Community Quilting at Work!

We recently received a thank you for quilts that were donated to a family.. sweet!

Four of York Heritage members had the privilege of a full day of fun and learning while we played on Sandy Lindal’s long arm and proudly completed 6 quilts by the end of day for Community Quilts.  Thanks to Sandy’s talent and generosity these beautiful quilts will find their way to people who need and we hope love them.

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Welcome to our new year!

What an exciting evening we had!  Our meeting was abuzz- friends to re-connect with, workshops to sign up for, fabric and books for sale, tons of community quilting to work on.

Here are the photos from the Show and Tell portion of our meeting:

Celeste Compion of Meerkat Trading gave a talk on the history of Shweshwe fabrics, unique to South Africa. They make wonderful clothes as well as quilts, check out the outfit!

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Our September Meeting is just around the corner

Our first meeting of the year is Tuesday September 19th at 7 pm.. see you there! Remember your application in for the YHQG Celebration of Quilts is due by the end of September. More info is on the Quilt show page.

Excited to try something new? Check out the speakers we have lined up for the 2017-2018 guild year. AND start planning which classes you want to take. Sign up early to be sure to get the classes you want! Check it out here.

We are also offering a Saturday Workshop  Saturday, October 28, 2017:
Appliqué – getting started on the right foot! taught by Katie Pidgeon
Armour Heights Presbyterian Church  105 Wilson Ave. (close to the 401 and Avenue Road) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Fee: $45

Workshop description:
Have you ever been attracted to a quilt design, bought a pattern or kit and it hasn’t gone anywhere? Katie will help you dust it off and get started!

This workshop is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. You will learn how to draw out a template, determine the best appliqué method to use, and refresh your skills for making perfect circles, curvy lines and even pointy points.

If you already have a pattern or kit, please bring the supplies required to start. If you don’t have any special block in mind, no worries, Katie will supply a simple one to get you on your way. She will also provide a piece of plastic for your template and some freezer paper.

To register:
Please sign up at the workshop table at the September or October meeting. Don’t hesitate … there are only 20 spaces available for this workshop. Your spot is secured when we receive your payment (cash, cheque or credit card). You’ll receive the supply list when you register.

Note: Coffee and tea will be supplied, so please bring your lunch and a coffee mug. Don’t forget your name tag!

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May Meeting

Our May meeting means the end of another guild year. Our new executive has been selected, and are busy planning next year’s events. Get to know your executive board here.
There were lots of tables for guild members to check out.. community quilting had lots of quilts that need quilting over the summer, tables overflowing with fabric for sale for our annual sewing room sale, and info tables for information about Quilts at the Creek and YHQG’s November quilt show, Celebration of Quilts.

This was also the month for the big reveal for all those UFOs people have been working on. Here is a list of all the winners:

Large quilt category:
1st place Valerie Prideaux #2
2nd place Maria Stevenson #11

Small quilt category :
1st place Joy Takahashi #7 “Mirror Landscape”
2nd place Martha Huffman #14 “Fall Meadow”

Other winners:
Best hand quilting Shirley Dawson #9
Best embroidery Maria Stevenson #11
Best machine quilting Martha Huffman #14
Speed Sewer award (most to do from picture submitted) Valerie Prideaux #2
Biggest increase in size Wendy Angelo #18
Funniest reason for becoming a UFO Judy Ellen #22
Most legitimate reason for becoming a UFO Lana Peck #3

Here are the 1st and 2nd place winners in the Large Quilt category:

And here are the other entries in this category:

Here are the 1st and 2nd place winners in the Small Quilt category:

And here are the other entries in this category:

Brochures were handed out with next year’s schedule, and it looks like an exciting lineup of speakers. And don’t forget our guild show in November.. how is YOUR quilt coming along?

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YHQG @ CreativFestival

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at our booth at CreativFestival!

We promoted Quilts at the Creek, and gave a sneak peek at some of the red and white quilts which will be on display there… (from left to right, quilts by Valerie Prideaux, Shirley Dawson, and Jane Cramer).

We also made 48 slab blocks for Quilt Canada, in their drive to make and donate 1000 quilts to Ronald McDonald House from all the slabs made by quilt guilds across the country.

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April showers keep quilters quilting!

Don’t forget to bring you UFO quilts to the May meeting! We are all excited to see them! And mark your calendars for teh York Heritage Celebration of Quilts November quilt show.. how is your quilt coming along? The dates for the show are Friday November 10th and Saturday November 11th 2017. Pick up some postcards and give them to your friends, so they have a reminder too!

