It’s Showcase Time!

We hope you’ll join us in North Vancouver for our 2nd biennial Modern Quilt Showcase!  We’re so excited to transform this amazing renovated shipbuilding warehouse into a spectacular modern quilt show.

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Here are the show details for you:

Saturday, August 25 from noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission $5, children under 12 free

The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC (at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue)

Accessibility: The level-entry site is accessible with new washroom facilities inside the Pipe Shop. We will have a complimentary wheelchair onsite for anyone requiring it’s use.

Getting There:

For your most efficient driving or transit route, please enter 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver into your favourite navigation software or app.  The simplest way to visit our show is by public transit – the Pipe Shop is a half block east of Lonsdale Quay Seabus and transit bus terminal. 

Driving? There is free weekend parking available in the ICBC parkade (entrance off Roger’s Ave). Paid parking is available in the Pinnacle Hotel parkade and there is time-limited free street parking around the neighbourhood.

https://goo.gl/maps/fJ3tKmhfuB82

What’s happening? There will be 140 modern quilts on display. We invite you to support our members by voting for your favourite quilts. We have 3 beautiful, handmade Viewer’s Choice ribbons to award on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (voting closes at 2:00 pm) as well as one ribbon for the favourite Modern Mini Challenge quilt.

Other ways you can participate include purchasing a $2 raffle ticket on our beautiful charity quilt in support of Growing Chefs or buy a cute VMQG logo button at our entrance or exit table. Don’t forget to leave some time to visit our community craft table and create your own modern mini quilt as fabric collage on paper!

See you there!

VMQG Showcase Committee

Circles, circles, circles

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(one of Terry’s circle quilts)

Do you love the look of circles in quilts?  But are you intimidated by sewing curves?

Terry Aske is a longtime VMQG member who makes amazing art quilts and blogs at TerryAskeArtQuilts.com. Her work has won awards, is regularly published in magazines, and was included in a recent book. And she’s intimidated by curves too! She uses a variety of techniques to create her circle quilts that are simple, easy and effective, and she’s going to share them with us!

 

(from first workshop taught to VMQG members)

The workshop will cover:

  • an easy method to draw a circle any size
  • making and using freezer-paper templates
  • how to create accurate circles using a freezer paper pattern and flat seam sewing
  • circles with raw edges, covered with bias tape, couching or decorative stitching
  • circles with folded edges

We will make 12 inch square blocks using a variety of techniques.  The blocks could become a small wall-hanging, a pillow cover, or the start of a larger quilt.

Here are some examples of the blocks we’ll be making –

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Terry blogged about some other examples here, you should check them out!

So come join us for a day of circles!!

Date: Sunday, September 30

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $55 for VMQG members, $70 for non-members




Meeting Reminder – Monday August 20th, 2018

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, August 20th, 2018!  

Our upcoming meeting will feature guest speaker, Jean Kares, who is the organizer of the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium which will be held in Vancouver Sept 19-23, 2018.  We are looking forward to hearing from her.

Showcase Quilts can be dropped off at the August meeting starting at 6:30 pm. Only quilts completed with labels and sleeves will be accepted. If your quilts are not yet complete, you may drop them off between 5-8 pm Friday August 24 at the north end of the Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver. Unfortunately, we cannot hang quilts NOT received by 8 pm Friday night.

Please alert Krista (krista.hennebury@shaw.ca) ASAP if you are unable to complete a registered quilt in time for the show”

If you have signed up for our October Retreat, final payments are due by the next meeting.  See original retreat blog post:
http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/06/vmqg-retreat-october-2018/

Initial deposits were $120 therefore final payments due are as follows:
Double:
3 nights: $270
2 nights: $145

Single:
3 nights: $315
2 nights: $200

If you would like to make your final payment now – a Paypal button is available below:


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If you do not know how much you owe, please contact retreat organizer, Elisabeth Geller at Elisabeth_geller@vancity.com.

The October retreat is full, however, we are taking names for the waiting list if you think you may want to attend but have not yet signed up.  Please contact Elisabeth to get on the waiting list.

