VMQG January 16th 2017 Meeting Reminder!

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, January 16th, 2017!

It’s a new year!!!  A big welcome to 2017!!!  This month we have a special guest speaker!  Judy Villett will be giving a talk and demo on “To Judge or Not to Judge.”  Some of the points she will be speaking on are:

  • Encourage participation in judged competitions
  • Demystify the judging process
  • Explain and demonstrate the judging procedures
  • And more!

Due to the speaking time, we will be having a shortened Show & Tell.  If you need to send off the project, please show!  If it can wait for another month, please show it at the February meeting!

Another reminder….DESTASH TIME!!!!  We will be having members sign up for a table for the March Destash!  Tables are $15 each, you can share a table if you want to.  It will be first come, first serve. So if you can’t make it to the meeting but really want a table for the destash, I would encourage you to find another member who can sign you up and provide the payment.  There are a limited amount of tables.

PLEASE REMEMBER – This is a destash. ie. Maybe you bought a little too much (we’ve all been there…) or some of that fabric isn’t really your taste anymore or you just know that the bears wearing gumboots half yard deserves a new home!  Everything on the table should be coming from your home, not resold goods. A destash, not a pop-up shop.

It’s your table, you can do what you wish with it.  However, there will not be tables provided for cutting, sorting, etc.  A good idea would be to possibly pre-sort your cuts and label with quarter yard, half yard, yard, etc.  There is limited space and we want to provide as many tables for members who want them.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!  We have a last minute Sew-in!! Friday January 20th from 1PM – 11PM!  The December weather made it not so easy for some people to come to the last sew-in so Holly worked her magic and booked us for another date!!!  You can sign up at the meeting or use PayPal online for $10 or it’s $15 at the door!  Come on and get your sew on!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Spring Retreat!  April 28th to May 1st – Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford.  $390 – 3 Nights shared room, $435 Single room (limited) 3 nights.  $120 Deposit with the remainder due January 2017 meeting.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, January 16th, 2017
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 $5 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, this requires the $5 entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to bring:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
Snowball Blocks for block lotto
 Round Robin Quilts!!!!
– Show & tell items
– 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, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– New Guild Challenge!
– Block Lotto Challenge
– Judy Villett Lecture and Demo!
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for retreat, etc)
– Show and Tell (Shortened due to speaker)
– 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!

January 20th All Day Sew-in

Since so many people had to cancel their plans to attend our last sew-in due to snowy weather, we’ve scheduled another all day sew-in! Sign up and join us from 1:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, January 20th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below. The price is $10 like our usual Friday night sew-ins and you can join us for the full ten hours or any portion of that time. This will be the last one Holly can coordinate until May or June, so we hope you can join us!

Michelle built some log cabins at our snowy sew-in in December

Michelle built some log cabins at our snowy sew-in in December.





Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 1:00pm-11:00pm,
Friday, January 20th, 2017

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

skye cutting fabric

We have plenty of space for cutting and basting!

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street, more spaces open up at 6pm. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked). As this is only our third sew-in with an afternoon component, we anticipate that parking will be more of a challenge and we encourage people to carpool if possible.
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above) or paying $10 with cash or credit card at our January 16th guild meeting, or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

VMQG December 19th Meeting Reminder

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

Brrrr!!!! It’s cold outside!  Hope everyone has been enjoying the snow!  Tomorrow is our Annual Holiday Party!  So please feel free to bring extra tasty treats to share for this meeting!  Another reminder is if you had time to make a pincushion for the swap, please bring and share!  Be safe in the snow if you driving from afar!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Spring Retreat!  April 28th to May 1st – Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford.  $390 – 3 Nights shared room, $435 Single room (limited) 3 nights.  $120 Deposit with the remainder due January 2017 meeting.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, December 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 membership@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. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, this requires the $5 entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to bring:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) 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
Greyscale Blocks for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Pincushion for swap!
– Show & tell items
– 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, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Ice Breaker Game!
– Guild Business
– Block Lotto Challenge
– QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt update
– April Edenvale Retreat
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for retreat, 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’s next weekend retreat: April 28-May 1, 2017

vmqg2016-retreatTired of the gloomy winter weather and dreaming of quilting this spring?  I know I am!  Our next weekend retreat will take place April 28 to May 1, when we can all enjoy brighter skies and 14-1/2 hours of daylight per day at the Edenvale Retreat Centre.  We’re doing an extended retreat of three days and three nights, Friday to Monday, so more sewing for everyone this time around!

If you want to join the retreat, please bring your non-refundable deposit of $120 to the December guild meeting.  Here are the full details:

LocationEdenvale Retreat Centre4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates: Friday April 28 – Monday May 1, 2017

Check-in: 1 p.m. Friday

Check-out: 1:00 p.m. Monday (NO LUNCH served on Monday, however there will be a generous brunch.)

