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 [] 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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A new Guild Year begins!

Our first meeting of the guild year is on Tuesday, September 17, 7 to 9 pm at Toronto Botanical Garden. It is sure to be a fun evening, featuring our headliner Jeannie Jenkins,

Jeannie Jenkins head shot

Jeannie Jenkins

who, as well as being a member of York Heritage Quilters Guild, is a prolific and talented paper piecer. There will also be a tribute to our 40th anniversary by long-time member Kay Phillips, a display of the “40 and Fabulous” Challenge entries, comfort quilts to be taken home for completion for Community Quilts and registrations for our fabulous lineup of workshops. Our vendor of the month will be Oh Look, Fabric! To top it off, there will be the announcement of a new Guild Challenge for 2020. Members are admitted free; Guest fee is $15. If you attend as a guest, and then decide to join, this amount is deducted from your membership fee.

Jeannie Jenkins quilting workshop sampleOur first workshop of the guild year is taking place on Saturday, September 28. Jeannie Jenkins will share her expertise with “English Paper Piecing Gone Wild”.

You may register for the workshop by contacting More details here.

Make sure you check out the September newsletter to find out what’s going on (in particular, there is important information about new procedures for the parking lot at Toronto Botanical Garden (page 5).

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Quilts at the Creek 2019

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Quilts at the Creek: Sat. July 27 & Sun. July 28 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Quilts on display outdoors at Black Creek Pioneer VillageThis is not your typical quilt show! Spend the day wandering through the gardens and heritage buildings, with colourful quilts waving in the breeze. There are talks, trunk shows, items for sale, workshops and special exhibits.

It’s not too late to enter a quilt or two to be displayed at this fabulous venue! I believe the deadline has been extended to July 3.

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Something to look forward to

At our May meeting, the final one of our guild year, the lineup of guest speakers and teachers for the 2019/2020 season was announced.

It’s jam-packed with talented quilt makers who are sure to inspire. Besides two of our own members, Jeannie Jenkins and Shirley Dawson, there’s Tamara Kate from Montreal, Sandra Bruce from California, Maria Shell from Alaska, Pat Pauly from Rochester, NY and Andrea Tsang Jackson from Nova Scotia.

Read all about the talks and workshops, and visit their websites to learn more about them!

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President Message : Tuesday April 16 Meeting

                          YHQG Members

The next meeting of the 
York Heritage Quilters Guild meeting
Is Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Doors open at 6 p.m. Meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Speaker of the monthCindy Grisdela – Journey of an Art Quilter


  • Meerkat Shweshwe – our vendor for the April 16th meeting! Celeste will have many new indigo prints and three entirely new colour ways, in a selection of fat quarters and half-metre cuts, along with new kits, Inkwali and Amafu printed squares and new quilt patterns.


  • Bring your quilts for Show and Share
  • Pick up information about the 2019 Guild Challenge – 40 & Fabulous (if you have not already done so)
  • Sign up for one of Cindy Grisdela’s Wednesday, April 17 workshops (Curved Piecing a.m./Free Motion Quilting p.m.) – it’s your last chance!
  • Visit the library – open from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. This is the last time in the 2018/19 year that you can borrow library items!
  • bring in your finished Quilts of Valour Blocks for Judy Messenger
  • Volunteer for the Quilt Show 2020 Committee
We will be having a yard sale at the May meeting; if you’d like to purchase a $10 table to sell excess fabric, sewing supplies, patterns, quilting books or magazines, please contact Irena as soon as possible. We have six tables available….when they’re gone, they’re gone!

It’s time to think about membership renewals! The renewal form is attached to your April newsletter. There will be a prize draw for members who renew early!


See you on Tuesday
Irena Hopper


Meeting location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East ( at Leslie)


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April Newsletter

April brings lots of new exciting elements, the weather, gardening,  new outlook on fabrics, patterns and workshops.  Everything just seems so fresh. Hopefully you can sit  on your porch or patio and take a moment to enjoy the April Newsletter. 

Update: Thanks to Janet’s expertise the membership form is corrected and you should gain immediate access hope you are enjoying our newsletter, try to get some stitching in and don’t forget Newmarket Guild’s Quilt show this weekend!

Happy Spring!

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