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
Program

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Guild has moved our meetings into an exciting new platform! All meetings currently scheduled are being conducted via the internet on the Zoom platform until circumstances change and it is safe to meet in a large group again! Please read our June 2020 newsletter for details on this exciting new adventure!

Below is a list of speakers that have been confirmed for our upcoming virtual meetings!

Special Meeting! June 23, 2020: We are pleased to announce that our speaker for June 24 will be Lisa Walton, an internationally known textile artist from Sydney, Australia.  Lisa’s traditional quilts, hand dyed fabric, and art quilts are absolutely beautiful.  On top of that, she is an extraordinary speaker and teacher, having won the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for Quilting Teachers by the International Quilt Association in Houston.  She is also the immediate past president of Studio Art Quilters Associates, which is how I came to meet her.  I am very excited that she will be able to speak to us, and I’m equally sure that we would never be in a position to have a speaker from Australia if we weren’t doing a virtual meeting!  It will be Thursday morning for Lisa as she joins us from her home for our Wednesday meeting.

You can see some of Lisa’s work at her website https://lisawaltonartist.com/

September 23, 2020: Our September speaker will be Andrea Tsang Jackson, speaking from Halifax, who will present her work, The Here & Elsewhere Bee, which was part of the artist-in-residence program at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. This nearly 10′ x 10′ work tells almost 1,200 individual stories, while speaking of powerful collective stories of humanity. She shares her process from proposal to reality, the evolution of the project along the way, and the integral ways that it has shaped her artistic practice.  The completed quilt was awarded 1st Place in the Group or Bee Quilt category at QuiltCon in February 2018.

October 28, 2020: Al Coté: Guest Speaker: “How did I get from there to hear? Just another accident.”

November 25, 2020: Carla Alexluk: Guest Speaker: “What I’ve learned from quilting.”

January 27, 2021: TBD

February 24, 2021: Ana Paula Brasil: Guest Speaker: “Come along, you may shine.”

March 24, 2021: Rose Parr: Healthy Quilting

April 28, 2021: Arlene Nicholas of Quilters Bouquet

May 26, 2021: Guild Member TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Workshops
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are currently looking at a virtual way of delivering Workshops to our members. Stay tuned to your mail box or check our private Facebook group for further details.
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 for your Row by Row pattern instructions for the 2019/2020 year.  During the closures due to COVID-19, the Row by Row will continue. The patterns will be published in our newsletter. Prizes for the completed items will be handed out in the fall of 2020. 
Retreat
Retreat 2021. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are currently not planning a Retreat for 2021.
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, regularly scheduled Mini Retreat days are pending. We’ll keep you informed of upcoming events.

 

Sew Social

Due to the COVID-19 situation we’ve suspended regular Sew Social meetings as public facilities are not available. We have created a safe place to join other Guild members for a Sew & Socialize time using the Zoom webinar platform! There is no cost to members.  Please join us, right from the comfort of your sewing space! Please read the June 2020 Newsletter for details and check your mailbox for how to log in!

Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 10 am to 2 pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

 

 

Get Ready for Quilt Show!

A Million Little Stitches

Friday & Saturday April 9 & 10 2022 (tentative date)

I am pleased to announce the recipients for the raffle quilt proceeds are Kerry’s Place Autism Services https:www.kerrysplace.org and Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region https://www.myhospice.ca.

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 are 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://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/pdfs/tutorials/015-MH-BiasBinding.pdf

Making Straight-Cut Binding:

http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/pdfs/tutorials/006-FinishigAQuiltWithStraightCutBinding.pdf

Victorian Heart badge Instructions

Outreach
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.
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.
Library

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.

AGM
Due to the COVID-19 situation, our Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020, is cancelled.  This closed meeting, limited to members only, will be re-scheduled for later this year. Below are the minutes of the AGM from May 2019 which will be voted on at the AGM. 2019, May 29, RYQG AGM Minutes Below are the financial statements for the year ending August 31, 2019.  These will be voted on at the AGM.  Financial Statements YE August 31, 2019 Statement of Financial Postion YE August 31, 2019
FORMS (to be used by members only)