New Year, New Fun!

Happy New Year to all our awesome members!

We hope you had a great time at the January meeting. If you missed it, January kicked off with a ton of new group projects, challenges, and a block lotto!

 

Round Robin 2015 signs up were posted and filled. 11 out of 12 spots were filled, so if you missed out and are interested in participating, please email socialmedia@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to register. This will be a first come first serve spot for members only. *updated Jan 28*The Final spot has been filled!

IF enough people are interested who didn’t get a spot in  RR2015 or couldn’t commit for a whole year, there may be a Mini Round Robin started. The Mini Round Robin will run for 6 months and have spots for 6 members. Please email socialmedia@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up.

The Round Robin has its own page now, so the information is organized and in a one place! The link is above the VMQG banner on the blog under Round Robin 2015

January Challenges-

Our first nametag challenge was way back in 2010, and with all the new members who have joined us in the past year, there are a lot of new names to learn! WHat better way to introduce yourself then with a lovely handmade nametag?

Your nametag can be any shape, size, color, ect. The only requirement is, you guessed it!-Your NAME!

We also have a block lotto running this month. Make as many Raspberry Kiss Blocks as you like to the February meeting. Each block gets you an entry into the draw for a portion (or all) of the blocks. The more you make, the more chances you have, and the more blocks you can win!

Block lottos and guild challenges also have a dedicated page, where you can find all the information and tutorials. These pages will be active all year, so if you missed a challenge or want to go back and make something again the information will be there for you. The page is found above the VMQG banner at the top of the blog under Challenges. Hover over the Challenges tab to find the month, or click to the Challenges page and then choose the month.

Stay tuned for some more awesome stuff from your Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, including some great workshops from our amazing and talented members!

 

January 19th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, January 19th

A few reminders:

1) As it’s the first month of the year, we thought it would be fun to share our first quilts! If you have access to your first quilt, please bring it to show and tell at tomorrow night’s meeting. If your quilt isn’t in your possession anymore, perhaps you can just share a story about it! (sorry for the extremely late notice!)

2) Our UFO Challenge is kicking off again for 2015 and it’s time to sign up! Bring a list of your unfinished projects that you’d like to complete by the fall. Full details in our blog post.

3) Mini Fabric Challenge: Members can pick up their Cotton + Steel 10″ x 10″ squares for the mini fabric challenge until break time. As you’re working on your challenge, be sure to share it using the hashtag #vmqgcottonandsteel

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) Friday night Sew-in, 6:00-11:00pm, Friday, January 30th, Holy Trinity Church Hall, $10
2) All-day “We’re not going to QuiltCon” Sew-in on Sunday, February 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre  9:00am-9:00pm for $20 (priority registration for VMQG members).
3) Weekend Sew-in Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 9:00am-midnightat the Croatian Cultural Centre both days: $35, per day: $20
4) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz, Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm, March 29th, Croatian Cultural Centre $55 ($60 non-members), includes wedge ruler.
5) Applique with a Modern Twist Workshop with Stacey Murton and Matt Wheeler, Sunday, April 26th, Croatian Cultural Centre.

Applique sample by Stacey Murton

January Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, January 19th, 2015
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 holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 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:
- 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
- calendar to record upcoming events
- cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
- your first quilt for Show and Tell
- modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
- list of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and $2 per item for UFO Challenge
- your name tag
- 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.

Agenda:- 6:30pm doors open: socialize, sign up for show and tell, renew memberships, pick up your Teeny Weeny Swap item
- Welcome
- Show and Tell: Part 1, First quilts
- Guild Business
- Break (eat treats & socialize!; sign up for workshop/sew-ins)
- January Challenge
- Show and Tell: Part 2, Recent work
- Door Prizes

See you there!

2015 UFO Challenge

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Paul’s “Worm” quilt, one of many UFOs finished in the 2014 Challenge

Back by popular demand: the UFO Challenge will happen again in 2015!

Same rules as last year:

  • register your projects and pay $2 apiece into the kitty;
  • when you’ve finished a registered project, show it at show & tell;
  • every completed project will be entered into a draw to win fabulous prizes including cash and other goodies;
  • challenge will conclude at the final guild meeting of the  year (October 2015), but you can begin showing finishes as soon as they’re done.

A few other details:

  • project registration will begin at the January 2015 meeting, so start thinking about what UFOs you want to complete this year;
  • you can register UFOs as you discover them;
  • minimum project size and the definition of UFO is up to you and on the honour system – please be reasonable;
  • “finished” means quilted, bound, shown at show and tell AND marked off as “shown” by the UFO Challenge representative;
  • you are responsible for verifying with the UFO Challenge representative that your project has been marked as “shown.”

Bring your twoonies, look for the UFO Challenge registration sign at the meeting and come by to fill out your registration card.

 

Cotton & Steel Mini Fabric Challenge!

If you missed our December meeting, you missed the announcement of our newest fabric challenge!

While we love and appreciate the larger fabric challenges that we’ve done through the MQG and through companies directly, it’s a busy time of the year, and larger fabric bundles often make you feel as though you should make something big enough to “properly” showcase the fabric.

