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Quilt Talk


Due to the Family Day Holiday
our guild meeting takes place a week later this month.

Join us Monday, February 22

Gather at 7 pm to catch up with friends.
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Hope Church
14480 Old Simcoe Rd
Port Perry

This Month - 4 Corners Demo


What should I make for the Show Shop?

The success of the member shop at the upcoming Guild Show, “A Show of Hands”  depends on the creative items that members make to sell. We have an ambitious sales target this year.

Here’s an update on our progress:

Many thanks to all members who have already brought in, or are working on Charging Stations, Cosmetic Bags and Thread Catcher bags. We anticipate high sales in these “best sellers” so use your best fabric! Make two of each and keep one for yourself. Don’t forget that the Show is on just before Mother’s Day…

For our February Four Corners Demo this year we have chosen 5 new product options that will be demonstrated. You don’t need to bring a machine, just your enthusiasm, and you’ll go home with free patterns. This year we will demo:

 Dresser Boxes (they are so sweet!) – Judy Graham
 Luggage tags – Sandy Curl-James
 Sewing Machine Mat – Evelyn Morrison
 Drawstring Jewelry bag – Sandy Austin
 Chef’s Apron – Robin Bonkowski

As an added “crafty” item for the Guild members to make be sure to join us at the Members Make-It day being planned for March 12. More details will be revealed at our February Guild meeting and there will be a sign up sheet. 

Join the fun as we make and paint Garden Tables and Birdhouses!

Just a reminder that the following items, either new and popular or proven good sellers, will be welcome donations to our Shop inventory. If something is a favourite of yours then please go crazy!

 Microwave cozies
 Soup cozy
 Half napkins
 Sewing machine covers
 Full size Aprons
 Placemat sets
 Snap purses
 E-reader cases
 Tablet cases
 Cutlery case sets
 Trivets
 Baby blocks
 Baby blankets
 Doggie coats
 Table runners
 Wrist bags
 Animal theme door stops
 Christmas items

Thanks everyone for working hard to stock the store!  Profits will pay for our great Guild speakers and programs for the next few years.

Robin and Lynn

Show Shop Leaders

A Show of Hands 2016
Thread Catcher

Thank you to everyone providing our February treats.
It wouldn't be complete without you! 

Judy Graham
Marg Causton
Leianne McCallum
Lisa Bibb
Robin Bonkowski


President's Message

On this cold February Day we are celebrating Family Day weekend and the Day of Love.  What did you get from your chosen.  Perhaps flowers, chocolates or dinner out.  Maybe all of the above.  

My family is all home this weekend, so we will be having lots of big dinners and movie nights.

Quilting is a bit like Family and Valentine’s Day, we are always making something for the ones we love.  Maybe a wall hanging for their new home, a quilt to stay warm with or a seasonal table runner.  Everything  we make always has a bit of love or sentimental memories in it such as a small piece of fabric that was used in a baby quilt is suitable to go into another project.  

So take a bit of time and enjoy your loved ones. 

This month at the guild we will have our four corners or five which ever way you look at the room.  This is in conjunction with our guild boutique at the Quilt Show in May.  

Come out and join us on Feb. 22nd and get some ideas on how to support the member’s boutique.  The 
boutique helps support our guild for the next few years.  So bring yourself  and a friend and enjoy the fun and evening.

May all your Stitches be Forward

Nominating Committee

This year marks the end the of the two year term for the existing executive.  We are looking for a chair person to organize the committee and run the elections.  

This is not a hard job and it is one way to get actively involved in your guild without a long term commitment.  

You would be in charge of getting two other members to help out with the nominating committee. Then your committee would be in charge of finding members to stand for the positions on the executive.  

If this sounds like something that you might be interested in, contact myself or Joanne Reynolds. We will be glad to answer any questions and get you organized for this vital role. 

Thanks for your time in considering this opportunity.