Included: all meals, bed linens and towels, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars

Accommodations :  2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunk beds) @ $390 for three nights; Single (limited number) @$435 for three nights

Payment: $120 non-refundable deposit at the December 19th meeting, final payment due at the January 16, 2017 meeting.

WE CAN TAKE IT All: Cheque (preferred, because it’s easiest if we have over 20 applicants), Credit Card (earn those miles), or CASH.

The limit on the number of participants is 20, so if more people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available 20 spaces, plus create an additional 5 waiting list spaces (of course, if you don’t get a space, we will return your deposit). Sign ups cannot be taken via email or telephone, so if you can’t make the meeting, please send your cash or cheque with a friend.

VMQG member Jessica W. is coordinating the retreat, so if you have any questions, please speak to her at the guild meeting or send her an email atmomijistudio@gmail.com.

Pincushion Swap!

This year’s winter interguild swap is PINCUSHIONS!

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(examples shown at the October meeting, pincushions made by various people, including amy, Berene and Laurraine)

We did a pincushion swap a very very long time ago, with Kansas City MQG, so it’s about time we did one within VMQG!

The guidelines are simple:
– MODERN
– small enough to fit inside a brown paper lunch bag
– the top must be pieced or decorated in some way, such as english paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, improv, patchwork, embroidery, etc

If you’d like to swap, no need to sign up! Just bring your finished pincushion to the December guild meeting, attach a tag to it so that the recipient knows who made it, and there will be a table where you can set it and let everyone else admire it. Later in the meeting, we’ll put the pincushions in paper bags, and have a secret swap, where everyone grabs a bag at random. Fun and simple!

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the pinterest board i made for the original swap and see if anything catches your eye.

Several people asked about the pincushion i shared at the October meeting, the shape is called a biscornu, and it’s a traditional needlework shape. i found a great tutorial on how to make a fabric one here!

(A few tips on making a biscornu – mark the centre of your squares before you stitch them together, and check out how i threaded the needle to sew the button on in this tutorial for a slick way to avoid having a visible knot. If you do that loop around one of the buttons instead of around the fabric, you won’t have to worry about it ripping the fabric or popping through when you pull it tight. Make sure you use a polyester thread though, cotton can break when you pull it snug – i learned that the hard way!)

Round Robin – November Assignment

Hi, Robins!

Hope you are staying warm & dry as the winter weather sets in. It’s a good time to hunker down at the sewing machine basking in the warmth of the nearby iron. I imagine this from my desk as I gaze outside at the dark grey rainy out-of-doors.

This month’s assignment captures a more seasonal aspect of the upcoming holidays: snowballs. Quick and easy, and not quite a circle. Please make one row, 5″ to 6″, on the long side of the top.

By DruryGirl (Flickr)

By DruryGirl (Flickr)

Meeting Reminder! Monday November 21st 2016

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 21st, 2016!  

Hey Everyone!  This is embarrassing but I forgot to send out the email reminder last week!  I will be sure to post this in the Facebook group as well.

Tonight we are happy to have our VINTAGE QUILTS SHOW AND TELL!  If you have a vintage quilt or a quilt that was inspired by vintage quilts, please be sure to come sign up and show us!  We will also be having the regular Show and tell and this is the last month to get your UFO Challenges done!

ALSO, Membership was  due for October!  Be sure to bring your membership form and fees.

See you all later!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) VMQG Sew-in – When: Friday December 9th 1pm to 11pm Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor. Fees: $10 or $15 at the door

November Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, November 21st, 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 membership@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. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, this requires the $5 entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to bring:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) 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
 Polaroid Block for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Vintage Quilt Show & tell
– 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. 

Agenda:

– 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– November Block Lotto Challenge
– Vintage Quilt Show and Tell
– QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt update
– April Retreat Annoucement
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for workshops, sew-in’s, etc)
– Regular 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!

December 9th All Day Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday sew-in coming up soon and this one is special because its running for the full day! Sign up and join us from 1:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, December 9th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below. The price is $10 like our usual Friday night sew-ins and you can join us for the full ten hours or any portion of that time.

Susan made this fantastic tree quilt. Can you spot the fox and owl?

Susan made this fantastic tree quilt. Can you spot the fox and owl?




Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 1:00pm-11:00pm,
Friday, December 9th, 2016

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

skye cutting fabric

We have plenty of space for cutting and basting!

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street, more spaces open up at 6pm. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked). As this is only our second sew-in with an afternoon component, we anticipate that parking will be more of a challenge and we encourage people to carpool if possible.
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

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.

Red Cross by Jenny Krouse (Krousegirl)

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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.