Round Robin – October Assignment

Hello, Robins!

We are in the home stretch and the tops are looking really good.

For the next round we are going to pay homage to those who have gone before us, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae always comes to mind. It might be vintage theme at the next VMQG meeting, but the round robin will be marking the occasion with cross/plus blocks. The photo is of wonky crosses, but feel free to interpret this block design however which way suits your given top.

Please do one side on an end that will make the top more rectangular,  between 5″-7″ in width. And, at the opposite end add a 3″-4″ strip of one fabric, or  simply pieced if you must.

And, a gentle reminder to stitch 1/8″ on the edge to stabilize those seams. Otherwise they tend to unravel — a stitch in time, saves nine!

From With Heart on Hands.

From With Heart on Hands.

Vintage Quilts – November Meeting Special Show & Tell!!

“Old quilts are rich with information and inspiration for today’s quilters. They are full of ideas and knowledge found nowhere else.”  

Bill Volkening in Modern Roots: Today’s Quits from Yesterday’s Inspiration.

Many modern quilters study antique and vintage quilts for inspiration and some of the strongest trends in modern quilting owe a debt to previous generations of quilters.

Many of us have vintage quilts that may be cherished family heirlooms or awesome finds in thrift shops.  Sometimes the workmanship is exquisite and the quilt is in pristine condition; other times the quilt is  faded and the workmanship imperfect but the quilt has soul and an energy that draws us in. Whatever their history, we have kept these old quilts because they speak to us in some way.

For our November meeting we’re asking you to bring a vintage quilt to share and inspire.  We will have a special Show &  Tell segment for vintage quilts BEFORE the break.   

What is “vintage”?  There are lots of definitions around but I think this one will do – “”any quilt from the past that we can learn from or be inspired by”.

We will have a special door prize and every member who brings a vintage quit to share will be eligible to win.  

UFO Challenge Extended!

We have a a great meeting coming up this month, with a special guest speaker Kathleen Riggins, membership renewals, and our annual executive elections.

Because the meeting is so jam-packed, and we want to leave lots of time to learn from Kathleen, our Show and Tell time will be extremely limited.

As such, we’re extending the Unfinished Objects Challenge deadline until out November guild meeting!

For a refresher of the UFO challenge, you can check out this blog post from 2015 (same rules in 2016!) The important thing is that the finished item must be shown at Show and Tell to be counted – which means we’ll need lots of show and tell time, since so many people will have finished UFOs to show, right? 😉

If you’ve already finished your UFOs in preparation for our October meeting, good for you. That just means you’ll get to start something new that much sooner!

“Soul Journeys”: Katie Stein Sather and Karen Johnson

VMQG member Terry Aske has advised us of an exciting opportunity to view “Soul Journeys: the quest for completion and connection” by arriving early to the VMQG October 17, 2016 meeting.

Access to this exuberant textile art exhibit is available from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Unitarian Church Sanctuary and in the Fireside Room (in Hewett Hall where we meet, back behind the kitchen). The spaces where the show is exhibited will be in use from 6:30 on, so you MUST arrive between 6 and 6:30 to view it. Holly Williams will be at the meeting early for this purpose.

If you can’t make it to the meeting early, the exhibit runs from October 18-November 12, 2016. You can meet the artists at a reception on October 23, 2016, from 3:00-5:00 pm, or alternately, telephone the church at 604 261-7204 to arrange a viewing time.


For more information, check out the blog of one of the artists, Katie Stein Sather, where she shares her artist statement for the show.

Speed Date With Improv!

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce an upcoming workshop with our very own Krista Hennebury!

Krista blogs at Poppyprint Creates and her book Make It, Take It was published by Martingale in January 2015. Krista has long been a popular teacher within VMQG and other guilds in the lower mainland, but in the last few years quilters outside of our area have been able to learn from her as well, as she traveled to Alaska, Inuvik (NWT) and Sweden (and more!) to teach.

This workshop is especially exciting because it’s brand new, and VMQG members will be the first ones ever to take it. Read below for a description of the workshop, and how to sign up!


Speed Date with Improv is a face-paced one day workshop for the improv-curious quilter who’s ready to let go and work without stressing, obsessing or second guessing!

In the morning we’ll work our way through several fun improv piecing techniques; Krista will demo each technique, then you’ll return to your cutting mat and machine to try it out for yourself before the bell rings for your next improv demo-date. Later in the afternoon, we’ll play on the design wall, searching for serendipitous intersections of line and shape in a final layout. You’ll learn how to jigsaw your piecing together into a pleasing abstract composition that will serve as a mini-improv sampler reference for future work.

Students are encouraged to work with solids and limit their fabric palette to black, white plus one colour for high contrast visual impact and definition of line and shape. Discussion will also cover the work of improv master quilters and recommended resources for further exploration of technique.


