September is coming…

Our new quilting year starts in a few weeks.. September 2oth at 7 p.m. You might want to check out the community quilting table, new books at the library, and lots of friends to catch up with- best arrive early!

Your September newsletter is now available here. If you are getting impatient to see what is coming in the next year,  check out the speakers and workshop page  and think about what classes you want to take. Or if you are part of a quilting group, think about a joint presentation as Quilter of the Month. We want to see YOUR work!

If you have not yet renewed your membership form, download it here and bring it with you to our first meeting!



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May Meeting

May is our “business” month, where we review our financial statements, thank the retiring executive, and introduce the newest members of the executive. Check back soon for the full list of names and positions..
After the business was completed, we had a short break, and we were down to the fun stuff- our Juried Challenge. Below are the winners, and photos of all the quilts. Congratulations to Shirley Dawson, winner of Viewer’s Choice!

Note: We do not have a photo of Rosemary Marchant’s tea cosy and runner.. if you took one, please forward it to YHQG webmaster. Thanks!

“Out of the Blue” 2016 Guild Challenge

Beginner Class
1st place Twinkling Stars: Donnaleen Vlossak
2nd place Out of the Blue came JAZZ: Helen Crooke
3rd place  Tea with Aunt Hazel: Rosemary Marchant

General Class
1st place Mama’s Blue Vase:  Maria Steventon
2nd place Vimy, Out-of-the-Blue!: Nadine Wright
3rd place Out of the Blue; Into the Blue: Susan Shon

Open Class
1st place Phoenix: Robert Gutcher
2nd place Out of the Blue: Katie Pidgeon
3rd place Just out of the Blue: Fran Auty

Honourable Mention:
Dance, Love, Sing, Live Shirley Dawson

Other Awards
Genivieve Yaksich Award* …And So it Grew, Out of the Blue:  Judy Messenger
Founders Prize** Venice and Vivaldi: Jan McGoey

Other Entries (Open Class)
Bias against Blue: Valerie Prideaux
Northern Lights: Wendy Dines
One Block Wonder: Judy Beca
Out of the Blue: Linda Royce
Ran out of Blue, Used Beige Instead: Karen Wold

*The Genievive Yaksich Award is given in memory of Genievive Yaksich, a founding member of YHQG. It acknowledges excellence in workmanship. A $100 prize accompanies this award. It is open to all entrants but can only be won once by any guild member.

**The Founders Award was established on the occasion of our guild’s 25th anniversary in honour of our founding members. It acknowledges the best interpretation of the challenge theme. A $100 prize accompanies the award. It is open to all entrants but can only be won once by any guild member.

Click on the first photo to view larger scale, and see quilt title and quilter’s name.

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April 2016 meeting

Guest speaker: Lyric Kinard

Lyric Kinard is a textile artist who enchanted us all with a slide show emphasizing and illustrating the important elements of quilt design: texture, shape, line, colour and value. We also got a peek at some of her work.. here are a few photos from her presentation:

Flimsy Show

Guild members brought in their”flimsys”.. quilt tops that had been pieced, but never quilted. Each presented their work, and gave a sob story about why this piece had never been completed…

The top three were chosen by volume of applause, and the winners received a gift certificate  towards long-arm quilting of a quilt. These prizes were donated by Sandy Lindal, Jeannie Jenkins, and Joan Hug-Valeriote. And the winners were:
Lana Peck, Kim Workman, and Valerie Prideaux. Congratulations to everyone who entered! This was a really fun event, organized by Sandy Lindal, Display and Competitions. Thanks Sandy!

Show and Tell:

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March Meeting

All you snow birds who are still away missed a good show.. here are some of the photos. Elizabeth Kinch was the guest speaker..

The Quilter of the Month this month was Fran Auty.. here are the photos of her quilts. Apologies for any blurry photos!

And here are the Show and Share photos..

See you next month!

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You missed a good one!

If you weren’t at Jan McGoey’s workshop, you missed a good one. Here ae some photos from the show. Click on the first image to see the full images as a slide show.

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Disappearing blocks

Here is a link to the disappearing blocks that Bev Stevens spoke about at our last guild meeting: click here to download the links.. Disappearing Block Links
Disappearing Block Online Resources

Other resources:

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February Guild meeting

It was a cold evening outside, but it was warm and bustling inside!

There were 5 stations set up, and guild members rotated through them. A wide range of topics were covered, from making disappearing 9-patch blocks and more from Bev Stevens, beadwork and jewelry making from Kiomi Sakamoto, how to quilt your quilt by Sandy Lindal, making a Liquorice All-Sorts bracelet by Bev Sturgeon, and Peter Reeve-Newson gave lots of practical advice, including hints on seaming your quilt backing and folding your quilts to avoid those nasty fold lines.

Finally, our vendor of the month was Hyggleit Fabrics from St Mary’s, with a wonderful and popular array of Kaffe Fassett fabrics for sale.

