Meeting Highlights

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!