We thought it would be fun to do a smaller challenge, to allow people who don’t have time for a large project to participate, and to leave the rest of us some time to get caught up after the holidays.

You can do a lot with a 10″ square! Unlike charms or strips, you have a large enough piece to make it a focus fabric, or plenty to cut up and intermingle with other fabrics. Did we mention that part? Since it’s a guild sponsored challenge, you can combine it with any other fabrics you’d like!

We chose the XOXO print from the Cotton & Steel basics. It’s a popular fabric line, it’s smaller scale, which is good for a mini challenge, and metallics are a hot trend in quilting fabrics these days.

plummy silver       toy boat gold

(XOXO in Plummy Silver and Toy Boat Gold)

At our December meeting we handed out fabric to all of the members who were able to stay until the end of the meeting, and because we had a limited amount, we ran out of Toy Boat Gold, but we still have plenty of Plummy Silver ready to be picked up at the January meeting!

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Members will have until the end of the meeting break to pick up their fabric, so if you’re unable to attend the January meeting, you might want to ask a friend to pick yours up for you (you could also email the exec and we can work it out). After the break we’ll see what’s left and distribute it to members who want more to work with.

Make something fun with your fabric and bring it back to our February meeting. You can make whatever you’d like! Since it’s a mini challenge, we don’t expect a full sized quilt. Something small might be a pincushion, a zippered pouch or a mini quilt. Or go bigger! It’s entirely up to you.

As you’re working on your challenge, be sure to share it using the hashtag #vmqgcottonandsteel

Holly and I (Amy) have both started on ours, and shared them on Instagram.

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amy ig

 

(i know, Holly and Amy have already started? we’re not sure how we ended up being so ahead of the deadline either!)

Polar Bear Swim, Anyone?

If you were at the December meeting, you heard Krista suggest that it would be fun to do the Polar Bear Swim on January 1st — we can bundle up in quilts when we are done and take a unique opportunity to show off some quilts!

It’s a free event but you need to register. All the details on the swim are at this link.

Don’t forget:

  • completed registration form
  • water shoes to wear (the worst of the cold is on  your feet when you get out of the water)
  • a quilt to wrap yourself in after the swim;
  • a change of clothes etc. as recommended in the article.

Who’s in? If you are planning to attend, leave a comment here or on the VMQG Facebook discussion group so we can look out for you. We’ll be meeting at the inukshuk statue at 1:30 pm!

December 15th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, December 15th

A few reminders:

1) We’re looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you at our December meeting! We’ll have cupcakes! And punch! We’re also putting out a call to members to bring in refreshments to make the party even more festive. Extra door prizes are always fun as well!

2) Thanks to those of you who have renewed your memberships! Our membership year started on November 1st, so if you haven’t renewed, what’s holding you back? (really, we want to know!)

3) We’ll be launching a mini fabric challenge for members only at our December meeting, don’t miss out!

4) Join in the fun with our ornament swap! There’s still time to make an ornament to exchange at our meeting. Bring an ornament, get an ornament!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1) Friday night Sew-in, 6:00-11:00pm, Friday, January 30th, Holy Trinity Church Hall, $10

2) All-day “We’re not going to QuiltCon” Sew-in on Sunday, February 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre  9:00am-9:00pm for $20 (priority registration for VMQG members).

3) Weekend Sew-in Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 9:00am-midnight at the Croatian Cultural Centre both days: $35, per day: $20

4) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz, Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm, March 29th, Croatian Cultural Centre $55 ($60 non-members), includes wedge ruler.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, December 15th, 2014

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 holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 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:

- 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) 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

- ornament for ornament swap

- your name tag

- 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.

Agenda:

- 6:30pm doors open: socialize, sign up for show and tell, renew memberships, pick up your Teeny Weeny Swap item

- Welcome

- Ice Breaker

- Show and Tell (Teeny Weeny Swap items & group photo)

- Break (eat treats & socialize!; exchange ornaments, sign up for workshop/sew-ins)

- December Challenge

- Guild Business

- Door Prizes

See you there!

Simple Gift Idea Tutorials

At our November meeting, several members showed us some quick and easy gift ideas for the holiday season. Regardless of what you celebrate in December, most holidays involve gift giving!

Kristyn showed us the stocking ornaments that she’d made. They’re a great scrapbuster, and look like they’d be a great assembly-line-style gift to make for a number of people.

Stacey D showed us about the owl ornaments that she makes every year. They’re mostly made of felt, but the glitter glue is a VERY important ingredient!

Holly showed us a simple child’s apron that she had previously made for her daughters and as gifts. It’s a Montessori apron, so it’s designed to be easy for children to put on and take off by themselves. The tutorial Holly followed was from Sew Liberated, and she posted about making  them on her own blog as well. Her tip was to make sure you buy the NON ADHESIVE velcro!

child's apron

Felicity taught us how to make fabric star ornaments, which are much easier to fold up nicely at home than they are while holding them up in front of 60 people! She’s blogged the tutorial on her own blog here.

folded star ornament

Amy showed us how to make fabric bowls of various sizes, perfect for little gifts, keys by the front door, thread ends by the sewing machine, or jewelery on your dresser. The tutorial Amy uses is from A Spoonful of Sugar Designs, and there is a second post with 3 different sizes available.

xmas bowls

Amy had a couple of tips to share as well:

- if you’re making a set of stacking bowls, you might want your gathering to be consistent between the bowls. in that case, use a 11″ binding strip on a 6″ diameter circle, instead of the 12″ in the post.

