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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October Meeting

Well, October’s meeting was a lot of fun! An inspiring speaker, great quilts, a new vendor (Alanna Banks from Fridays Off), lots of Community Quilt activity – a busy night! Plus a visitor from  Sojourn House,  Toronto’s largest refugee shelter. Community Quilts was able to donate 31 quilts to them which will be distributed to refugees in Sojourn House’s shelter and transitional housing programs.

If you want to see photos from speakers at previous meetings, here is the link.. Previous meetings. Photos from all Quilter of the Month and Show and Share this year are here.
Note: Clicking on the first image of a series will give a larger view and present them as a slideshow which you can toggle through.

Kathy McNeil: Below you will find photos from our October speaker’s presentation. Since a lot of her work was presented as a slide show, I included a few screenshots. The quality is not great, but you get a glimpse into her sources inspiration, how she interprets them, and how she builds her quilt works.

And if you loved the look of her watercolour crayons and are sorry you didn’t buy them, I have found them online at Currys: neoColor sets – $26.99 for  set of 10, but you can also buy single colours from them.


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Welcome to a new year of quilting!

Welcome to our new website/blog.  We have moved to this platform because it is much more user-friendly, timely, and less expensive. We hope you enjoy your reading, and please be a little forgiving as we go through growing pains.

Here you will find regular updates of the most recent guild meeting and/or event. You will notice in the heading we have retained the categories from our old site. This is where you will click to get this year’s information about speakers, membership info, newsletters, etc. You will also notice that you can find contact information for YHQG executive there.

If you look to your right you will see Locations. If you click on Community Quilting, you will see a map with the Stan Wadlow Community Centre highlighted. The Meetings/Workshops button shows the location of the Toronto Botanical Gardens, where our meetings and workshops are held.

We have a list of blogs to your right.. if you are a member of YHQG and have a blog or website and would like to be included on that list, email me – address below. We are always interested in hearing about your quilting accomplishments. If you have won an award or rosette for a quilt, or if you have been published (congratulations!) we’d love to share this with the rest of the guild through this blog.

You will find photos from each meeting: photos from the speaker will be found on this page, photos from the Quilter of the Month and Show-and-Tell will be here on the Quilter of the Month page.

If you have any comments/problems contact Valerie Prideaux at YHQG.webmaster@gmail.com

Our September Meeting: Maggie Butterfield Dickinson

Maggie gave a fascinating insight into her quilting experience and her life, and showed examples of her work – very inspiring! Below are photos from that evening, including several of her quilt backs made from fabric that she snow-dyed. Enjoy!


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