January Meeting

Our community quilting night was a big success, with lots of socializing getting done along with making quilt blocks! There were 25 finished quilts delivered to the guild, which meant that Wendy Dines went home with way more than she came with. These quilts will be going to good homes, donated to the Syrian refugees that have recently arrived in Toronto.

Here are a few photos from the evening and some of the other activities- Sandy accepting sign ups for the Kathy Doughty workshops at Quilts at the Creek this summer, Fabric Spark had an exciting array of fabrics for sale, and Annabelle was signing up people for Jan McGoey’s workshop. There was also a walk about by volunteers with the quilts donated to the guild. Good work, guild!

I hope you have started your quilt for the juried challenge this may, Out of the Blue. Details for the challenge can be found on the Display and Competition page

February is member’s showcase month, with 6 stations set up. Each station will be a demo hosted by one of our guild members, and you will be able to choose several which you are interested in and move from station to station. This has been a tremendous success in the past, and shows what a talented pool ofpeople we have in our membership. See you then!

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YHQG Community Quilting in Action!

We had a speaker from Sojourn House last month, a group that provides an essential lifeline to refugees coming to Toronto to escape unlawful persecution.   Assistance is in the form of counselling and housing; they are the helping hand and the umbrella of hope for refugees while they begin to rebuild a life. The quilts made by YH members go a long way to bring warmth, colour and beauty into the lives of their clients.

A former guild member, Alia Awan, heard the speaker and was moved to make a substantial donation of batting to Community Quilting. Her donation was so generous – ten boxes of packaged batting – enough to make one hundred and twenty (120!!!) comfort quilts. The dollar value was a thousand dollars. Community Quilts and YHQG sends a great big THANK YOU to Alia Awan for her generosity. Many, many people will benefit from your big heart and generous gift.

As mentioned at the November Guild meeting, the large influx of Syrian refugees means that a large number of quilts will be given as gifts of warmth, welcome and beauty. The Fairlawn Avenue United Church has already furnished an apartment for the family they are sponsoring, and we provided quilts. In a thank you email, they wrote: ” They are beautiful quilts and will help to make this a warm and welcoming home for the  family”.

A number of guild members have contacted me requesting quilts for their sponsoring organizations. Every attempt will be made to provide at least two quilts per family…. and more if we receive more quilts from guild members. Please, DO get in touch with me (at yhqg.community@gmail.com) to add your group to the list.

So many quilts, quilted sandwiches and tops were brought to the Community Quilting table…..the volunteers were so overwhelmed that accurate record-keeping of all contributors went awry. Thanks so very much to all who contributed….we’ll make a concerted effort to ensure that, in future, each and every one will be acknowledged here in this newsletter.

For the January Guild meeting, you can look forward to participating in a good old-fashioned quilting bee.   There are three different activities for which you are asked to bring your portable sewing kit including small &/or large scissors, needle, thimble, needle threaders, a 6″ ruler, marking pencil and thread, plus a mug for tea or coffee.

  1. You will have the opportunity to learn ‘how to’ do Hexies. Jan McGoey has done much preparation in ‘fussy-cutting’ for this project.
  2. Another option is putting together slab-blocks that will form the basis for blocks for comfort quilts.
  3. Lastly, Bev Stevens will be demonstrating the best way to handle all those various fabrics used to assemble a touch quilt. We need three or four people to bring their sewing machine to assemble a touch quilt. So we only have the required number, PLEASE, contact me – Wendy Dines – yhqg.community@gmail.com – to sign up for one of these spots.

FOR SALE :   A Little Gracie II quilting frame….”It’ll turn your personal sewing machine into a home quilting system”. It’s made of engineered hard birch wood, aluminum and plastic, with steel roller bearings. It’s yours for $200 AND all the proceeds will go to Community Quilting! For a full description, go to wwwgraceframe.com.

Contact Wendy Dines yhqg.community@gmail.com to arrange a demonstration.



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New Saturday Workshop

Exciting news! We have added a workshop for Saturday March 12th 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, at 105 Wilson Avenue (click here for map). The workshop is being given by Jan McGoey, and the title is “Precision Hand Piecing: Castle Wall and Border Prints.”  Jan was Quilter of the Month this October, and many guild members expressed interest in her techniques.  Finding the right fabric is critical to her design, so template material and instructions will be available for everyone. Also available to purchase: fabric ($5/m)  and/or fabric kits (~$8/kit), sufficient  for one block.

