Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Sew and Share at the June Meeting

Our final meeting for the year included some lovely quilts to inspire us to continue our quilting over the summer.

A charity quilt was shared:

Donna shared a mystery quilt that she made from an online pattern:

Jacqueline shared her quilt, Are You Winning? that she designed based on the video game, Space Invaders:

Linda shared a queen-sized floral quilt that she made:

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

This Wednesday: The Annual General Meeting

Come out to the Annual General Meeting this Wednesday June 13. 
The full agenda for the evening is in this month's newsletter. 
Looking forward to seeing you all as we celebrate a great year of quilting together.

Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue
When: Doors open for socializing at 7:00 pm
Guild meeting starts at 7:30 pm

Monday, 28 May 2018

Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto presents its 2018 Quilt Show

The 2018 Yorkshire Rose Quilt Show is happening this September! Come be inspired by the quilts made by our Guild Members. These quilts have been created through educational workshops or through individual design but they all share in talent, time, and creativity.

Included in our Quilt Show is a gallery of our Members’ hand made wares for sale, a Vendors’ Mall for a one stop shop-hop, and a Tea Room offering you a seat to rest and refresh with beverages or a light meal.

With your entry fee you will get a small handmade gift and be eligible for one of the numerous door prizes. 
There is also opportunity to participate in a draw for three wonderful prizes: an ELNA Lotus sewing machine, and two lap quilts (one named Fall Frolic and one named Holiday Cards). The draw will be held on site at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday but you do not need to be present to win.

Mark your calendars for our Quilt Show and Members’ Sale!

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ellesmere Community Centre
20 Canadian Road (Warden and Ellesmere), Scarborough
Vendors’ Mall
All details can be found here on our blog.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sewing for Profit

Sewing for profit might seem like it can take the fun out of your favourite hobby. Or maybe it seems like a natural way to make a little money - you are sewing anyway! 

So Sew Easy has an interesting post about what it takes to sell your sewing

The comment about making your product stand out from the crowd is a good one. You can sometimes see the same items over and over again at craft shows. What is special about your product that would make people buy it? 

And profit is always a big concern. It can be hard to balance what people will pay and what you need to cover costs and time (don't forget your time - it's valuable too). Oh, and remember that what is in your stash isn't really free!

Do you have a favourite item that you like to make and sell? Do you have any tips or suggestions about the best ways to sell your work? Are you thinking about getting into selling your sewing? Are you going to sell items at our Quilt Show?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Sew and Share at the May Meeting

Sew and Share started this month with a great display of charity quilts for Humboldt and for our outreach program: 

Suzanne shared two quilts she embroidered. Who Gives a Hoot:

And Memories of India:

Shirley shared three baby quilts inspired by her new grandson:

 Sherri shared a plethora of bags as she gets organized for her cross-country move:

Irena shared her quilt, Overgrown, her garden that grew a little too much for the Presidents' Challenge:

Anthony shared his quilt from Thangles, A Buck a Block:

Tella shared her Baby Fox quilt that she designed, appliqued and pieced:

Monday, 7 May 2018

What's Happening at this Month's Meeting: May 9

Come hear a moving and meaningful presentation from Berene Campbell who will speak about how she has used quilting, community projects and activism to help manage anxiety and depression.
She will share her quilt and community projects which include “To Boston with Love” as
well as “Quilts for Refugees”.
There will be a shopping opportunity after the presentation! Read more about Berene’s
projects at her blog at: http://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/

Also, don’t forget to bring:

1. Your President's challenge “Square Foot Garden” quilt
2. Your membership renewal form (if you haven't already renewed!)
3. And your quilt show entry form for that quilt we all know you want to show!

Check out the May newsletter for all the details.

Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue
When: Doors open for socializing at 7:00 pm
Guild meeting starts at 7:30 pm

Monday, 23 April 2018

Six Reasons Why Sewing Benefits Your Mental Health

This blog post on This Blog is Not for You is a great reminder that our mental health is important and that sewing can help us maintain balance and relieve stress. While the author is talking about dressmaking, I think it really applies to quilting as well. 

As a new mum finishing up a masters degree, it can be very hard to find time to sew. But looking over the 6 Reasons Why Sewing Benefits Your Mental Health, I can see that making time for sewing is something I need to do more of. 
  1. "Selfish" me time is essential for everyone - and it can be hard when the baby wants me, but if I feel stressed, so does everyone else in my life! 
  2. I agree with her comment that too much tv/computer/phone is dissatisfying and exhausting. Once the baby has finally fallen asleep, I often just want to curl up on the couch with a stupid tv show, so I've started doing some hand piecing, so I feel like I'm doing something with my time (while watching a stupid tv show!) 
  3. And how mindful sewing is for me! There is nothing more in the moment than being at the sewing machine. If I let my mind wander for even a second my 1/4 inch seam is now 3/4 inch! 
  4. And the joy of accomplishment! I got my President's Challenge Square Foot Garden completed last night, and I couldn't stop smiling! We often have so many projects on the go, that we forget what a thrill it is to just finish something. 
  5. Ok, her next point, about body image, might be a stretch for quilting, but I think the idea of appreciation is there. When I give someone a quilt, they are amazed with my talent and skill - a response that reminds me that I am more than a dress size! 
  6. And finally, the sixth point, our quilt guild is great for socializing and meeting new people who share my passion about quilts. I look forward to my "me" time at quilt guild every month - and leaving the baby at home with her father!
How do you find that quilting helps your mental health? What other benefits do you get from quilting and from being a member of the quilt guild? Let us know in the comments.