Speakers and Workshops

Special Summer Virtual Quilt Guild Meeting – Sunday July 26, 3:30pm

2020 has been a year like no other in the guild history.  Although March, April and May meetings had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, the board members have been working to bring you new experiences.  The first trial runs of virtual guild meetings have been held and we are pleased to announce a special summer guild meeting, in partnership with the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, on Sunday July 26 at 3:30pm, via Zoom.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Chawne Kimber – an award-winning textile artist who exhibits quilts and embroidery in museums, galleries, and festivals all over the United States.

Through cultivation of cotton in rural Alabama, some of her ancestors (unwillingly) participated in building the United States. Inspired by quilts made by these ancestors in the late 1800’s, Chawne interprets traditional patchwork forms in an improvisational style and indulges in political confrontation in quilt form. When not manipulating cotton, Chawne is a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast United States.

Her lecture is entitled “When the Cotton is High: Social Justice and Textiles”.

Dr. Kimber says: “For centuries women have used their utilitarian and decorative textile work to express their politics and opinions on issues of the day. We’ll take a look at some historical examples and then romp through my own work. My quilts use the lens of identity and difference to confront social conflicts like campus rape culture, Black Lives Matter, and censorship.”

All YHQG members are entitled to attend this meeting and will be provided with the Zoom co-ordinates prior to the meeting.


Fall 2020

We are thrilled to announce that all of our regular fall meetings (September 15, October 20, and November 17, 2020) will take place virtually at the usual start time of 7:00, and that the following speakers will be presented:

September 15, 2020 – Andrea Tsang-Jackson “From Flying Solo to Flying Geese”

October 20, 2020 – Judy Martin “My Awakened Heart”

November 17, 2020 – Karen Kay Stone “A Journey Through 30 Plus Years of Quilt Making and Design”

More details will be available soon.


For our 2019/2020 guild year, we have an exciting lineup of some talented presenters and teachers from across Canada and the U.S. Many thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers for making all the arrangements!

Details are below, or you may wish to download the brochure (PDF). Note: it prints 2-sided on legal-size paper (8.5″ x 14″).

To enquire about any of the workshops, please email the workshops coordinator.

Workshop Fees: $100 per day, $50 for half-day classes. ($110/$55 for non-members). Your registration is not firm until payment is received. Payment may be made by cheque, cash, credit card (Square) or by e-transfer (treasurer.yorkheritage [at] gmail.com).
Cancellation fee of $25 applies. Please note that some workshops may require a kit fee.

September 2019

Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
Jeannie Jenkins
Talk & Trunk ShowFrom Traditional to Modern: My Journey
Jeannie has been a member of YHQG since 1990! She is an award-winning quilt maker whose work has been featured in magazines and displayed worldwide. Jeannie recently published her first book, Contemporary Paper-Pieced Quilts.

Saturday, September 28                          9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jeannie Jenkins
Workshop: English Paper Piecing Gone WildJeannie Jenkins quilt image
Jeannie will share her expertise as a professional paper piecer to teach various techniques for piecing hexies, English Paper Piecing style. Learn what works for you using her charming new pattern.

October 2019

Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m.
Tamara Kate
Talk & Trunk Show: A Glimpse into the World of Fabric Design
Montreal-based Tamara Kate designs for Michael Miller Fabrics, quilt patterns and stationery. She will talk about how she got the gig and what inspires her in designing and quilt making.

Tuesday, October 15                9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tamara Kate
Workshop: Making a Traditional Block Modernflying geese quilt pattern image
Many traditional quilt patterns have stood the test of time because they are based on strong, basic building blocks with simple construction. Learn tricks with colour, fabric choices and fresh placement to make these blocks into dynamic, fresh quilts that get you off the beaten track. Flying Geese Ruler fee: $19

Wednesday, October 16                9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tamara Kate
Workshop: Colour, Value and Half-square TrianglesHalf-square triangles quilt pattern image
Learn how to use all those prints and/or solids in your scrap bin — and the basic half-square triangle block — to make a one of a kind quilt that is uniquely you.

Thursday, October 17                9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  *half-day
Tamara Kate
Workshop: Embroidery for Today
Embroidery sample imageEmbracing traditional methods of hand embellishment in a modern way will add texture, colour and personality to a sampler stitched on one of Tamara’s printed, illustrated designs. Kit Fee: $6



November 2019

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
Sandra Bruce
Talk & Trunk Show:
Material Matrix and The Paths Taken
Sewing since the age of eight, California-based Sandra Bruce has been quilting since the late 1980s. She sees her techniques as ways to combine her love of illustration and lettering with “quilting by drawing.” Sandra will share the evolution of her Material Matrix technique and how it works.

Tues. November 19 & Wed. November 20               9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sandra Bruce
Material MatrixSandra Bruce Material Matrix quilt design
This two-day class involves interpreting a gridded photograph with fabric. This process is different from other gridded photograph methods in that it involves piecing and a loose, representational style. Learn this technique, how to choose a good photo, colour, value, curved piecing and how to grid your own photos at home. All students will work on “Wake Up Cup” design in class. Supply fee: $5

Thursday, November 21                        9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sandra Bruce
The ABC’s of Stitching Words
Learn how to create letterforms with your own sewing machine. Using free-motion stitching, explore and practice how to connect letters and arrange them to sign your quilts, create labels and/or create a special message within your quilt.


