Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Monday, 13 November 2017

Sew and Share at the November Meeting

Isabella shared her quilt, Inukshuks. This is a baby quilt made from a kit she got at a York Heritage Guild meeting. This quilt is going to Scotland for her cousin's first grandchild.

Shirley shared this tote bag that she designed and made as gift bags:

Anne shared her quilt, Seasons by the Lake, for this queen quilt that she designed based on a picture in a book: 

Claudette shared this iPad cover she designed:

Debra shared a quilt that her friend, a former member, made. The pattern is Castenguay, designed by Rose Marie, using a nine patch and applique:

Gail shared this sweet baby quilt using a pinwheel pattern:

Gail also shared this queen quilt - an inspiration for us all to work on quilts to submit for the quilt show!

Monday, 6 November 2017

What's happening at our November meeting this Wednesday

This month we will be hearing Johanna Masko's presentation: Blocks Unblocked – Deconstructing Sampler Quilts based on her experience with Laurie Aaron Hird's
"Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt."

Johanna Masko is a patternmaker, designer, and instructor, and she will be sharing  her methods for breaking down traditional blocks into simple units, and shows us the underlying grid structure that form the foundation for most geometric blocks. She will also give tips for working with small-scale patchwork and ideas for streamlining our piecing, whatever the project might be.

Johanna has two blogs: Seams Likely and Johanna Masko Quilts.

Date: Wednesday, November 8
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, 1 November 2017

Christmas Idea - Custom Tea Towels

Have you heard of Spoonflower?  It's an online site that allows you to print your own fabric in a variety of different substrates, including Kona cotton, canvas, and knits.  You can upload your own designs or choose from hundreds of thousands of designs by other people.   It's easy, you choose the design you want, select the kind of fabric you want it printed on, and the yardage, starting with a minimum size of a fat quarter.  

Spoonflower has some great ideas for creative projects, including this one, turning old recipes into tea towels.  Do you have some old recipes that are family favourites, or older recipes from previous generations that you cherish?  Turn these treasures into tea towels for everyone in the family to enjoy for years to come!  

Here are the step-by-step instructions to make this charming mementos:


Have you ever used Spoonflower before? What projects did you use it for? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Presidents' Challenge for 2018: A square foot garden

For this year's Presidents' Challenge, think about what is in your garden. What do you see? One magnificent flower? A beautiful flower bed? Pots of flowers lining a staircase or hanging from a balcony? Are there dragonflies? An old fence rail? Children on swings? A cat in the sun? A view of the starry sky?
Use your imagination to come up with an original way to express this theme, and you can use any technique, machine or hand, traditional or art quilting.

The quilt needs to:

  • be 12"x12"
  • have 3 layers - top, batting, and back
  • be quilted
  • have binding or be faced
  • have a sleeve or rings for hanging
  • be identified with a label including quilt name, quilter's name, 2018 Challenge, and credit given for any pattern used

A maximum of 3 quilts per person will be accepted. You could create a triptych or 3 individual quilts.

Quilts are due at the May 2018 meeting and will be judged by the Guild members present - a viewers' choice ribbon will be awarded.

The quilts will be kept by the Quilt Show committee as part of a challenge group show in September 2018 and again be part of the viewers' choice ballot.

You decide beforehand if your quilt is for sale or to be picked up at the end of the show (details closer to show time!)

Do you have any questions, comments or concerns about the 2018 Challenge? Let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sew and Share at the October Meeting

Our Sew and Share this month started with two completed Canada 150 quilts from last year's BOM.

One from Shirley:

And one from Isabella:

Tella shared a beautiful quilt, Memories of Nunno, that she designed from the fabric from her father-in-law's shirts:

Nadine has been busy making neck pillows:

Suzanne made two whimsical wall quilts that have yet to be named but were started in Al Cote's summer course:

Carole P. shared a beautiful memorial wall quilt that she designed based on her husband's company logo:

Coral shared an Indian whole cloth quilt that she bought in Hill Town near Jaipur that was hand quilted by a local crafter:

Coral was also busy quilting up abstract art pieces that she worked on in Al Cote's summer course. Coral used paint, ink, machine stitching, and embellishment with beads, Paverpol, and Tyvek:

Carole T. shared My Canada, her own pattern that she adapted from a newspaper ad:

Carolyn used the Piece O'Cake pattern to create her Whimsical Garden wall quilt:

Helen shared a mini quilt of a yurt made by a Mongolian Quilting Guild that she purchased on holidays:

Sherri showed her new Kimono that she made from Shirley Dawson's design at Fabric Spark:

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

What's happening at our October meeting this Wednesday

Come hear Alizon Sharun as she shares with us the Canada 150 challenge and show that she co-curated, The Perth County Tartan. It is a visual representation of the people and history of Perth County. “Quilt Squared” is an exhibition of One Foot Square quilt & fibre art pieces based on the colours or what they represent in the Perth County Tartan.

Date: Wednesday, October 11
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 form or card!