More Mask Making Opportunities

As masks become an accepted way of protecting ourselves and others during the pandemic, groups are contacting the Guild with requests for the donation of home-made masks. I know that many of you have made dozens, if not hundreds of masks, but for anyone looking for a new place to donate to, or for a place to start, here are a several options for you (some of which you have seen before; I thought I’d consolidate things for you!).

At the end of this message, there’s a listing of several different sources for information about mask making.

You don’t have to just make masks for big organizations. Your family, friends and neighbours will also like them! Have a look at (April 23 entry) to see one woman’s neighbourhood ‘Giving Tree’ with her free home-made face masks to see what one Iowa woman is doing!

Whether you make some masks just for yourselves and your family members, or whether you make masks to help the rest of your community, I want to thank you for all you do! We have great members!

Stay well and keep on quilting!

Anne McLauchlan

Toronto Bay Bloor Rotary Club:

If anyone is interested and able to make face masks for those most vulnerable in our city, here is a request from the Toronto Bay Bloor Rotary club:

This club supports the Seeds of Hope project in downtown Toronto, providing meals for the homeless, and also supports the Common Table program at the Church of the Redeemer, where meals are given not only from the church steps to those who can get there, but where teams of volunteers also walk the streets of the area, bringing the food to those who do not make it even to the church for one reason or another: and receive food where they are.   There is a great need for fabric masks to be distributed to these people who have nothing, not even a place to shelter in many cases. Those who would go to shelters are afraid to be in such crowded conditions, so they are more and more forced onto the streets. The Executive Director of one of the programs described being at “an encampment” the other night, handing out sterno, water and food to those who had no masks, but are living communally and the volunteers had no masks to give them. The volunteers themselves are in need of masks as well.

Any help to make masks would be greatly appreciated.   A mask design has been developed, based on the Michael Garron patterns, but taking extra public health requirements into account.  If you can help, please contact Jean Kammermayer at

Kingsway-Lambton United Church

A team from Kingsway-Lambton United Church has organized sewists to make over 1500 masks for charities, and hundreds of masks have already been delivered to the Fred Victor Centre and Eva’s Initiative for Homeless Youth as well as other charities serving the vulnerable. Now, St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Hospitals are also asking for the masks they are making…so they need even more people to sew!

The team has sanitation procedures in place, courtesy of Gibson’s Cleaners, and a medically approved and researched mask pattern.  While not medical grade, these masks are high quality, reusable and can reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19. The materials are being assembled into kits with instructions. All operations are in Etobicoke so you can pick up the kit and drop finished masks off in the West End. (WE stands for West End.)

If you have a sewing machine and can help, please contact WemakemasksTO at:
When you email, can you please tell WEmakemasksTO how you heard about the project

Michael Garron Hospital Foundation

The initial call for hand-made masks from a public institution was put out (in Toronto) by Michael Garron Hospital Foundation (the foundation for the former East General Hospital). They want 1000 hand-made masks a week, to provide to approved visitors to the Hospital, all discharged patients and the broader community around the Hospital. For more information, go to Drop off is at the Hospital Coxwell lobby at 825 Coxwell Avenue from 8:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Word is that they have enough masks now, so check their website before making any deliveries, or consider another recipient for your work.

Sew for TO

A group of Sewists got together to co-ordinate the making of and requests for protective, handmade masks and scrub caps, and created Sew for TO; their website is They are working with donors of fabric and material, sewists and volunteer drivers to boost the supply of masks in Toronto, and organizations or members of the public can contact them to request masks or scrub caps. Their web site contains instructions for making masks, scrub caps, and related items, and has links to helpful videos, as well as information about arranging to have your completed masks picked up.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

The Hospital has recently started a 1000 mask a week challenge, to provide non-medical masks to their staff, clients and families who are coming and going to and from the hospital, and for use in the community. They would like people to use fun, child friendly patterns or dark-coloured fabrics for the front of the masks, and cottons for the back. They’re also looking for scrub caps with buttons; visit for scrub cap patterns and instructions. For more information about Holland Bloorview’s drive, go to Drop off is at the main reception desk at the Hospital at 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Masks can also be mailed to the Hospital.

