The RYQG meetings generally include:

  • Outreach drop-off and pick-up |
  • Registration for workshops and other upcoming events |
  • Library book exchange |
  • Block of the Month drop-off and draw |
  • Guest speaker |
  • Display  |
  • Announcements

Please show your membership card or validated name badge when the doors open.

Find out more about our activities by selecting one of the options below

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Guild has moved our meetings into an exciting new platform! All meetings currently scheduled are being conducted via the internet on the Zoom platform until circumstances change and it is safe to meet in a large group again! Links to our meetings are e-mailed to members shortly before the meeting. Do not share these links! Refer guests to the Eventbrite links that will be posted below when available.

September 22, 2021:   Our September virtual meeting will feature a trunk show with award-winning longarm quilter Sue Patten.  Sue is a resident of Ontario who has travelled across Canada, the US and Europe to teach quilting on longarm and domestic machines. Sue’s website:

Guest tickets are available through Eventbrite:

October 27, 2021: Judy Lyons will be the speaker at our virtual meeting with a presentation entitled “Quilt Documentation and It’s Importance”.  Judy is an accredited quilt and textile appraiser.

Guest tickets are available through Eventbrite:

November 24, 2021:  Our guest speaker this month is fiber artist Al Cote with a virtual presentation called “How Did I Get From There to Here? Just Another Accident!”  Al had a successful career as a visual artist and then when his wife opened a quilt shop he got “hooked” on fabric. Al’s website:

Guest tickets are available through Eventbrite:

February 23, 2022: Peter Byrne is our speaker this month with a virtual trunk show.  He is an international award-winning, published modern quilter and teacher with a deep passion for innovation and design. To access Peter’s website:

Guest tickets are available through Eventbrite:

January 26, 2022: TBD

March 23, 2022: Arlene Nicholas will be joining us for a trunk showed titled “My Quilting Journey”.

April 27, 2022: This month our guest speaker is Carla Alexiuk with a trunk show called “Things I Have Learnt from Quilting”.  Carla has been quilting and teaching quilting for over 20 years.  She has found that teaching is what she enjoys most about quilting.






















Precision Piecing Workshop with Shelley Scott-Tobisch and Bernie Tobisch

Quilting technique class to learn tips and tricks for gaining accuracy and precision in your piecing.

About this event

● How to gain accuracy in your piecing

● Pinless Piecing to make every job easier and more accurate

● Press as You Go techniques to ensure your seams lay flat

● HST’s

● Accurate ¼” seams

● How to sew a pinwheel with all points meeting

● How to put together blocks precisely

● Technical machine assistance to achieve accuracy

Saturday Oct. 23, 2021  10:00am – 4:00pm

Please visit Eventbrite to purchase your ticket. $75.00

Quilters Corner

Quilters Corner replaced Block of the Month in September 2019.  The Guild offers Pattern or Row by Row instructions, Swap Exchanges to those interested. Please visit the Newsletter page to keep updated on current projects.


Retreat 2022. Due to the COVID-19 situation, a Retreat is currently under review.

Mini Retreat

This is a day just for you.  Bring your supplies and a mug and we will provide meals, beverages and a place to sew, sew, sew – all day. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the scheduled Mini Retreats are subject to change and are limited to a maximum of 40 people, each needing a single table for use.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 8 am to 10 pm – Location to be confirmed.


Sew Social

Due to the COVID-19 situation we’ve suspended regular Sew Social meetings as public facilities are not available. We have created a safe place to join other Guild members for a Sew & Socialize time using the Zoom webinar platform! There is no cost to members.  Please join us, right from the comfort of your sewing space! Please read the June 2020 Newsletter for details and check your mailbox for how to log in! Note: Dates for in person Sew Socials are currently booked with the Town of Newmarket and are subject to change given COVID-19. At this time the number of participants at booked venues is limited to 40 persons. Each person would have a single table to themselves

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 –  10 am to 12 pm & 7pm to 9pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Saturday, September 18, 2021 –  10 am to 1 pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Saturday, October 16, 2021 –  10 am to 4 pm – Newmarket Community Centre Room 4 (tentative)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 –  10 am to 4 pm – Ray Twinney Complex Lounge 2 (tentative)



Get Ready for Quilt Show!

A Million Little Stitches

Friday & Saturday April 14 & 15 2023 (tentative date)

I am pleased to announce the recipients for the raffle quilt proceeds are Kerry’s Place Autism Services and Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region

Thanks to everyone who picked up a kit or 2 for the raffle quilt blocks. All blocks are due back at the January meeting. Please hand them in to Wendy Morreau at the Quilt Show Table.

Gentle reminder, blocks were due back at the January 2020 meeting.

Click the link below for instructions or if you have any questions you can contact Wendy Moreau or Joanne Barton.

