Nominations Update



More members have submitted their names for Executive positions for 2014-2015:

  • Co-President – Holly
  • Co-President – Felicity
  • Secretary – Rebecca
  • Treasurer – Stacey M.
  • Membership – Michelle
  • Social Media – Stacey D.
  • Workshops – Amy
  • Speakers – Kristen

As you can see, we now have a person for each position.  At the October 20th meeting, we will also call for nominations from the floor, and we will hold elections for the 2014-2015 Executive positions.  So if you want to submit your name for one of the Executive positions, you will have an opportunity during the elections.


And these are the guild members who have volunteered for one or more of the committees.

  • Sew-ins -
  • Swaps and challenges – Amy, Niki, Kristyn
  • Refreshments – Niki
  • Special Events (e.g. Maker Faire, Knit City, PNW meet-up) – Arita
  • Quilt Show – Arita, Terry, Janet, Krista
  • Retreat -
  • Photography – Terry

Please consider joining one of our committees.  We need more member participation so that we can continue to offer all the wonderful activities and events that make our guild so fun and fabulous.   You can volunteer for a committee at any time by sending an email to the Executive at


Book Review: The Modern Applique Workbook

Alright my VMQG peeps! Another great book to check out for you!

I ran out and bought myself a copy of The Modern Applique Workbook by Jenifer Dick as soon as I heard it was available. I tend to stalk the publishing websites for things I might be interested in, and this one was at the top of my list. I am the type of person who prefers hard copy books to digital (hurrah for full color pictures!) and I have to say that this is one of my favorites.

The Modern Applique Workbook
The Modern Applique Workbook

As most you know, I have been having a love affair with applique. My first quilts were applique, and it is a skill I am always pulling out in the course of my quilt making. I always seem to find myself using raw edge techniques, which are fine, but I have always wanted to brush up on my turned applique. There are some projects that a good crisp turned block would be much better than raw edge. Even the stitch and flip interfacing technique just doesn’t have the same look. Jenifer explains step by step her techniques for perfecting the turned edge applique and securing the pieces with the invisible zig zag method.  A big reason I was drawn to the book was Jenifers introduction. Her journey into modern applique is very relatable, we have all had one of those ah-ha moments when a technique just works and becomes more than you ever thought it would.


So what is modern applique? Jenifer lays it all out for you in an easy to understand, straightforward manner. From tools to fabric selections (she includes batiks! AWESOME!), Jenifer is able to create a modern aesthetic while maintaining a balance with the traditional roots of the technique. Her instructions are easy to follow and the diagrams and pictures are clean and concise. She even includes a well rounded section about fabric prep-whether you pre wash or not, it has useful tips and tricks for fabric prep. The first 60 pages are so are all instructional and specific to the technique, which is fantastic because as far as I can tell it covers everything you could possibly need to know about Modern Applique.


The technique itself isn’t anything new, applique has been around for a very long time, but the process is broken down in an easy to follow, detailed step-by-step way that makes this book beginner friendly. I have other books outlining a similar process, but it seemed so daunting I never even tried. Jenifer’s writing style practically drags you by the arm and shoves you into a chair with the supplies, and holds your hand through each step, after which you look and say “Oh my gosh WHY did I not try this before?!” she comes across as upbeat and friendly, very easy to read! from sharp points to concave curves and ovals, you get everything you need to make the quilts in the book, including a well rounded and easy to understand section on reverse applique. Her bias tape and straight grain tape techniques are to die for as well. This is one I am adopting into my repertoire of techniques immediately!

OKay, onto the projects!

The Modern Applique Workbook includes a variety of projects in different sizes for you to try out your newly learned skills. Each project has a forward that includes tips on fabric choices and a list of the techniques used, as well as the page references for each, making going back to look stuff up super easy. The photography is wonderful, you get a full shot and a detail shot of each quilt, as well as specific quilting and binding tips and instructions for each quilt. That has to be one of my favorite details in the book, that each quilt is explained individually from start to finish, instead of the cookie cutter “Basic quilt making and finishing” chapters in most books. Don’t get me wrong, they are useful and probably industry standard, but the individualized attention to each quilt really makes THe Modern Applique Workbook stand out.

