April Meeting

Our Quilter of the month was Jess Spieker, who demonstrated stretches for quilters. You can get pretty achy and stiff after spending hours sitting at your machine and bending over cutting mats, and the right stretches can get you feeling great again, so give them a try!

Al Cote was our invited speaker, and he gave a funny, interesting overview of his quilting experiences. Can’t wait to see what our guild members created from his workshops.

Some photos from Show and Share:

See you -and your UFOs that are finally done- next month!

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Meeting in March

It’s not too late to take a workshop and expand your skills: Our final guest instructor, Al Coté, will be teaching us the Quilted Rug project on Tuesday, April 18.  Check out his website: http://www.imaginationtextile.com/. His technique opens up all kinds of possibilities, so sign up today.

Learn how easy curved piecing can be! Sign up today for the Curvy Girls Unite! workshop with Jeannie Jenkins on April 29th.. here is what you will be working on:

Email Laurissa yhqg.president@gmail.com for either of these workshops.

Missed the March meeting, or just want to see those quilts again?
Here are the photos from members show and share:

We had a presentation of quilts from Casey house made to honour and remember victims of the AIDS epidemic. The memorial quilts that are created are used for publicity and fundraising purposes, and are highly symbolic of the facility’s work and of the HIV/AIDS community.

Our presenter at the March meeting was Debbie Grifka. Her works are modern bursts of colour:


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February meeting

What a great group of community quilters we have! Thanks to their ongoing efforts we are able to provide comfort and a sense of welcome to those in need. Attached is a Thank-You from the Stouffville Habitat for Humanity. Our guild donated quilts to a family who moved into a home built for them, and they were thrilled.

The February meeting is the one night of the year when we are treated to mini-workshops presented by our own members sharing their particular passions and expertise. Here are some photos from the evening…

Here are four of topics covered:

Make your own Appliqué Design with Katie Pidgeon
Have you ever seen a picture that you liked and wanted to use it in a quilt design? Do you know how to turn your paper design into an appliqué project? Come and see how it is done.

Introduction to Art Quilt Techniques with Joanne Hannon-Shaw
Joanne will demonstrate texturing, embellishment and the use of coloured pencils to enhance your art quilt designs.

Quilt as You Go with Wendy Dines
Wendy will share what she has learned about the technique of quilting in sections from the expert, Martha Schellingerhoud.

Mitred and Flanged Machine Binding with Peter Reeve-Newson
Peter will show you how to make a nice flanged binding – a primary fabric with an accent flange – by machine, with mitred corners, a mitred finish, and with top-stitching to show off a pretty accent thread (no blind-stitching used).
NOTE: The full detailed demo is available here as a 29 page PDF. If you download it on a device, you could follow along during the demo. If you decide to print, Peter suggests using the option “Pages per sheet”, then as “2 pages” for note taking.

And don’t forget our Saturday workshops. Sign up at the workshop table at our guild meeting. Your spot in the workshop is secured when we receive your payment. Don’t delay … there are only 20 spaces available for each workshop!

Saturday, February 25 2017: Disappearing Blocks with Bev Stevens
If you Google “disappearing quilt blocks” you’ll get an idea of how infinite the possibilities are for cutting and re-arranging half-square triangles into new, dynamic designs. Bev has become somewhat of an expert by exploring many of the possibilities, and she will enthusiastically share her tips and tricks with the class. She has lots of sample blocks you can play with on the design wall, including the intriguing Disappearing Barn Star block. Class participants may choose to bring their cutting mats, rulers, etc. and their machines if they want to come away with completed blocks (this requires you to bring prepared HSTs – any size). However, there is also the option to just listen, learn, play with the samples and take notes/photos. Either way, fun is guaranteed!

Saturday, April 29: Curvy Girls Unite! with Jeannie Jenkins
Come and explore various forms of curved piecing, from precision drunkard’s path to freeform curves and waves. Even if you have never sewn a curve before, by the end of the day you will be a pro!

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All About Giving

Our January meeting is an important part of who we are as a guild. We honour our community and those in need by contributing our talents as quilt makers to those less fortunate than ourselves, whether through health, age, or the country they were born in.

