Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Monday, 7 December 2015

YRQG December Meeting: Festive Market

After reading this month's newsletter, I can see that I'm not the only one who is madly sewing to get everything finished in time for Christmas!
If you too are rushing to finish up projects, don't forget to take some time to enjoy the holiday season. Join us this Wednesday, December 9, at our first fabulous Festive Market! 
This month's meeting will feature 10 vendors to tempt you with a variety of quilting,
sewing and craft items to browse and buy for those last minute presents. 
And don't forget to enjoy some sweet treats and a hot beverage provided free by your executive. 
Also at this meeting, we'll show off fabric postcards from our swap, and we'll have several draws throughout the evening for door prizes.
Bring your own shopping bag and your sweet tooth. No need to bring plates, cups etc., this is not a dinner. Limited seating only. To prevent spills and messes, please do not take drinks or snacks to the vendors tables. 
Guests are welcome at no charge. This will be an informal evening: an opportunity to mingle with friends and "Shop without the Hop".

Our featured vendors are: 

  • Sew Sisters with fabrics and notions
  • Soak Wash Inc. with fabric care products
  • Country Clothesline with fabrics and kits
  • Jane's Jellies with Homemade Wine Jellies 
  • Barbara Carroll with sewing items and food treats 
  • Marion O'Brien with PJ's and Socks 
  • Gail Marmora with Christmas Faeries, pin cushions 
  • Coral Jewell with fabric yardage and textile art 
  • Carol Thomas with plaster hand-print kits and bags 
  • Doris Lovidina-Lee with hand dyed scarves and fabrics

Friday, 27 November 2015

Show and Share November

At our meeting, we had some very industrious people share the quilts they have finished this month with us:

Jane Barbeau shared her Kaffe Fassett quilt, Tropical Chevrons:

Next, Isabella Garrigan shared two quilts with us, a meaningful family quilt for her niece and Winter Garden, made with different flowers for her sister:

Tammy Kennedy shared Snowy Day, a 10 year old "UFO" that she just finished:

Then Tammy shared a wonderful 3-D quilt she made in a Jackie White class at the CreativFestival, Funky Flower:

Carolyn Loewen then showed us Cottage Delight. Carolyn was asked to make this quilt from a stash of blocks that had been left for many many years:

Next, Suzanne Neilson showed her quilt The Big Bang, made from hand-dyed fabrics:

Susan shared with us her miniature quilt, perhaps in anticipation of our mini-quilt auction?

Anthony Taylor displayed his Christmas Table Runners. As long as we are quilting, creativity is flowing!

Then Debbie Watson shared her quilt, Sunrise Solitude:

Diane Binmore shared a quilt her grandmother made in about 1870, an Old Maid's Puzzle, a family treasure:

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Community Outreach Quilts

Look at these gorgeous quilts! You have all been so busy! Fifteen of these beautiful quilts will be going to 416 Community Support for Women at Christmas. All your hard work is greatly appreciated. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

President’s Challenge 2015– 2016: Song Title

What is your favourite song? Do you listen to music when you quilt? Is there a song or type of music that really inspires you?

This year's President's Challenge is "Song Title"

All you have to do is choose a favourite song or an interesting song title, and let it inspire you! 

Rules for Each Quilt Entered:

  • In keeping with the musical theme, the size of the quilt will be the size of a record album cover - 12” x 12”.
  • You may enter more than one quilt.
  • The entire quilt must be made by only one quilter.
  • Any technique may be used to make the quilt.
  • Any type of fabric may be used (you are not restricted to cotton).
  • The quilt must consist of three layers: quilt top, batting and backing.
  • The quilt must be quilted by hand and/or machine.
  • Embellishments (applique, beading, embroidery,…) are permitted.
  • There must be a label on the back of the quilt that includes: the name of the quilt, the name of the song that inspired the quilt (if it is not the same as the name of the quilt), the name of the quilt maker, and the date.
  • Quilts must be delivered by the April, 2016 meeting.

At our next meeting, find the sign up sheet to indicate that you are interested in participating. (You are not obligated to participate if you sign up. This is simply for planning purposes!)

Are you going to participate? What song do you think you might want to quilt?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

November's YRQG meeting is tomorrow!

Heather Stewart is coming tomorrow to give her talk: "Creativity - What is it and how do I get some?"
It's a fun and informative presentation about what creativity is, how to uncover our creative genius and silence our inner critic. She'll provide tips that she's devised through her own creative journey.

And don't forget about your Row By Row Experience. Bring in your completed rows, and for every row you bring in completed you will receive a ballot with your name on it which will go into a draw for great prizes.

And be sure to read your newsletter!

We meet at the Danforth Mennonite Church 2174 Danforth Avenue with socializing @ 7:00 pm and the meeting @ 7:30 pm. Guest are very much welcome!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Textile Museum Asian Textiles Sale

The Textile Museum's Volunteer Association is hosting an Asian Textiles Sale on Wednesday, November 11 from 1:00 to 6:00. The sale will be on the Mezzanine at the Textile Museum, 55 Centre Avenue.
The sale includes oriental items such as kimonos, obi and cords.

