Meeting Highlights

March 2023

This evening Valerie Goodwin shared with us her journey into art quilting.  Valerie started out teaching architecture at a Florida university and got involved with quilting through a challenge to discover elements of space and architecture in quilt blocks.  She moved from traditional piecing to using collage and art quilting to express herself better, and started focussing on making map quilts. The person who makes the map has to make choices about what to include as well as what to leave out. Each map is thus a reflection of its maker and the story they want to tell. 

Anne M noted that the Guild executive still has a vacancy for Vice President and urged anyone interested in this position to contact Heather B.  

Planning for the next quilt show (in 2025) has already started.  Members who are interested in getting involved in the planning for the show are welcome to contact Heather B. 

Anne thanked all members who participated in the planning, execution and lectures for the past International Quilting Day.  Many positive comments were received.  She particularly thanked Lucy G. who was the organizer representing YHQG.  The next Guild event is participation in the Global Quilt Connection, details on this event to come.

Members are reminded that the Guild meeting in April will be in-person, as well on Zoom.  Anyone who still has finished blocks from previous community quilting initiatives such as International Sisters blocks, Log cabin blocks etc. are asked to bring the blocks to the April meeting.

Show and Share:

February 2023

Linda and Carl Sullivan presented their tips and advice for precision piecing such as starching your fabric, having a cut list and making smart choices regarding machine set up and thread.   They also mentioned tips for pressing your fabric, mending small tears in your fabric caused by your seam ripper, and tips for flippy corners and precise half square triangles. A true believer that most of our ‘piecing issues’ can also be overcome while creating the quilt, she also demonstrated how to work your way through inaccurate seam allowances, persnickety seam intersections and a variety of other ‘potential piecing hazards’ to achieve beautiful results!

Heather Briant conducted three polls on making the January Guild meeting a Zoom meeting and moving the Community Quilting night to May (voted Yes), making in-person meetings hybrid (voted Yes) and continued participation of the Guild in the Global Quilt Connection Sampler Platter (voted Yes).

The position of Vice President of the Guild is still vacant and any member who would consider standing for this position are asked to contact Heather at

Heather thanked Andrea H. for taking on the role of Guild representative for the Canadian Quilters Association.  

The next Quilt show of the Guild will be in 2025.  Please email Heather if you are interested in being part of the Quilt Show Committee.

Click on the link for Show and Share . For Show and Share information click here.

January 2023

The Annual Meeting of the Guild was held on January 17, 2023. After the conclusion of business the winners of the Quilt Show Viewers Choice were announced:

  1. Marilyn B. with her quilt Who is Hiding in the Woods
  2. Tella V. with her quilt 21 Days in Ibiza
  3. Heather B. with her quilt Is it Finished Yet?
  4. Ann H. with her quilt Global Warming
  5. Theresa M. with her quilt Birth Flowers

To read more about the recent Quilt Show and see the Viewers Choice quilts click here

The evening was then devoted to Community Quilting and Anne distributed the information and fabrics for a log cabin block. While enjoying coffee and cookies the members set out to make these blocks in various colours. Thanks to Bev S. for preparing all the materials and instructions. Completed blocks can be handed in at the next in-person meeting in March.

November 2022

Marie-Claire Charette a.k.a. La Quilting Coach, has spent most of her professional career to assist managers and executives develop their leadership skills. Now semi-retired, Marie-Claire invests more time in her other passion which is sharing her love of quilting. What she has discovered is that her two passions complement each other. Marie-Claire also mentioned the use of finding motivation for finishing UFO’s. In her opinion, quilting can be more than a quilt on a bed but a path to self discovery, building strong relationships and even healing.

The next meeting of the Guild will be in January, in-person, as we hold our annual GeneralMeeting as well as our Community Quilting night. There are still volunteers needed for the Vice President and Treasurer positions on the Guild Executive.

