Display and Competition

2021-2022 Challenge: T.G.I. F (Thank Goodness It’s Finished)

The Quilts submitted for this challenge can now be viewed here along with the artist statements

Who has UFOs?  (unfinished objects) or PhDs? (projects half done)

Or should we say UFQs?  (unfinished quilts)

It might be easier to count who doesn’t have UFOs and PhDs!

The challenge criteria:                                             

One quilt or project per member, any size

Quilt must have been started before January 2020

You must take a picture of the quilt/project in its current, unfinished state (maybe a pile of blocks or a pile of patches, or some appliqued bits or perhaps a completed top needing binding or quilting)

Write a short note explaining why it became a UFO in the first place.

Download the Pledge Form:

Send the pledge form by email to yhqg.zoom@gmail.com (indicate T.G.I.F. Challenge in the subject line) promising to finish it by May 1, 2022, along with a photo of the UFO

Deadline for pledges/entries:  January 24, 2022 (that’s one week after the January guild meeting) – or course, you can send it in sooner

Submit a photo of the finished quilt by May 1, 2022 to yhqg.zoom@gmail.com (indicate T.G.I.F. Challenge in the subject line)

If we are back to meeting in-person in May 2022, completed quilts will be displayed at that Guild meeting. 

Awards:  5 participant awards + 3 surprise categories (only to be revealed at the May 2022 meeting).

Incentive:  Think of how satisfying it will be to have your quilt done in plenty of time for the 2022 Celebration of Quilts show.

Please contact France Barrette or Susan Gaston at yhqg.zoom@gmail.com if you have any questions.

2020-2021 Log Cabin Fever Block / Challenge

Our challenge for you is to create a “log cabin-esque” completed quilt of any size that you choose. Let inspiration and creativity be your guide as you remember what has kept you busy and well over these past months.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic, we’ve all been asked to stay in our homes and minimize social interactions. Our world seems to have been put on pause while we all practice good hand hygiene and safe social distancing. Some say that quilters have been preparing for an experience like this since the first needle was threaded. But seeing the same four walls, day in and day out, hasn’t been easy. To help break this cabin fever and celebrate our contributions to keeping each other safe, let’s design our own version of a log cabin block. BEAT THAT CABIN FEVER!

Be as creative as you want and show us your own version of a log cabin. We want your creation to tell us a story: what has 2020 been like for you. The only stipulation is that that it is a finished product. Quilted, framed, sewn, appliquéd – whichever makes your vision complete.

Size:  As small as a 2”x 2” block or as big as a king size bed – the size is up to you!

Material:  Go stash diving. Use that piece of fabric that’s been sitting in your stash from your first visit to a fabric store. Use anything that fits your vision

Thanks to all who submitted their entries. In total, 48 Log Cabin quilts, bags, table linens and even a log cabin toilet roll were received. Artist Statements for the entries can be found here:

Congratulations to the winners of the “40 and Fabulous Challenge”

The following blocks were voted as the winners in the “40 and Fabulous” challenge.  The top 5 blocks will be used to create a banner for the membership table (when the guild gets to meet in person again).  The first 4 winners will receive $50 and 5 fat quarters. The 5th & 6th winners which were tied in the general voting, will receive $25 each plus 3 fat quarters.  A run-off poll at the zoom meeting chose which of the tied blocks will be used for the banner.

Entry18First place – Sylvia R.

Entry03Second place – June B. R.

Entry22Third place – Susan G.

Entry12Fourth place – Janet P.

Entry26Fifth place – Katie P.

Entry25Sixth place – Joanne H. S.

40 and Fabulous Challenge

The guild challenge for 2019/2020 celebrates the guild’s 40th Anniversary.  Members were encouraged to make a 10-1/2 unfinished block containing one of the ruby red fabrics available from the guild.  Due to the pandemic, original plans to present the challenge in May were put on hold, but the challenge has been taken online.  Click to see larger views of the submitted blocks, below.   You now have until midnight October 10 to vote for your five favourites. Once you’ve chosen your five favourites, send an email listing the number of each of the five blocks you’ve selected to yhqg.president@gmail.com. The winners will be announced at the October Guild meeting. The five blocks receiving the most votes will be used to make a banner to go on the front of our admissions desk. The remainder of the blocks will be used for Community Quilting to make donation quilts.