Community Quilts has been busy.. here is the latest from them:

Twenty three quilts were most gratefully received at the Community Quilting table this month alone on behalf of recipients in need.

Many thanks go out to the following for making quilts from their own stash:
Helen Fujiki (3), Ann Sutherland (3), Phoebe Visser (5), Sandra Bassett, Anne Berthelot, Elizabeth Davis, Judy Ellen, Anne Wood. Quilts were made from CQ kits or sandwiches by: Margaret Jamieson, Bob Gutcher, Elizabeth Davis, Martha Huffman, Kirsten Johnston, Tella Visconti, Sandy Moore. And thanks for fabric donations from Anna Syrydiuk, Leanne Small and Gillian Chernets.

Thirty comfort quilts were given to Dr Roz’s Healing Place in Scarborough. A quote from Dr Roz speaks to the kind of work that is carried out by this organization: “I feel it is our responsibility as leaders, and as members of society to care for, support and to help our women and children through( this) difficult time in their lives.”

The CQ table will have more of that beautiful shirting fabric as well as a box of “FREE” goodies – supporting CQ facilitates the preparation of kits and sandwiches as it funds the purchase of necessary items. A new sewing machine was recently purchased for use at the Monday CQ gatherings….Bev Stevens loves a bargain and she found one for CQ.

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April Meeting

Our Quilter of the month was Jess Spieker, who demonstrated stretches for quilters. You can get pretty achy and stiff after spending hours sitting at your machine and bending over cutting mats, and the right stretches can get you feeling great again, so give them a try!

Al Cote was our invited speaker, and he gave a funny, interesting overview of his quilting experiences. Can’t wait to see what our guild members created from his workshops.

Some photos from Show and Share:

See you -and your UFOs that are finally done- next month!

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Meeting in March

It’s not too late to take a workshop and expand your skills: Our final guest instructor, Al Coté, will be teaching us the Quilted Rug project on Tuesday, April 18.  Check out his website: His technique opens up all kinds of possibilities, so sign up today.

Learn how easy curved piecing can be! Sign up today for the Curvy Girls Unite! workshop with Jeannie Jenkins on April 29th.. here is what you will be working on:

Email Laurissa for either of these workshops.

Missed the March meeting, or just want to see those quilts again?
Here are the photos from members show and share:

We had a presentation of quilts from Casey house made to honour and remember victims of the AIDS epidemic. The memorial quilts that are created are used for publicity and fundraising purposes, and are highly symbolic of the facility’s work and of the HIV/AIDS community.

Our presenter at the March meeting was Debbie Grifka. Her works are modern bursts of colour:


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February meeting

What a great group of community quilters we have! Thanks to their ongoing efforts we are able to provide comfort and a sense of welcome to those in need. Attached is a Thank-You from the Stouffville Habitat for Humanity. Our guild donated quilts to a family who moved into a home built for them, and they were thrilled.

The February meeting is the one night of the year when we are treated to mini-workshops presented by our own members sharing their particular passions and expertise. Here are some photos from the evening…

Here are four of topics covered:

Make your own Appliqué Design with Katie Pidgeon
Have you ever seen a picture that you liked and wanted to use it in a quilt design? Do you know how to turn your paper design into an appliqué project? Come and see how it is done.

Introduction to Art Quilt Techniques with Joanne Hannon-Shaw
Joanne will demonstrate texturing, embellishment and the use of coloured pencils to enhance your art quilt designs.

Quilt as You Go with Wendy Dines
Wendy will share what she has learned about the technique of quilting in sections from the expert, Martha Schellingerhoud.

Mitred and Flanged Machine Binding with Peter Reeve-Newson
Peter will show you how to make a nice flanged binding – a primary fabric with an accent flange – by machine, with mitred corners, a mitred finish, and with top-stitching to show off a pretty accent thread (no blind-stitching used).
NOTE: The full detailed demo is available here as a 29 page PDF. If you download it on a device, you could follow along during the demo. If you decide to print, Peter suggests using the option “Pages per sheet”, then as “2 pages” for note taking.

And don’t forget our Saturday workshops. Sign up at the workshop table at our guild meeting. Your spot in the workshop is secured when we receive your payment. Don’t delay … there are only 20 spaces available for each workshop!