Thanks go out to the CQ team of volunteers with particular note of Bev Stevens and Jan McGoey for a well planned & well organized quilting BEE. Despite inclement weather the meeting was well attended- so a shout out to the membership for your attendance!

Six round tables for the applique project of sewing ‘fussy-cut’ children’s themed fabric to squares and six rectangular tables for the tying of yarn on baby quilts were the main activity hubs. Additionally, three members with sewing machines were ready to attach binding to the completed baby quilts.

The evening offered members a rare opportunity to chat with one another, learning about one another’s other’s quilt journeys, frustrations, successes and preferences. A goal of friendship within our guild is a definite possibility. To add spark to the evening, there were refreshments of wonderfully-yummy cookies (that WE hadn’t had to bake) and PRIZES galore, AND sample tops from the Jan 2016 Community Quilting meeting.

Thanks to all who braved the rain (rain! in January!!)

Recently, Seven Oaks, a long term care facility contacted me with a request for comfort quilts :

Each resident receives a folded lap quilt, decoratively tied, with a personalized welcome message attached. We have been providing lap quilts for a number of years and it is a tradition we would very much like to continue. This past year our donor became unable to continue to donate her quilts.”

To fill the gap left by their previous quilter, YHQG has been able to give 32 quilts to Seven Oaks, thanks to the efforts of all who attend every Monday and those members who take home projects to complete. Seven Oaks heard about our Guild because guild member Anne Oliver, told them about our outreach programme.

A quilted panel/wallhanging , shown below, will be going to the Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships in Community (TGIP) for their upcoming fundraiser April 27 2017, being held at the Toronto Estonian House.


I asked Wendy Dines if she could give more insight into who YHQG Community Quilters are and what they do… here is here very insightful summary. Thanks Wendy!

The number of Guild members has filled our little room at Stan Wadlow Community Centre. Last week, there were 19 around the lunch table. However, the numbers wax and wane as travel, holiday and family plans arise – in other words, when life happens!

For myself, this is my Monday ‘Happy Place’ where a community of like-minded people come together. Ostensibly, we attend in order to facilitate the making of quilts for people who would find comfort and support from a quilt. The larger picture is that of CQ also gives us the opportunity to share projects, personal or CQ and to applaud one another’s creations as well as to learn techniques from each other, thus expanding our quilting repertoire- ‘Could it get any better than that?’

Bev Stevens has been a driving force at CQ – her mission is for CQ to ensure that when Guild members take a kit or a sandwich, they enjoy the process and the final product is something to be proud of and is beautiful. Thus the numerous colourful and colour-coordinated kits. She likes to find new patterns and prepare the kits for the CQ for members to assemble.

As well, because of her Mother’s dementia, she identified a need in the larger community for the Touch Quilts – she continues to put together the kits for members to sew and herself sewed a touch quilt every week, for an entire year, in memory of her Mother.

The Community Quilting Night is January is a huge group effort. We brainstorm ideas to bring different projects to the membership. Preparation entails selecting a project that will engage many people of varying skill-sets, cutting and ensuring all necessary supplies are purchased and, after the Jan meeting, finishing the projects.

Members who are not able to attend the Monday meeting can contribute by working on the CQ kits & quilt sandwiches at home. Also, if you are aware of recipient organizations that would appreciate a gift of comfort quilts for their patrons OR of a charitable group that qualifies for an auction quilt for their fundraising, please bring them to my attention.

And in the spirit of giving, below is a thank you letter from the Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada. Kirsten Johnston made a quilt that was donated to them, to be auctioned off for their charity. Remember, if you have a charity that could benefit from a quilt for auction, contact Wendy Dines for more information.  thanks

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Baby It’s Cold Outside…

And that makes it perfect quilting weather! Here is the current newsletter: Newsletter January 2017

Hope you all have a happy holiday season, and see you in January.

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Naughty or Nice?

Have you been a good girl or boy and entered you quilt in the T.G.I.F. Challenge? Forms -and a photo- are due by January 31st 2017. Not that far away now!

