Each year, EQG members have an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques by attending small workshops led by professional teachers and fibre artists. This provides a wonderful, low-cost opportunity to grow and evolve as a quilter.

Some workshops are open to non-members, if space is available.

Workshops are usually held in Studio C at Neilson Park Creative Centre unless otherwise stated, however many of our current activities are being undertaken via ZOOM.  Please see the workshop details for location and times as shown.


Your registration for a workshop will not be confirmed until payment in full has been received. There are two ways to register for a workshop: 1. Register and pay at a guild meeting; OR 2. Mail a cheque payable to Etobicoke Quilters Guild: c/o Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 1V7, Attention: Workshop Please include your name, telephone number, email address and name of the workshop with the cheque.

Cancellation policy

Due to financial commitments incurred in arranging workshops, refunds are not made unless a workshop is cancelled. If you cannot attend a workshop for which you have registered, you may ask someone else to attend in your place.

Upcoming Workshops

Drop Your Feed Dogs – Virtual Surface Design Workshop
offered by Christina Thomas for the Etobicoke Quilters’ Guild

Instructor – Christina Thomas ~ via Zoom
Saturday October 24th 2020 12:30pm 4pm (EST)
Sunday October 25th 2020 12:30 p to 4pm (EST)


  • Familiar with your sewing machine.
  • Need to have the capacity to drop the feed dogs.
  • Access to ZOOM

Acquire the skills to use your needle and thread with your feed dogs down. This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to be in control of the free motion designs you create. A great base to further your future creativity should you wish to thread paint, craft thread lace and/or free motion quilt your own quilts.

Students will be educated on the tools and techniques needed to create with free machine thread work. Students can expect to come away with a good understanding of free machine quilting as you create several small samples of your own. On the second day, students will create a small thread lace piece using your hoop and wash a-way stabilizers. Thread painting and sketching will be also discussed & demonstrated.
Student Supply List ~ Essentials
 Sewing machine with the ability to drop your feed dogs
 Sewing machine needles. (size 11-12) Embroidery/quilting and/or microtex
 Free motion – spring loaded foot
 Bobbins, bring a few
 Seam ripper & small fabric scissors
 Tweezers
 Threads ~ use the threads your familiar with from cotton to poly, a variety of weights is good
 Pen and paper for taking notes
Workshop fee: $50 for members of EQG, $60 for non-members, plus kit fee (to be determined)
To register or to ask questions, please email Jan or Claudia at and put “Chris’s workshop” in the subject line.

Christina Thomas ~ Fibre Artist & Surface Design Educator
The tactile and versatile properties of fibre have provided Christina with an outlet to discover and explore her creative spirit. For the past 23 years learning and teaching surface design has been her passion. The past few years Christina focused on being a student and completed certification in Design and Craft – Stitched Textile (Machine Embroidery) and Creative Computing into Stitched Textiles through City & Guilds.
She continually explores and implements as many techniques as she can, by dyeing, manipulating and melting fabric. Christina loves to create her own designs, both realistic and abstract with the intent of providing lots of opportunity to manipulate the surface


Peter Byrne teaching his

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 28, & Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
Times: 10 am to 3 pm
Zoom and Instagram required.

Hello folks, Quilting Instructor, Peter Byrne here! Wanting to forward information to you for our upcoming online Virtual, Hover-quilting Inspiration Workshops!
But first, allow me to introduce myself! For those who haven’t met me, my name is Peter Byrne.
I am an international award-winning, published modern quilter and teacher with a deep passion for innovation and design.
My strength is maintaining a fresh approach to quilting, with original designs and technical mastery. My goal is innovation, my passion is creativity and I am thrilled to have opportunities to share new techniques within the quilting community.
While attending QuiltCon 2020, the largest Modern Quilt Show in the world, my quilt titled ‘Starring You’ won Best in Show and my quilt titled ‘Cityscape” won Best Machine Quilting Frameless.
I started making quilts in 2009 and to further my quilting experience, in January of 2017, I joined the Toronto Modern Quilting Guild. I’m very excited to share my passion for quilting and look forward to interacting and teaching you online!
My Hover-quilt titled “Pathways” was showcased in The Appliqué Gallery in Curated Quilts 11th issue!


