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

Below is a list of upcoming Guild speakers that have been confirmed for upcoming meetings.

March 27, 2019 – Kerry Burke (

April 24, 2019 – Sue Bodis and Wanda Malankov (

October 23, 2019 – Mary Pal (

November 27, 2019 – Valerie Miller (

February 26, 2020 – Toni Smith (

March 25, 2020 – Ana Paula Brasil (

April 22, 2020 – Sue Patten (



Tucker Ruler Table Topper with Sue Bodis and Wanda Milankov

Ray Twinney Complex, Lounge 2 – Saturday, May 4, 2019  10am to 4pm

Sue and Wanda will be the speakers at our April Guild meeting, with a presentation on rulers.  Join us for a workshop with these two ladies where you will make a table topper (36 “ square) using the Tucker Trimmer and Wing Clipper rulers.  Drop by the workshop table to see a sample of this project and to sign up.
Cost of the workshop is $45.


Applique Workshop with Kerry Burke

Ray Twinney Comples, Lounge 1 – Saturday, October 26, 2019

Kerry Burke will be the speaker at our March Guild meeting.  More details on the workshop will follow.  Cost of the workshop – TBD.


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.


Mystery Quilt

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.




Due to low registration, the Executive and Retreat Committee have made the decision to cancel the Big Retreat planned for January 24-27, 2019.

Please see committee members at the Retreat table for your refund.

The Executive will be looking into different events and ways to make your guild what you want it to be.

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 2019 are:

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

8:30 am – 8:30 pm


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



Sew Social

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:

Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 – 9 am to 4 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 – noon to 10 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – noon to 10 pm – Location:  Newmarket Community Centre

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

The Magic of Quilts Logo

Are you ready for the Quilt Show?

April 6 & 7, 2019!



Raffle Quilt

Thanks to everyone who completed a block or 2 for the raffle quilt.  Please drop by the Quilt Show table to pick up a photo and 2 books of raffle tickets to sell.  Please note – all tickets and money must be returned no later than our March 27th meeting.


Challenge Quilts – 2019 Magic of Quilts

“What Does the Magic of Quilting Mean to You?” – Please bring your finished Challenge Quilts to the February Meeting.

Ribbons will be awarded to the first and second place winning entries in each of the categories and announced at the Quilt Show.



Volunteer to help at the Show                                            

Please see Martha to sign up to volunteer at the Quilt Show – we really need and appreciate your help!


Quilt Show Registration

The following process is used to ensure that your quilts are displayed to their best and that we can keep track of every quilt we receive.

For each quilt being placed in our show:

  • Registration Form must be received by Friday, March 1st.
  • A picture of each quilt must be provided for each Registration Form (see more info below)
  • A one piece sleeve must be attached. Bed quilt sleeves must be a minimum of 4” wide. Miniatures, smaller Wall Hangings and smaller Lap/Crib/Cuddle quilts must have attached sleeves and be handed in with a ½” to 1″ diameter rod labeled with your name.  The rod should be 2” longer than the sleeve width in order to allow for hanging.

NOTE:  The Region of York Quilters Guild and Quilt Show Committee do not provide damage or theft insurance for your quilt(s) while at the show or at the ‘Receivers’ home.  Should, for any reason, something happens to your quilt(s), you will have to go through personal household insurance for the replacement cost of the quilt.


Quilt Registration Process:

Registration Forms can be obtained:

  • Online web-based form by clicking on this link New-Quilt-Show-Registration-Form-BY-HAND.docx
  • By completing the form directly from this link Quilt Show Registration Form
  • At the February meeting a committee member can assist with electronic submission.
  • Alternatively, pick up a registration form at the Quilt Show table and submit hand-written form.
  • NEW this year – if you indicate your quilt is for sale, you will be contacted prior to the show to confirm sale details.

Don’t forget to provide your picture! You can e-mail pictures to  Please save the file with the following naming convention – Lastname, Name of Quilt, i.e. Mattonen, Grammas Garden; OR provide a hardcopy at the February meeting clearly labelled with your name and quilt name.  All pictures will be matched with your registration.

Once your Registration Form has been received, a Quilt Tracking Form will be created and sent to you by Sunday, March 17.  The Quilt Tracking Form will have the number of your quilt, your name and the name of your quilt on it.  The three sections of the Quilt Tracking Form will be used as follows when submitting your quilt:

Part A:  will be attached to the lower back of your quilt using safety pins

Part B:  will be attached to the outside of a clear plastic bag containing your quilt (1 quilt per bag)

Part C:  will be signed and dated by the receiver of your quilt and returned to you to use to pick up your quilt after the show.  (The Display Location number will tell you in which gallery your quilt is located.)


Handing in Pre-Registered Quilts:

When you hand your quilts in to a receiver, please make sure you do the following:

Attach Part A of the Quilt Tracking Form to the lower back of the quilt using a safety pin.

  • Place each quilt in a separate clear plastic bag with Part B of the Quilt Tracking Form attached to the bag. Ensure your name is clearly marked in the middle of your rod (if it is required).
  • Have Part C of the form completed by the Receiver, including a Display Location number which you will use to collect your quilt on Sunday afternoon.


Quilts can be dropped off at the following homes from Friday, March 29 to Thursday, April 4:

Newmarket:  Evelyn Mattonen (905-898-7585)

Aurora:  Betty Goulden (905-503-0347) or Wendy Morreau (416-523-6139)

Holland Landing: Carol McPherson (905-836-4818)

Barrie:  Bonnie Greflund (647-224-2070)

Please call first!

On Friday, April 5, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., you may drop off pre-registered quilts at the Newmarket Community Centre but no quilts will be registered that day.   

On Sunday, April 7, between 5:00 and 6:00 pm please pick up your quilt.  Bring Part C of the completed tracker form, picking up at the appropriate location (upper or lower hall).  Please note, there will be a $25 handling charge for any quilts not picked up at the end of the show.

Evelyn and Paddy hope this process will ensure the safe handling of your valuable quilts.

For a hardcopy printout of the Quilt Registration Process, click here.


Click on this link:  Quilt Labels for some tips on labeling your quilts.


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, 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.


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:

  • Kool Kaleidoscopes by Ricky Tims
  • English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess
  • Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gautier
  • Free Motion Quilting from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Jenny Lyons


Click on the links below for the latest listing of all library books and rulers in our inventory.

Library Inventory 2018/2019

Ruler Inventory 2018/2019

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) was held at the guild meeting of Wednesday, May 30, 2018.  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.

RYQG AGM Minutes 31May2017 FINAL

RYQG 2017 Financial Statement

FORMS (to be used by members only)