Saturday, February 25 2017: Disappearing Blocks with Bev Stevens
If you Google “disappearing quilt blocks” you’ll get an idea of how infinite the possibilities are for cutting and re-arranging half-square triangles into new, dynamic designs. Bev has become somewhat of an expert by exploring many of the possibilities, and she will enthusiastically share her tips and tricks with the class. She has lots of sample blocks you can play with on the design wall, including the intriguing Disappearing Barn Star block. Class participants may choose to bring their cutting mats, rulers, etc. and their machines if they want to come away with completed blocks (this requires you to bring prepared HSTs – any size). However, there is also the option to just listen, learn, play with the samples and take notes/photos. Either way, fun is guaranteed!

Saturday, April 29: Curvy Girls Unite! with Jeannie Jenkins
Come and explore various forms of curved piecing, from precision drunkard’s path to freeform curves and waves. Even if you have never sewn a curve before, by the end of the day you will be a pro!

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All About Giving

Our January meeting is an important part of who we are as a guild. We honour our community and those in need by contributing our talents as quilt makers to those less fortunate than ourselves, whether through health, age, or the country they were born in.

Thanks go out to the CQ team of volunteers with particular note of Bev Stevens and Jan McGoey for a well planned & well organized quilting BEE. Despite inclement weather the meeting was well attended- so a shout out to the membership for your attendance!

Six round tables for the applique project of sewing ‘fussy-cut’ children’s themed fabric to squares and six rectangular tables for the tying of yarn on baby quilts were the main activity hubs. Additionally, three members with sewing machines were ready to attach binding to the completed baby quilts.

The evening offered members a rare opportunity to chat with one another, learning about one another’s other’s quilt journeys, frustrations, successes and preferences. A goal of friendship within our guild is a definite possibility. To add spark to the evening, there were refreshments of wonderfully-yummy cookies (that WE hadn’t had to bake) and PRIZES galore, AND sample tops from the Jan 2016 Community Quilting meeting.

Thanks to all who braved the rain (rain! in January!!)

Recently, Seven Oaks, a long term care facility contacted me with a request for comfort quilts :

Each resident receives a folded lap quilt, decoratively tied, with a personalized welcome message attached. We have been providing lap quilts for a number of years and it is a tradition we would very much like to continue. This past year our donor became unable to continue to donate her quilts.”

To fill the gap left by their previous quilter, YHQG has been able to give 32 quilts to Seven Oaks, thanks to the efforts of all who attend every Monday and those members who take home projects to complete. Seven Oaks heard about our Guild because guild member Anne Oliver, told them about our outreach programme.

A quilted panel/wallhanging , shown below, will be going to the Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships in Community (TGIP) for their upcoming fundraiser April 27 2017, being held at the Toronto Estonian House.


I asked Wendy Dines if she could give more insight into who YHQG Community Quilters are and what they do… here is here very insightful summary. Thanks Wendy!

The number of Guild members has filled our little room at Stan Wadlow Community Centre. Last week, there were 19 around the lunch table. However, the numbers wax and wane as travel, holiday and family plans arise – in other words, when life happens!

For myself, this is my Monday ‘Happy Place’ where a community of like-minded people come together. Ostensibly, we attend in order to facilitate the making of quilts for people who would find comfort and support from a quilt. The larger picture is that of CQ also gives us the opportunity to share projects, personal or CQ and to applaud one another’s creations as well as to learn techniques from each other, thus expanding our quilting repertoire- ‘Could it get any better than that?’

Bev Stevens has been a driving force at CQ – her mission is for CQ to ensure that when Guild members take a kit or a sandwich, they enjoy the process and the final product is something to be proud of and is beautiful. Thus the numerous colourful and colour-coordinated kits. She likes to find new patterns and prepare the kits for the CQ for members to assemble.

As well, because of her Mother’s dementia, she identified a need in the larger community for the Touch Quilts – she continues to put together the kits for members to sew and herself sewed a touch quilt every week, for an entire year, in memory of her Mother.

The Community Quilting Night is January is a huge group effort. We brainstorm ideas to bring different projects to the membership. Preparation entails selecting a project that will engage many people of varying skill-sets, cutting and ensuring all necessary supplies are purchased and, after the Jan meeting, finishing the projects.

Members who are not able to attend the Monday meeting can contribute by working on the CQ kits & quilt sandwiches at home. Also, if you are aware of recipient organizations that would appreciate a gift of comfort quilts for their patrons OR of a charitable group that qualifies for an auction quilt for their fundraising, please bring them to my attention.

And in the spirit of giving, below is a thank you letter from the Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada. Kirsten Johnston made a quilt that was donated to them, to be auctioned off for their charity. Remember, if you have a charity that could benefit from a quilt for auction, contact Wendy Dines for more information.  thanks

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