YHQG Community Outreach

Our Guild is involved in charitable work through the donation of quilts directly to various shelters and charities in the GTA, to GTA charities which use donated quilts as part of their fundraising efforts, that are raffled to raise money for charitable organizations, as well as donating comfort quilts to shelters across the GTA and to other organizations involved in emergency relief.

The Community Quilt Workshop group organizes the CQ portion of the January YHQG meeting each year, in which we work in teams to assemble blocks to be made into quilts which are then donated or sold. This group also encourages members participation by preparing kits for members to piece a quilt top, for members to quilt a pre-assembled quilt sandwich, or for members to donate a completed quilt made from their own materials. Kits and sandwiches are available at the CQ table at each in person YHQG meeting, and at specific drop off locations in the city.

Typically, the CQ groups meet on Mondays or Tuesdays at local community centres. Because of COVID restrictions, since mid-2020, CQ has been meeting during three weekly 2-hour Zoom sessions, from 10:00 to 12:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays

As of October 18, 2021we have resumed our in person community quilting meeting on Mondays from 9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M at Stan Wadlow Community Centre, located at 373 Cedarvale Avenue (Cosburn and Woodbine area), Toronto. The format for the CQ meetings at Stan Wadlow continues as previously: CQ projects one Monday and one’s own work on alternate weeks. Due to COVID restrictions, the number of members who can attend these meetings is restricted, and a sign up system has been put into place which is set out in our recent newsletters. Some quilt top kits and quilt sandwiches are available at these meetings for members to work on. Members must bring their own sewing equipment (machines, needles, threads, etc.) to this meeting.

The on-line community quilting groups will continue to meet virtually on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 to noon. Set up your sewing project, get your cup of tea or coffee, sign into Zoom, and sew away!  A link to the recurring Zoom meetings is sent to YHQG members by email each week.

Quilt top kits and sandwich kits can be picked up from one of our drop-off locations or you are welcome to work on a contribution to CQ from your own stash.

It is hoped that the Tuesday CQ group will be able to commence in-person meetings by January 2022. Those meetings will take place at the East York Community Centre which is located at 1081 Pape Ave, just south of O’Connor Drive. This group meets on Tuesdays, starting from 11:15 A.M. to 4 P.M. All of the fabric, batting and assembled quilt top inventory is, by necessity being stored in various members’ households. However, storage of sewing machines, mats and the day to day paraphernalia necessary to quilting is in a locked storage closet adjacent to the meeting room.

For members who would like to join either group, please contact our guild president and she will forward your information to the appropriate person.