Jane C. briefed us on the success of the Quilt Show held on recently. Several hundred more visitors came to the show as compared to 2017. Prize draws for volunteers and the result of the Viewers Choice ballots will be announced at the January meeting.

Show and Share

October 2022

Jan Houlden showed us a trunk show which explored the effective use of contrast to create dimension, movement and visual harmony while supporting the initial attraction of colour in great quilt design. 

Jen also talked about the many different ways and techniques that can be used to create contrast and achieve that WOW factor we are looking for in our work. Her many works ranged from large quilts to smaller art quilts, all showing her love for bright colours and including all colours of the colour wheel. Click here for an image gallery of her quilts.

During the second part of the evening Heather B. asked for volunteers to fill the Vice President and Treasurer positions on the Guild Executive. Barb K. reviewed the upcoming lectures and workshops.

France B. informed us of the urgent need for more volunteers to help with our Quilt Show next month. Many shifts still need to be filled for the Passport program and to help with the Vendors in the Vendor marketplace. Jane C. provided more details on the Quilt Show Passport program.

Show and Share

September 2022

Victoria Carley (Toronto) shared her unique approach to textile art which combines the tradition of patchwork quilt making with abstract expressionism. She has based some of her works on Mythology and Fairy Tales. She works directly from her title and her selection of fabric, without preliminary drawings, which allows her to freely consider the emotions and stories that inspire her work. Victoria’s work has been shown within the curatorial context of visual art, textiles, art quilts, and fine crafts

During the meeting Anne M introduced the Guild Executive for the current year. Two positions require filling, Vice President and Treasurer. Any member interested can contact the Guild President. Jane C and France B updated us on the planning for the Guild’s Quilt Show this November 11 & 12. More quilts are needed and the submission deadline has been extended to the end of September. Jane urged all members to submit a quilt, novice or experienced quilt works are required to represent all our members. France informed us that there is going to be an interactive method to sign up for volunteering at the show on this website later in September.

Click here to see the show and share for the meeting

May 2022

Robin Bogaert, Waterloo-based quilter, teacher, longarmer and blogger at Quilting in the Loft shared with us a trunk show that demonstrated her traditional quilting roots, love of thread painting and free motion design.

Heather Briant asked for volunteers for two positions on the Guild’s executive, a new treasurer is needed and Heather Q. needs assistance with program planning. Volunteers for either of these positions should contact Heather Briant.

Heather Briant was pleased to present the Speakers and Workshops program for the coming Guild year which has been mostly completed. It will be a mix of in-person and Zoom events. The completed program will be published on the website in the coming weeks.

Instead of Show and Share Leslie B. showed the completed entries for this years T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness Its Finished) challenge. The quilts and artist’s statements can be accessed here

April 2022

This evening Christine Cameli enlightened us about the ways one can elevate free motion quilting to the next level. Dense quilting around a motief will make it stand out, and less dense quilting will catch the eye. She informed us that adding a change to familiar free motion designs will give the impression of more complex quilting. Other strategies include blending designs, clustering them, layering and divide and fill. She frequently uses echoing as a means to enhance her free motion quilting designs.

Berene Campbell gave a presentation on a Mini Mod Swap which proceeds will be used to help a bursary for students at Ryerson University. The deadline for registration for the swap is May 15th, and blocks have to be mailed by July 30th, 2022. Completed works will be shown at the September 2022 meeting. Irena H. will be mailing the members all the pertinent details in the coming days.

There are two vacancies for the Guild’s executive, a programming co-chair is required as well as a treasurer. Volunteers for either position should contact Heather Briant. Leslie B. reviewed the remaining workshops for this Guild year and Lucy Garvin talked about the topic for the next Scraps and Scrappy meeting in May.

The next meeting for the Tula Pink Sew-along will be May 14th, at 10:00 AM. There will be a joint meeting with Toronto Modern Guild on June 26th. Sara Trail will give a presentation on Social Justice Sewing Academy.

