Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Sew and Share at the January Meeting

Thanks everyone for coming out on such a cold winter night! It was a great presentation, and while our Sew and Share was short, I know that everyone is busy finishing up projects to share in February!

Isabella shared her "Batik Jewels" twin sized quilt that was from a Heather Stewart workshop:

Monday, 8 January 2018

Welcome a new year of quilting at this month's meeting

This month's meeting features award-winning quilter Roxanna Kantarjian who has spent the past few years learning from American quilter Nancy Crow. Roxanna will introduce members to Crow and talk about what it is like to work with her. She will show quilts from her first class with Nancy and then those showing the process and her progress into an artist up to today. Come out to our meeting to see her award-winning quilts.

Date: Wednesday, January 10
Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue
Doors open for socializing at 7:00 pm

Guild meeting starts at 7:30 pm 

Don't forget your mug for tea, your change for treats and library raffle, and your membership card!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Festive Market Recap!

It was indeed a festive evening at our annual Festive Market!  There was something for everyone and every price range, with lots of stocking stuffers and gifts.  From jewelry to handmade knits, pottery to cat toys, and pillowcase kits to pocket tissue holders, our vendors had everything needed to help shoppers finish their Christmas gift lists.   Participants were treated to a buffet of Christmas goodies, and it was a lovely, if cold, evening.  






Monday, 11 December 2017

Festive Market this Wednesday

It’s time again for our Festive Market, one of the most popular events we hold every year.

Bring your cheer and a Christmas gift list and shop at member tables and vendors at this special celebration. 

If you plan on doing some shopping, be sure to bring cash as our tables won’t have machines for credit or debit.

Admission and refreshments are free for everybody. Perhaps you would enjoy bringing a friend or two.

All attendees are eligible to draw a paper to win a door prize. 

Christmas goodies will be provided by the Guild Executive.

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue

Monday, 4 December 2017

Getting Ready for Christmas

This time of year, it is always fun to find small projects that will bring a little joy. Here are a couple of Christmas stocking projects that can bring a little magic and fun to your Christmas decorating.

Mini Christmas Stocking Garland from Melissa at Polka Dot Chair!

These adorable stockings go together quickly, make good use of scraps, and would be a quick way to add a handmade touch to your Christmas this year.  
Here's where to find it:  


Liberty Stockings from Blonde Design

These old-school elf stockings are gorgeous in Liberty fabrics, but would be fabulous in any fabric in your stash!
Take a look and see if you can resist stitching up a few for your Christmas decorations this year.  The link below will take you to a quick and easy tutorial, along with the pattern for the stocking with that charming little curl at the toe (the pattern pieces are at the bottom of the tutorial).  

What Christmas sewing projects are you working on this year?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Meet a Canadian Quilt Blogger: Reece Montgomery of Happy Okapi

There are so many amazing things happening in the online world of quilting, so we thought it would be a great idea to share some of the people who are out there - online and IRL (in real life!) - who are making the quilting world go.

In this post, we will introduce you to ReeceMontgomery from Happy Okapi

Yorkshire Rose Quilters Guild (YRQG): Why did you start blogging?

Reece Montgomery (RM): I taught myself to sew from online tutorials and lots of trial and error. I found I wanted to share what I was learning. I was also seeing that a lot of people (mainly Canadians) were frustrated at not being able to find the beautiful fabrics and notions our neighbours to the south were able to access so easily and affordably. I love shopping online and thought this would be a way to help spread the news about some of the great Canadian resources we have. From there, my passion grew to wanting to share the latest patterns and trends, but still keeping up with Canadian content.

YRQG: How do you connect with your readers?

RM: I try to keep fairly current on my blog, but even when I don't have a new post up, I like to share deals, sales, and new patterns on my facebook page, and you can always see my latest projects on Instagram

YRQG: Which of the projects featured in your blog are the most popular with readers? Why?

RM: My readers seem to really like when I host sew-alongs. I think this is for several reasons: Some of them really find a second way of explaining things helpful in putting together a complex project. A lot of them already have the pattern, but just need a push to get started. Most of my sew alongs also have discounts and prizes, so it motivates people to complete the project. Lastly, it's always more fun to "work together" even if it's virtually. I usually create a hashtag and all the participants can see what everyone else is working on.

YRQG: How are you celebrating Canada’s 150th on your blog?

RM: I teamed up with some other Canadian bloggers and did a Cross-Canada Blog Tour, with a large focus on bag making. http://www.happyokapi.ca/blog/canada-150-speaking-and-sewing-canadian. We featured Canadian pattern and fabric designers, along with amazing shops. It was a lot of fun and really quite incredible how talented the designers and makers are in Canada.

YRQG: Do you offer any bonuses or special content to your blog subscribers? If yes, do you partner with any other bloggers or retail outlets to offer those bonuses to readers or to increase the reach of your blog?

RM: I do have a sales tab on my site, which I update regularly with sales, including exclusives discounts just for my readers. I also like to have giveaways and try to obtain discounts for readers if it's relevant to what I'm blogging about.

YRQG: What bloggers or teachers are you inspired by?

RM: So many! I love Anna Graham of Noodlehead's elegant and humble style. Conversely, there is nothing subdued or understated about Libs Elliott and I find her energy so catching! Lysa Flower is someone else I find so inspiring, her creativity just blows me away! She's always making something that catches my eye and makes me wish I was faster so I could make one too. 

YRQG: Where do you find ideas for your content?

RM: All over! I've almost always got my jaw on the floor when I'm browsing Instagram. I really can't believe the amazing things people create. I don't just follow sewists either, I follow all sorts of artists: metalsmiths, potters, knitters, weavers, even body painters. I find it all so energizing and humbling at the same time. I also get ideas from just everyday life: if I'm looking for something or I see a lot of people asking the same thing, then I realize that's a good topic to blog about.