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
Due to restrictions, the Guild has moved our meetings to a virtual format. All meetings currently scheduled are being conducted via the internet on Zoom 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.
We are hoping to be able to meet in person starting in September 2023!
May 25, 2022: Guild Member – To be determined.
October 26, 2022: Robin Bogaert is our guest.
Join us for a trunk show with Robin Bogaert called My Quilting Journey.
Robin is a long arm quilter, creator and blogger at quiltingintheloft.com 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 QUILTsocial.com
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: Cristina De Miranda of Ships & Violins.
Thru-Quilting: My Journey Thru Modern Quilting
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 shipsandviolins.com or follow her on Instagram @shipsandviolins.
February 23, 2023: 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: https://arteastquiltingco.com/
Modern Quilting with your Walking Foot (6 hours) with Melissa Marginet!
As a participant in this class, you will make samples of different quilting ideas that can be executed on the home sewing machine with a walking foot. Not everyone can afford a longarm quilter or wants to have someone else quilt their quilt, and not everyone enjoys free motion quilting. You will create samples of walking foot designs on small quilt sandwiches to help you understand what makes each design successful. We will also look at variations of the designs you stitch out. These samples will be a great reference for you when deciding how to quilt your next quilt. This class includes information on quilting all sizes of quilts on the home sewing machine. – ALL LEVELS Based on her book, Walking Foot Quilting Designs which is recommended for the class.
A Virtual event! The Eventbrite link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-with-melissa-marginet-tickets-208567279347
Saturday April 2, 2022!
Time: 9:00 – 1:00 p.m ET Cost: $65.00
We are so pleased to welcome Jenni Smith from the United Kingdom!
Jenni is a quilter, quilt teacher, Art Historian and author. She is the author of Quilting with Liberty Fabrics. Other recent collaborations find Jenni partnering with Kaffe Fassett, and Mary Fons through QuiltFolk workshops, working with the Sophie Hayes Foundation, and Europe’s Festival of Quilts.
Follow along as Jenni talks about Liberty of London – the 145 year old iconic British Brand renowned for their beautiful fabrics. Jenni will discuss her book, Quilting with Liberty Fabrics. Each quilt in the book represents a decade in history of one of the world’s most famous fabric manufacturers.
Jenni will teach you how to love Foundation Paper Piecing, which is an amazing skill to add to your quilting repertoire. We will piece together the Blossom Tree for the table runner featured in the book. Alternatively, the pattern could be simply used for a pretty trivet, pot stand, bag, or a larger project, such as a quilt. You will also learn tips and tricks for machine sewing with Liberty fabrics and get a sneak peek at Jenni’s amazing stash of their prints collected over 30 years.
- A paper template will be provided to all students so you do not need to own the book
- There is no requirement to sew with Liberty fabrics for this workshop, although they are amazing to work with!
- This project would make a Wonderful finish for Spring, Easter or Mother’s Day!
Tickets via Eventbrite:
To enquire about this, or any other workshop, please contact me, Wanda Hazlett, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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 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!
Friday & Saturday April 14 & 15 2023 (tentative date)
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: http://www.quiltweek.com/hanging-sleeve-instructions/ (From The Quilt Pattern Magazine):
Making Bias-Cut Binding – http:
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.
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 (email@example.com or 905-952-7676) OR Ann Marie Burlton (firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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.