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

We are pleased to offer the following workshops for 2018/2019:


Machine Appliqué with Ann Taylor

Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm – Ray Twinney Complex – CLASS FULL


Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm – Newmarket Community Centre

Ann Taylor is a member of our guild who makes beautiful appliqué quilts.  In this workshop attendees will make a small quilt approximately 18″ x 22″.

Cost of the workshop is $35.00 including the pattern.

Come to the workshop table at our next guild meeting to sign up and see the patterns to choose from.




Scrap Quilt with Kelly DuMaresqu

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm – Newmarket Community Centre


Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm – Sharon Hope United Church

We have previously run two popular scrap workshops with Kelly – one working with squares and rectangles and the other with strips.  For this workshop Kelly is going to teach one of her patterns where you can use up a lot of those scraps that you have been saving.

Cost of the workshop is $30.00.  Come to the workshop table at our next guild meeting to sign up.



Block of the Month


The Block of the Month program for 2018/19 will be starting in October.  The pattern instructions will be provided 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

The mystery quilt for our 2017 – 2018 quild year was 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 were provided throughout the year (with two installments given out at the November meeting).

Sherri Hisey 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.


More details to follow for the 2018 – 2019 mystery quilt.




Our 2018 retreat was held once again at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston from Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Sunday, January 28, 2018.


More details to follow for our 2019 retreat.



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, Nov 10, 2018 – Location:  Newmarket Community Centre


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, August 11, 2018 – 9 am to 10 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018 – noon to 10 pm – Location:  Newmarket Community Centre

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 – noon to 10 pm – Location:  Newmarket Community Centre

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 – noon to 10 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 1

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 – noon to 10 pm – Location:  Newmarket Community Centre


Get Ready for the Quilt Show

The Magic of Quilts Logo

2019 Quilt Show

Save the date – April 6 & 7, 2019!


Request for fabric!

Our 2019 quilt show “give away” is a key fob.  Could we ask each of our members to bring in five pieces of fabric cut to 3-1/4″ x 11″?  Small prints in any colour will work; quilt related prints would be wonderful as they will go with our them of “The Magic of Quilts”.  Thank you so much.


Challenge Quilts – 2019 Magic of Quilts

“What Does the Magic of Quilting Mean to You?”

  • $10 kits are available (as long as supplies last)
  • The quilts must be no larger than 18″ x 24″ (it is acceptable if slightly larger due to binding)
  • Each fabric in the kit is to be used in any quantity, however they must be easily identifiable.
  • You can introduce other fabrics into your design but as noted above we must be able to find and identify the 3 provided fabrics.
  • Work to your strength and imagination – they can be pieced, appliqued, painted, embroidered, embellished (buttons, charms, ribbon, lace, yarn, jewels), etc.
  • Please be sure it has been properly put together with backing, batting, and the top.  It should be bound in some fashion.  It must be entirely made and quilted by you.
  • Your quilt must be ready to hang and include a pocket for the rod(s) as they will be hung by fabric ties.  Please also include the rod (label it with your name).
  • Your name, the title of your work, category and the date should be on a label stitched to the back.
  • Categories are:
    • Novice (less than 4 years quilting experience)
    • Intermediate (4 to 10 years quilting experience)
    • Experienced (10 or more years quilting experience)
    • Winner’s Circle (has won a previous challenge in the Experienced or Winner’s Circle category)
  • All entries are due at the February 2019 guild meeting.  When handed in, you will be given a tracking form and a refund for your challenge kit.  The entries will be displayed at the March 2019 guild meeting and voted on by members for Viewer’s Choice.  The winners will be announced at the quilt show, where all entries will be on display.
  • Any entries that have “questionable” fabrics will be reviewed by 3 members of the Quilt Show Committee and a decision rendered on eligibility.  Participants will be notified in advance of the March guild meeting if they have been disqualified.
  • Ribbons will be awarded to the first and second place entries in each of the categories.
  • 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’ house.  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.  The members of the Quilt Show Committee will do everything possible to ensure your quilt is protected.
  • Questions???  Contact Evelyn M. or Sarah Y.

** A special thank you to Northcott for the donation of fabrics for this challenge. **


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, 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)

FREE to a good home:  The guild has two hand quilting frames available to a good home.  Both are traditional frames made from 2″ x 4″ pine, one can accommodate a queen sized quilt.

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:

  • 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




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)