The whole group will meet via Zoom at 10 each day for half an hour for introductory comments and discussion. Then the written instructions, pictures, and demos will be available on Instagram. Participants can contact Peter via Instagram through the hours of the workshop to ask questions as they work. The group will meet again each day at about 2:30 via zoom for time to talk with Peter and each other about the day’s work.
Workshop fee: $50 for EQG members, $60 non-members
Kit required – fee is $35 (colours will be different from those shown at left.)
To register or ask questions, please email Jan or Claudia at and put “Peter’s workshop” in the subject line.

Class Description: Hover-quilting is a new form of raw edge appliqué, absent of fusible web. This innovative technique produces not only a beautiful controlled frayed edge, but also creates the illusion of Half Square Triangles hovering above the black background.
In this class students will move colour like never before. Using HST’s in a new way to create several design elements such as ‘Cathedral Window’, ‘Pathways’, ‘Lattice Work”, and a ‘School of Fabric’.

To get started, students will focus on preparing their quilt sandwich and make 36 HST’s and will move on to complete a 15-inch square mini hover-quilt similar to the one pictured above. Students will learn the unique design elements that make this technique so versatile and creative. Kits are available for only $35 Canadian.

After signing up, and prior to the workshop, I will support you with a suggested supply list, and a Workshop Handbook! I’m here for you every step of the way!
Here are all the places you can find me!
Instagram @petersquilts & @hoverquilting.
You can find me on Facebook under Peter Byrne
For further information check out my website at

Past Workshops

Here are examples of past workshop programmes that enhanced members and non-members skills with a variety of opportunities.

Applique Options with Elaine Theriault

Fee: $40 Guild Member / $50 Non Member
The two-part class provides the basics of applique preparation, how to choose the style of applique for your pattern, and perfecting the stitching. Several applique methods will be discussed – needle turn, starch method and raw edge. Various stitches for both hand and machine applique will be demonstrated along with the best types of thread to use and why. A small project (more focus on technique rather than project so no UFO!) will be worked on in class. The multi-part class will allow you to practice the techniques between the classes and get feedback to perfect your skills.

Tips and Tricks – with Elaine Theriault

Fee: $20 Guild Member / $30 Non Member
The best quilting tips and tricks learned from years of sewing and quilting will be demonstrated. You’ll get to view first-hand exactly how and why these tips work and have a chance to test out some of the tools discussed. Bindings, mitered corners, quilt borders, labels, ¼” seam allowances are just some of the tips that will be shared. Not only will you get to see the good, but you’ll get to see the ugly so you won’t make those same mistakes. You’re sure to learn something to make life in the sewing room easier. Bring your camera, a pen/paper, and questions!
Based on the book “Tech Tips” by Elaine Theriault – copies will be available for purchase for $15.

Paper Piecing with Carol Mason

Fee: Guild Member $50/ Non-member $60
Carol Mason has taught art for 30 years and quilting for 13 years. She is passionate about applying the principles and techniques from her art background to her own quilting and to teach others to do this too. In this workshop, she will teach the techniques of paper piecing, and will also discuss the use of colour and pattern in selecting fabrics. For this class, she designed an entrancing pattern for a pillow top that consists of 6 identical pieces. She will demonstrate the techniques needed, then guide participants through the process of constructing their own first pieces. During the class, participants will likely have time to complete 2 or 3 more of the 6 identical pieces, and Carol will demonstrate how these are to be joined together. Participants will leave the class with the know-how to complete the remaining pieces and construct their own pillow covers at home. For those who are so inclined, multiple blocks could be made to produce a spectacular quilt!
Participants will need:
– 8 fabrics, including 6 fat quarters and 2 half yards. Instructions will be sent to participants before class to guide their choice of fabrics and to tell them precisely how to precut the fabrics before class.
– Iron and mat for ironing – at least 1 for every 2 participants
– Cutting mat and rotary cutter
– 6” Add-A-Quarter ruler
– Template plastic
– Glue pen
– Thread in a colour that will sink into the fabric chosen
– Sewing machine

LEARN TO QUILT – The Beginners’ Quilting Course –

(This is an ongoing course that we regularly schedule, if interested please send an email to get on the list for information on upcoming dates and registration.)

8 Wednesday Evenings 7-9pm

You will learn:

• A little about fabric and colour theory
• How to cut and piece your quilt top
• How to layer a quilt in preparation for quilting
• How to quilt your masterpiece by machine

Adele Gataveckas, the instructor, is a very experienced and skilled quilter and teacher.