Joanne L. spoke about membership renewal now due for the next Guild year. In the coming 2022/2023 year there will be a mix of in-person and Zoom meetings and workshops. Jane C. updated us on the organization of the next Quilt Show coming in November. Members can register up to three quilts for the show and also sell their creations in the Members Boutique during the show. A call for volunteers to help with the show will be going out in the coming months.

Show and Share

To see the Show and Share for the meeting please click here

March 2022

In March Carolina Oneto, Chilean quilter, educator and lover of colour, joined us from her home in Brazil to discuss how she uses colour value in her quilts and how colour value can be a key design element. Carolina showed us a number of her quilts where she changed values (lighter or darker) as well as other elements in the blocks to create movement and interest. She also did a short presentation on the colour wheel at the start of her presentation.

Heather Q updates us on programs and speakers and Lucy G. announced the topic of discussion for the April Scraps and Scrappy meeting. Anne M. provided an update on Quilts for Survivors project. Community Quilting has been able to make 7 quilt tops from the blocks provided by the Guild Members and will probably be able to make 1 or 2 more. You can still donate blocks or completed tops to CQ, the deadline for submission is April 1st, 2022.

International Quilters day is just around the corner! Registration is free, but you must register to take part in this event. There was also an update on the Canadian Quilters Association calendar. Their Quilt-along has finished and you can view the completed quilts on their CQA website. The CQA Quiltshow will be June 15-18 live and in-person!

Show and Share

February 2022

Brandy Maslowski was our Guest Speaker this evening. She is the presenter of the Quilter On Fire podcasts and is a teacher, leads tours and is the Bernina ambassador for Canada. She sees her role as empowering other quilters. Brandy detailed her journey from firefighter to fibre artist and quilter. Her central believe is the importance of surrounding yourself with people who lift you up. She enjoys the outdoor life in BC where she reside.

As a result of her experience with stress in her years as a firefighter Brandy has a special appreciation for Quilts of Valour.

A number of announcements were made at the meeting. The position of treasurer is vacant and a call for a volunteer for this position has been made. On Saturday March 12th at 10:00 am there is another meeting for the Tula Pink Butterfly quilt-along. For any CQA events please consult the CQA website where any events are posted.

Community Quilting update: Members who have made blocks for Quilts for Survivors as presented at our January meeting have a number of choices in regards to any blocks made. If members want to just make a top or send blocks to the Guild they can do so. Tops alone should be about 48″ x 64″ and will be send to a long-armer with backs and batting by the Guild. If members complete the top and finish the quilt the quilt can be a size other than 48″ x 64″. Finished quilts can be send directly to survivors by first contacting Quilts for Survivors for an address, label and letter to accompany the quilt.

For the Show and Share portion of the meeting please click here. Please note that any submissions for Show and Share for the March meeting should be submitted by Thursday March 10th!

January 2022

The Guild’s January 2022 virtual AGM and Community Quilting night was held on January 18th. Our president swiftly led us through all the Guilds business and the slate of Directors and Section Chairs was approved. After conclusion of the business part of the meeting Irena H. reviewed upcoming meetings and workshops and showed us a slideshow of all the wonderful quilts that had been made and donated to the Guild for Community Quilting. A copy of this presentation is available here

Then Bev S. guided us through the creation of Disappearing Four Patch blocks as part of the Community Quilting part of the meeting. Bev suggested that members make the blocks using white (as background) and medium or dark values of blue and orange. The completed blocks can be donated to the Guild and when collected will be made into quilts for Quilts for Survivors.

