Message from Carolyn Sheehan, Days for Girls

Join us for our first volunteer sort, sew and Social event. Many many jobs to do so don’t worry if you can’t sew. Space for 30 volunteers so sign up quick. As there is a room rental fee we will be collecting $5 to offset this cost. Bring your sewing machine, scissors and a smile. Can’t wait to see you.

Sort, Sew and Socialize with Days for Girls

  • Host:  Carolyn Sheehan

  • Phone:  647-242-7093

  • When:  Friday, April 15 from 6:00 PMto 9:00 PM

Upcoming Shows of Interest

The guild has received information about some events of interest to our members. Upcoming are two quilt shows, Dunnville’s Tiny Stitchers are having a show in May and the national Quilt Canada Show follows in June.

They’ve both sent along flyers with all their information. Mark you calendars !

A reminder – Payge Morris has openings for a bus to the Quilt Canada Show (leaving from Barrie) on Friday, June 17. Cost is $ 42, which includes show admission – contact her at:

Click here for the flyers:

2016 Quilt Show Flyer Dunnville Tiny Stitchers

Quilt Canada 2016 – Guild Poster

IPM 2016 Quilt Committee

Dear Quilters;

The IPM 2016 Quilt Committee was thrilled to have 80 amazing raffle quilt challenge blocks submitted for judging on Friday, December 4 at the OPP office in Teviotdale.  The committee thanks everyone who participated, and looks forward to assembling these into spectacular quilts for the annual raffle.

Judges Elizabeth King and Bonnie Murdoch determined the top three blocks based on criteria such as workmanship, creativity and incorporation of the theme.  Both judges live in Waterloo and are members of the Waterloo County Quilters’ Guild.  King has judged nationally for the Canadian Quilters’ Association and Murdoch organized the Waterloo guild show in September.   Both are long time quilters.

First place was awarded to the entry from Mary Katherine Hopkins of Guelph.  Mary Katherine’s block was a meticulously researched depiction of Wellington County.  It was created from hand-dyed fabric and used both quilting and embroidery to show all the towns, rivers, lakes and forests of the county.

Second place was a brightly coloured and whimsical winter scene by Nancy Winn of Waterloo.  It integrated more than thirty shades of green in the collection of tiny houses and embroidered trees.

Third place was a stunning jewelled sunflower by Robin Bogaert of Waterloo.   The block was skillfully thread painted and beaded.  The judges admired the intensity of the treadwork on both the front and back.

The judges gave honourable mention to the blocks submitted by Anne Peters of Guelph and Judy Pearce of Kitchener.  Both submitted well-designed pastoral scenes using contemporary quilting approaches.

As a special feature this year, IPM 2016 Chair Ron Faulkner, Minto Mayor and Wellington County Warden George Bridge, and host farmers Anne and Earl Schneider were also invited to select their personal favourites.   After careful consideration, IPM chair Ron Faulkner selected a traditional patchwork featuring an appliqued walking plow.  “This brings back memories of plowing.  It represents so many things; a tremendous cross-section of all the elements of agriculture” said Faulkner.  The block was made by Mary Townsend of Arthur.  Mayor George Bridge chose the rooster made by Brigitte Dimock of Puslinch.  He admired the intricate detail, the use of colour and the workmanship in the block.  Host farmers Anne and Earl Schneider selected a block with a farmer looking out at a peaceful autumn farm scene made by Pat Hooker of Mount Forest.

Submitted blocks will be incorporated into quilts which become prizes for the annual raffle fundraiser.  The determination of where the blocks go will be based on artistic decisions by committee chair Renske Helmuth.  These quilts, showcasing local talent, will be unique and spectacular treasures.   This year’s challenge had a fresh new approach.  The theme was “Thirty Shades of Green”, and entries were small, fully quilted, blocks, each with a noticeable amount of green.   Northcott Silk Inc. generously provided the prizes for the competition in the form of fabric bundles valued at $125, $100 and $75 for the top three blocks as determined by the judges.  “We’ve had a wonderful response to our fun challenge theme”, says Helmuth.  “This approach gave quilters lots of opportunity to express their creativity and talent.  Two large quilts for the raffle prizes will be made from groups of thirty entries.”   Raffle ticket sales will begin in January.

The raffle quilts will be displayed at “The Fresh Taste of Quilting” Quilt Show and Competition at the Harriston Curling Club on August 19 – 20, 2016.    The show will feature the entries in 11 different categories including “A Fresh Taste of Quilting” themed wall quilt and group quilt, miniatures, baby quilts and a youth category for quilters under 16.   These quilts will be judged in August in accordance with Canadian Quilters’ Association standards.   There is $4200 available in prize money donated by generous supporters.   The show will also feature a merchant mall, tea room, and viewers’ choice.  Click on the links below for the competition brochure entry form:

Quilt Rules and Entry Information_2016

2016 IPM Quilt Competition Entry Form_2016

Wee Quilt Challenge

Hello Quilters!

You are invited to participate in our 10th Annual Wee Quilt Challenge at McDougall Cottage in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.  The 2016 Wee Quilt Challenge theme is: The Myth and Majesty of Scotland

The entry forms are available and attached below along with more details.  Please feel free to forward this entry form to other quilters that may be interested.

Click here for more information:  McD Wee Quilt 2016 – Entry Form

Please note that the Wee Quilts are due by:  January 30, 2016

The quilt exhibit will be on display from March 3 to July 3, with a sneak peak on February 15, 2016 (Family Day).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Happy Quilting!

Anna Totzke
McDougall Cottage
Region of Waterloo
89 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada


We have noticed that St John’s United Church where we hold our meetings is collecting several items for their community outreach initiatives. If you are interested in supporting them, you can donate any of the following items:
-Toiletries (for My Sister’s Place)
-Pull tops from pop or other cans
-Campbell’s Soup Labels
-Canadian Tire Money
-Cancelled Postage Stamps
 Just bring them along to our guild meetings and we’ll see that they get into the right donation boxes.

Quilt Sale in Orillia!

Westmount United Church, 23 Westmount Dr. S., Orillia, is pleased to present a Quilt Sale on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For sale will be handmade quilts, wall hangings, quilted items, cushions and other small sewn items made by talented local quilters. Also featured will be a special “Christmas in June” section. Free admission, free parking. Only cash & cheques accepted for purchases.  All items are for sale.

Community Outreach Update

Thanks to everyone who has been working on our December donations to My Sisters Place and Matthews House Hospice.  At this point we have:

Comfort Quilts – 24

Stockings – 24

Cloth Books – 3

Pillow Cases – 35

If you have stockings or pillow cases ready for Dec 2, please bring them along.  See you then! 


Field Trip!

Jackie Baillie from the Alliston Historical Society is inviting members of our guild to Museum on the Boyne on Wed, Nov 12 at 2:00 pm.

 Guest speaker:  June Chambers  presents “Our Foremothers Hope Chest”

 Join in for a talk about textiles, sewing, & quilts.