Fees and Supplies:

• $130 for Etobicoke Quilters’ Guild Members
• $155 for non-guild members
• +$10 fee (paid to instructor on first night) for all instruction sheets and patterns
• Includes in class use of EQG equipment and quilt batting.

Participants may purchase fabric of their choice or buy a kit of fabric from EQG for $15 (not as shown).
It is preferable to have your own sewing machine to work on between classes; however, a limited number of machines are available to rent for in class use, at an additional cost of $30 for all 8 sessions.

Learn to Quilt 2 (Sample This!) with Adele Gataveckas
Monday evenings – 7PM to 9PM

Learn the finer points of designing a quilt top in this up-to- date spin on a traditional sampler quilt. You will learn all the basic piecing units needed to build blocks as well as play with the colour and value of your fabrics to create wonderful effects, both subtle and dynamic. You will explore the idea of a random block setting for your quilt and practice working intuitively. Your quilt will be a unique reflection of your own likes and choices!
Previous quilting experience required.
• $115 for Etobicoke Quilt Guild members
• $145 for non-guild members.
• +$15 paid to instructor on first night for instruction/pattern book
• Participants must purchase fabric of their own choice.
• Participants MUST have their own sewing machine to use in class and at home.

Learn to Quilt 3 with Adele Gataveckas

4 Monday evenings, 7 pm to 9 pm

Some quilting techniques may feel too challenging to tackle on your own. This 4 session evening class will take the mystery and stress out of techniques such as curved piecing, y-seams, partial seams, diamonds, hexagons and log cabin blocks. There is no project to complete so bring fabrics you have on hand and enjoy adding to your quilting skill set!

Colour Theory Explained with Jen Houlden

Fee: $65 Guild Member / $75 Non Member

Join Jen for a spectacular journey through the tantalizing world of colour.
Explore the endless choices available to you and learn about value, hue and tones. Watch how warm colours and cool colours pop or recede. Discover how the colour wheel can be a quilter’s best friend in making colour choices easily and confidently. Define monochromatic, analogous, complimentary, etc colour combinations and consider how these may enhance your art.
Once the journey is complete you will look at colour in a totally different light and be able to use the colour wheel to select fabric colours which add pizzazz to your quilting projects

Bargello Workshop: Master the Technique with Michelle Palermo

Come and play with beautiful, eye popping Bargello with our very own Michelle Palermo.
Participants will learn the technique for making a Bargello quilt top in a size of their choosing.
Fabric requirements for different sizes are listed below and Michelle reminds us that small scale prints, batiks, solids and blends work really well to help make the colours flow. So start checking out your stashes.
• Fabric requirements for a small lap quilt or table runner:
o 20 fabrics/colours – 2 – 2.5” WOF strips or Jelly roll precut, OR
o 10 fabrics/colours – 4 – 2.5” WOF of each or 1/3 yard
o Get some extra fabric for a border and binding (not needed at class).
• If you would like to make a larger quilt, 2 jelly rolls or double the strips.
• Tools and equipment to bring:
o Cutting mat, rotary cutter, and 6 x 24 ruler
o Sewing machine, thread, and seam ripper
o Graph paper, mini labels, and pen.
Please note that the program will be confirmed when we have sufficient minimum enrolment so purchase your fabrics accordingly.

Free Motion Quilting for the Timid with Heather Black

Fee: $40 Guild Member / $50 Non Member
This program was so popular last spring that Heather Black has agreed to do another run of it. People loved playing with their machines and different free motion designs.
Heather is a member of the Mississauga Quilters’ guild, and an avid free motion quilter. Free Motion machine quilting can add texture, design and interest to your quilt.
This course will:
• Explore the use of needles, threads, batting and the cleaning of your machine, all in the interests of frustration free quilting.
• Provide a breakdown of the steps involved, methods for success, and useful tips to develop your free motion skills.
• Include a variety of machine quilting techniques that use both a walking and a quilting/darning foot
• Provide demonstrations and opportunities to practice straight stitching, stippling, free motion flowers, loops, hearts, meandering, feathers etc. as well as take a look at using quilting templates
You will be asked to bring 16”x18” quilt sandwiches for practicing on and for creating a record of techniques you will try. The sandwiches should be a plain fabric so that the stitching will be visible.
If you have a project which is ready for quilting, please bring it along and Heather can help you with design considerations. — All skill levels