in charge of our Block Lottos, and has put together another adorable block selection for us.

SPOOLS! How cute are they? There’s a couple of different size and design options as you can see, and whoever wins this one is going to have a really sweet quilt to put together. The tutorial can be found here. The date for finished blocks is the September meeting, so that would be September 25th I believe.

Elaine brought in a wall hanging sized quilt that she made for a Riley Blake Challenge. Its called “Its an Illusion”. I believe that she fussy cut a printed fabric to make the black and white sections. Frankly, I am in awe.

Berene designed and made this gorgeous meditation on the design possibilities available using half-square triangles, and what happens when you put warm and cold colours together. It is called “The Juxtaposition Quilt”.

This intricate and  beautifully detailed little stunner is called “Hundreds and Thousands”. For those of you that are not from South Africa, Hundreds and Thousands are what we would call Sprinkles, like the kind you put on a birthday cake or a donut. It was made by Berene and members of the Fab Bee. She put out a call for them to use 1″ strips of rainbow fabric to piece half inch squares at random angles and location to each other. As we all know, true randomness is very hard to achieve, but she said it was interesting to see how comfortable some people were with the randomness and how some still contrived to find a way to create order. When all the blocks arrived she added more of her own to fill the spaces and put it together as randomly as possible. I really love the way it turned out.

Diana is a new member of our guild, and had lots of interesting things to share with us.

Here is a detail of the lovely improvisational quilt that she made. She has a textile-artist background and loves colour and contrast.

Even the back is lovely.

And we were particularly delighted by these teeny tiny little hexies that she is putting together. She doesn’t know what she’s going to do with them yet, but was really enjoying the process of making them.

Karen brought in this riot of colour and pattern called “Crazy Life, Crazy Quilt”. She made it at a workshop with Sue Paquette in Oakville where participants were challenged to bring in fabrics that they haven’t been able to use in something else, or don’t really like, because somehow, they will work together. It was a sew, slash and turn type of technique that lets all the crazy come out and play together, with a really fun result. 

July was also the deadline for our Not-Really-President’s Challenge. The theme was “Self-Portrait”.

…and the winner is…. Adrienne Van Halem! 
Her entry is a whole-cloth quilt made of fabric that she designed and printed on Spoonflower, and then quilted.
An excellent piece indeed!

Georgian Bay Quilt Retreat, Summer 2016

This past weekend, members of our guild packed up their sewing machines and headed North to this lovely home on the shores of Georgian Bay for a weekend of quilting and relaxing.

It’s such a gorgeous spot, with picture-postcard Canadian views where we were surrounded by lake and sky and the quiet was punctuated by the call of the loon and the occasional jet-ski.

 We were generously given the use of this sunny studio space to fill with the hum of our machines, and of course, chatting and laughter. 
 We even spilled out into the living room. 
 But we didn’t spend our whole time sewing. We’re a very well rounded group. And there was that big beautiful sparkling lake. 
 So we went swimming. Or should I more accurately say floating. 
 We bobbed up and down in the water, and talked some more. World events, entertainment, politics, quilting, quilting politics. You name it, we covered it. 
 And when we were tired of swimming, we got out, toweled off…
 …and did some eating!
 Eating was the second most popular activity of the weekend. 
 We all took turns making the meals, and I’m telling you, we ate like queens! (That’s grilled peaches, Tres leches cake, and coconut ice cream for dessert at one of the meals)
 And Doris made these AMAZING savoury pies for lunch on Sunday. I’m still drooling over the memory. 
 As the day ended, and the sun began to go down, we all waited to see the sunset. 
 And we were not disappointed. 
 It was absolutely gorgeous. 
 But of course, all good things must come to an end. After two lovely days of sewing and laughing and eating and drinking we packed away our machines, swept up a surprisingly large amount of lint and thread clippings, and headed back down the highway to our homes.
A special thanks again to our kind and generous hosts, the Van Halems. Can’t wait to do it again!