Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Monday, 10 December 2018

What's Happening at this Month's Meeting: Wednesday December 14th

Join us this Wednesday to hear from Jeannie Jenkins who has a talk called Quilting in All Directions – From Traditional to Modern. Copies of her new book will be available at the meeting. 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!

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


Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Sew and Share at the November Meeting

At this month's Sew and Share, our members really showed off their talents.

Doris shared Pink Argyle, her original design that was machine pieced and quilted:

Doris also shared Coffee Klatch, an original design that she created by carefully cutting a design to get a positive and negative image:

Trudy shared her African Challenge wall quilt of her own design:

Jacqueline shared Christmas gifts, a Christmas runner using a Nancy Zieman pattern, and an Advent calendar made from a Northcott panel:

 Donna shared two beautiful quilts, Serene and Country Fair:

Helen shared three beautiful comfort quilts:

Another comfort quilt was shared from an anonymous quilter:

Tella shared this amazing applique quilt from designer Sue Garman that Tella made for her mom. She started it as a project while her mother was in the hospital in May of 2017:


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Sew and Share at the October Meeting

This was a short, but very sweet Sew and Share!

Helen shared not just one, but five amazing quilts that she made for the outreach program:

Catherine shared a baby quilt that she made for her friend's daughter's baby girl. This quilt is "Spinning Wheel," from Lucy-Anne's "charm school" class:

Friday, 19 October 2018

Thanks for a fantastic Yorkshire Rose Quilt Show!

We are pleased to say that the Yorkshire Rose Quilt Show was a great success! 
This fantastic weekend event had record attendance and was enjoyed by all who participated - whether visitor, vendor or volunteer. 


People had a lot of good things to say about the Quilt Show. They were welcomed by the friendly front-desk volunteers, they appreciated the pin-cushion give-away, they enjoyed the yummy treats at the tea room, they liked the special draws, they had fun shopping in the members' boutique, and, of course, they loved looking at the wide variety of beautiful and interesting quilts.

The winners of the Special Draws were:
  • Steff Rose – ELNA Sewing machine
  • Karen Lask - Fall Frolic Quilt
  • Ann Morgan - Holiday Cards Quilt


This year's Quilt Show had something for everyone and that is due to the wonderful volunteers on the Quilt Show committee, the members who volunteered for the day, and the members who contributed their beautiful work for the community to see. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Quilt Show to share our passion for quilting.

Monday, 8 October 2018

What's Happening at this Month's Meeting: Wednesday October 10th

Our October meeting features Joy Paolozza, who you may remember from as a vendor at our quilt show. Joy will be sharing her work through a trunk show and talking about applique and the methods she likes best. 

Don't forget to bring your paper bag for the President's Challenge and your membership form if you have not yet renewed!
Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!

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

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

President’s Challenge for the 2018/2019 Quilting Year: The Brown Bag Challenge

The Brown Bag Challenge

As quilters we don’t often have anyone making things for us. With that in mind, I thought we would do a little something different for the President’s Challenge this year which I hope you will enjoy.

If you are anything like me you will have collected a few fat quarter’s since you started quilting. I don’t often like to use mine, just occasionally take them out of my plastic containers I keep them in and admire them. This is your opportunity to use three fat quarters out of your stash and have someone else make something out of them just for you.

At the October 10th meeting, bring your three fat quarters inside a bag (plastic will do) together with the form (link below) with the information filled out. At the November 14th meeting, you will be given someone else’s fat quarters (plain brown bag will be provided to ensure anonymity) to take home and create something. You are free to add fabric or other accessories depending on what you are making. What will you make? A table runner? A tote? Or perhaps a wall hanging? The possibilities are endless. The completed projects will be returned at our May 8th meeting when you will receive back a finished quilted something, and you will find out for whom you have been making the item. That’s right, you won’t know who you are quilting for until the “Big Reveal”.

The Rules
  • You must use a generous amount of each fat quarter.
  • There must be some quilting done on the item.
  • The returned project must be completed.
Click here for the form: 2018/2019 President's Challenge Print it, fill it in, and bring it, along with your three fat quarters, to the next meeting on October 10th! 

Are you going to participate? Do you have any questions? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Sew and Share at the September Meeting

At this month's Sew and Share, our members showed off some lovely new projects, UFOs, and charity quilts.

Isabella shared her original twin-sized string quilt, String of Diamonds, that she worked on at last year's retreat:

Isabella also shared this wall quilt, Stairway to Serenity, made up of the Block of the Month blocks that Karen Howes designed many years ago for the guild:

Irena showed her wall quilt, Giraffe, from Lorna McMahan's pattern, Giraffes in a Row. This quilt is for her god-daughter's baby:

Two beautiful charity quilts were also shared with the guild:

Monday, 10 September 2018

Welcome back to another great year of quilting!

Our first first meeting, Wednesday September 12, features a presentation from Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts.

Lorna is a quilt maker and passionate pattern designer. Now living in Mitchell Ontario, Lorna is the mother of two teens. Her artistic abilities and mechanical background have proven useful since being introduced to the realm of fabric and thread. Having designed her first quilt for her daughter in late 2012, she began to explore a variety of quilting techniques until finally finding her niche. Designing blocks and quilts that use traditional piecing methods is her passion.

You may remember Lorna from out "Meet a Canadian Quilt Blogger" series. You can read about her quilting inspiration and find links to her blog.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!

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

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.