We Need to Fill Up our Weekend Sew-In!

Come Sew With Us!

On March 14th and 15th, we’re doing our first weekend sew-in. Our full day sew-ins at the Croatian Cultural Centre are very popular, and we thought it would be great to extend the fun for a second day.

Think of it as a travel-free retreat – You’ll be able to set up your machine Saturday, sew all day and into the night with your friends, go home to sleep in your own comfy bed, and come back Sunday and just keep sewing!

Can’t take a whole weekend off from the day-to-day? Come sew for just one day, that works too!

Because the sew-in is less than a month away, signups are now open to members AND non-members! Have a sewing buddy who’s not a member of the guild? They’re welcome to join us!

The sew-in starts at 9am on Saturday March 14th, and the room will be open until midnight that night. We’ll start again at 9am on Sunday March 15th, and the room will be open until 9pm. That’s 27 hours of sewing (and socializing) time!

If you’d like to come sew, please sign up ASAP. 

IF WE DON’T RECEIVE ENOUGH SIGN UPS BY MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY, MARCH 1st, THE WEEKEND SEW-IN WILL BE CANCELLED. 

Please email amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. Payment is due at sign up, and is non-refundable.

The cost for the sew-in if you pay in advance is $35 for both days, or $20 for a single day. To pay in advance, use the paypal button below!

Select date:

Don’t forget to email amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca so she can add your name to the sign up list!

If you don’t pay in advance, the cost is $40 for both days, or $25 for a single day, but we can’t guarantee you a spot.

To recap, the event details:
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Weekend Sew-in
When: 9:00am-12:00am Saturday, March 14th and 9:00am-9:00pm Sunday, March 15th, 2015  (come for the whole weekend or just one day!)
Where: Art Gallery (2nd floor), Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: for both days  - $35 in advance, $40 the day of
per day - $20 in advance, $25 the day of

 

A few things you should know:

- Sew-ins are self directed – you bring your projects, and work on whatever you’d like to get accomplished. This sew-in is the same as usual, but if you’re interested, Paul has volunteered to teach a quick class on the pouches he’s been making, sized to fit a variety of electronic devices. He estimates it’ll be about 30-45 minutes, and he’ll do it around 11am on Saturday, March 14th. 
- We provide a half table of work space and a chair. There is wall space for design walls and a raised counter that’s perfect for cutting fabric.
- You’ll need to bring your machine, supplies for your projects, extension cords and power bar, tools and meals/snacks.



(photos of members and projects from our most recent all day sew-in,
February 22nd, 2015)

 

Contact Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to register or with any questions.

Book Review- Free Motion Quilting for Beginners

Eileen took the time to read and review a new book for you to enjoy! Thanks Eileen!

I have just had the  pleasure of  reviewing Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can’t by Molly Hanson who blogs at SewWrongSewRight.blogspot.com.   I chose this book because, despite being a reasonably experienced quilter, my own machine quilting skills are in definite need of improvement.  While I can adequately quilt in the ditch, echo quilt, matchstick quilt, and quilt concentric circles, when faced with the thought of  lowering those feed dogs, I tense up and and would rather do almost anything else! 
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I read the book cover to cover.  Molly’s writing made it seem as if she was right there beside me, offering tips and encouragement, assuring me that even I could achieve good results.  She reminded me that key to learning any new skill is both practice, practice, practice and recognizing that early efforts are not going to be perfect.  That was a big yes! moment for me – I am always telling other quilters to not try to be perfect when they’re learning a new skill – but I had forgotten to apply that wisdom to myself.  Thank you Molly!!

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So I got to work, and, following Molly’s advice, I adjusted my workspace so that I could “sit pretty” with my elbows bent at a 90 degree angle while placing my palms and fingertips flat, thumbs touching, on my sewing surface.  Then, with book (Molly) beside me, and practice squares ready, I took a deep breath and gave it a try!

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In addition to sharing wisdom about machine quilting, Molly’s book includes 15 projects in which your new and/or improved machine quilting skills can be showcased.  Choose from tea towels, bags, ironing board covers, dog beds and quilts – there really is something for everyone!  I chose to make her Color Block Zip Bag, and found it the perfect size for attempting 2 designs -her favourite and most frequently used allover pebble fill, and swirl, another one of her most commonly-used quilting designs because of its versatility and good looks.  Molly’s instructions are easy to follow and well-illustrated.

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Molly’s Color Block Zip Bag

  Sample 4 

My Bag!

Molly’s book is full of tips, tricks and reminders that really do help quilters overcome their fears and improve their skills, and I believe it would benefit any less-than-confident machine quilter.  She recommends only 5 essential tools for success – an open-toed darning foot, a cleaned and oiled sewing machine with an extension table, high-quality quilting needles and a sketch book – so I am sure most of us are well on our way!  However I am adding a 6th essential tool to that list – I don’t want to be without Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can’t by Molly Hanson!

 -Eileen C

 

 

 

 

 

February 16th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, February 16th

Meeting Notes

1) Stacey M. will be sharing an Instagram tutorial at our meeting so bring your smart phone or tablet and play along. There will be how-tos for the beginner and advanced users will learn a thing or two as well!

2) It’s time to share your Cotton + Steel Mini Fabric Challenge projects! Nearly fifty people took fabric to make whatever they liked and we’re looking forward to seeing what you made. Post finished projects using the hashtag #vmqgcottonandsteel

3) Our UFO Challenge is up and running and it’s time to sign up! Bring a list of your unfinished projects that you’d like to complete by the fall and $2/project. Full details in our blog post.

