Scraps and Scrappy Special Interest Group – Feb 2022

Please join us for the February Scraps and Scrappy Special Interest Group meeting Tuesday, Feb 8th from 7 – 9 pm. These meetings are open to all York Heritage Guild members and are live events (not recorded). The group meets virtually on the second Tuesday of each month, so one week before the monthly Guild meetings. 

This month we are delighted to welcome Rosemary Marchant, who will present Creating Crazy Quilt Blocks. She will share a little historical perspective and share a variety of techniques for creating the blocks.

The second half of our meeting will be spent discussing blocks suitable for scrap quilts. What is your favourite block? What blocks are best avoided?

If you have photos for the Scrapbook (the group’s version of show and share), send them to Lucy at by February 6, 2022. Photos of finished quilts and works in progress are encouraged. Please also contact Lucy if you want to be added to the Scraps and Scrappy mailing list for any presentations, etc. 

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Given the current COVID situation, Sew Alongs will continue on Zoom on Tuesday and Saturday, all from 10 am to 12 noon.Every time, we’re online for the full two hours but you’re welcome to drop in or out anytime. These Sew Alongs are meant to provide a social opportunity, so feel free to join us and do your own sewing or any other craftwork while we chat (we even have a version of show and share most days!).

If you want to pick up a kit to make a top for Community Quilting or pick up a complete kit of top/backing/batting to quilt, check out the drop off information in the Community Quilting section of our most recent newsletter. 

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It’s Tula Pink Time

Quilting By Design tells us that the new Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt pattern should be released by the end of December and that kits (for those who want them) will be available by mid-January, so we’re starting to plan our multi-guild Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt on-line sew-along.

Royal City Quilters’ Guild, Waterloo County Quilters’ Guild, and York Heritage Quilters Guild are partnering together for this sew-along, so you’ll get to meet members of these guilds, learn tips and tricks at the monthly sew-along meetings, and share your progress with fellow sew-along members.

For more information about how to sign up, get kits/patterns, etc., see the detailed FAQs below.

Make this one of your favourite 2022 quilting projects!

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Along FAQs!

When does the Tula Pink Butterfly Quiltalong start and what is the schedule? 
Retailers expect the pattern to be released at the end of December. Quilting by Design, in New Hamburg, ON, anticipates having patterns and kits ready in mid-January. We are planning a kick-off meeting at 10 am on Saturday, January 8 with monthly meetings in the following months. All meetings are optional. We will publish a more detailed schedule once the pattern is released. 

At our first meeting, even if the pattern and fabric kits aren’t yet in hand, we’ll discuss any questions you have about the quiltalong or quilting generally, including tips on getting organized for a sew-along. Anyone who is not already familiar with can take a tour of the service and we can give you suggestions about how to use it. This will set us up so we are ready to sew in February!
How would you describe this project?
The Butterfly quilt pattern is back by popular demand! The pattern is essentially a sampler quilt made of many different traditional quilt blocks arranged into a giant butterfly centered on a graphic chevron body. The new, revised pattern has been updated and expanded to include a complete fabric guide to replicate the cover quilt. Some of the pattern improvements include larger layout and sewing diagrams, quilting diagrams, updated sewing techniques, colouring page and two different center body options while still being the same great pattern that people love. The 8.5 in x 11 in, 32-page booklet is beautifully printed in full colour with gold foil butterflies on the cover. The pattern is designed for an intermediate level quilter, but we think beginners with a little experience will be successful with the support of the online community. This is a great patchwork technique builder incorporating strips, triangles and curves to create a dynamic and surprising quilt top. 
This printed paper pattern is for a quilt that finishes 88 in x 94 in. 
I have a copy of the original Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt pattern. Can I use it?
Yes. You will miss out on the new revisions but the original pattern is still an excellent project. 
What is the Butterfly Quiltalong online community and how do I sign up? 

  • The Quiltalong organizers will use the online community to send Zoom invitations, tips, tricks, and other useful information to participants throughout the quiltalong. Participants can ask questions and share progress photos through the online community, too.  Membership in the Butterfly Quiltalong online community is free. 
  • To join, send an email message to 
  • You will receive a confirmation request message from (If you do not receive it, please be sure to check your junk mail folder)
  • You must respond to that confirmation request to complete your subscription and join the group. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

What are the requirements to participate? 
To participate, you must purchase your own Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt pattern and be a member of one of the participating quilt guilds. You are not required to purchase a kit from our vendor partner. Feel free to pull from your own stash or source your fabric from a favourite local shop. 

