Speakers and Workshops

Here is what is happening in the 2018 -2019 at YHQG  (Click here to download brochure)

September 2018

Lecture and Trunk Show: Tues. Sept. 18, 2018
Christine Alexiou www.christinealexiou.com/

 Having studied art and with a keen interest in sewing, Christine found that she could combine her passion for both in the form of fibre art and quilting. She enjoys finding new ways to express herself artistically and is constantly experimenting with her quilting and fibre art creation. She draws inspiration from numerous sources, most notably from art history, nature, current and historical events, and literature.

Christine’s art quilts have been recognized internationally and she is the recipient of several awards, including the “A World of Beauty” from International Quilt Association. She is also a proud member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), International Quilt Association, and American Quilter’s Society.

October 2018

Lecture : Tues. Oct. 16, 2018
Karen Kay Buckley www.karenkaybuckley.com

Karen Kay Buckley has over 350 quilts to her credit, and her personal work has received numerous awards, among them twelve Best of Show awards, including the 2013 and 2015 Best of Show at the American Quilter’s Society Show in Paducah, Kentucky. She was voted teacher of the year by the PROFESSIONAL QUILTER MAGAZINE in 1997 and her work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars.

Her lecture is titled “From the Beginning: Album of a Quilter“.  Karen will take you on a journey through her growth as a quilter.  You will see how the journey started with her first quilt to her most recent work. She will share the important things she has learned along the way.


Tues. Oct. 16, 2018 9:30am-3:30pm

“Bluebird of Happiness – Hand Appliqué” 
You will learn a lot as you sew in this class.  You will learn how to make perfect points, perfect circles, perfect ovals, smooth curves, smooth stems, some hand embroidery and just for added fun…..a little reverse appliqué. The inside appliqué area is 14”x 14”.  With the additional black border area the piece finishes at 20” x 20”.
Pattern Plus Supplies Fee $20.00US

Wed. Oct. 17, 2018 9:30am-3:30pm         

“Circles Squared Machine Appliqué”
This is a really fun machine appliquéd wall quilt.  You will learn to make sharp points, smooth curves, perfect circles, straight and even stems and there is a little reverse appliqué for some added fun.  The technique taught is a prepared edge method using an invisible stitch.Pattern Plus Supplies Fee $30.00US

November 2018

Lecture: Tues. Nov. 20, 2018
Bethany Garner bethanygarner.blogspot.ca/

Bethany is a contemporary quilter, Restoration Specialist, Quilt Conservator and Professor of Textile Design at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON since 1996. She loves to inspire her students to take chances, make time for all things new and explore their favourite techniques in the classroom and their home studios. Her lecture is titled: “My Journey to Art Quilting, a short walk away from Tradition”.


Tues. Nov. 20, 2018  9:30am-3:30pm “Sea Garden Pouches”

Make a gorgeous, small collaged piece using fabric scraps — silks, cottons and maybe your hand-dyed fabrics, threads, in-class created paper beads etc. for the body of the piece.

You will then bead and embroider with threads, silk ribbons, metallic threads, etc., to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Machine stitching is welcome, but this piece can be totally hand sewn. Your finished piece can be a small bag or a wall hanging. Patterns for base bags, bag handles and your supplies list for the bag or your wall piece which can be framed will be included with the $15.00 supply fee.

Wed. Nov. 21, 2018  9:30am-3:30pm   “Flat Dyeing to Quilt”

Whether you love deep darks or brights, you experience the fun of dyeing your own beautiful and original fabric for quilts! You will learn to dye “on the table and out of the container” which will be an exciting alternative to the messy and often unpredictable bags and dye pots. In this Full Day workshop, students will dye up to 10 half-metre pieces (up to 5 metres) of gorgeous multicoloured OMBRE 100% cotton fabric. This is an experience for everyone and not just the experienced dyer!
A student supplies fee includes the PROCION MX dyes and auxiliaries, a comprehensive handout package and many recipes to help you stir up a brilliant rainbow of multi-coloured fabrics. Supply Fee: $20

January 2019

Charlene Hearst Lecture: Tues. Jan. 15, 2019   “Quilting with Social Media”

There is a wealth of information on Social Media about quilting. Charlene will present a trunk show of her quilts created and inspired from her following along on Instagram. This social media platform is a great source for learning quilting techniques, sharing yours and others’ progress on projects and finished quilts, participating in swaps and sew-alongs, and a great opportunity to win sewing related products in give-aways! It can open the door to new experiences, friendships and opportunities for you.