Do you know of any good sales or events happening in the city? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

YRQG Meeting Tomorrow - Wednesday October 14

Have you ever wondered what makes a modern quilt, well, modern? The program for tomorrow's meeting will  be all about modern quilts. 
The co-chair of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, Andrea Vander Kooij, will present an overview of the modern quilt movement that emphasizes differences in approach to design that are favoured by the modern quilt community. Andrea has a slide presentation and is bringing samples of modern quilts.
Have you made a modern quilt? What do you find interesting about modern quilts?
And don't forget, our library has books about modern quilting, so visit the library and check out some books so you can get started on your own modern quilt!
Our meeting is at the Danforth Mennonite Church at 2174 Danforth Avenue. We start at 7 with socializing and the program starts at 7:30.
Don't forget to bring along your mug for tea or coffee and $0.25, and some money for the library raffle!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Placemats for Meals on Wheels

I made these two placemats yesterday from pieces that I had from old projects. I used Snoopy Christmas fabric that I got in a bag of scraps from my sister-in-law. I thought it added a bit of fun! I really enjoyed working on them because I actually finished them in one day! So many projects take so long to do. Just the other day, my husband commented that my hexagon quilt project was more than one year in, and it didn't look like I was anywhere near finished. He's right - but I have to defend myself. I really only add a couple of hexagons while watching a TV show after dinner. But I'm happy to have finished these two placemats in time for our meeting on Wednesday and to know they will go to making someone's Christmas a little brighter.

We have collected 30 placemats so far, but we need 70 more to make sure each Christmas meal recipient gets one. 

And remember, there are prizes to be won and you will get a raffle ticket for each placemat you bring in. The draw will be at the November meeting - the last chance to bring them in! 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Quilts Are All Around Us

I visited Point Pelee this weekend, and I discovered this beautiful quilt in the Visitors Centre. I was thrilled when I came across this - I was not expecting a quilt at all!

It's by Teresa Altiman, an Ojibwe artist living in Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation). The display says that it represents the past, present and future of Point Pelee. 

I'm just starting to understand the art quilt, and I'm blown away by the symbolism. Not just what is represented in the quilt, but also what the quilt represents.

The artist explains that the First Nations people at the top of the quilt are dreaming of a future for themselves and for generations to come. This is very meaningful, but for me, the piece being a quilt reinforces and strengthens its message - quilts represent home, family, comfort, love.

Have you ever discovered a marvelous quilt where you were least expecting it? 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Making our Community a Little Warmer

Here are some of the many beautiful quilts donated to our outreach program, and we can't wait to get many more! All the quilt kits from the last meeting were taken, so it seems quilting for the community is a very popular thing.
If you have questions about our outreach program, the quilt kits, or the types of quilts needed, just leave a comment here, send us a message in the box on the right, or talk to me, Jacquie, at the next meeting. We can get you quilting for the community! 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A Name Tag Purse to hold your YRQG name tag and membership card so you always have them for meetings!

If you are looking for a great way to always know where your membership card is and to hold some change for tea and library raffle tickets, this fun little stash-buster comes courtesy of Suzanne Neilson for the personal use of members of the Yorkshire Rose Quilters Guild.

Fabric Requirements:

Muslin or any plain light fabric - 4 ½ inches x 10 inches.

You will build the Flaps that will fold up and down to form the purse on this piece.

A. On Muslin: 
  • Solid Color A - 1 piece 3 ½ inches x 2 ½ inches
  • Solid Color B - 2 pieces 3 ½ inches x ¾ inch
  • Solid Color C - 2 pieces 3 ½ inches x 1 inch
  • Solid Color D - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x ¾ inch 
  • Solid Color E - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x 3 ½ in.
    • (Color E may be the same as A, B, C, or any other complementary color)
  • Printed Color F - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches 
    • (Color F can be an abstract pattern or a picture)
B. Solid Color G (This may be any color used on the Muslim or any other complementary color) - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x 10 inches

C. Cord or Ribbon – 1 piece measuring a minimum of 24 inches (You may want to lengthen according to your preference)

Directions for Sewing on the Muslin:

  1. On the muslin draw a line across 3 inches from the top (Figure 1 - see below) 
  2. In the space created at the top, centre and pin the Color A to the muslin. 
  3. Sew the Color B pieces, one to the top of the Color A piece and one to the bottom. 
  4. Line the Color B pieces to the Color A piece with right sides together. Sew a ¼ inch seam through the fabric pieces and the muslin. Press seams towards the muslin. (Figure 2) 
  5. Sew the Color C pieces, one to each side of the pieced unit in the same way and press towards the muslin. 
  6. You have created a frame and space in which to pin your name tag. (Figure 3) 
  7. Sew the Color D piece along the bottom of the picture frame. Press seams towards the muslin. (Figure 4) 
  8. Pin the ribbon to the front so that the edges of the ribbon line up with the bottom of Color D. 
  9. Place the Color E piece so that the top is aligned with the raw edge of Color D and the ribbon ends with right sides facing and sew a ¼ inch seam. Press the piece away from the frame. (Figure 5) 
  10. Align the Color F to the raw edge of Color E with right sides facing and sew a ¼ inch seam. Sew the Color F piece upside down, so that when you turn it up later, it will be in the right direction. (Figure 6) 
  11. Pin the ribbon towards the centre so that it will be out of the way when you sew the Front and Back together. 
  12. Turn over and trim as needed using the muslin as a guide. 
  1. With right sides facing, Sew the Color G piece to the muslin piece leaving the bottom open.
  2. Make sure your cord/ribbon is out of the way. Turn inside out. Turn in the bottom and slip stitch. 
  3. Decorate the around the picture frame using fancy stitching, beads or whatever. 
  4. Then turn up the bottom to form a pocket and slip stitch the sides. 
  5. Now press down the top and you have a little purse for your name tag, membership card and place to store your tickets.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Our first meeting for the 2015/2016 quilting year is this Wednesday!