How do I order my pattern and fabric? 

  • The pattern will be available at the end of December from or quilt shops. All participants must have their own pattern. You can purchase yours separately or as part of a kit. 
  • You have many options for fabric:
    • Order a kit from our vendor partner, Quilting By Design in New Hamburg, ON: They are offering two kit options: 
      • The complete kit costs $250 CAD plus applicable taxes and includes pattern, butterfly rainbow fabrics, background, top/bottom borders and binding. 
      • The butterfly only kit costs $175 CAD plus applicable taxes and includes pattern and butterfly rainbow fabrics. You will choose your own background, top/bottom borders and binding to make the quilt your won. 
      • Shipping is free or you can choose one of the pick-up options. 
    • You can pull fabric from your stash; or
    • Purchase fabric of your own choosing

Is it too late to participate in the Butterfly Quiltalong? 
No, it’s not too late. You are more than welcome to join us when you are ready. Order your pattern; arrange for your fabric; and sign up to join our Butterfly Quiltalong online community. 

What skill level is recommended for this quilt? 
With the support of our online community and virtual tutorials, this quilt is suitable for novice quilters who have completed one or two quilts. More experienced quilters may want to customize their quilt by substituting some of their favourite blocks or techniques. 

Where can I find tips and tutorials to help me make this project? 
Our monthly sew day sessions will be an excellent source for tips and tutorials. We’ve also collected advice from across the world wide web which we’re making available in our online community. And, of course, the Internet is a wealth of useful information. 

How/Where can I share my progress? 
Anywhere and any way you’d like! Our online community lets you send messages to others who are working on the Butterfly Quilt. You can upload photos to your own album and view photos others have submitted. You can also share progress on your social media accounts. 

How do I get help? 
The monthly Saturday Sew Day sessions will be an excellent source of help and advice. The online community also includes an email distribution list that lets you reach out to others working on the project. Please exercise your best judgement about when you should reach out for emergency help and when you can wait for the next Saturday Sew Day to ask for help. 

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‘Scrapes, ‘Scopes and Abstracts

An exhibition of quilted textile art by Joan H-V.

Sponsored by the Guelph Arts Council

Dec. 11th to 31st, 2021

Opening Reception: Sunday Dec 12th, 2-4 PM

In the reception area, ground floor gallery 10C-42 Carden St. Guelph

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Maria Shell Workshop – Saturday May 29: Lines & Triangles = Squares

Last Wednesday, Maria led a very successful Zoom workshop for guild members (and non-guild members). The feedback has been great! If you missed the opportunity to take that class, there are a few spots left in the Zoom workshop this Saturday. “This workshop empowers students to take the basic shapes of patchwork to a new level. We will start by learning how to create improvisation-ally cut and pieced stripes. These “stripes” made into traditional patchwork shapes will be the basis for creating dynamic patchwork.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this award-winning Alaskan quilter! Contact to register

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May 18, 2021 Maria Shell: Traditional, Art, Modern: Notes from the Field

Although the COVID-19 pandemic interfered with plans for Maria to travel to Toronto last spring to do an in-person lecture and workshops at York Heritage Quilters Guild, we a pleased to have the opportunity to host Maria virtually at the guild meeting on May 18th at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Alaskan quilter Maria Shell started out as a traditional quilter, but she soon found herself making abstract pieced art quilts that looked surprisingly modern. She will share her journey in the traditional, art, and modern quilt movements. Can you be all three? Come and find out for yourself!

Two of Maria’s quilts recently won major awards at QuiltCon Together 2021!  “Mosh Pit @theGolden” won for “Best Machine Quilting, Framed” and “Everything All At Once” won 1st place – Piecing.  You can see Maria’s winning quilts, and all the QuiltCon Together 2021 winners here:

Hosting workshops virtually also allowed the guild to offer both a weekday and a weekend class with Maria.

On Wednesday May 19 9:30am-3:30, Maria will be teaching “Riffing on Tradition – Exploring Design Elements with Quilt Blocks”, where attendees will explore new territory in making contemporary quilts using traditional quilt blocks as a foundation, . Learn how to take simple, traditional quilt blocks and blow them up, repeat them, distort them, and create fabulous new compositions.

