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

September 28, 2022 (in-person)
Please join us for our first in-person meeting in over two years. We will not have a speaker at this
meeting, but instead we will be asking our members to share their quilts made over the past two years.
We are hoping to fill our meeting space with quilts. The HST challenge quilts will be on display for voting
on, outreach quilt kits will be available for pick up and best of all a chance to catch up with fellow guild

October 26, 2022: Guest Speaker is Robin Bogaert 

8043530Trunk Show Collage Robin Bogaert

Join us for a trunk show with Robin Bogaert called My Quilting Journey.

Robin is a long arm quilter, creator and blogger at and has many years of quilting experience.

Robin was the past owner of a quilt shop in Windsor, Ontario and now resides in Waterloo. Robin’s roots in quilting are traditional, however she appreciates modern quilt design as well and considers the focus of work to be designing, teaching, trunk shows, free motion quilting, ruler work and thread painting.

Robin was featured in the Summer 2016 and 2017 (Canada 150th) edition of Quilters’ Connection Magazine and a guest contributor at

Robin was also the guest artist Trunk Show presenter at the St Jacobs Quilt Festival in 2019. Robin is a new Bernina Brand Ambassador .

Please join us for her trunk show!

November 23, 2022: Guest Speaker is Cristina De Miranda of Ships & Violins.

Thru-Quilting: My Journey Thru Modern Quilting

Iceberg and Profile

This trunk show will showcase quilts designed by Cristina De Miranda of Ships & Violins. The journey begins with a look at her improvised patchwork pillow covers inspired by a thru-hike of the East Coast Trail, and continues through her designs as a burgeoning modern quilt pattern designer. The show will include details about her inspiration, her approach to design, and how pursuing a creative business is not so different from a long walk in the woods.

Bio: Cristina De Miranda is a Canadian designer and instructor based in Toronto. Her work has been published in Canadian and International publications since the inception of Ships & Violins in 2018. She has a unique style consisting of bold colours, graphic elements, and dynamic layouts. Explore more at or follow her on Instagram @shipsandviolins.

January 25, 2023 (Virtual)
A Million Little Stitches – Quilt Show Prep Meeting
Our January meeting will be presented by the Quilt Show Committee with information on getting your
quilts ready for the show in April 2023. Topics to be covered are quilt sleeve size and type, registering a
quilt, preparing and labeling your quilt for the show and how to sign up to volunteer.

February 23, 2023: Guest speaker is John MacPhail – Art East Quilting Co.


John grew up in South-Western Ontario and has been a crafter and maker for as long as he can remember. The maker influence was strong in his family and he would be encouraged to create at every opportunity. While so many mediums inspired his creativity, it was his love of theatre and costume that eventually led to his peaked interest in sewing and textiles. John received his BA with Honours from Dalhousie University. It was here that he discovered his love for historical costuming, modern pattern drafting and unconventional sewing techniques. John discovered his passion for everything quilts almost by accident, while searching for a sewing project to occupy his down time. This quickly became his career focus, and started Art East Quilting Co. under which he publishes modern quilt patterns and offers custom quilts, fabric goods and art pieces. He loves using quilting in various art forms, and has become known for his textile animal portraits. John enjoys spreading his love of quilting worldwide through his various virtual workshops which range from traditional quilting techniques, modern unconventional thread application and quirky raw-edge appliqué pet portraits.

Please visit his website:

March 22, 2023: Guest Speaker is Ana Paula Brasil
“Come Along, You May Shine!” is the title of this month’s presentation by Ana Paula Brasil. She will talk
to us about her creative process to create fabric designs, quilts and patterns. Ana will have many quilts
to show us how her art quilts have developed. This will be a fun and motivational presentation.
Ana’s fabrics are currently available at the Quilt Store in Newmarket.
To learn more about Ana visit her website

April 26, 2023: Guest Speaker is Bethany Garner

“Contemporary Quilts, An Artistic Journey”

Picture StudioJust Water Under the Bridge by Bethany Garner
Bethany Garner joins us for a presentation called “Contemporary Quilts, An Artistic Journey”. She is an
instructor, textile and fabric artist who has been designing and making art and quilts since 1976.
Bethany is a past president of the Canadian Quilters Association, member of the Kingston Fibre and
Fabric Cooperative, member of a couple Weavers and Spinners Guilds and a SAQA Artist member.
Bethany will share with us her art quilts, along with several quilts that started her on her journey so
many years ago.
Check out Bethany’s website to see her work and the many workshops that she offers.


















Saturday January 14, 2023 – 9:00am – 3:30pm


Annie Smith – Colour Sense for Quilting is all about how to choose the fabrics for your quilts.


You will learn how to:

  • Consider your fabrics and learn to “read” them
  • Give you the key to choosing fabrics
  • How to pick a colour palette for your quilt using colours that you love
  • Practice playing with fabrics


  • How to cut accurately
  • How to design unique blocks
  • How to sew accurately and achieve precise seams and points
  • Layout your quilt for maximum WOW

We’ll also discuss:

  • Colour Trends
  • Fabric manufacturing
  • What works and what doesn’t

Registration is limited for this class. (Class is open to 22 students)

Ticket/Registration information to follow!



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


Sew Social

Sew Socials are for Guild members to join other members for a time of Sewing & Socializing. It’s a great way to catch up with your fellow Guild members. You can pop in and out whenever you like. Currently the Sew Socials are virtual using the Zoom platform. There is no cost to members. Please join us from the comfort of your sewing studio. In person Sew Socials are tentative subject Town of Newmarket COVID-19 guidelines.

A link to the Zoom session will be sent by the morning of each meeting so watch your email.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022   10am to Noon and 7-9pm.

Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 10am to 1pm.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – 10am to Noon and 7-9pm.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 – 10am to 1pm.

Wednesday March 16, 2022 – 10am to Noon and 7-9pm.

Saturday March 19, 2022  – 10am to 1pm.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – 10am to Noon and 7-9pm.

Saturday, April 23, 2022 – 10am to 1pm.

Wednesday May 11, 2022 – 10am to Noon and 7-9pm.

Saturday May 14, 2022  – 10am to 3pm.


Get Ready for Quilt Show!

A Million Little Stitches

Friday & Saturday April 15 & 16 2023.

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

Quilt Show Challenge Guidelines. Details on how to pick up a fabric kit, rules for construction and information on submitting your entry are in the document: 2023 Quilt Show Challenge Guidelines. We’ll be starting to sell the kits soon and information about the Challenge will be included in the kits!
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 25, 2022 at 6:45PM, at the beginning of the regularly scheduled online meeting. The link to the meeting will be sent to Members before the meeting. Click on the following links to access the Financial Statements for the year ending August  31, 2021: 2020_2021 Year End Financial Statements – ROYQG The following links include the AGM Minutes May 26, 2021 and the 2022 AGM Agenda.



FORMS (to be used by members only)

RYQG Membership Form 2022-2023

RoYQG-Expense-Report (excel format) RoYQG-Expense-Report (pdf format) RoyQG-Deposit-Form (pdf format) RoyQG-Deposit-Form (excel format).