November 2021

This evening we learned about using, sorting and storing scraps by Cheryl Arkison. Cheryl, who resides in Calgary, is an artist with 20 years experience in quilting. She teaches, writes books (Sunday Morning Quilts is one), and designs quilts. She talked about the difference between Scrap and Scrappy quilts – and in the end concluded that there is none! Cheryl showed us many examples of scrap and scrappy quilts and gave us many useful and helpful tips on how to approach and succeed in making beautiful scrap and scrappy quilts, including dealing with “bossy” fabrics!
You can follow Cheryl on Instagram: @cheryl_arkison and on her website:

Heather Q. updated us on upcoming speakers and workshops and reminded us of the Holiday Happening on December 14th. There is no further update on the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt-along

Wendy D. reviewed information on our planned contribution to Nonnina’s Table in early December and Lucy G. spoke about January’s agenda for the Scraps and Scrappy Meeting which will feature a presentation by Ruthie S on random scrip quilting technique and a discussion on challenges when making a scrap quilt. Please be also reminded that the deadline for entry submission for the TGIF challenge is January 24th, 2022

CQA has many challenges and lectures coming up and information on all these can be found on their

Show and Share

October 2021

M.J. Kinman talked about her Gemstone quilts. In order to achieve the desired colour and value for her quilts she paints her own fabrics. Her quilts are inspired by famous gemstones. To create her quilts she uses freezer paper to draw the facets of gemstones; facets which are critical to create brilliance in her quilts. She also offers on-line classes and interested parties in her block of the month program can contact her at

Heather Quinn spoke about upcoming programs and International Quilting Day.

The Guild is participating again this year with donations to Nonnina’s Table. In addition to children’s quilts they are also welcoming adolescence/adult quilts. They request that children’s quilts are non gender specific. Kits for quilts can be picked up at the various locations as detailed in the October Newsletter. Monetary Donations to Nonnina’s table are also appreciated.

The Scrap and Scrappy meeting for November will feature Beverly’s presentation on the disappearing pinwheel block along with a bonus quilt block.

Members who wish to join the Monday Community Quilting group get-together at Stan Wadlow Community Centre should note that there is a limit of 7 participants, and not 14 as previously stated. Members should sign up to participate.

Click below to page through the photos of Show and Share at the meeting.

September 2021

During our September meeting we had the pleasure of hearing from Shannon Prince, the Curator of the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum near Chatham Ontario. Shannon talked about the generations of women who arrived and settled in the area via the Underground Railroad and the unique quilts they created. Shannon herself is a 6th generation descendant of the early fugitive families.

Click below to page through the Show and Share quilt images from the meeting.

June 2021

In a joint meeting with Toronto Modern Guild we met Jenni Smith, a quilter, Art Historian and author from the UK. Jenni is the author of Quilting with Liberty Fabrics, the first quilting book to be an official partnership with Liberty ever! Quilting with Liberty Fabrics is a practical quilt book with 15 projects to make, but it also includes insights into the fascinating history of Liberty and what makes their prints so extraordinary. Jenny told us about the making of the book, the history of Liberty, and insider peeks at their pattern archives. 

May 2021

In May we finally had the opportunity to hear Maria Shell talk about her abstract art quilts. Maria had originally been scheduled to present during the spring last year which had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maria shared her journey in the traditional, art and modern quilt movements.

April 2021

April welcomed Gail Garber to our Guild meeting. From her home in beautiful Albuquerque Gail led us on a journey of exploration starting with traditional quilting and evolving to original designs. In the creation of her quilts she learned the joy of being your own designer and breaking away from the tedium of repetitive block design.

March 2021

The speaker during our March meeting was Sandra Johnson who talked about her passion for using repurposed denim clothes as a fabric for quilts and wearable art. Many of her quilts are hand quilted using her big stitch method.

During this meeting we also practiced using breakout rooms to prepare us for the upcoming International Quilting Day on March 20th

February 2021

In February Peter Byrne entertained us with an account and show of his many award winning quilts. In spite of being relatively new to quilting Peter has had much success with his works, which he contributes in part to his quests for learning and exploring new ideas for quilt construction and design.