You can find Charlene @charhearst on Instagram.


February 2019

Community Quilting Night

February 19, 2019

Our annual Community Quilt Night has been organized by the team of dedicated volunteers who come out to the East York Community Center every Tuesday. The format is similar to quilting bees of times past, in that we will come together to work on quilt blocks that will later be assembled into quilts for various charities. It’s a fun evening that gives members time to socialize and make new friends. There will be door prizes too!

 What to bring

Please bring a small sewing kit with needle, pins, neutral-coloured thread, needle threader, thimble and scissors or thread snippers. Don’t forget to lug a mug as we’ll be offering tea and coffee, along with a scrumptious array of cookies. 


March 2019

Terry Aske http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/

Lecture: Tues. March 19, 2019 – Trunk Show

Terry’s quilts have been published in well known magazines, and juried into many national and international exhibits and shows. She has won awards in both the artistic and modern categories. If you have seen the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada, you are sure to have seen some of Terry’s works. Terry is a member of the Fibre Arts Network (FAN) who often have a show at Quilt Canada.


Tues. March 19, 2019  9:30am-3:30pm “Pet Portrait from a Photo”

Create a quilted pet portrait from your own photo, or use Terry’s Border Collie pattern. Participants will be able to get a good start on their pet portrait during a 1-day workshop.

Wed. March 20, 2019 9:30am-3:30pm   “Architectural Art Quilts from Photos”

Learn how to create a realistic pictorial quilt from your own photo of a building or other architectural structure. Participants will use their own full-size pattern from their own photo. The workshop will cover various techniques – freezer-paper templates, piecing, folded-edge appliqué and fused appliqué. We will discuss the importance of value in selecting fabrics. Participants should be able to leave the workshop with a planned and partially completed project.
Optional Pattern Preparation Fee: $20+

April 2019

Lecture: Tues. April 16, 2019
Cindy Grisdela www.cindygrisdela.com “Playing with Colours”

Cindy Grisdela is an award-winning artist who’s happiest in her studio surrounded by piles of colorful fabrics. In this lecture and trunk show, she’ll use examples of her work over the last 25 years to take away some of the mystery about choosing colors effectively for your quilts. Not sure what colors “go” together? This is the lecture to reduce your stress about color!


Tues. April 16, 2019        9:30am-3:30pm   “Focus on the Improv Block”

Make an Improv Block the center of your composition and add your own borders–maybe curved strips or asymmetrical open space–it’s completely up to you to make your quilt your own. This process can be adapted to any size quilt–use your imagination! We will discuss the improv block technique using scraps and different ways to set the block into an interesting design with border options. Colour choice and design principles will be explored, as well as quilting and finishing ideas.

Wed. April 17, 2019    

9:00am-12:00pm “Take the Fear out of Curved Piecing”                                                            

Make a modern Drunkard’s Path – style table runner with no pins and no matching seams. This technique also works for pillows and small wall hangings. Fabrics can be solids or patterned.


Wednesday, April 17, 1 to 4 p.m.

Free Motion Machine Quilting

Students will learn a variety of stitch motifs to use with a regular sewing machine and add interesting texture, including spirals, pebbles, fans, seashells, and waves. We’ll use squares of felt to experiment with different stitching techniques and motifs.  Students must be comfortable using their machines and have the ability to lower the feed dogs.


May 2019

May 21, 2019 Annual General Meeting
This is a members-only meeting.

Lectures take place the 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Toronto Botanical Gardens,

777 Lawrence Ave. East from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Guest fee is $15 per meeting.
No guests at the May meeting as it is our AGM.

Workshops are held at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. (unless otherwise specified) from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Workshop Fees are $100 per day, $50 for half day classes. ($110/$55 for non-members). Cancellation fee of $25.00 applies. Some workshops may require a kit fee. Sign up for workshops at guild meetings or by emailing our president yhqg.president@gmail.com and she will forward your request to the appropriate person./em>

Non-members may take workshops once members have been accommodated.