Download a form here!

Details for the challenge can be found on the Display and Competition tab.

Several people display their works-in-progress last month at our guild meeting. Some of the photos were too fuzzy to use, but here are a few to get you started thinking about what YOUR T.G.I.F. will look like:

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Have a Happy Christmas or Holiday Season, and see you in January!

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What a Great November

Quick question:
Do you know anyone who can help repair a quilt? If yes, please email contact information to Rose at roseshapir@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!

Our November meeting was SO much fun.. First, each member of our executive showed an example of their work, (Click on first image for larger images in slideshow format).

Then we had Show and Tell:

Following our break to shop at the Christmas Marketplace, Mary Pal gave an overview of her procession from quilter to art quilter to quilt artist. (My apologies for the quality of the photos, they were taken from her slide show.) But even here you can see the artistry in her work, and several show the photo that inspired her work.

Our next meeting is January 17, 2017. See you there- remember, it is Community Quilts Night, so bring a coffee mug and a small sewing kit.

And don’t forget your UFO challenge: it must have been started before January 2016. Forms due at January meeting. Info and forms available HERE..

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October Meeting

YHQG had another exciting meeting..  it started with Quilter of the Month. This month was a group challenge, making a Becky Goldsmith pattern called Everyday Best. Here are the stunning quilts:

This was followed by Show and Share.. here are the quilts that YHQG members presented:

After the break, we had a very interesting and entertaining presentation by Reeze Hanson. And we got a chance to see a large part of her Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt top collection. What a wide variety of quilts can emerge from one simple pattern!

And if you want to get one of Reeze’s patterns from her website, get 20% off by using the discount code MGD20%.

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Cooler Days = More Quilting Time!



Got Questions or comments? Email us!  yhqg.president@gmail.com

Reeze Hanson:
There is still space in both October workshops with Reeze Hanson. Reeze  is a prolific designer, entertaining speaker, and an award-winning teacher whose company, Morning Glory Designs, features an eclectic variety of whimsical florals and bold geometrics. She teaches and lectures widely on one-patch quilt techniques, offering both traditional and modern methods geared toward the busy/working quilter. Her floral applique work features machine applique shortcuts and tips to make beautiful quilts in less time, without sacrificing accuracy. Reeze also teaches all levels of EQ7, quilt design software. A sewer, quilter, and custom dressmaker for more than 50 years, and a retired college professor, Reeze has lots of experience, wisdom, and humor to share.

Tuesday Oct 18th 2016: Seminole Patchwork

Wednesday Oct 19th 2016: Diamond Star 

Wow! Same pattern, different fabrics.

If you are interested in either of these workshops, email  yhqg.president@gmail.com NOW!

Other notes:

  • next month we will be switching back to having our guest speaker present after the break
  • mark your calendars for our quilt show next year: Friday November 10th and Saturday November 11th 2017
  • dig through your closets, and find a UFO, started before January 2016 for our TGIF challenge. Info and forms available HERE..

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September Meeting

Our first meeting of the new guild year, and what a fun evening it was- and wonderful to see all those familiar faces, with lots of new ones too!

Elisabeth Bacque gave a talk on Pioneer Women and Paper Patchwork. She gave a brief history of a group of early pioneer women, and gave a slide show of the quilts she had made from paper, each one unique to the woman she was describing. And what quilts!- they were made from antique maps, seed envelops, birch bark and more. Unfortunately they did not photograph well, but I did take a few to give an example of her inspiring work.

Click on the first photo to view slideshow and larger size photos.

Elisabeth also gave a reading list for those interested in reading more about these adventurous, hardworking women who helped settle this country. You will also find a list of books on early quiltmaking, patterns, and history.

Our next quilt show is in November 2017, and Jane Cramer is heading the planning group. Stay tuned for details, and start working on your quilts! The quilt below, hand made by Jan McGoey, is one of two raffle quilts for the show.

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Quilter of the Month: Donnaleen Vlossak
Click on the first photo to view slideshow and larger size photos

Show and Share:
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