January 2021

Our first virtual AGM and Community Quilting night was held on January 19th.  After swiftly taking care of business, a block construction workshop was held to lead members through the steps to make “Arrowhead” blocks.  Thanks to Bev S. for creating the step-by-step instructions and Deb L. for putting the virtual presentation together.  After each step in the tutorial, members joined “breakout rooms” where small groups could sew and discuss the steps to make the blocks (and catch up on what members have been up to).  Many lovely blocks were produced which will be assembled together to make quilts for those in need.  If you made some blocks and would like to donate them to CQ, you can drop them off to any of the drop-off locations around the city (see the newsletters for locations)….or if you’d like to make a complete quilt, trim 35 blocks to 9-1/4″ or 9-1/2″, create a 5×7 block quilt, add 4″ borders and quilt as desired!  Completed quilts or quilt tops can be donated off at the CQ drop-off locations around the city.

Thanks to Chriss. C for creating the collage image of many of the blocks made that evening!

November 2020

During the November 2020 meeting the Guild hosted Karen K. Stone who took us on a journey of her 30 years as Quilter.  Her wonderful quilts have won numerous awards and have appeared in exhibitions and magazine covers.  Karen has had incredible success in design, publication and teaching.

October 2020

This was our Guild’s second meeting via Zoom.  Thanks to our Speaker Judy Martin who spoke about her personal journey to self-awareness through her work with hand stitch and natural dyes.  

During the meeting the winners of our “40 and Fabulous” challenge to celebrate the Guild’s 40th anniversary were announced.  There was a poll during the meeting to break the tie for 5th place.  The winners were:
#1 – Sylvia R. (Entry #18)
#2 – June B.R. (Entry #3)
#3 – Susan G. (Entry #22)
#4 – Janet P. (Entry #12)
#5 – Katie P. (Entry #26)
#6 – Joanne H.S. (Entry #25)
The winners received cash and a fabric prize.  To view all entries in the challenge please visit our Display and Competition page.

September 2020

Our first official guild meeting of the 2020/2021 guild year was a great success. Thanks to all the members of the Tech Team for everything they did to put it together!  The new format of hosting the meeting on Zoom allowed members to see the work of our guest speaker up close, in detail! 

Thanks, as well, to our speaker, Andrea Tsang Jackson, for telling us about her background and for showing us her incredible quilts (not to mention her very cute children!). She also outlined her journey as a pattern designer.

For those of you who were unable to attend on September 15, or who want to rewatch our meeting, a link to the recording has been sent via email to guild members.  The link will stay active until September 30.  Also in the email, Andrea Tsang Jackson has provided members with a discount code for purchases from her website until September 30th.

July 2020

The guild’s first virtual meeting was held in collaboration with The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild in July.  Dr. Chawne Kimber spoke about her journey as a quilter.  Many of her quilts tell a story about social justice, so have an interesting back story.  





February 2020

Shirley Dawson entertained us with her quilting journey “From There to Here”.  She has made many quilts for friends, family and herself….

…participated in many Quilts at the Creek Challenges…..

…tested new quilt patterns and made class samples…..

….and loves to work with wool applique…..

January 2020

The first meeting of the new year started with the Annual General Meeting of the York Heritage Quilter’s Guild.  Although previously held in May, the move to January aligns better with the guild’s fiscal year. 

Show and share is always a delight, when the wonderful creations of our talented members are displayed:

 The evening concluded with a stitching bee for the guild’s Community Quilting initiative. Many treats were consumed, gossip shared, prizes were won and of course, applique blocks were created (which will be assembled into quilts by the members of the Monday and Tuesday CQ groups).

November 2019

Sandra Bruce pictured with her Self Portrait quilt
Sandra Bruce with her Self Portrait quilt

For our November meeting, we were honoured to have Sandra Bruce, from California, as our guest speaker. Sandra’s presentation included a slide show describing her development as a quilt artist, and revealed the original inspiration behind her unique “Material Matrix” technique … artist Chuck Close. Then we were treated to a marvellous selection of her incredible quilts. Check them out here.

