2019 Modern Quilt Ideas and Barn Quilts

What a great meeting to ring in 2019!
Kelly here again! Our January meeting was a fun one with 33 Members in attendance and 2 guests that paid dues and are now official members: Janet Barrett, Grace Jennings–WELCOME!!

Our new Guild President, Heather, opened the meeting and welcomed our guest speaker, Peter Marett–more on him in a sec.

We had flowers to thank Susan for her time as the NMQG President. Unfortunately Susan was under the weather and so Tara offered to bring them to her as well as the card we all signed for her.

Then it was all business as Heather briefly discussed payments to the guild. The executive has confirmed that all payments to the guild going forward will be cash and cheque only–unfortunately we are not able to accommodate e-transfers.


And then onto our guest speaker! Effie introduced Peter and his wife Barb to our guild. He spoke on the benefits of beginning a Barn Quilt Trail here in Niagara. He has been inspired by several trails in his travels to Belleville and specifically Prince Edward County. He shared a power-point presentation of photos of barn quilt trails he has visited and a brief history on Barn quilts which are essentially a quilt block on wood. We learned that Donna Sue Groves was the Mother of the invention of Barn Quilts as she wanted to celebrate the heritage of quilting. The first barn quilt was an Ohio Star and since 2002 barn quilts have “blanketed” the United States.

We learned that our very own guild member, Janie and her husband, paint barn quilts. Several of our guild mates were actually documented in Peter’s presentation!

 In order for Niagara to have an official Barn Quilt Trail Peter needs to register 20 barn quilts that are 8 x 8 feet. Peter is looking for interested parties to contact him by phone @905-359-0079 or by email at pmarett09@gmail.com as well as on Facebook at Niagara Barn Quilts. Thank you Peter and Barb for sharing your passion for Barn Quilts!










Brenda took the floor to further explain the WIP challenge and collect everyone’s sheets so that she can calculate your points as you complete the challenge. Each month a new number of WIP will be chosen to complete. This month we will be working on #6- due at our February meeting.

We had a fun conversation about quilty New Year’s resolutions–mine is to organize my sewing room–what’s yours?

On behalf of the guild, the executive offer a gift to thank Lorna for her work arranging Cheryl Arkison’s visit. Not only did she orchestrate Cheryl’s time with us, but she also scrambled to make it possible for us to have a chance to host a second workshop with her! Everyone who met Cheryl and learned from her enjoyed that time immensely! And Cheryl must have enjoyed it too because she sent us a thank you note!

Anne shared about her mom, Joanne’s, fabric sale out of her home. She is offering many fibre art supplies including batik’s. Please contact Anne and Joanne if you are interested.

We then discussed our new monthly challenge program!
Each month we will continue with our series of teaching topics related to Modern Quilting.
And each months lesson is to become the next month’s sewing/block challenge! It was suggested that instead of making a project each month surrounding our theme, that we make blocks to possibly put together a block of the month or sample quilt.
Pam also suggested people could use their challenge blocks to make placemats that she could coordinate donation to Meals on Wheels.
January’s challenge was supposed to be Modern Traditionalism but no one remembered due to the hubbub of our December party– so now February’s challenge will be Modern Traditionalism.
Please check out our new tab on the blog where all the dates and challenges will be made available.

March 30th was announced as our next Sew-In Day and we were asked to bring our theme ideas to next months meeting.

We were then inspired by Show and Tell- Lorna, Jennifer, Janie, Brenda, Donna, Kathleen, Stephanie and Barb

At the close of our meeting Lorna was asked to share about the changes to Craftsy/Bluprint and how their platform changes affected her shop. Sadly many shop owners were notified abruptly just before Christmas that their Craftsy shops would no longer exist after the holiday. Thankfully for Lorna her shop is still standing but they have limited which patterns she may sell in her shop. Sometimes the growth of a company creates waves until it settles into a new rhythm which it seems is happening now that Craftsy has become Bluprint. If you have never checked out Craftsy– take a look around the new Bluprint website. Lots to see and learn!

Our next meeting will be Valentine’s Day–February 14th, 2019. Hope to see you there!


Sew & Tell

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Donna made 2 beach bags * however we really loved her tote that she carried them in * The brown bag is made with batiks and the other bag is made with Tula Pink and raccoon colours that went with it.  


Effie – This quilt is not named but it was a previous Modern Guild Challenge, however she didn’t know what to for the binding. The members at one of the SAQA meetings suggested that I make a scrappy binding using the featured bright fabrics. 

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Karen – the quilts name is “Lemonade”. It is a direct result of the Cheryl Arkison workshop that NMQG hosted in November. The workshop was ” Small Scraps – Big Options”. The backing was a thrift shop find and it’s all yardage !

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Janie – this quilt is called ” Snuggle with Me”. I made a scrappy pinwheels and wonky plus signs quilt for a friend who is getting married next month. Her favourite colour is purple so I used lots in the border and binding. 

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Lorna sys the names of the Quilts are ” Monkey” and “Always ” . The monkey quilt is a baby gift and monkeys and palm trees were the criteria. The always pattern is one of her own patterns and will be coming soon. 

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Brenda  – These are some blocks that I have challenged myself to sew to work on my UFO collection. 

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Barbara – My quilt is called Chirp Chirp. My mother loves birds. This is a Laura Heine pattern with matchstick quilting. I used batiks and prints from my scrap bin. * Also pictured is a the same quilt that Stephanie made on the left * 


Kathleen has  made 2 Phoebe handbags. they are a free pattern on artsycraftybabe.com. They were sewn as samples for a Workshop at Grimsby Quilt Guild in March 2019


Jennifer – Scrappy Table Runners. These are part of an Improv Round Robin that we did as a guild. I quilted and cut into 2 table runners. 

P.S. Happy 40th Birthday Kelly! Thanks for writing the January Blog!

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