January 2020

Tuesday, January 21 at 7 p.m.
Annual General Meeting & Community Night
Members only!

February 2020

Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
Shirley Dawson
Talk & Trunk Show: Shirley’s Story: How I got from There to Here
Shirley Dawson is a lifelong sewist, maker and teacher. A long-time member of YHQG, you may have seen Shirley’s creations during the “Show and Share” segment of our guild meetings and wondered about her quilting history. This is your chance to hear about it!

Saturday, February 22                               9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Shirley Dawson
Wool Appliqué Pillow/Wall HangingShirley Dawson's wool applique design
Learn how to transfer patterns, use raw edge appliqué on rich felted wools and hand sew decorative stitches to add dimension, detail and contrast to your one-of-a-kind project. Kit fee: $25

March 2020

Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Maria Shell
Talk & Trunk Show: Traditional, Art, Modern Notes From the Field
Alaskan quilter Maria Shell 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. Can you be all three? Come and find out for yourself!

Tuesday, March 24                        9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Maria Shell
Workshop: Riffing on Tradition – Exploring Design Elements with Quilt BlocksMaria Shell's Riffing on Tradition design
Using traditional quilt blocks as a foundation, explore new territory in making contemporary quilts. Learn how to take simple, traditional quilt blocks and blow them up, repeat them, distort them, and create fabulous new compositions.


Wednesday, March 25                     9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Maria Shell
Lines + Triangles = SquaresMaria Shell's Lines and Triangles design
Be empowered to take the basic shapes of patchwork to a new level. Learn how to create improvisationally cut and pieced stripes. Then learn how to turn these “stripes” into traditional patchwork shapes.


April 2020

Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Pat Pauly
Talk & Trunk Show: Walk on the Wild Side: Finding Your Style in Contemporary Quilt Making
Known for her improvisational technique, Rochester-based Pat Pauly uses bold colour and unusual juxtapositions of printed and painted fabric. All is fair game as she takes an irreverent look at her work and 35-year career, using almost 400 images. You will never think of the word “quilt” in the same way again.

Tuesday, April 21                      9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Pat Pauly
Slash and Burn: Improv TechniquesPat Pauly's Improv quilt design
Learn to compose a quilt using improvisational design by starting with two sets of fabrics as a springboard. Compose using techniques for adding to the composite in floating areas, cutting curves, and piecing to allow for quick, spontaneous design.

Wednesday, April 22                      9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Pat Pauly
New Big Leaf: Design with Freezer Paper TemplatesPat Pauly's Big Leaf design
Learn how to transform line drawings into templates, choose fabric and colour, and assemble this “Big Leaf.” Make a 24” x 24” hanging, or combine with three additional blocks to make a stunning quilt. By the end of this class, you will know how to translate your designs using freezer paper. Pattern Fee: $12

May 2020

Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
Andrea Tsang Jackson
Talk & Trunk Show:
From Flying Solo to Flying Geese
Halifax-based Andrea Tsang Jackson’s first encounter with quilting came when she was expecting her first child in 2011. Quilting has become the medium through which she explores her interests in material, geometry and place.

Tuesday, May 19                      9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Andrea Tsang Jackson
Great Lakes Map QuiltingAndrea Tsang Jackson's map quilt
Students will create a 12” x 12” map of the Great Lakes region using raw-edge fusible appliqué technique and free motion quilting (FMQ) … no prior experience necessary. Although the pattern is the same for everyone, students will be guided on how to draw out personal meaning in the map using FMQ. Students will also be instructed on how to design their own custom maps. Template Fee: $8

Wednesday, May 20                      9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Andrea Tsang Jackson
: Everyone Has An XAndrea Tsang Jackson's Ex quilt design
Learn about transparency effects in modern quilting and how to choose fabrics to achieve this effect. Develop skills in large-scale piecing, offset seams, and skinny strip piecing. Pieced and matched binding will also be discussed. The finished product will be 33” x 38”. Pattern Fee: $16


Here is the link to the brochure (PDF), should you wish to download and print it. Note: it prints 2-sided on legal-size paper (8.5″ x 14″).

Talks & Trunk Shows take place at our regular meetings, held the third Tuesday of the month at Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. East, from 7 to 9 pm. Your membership gives you free access (just remember to show your card at the door).
Guests are welcome! Guest fee is $15 per meeting, however no guests are permitted at the January meeting as it is our AGM.
Workshops are generally held at the Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E., second floor (unless otherwise specified) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please remember to wear your name tag, bring a lunch and a coffee mug. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.
Workshop Fees are $100 per day, $50 for half-day classes. ($110/$55 for non-members). Your registration is not firm until payment is received. Payment may be made by cheque, cash, credit card (Square) or by e-transfer ( treasurer.yorkheritage [at] gmail.com).
Cancellation fee of $25 applies. Please note that some workshops may require a kit fee.
How do I register?
Sign up for workshops at guild meetings or by email: workshops1819@gmail.com


Here is the 2018 -2019 lineup  (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.