"Fabricologist Resource Centre"
Another way to say "fabric stash"

Quilt Show Update



We are accepting registrations until the March Guild meeting. 
Get those registration forms together!

Don’t be shy; we will let you know if we have too many entries!

You can complete the forms either electronically or on paper. Fill out all of the details on the form. Be sure to flip the form over and include your quilt’s story on page 2. Be sure to also provide a photo or electronic image of your quilt; provide it as a separate attachment, so 
that we can forward the photos on to the show designer.  Make sure to include the quilt name and your name in each entry form, photograph or electronic file.

And if you have a large quilt – bigger than 96 x 96” that you have not registered yet, we may still have room to add it to the show.


We are pleased to announce that we have arranged two distinguished quilters to be the judges for our guild show. 

Karen Menzies, of Oshawa Ontario, has spent 35 years quilting, first as a traditional quilter, later as a contemporary quilter, and most recently creating Wearable Art.  She has served on the executives of Durham Trillium Quilt Guild, the Canadian Quilters’ Association, and she is currently president of Clarington Quilt Guild.  All of this experience was helpful in becoming a Canadian Quilters’ Association Certified Quilt Judge.

Martha Schellingerhoud, from Aurora Ontario, has been quilting for more than twenty years.  She teaches machine quilting and shows her quilts at various guilds. While a machine quilter, she also admires the hand stitching done in many quilts.  She is a member of the Region of York Quilters Guild, the Canadian Quilters’ Association and the American Quilters’ Society. 

Happy entries!

Quilts- A Show of Many Hands

Scugog Community Arena,
Reach Road, Port Perry 
Friday May 6th, 2016  10 am - 8 pm
Saturday May 7th, 2016 10 am - 5 pm

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m gong to be repeating myself in the next few newsletters with information on our show and adding a few timely reminders too - so keep on reading. I’ve put forms on our website too, so go to and check on the “Quilt Show” page. 

January guild night is a big night for bringing in your quilt registrations - especially for those large quilts. A reminder that they don’t have to be done, but a photo and information are required for planning purposes. We’ll take photos at guild night if you want to bring in things for us to photograph.

Making a Quilt Sleeve

Sleeves for anything you want us to hang need to be at least 4” high. So how do you do that?
  • Measure the width of your quilt along the side you want at the top
  • Cut and/or piece one long strip 8.5” by the width of your quilt
  • Fold each end over 1/2” twice and topstitch
  • Fold sleeve in half the length of the sleeve, wrong sides of fabric together, sew 1/4” seam
  • Iron the seam open, turn sleeve right side out, with the seam centred on one side, iron one of the long sides (this edge of the sleeve will be sewn on the back of your quilt at least 1/2” below the top edge of your quilt)
  • Before you sew it on, iron the bottom edge - but here’s the trick: fold the bottom up about 1/2” and iron (this makes your sleeve into a sling that helps it hang beautifully)
  • Pin the sleeve to the back of your quilt, at least 1/2” below the top of the quilt, and centred, with the seam next to the quilt back and the “extra” fabric at the bottom. You should find it sits about 1” in at either end. Hand sew (watching your favourite TV show) along both ironed folds and you’ll see how you now have a bit of sling so that the quilt is both easy to hang and hangs nicely.
  • Do not use pins in place of the hand sewing!
If you are going to hang a large quilt on a wall after the show you should make the sleeve in two pieces with a two inch gap between the two pieces. That way when you install a rod you can add a wall bracket in the middle as well as at both ends so that your rod and quilt gets extra support and does not sag in the middle! 

Show Challenge


Theme: A Show of Many Hands

DUE DATE: April 18, 2016 (Guild Night)

Here’s your challenge, should you choose to participate! Create an original quilt to be  part of a group display at our show.  

Concept: We’re hosting a handful of vendors who do fine craft, such as weaving, pottery, woodwork, to set up displays and sell their work at our guild show “A Show of Many Hands”. 

Let’s celebrate the many processes of fine craft in whatever your solution is to this challenge.