Our program this week is going to be great. Sharron Coxon will be sharing her modern approach to well-known patterns. We are in for a lively program.

If you haven't sent in your renewal form already, bring one to this meeting with your $35 membership fee.

Don't forget to read your newsletter, and we can't wait to see you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Member Survey Results Are In!

In June, we sent members an online survey in order to get information to guide us, your two new program directors, in the development of a program relevant to the interests of members for 2015-2016.

Here is what we learned from the 65 responses:

Most of us are doing traditional quilting; however, other forms of quilting are also popular. Our members are using a variety of piecing techniques regardless of the type of quilting, including foundation piecing, applique, English paper piecing, paper piecing, trapunto, and embroidery. In terms of other types of quilts, memory quilts and crazy quilts were mentioned.

Almost everyone pieces by machine, and almost half piece by hand. Most members quilt on a domestic machine; however, a little over half quilt by hand and almost a fifth of us either quilt on a long arm machine ourselves or send our quilts out to be long-arm quilted.
In terms of learning more, it seems we are most interested in modern quilting and art quilts; however, there is a general interest in all types of quilts and quilting such as machine quilting, design software and quilt layouts.

A slight majority of people indicated a preference for presentations/demonstrations over trunk shows, but people did find value in both. Trunk shows can be inspirational while demonstrations of techniques and “how to” is helpful. A strong interest in workshops that allow for trying out new learnings was mentioned by several members.

In terms of topics of interest, design/translating ideas into quilts tops the list. Other topics of interest mentioned were machine quilting, how to calculate a change in size of a block design and creative use of non-traditional materials.

Several names of possible guest presenters were provided. And several members indicated their desire to share their knowledge and expertise with us!

Your Program Directors are committed to bringing you a program that meets your needs! We’ll use this information to arrange for guest speakers from within our own guild and from the broader quilting community. There will be opportunities for members to present and demonstrate in the year ahead. Stay tuned! And we’re always interested in hearing your input and feedback! We hope you’ll enjoy your next year as members of the Yorkshire Rose Quilt Guild!

Catherine Clarke & Jane Barbeau

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Row by Row and a Summer Quilting Road Trip

Since I can't sew in my hammock, I don't get a lot of quilting done in the summer. But when we planned our summer road trip to New York state, I thought I'd add in some visits to quilt shops and try out the Row by Row shop hop.
The first shop I visited was Style Fabrics in Kingston NY. The shop was bright and cheery and the owners were friendly and helpful, and they have an adorable little dog. I got their row pattern and found some great fabric to go with a polar bear batik I got at the Yardage Sale. (I was going by memory and was thrilled when I got home and all the fabrics worked together!) There were 2 other ladies in the store, also tourists, and up from Florida. They were trying to get as many rows as possible on their holiday.
I only had time for one more shop, so off I went to Log Cabin Fabrics in Selkirk NY. The shop was in an old ranger's cabin and each room was stuffed with fabric! I discovered that the ladies from the first shop were here too! The shop had put up a map for visitors to mark their hometown. I was the only Canadian mark on the map. I got the pattern, and I bought the kit too. Hopefully I'll have it ready for Sew & Share in September!
So, I only have 2 rows - not enough to make a quilt and win a prize, but I loved the experience. I never would have gone to these 2 shops without the Row by Row challenge, and having met the other tourists and the owners of the shops, I feel closer to the larger quilting community.
Have you been to any new quilt shops this summer? How many rows have you collected?
I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to this summer!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Get Your 2015-2016 Membership Registration Form in Today

We had a great year of quilting, and while we are taking a small break to enjoy the sunshine, don't forget that we have another great year ahead!
You don't want to miss out on the great programming, so get your Membership Registration Form in right away.
Print it out, fill it in, and mail it out with a cheque - all the details are on the form.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner: June 10

This Wednesday, we will be celebrating another great year of quilting and the Yorkshire Rose Quilt Guild.
At the Annual General Meeting, we will be voting on proposed changes to the Guild by-laws, be sure to read the by-laws, which were sent out with the May newsletter on May 6th.
For the pot-luck, we are suggesting that members with the last names starting with A-L bring savoury treats and the members with last names starting with M-Z bring sweet treats. Please bring your own placemat (optional), napkin, plate, cutlery and mug.
If you made a mini-quilt for the President's Challenge, please remember to bring it, along with the number your quilt was assigned, to this meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!