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
Below is a list of speakers that have been confirmed for upcoming meetings.


October 23, 2019 – Mary Pal (

November 27, 2019 – Valerie Miller ( February 26, 2020 – Toni Smith ( March 25, 2020 – Ana Paula Brasil ( April 22, 2020 – Sue Patten (

  Applique Workshop with Kerry Burke Ray Twinney Complex, Lounge 1 – Saturday, October 26, 2019 Kerry Burke was our  speaker at our March 2019 Guild meeting.  She will be teaching her “Hummingbird in Flight” pattern at this workshop.  We had a great response to the initial sign up for this workshop and the class is full at this time.  We will take names for a waiting list and if there is enough interest, we will run a second workshop.  To see more of Kerry’s work, visit her website  Cost of this workshop – $45.   Hawaiian Quilting with Sue Sherman Ray Twinney Complex, Lounge 2 – Saturday, July 13, 2019 This workshop will run at the July Sew Social.  Sue will teach how to cut, baste and applique a cushion or wall quilt using traditional Hawaiian quilting techniques.  Students can expect to complete a significant portion of the applique during the class.  Quilting will be demonstrated and there will be opportunity to practice quilting designs and stitches on a sample piece.  This workshop is being offered to guild members at no charge.  Come to the workshop table at the May meeting to sign up.   Machine Quilting with Martha Schellingerhoud – Dream Big Panel Newmarket Community Centre, Hall 3 – Saturday November 16, 2019 – 10 am to 4 pm This will be an interactive workshop where you will learn about, and be able to try many different free motion quilting methods.  You will be challenging yourself to do a different pattern in each petal of the dahlia flower.  Some of the methods will be various all over patterns, arc gridding and easy feathers.  This will be a fun and informative workshop. Cost of the workshop is $50, plus the cost of the Dream Big panel to be purchased prior to class.   Machine Quilting with Sue Patten Location:  TBD – Thursday, April 23, 2020 Sue Patten will be the speaker at our April 22, 2020 Guild meeting.  More details on the workshop will follow.  Cost of the workshop – TBD.      
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.  
Retreat 2020 There are still spaces available to attend the retreat from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2020. At this point, registration is open only to our guild.  On May 1, registration will be open to other customers. Both four-day and three-day options are available, as well as single and double rooms. The event will be held at The Nottawasaga Resort in Alliston. Your four-day weekend will include dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday night along with Sunday Brunch. The three-day option will cover dinners Friday and Saturday night and brunch on Sunday. Full use of a large sewing room and all the facilities within the resort are also part of this getaway. Registration forms will be available at the April meeting. When you register, a $100.00 non-refundable deposit will be required. Cash or cheques will be accepted. All cheques should be made payable to Nuala Evans. Final costs will be provided once we have full registration. Please note: we are currently estimating a cost of $480.00 for the full four days. Please feel free to send any questions to
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 2019 are: Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2 8:30 am – 8:30 pm    
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:

Wednesday Oct 9, 2019 – 9 am to 8 pm – Location: Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 – 9 am to 10 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 1

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Lions Hall 3 & 4

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Lions Hall 3

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Lions Hall 3

Saturday, May 16, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Lions Hall 3

Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

Saturday, Aug 15, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 2

Saturday, Sept 12, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Lounge 1

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Lions Hall 3

Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 – 10 am to 6 pm – Location:  Lions Hall 3

Get Ready for the Quilt Show
The Magic of Quilts Logo   Thanks to everyone who helped with the 2019 quilt show.  We look forward to seeing what our members have to show in 2021.

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

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.
Some new additions to our inventory of library books:


  • Oh Scrap! Fabulous Quilts that Make the Most of Your Stash by Lissa Alexander
  • Explore Walking Foot Quilting by Leah Day

Click on the links below for the latest listing of all library books and rulers in our inventory. Library Inventory (Revised April 2019) Ruler Inventory (Revised April 2019) Please remember to bring back your borrowed books and rulers to the 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 be held at the guild meeting of Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  This is a closed meeting, limited to members only. Below are the minutes of the AGM from May 2018 which will be voted on at the AGM. RYQG AGM Minutes 30May2018RYQG Below are the financial statements for the year ending August 31, 2018.  These will be voted on at the AGM. Statement of Changes in Net Assets August 31 2018 Statement of Financial Postition August 31 2018 Statement of Revenues and Expenditures August 31 2018  
FORMS (to be used by members only)