When: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members, $60 for non-members

Sign-up: Please send your payment via etransfer or paypal to and then email Amy at to sign up. (If you pay via etransfer, please also send an email to treasurer with the password you chose!)

Sign ups are open to members at this time, the class will be open for non-members after our October meeting (if spaces are still available)

VMQG September 19th Meeting Reminder

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 19th, 2016!  

It’s September already!  Where did the summer go!?  I hope everyone enjoyed the great weather we had and made some fantastic memories.  We had a FABULOUS first ever VMQG Showcase!  A big thank you to all the Committee members on putting together a great show.

For the September meeting, we are happy to welcome Dinkydoo Fabrics who will be having a pop-up show!  Be sure to take a look!  The break will be extended for shopping purposes.

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Block Printing Workshop with Lysa Flower – Sunday October 2, 2016, Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre, $50 for members, $55 for non-members, plus $20 supply fee payable to Lysa – FULL (wait list in effect)

September Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, September 19th, 2016
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 to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $5 until you become a member.

What to bring:
– 2015/16 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2015/16 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2016) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
Improv Curve for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Show & tell items (UFO’s!!)
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.


– 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– VMQG Show Summary
– Guild Business
– September Block Lotto Challenge
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for workshops, sew-in’s, Dinkydoo Pop-Up Shop, etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

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


See you there!

VMQG Showcase Raffle Quilt Winner

We are pleased to announce that our own Nancy Chan won our Quiltcon Charity Quilt that was raffled off at our fabulous first ever Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase which was held at the PipeShop in North Vancouver on August 27 and 28, 2016.

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild raffle draw for BC Gaming Event License #87059 was drawn on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative. We will be rounding up our donation to $1,000.

Congratulations Nancy!! Thank you to everyone who worked on the quilt!


Block Printing with Lysa Flower

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a blockprinting workshop with VMQG member Lysa Flower on October 2, 2016!

(photo credit to Carol Browne)

Lysa is one of the founders of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, a lifelong artist, and a super creative quilter. She blogs at You might have seen her Nintendo Controller quilt or Mix Tapes quilt in our Modern Quilt Showcase!

This is what she had to say about the class:
Love fabric? Have you ever thought of designing and printing your own? It can be tricky knowing where to start. Join Lysa Flower and create your very own fabric with these three easy steps.

Step one: Create a design – Design a repeat block and various other repeat patterns.

Step two: Carve a block – Use the proper technique to carve a lino block with your repeat pattern.

Step three: Printing! – Ink your palette, roll, press and print. Your life will never be the same!

Supply fee covers the lino, palettes, palette knives, ink, test paper/fabric and sketch paper/pencils.

Students will have to supply roller and carving tools, exacto knives, aprons and their own final fabric to print on.

The workshop is on Sunday, October 2, 2016. It will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, from 10am-5pm.
The workshop fee is $50 for members, $55 for non-members. There is also a $20 supply fee that will be payable to Lysa at the workshop.

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. If you would like to be on the waitlist, please email Amy at

VMQG October Meeting – Trunk Show by Kathleen Riggins , Canadian Longarm Quilter

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce that we will be hosting Kathleen Riggins, an extraordinary Canadian modern longarm quilter, for a trunk show at our October meeting, Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7pm.


Kathleen is from Camrose, Alberta and has been sewing and quilting all of her life.  She has been free-motion quilting for over a decade and long-arm quilting for several years.  A few of us had the pleasure of attending several classes with her at Quiltcon and have seen her fantastic work first hand.  

Kathleen often teaches at Sparrow Studios in Edmonton and has just returned from teaching in Australia at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival and several other locations.  She will also be teaching longarm quilting at Quiltcon East in Savannah, Georgia in February 2017.  Luckily we get to see her first!!

If you do not know her work, you can check it out on her blog at  She is also on Instagram @kathleenquilts and is on Facebook as well.

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What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, October 17, 2016
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 to RSVP so we can know to expect you.

For meetings where we have special guests, including this one, the entrance fee will be $5 for non-members.

Modern Quilt Showcase!

Please join us as we showcase the fabulous work of our members! Families welcome! This incredible renovated shipyard warehouse will be a gorgeous industrial backdrop for our work – this’ll be a brand new quilt show like you’ve never seen in the Lower Mainland.

We’ll have over 100 modern quilts on display from wall hanging to large bed-sized quilts. Some will be for sale (visa & mastercard accepted). In addition, learn about the modern design aesthetic at our Modern Mini Quilt Showcase wall and try your hand at designing  your own mini quilt composition. Volunteer guild members will be there to guide you.

We also have a gorgeous raffle quilt! Tickets are only $2/ea and 100% of proceeds will support Vancouver’s Mom to Mom Poverty Iniative

ADMISSION ONLY $5, children < 12 free

On Saturday evening there is a free community concert adjacent to our venue along with many exciting food trucks to 10:00 p.m. It’s going to be a party!