• Size must be 24” x 24”

• Design must be original, and celebrate the theme of “ A Show of Hands”. The design can be traditional blocks, abstract or pictorial. 

• Techniques can include any quilting method be it piecing, appliqué, thread painting, trapunto or 
paper piecing etc.

• Your quilt must incorporate at least one additional piece of fine craft such as something 
handwoven, knitted or sculpted. You could include hand-made lace, a piece of pottery or 
jewelry or hand carved wood. You may include any fabric you wish. 

• This extra fine craft item could be a piece of your grandmother’s rug hooking, a lace napkin 
you bought at an antique store or a piece of jewelry you made yourself. 

• The quilt must be finished with the usual three layers, quilted, bound in any method and it must 
have a label and a hanging sleeve.

Your Personal Show To Do List

• Make a list of the quilts you’ve made since our last quilt show in May of 2012. You’ve probably made more than you realize. List the ones you’d like to show, and if you’ve given them away or sold them, ask to borrow them for the weekend. 

• Make a list of the UFO’s you’d like to finish for the show.

• List the guild challenges quilts you’ve done.

• Plan to put hanging sleeves and labels on all quilts.

• Fill out an entry form for each quilt. 

• Take a photo of each quilt and print off an image to go with you entry form.

• Make a list of the quilts you’d like to sell. All sales will be handled in our Guild Shop. 
Commission to the guild is 20% of retail. Large quilts will hang in the show, and smaller items will go in the Guild Shop. 

• Consider what you can make to donate to the Guild (remember that the money we raise at the show pays for our guest speakers for the next three years!) Our committee will select items to go in the Guild Shop, Silent Auction or Chinese Auction. Make things you like to make: baby quilts, runners, placemats, art quilts, wallets, purses, aprons. 

• We are adding non-quilt items to our Silent Auction. Could you or a company you know,
donate an item or gift basket? 

• Register your large bed quilts by January 18 guild night 

• Register all other quilts by March 21 guild night.


Marion Meyers


In the Know

A Show of Many Hands reminder –register your quilts early for our Guild Quilt show in May.
Start filling out your registration forms for this year’s quilt show. Now don’t be shy; the more quilts we have, the better our guild show will be.
Remember that we need to know about your large quilts early so that we can order the larger frames to hold them! Please register your large quilts by the January meeting!
See the Quilt Show 2016 tab on the website to download the Registration form. And bring them along to the guild meetings so that Dianne can get a picture of them to attach to the Registration forms.

Lollygagging to Toronto

The Patchers members are adding to the CQA’s Lollygagging trail with your Show and Share contributions. With a tally of 2,486 inches in January, we are well past 15,000 inches in just 4 months. Keep it up as we build to two big events this year – our guild show in May and the CQA Quilt Canada in Toronto in June.
Joanne Reynolds

CQA National Juried Show

Toronto June 15-18, 2016

As well as preparing for our Port Perry Patchers Guild Show in May 2016, the next CQA show will be in Toronto next June; this is a great opportunity to try entering your pieces into a national juried show.

For those who would like to take up this challenge, I’ve done a bit of research on dates and requirements, so that you know that you can enter your quilt into both the Patchers Guild Show and the National Juried Show (NJS).
For NJS:
  • Quilt must be completed after January 1, 2014
  • Quilt must not have been shown in a Canadian national juried show prior to June 2016
  • Written permission is required from designer/publisher/instructor if you used a book or pattern or started the quilt in class or workshop
  • Quilt must be completed (and photo’d) by February 3, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance to quilter on February 26, 2016
  • Accepted pieces are to be shipped to NJS May 25-June 3, 2016
See the CQA website for more details about entries. Also, check out rest of the CQA website for the list of workshops offered from a wide variety of instructors and the volunteer opportunities to get involved with the show.

Joanne Reynolds


If you stitch fast enough,
does it count as aerobic exercise?


We've got great plans coming up that we know you won't want to miss.
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