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Welcome Quilting Friends!

It's been a month since our last newsletter and in that time Pat Daniels, our Education Coordinator, has been working hard at researching, organizing, and booking some exciting presenters, workshops and arranging demos. We've been very fortunate to have access to so many talented people at our fingertips. The Zoom platform also brings that talent right to us without any additional costs. The WMQG has brought people like Brandy Maslowski and Bernie Tobisch, to name a few, to our meet-ups at no cost to you. We will continue to work hard to support and encourage our quilting members with quality education at reasonable prices. Take a look at the Upcoming Dates below to see what's happening in the near future. By the way, we want to hear your suggestions for upcoming education/topics that interest you.

We'd love to hear about your favourite quilting book OR showcase your favourite quilting tool. We are looking for people to volunteer a few minutes at our meet-ups for the months of March to December.
Our next meet-up is Sunday February 28, 2020 at 1- 3 pm. 
You will be emailed a Zoom invitation before the meeting.

Agenda for February 28 **NOTE DATE CHANGE**:

  1. Cindy Smyth: WELCOME
  2. Paper piecing demo: We are so lucky to have 3 of our members demonstrate 3 different techniques of paper piecing:
    Marj Moore will demonstrate the traditional Foundation Paper Piecing. 
    Melissa Marginet will demonstrate Paper Piecing with Freezer Paper.
    Pat Daniels will demonstrate Perfect Points Paper Piecing with or without Stable Stuff polyester
  3. Quiltcon update
  4. Cindy Smyth: Show & Share Please email your pictures to by February 27th to get in on the fun. We love seeing what everyone has been working hard on!

Spring Workshop Alert!


Peter Byrne Workshop

April 17 & 18, (9:45 am to 2:00 PM)
The WMQG is very pleased to offer a workshop on "Hover Quilting" with international award-winning, published modern quilter and teacher Peter Byrne. This workshop will be a relaxing and engaging two, half-day event with both days starting at 9:45 am and finishing at 2:00 pm.

Please see for more details.

For WMQG members to REGISTER for the workshop,
request the PayPal link by emailing
Space is limited to 15 people. 

January's Guest Presentation

The guest presenter at our January meet-up was Bernie Tobisch, sewing machine guru and author of You and Your Sewing Machine. He started by talking about ways in which our sewing machines, presser feet and needles affect the accuracy of our quilt piecing. I learned a lot from these simple tips which could be applied to any sewing machine. His presentation was well organized with useful aids such as oversized needles and wooden blocks to demonstrate the effects of tension adjustments. He also gave detailed answers to machine-specific questions from the members. He referred several times to illustrations in his book, which I think will be a must-have addition to my sewing library.

— written by Ricki Jacobson

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
Here are the fabulous challenge quilts from our
January theme (Negative Space) meet-up...
Thank you to those who are making placemats. 53 placemats were dropped off at Meals On Wheels this month. The organization was thrilled and expressed their appreciation and thanked us. We are still accepting placemats. Drop off (between the front doors) will be from February 18 to 28 at the following addresses:
Holly Clarke 497 Waterloo Street, and Cindy Smyth 39 Norilyn Bay 

Check out our new WMQG labels!

Book Corner:

At the January meeting, Holly Clarke recommended The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. This book features many mix-and-match block "recipes" built by combining traditional piecing, such as HSTs, Flying Geese, and including all the quilty math you need in order to bring your unique creation to life.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson
Do you have a favourite quilting book or tool you can't live without that you'd like to share at an upcoming meet-up? Let us know!

Helpful Links:

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Have you looked at the Modern Quilt Guild resources lately? Take a peak, remember your membership gives you access to so much. Visit them at


February 28 - Paper Piecing vs. Freezer Paper Piecing vs. Perfect Points Paper Piecing with or without Stable Stuff polyester demonstration by our members, Marj Moore, Pat Daniels and Melissa Marginet
** March 24, WEDNESDAY at 7pm** - Hiroko and Masanobu Miyama, from Japan, 'Pictorial Quilts' 
April 17 & 18 - WORKSHOP with Peter Byrne, Hover Quilting. See the website for more details. 
May 16 - Kellie Kaczmarek, Ruler Quilting presentation
June/July/August - No Zoom meet-ups scheduled
September 26 - WORKSHOP with Krista Hennebury - Courthouse Colourplay, 4 hours: more details to come
October/November/December - TBA
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