Justice for Migrant Workers

This is a local group supporting migrant farm workers who come from Latin America and the Caribbean to work in our greenhouses, orchards and fields. Completed masks can be mailed to Riam Mirigmitr at Upper-7 Askew Street, Leamington, On N8H 1X4. There may still be some pre-cut tops and linings available from Toronto designer, Susan Singh, who can be reached at, if you don’t want to use your own materials.


In addition to the links that some of the groups, above, have included, the Fabric Spark facebook page has tutorials in mask making from Shirley Dawson and from Kris Boos, if you are looking for some help in making your masks. also has patterns and YouTube links for masks and scrub caps.


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York Heritage – Time for 2020-2021 Renewals!

Typically, we start asking for membership renewals for the following year at our March meeting and continue through April and May.

As these meetings have all been cancelled, we obviously can’t do that this year.

If you want to support your guild by proceeding with renewal, you have the following options:

  1. you can pay your 2020/2021 fees of $55 by e-transfer to, and either mail your completed membership renewal form (available from the Guild website) to the Guild at P.O. Box 35510, 2528 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, On M2L 2Y4 or bring your completed form to the next Guild meeting; or
  2. you can pay your 2020/2021 fees of $55 by cheque and mail it together with your completed membership renewal form to the Guild at P.O. Box 35510, 2528 Bayview Avenue, North York, On M2L 2Y4.

We quite understand if some of you want to wait to renew until we all know when our meetings will recommence.

If you choose not to renew at this time, but intend to renew when meetings start up again, please let us know at

In the meantime, stay well, and keep on quilting!

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2020 Quilt Show Postponed

It is with great regret that the Board and Committee Chairs of York Heritage Quilters Guild announce that we are rescheduling our November 2020 quilt show to November 2021.

We are doing this for several reasons, but the primary one is the possibility that the Covid 19 pandemic will continue to have spikes into the fall, impacting on the health and safety of our members (most of us in the high risk category), our vendors and the members of the public who would be attending our show.

As you all know, it takes a lot of time and work to put together a quilt show. The cancellation of our own meetings this spring, as well as the cancellation of other quilt guild meetings and shows has impacted significantly on our ability to promote attendance at our show, to sign up volunteers, to induce people to enter their quilts, and to have people work on fundraising items. It seems unfair to ask our Quilt Show Committee and our membership generally to put in a huge amount of work while under the very real threat of cancellation.

Disappointing as it is for all of us, we think that taking a deep breath and giving ourselves a year to work through this pandemic is the right thing to do at this time.

Our show is now scheduled for November 12 and 13, 2021, at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.

On the positive side, this gives all of you more time to finish those wonderful quilts that you have planned!
Stay well and keep on quilting!

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Support Our Vendors

As you all know, shops selling quilt supplies are not “essential businesses” (the government should ask quilters about that!). At a time when we are all spending more time with our sewing machines, losing access to our bricks and mortar stores is a real trial. Hard as it is for us quilters, it’s even harder for the shops, which are losing a significant part of their trade.

There is, however, a solution!

All of the vendors who have supported (and continue to support) York Heritage are operating on-line ordering. Some will accept orders over the phone.

We encourage you to support our vendors at this time; we want them to stay in business so they can help us indulge our passion!

Please keep in mind that, due to social distancing, a lot of shops only have one person working at a time, so be patient with them! It will likely not be next day (or even next next day!) service.

Country Clothesline
Country Concessions
Fabric Spark             
Lens Mill                    
Meerkat Shwesh       
Oh Look Fabric         
Quilted Memories    
Sew Sisters                

Stay well and keep on quilting!

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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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