Block 1 & 2 Instructions – Raffle Quilt 2021 Block 1 & 2

Block 3 Instructions – Raffle Quilt 2021 Block 3

Below is a list of Helpful Tutorials Click on this link:  Quilt Labels for some tips on labeling your quilts. Quilt Hanging Sleeve Tutorial:  (From The Quilt Pattern Magazine):

Making Bias-Cut Binding –

Making Straight-Cut Binding:

Victorian Heart badge Instructions


Changes to our program due to COVID-19: Outreach continues with porch pick ups/drop offs. Please contact Outreach to arrange this service. Through our members’ generosity, the Region of York Quilters Guild has donated countless quilts to our community. Quilting for charity is a beautiful way to give back to the community while practicing the art of patchwork and growing your skills. If you do not want to make a full quilt, you can piece a top, take a top to quilt or be a binding star. We have many kits available if you’ve used up your stash. Let us know if you need batting to complete your project. Remember – pieced batting works well for small quilts. Any quilt is welcome and the outreach committee will find a home for it. Here are some suggestions for the sizes and kind of quilts that we donate: CUDDLE/LAP QUILTS: For children, men, or women. Twin or even larger are certainly utilized but most are about 36” x 48” or larger. PILLOWCASES: Minimum Standard Size 20” x 28” . Pillowcases will be collected on occasion for specific donations. Check the internet/Pinterest for a simple pattern using the burrito/sausage/roll up method. Presently these quilts and pillowcases are donated to Pediatric Oncology, Sandgate Women’s Shelter, Yellow Brick House, Belinda’s Place, Rose of Sharon, Doane House Hospice, Hill House Hospice and the Margaret Bahen Hospice, but we are always revising. BABY THEMED QUILTS FOR SOUTHLAKE NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit): Incubation covers:  Using only 2 layers, no batting, with a top and a flannel backing, approximately 34″” x 42”.  The covers are used on top of the incubator to shield the little one from the bright lights and add a splash of colour in a clinical setting. Cot quilts: Two layers only – preferably flannel top and backing (no batting) and approximately 18” x 22”.  The top can be pieced and backed with flannel as they are used for covers for the tiny babies. Bereavement quilts: These are from 28” to 34” square/rectangle. The stillborn baby is wrapped in a quilt and photographed before being given to the parents. The parents have the option of keeping the quilt as a remembrance. Pink or blue recommended. TOUCH QUILTS (NEW PROJECT): A sub-committee of Outreach will be collecting a variety of fabric with a ‘distinct feel’ to make small ‘Touch Quilts’ for persons with Autism and Alzheimer/Dementia.  Minimum piece size is 7” x 7”.  Materials need to be washable, especially for the high temperatures used in laundering in institutional settings.

Jelly Roll Race

May 15 Sew Social – Outreach Jelly Roll Race!

Time:  10 – 4

Zoom details to follow

Join us for a day of fun and many laughs as we have our first every Jelly Roll Race for Outreach!  With COVID and not meeting in person Outreach, and the many organizations we donate to, are in need of the quilts, pillowcases, and placemats that we provide.

If you can please register for the race and pick up your kit and pattern from either Saskia Loomans-Jones ( or 905-952-7676) OR Ann Marie Burlton ( or 905-716-8077) it would be appreciated.

The Jelly Roll Quilt will fit a twin size bed and take approximately 60 strips of fabric.  If you are able to finish the entire quilt that is absolutely fantastic – Outreach will take anything from a finished top to a finished quilt.  If you are able to provide batting or backing that would be appreciated, or need some to finish the quilt – please let Saskia or Ann Marie know when you register.

There will be prizes throughout the day, so join us for the entire time or a little while – we love to see your smiling faces and have a good chat and more than a few laughs!

Evelyn and your Outreach Team

Buy and Sell (Quilt and Other Crafts)
Table for Rent during Guild Meetings:  Is your sewing room bursting at the seams? Rent a table for $10 and bring your surplus supplies, books and fabrics to sell.  Not enough stuff ?  Reserve a table and share the table and cost with a another member or a friend. Sign up sheets will be available at the library table once we begin meeting in person again.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, our library has been not been accessible. The bulk of the material is stored on Town of Newmarket property, and, until we can get access to the collection, please hang onto borrowed items. We’ll be arranging a drop off/pick up event soon. Until then, if you are keen on seeing what we have, click on the link for the latest listing of all library books and rulers in our inventory. Library Inventory Updated Jan 2020

Under normal circumstances we would ask you bring back your borrowed books and rulers to a following Guild meeting so that other members can enjoy them as well. Rulers.  Rulers.  Rulers.  Do you have specialty rulers gathering dust in your sewing room that you purchased for one project but now have no use?  In addition to books, the Library would like to establish a collection of rulers for members to sign out.  Please consider donating your used rulers (in excellent condition) to the library.


Our Annual General Meeting (AGM), will take place Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00, at the beginning of the regularly scheduled online meeting. Voting at this portion of the meeting is limited to members only. Click on the following links to access the Financial Statements for the year ending August  31, 2020: Profit and Loss – 2020, Changes in Net Assets – 2020 and Balance Sheet – 2020. The following links include the revised Bylaws RYQG vApr1,  May 26, 2021 RYQG AGM Agenda and the AGM Minutes Oct 28, 2020.



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