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 |
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
Below is a list of upcoming Guild speakers that have been confirmed for upcoming meetings.
April 24, 2019 – Sue Bodis and Wanda Milankov (www.thimblesandthings.com), known as the “Sew Squared” team will be presenting “Rulers – You’ve Got Them – Now What?”. This duo has come highly recommended by guild members who have heard them speak and done workshops with them in the past.
October 23, 2019 – Mary Pal (www.marypaldesigns.com)
November 27, 2019 – Valerie Miller (www.valeriemillerquiltedcovers.com)
February 26, 2020 – Toni Smith (www.quiltoni.com)
March 25, 2020 – Ana Paula Brasil (www.canadapaulabrasil.ca)
April 22, 2020 – Sue Patten (www.suepattenquilts.com)
Applique Workshop with Kerry Burke
Ray Twinney Complex, Lounge 1 – Saturday, October 26, 2019
Kerry Burke was our speaker at our March 2019 Guild meeting. She will be teaching her “Hummingbird in Flight” pattern at this workshop. We had a great response to the initial sign up for this workshop and the class is full at this time. We will take names for a waiting list and if there is enough interest, we will run a second workshop. To see more of Kerry’s work, visit her website https://simplebirdstudio.com. Cost of this workshop – $45.
Machine Quilting with Sue Patten
Location: TBD – Thursday, April 23, 2020
Sue Patten will be the speaker at our April 22, 2020 Guild meeting. More details on the workshop will follow. Cost of the workshop – TBD.
Block of the Month
The Block of the Month program for 2018/19 started in September. The pattern instructions will be provided in the monthly newsletter and are to be used by members only. The first set of instructions was issued in the August newsletter to have ready for the September meeting. Going forward, each newsletter will contain a new set of instructions to have completed for the following month’s meeting.
The mystery quilt for our 2018-2019 guild year is Quilters Friendships from Border Creek Station Pattern Company, designed by Sherri Hisey.
The first installment of instructions will be 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. “La Vie En Rouge” by French General has a nautical feel of rich reds and beiges, having a light or beige tonal background. “Portsmouth” by Minick & Simpson is a classic navy and creams colourway with a splash of red. As with all of Sherri’s patterns, you are welcome to 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.
There are still spaces available to attend the retreat from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2020. At this point, registration is open only to our guild. On May 1, registration will be open to other customers. Both four-day and three-day options are available, as well as single and double rooms. The event will be held at The Nottawasaga Resort in Alliston. Your four-day weekend will include dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday night along with Sunday Brunch. The three-day option will cover dinners Friday and Saturday night and brunch on Sunday. Full use of a large sewing room and all the facilities within the resort are also part of this getaway. Registration forms will be available at the April meeting. When you register, a $100.00 non-refundable deposit will be required. Cash or cheques will be accepted. All cheques should be made payable to Nuala Evans. Final costs will be provided once we have full registration. Please note: we are currently estimating a cost of $480.00 for the full four days. Please feel free to send any questions to email@example.com.
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 2019 are:
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 – Location: Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2
8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 – Location: Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2
8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Come and join other guild members for a time of sewing and socializing. There is no cost to members. Bring your own food & beverages. Irons and ironing boards will be available for your use.
Sew Social Events:
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – noon to 10 pm – Location: Newmarket Community Centre
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 – noon to 10 pm – Location: Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 – 9 am to 10 pm – Location: Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 – 9 am to 10 pm – Location: Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2
Get Ready for the Quilt Show
Thanks to everyone who helped with the 2019 quilt show. We look forward to seeing what our members have to show in 2021.
Below is a list of Helpful Tutorials
Click on this link: Quilt Labels for some tips on labeling your quilts.
Quilt Hanging Sleeve Tutorial: http://www.quiltweek.com/hanging-sleeve-instructions/
(From The Quilt Pattern Magazine):
Making Bias-Cut Binding – http:
Making Straight-Cut Binding:
Victorian Heart badge
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.
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.
Some new additions to our inventory of library books:
- Oh Scrap! Fabulous Quilts that Make the Most of Your Stash by Lissa Alexander
- Explore Walking Foot Quilting by Leah Day
Click on the links below for the latest listing of all library books and rulers in our inventory.
Please remember to bring back your borrowed books and rulers to the 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 be held at the guild meeting of Wednesday, May 29, 2019. This is a closed meeting, limited to members only.
Below are the minutes of the AGM from May 2017 and the financial statement for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2017 which were reviewed by our members and voted on at the meeting on May 30, 2018.