- if you’d like a fourth size bowl, use a 12″ diameter circle and a 21.5″ binding strip.

- when gathering, loosen your upper tension to zero and the threads will pull much easier.

- using different colours in the spool and in the bobbin will make it easy to remember which threads to pull, and helps use up bobbins with just a teeny bit of thread left on them.

pink bowl

And Jessica showed us how to make infinity scarves. She recommends this tutorial, but it doesn’t have photos. For photos of each step, check out this tutorial as well. For a long scarf that’s looped around twice, she suggests starting with fabric from 60″-72″ in length.  For a shorter cowl scarf, try 32″-36″.  Suggested fabrics: jersey knit, cotton gauze, voile, velvet, silk–basically, anything that drapes nicely.

jessica scarf1jessica scarf2

Here are a couple of suggested variants:

1)  For a shorter scarf, after sewing the tube and turning it right side out, tie a knot in the scarf before closing the loop.  The knot can be tightened or loosened to form different looks as shown here.

jessica scarf3

2)  Moebius scarf: use two pieces of fabric in contrasting colors.  When sewing the tube, start and stop 3″ from the ends on both sides.  Turn the tube right-side out, and add a half twist before closing the loop (you will match fabric A to fabric B on both seams).  

 

We hope we inspired you to whip up some handmade gifts this year!

(all photos courtesy of the members who shared with us)

December Challenge-Ornament Swap

The December challenge is the annual Holiday Ornament Swap!

Make a handmade ornament using whatever technique you’d like. Knit a yarn ornament? Sew a fabric ornament? Craft a folded origami star?  If you bring an ornament in, you’ll take one home!

The Ornament Swap is a fun tradition, and we hope that everyone participates.

2013 ornament swap group

(last year’s ornament swappers! thanks to Stacey Murton for taking the photo!)

 

Amy did up a Pinterest board of ornament tutorials last year, as well as a board of  projects that might be inspiring but don’t have step by step instructions, for those of you feeling ambitious!

Stacey Day has found a few more great links with lots of tutorials and ideas -

22 Fabric Christmas ornaments from Chicken Scratch NY 

101 Handmade Ornament Tutorials from Everything Etsy

25 Christmas Ornaments To Make from The Ornament Girl

Go ahead and check them out, i am sure you’ll find something!

Sew Much Fun!

For those of you that missed it, we had a Sew-In and the Holy Trinity Church on Friday Night. We had a lot of snacks, lots of fabric, and a TON of fun!

Here is a neat little photo montage! Remember, our next Sew-In is all day event at the Croatian Cultural Center on November 23.

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November 17th meeting reminder

Note from Holly: I sent this out to our mailing list (sign up here) via email on Thursday but forgot to blog about it. Sorry if you’re only getting your meeting reminder now! Hope to see you tomorrow!

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, November 17th

A few reminders:

1) Membership renewals: Thanks to the 45 members who renewed their memberships or became members at our October meeting! Memberships expired on October 31st, so it’s membership renewal time! If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, it would help us out if you could bring in your completed membership form and $50 payment so we can sign you up for another year of inspiration with the VMQG! Guest fees for non-members are $5/meeting.


2) To our 35 members participating in the Teeny Weeny Swap with our Australian friends in Sydney and Brisbane, here’s your reminder to bring in your items on Monday (unwrapped) and attach a card with your contact info (at least name and email). Please help us keep postage fees low by only handing in your item and omitting any extra goodies.

3) If you participated in the Round Robin, please bring back your quilt top so we can take a group shot. Thanks!

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) All-day Sew-in on Sunday, November 23rd at the Croatian Cultural Centre  9:00am-9:00pm for $20 (priority registration for VMQG members). (approx. 5 spaces remaining)
2) Temperature Check Improv Piecing Workshop with Krista Hennebury, 10am-5pm, Sunday, November 30th, Croatian Cultural Centre $50 ($63 non-members) (1 space remaining)

November Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, November 17th, 2014
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 holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 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:
- 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) 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
Crop Circle blocks for block lotto
Round Robin quilt top so we can get a group photo
- your name tag
- a mug (none will be supplied)
- treats are welcomed, please email Niki at refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring something.
- door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:- 6:30pm doors open: socialize, sign up for show and tell, renew memberships
- Welcome
- Gift ideas for the holidays
- Show and Tell (Teeny Weeny Swap items & group photo, Round Robin group photo)
- Break (eat treats & socialize!; hand in swap items, sign up for workshop/sew-in)
- November Challenge
- Guild Business
- Door Prizes & Block Lotto

See you there!