Monday August 19, 2019 Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, August 19th, 2019!  

Hey everyone!  August is the month we celebrate the founding of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  It has been 9 years since we started!  Wow!  Where has has the time gone!  If you would like to bring an extra special anniversary treat for the break I am sure other members will not mind ☺

This month we ask that members who wish to participate bring 10 strips of fabric that measure 2.5″ x the width of various grey SOLID fabrics for our version of “Strip Poker.”  This is a very fun activity and a good way to meet other members! 

***Please be sure the fabrics are solids, for example, Bella Solids, Kona Solids, Free Spirit Solids, Colorworks, etc.

If you are making a QuiltCon Chairy Block please note these are due back for the OCTOBER meeting.  Time goes by fast so make sure you are working on those!

Please be sure to bring a Modern Show & Tell quilt for us to see!  We all inspiration!

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

August Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, August 19th, 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:
– Guest fee ($10), Completed Membership Form if you wish to join
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
Block lotto blocks
Round Robin for swapping
QuiltCon Charity Block
– Modern Show & Tell Quilts
– 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 19th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm arrival time, sign up for show and tell, begin at 7pm
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Strip Poker
– Show and Tell
– Socialize!
– Door Prizes!

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

See you there!See you there!

September Meeting Feature with Kyle Parent Trunk Show

We are happy to announce a trunk show with Kyle Parent!

Kyle Parent will share his work with us at our September meeting.  Kyle is a teacher, a tailor, the son of a quilter, and a Vancouver-based textile artist.

Kyle Parent @_k_t_w_p_

His relationship to sewing began at an early age while watching his mother sew. Working alongside her, Kyle has learned the techniques with which he explores his medium today. Before shifting his focus to quilting, Kyle worked in menswear, and had his own line of shirting.

He blends these traditional methods with his background in tailoring.  You can see some examples of Kyle’s work at  http://www.ktwpquilts.com/ and on IG @__k_t_w_p__ .

Monday July 15th Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, July 15th, 2019!  

Hey everyone!  It is time for our annual outdoor meeting at Trout Lake!  Every year, this meeting is a bit more casual, we don’t have a planned event just bring your family or friends, come early and set up for a picnic dinner.  There is a lovely playground for the kids to have fun!

As usual, there is always a chance of rain.  We don’t have a back up plan this year so if it rains, the meeting will not be happening.  We will announce on our Facebook page at 12pm noon if it looks like we are going forward with it.  

Please be sure to bring a Modern Show & Tell quilt for us to see!  We all inspiration!

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

July Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, July 15th, 2018 starting at 7pm
Where: Trout Lake, Vancouver.  3300 Victoria Drive (Trout Lake Beach specifically, located at the south end of Trout Lake in John Hendry Park at Victoria Drive and East 19th Ave.

Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The Expo Line can take you to Commercial Drive and it is about a 12 Min walk.  The Bus 7 will take you down Nanaimo, Bus 20 Victoria will take you down Commerical.  From both it is approximately a 11- 12min walk
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:
– Guest fee ($10), Completed Membership Form if you wish to join
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
Block lotto blocks
Round Robin for swapping
– Modern Show & Tell Quilts
– 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 July 15th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm arrival time, sign up for show and tell, begin at 7pm
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Show and Tell
– Socialize!
– Door Prizes!

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

See you there!See you there!

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt Challenge: “Hear my words”

Hello Friends,
It’s time to start working on next year’s charity quilt challenge for Quiltcon. The theme for 2020 – “TEXT” – presents us with an exciting opportunity to create a really meaningful and impactful quilt, especially given the politics and events going on in the world today. Berene Campbell will be coordinating the VMQG entry, and has a great social justice concept for it. Since there’s a lot of talking (sometimes ranting) and opinion out there, and not a lot of listening to each other, Berene thought it would be interesting to use a simple statement repeated multiple times to make a strong point. Each block will contain a speech bubble with the same words in it: “HEAR MY WORDS” This statement is about the need we all have to be heard, and to be treated kindly, fairly and with respect. It could represent women being denied a chance to voice their feelings or experiences, those fighting for equal rights based on race, religion or sexual orientation, or the left and right sides in politics not listening to or respecting each other to work collaboratively. Perhaps to you it is relevant at work, within your community or even at home. Perhaps the missing indigenous women in Canada who had no voice have impacted you strongly. What might these words mean to you? When do you feel that your words are not heard? 