[Click on first image for full view / slideshow of photos]


Community Quilts received the following letter from Rosemary Marchant, describing the delivery one of our charity quilts to a Syrian refugee sponsored by three Toronto churches:

There were many ohs and ahs and wonderful smiles as I unfolded the quilt. He had a big smile on his face. I explained to him that quilts connect Canadians as many of us are descended from people who fled the devastation of war (in my case the American Revolution on one side and the WWI on the other) and that with few possessions clothes were recycled into covers to keep them warm and to make a home. He was thrilled with the quilt and acknowledged the love that went into making it. Many thanks – it was a most gracious welcome for this very nice young man who has experienced several years of hardship.

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January Meeting

Our community quilting night was a big success, with lots of socializing getting done along with making quilt blocks! There were 25 finished quilts delivered to the guild, which meant that Wendy Dines went home with way more than she came with. These quilts will be going to good homes, donated to the Syrian refugees that have recently arrived in Toronto.

Here are a few photos from the evening and some of the other activities- Sandy accepting sign ups for the Kathy Doughty workshops at Quilts at the Creek this summer, Fabric Spark had an exciting array of fabrics for sale, and Annabelle was signing up people for Jan McGoey’s workshop. There was also a walk about by volunteers with the quilts donated to the guild. Good work, guild!

I hope you have started your quilt for the juried challenge this may, Out of the Blue. Details for the challenge can be found on the Display and Competition page

February is member’s showcase month, with 6 stations set up. Each station will be a demo hosted by one of our guild members, and you will be able to choose several which you are interested in and move from station to station. This has been a tremendous success in the past, and shows what a talented pool ofpeople we have in our membership. See you then!

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YHQG Community Quilting in Action!

We had a speaker from Sojourn House last month, a group that provides an essential lifeline to refugees coming to Toronto to escape unlawful persecution.   Assistance is in the form of counselling and housing; they are the helping hand and the umbrella of hope for refugees while they begin to rebuild a life. The quilts made by YH members go a long way to bring warmth, colour and beauty into the lives of their clients.

A former guild member, Alia Awan, heard the speaker and was moved to make a substantial donation of batting to Community Quilting. Her donation was so generous – ten boxes of packaged batting – enough to make one hundred and twenty (120!!!) comfort quilts. The dollar value was a thousand dollars. Community Quilts and YHQG sends a great big THANK YOU to Alia Awan for her generosity. Many, many people will benefit from your big heart and generous gift.

As mentioned at the November Guild meeting, the large influx of Syrian refugees means that a large number of quilts will be given as gifts of warmth, welcome and beauty. The Fairlawn Avenue United Church has already furnished an apartment for the family they are sponsoring, and we provided quilts. In a thank you email, they wrote: ” They are beautiful quilts and will help to make this a warm and welcoming home for the  family”.

A number of guild members have contacted me requesting quilts for their sponsoring organizations. Every attempt will be made to provide at least two quilts per family…. and more if we receive more quilts from guild members. Please, DO get in touch with me (at to add your group to the list.

So many quilts, quilted sandwiches and tops were brought to the Community Quilting table…..the volunteers were so overwhelmed that accurate record-keeping of all contributors went awry. Thanks so very much to all who contributed….we’ll make a concerted effort to ensure that, in future, each and every one will be acknowledged here in this newsletter.

For the January Guild meeting, you can look forward to participating in a good old-fashioned quilting bee.   There are three different activities for which you are asked to bring your portable sewing kit including small &/or large scissors, needle, thimble, needle threaders, a 6″ ruler, marking pencil and thread, plus a mug for tea or coffee.

  1. You will have the opportunity to learn ‘how to’ do Hexies. Jan McGoey has done much preparation in ‘fussy-cutting’ for this project.
  2. Another option is putting together slab-blocks that will form the basis for blocks for comfort quilts.
  3. Lastly, Bev Stevens will be demonstrating the best way to handle all those various fabrics used to assemble a touch quilt. We need three or four people to bring their sewing machine to assemble a touch quilt. So we only have the required number, PLEASE, contact me – Wendy Dines – – to sign up for one of these spots.

FOR SALE :   A Little Gracie II quilting frame….”It’ll turn your personal sewing machine into a home quilting system”. It’s made of engineered hard birch wood, aluminum and plastic, with steel roller bearings. It’s yours for $200 AND all the proceeds will go to Community Quilting! For a full description, go to

Contact Wendy Dines to arrange a demonstration.



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New Saturday Workshop

Exciting news! We have added a workshop for Saturday March 12th 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, at 105 Wilson Avenue (click here for map). The workshop is being given by Jan McGoey, and the title is “Precision Hand Piecing: Castle Wall and Border Prints.”  Jan was Quilter of the Month this October, and many guild members expressed interest in her techniques.  Finding the right fabric is critical to her design, so template material and instructions will be available for everyone. Also available to purchase: fabric ($5/m)  and/or fabric kits (~$8/kit), sufficient  for one block.

Learn how to hand piece intricate 8-pointed star blocks using border prints to create unique designs. Precise “fussy-cutting” and hand piecing result in complex, one-of-a-kind blocks that can be used as a cushion cover,  a centre-piece for a medallion quilt, a sampler quilt, or a kaleidoscope melange. Although the process takes time, it is not difficult and the results are worth it!

Below are some of her blocks:

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Reserve your spot by emailing Annabelle or register and payt at the January meeting to confirm your place in this class. Cost of the class will be $45.00 (plus fabric/kits if desired).

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