On Saturday May 29 9:30am-3:30, Be empowered to take the basic shapes of patchwork to a new level in the “Lines & Triangles = Squares” workshop. Learn how to create improvisationally cut and pieced stripes. Then learn how to turn these “stripes” into traditional patchwork shapes.

For more information and to sign up for classes, visit:

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March Guild Meeting – March 16th at 7:00pm via Zoom

March has arrived, and it’s nearly time for our meeting! The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 16, with virtual doors opening at 6:30. The meeting begins at 7:00.

The speaker for this evening is Sandra Johnson, whose topic is “Denim Quilt”. Sandra will take us through her quilting journey showing us over 20 quilts – many using repurposed denim clothes and fabric. Many of her quilts are hand quilted using her big stitch method.

We’ll also be practicing a new way to use breakout rooms, to prepare you all for the upcoming International Quilting Day event, on March 20th, and we’ll give you some more information about what will be going on that day. Make sure your Zoom account is up to date before Tuesday’s meeting!

Royal City Quilters Guild, our co-host for International Quilting Day, has produced a great new Zoom Instruction video. While it contains much of the information you already know about using Zoom as a participant, it also starts with instructions on how to update your Zoom account (you should do that at least once a month, right before any guild meetings you’re going to), and contains information about how to use the updated breakout room feature that we’ll be using on International Quilting Day. Here’s the link:

Watch Lindsay’s new tutorial including info on breakout rooms!

For more information about updating your Zoom account, click this link:

Update your Zoom client

Send in your Show and Share photos to and put “Show and Share – Submission from (your name)” in the subject line. We want to celebrate all of your work, whether you consider yourself to be an expert or not, so keep those photos coming in!

The zoom link has been emailed to all guild members.

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February Guild Meeting via Zoom

February 16, 2021 at 7:00pm – Peter Byrne: My Journey into Quilting

Peter is an award-winning modern quilter and teacher with a deep passion for innovation and design. He loves making quilts and teaching others to quilt. He is known for taking a fresh approach to quilt construction and design, combined with technical mastery.

Not a member, but want to attend Peter’s lecture? Buy a guest pass at least 24 hours prior to the meeting, at

After you buy your pass, notify our president at so the link to the meeting can be sent to you.

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Celebrate International Quilting Day 2021

Who says we can’t have a little fun during a provincial “Stay at Home” order during a global pandemic? Your guild is partnering with Royal City Quilters’ Guild, located in Guelph, to offer you a day of fun, fellowship and fabric fondling to recognize International Quilting Day – Saturday, March 20. This virtual celebration will include a wide range of quilt-related presentations, demonstrations, mini workshops, a quilt show, prize draws and multiple breakout rooms dedicated to sewing and socializing. There will be something for everyone, and it’s all free of charge for the members of the two host guilds. If you know a non-member who would like to attend, they’re welcome to join us for a fee of $20.

Please register at

We’ll be sharing more details about the day’s activities in the coming weeks.

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It Was a Great Party!

What a great party we had on Tuesday!

Over eighty people attended! Over twenty prizes were won! There were some amazing holiday outfits. There were some great non-traditional tool demonstrations. And who will ever forget the copulating skeleton fabric?

Thanks to France B., Chriss C., Susan G., Edna K., Shelley K., Deb L. (filmmaker extraordinaire!), Janet P., Irena H. and Jane S. for putting together an entertaining evening of activities (and I’ll even take a little credit for putting a couple of power points together! Even Luddites can learn!), and to Leslie B., for acting as our last minute reviewer.

One of the best things, though, as several people have mentioned, was the opportunity to go into a number of breakout rooms, seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

We know that lots of you weren’t able to attend. We didn’t record the evening, as it was meant to be purely a social event, but we did run recordings during the event, so we passed the links along to members in an email message, as a little party favour. Even those of us who were there will likely be glad to watch them again! I can’t thank Deb L. enough for adding sound and music and special effects to these videos; they’re incredible.

I think I can safely say that the Tech Team and the Guild as a whole have come a long way, baby, since we started this virtual journey together back in June. Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported us along the way.

On behalf of the Guild, I’d like to wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, whatever you may celebrate at this time of year, and a very Happy New Year! Here’s to 2021 and the coming of the vaccines!

Stay well!

Anne M., YHQG President

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