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

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!

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. Tickets for Guests can be purchased through this link: Meeting via Zoom.

October 28, 2020: Rose Parr: Healthy Quilting. Meeting via Zoom.  For guest tickets, please go to

Guests please note that the Guild will be having our AGM prior to the general meeting.  If you join the Zoom call prior to 7:15 please mute your audio and refrain from participating in any votes.

November 25, 2020: Brandy Maslowski: Trunk Show. “Quilter on Fire”. Meeting via Zoom.

January 27, 2021: Lise Belanger. Meeting via Zoom.

February 24, 2021: Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, The Pixeladies!: Topic: 3 women 3 quilts: Meeting via Zoom.


March 24, 2021: Toni Smith. The Pixel Revolution. Meeting via Zoom.

April 28, 2021: Our April speaker, Sue Pelland, is from Massachusetts. As a young person she was introduced to all forms of quilting – piecing, rotary cutting, different types of fusibles and appliqué. It was the beauty of appliqué that she became passionate about. She developed a method which makes appliqué faster, without losing any of the beauty. By sharing her method she will open us up to new possibilities in quilting. Meeting via Zoom.

May 26, 2021: Guild Member: Kathleen Rodgers, Trunk Show. Meeting via Zoom.

Our first meeting of the 2021 Season is a Virtual Meeting via Zoom.

September 22, 2021: TBD






















• Virtual Workshop via Zoom! Thread Painting with Joyce Hughes!

Saturday November 21, 10:00am to 4pm. Cost is $75.00 per person and includes the $20 panel shown here:


Sign up using Eventbrite only:

Maximum of 23 participants – Minimum of 20. Registration restricted to members only until October 15th.

You can view Joyce’s work at:


Virtual Workshop with Maria Shell!

Date is February 6, 2021, 11am-5pm. Go to and search for Maria Shell!

Maria Shell


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 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, the scheduled Mini Retreats are subject to change and are limited to a maximum of 40 people, each needing a single table for use.

Saturday, November 21, 2021 – 8 am to 10 pm – Ray Twinney Complex Lounge 2


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! Note: Dates for in person Sew Socials are currently booked with the Town of Newmarket and are subject to change given COVID-19. At this time the number of participants at booked venues is limited to 40 persons. Each person would have a single table to themselves


Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 10 am to 12 pm & 7 pm to 9pm Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Jelly Roll Race

Outreach Jelly Roll Race! Saturday, May 15, 2021 – 10 am to 4 pm Location: Your home! Via Zoom!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – 10 am to 12 pm & 7 pm to 9pm Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Saturday, June 19, 2021 – 10 am to 1 pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Wednesday, July 23, 2021 – 10 am to 12 pm & 7 pm to 9pm Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Saturday, July 26, 2021 – 10 am to 1 pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 –  10 am to 12 pm – & 7pm to 9pm Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Saturday, August 14, 2021 – 10 am to 1 pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 –  10 am to 12 pm & 7pm to 9pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Saturday, September 18, 2021 –  10 am to 1 pm – Location:  Your home! Via Zoom!

Saturday, October 16, 2021 –  10 am to 4 pm – Newmarket Community Centre Room 4 (tentative)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 –  10 am to 4 pm – Ray Twinney Complex Lounge 2 (tentative)



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 and Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region

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:  (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.

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 26, 2021 at 7:00, at the beginning of the regularly scheduled online meeting. Voting at this portion of the meeting is limited to members only. Click on the following links to access the Financial Statements for the year ending August  31, 2020: Profit and Loss – 2020, Changes in Net Assets – 2020 and Balance Sheet – 2020. The following links include the revised Bylaws RYQG vApr1,  May 26, 2021 RYQG AGM Agenda and the AGM Minutes Oct 28, 2020.



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