October 2019

Tamara Kate points to her quilt, being held up by volunteers on stage

Our second meeting of the year featured a delightful talk and trunk show with Tamara Kate, a talented fabric designer from Montreal who brings a fresh, whimsical approach to her creations. She shared with us “A Glimpse into the World of Fabric Design”.

You may view all the charming quilts that she shared with us at the meeting here.

September 2019

What a fabulous start to our 2019/2020 guild year, as we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Kay Phillips receives a bouquet of flowers from guild president Anne McLauchlan
Kay Phillips receives a bouquet from President Anne McLauchlan

Kay Phillips, a long-time member of YHQG and one of the founding members, took us down memory lane and stressed the critical role that volunteers play in making a guild successful.One of Kay Phillips' quilts Of course, she also showed some of her favourite quilts.

Jeannie Jenkins

Jeannie Jenkins, who has been a member of our guild for 29 years (so far), shared her quilting life with us via a talk and trunk show “From Traditional to Modern: My Journey”. Jeannie has just published her first book, Contemporary Paper Pieced Quilts, and she will be teaching a class on Saturday, September 28 on English Paper Piecing Gone Wild.

You may view all the photos of the quilts she showed here.

May 2019

Our final meeting of the guild year was jam packed with activity and suspense. Once the official business of the Annual General Meeting was completed, we were ready to have some fun! The colourful entries in the “Forty and Fabulous” challenge were on display, there were fabrics, books and magazines at bargain prices, and the 2019/2020 program lineup was revealed.

The 2019-2020 Guild Executive team

Irena was thanked for her 2 years serving as president by the incoming president Anne McLauchlan.

Anne presents Irena with a silver guild pin.

Check out the Display and Competition page to see the Challenge results!

April 2019

Improv queen Cindy Grisdela was our guest speaker. She says,”embrace your own creative spirit and enjoy the improvisational process!”

March 2019

Our Guest Speaker Terry Aske wowed everyone! Here are some highlights of her talent!


November 2018

Members were able to sell their handicraft on this evening there was lots to see and buy our Guild library continued to purge their books and magazines. Members were busy catching up on what they have been doing the last month and getting ready to save their seats for our guest speaker.


October 2018

We had a full house tonight with guests and members to see our speaker!

What a great time with Karen Kay Buckley and her journey of Quilting not only was she so entertaining with her journey but the quilts she shared were very inspiring. Karen Kay spoke of her beginnings and the support she received from her dear husband, inspiration on a journey that brings us from her first block to magnificent designs created by her.


January 2018

Elaine Theriault (aka CrazyQuilterOnaBike)  is a teacher, writer and pattern designer completely obsessed with all things quilting. She entertained us all with her collection of group quilts.. and stories to go with them. What a fun, varied collection!

We were also happy to have a display of 8 x 10″ quilts from SAQA members.. here are a few images from the large collection Tracey Lawko brought.

And finally, here are the quilts on display for Show and Share.

November 2017

Libs Elliott was our guest speaker for the evening, and she gave a fascinating talk about her quilting techniques and  journey, with slideshow. Then we were treated to a display of a selection of her quilts.

We also unveiled the Top Ten viewer’s choice quilts.. photos can be seen on the Recent Quilt Show page.

October 2017

Show and Share photos:

We had a very exciting and stimulating presentation by Ana Buzzalino. Here are some of her works she shared with us:

Here are a few photos taken at her InkTense workshop:

September 2017

What an exciting evening we had!  Our meeting was abuzz- friends to re-connect with, workshops to sign up for, fabric and books for sale, tons of community quilting to work on.

Here are the photos from the Show and Tell portion of our meeting:

Celeste Compion of Meerkat Trading gave a talk on the history of Shweshwe fabrics, unique to South Africa. They make wonderful clothes as well as quilts, check out the outfit!