Upcoming Events:
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase
Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

August Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, August 20th, 2018 starting at 7pm
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

 What to bring:
– Completed membership form and $25 dues for membership for the second half of 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash or credit card/debit card, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– Final Retreat Payments (can be paid by cheque or credit card)
– Quilts for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Showcase
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– Treats would be appreciated
– Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for August 20th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Next Month’s Improv Sampler Block
– Guest Speaker Jean Kares
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Meeting Reminder: Outdoor Meeting, Monday, July 16, 2018

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, July 16th, 2018!

It’s time for our annual outdoor meeting!  We will not be meeting at the Unitarian Church but will meet at John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park.  (I think it was formerly known just as Trout Lake Park).  We are meeting here so that we can enjoy the summer weather, weather permitting.

The forecast is currently showing a high of 26C on Monday with no chance of rain, however the weather changes quickly in Vancouver.  Watch out for an email and/or a Facebook post that will go out at 12pm at the latest should the weather look not too enticing!!!

As with every year, family is welcome as it will be a more casual meeting.  Please feel free to bring some tasty treats to share AND/OR come early and have a lovely dinner!  Again, weather permitting.  A member of the executive will be at Trout Lake at 6pm to scout out a location.

Upcoming Events:

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase: Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

July Meeting Details:
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Outdoor Meeting
When:  Monday, July 16th, 2018 7pm –9pm
Come early and bring a picnic dinner! FYI: The concession stand will be closed, so bring your own food! We’ll start our meeting around 7pm as usual.
Who: VMQG members, guests, and families. You are welcome to bring your families and friends along at no charge. There is a nearby playground for the children to enjoy if they need a diversion.
Where: The grassy area near the parking lot and concession stand at the south end of Trout Lake in John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park, East Vancouver.  (X marks the approximate spot on the map below). The nearest intersection is BC Parkway and E 19th Ave.
Transit:
The closest Skytrain station to where we are meeting is Nanaimo Station. You could also use Commercial-Broadway (depending on where you are coming from), but it is a longer walk to where we will be set-up.  There are many bus options for you to choose from as well.
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.  The closest parking lots are at BC Parkway just off of E 19th Ave (smaller lot, but closer to the meeting place) and Trout Lake Community Centre (larger lot, entrance at Victoria Dr. and E 15th Ave, five min walk from site).

Inclement Weather Plan: Unfortunately this year we do not have a back-up location available, so let’s hope for sun and watch for an email or Facebook post if the weather isn’t looking great.

Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member.

What to bring:
– Lawn chair for each member of your family or a picnic blanket and a picnic dinner.
– Cash, chequebook, credit or debit card to pay for VMQG events including the October Retreat. Deposits for the October Retreat are due and will be taken at the meeting.
– Modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– Your name tag
– Block Lotto Blocks
– Round Robin
Projects
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied) and picnic dinner.
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize (picnic) table or blanket.

Agenda:– 6:00pm, everyone arrives to
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– July Block Lotto Challenge

– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Note: There will not be an Improv Sampler for July…  It will resume in August.

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

 

 

 

VMQG Retreat – October 2018

Hello VMQG members! Our upcoming retreat is again at Edenvale – a lovely Retreat Centre in Abbotsford. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through their own private small forest.

We’re doing the same extended retreat of three days and three nights, Friday to Monday and, since we got a couple of requests, we’re also offering a very limited number of 2 night stays (Friday to Sunday).

Here are the details:
Location:
Edenvale Retreat Centre
4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates: Friday, October 12 – Monday, October 15, 2018**
Check-in:            10:00 am  on Friday
Check-out:          2:00 pm on Monday
** There are a very limited number of 2 night stays (Oct 12-14).
Note also that single rooms are limited and are on a first come, first-served basis (i.e. deposits must be paid).

Included: all meals (brunch on Monday), linens, work tables (everyone will have their own 6′ table to spread out on), ironing stations and power bars.

Cost for rooms:
Double:
3 nights: $390
2 nights (limited): $265

Single:
3 nights: $435
2 nights (limited): $320

Payment:
$120 non-refundable deposit by August meeting, final payment due at the September meeting.

Click the PayPal link below to pay your $120 deposit. Then email Elisabeth at Elisabeth_geller@vancity.com to indicate your room and night choices. Or bring payment (including, cheque, cash or credit card) to the next VMQG meeting.

There are only 18 spots so if more people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available spaces. Sign ups are only reserved once your deposit has been received.