Show and Share February 2020

Some current finishes by talented YHQG members!

Show & Share October 2019

quilted wall art composed of Bird of Paradise flowers

What a great variety of quilts our members shared at the October meeting! View them via this link.

Show & Share September 2019

It’s always inspiring to see what our fellow guild members have created. At the September meeting, we saw some beauties. The makers also revealed the backstory for each one. Watch the slide show!

2019/2020 Guild Challenge

This year’s Challenge was titled “40 and Fabulous“, celebrating our 40th anniversary. Members were invited to enter their creative interpretations of the theme in four size categories: 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 10″ x 10” and “other”, which was restricted to no side longer than 15″. Entries were displayed at our meeting on May 21.

And the winners, as selected by Viewers Choice balloting, were:

Each winner received $40 and a bundle of 4 fat quarters!


At the April meeting, we were treated to a great variety of quilts made by members during the Show & Share portion of the meeting.

A wonderful display of Show and Share at our March meeting

November 2018 members’ display and some post cards that have started to appear through a workshop for the Presidents Challenge.

October 2018 Show and Share. Our members are so creative and the stories behind their quilts are just as interesting. Thanks for sharing!

2018-19 Guild Challenge

Please see the attached for the new Guild Challenge for 2018-19  the Theme is

40 & Fabulous

Read the history behind the guild starting, what does your guild mean to you on it’s 40th anniversary? This looks like it is going to be a spectacular challenge … can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.


The President’s Challenge for 2018 is done! Irena chose this challenge to honour Rosemary Hamelin’s memory. Rosemary had a special love for Africa where she worked as a geologist for many years, and for Mexico, where she was deeply involved in an artistic community. She went on many quilt retreats and had a wide of quilting friends. And she rode a motorcycle!

We created kits of fabric from her stash- and sold 100!!  Proceeds were donated to charity in her name, and you were challenged to create a quilt including these fabrics in your final piece. Many of these passions could be seen in the completed quilts.

Then the viewer’s choice quilts were announced- Jan McGoey won in the large quilt category,  Carole Tullis won in the wall quilt category for her whimsical bird, and Wendy Dines won for the backpack she made. Congratulations to the winners, and all those who entered!

And the winner of President’s Choice is Marilyn Barker, with her quilt Masai Welcome.

It’s back again… The York Heritage Quilters Guild T.G.I.F. Awards! A fun and friendly competition open to members of our guild. If you are of those people who always starts a quilting project, focuses on it until it is quickly completed, you may not have a UFO lurking amid your fabric stash. But for the rest of us who are mired in UFO’s, here is an incentive to complete one of them!

Extra points to you for having a quilt ready to enter in the Celebration of Quilts to be held in November 2017!! We are hoping to see a lot of new quilts courtesy of this competition.

Criteria are as follows:

  • One quilt per member, any size
  • The quilt must have been started before January 2016
  • Submit a picture of the quilt in its current, unfinished stage (maybe a pile of blocks or a pile of patches. Or some appliquéd bits or perhaps a completed top needing binding or quilting)
  • Write a short note explaining why it became a UFO in the first place
  • Pledge to finish it by sending in the pledge form [click here to open it] and remember to include a photo of your work in progress
  • Deadline for pledges/entries- Jan 31, 2017
  • No applications accepted after January 31st 2017
  • Bring the finished quilt to the May 2017 annual meeting

Completed quilts will be displayed at the York Heritage annual Meeting in May, 2017 and those present will vote for viewer’s choice as well as a variety of categories (yet to be revealed). Entries can qualify for more than one category.  Winners in each category will receive a York Heritage T.G.I.F. Award.

So, dig out the UFO, photograph it in its current stage and bring it with the entry form to the October, November or January meetings, or mail it to:

Donnaleen Vlossak, 4 Tanburn Place, Don Mills,  M3A 1X5

If you wish to email your form and photo, please email it to our president Laurissa: yhqg.president@gmail.com , and she will re-direct it.

You have 6 months to complete it and then bask in the admiration (and envy) of your fellow guild members.

Keep posted for further enticements!!


Last year we were challenged to “Make It Modern”, using our old stash.. here is what our members came up with!