Learn how to hand piece intricate 8-pointed star blocks using border prints to create unique designs. Precise “fussy-cutting” and hand piecing result in complex, one-of-a-kind blocks that can be used as a cushion cover,  a centre-piece for a medallion quilt, a sampler quilt, or a kaleidoscope melange. Although the process takes time, it is not difficult and the results are worth it!

Below are some of her blocks:

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Reserve your spot by emailing Annabelle yhqg.workshop1@gmail.com or register and payt at the January meeting to confirm your place in this class. Cost of the class will be $45.00 (plus fabric/kits if desired).

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Busy at Community Quilts

Yes, they are always busy at Community Quilts- take a look at the batting that has arrived, to be used in their quilts. WOW!batting

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November meeting

What a busy evening!

Members had Christmas items for sale, Community Quilts had lots of kits, fabric, and quilts tempting us, the workshop sign-ups table was busy, and Heather Stewart was our speaker of the month. Here are some of the works she showed at the guild. (click on first photo for larger image and slideshow).

To see photos from our Quilter of the Month (Shirley Dawson), and show and tell, click here.

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Sue Spargo news

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Sue, we feel it’s important to share some very difficult news with you. In the recent weeks Sue has been diagnosed with breast cancer; she is in good spirits as she prepares to begin her treatment next week. Sue plans to continue her work in her studio here in northeast Ohio. We ask that you join us in surrounding Sue with much love and encouragement as she prepares to embark on this difficult journey.

Much love from Sue, Kelly, Andrew, Jason and Aimee

We would love to surround Sue with buckets of strength from her fellow stitchers. Please mail notes of encouragement to:

Sue’s Corner
℅ Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts
3755 Boettler Oaks Drive
Uniontown, Ohio 44685

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Romancing the Needle

Our past president Jane sent along a link to this article to share, about the pleasures of sewing on a button the RIGHT way, and the return of handcrafting in the computer age..  enjoy!


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Heather Stewart

There is still space available in Heather’s workshop. If you love bargello, or wanted to get started with some help, this is the class for you!  Below is a photo of Heather with one of her lovely quilts, and also the instructions/prep work for the class. If interested in this class, contact Annabelle as soon as possible! The class runs on Tuesday November 17, 2015, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Toronto Botanical Gardens  (southwest corner of Leslie & Lawrence Ave) area. Click on the link for a map. Parking is free!


Spiral Bargello Supply List Heather Stewart

Taking the bus? Busline: 54, 54A,51  and 162 from Lawrence station ( Yonge subway line). The bus stops directly across from TBG on all runs. These are local TTC lines. Refreshments and snacks are served throughout the meeting. Coffee & tea are included.

If you have any specific allergies please let Annabelle know so she can modify the snack menu for your comfort. You may bring your own lunch or order from Tim Hortons across the street. A fridge is on the premises.

Irons and ironing boards are provided.

Payment by cheque:

York Heritage Quilt Guild
P.O. Box 35510
2528 Bayview Avenue
North York, Ontario, M2L 2Y4

Payment option: Cash or non-post dated cheques. We do not accept credit cards payment.
Fee:  $75 York Heritage uild members, $85 non-members.

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Community Quilts update

Seven members quilted CQ sandwiches and are eligible for one of three prizes in the Jan draw. Thanks to Judy Beca, Helen Whitney, Sandra Pearce, Erica Rao & Kathy Schofield.
From their own stash, Helen Fujiki, Fran Auty, Joan Lester, Valerie Prideaux, Irene Dewar and Ana Gandolfi and a quilt top from Mary Lou Curry.

To all of you a big thank you on behalf of the recipients as described by Debbie Hill-Corrigan of Sojourn House. Following Debbie’s description of the plight of the women and their families, members stepped up to take home all of the available quilt sandwiches. If you missed the opportunity to pick up one of these sandwiches, never fear…..CQ will have many at the Nov. meeting.

Fabric and Kit sales were brisk as well as the distribution of CQ kits for more comfort quilt tops.

An auction quilt was given to the Helping Hand Charity that is part of the outreach programme at Amica at Thornhill, Mature Lifestyles. A $430 fundraising through a raffle of the quilt was the result. The attached photo shows the happy winner flanked by two Amica employees.Quilt Winners

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House Building 101

I never thought I would be involved in house building! Here are a few photos from Saturday’s workshop with Catherine Schuler. Email photos of your house to me (yhqg.webmaster@gmail.com) when you are done and show it off to the guild!

Catherine would like to see your houses too!
Her contact information is (substitute “at” with @): ctschuleratgmail.com

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