Meeting Reminder – Monday, June 18th, 2018

Our former VMQG member and Executive member, Stacey Day, has recently launched a fabulous new book, Child’s Play Quilts.  We are pleased that Stacey will be our guest speaker at our June meeting and will be doing a trunk show and book signing for us.

Stacey has been published in many magazines, including American Quilter, McCall’s Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quiltcon Magazine.  She was a lecturer and teacher at Quilt Canada this past weekend.  Stacey also designs quilts for Tula Pink and will be teaching alongside Tula on a quilting cruise this August.

At the meeting Stacey will have copies of her new book for purchase for $30 cash or $31.50 via Square.

Also remember that the June meeting is the last time to register your quilts in person for the VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will be held in August.  See blog post regarding registration details here.

The quilt show committee members will be available at the meeting to take photos of the quilts for you at the meeting if you aren’t able to get your own pictures (if you want to take advantage of this, please bring your quilts).  If you miss the meeting you are still able to register your quilt online until the end of June.

June Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, June 18th, 2018 starting at 7pm
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to bring:
– Completed membership form and $25 dues for membership for the second half of 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash or credit card/debit card, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– Treats would be appreciated
– Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for June 18th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block and Improv Sampler Block
– Trunk Show by Stacey Day
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc. and get your book signed by Stacey Day)
– Show and Tell
– Door prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Sew-In in Support of the #TORONTO LOVE PROJECT

We are getting together for a free sew-in, in support of Berene Campbell’s (@happysewlucky) community project, the #torontoloveproject. The intent of the project is to bring a little hope and positivity to the city of Toronto, and in particular North York, in the wake of the recent tragic event there.

https://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/toronto-love-project/#more-2901

Sew-in Details:
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time:  10am – 4pm
Place: St. David’s Anglican Church, 1115 51a St., Delta, BC  (Tsawwassen)
Sew-in will be in the church hall which is across from Abbeyfield House.
Lunch will be provided.

Map of the location:
https://www.google.ca/maps/place/St.+David’s+Anglican+Church/@49.022954,-123.0826657,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x5485e66296f47bb9:0x59597e2a29f9ff8c!2sSt.+David’s+Anglican+Church!8m2!3d49.022954!4d-123.080477!3m4!1s0x5485e66296f47bb9:0x59597e2a29f9ff8c!8m2!3d49.022954!4d-123.080477

Please sign up at the next guild meeting which is Monday, May 21, 2018.  However, you do not need to be a member of the VMQG to attend.  Please email president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you would like to attend and cannot make the meeting.

Please refer to @happysewlucky’s blog post (link above) for the tutorial and details on the banners that we will be making and for ideas of what to make.  We will also be receiving some graciously donated fabric from Hyggeligt Fabrics.  http://www.hyggeligt.ca/    We will be receiving enough fabric to make approximately 10 banners.  Each banner is two sided and is 22 feet long which takes approximately 2 meters of fabric.

What to bring:
Sewing machine in good working order. (Remember your power cord)
– Sewing supplies – thread, scissors, pins, measuring tape etc.
– Cutting mat and rotary cutter
– Solid fabrics in jewel tones to supplement the donated fabric (refer to Berene’s blog post for requested colours).
– Any other special sewing supplies for your project (Paper piecing rulers, fusible web etc.)
– Empty toilet paper rolls (for rolling the finished banners for mailing to Toronto).
– Snacks and nibbles
Irons, ironing boards and extension cords will be provided.

Any banners finished at the sew-in (or finished and brought to the sew-in) will be mailed together to Toronto.

Come and have a fun day!!  I am hoping we have a great turnout for such a fabulous project.

Stacey

TORONTO LOVE PROJECT

Our friend and VMQG (and Toronto MQG) member, Berene Campbell, is spear-heading a community collaborative project in response to the tragedy in Toronto a few weeks back.  She is calling it the “TORONTO LOVE PROJECT”. 


Photo courtesy of www.happysewlucky.com

You can find Berene here: (Website: http://happysewlucky.com/) and on IG @happysewlucky

You may remember Berene (with the help of Amy Friend) organized a wonderful community project after the bombing in Boston which she called “To Boston with Love”. https://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/all-together-now-yay/

If you would like to participate in the “TORONTO LOVE PROJECT” you can find all of the details on her blog here at:  (#torontoloveproject)

https://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/

VMQG will likely be organizing a sew-in in support of this collaboration in the next few weeks.  Watch this space for details.