The written instructions are detailed, yet flexible, which I like but others may find daunting, because there are no traditional layout diagrams. Any piecing is illustrated, but the applique itself is visually placed. That is the nature of applique, you are usually going off a photo, but because the pieces nest together so well you don’t have to worry about lining up overlaps exactly or ruining your project. It definitely add a planned improv feel to your projects, but almost guarantees that no two projects will look the same.

My favorite quilt is the cover quilt, Star Bright. Such a fun retro shape with a ton of flexibility in fabric choice and layout! I can think of a few fabric pulls for this quilt, the hardest part will be narrowing it down.

The Modern Applique Workbook
The Modern Applique Workbook

I am also really drawn to Mod. Again, a fun retro vibe without feeling like your wading through the shag carpet in your grandparents living room. The quilting in each is spectacular, both done by Angela Walters.


Fall is adorable and its a good thing everyone I know is having babies. FYI, you all get this quilt!


For beginners, Birds is a easy one to start with. Cute and fun, would also make a great gift!



Overall I would recommend The Modern Applique Workbook to anyone. Beginners will love the step by step, detailed instructions, and experienced quilters will love making the more complex shapes and adopting Jenifers techniques for applique.


Until next time,

Happy Stitching!



It’s Membership Renewal Time!

Our membership year runs from November 1 to October 31 annually.  Which means our year is almost up and it’s time to renew if you’re a member. If you’re not a member it’s a great time to join!

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Membership benefits include the following:

  • free monthly guild meetings
  • membership in The Modern Quilt Guild (this comes with an additional list of benefits including discounts on MQG events, access to the MQG online community, and opportunities to participate in MQG swaps and challenges
  • discounts at local fabric shops
  • priority registration in VMQG workshops, retreats, and sew-ins
  • voting rights

The annual membership fee is $50.00. Junior membership is $25.00 for members aged 8-18 years. An extra $1.75 will be added if paying by PayPal. Memberships expire annually on October 31. Membership fees are prorated to $25 in May for the remainder of the Guild year ending in October.


To renew or register as a member at the October 20th or November 17th meeting:

  • bring $50 cash or a cheque for payment,
  • print out this Membership form, fill it in, and bring it with you.  (We will also have forms available at the meeting but it will save time if you fill in your form beforehand.)

If you can’t make it to the meeting:

  • submit our online membership form
  • use PayPal to send $51.75 to
  • More information on paying by PayPal is here. Please make sure you include your name and what the payment is for.

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings!

Upcoming Friday Night Sew-ins

Are you ready for some fall sewing with the VMQG? We have two Friday night sew-ins coming up at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on October 17th and November 14th  and we also have a full-day sew-in at the Croatian Cultural Centre on November 23rd.

Our next sew-in is happening in just nine days and there are several spots open! This is a great chance to finish off one last UFO before our UFO Challenge wraps up at our October guild meeting. We’d love for you to join us on Friday, October 17th from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below).

We love how spacious the church hall is for basting and layout

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 your UFO Challenge 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. There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, October 17th, 2014


6:00-11:00pm, Friday, November 14th, 2014

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.

Cost: There is a $10 fee for this sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 12 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.

Click below to pay via PayPal! Please let us know the which Friday Night sew-in (Oct 17 or Nov 14) you’re registering for in the Notes to Vendor.

Stacey D.'s quilt

Check out the quilt Stacey D. was working on at our last sew-in!

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. 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).
How do I sign up? For our October 17th sew-in, you can pay $10 to via PayPal, or $15 at the door (space permitting). You can sign up for our November sew-ins by paying $10 (Friday night)/$20 (full-day) at our meeting on Monday, October 20th.

Please contact Holly ( to register or with any questions. Amy is coordinating our November 23rd full-day sew-in, so if you have questions about that event, please email

See you there!