April and May YHQG Meetings Cancelled

It is with great sadness that I announce that the Board and Committee chairs of the Guild have made the decision to cancel all Guild meetings and workshops for April, 2020 and May, 2020, in order to protect the health and safety of our members during the pandemic.

The Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, which is usually held in June will be rescheduled, hopefully to some time in the fall of 2020.

Leslie Batt will contact all members who have booked any workshops which have been cancelled to discuss options.

It is our hope that we will be able to begin the 2020/2021 Guild year with our September meeting. Watch for further notifications or check the Guild web site for up to date news.

Stay well and keep on quilting!
Anne McLauchlan, President
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April Meeting and Workshops Cancelled

Due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus, the April guild meeting and April Workshops are cancelled.

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Latest Updates About Workshops

Due to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and public health recommendations, the workshops with Maria Shell on March 24 and March 25 will be cancelled.  We are attempting to reschedule Maria’s visit to our guild for a future date, but if you are enrolled in one of the workshops, you will be contacted by our workshop coordinators with more details.

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Attention YHQG Members:

Due to concern over the Covid-19 virus
the executive of York Heritage Quilters Guild has decided to cancel this Tuesday March 17th, 2020 meeting.

As of today, the workshops next week are still a go.  Please stay tuned for further updates

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YHQG Executive is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are in communication with our guest speaker and Toronto Botanical Gardens.  At this point in time, we are still going ahead with the Tuesday March 17th meeting.
However due to the cancellation of the SAQA conference the original guest speaker Maria Shell will not be in Toronto on the 17th, but will be in town for the workshops on March 24th and 25th.  Maria will be presenting a trunk show to the Ancaster Modern Quilt Guild on March 26th, and have invited YHQG members to attend.
YHQG has arranged for an alternative speaker for the March 17th meeting…our very own BJ Reid.  Trunk show – The Story Behind the Quilt.
We will continue to keep you informed as events develop.
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March Guild Meeting: Maria Shell

On March 17, York Heritage Quilters Guild welcomes Maria Shell, from Alaska!  Maria 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. Join us on Tuesday evening for her talk and trunk show “Traditional, Art, Modern Notes From the Field“.

Maria was invited to share some of her quilts at a special “Rising Stars” exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Show in 2019.  You won’t have to travel internationally, to see these bright and bold quilts!

Limited spaces are available in Maria’s workshops:  Riffing on Tradition – Exploring Design Elements with Quilt Blocks on Tuesday March 24 (9:30am to 3:30pm) and Lines + Triangles = Squares on Wednesday March 25 (9:30am to 3:30pm).  Workshops are held in the studios at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave E, North York.  Contact us if you’d like to sign up.

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February Guild Meeting: Shirley Dawson

Shirley’s Story: How I got from There to Here

At the guild meeting on February 17th, we will hear from Shirley Dawson – lifelong maker and teacher who is also a long-time member of YHQG.

After graduating from Sheridan College with several awards under her belt, she started her career in the textile industry. This career included designing, making and selling a line of children’s clothing.



Shirley is now immersed in the quilting world: teaching, designing, and sharing her talents. Her delightful wool and hand appliqué creations represent just one of her current creative outlets.

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January Guild Meeting: AGM and Community Quilt Night

Tuesday January 21st is the Annual General Meeting of York Heritage Quilters Guild, so it’s a members only meeting.

As well, we will be stitching together at the annual Community Quilt Night, so bring your small sewing kit (needle, pins, neutral-colour thread, needle threader, thimble, and scissors or thread snippers), your mug for coffee or tea and be prepared to socialize with other guild members.  Treats will be served.  Prizes will be won!

The library will be open from 6pm to 6:50pm.CommunityNight2019

The Community Quilt volunteers have prepared fussy-cut, kid-themed circles that members will appliqué to brightly coloured squares. The fun fabrics
are sure to put a smile on your face. The CQ volunteers will take the squares we complete and assemble them to make children’s quilts to donate to one of the charities we support.

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November meeting: Sandra Bruce

Sandra Bruce's self portrait in fabricMaterial Matrix and The Paths Taken

Coming up on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. (our last meeting of 2019) we will welcome art quilter Sandra Bruce from sunny California, who tells us that this will be her first international teaching gig! Her talk and trunk show is sure to be dazzling.

Sandra sees her techniques as ways to combine her love of illustration and lettering with “quilting by drawing.” She will share the evolution of her Material Matrix technique and how it works.

If you act quickly, there may still be a spot left in her workshops (please note that some advance preparation is required). Contact the workshop leaders [workshops1819@gmail.com] to register and receive the supply lists + instructions.

Workshop details can be found here.
Nov. 19 & 20 – Material Matrix $200 + $5 supply fee
Nov. 21 – The ABC’s of Stitching Words  $100

Talks and workshops are held at Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto.



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October meeting: Tamara Kate

Tamara Kate headshotOur October meeting, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 – 9 p.m., will feature Canadian fabric and quilt designer Tamara Kate.  Her objective is “to create work that is fresh, joyous and youthful with a touch of whimsy”, so you will be treated to an uplifting experience. Her talk + trunk show is titled A Glimpse into the World of Fabric Design.

Flower quilt by Tamara KateThe meeting location is Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. East (at Leslie) in the Floral Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Members are admitted free; guest fee is $15.

We have also engaged Tamara for three workshops. Details can be found here.
– Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Making a Traditional Block Modern
– Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Colour, Value and Half-Square Triangles
– Thursday, Oct. 17 – Embroidery for Today
Please contact the workshops leader if you are interested in registering for any of these classes (there are currently a few spots left).

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