Stacey

Meeting Reminder – Monday May 21st, 2018 (Correction)

Did you know that your membership in the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild automatically gives you membership in the Modern Quilt Guild?

So, what are the benefits of being an MQG member besides the discount for QuiltCon?

Paula Bohan is a founding member of the VMQG who has attended every QuiltCon to date.  Paula will describe the benefits of MQG membership and will walk you through all of the resources available on the MQG website.

Paula will speak at our next meeting which will be on Monday, May 21st, 2018.

Keep in mind that our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC.  We are hoping you will participate by entering a modern quilt or two and by volunteering your time at the event.  You will be able to register your quilts at the next meeting so read the blog post and come prepared.

http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/05/showcase-2018-registration-is-open/

Upcoming Events:
May Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, May 21st, 2018 starting at 7pm
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to bring:
– Completed membership form and $25 dues for membership for the second half of 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit (or NOW debit) card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– Treats would be appreciated
– Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for May 21st, 2018

Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Updates
– MQG Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibit Update
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Improv Sampler for May – Paula Bohan – MQG Membership Benefits and  Site Review
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Showcase 2018 Registration is OPEN!

Hey VMQG members: exciting news! Quilt show registration opens today and runs until midnight June 30th, 2018. Please read through this post before you click on the registration link below.

Current members in good standing are now invited to register up to 3 quilts for our second Modern Quilt Showcase happening August 25 & 26th at the Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver. If your membership has lapsed, please renew and pay up BEFORE entering any quilts as you will need your membership number in order to complete the online registration form.

To help fund our show, each person is asked to pay a $20 registration fee (this covers up to 3 quilts). This fee includes 2 tickets for the show, which you may use or gift/sell to someone else. Every guild member, including show volunteers, will require a ticket to enter the show. Pay the $20 by cash or cheque at the guild meetings after you’ve registered your quilt(s). 

You may register 1, 2, or 3 quilts. Please indicate your order of preference on the form, in case we are unable to hang all registered quilts due to space constraints. Everyone is guaranteed their 1st choice quilt will hang in the show. A “Modern Mini Challenge” quilt counts as 1 of your entries. Please see this post for challenge quilt information.

A full colour photo of the entire front and back of each quilt is required. You’ll be prompted to attach a digital photo from the picture files on your computer when you fill out the form. PLEASE NOTE: this option is only available to people who have a gmail account due to a glitch with Google forms. If you do not have a gmail account, fill out the appropriate registration form (link below) and follow photo email instructions on the form, or bring your own colour 4 x 6 photos (printed on photographic paper) to the May or June meeting.

NEED HELP? We’ll have volunteers at the May & June meetings to help photograph your quilts and/or complete the online forms with you, starting at 6:30 p.m. We’ll even have hard copy forms you can take home and return in June, if you like. To complete a registration at the guild meeting, please bring the following:

  1. Your quilt(s)
  2. Quilt size, name, brief description for show label
  3. Correct spelling of any design credits (quilter name, pattern, workshop, book…etc.)
  4. $20 cash OR cheque

PLEASE NOTE: You only need to bring quilts to the meeting if you require photography assistance.

READY TO REGISTER YOUR QUILTS?

Gmail account holders CLICK HERE 

Don’t have a Gmail account? CLICK HERE

QUILT DROP OFF INFO:

This time we have two options for quilt drop-off.  Show-ready quilts (clean, lint-free and with a sewn-on label and sewn on 4″ hanging sleeve) may be dropped off:

  1. At the August 20th guild meeting
  2. At the Pipe Shop, North Vancouver shipyards, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 24th.

A receipt will be issued at drop-off that MUST BE SHOWN for quilt pick up.

QUILT PICK UP:

Between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday August 26th at the NE door of the show venue. Anyone picking up quilts for a friend MUST HAVE THE QUILT RECEIPT. Sorry, but there will be absolutely no exceptions.

We are going to need many volunteers to make our show a success, watch for volunteer job descriptions and sign up info in June!

If you have any questions, please email the Showcase Coordinator:

krista(dot)hennebury(at)shaw(dot)ca