Berene is asking people to contribute blocks within the following parameters:
CONCEPT: Must contain a speech bubble with the words “HEAR MY WORDS” in it. (No quotation marks as it will be in a speech bubble) No alternative words please. The repetition is what will make this concept impactful. (You may add an exclamation mark or period if you wish.)
TECHNIQUE:The following techniques are OK:Improv* pieced(*see tips at end of post)FPP or pieced using an alphabet pattern Hand-stitched needle turn appliqué. Neatly edge-stitched bias tape appliqué (might be very fiddly within the size options though)Please no raw edge / iron-on appliqué or die cut letters.
SIZE:Blocks that are in dimensions of either 12.5”, 18.5” or 24.5”. (eg: Could be 12.5” x 24.5” or 18.5” x 12.5” etc.)Please press to the dark side when possible.
DEADLINE:October meeting please. You are welcome to hand them in earlier, or ask a friend to deliver them on your behalf if you won’t be making the meeting.Thanks!
COLOUR PALETTE / FABRICS:

The color palette from the MQG is shown here. Black, White and COOL greys. (Please no beige greys) 

This palette is unique and more restrictive this year to coordinate with the text theme by using shades of gray, white, and black.

You may use a limited amount of modern text or textured prints that are monochromatic or even tone-on-tone prints. Please note that these should NOT include other colours – stick to the white, black & cool grey colour palette. Note: the speech bubbledoes NOT have to be white. Mix and match within the colour palette. It could be grey or black with contrasting text and background. (Eg: black speech bubble, white text, grey background. Or grey speech bubble, black text, white background. etc) 
The MQG website has colours from various brands of solids listed here if you are interested:

https://www.quiltcon.com/charity-quilt-challenge-2020

ADDITIONAL OPTION: We would encourage each maker to write a short paragraph about what these words mean to you. You may sign it with your name or it can be confidential, your name does not have to be attached. Depending on how many blocks we get, if we are able to we will try to incorporate the stories onto the quilt back somehow. This is optional, but would definitely add to the emotions behind this quilt. 
These quilts are donated to charities after Quiltcon. Usually the individual guilds get to choose the charity, although apparently the MQG may be changing this next year. However, we thinking this would ba an awesome quilt to donate to a women’s shelter or some kind of equal rights advocacy organization. We’ll let you know once we have more info from the MQG.
Yes, you may share online! If posting use: #quiltconcharityquilt2020 and #hearmywordsquilt
This is going to be a very special quilt, friends. Please participate to make it AWESOME!

THANKS TO: Arita & Janice for offering to help piece the quilt top. Laura for offering to long arm the quilt and Elizabeth for offering to bind the quilt. 
*TIPS FOR IMPROV PIECING TYPE: In order to stay within the size limits start with some 3/4” and 1 “ strips of the word colour fabric. This will help you restrict the size of the words so that you don’t end up with a giant block. Do a rough sketch that breaks down the structure of the letter. Start with a section and work your way out. Don’t stress – wonky is OK. Just be sure to have nice 1/4” seam allowances to maintain the integrity of the quilt when washed. Once you have a block for your speech bubble, piece some background over the corners to turn it into a rounded shape. Then piece a pointy bit in a section of background fabric for below the speech bubble and attach.

Monday, June 17th Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, June 17th, 2019!  

Have we got a meeting for you!! This meeting we have one of our very own showcasing her AMAZING quilts!!!  Arita Rai is going to present us with a fabulous trunk show of all her modern quilts!  We can’t wait!

We would also love any of the members who participated in the Mini Quilt Swap with the FVMQG to please bring their swap item so we can have a a mini-Show & Tell and see them in all their glory!

Please be sure to bring a Modern Show & Tell quilt for us to see!  We all love inspiration!

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

June Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, June 17th, 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:
– Guest fee ($10), Completed Membership Form if you wish to join
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
Block lotto blocks
– Modern Show & Tell Quilts
– 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 17th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– VMQG Member Arita Rai Trunk Show!
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– FVMQG/VMQG Mini Quilt Swap Show and Tell
– 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!See you there!

VMQG Edenvale Retreat!

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.

