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March Sew-in Day

First of all, thank you to all of you who joined us on March 14 for our Sew-In-Day. The executive team planned this event very minute with the hope that you would show up and you did. It is so great to see you and your smiling faces. 

We started with a warm welcome to all the familiar and a few new faces that joined us. Shelley Young updated everyone about what the WMQG has been up to over the past year. Then it was off to the races (sewing). Throughout our sewing time, we kept our sound on, listened to a few humming sewing machines, people did some hand sewing, cutting, sewing room clean up and one person even did some reverse sewing (a.k.a. seam-ripping). There was a question asked about fusible web, compared notes about what they do with scraps, recommended patterns for using scraps, different apps that can be used for colour value, a very wide variety of topics and many participated in the conversations. It really is amazing what we learn from each other while on the Zoom platform because everyone can participate.

Melissa Marginet announced the next "Challenge Yourself" theme which is "Minimalism", and there was a question "What is the difference between minimalism and negative space?" Well, there is a difference (see below). 

A great BIG THANKS to Leslie at Keystone Modern Creative who kindly provided us with a short video on making an ombre Twister pillow. It was soooo good, we watched it twice!

WMQG purchased a few prizes from the MQG recently, and we had two prizes for our day, a MQG ruler and a QuiltCon Together 2021 magazine. Congratulations to our winners. 

At the end of the day we gathered together and did an impromptu Show & Share.

Thank you to everyone who helped put this day together. Many hands make light work and you folks do it so willingly and with a smile. It was a great day, sharing, showing, chatting and even some sewing and just being together, apart. 

Be well, stay well.

March Meet-up

On the evening of March 24, members of the Winnipeg Modern Quilt Guild zoomed all the way around the world to Tokyo, Japan, for a presentation by Japanese Quilt artist Hiroko Miyama and her husband Masanobu Miyama. Who would have thought, one year ago, that the pandemic would allow us to visit with quilt masters such as Hiroko and Masanobu? A silver lining, indeed, to the restrictions we have all been living with.
After an enthusiastic introduction by WMQG member Pat Daniels who had met Hiroko and Masanobu on a previous trip to Japan, Hiroko began the presentation. Hiroko and Masanobu’s quilts are detailed, almost photographic works, with thousands of tiny pieces of fabric carefully selected by shade (or hand-dyed) to create a 3-dimensional and life-like quality. The realism of their quilts is absolutely breath-taking.
After showing photos of some of their award-winning quilts (many of which included their delightful grand-children and pets as subjects!), Hiroko walked us through their meticulous process of designing, then assembling the quilts. Starting with a photograph, she works with a computer program (Illustrator) to isolate and colour tiny sections within the photograph. Her expertise with the computer program was impressive, along with her ability to perceive and isolate the colours, highlights and shadows within an image. Next the pattern is printed onto freezer paper, then through a series of detailed steps using fabric, fusible webbing, ironing, cutting and precision appliqué, the quilt takes form.
The final step of course is the quilting, and Hiroko’s perfectionism and patience is evident in this step as well — carefully quilting stitches that give life-like texture to the pictorial quilts — such as the lines of a dog’s fur, or the veins on a leaf — changing threads often to give further detail.
The results are absolutely astounding. Both Hiroko and Masanobu are immensely talented and work at a level of artistry that was humbling to witness. This was an enjoyable and beautiful presentation by two gracious, warm and talented hosts.

Many more details about their techniques and quilts can be found on their website at:

Written by Ann Hodges

Our next meet-up is Wednesday, April 21st, 7:00 pm 

**Please note special date and time**

You will be emailed a Zoom invitation before the meeting.

Do you have a favourite quilting book/tool/pattern you can't live without that you'd like to share at an upcoming meet-up? Let us know.

Guild Challenges

Melissa Marginet, WMQG member at large, has planned a challenge to boost your creativity. We hope you will join in the fun! If you haven’t joined in yet, it’s not too late. We encourage you to join anytime, share all your photos at the end or every two months when the new theme is announced.

All pieces must be 8.5" x 11". In the end, all four challenges must have something to connect them such as colour, texture, shape, or another element that ties them all together.

