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 (Display Submission Form) |
  • 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

We are pleased to offer the following workshops for 2017 / 2018:


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – 10am to 4pm – Seasonal Table Runner with Sherida Giddings

(Note – this is scheduled for the same day as our regular members meeting at which Sherida will be our program speaker)

In this workshop you will use a sewing technique called foundation paper piecing to sew the pieces onto the foundation units.  Curved piecing and traditional piecing are required to join and finish the quilt after the foundation piecing is completed.

Cost of the workshop is $55.00 plus cost of pattern.  This workshop will be held at the Newmarket Community Centre.

There are only a couple of spots remaining for this workshop.  Sign up at Workshop table at the October meeting.


Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm – Thread Painting with Peggy Kwan

Peggy will teach basic thread painting techniques:  how to get started to create or change the background of a panel, machine appliqué and how to use thread to ‘paint’ on fabric.  Participants will have the option to purchase a kit from Peggy or bring their own small panel to work on in the class.

Cost of the workshop is $40.00 and the kit will be approximately $20.00.  This workshop will be held at the Newmarket Community Centre.

To view Peggy’s beautiful work, check out her website at



Block of the Month


The Block of the Month program for 2017/18 will be starting in October.  The pattern instructions are in the monthly newsletter and are to be used by members only.  The first set of instructions will be issued in the September newsletter to have ready for the October meeting.  Going forward, each newsletter will contain a new set of instructions to have completed for the following month’s meeting.


Mystery Quilt

This year’s Mystery Quilt Sweet 16 is from Border Creek Station Pattern Company, designed by Sherri Hisey.  The first installment of instructions was given out at the October meeting.  Eight installments will be provided throughout the year (with two installments given out at the November meeting).

Sherri Hisey has picked two colour ways of Moda fabric – already packaged and easy to purchase at any of our local quilt shops or you can choose your own selection of fabrics following Sherri’s helpful suggestions included in the pattern instructions.

Out of respect for the designer, please only use an original pattern that you have purchased.  Copyright prevents anyone from ‘sharing’ our patterns by photocopying Sherri’s instructions.




Planning is underway for the 2018 retreat at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston from Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Sunday, January 28, 2017.  Registration is first-come, first-serve capped at 50 members.

You may begin your weekend on either Thursday or Friday morning.  Pricing is based on an American plan including accommodation, meals, and brunch on Sunday.  Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) start with dinner on your day of arrival ending with Sunday brunch.  Two coffee/tea breaks each day are also included.  Lunch on your arrival day is your responsibility.

We had a great response with registrations at our September meeting.  There are a few spots still open, so don’t delay in signing up at the November meeting.  If you are interested in attending the retreat weekend, please print the registration form found in the link below and bring it to the November meeting along with your full payment.  Registration forms will also be available at the November meeting.  For those that have already signed up, your final payment is due at the November meeting.

Retreat packages will be available for pick-up at the November meeting.



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.


Dates for 2018 are:

Saturday, April 21, 2018–Location: TBA


Sew Social

Come and join other guild members for a time of sewing and socializing at the Newmarket Community Centre.  There is no cost to members.  Bring your own food & beverages. Irons and ironing boards will be available for your use.

Sew Social Events:

Dec 13, 2017 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Jan 10, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Feb 14, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Mar 14, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Apr 11, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

May 09, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Jun 13, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Jul 11, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Aug 15, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Sept 12, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Oct 10, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Nov 14, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Dec 12, 2018 – 6 pm to 10 pm


Get Ready for the Quilt Show

Save the date – April 6 & 7, 2019!

Preparations for The Magic of Quilts 2019 Quilt Show are well underway and we need your help to make some blocks!

The Magic of Friendship Raffle Quilt

If you would like to contribute to the Raffle Quilt by making a block or two or three, please pick up a copy of block instructions A, B and/or C at the quilt show table at the November meeting.

Instructions are also available here – just click on the links for the instructions for Bag A, Bag B or Bag C.

Raffle Quilt 2019 Instructions – Bag A

Raffle Quilt 2019 Instructions – Bag B

Raffle Quilt 2019 Instructions – Bag C

Blocks are due at the January 2018 meeting.

Happy Sewing!


Below is a list of Helpful Tutorials (From The Quilt Pattern Magazine):

Quilt Hanging Sleeve Tutorial –

Making Bias-Cut Binding –

Making Straight-Cut Binding:

Victorian Heart badge



Through our members’ generosity, 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, Vaughan Women’s Shelter, Belinda’s Place, Rose of Sharon, Doane House Hospice, Hill House Hospice and the new Southlake Hospice, but we are always revising.


Little covers:  Using only 2 layers, no batting, with a top and a flannel backing, approximately 12” x 12” or 12” x 16”.  Little covers are used both on the top of the incubator to shield the little one from the bright lights and as covers for the tiny babies. These can be made from leftover quilt blocks as this is such a common block size

Cot quilts: Two layers only and approximately 18” x 22”.  The top can be pieced and backed with flannel to provide a splash of colour in a clinical setting.  Cot quilts with light batting approximately 26” x 30” are also welcome. Cotton or flannel.

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.

Buy and Sell (Quilt and Other Crafts )

Angela’s Fabric Sale:  How to shrink my stash?  I want to celebrate, share and shrink my stash.  My fabric is spilling from everywhere in my house.  It is now time to shrink my stash and let you pick the fabric you need and have a lot of fun at the same time.  100’s of metres of quilting fabrics for sale – prints, solids, Christmas, vintage.   $6.00 or $7.00 per metre.  Fat Quarters for $1.50 each.  Email for an appointment.

FREE to a good home: The guild has two hand quilting frames available to a good home.  One is a traditional frame made from 2” x 4” pine that can accommodate a queen sized quilt.  The other is a Q-Snap frame – table sized like the one shown in the attached picture.    Guild Frame Sample picture

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.

FREE to a good home:  A traditional quilt frame for hand quilting. It has the ability to hold a queen size quilt, and contains rods for a baby quilt, single and queen size quilt.  Are you or anyone else you know interested in this frame?  Please contact Nora P.

Wanted: QUILT SAMPLER MAGAZINES from previous years (no longer in print):  The following is a list of Quilt Sampler magazines wanted.  Please note that the magazines must be in good condition with no stains, water damage or pages missing.  Willing to pay the Canadian price listed on the magazine cover.   If you have any of these magazines and are willing to sell them, please see Emily T. at any of the guild meetings.

2011 – Spring and Summer
2009 – Fall and Winter
2007 – Fall and Winter
2006 – Fall and Winter
2005 – Spring and Summer
2002 – Annual Edition
2001 – Annual Edition
1998-  Annual Edition

Some new additions to our inventory of library books:

  • Modern Patch Work
  • Scrappy Bits Applique
  • Sunday Morning Quilts
  • Landscape Quilts
  • A Treasury of Quilt Labels
  • Double Vision Quilts


Click on the link below for the latest listing of all library books in our inventory.

Quilt Book Library Inventory 2017


Mark the date: 

May 2018 meeting will be the garage sale.  This gives you plenty of time to go through your sewing rooms.


Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the guild meeting of Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  This is a closed meeting, limited to members only.

RoYQG_Financial Statments_Aug 31 2016 PW

FORMS (to be used by members only)

RoYQG-Expense-Report excel format

RoYQG Expense Report pdf format

RoyQG Deposit Form pdf format

RoyQG-Deposit-Form excel format