This will be a 3 day retreat: Friday to Monday – so bring plenty of stuff to work on.  It’s a great time to connect with other guild members, share some prizes and games, and sew your ever-loving heart out!

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

Dates:                   Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4, 2019
Check-in:            12:00 noon on Friday 
Check-out:         12:00 noon on Monday

**Note that we are checking in a bit earlier for this retreat because we need to leave a bit earlier on Monday.  All single rooms are limited and are on a first come, first-served basis secured when deposits are paid.**

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

Cost for rooms: 
Double: $400.00
Single$450.00

Payment:
$120.00 non-refundable deposit by August meeting, final payment due at the September meeting.

E-transfer funds to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to pay your $120.00 deposit. Then email Elisabeth at elisabeth_geller@vancity.com to indicate your single/double choice. You can also bring payment including cheque, cash or credit card to the VMQG meeting.

There are only 18 spots, so if more people sign up we will start a waiting list. Sign-ups are only reserved once your deposit has been received.

Monday, May 20th meeting reminder

May’s program will be Beyond the Napkin: other free tools for Quilt Design by our own Marnie Burnham.  She will be reviewing some free tools, accessible from your home computer, that can be used to experiment with quilt design including graph paper generators, excel and websites such as Pattern Jam and Prequilt.  

Here’s some things to remember for the meeting!

A handmade name tag makes it easier for people to get to know you plus you need it to win door prizes. 

Bringing snacks to share or something for the door prize table is always appreciated.

If participating in the block lotto bring completed blocks.
 

When:Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7PM
Where:Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests:First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after that. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit:The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.20 Program 
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

April 15th VMQG Meeting Reminder

April’s program will be Beyond the Napkin: other free tools for Quilt Design by our own Marnie Burnham.  She will be reviewing some free tools, accessible from your home computer, that can be used to experiment with quilt design including graph paper generators, excel and websites such as Pattern Jam and Prequilt.  

Here’s some things to remember for the meeting!

Krista Hennebury’s exciting new Courthouse Colourplay workshop has a few spots left. Bring cash, cheque, or credit card for the $65 fee. Spend the day learning with friends!

A handmade name tag makes it easier for people to get to know you plus you need it to win door prizes. 

Bringing snacks to share or something for the door prize table is always appreciated 🙂

Suddenly we like Mondays! See you soon. 

When:Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7PM
Where:Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests:First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after that. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit:The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.20 Program 
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

Make a mini, make a friend!

The Vancouver MQG is pairing up with our neighbour guild, the Fraser Valley MQG for a mini quilt swap. 

Sew Mama Sew

The brief: 

  • 16” square
  • Solids only
  • Based on Log Cabin block. Here’s a link to lots of good images: modern log cabin blocks
  • Finished with binding or facing
  • Labelled
  • Sleeve or corner pockets for hanging
  • Option to pick three favourite colours and two ‘no thanks’ colours

Sign up ends on Sunday, March 24 and pairs will be set up the first week of April.  Interested members please email Megan Hanna at mhanna3@shaw.ca to sign up.

The mini quilts will be exchanged in June, details yet to be pinned down. 

Courthouse Colourplay with Krista Hennebury

Courthouse Colourplay.

Explore the possibilities of colour expression and free-cutting without rulers while you create this wonky, nested Courthouse Step quilt (reminiscent of paper lanterns) in your own personal colour story.

We’ll work intuitively from the center out, creating a dynamic quilt with loads of personality. There will be no squaring up with this one — instead Krista will show you how to “build out”, finding the fit between adjacent blocks and using up all of your scraps in the process.

As in all of her workshops, Krista will share loads of tips while encouraging all students to find confidence in new techniques.  Put your patchwork and rotary cutting skills to work and explore improvisational design and piecing in a fun, supportive environment.

Pieceful Courthouse

This quilt looks fantastic made with solids. There are several options for choosing your colours (you really should bring 15-20 different colours to class). 

Krista lists some helpful websites and other tips for fabric selection on the supply list. Due to the random angles and the fact that there really isn’t any background or negative space in this quilt design, patterned fabric can result in a very chaotic, confusing quilt. Really try to stick with solids, or consider tiny prints or tone on tones that read solid like grunge or grunge dots if you must.

For our one day class, we are going to work within a moderate scale and stick with wallquilt/baby to lap-size quilt tops.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm. 
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for membersSign-up will begin at March meeting.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.