September - October theme: Modern Traditionalism
November - December theme: Negative Space
January - February theme: Improv - click here for MQG inspiration
March - April theme: Minimalism - click here for MQG inspiration

Negative space is the unoccupied area that surrounds the objects, shapes, or forms in a composition. Negative space can be within a block itself as well as the space surrounding the block. It flows in, around and between our quilt blocks. Negative space is a powerful design tool as it gives definition to our composition. Sometimes the negative space in a composition also forms a design element that becomes part of the composition.

Minimalism can be defined as “made with an extreme economy of means and reduced to the essentials of geometric abstraction.” – Guggenheim

Spring Workshop Update


The Peter Byrne workshop is now FULL

If you'd like your name on a short list, please email

FREE Event for our Guild Members

In this live Zoom meeting an all-star cast of 18 quilt teachers will demonstrate some of their favourite quilting techniques over two different days. It’s a showcase of a wide variety of styles and techniques, from traditional to modern and art quilting techniques with something to please everyone! You will receive a PDF that includes written instructions to go along with each teacher’s demonstration, as well as a page with tips for making the most of the live demonstrations. This event will NOT BE recorded.

Come when you can, stay as long as you'd like, grab a cuppa and join the fun. Between each 15 minute demo we will offer short zoom tutorials that will help you get the most out of a Zoom workshop.  

All-Star Teacher line-up:


May 22, 3-6pm EST

Catherine Redford  Walking Foot Quilting Beyond the Ditch
Trudy Cleveland Photograph Your Quilt with a Smartphone
Natalya Khorover Hand Stitching on Single-use Plastic
Ashli Montgomery Storytelling Tees, pair T-shirts with Blocks
Dana Jones  Demystifying Design for Foundation Piecing
Kelly Ashton Calculations, Cutting, and Why it Matters
Margarita Korioth Dimensional Designs with Light Modeling Paste
Nina Clotfelter Ruler Work on Your Domestic Machine
Sheila Frampton-Cooper Curved Piecing and Using Monofilament Thread

May 23, 3-6pm EST

Sandy Fitzpatrick Fusible Appliqué with Decorative Machine Stitching
Andi Stanfield Building a Monochromatic Color Palette
Sue Sherman Needle Turn Appliqué for Hawaiian Quilting
Ellen Lindner How to Finish Your Quilt with a Facing
Karen Miller Curled Feather Quilting on a Home Machine
Joyce Hughes Thread Painting, Before and After
Lisa Shepard Stewart Ankara Folded Hexie Blocks and Projects
Ana Buzzalino Paintstiks on Fabric with Stencils and Rubbing Plates
Brenda Gael Smith Piecing Freeform Banded Triangles

Helpful Links:

Manitoba Prairie Quilters is having two quilt workshops in April including a great line-up of workshops. Please visit the website for all the details. 

Looking for a LOCAL Winnipeg pattern designer? Check out
You may recognize the names of all her quilts which are named after places in Manitoba.
C2 Centre for Craft has a great list of events, exhibits and of course SHOP ONLINE or IN PERSON. The C2 Shop is dedicated to bringing you the very best in contemporary and traditional craft by Manitoba’s finest craft artists.


April 17 & 18 - WORKSHOP with Peter Byrne, Hover Quilting
Wednesday, April 21 at 7 pm - TBA
May 16 at 1 pm - Kellie Kaczmarek, Ruler Quilting presentation
June/July/August - No Zoom meet-ups scheduled
September 19 at 1 pm - TBA
September 26 - WORKSHOP at 1-5 pm - Krista Hennebury, Courthouse Colourplay, 4 hours. More details to come.
October 17 at 1 pm - Shelley Scott Tobish Precision Piecing presentation
November 14 at 1 pm - Sarah Ruiz Quilted Fabric Postcards presentation
December 5 at 1 pm - TBA
Coming Soon: Newsletters will be posted on our website starting in April/May.
Please note: The Winnipeg Modern Quilt Guild will not record any meetups or any workshops, lectures or presentations.
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