Defining Modern Quilting 4: Modern Traditionalism

It was a busy, fun and delightedly laughter filled meeting in October. Audrey is destashing her quilting supplies, as she downsizes, so she generously brought in many items that were free for Guild members. Trust me when I say that we had a hay-day sorting thru buttons, fabric and batting. 

Next month looks to be an amazing month for our Guild with Cheryl Arkison doing a Trunk Show at our regularly scheduled meeting and a workshop the following day. Kathleen will be some white gloves so we can ohhh and ahhh over the quilts ! Please remember the workshop will be a “bring your own lunch” day so you can eat when you a ready. Guests are welcome the evening of our meeting for a $10 fee that night. 

Ancaster MQG is doing Cheryl’s Improv workshop on Thursday in the day time. and Burlington’s Sewing Etc is doing a low value workshop. You have the potential to go to these other workshops by contacting them or contacting Lorna who has the details. 

Also we are putting a reminder out that during the December meeting we will be taking membership renewals for everyone. The cost has increased to $45 per year, which runs from January to December, as discussed at our previous meetings. Also in December will be our elections for officers. The positions open are President, Vice-President and Secretary. If you would like to volunteer please let an executive member know. 

Margaret had something to share after Sharlene was asking about some Grip Tape she won as a door prize a few months ago. Apparently Skateboard tape is wonderful for placing under your rulers so they don’t slide. But don’t put too much or your ruler will not slide!! Zumiez -a skateboard shop- in the Pen Centre has some of this tape. It’s very tacky !!! 

A special congratulations is also in order for Anne. She was recently featured on a podcast and tell us this:

I follow Tula Pink on social media and she posted a link to the podcast interview she did with Mary Fons.  I was interested and so I downloaded the podcast.  I am always interested in copyright and intellectual property so I downloaded a few more and then decided to join the Facebook page for Just Wanna Quilt.  I posted a little bit about myself and was encouraged to interview, so I signed up for an interview time and the podcast came out.  It’s been a really need experience and fun to talk about different aspects of quilting!

The link to her podcast is here: Anne Vandermey

Houses Houses Houses – You’d think we were in the Real Estate Market we had so many houses for our block lottery. 51 total !!! The winners were Janie, Jayne and Donna and we sure hope to see some more of their amazing quilts in the coming months. 

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October 20th is our next Sew-In ! Only a few days away. It’s fun too it with others and sew/talk about quilting/learn new techniques and share some laughter. As always it’s a potluck from 10-4 pm. And we are going to do a few random teaching sessions on Curved piecing, using a circle cutter ( or if you have some circles you would like cut just bring some fabric ) and Jayne has graciously said she would teach us how to do Bias Tape as seen in her Celtic Quilt shows in our Sew & Tell in the below pictures. 

Modern Traditionalism


An example of Modern Traditionalism. This Snow Ball Quilt that was cut between each snowball and inserted with a 5″ colourful strip is a prime example of how to Modernize a quilt with the colours and eye appealing setting that makes a Modern Quilt. Susan talked about how Modernizing a traditional quilt can be fun and give such amazing results.  The MQG defines it as ” The updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.” Another definition hat comes to mind is ” Modern Traditionalism is the use of an identifiable traditional block, modernized in some way, using design techniques like color, scale, symmetry, and grid placement.” Did you know there is a Category at QuiltCon just for Modern Traditionalism? I bet you each have done a quilt that is this concept and didn’t even realize it! 

A huge thank you to Stephanie ( who is down East visiting family)  so we all gave a Thumbs Up to her slide presentation that we loved!

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Tara is pondering an idea and looking for suggestions for a SuperHero Quilt. Each year the Children’s Centre does a SuperHero Run and since the centre is for our children in the Niagara Region it might be nice to work on something local. Tara is looking at a completion date of August 2018 and the run in held in October. Give some thought to ideas!


Sew & Tell

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Kathleen: This is a pattern by Mrs. H and it’s free. I’ve adapted the flap and put in selvedge pockets. We also figured out last night that it could be reversible ! 


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Margaret: This is a free pattern from Pinterest called “Scrappy Sandwiches” and is an ideal way to use scrappy strips of fabric.  * and now for our chuckle of the night: Margaret was showing us some underwear that she made in 1964 when she was at school in a convent and it was her first sewing project. The nuns drafted the pattern to show them how to make this “suitable” underwear with french seams and it was all hand stitched ! Mind you the waist elastic has come out of them but I don’t think we’ve all laughed so much in a long time. Margaret’s sense of humour is contagious !! * 


Lorna: This is an original “Lorna Costantini” pattern and is available on her website

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Anne: The cross quilt I made it up and worked out the math and it Worked !!! The Second quilt is from the Libs Elliott workshop and I used hand dyed fabric and added an extra border to extend the quilt. The Third Quilt is Indigo hand dyed from last summers Dye-In Day and also features from of my mothers dyed fabric too! 


Jayne:The quilt is called Celtic Wedding. The Celtic centre block is signed by all who attended my sons wedding. The colours were used from pictures that we did at a paint party! 


Pam I made this following the Libs Elliott workshop and expanded the pattern after making my first one at the workshop.  * Unfortunately we did not get a picture of a card that Pam purchased in Cape Town South Africa. She bought a Tea Bag design card. Pam says it was from “Original T-Bag Designs“, a business started in 2000 by a woman who saw a need for opportunities for women to help them escape poverty in one of the very poor settlements called ” Imizamo Yethu”, located near the city. The unemployment rate in this area is 70%  but some of the artists are able to support their families with their T-Bag art* 


Carol:  * Carol is the mother-in-law of our member Heather and was here as a guest.  

Carol says” This quilt is called Round and Round I Go. Heather gave me a bundle of Tula Pink fat quarters. It has taken me over a year to make decisions, what block, what layout and how to quilt. I used a quilt-as-you-go so I could complete it all by myself. 

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