4) We have lots of upcoming workshops and sew-ins coming up (including a brand new workshop to be announced at the meeting!) so be sure to bring your calendar and method of payment so you can register!

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) 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.
2) Weekend Sew-in Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 9:00am-midnight at the Croatian Cultural Centre both days: $35, per day: $20
3) Guild Meeting with “Make It, Take It” Trunk Show by author Krista Hennebury, 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, March 16th
4) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz (FULL), 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, March 29th, Croatian Cultural Centre $55 ($60 non-members), includes wedge ruler. We are taking names for a wait list.
5) Applique with a Modern Twist Workshop with Stacey Murton and Matt Wheeler, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, April 26th, Croatian Cultural Centre. $50 ($55 non-members). Fee includes some basic supplies.
6) New workshop to be announced at the meeting, May 2015


Applique sample by Stacey Murton

February Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, February 16th, 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 Cotton + Steel Mini Fabric Challenge project
- modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
- list of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and $2 per item for UFO Challenge
- your name tag
Raspberry Kiss blocks for block lotto
- 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
- Welcome
- Introduction to Instagram (aka We Be Grammin’)
- Guild Business
- Break (eat treats & socialize; sign up for workshop & sew-ins)
- February Challenge
- Show and Tell
- Door Prizes & block lotto

See you there!

Weekend Sew-in March 14 & 15

We’re excited to let you know about our upcoming Spring Break Weekend Sew-in! It’s the first weekend sew-in we’ve ever planned where you can stay all day Saturday, leave your workstation set up overnight, and come back for a full day of sewing on Sunday! Watch this 15-second video by Felicity to see the sew-in space.

Quilters hard at work at our June 2014 sew-in

Quilters hard at work at our June 2014 sew-in

How to register:

1) Pay via PayPal


Select date:



2) Pay in person at our February 16th guild meeting (cash, credit card & cheque accepted).

Event Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Weekend Sew-in
When: 9:00am-12:00am (approx) Saturday, March 14th and 9:00am-9:00pm Sunday, March 15th, 2015  (come for the whole weekend or just one day!)
Where: Art Gallery (2nd floor), Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: for both days  - $35 in advance, $40 the day of
per day - $20 in advance, $25 the day of

Payment is due at sign up. Payment is non-refundable.

A few important reminders about this sew-in:
- This space doesn’t have a kitchen facility, but it is walking distance from numerous restaurants on Commercial Drive.
- While the facility has some parking, carpooling is a great option! If you need a ride, please feel free to reply all to this e-mail, and we’ll see if anyone can help you out. Parking can be very busy when there are events on at the centre. If you’re unable to find a spot in either of the lots, you’ll have to park on a side street.

We supply the tables and chairs. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

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

Contact Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to register or with any questions.

“We’re Not Going to QuiltCon” sew-in, February 22nd

There’s a lot of excitement about QuiltCon these days, but not all of us can make the trip, so we thought we’d host a fun event for those of us who aren’t  headed to Texas next week. There’s still space available at the “We’re Not Going to QuiltCon” sew-in and we’d love to have you join us for a 12 hour sew-in! Both members and non-members are welcome to register at this time.

Gaye and Loretta sewing up a storm at the November 2014 all-day sew-in

Gaye and Loretta sewing up a storm at the November 2014 all-day sew-in

How to register:

1) Pay via PayPal




2) Pay in person at the February 16th VMQG meeting (cash, credit card & cheque are all accepted).

Event Details:

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild “We’re Not Going to QuiltCon” Sew-in
When: 9:00am-9:00pm (come for all or part of the day), Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Where: Art Gallery (2nd floor), Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 the day of

A few important reminders about this sew-in:
- This space doesn’t have a kitchen facility, but it is walking distance from numerous restaurants on Commercial Drive.
- While the facility has some parking, carpooling is a great option! If you need a ride, please feel free to reply all to this e-mail, and we’ll see if anyone can help you out. Parking can be very busy when there are events on at the centre. If you’re unable to find a spot in either of the lots, you’ll have to park on a side street.

Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Can’t come for the full day? We’ll be here from 9am to 9pm, so you can fit some quilty time into your weekend schedule!

We supply the tables and chairs. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

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

Contact Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to register or with any questions.

Book Review- Vintage Vibe by Amber Johnson

The lovely Jade@ Stitch Mischief reviewed and wrote a great review for Vintage Vibe by Amber Johnson! Take it away Jade!

This week, I had the pleasure of my first ever book review. I jumped at the chance to review “Vintage Vibe” by Amber Johnson.

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As a lover of modern quilting, with a traditional foundation, I really loved the approach Vintage Vibe takes on quilting. It’s definitely “a little bit vintage, a little bit modern”. I especially loved the history of how Amber learned quilting with her grandmother “Gigi”. I can only imagine how precious these memories must be to Amber.

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There are 14 different patterns to choose from in a variety of sizes. And I fell in love with at least three quilt designs. There is also lots of quilting tips and instructions that would make this book appropriate even for one just learning the art of quilting.

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One quilt in particular, Vintage Vibe, won me over at first glance. The elegant simplicity of the design really gives the quilter a chance to focus on the actual quilting effect. I know I definitely have some two tone solid quilts in my future.

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I also really loved the bold elegance of this applique quilt (Growing Up). I’m not 100% confident with applique at this point in my quilting journey, but I hope to one day learn the skills needed to embrace this beautiful style of quilting.

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I chose to make a block from the Pretty Petals quilt pattern, which is a fun play on the traditional Dresden plate block. I found the size of the Dresden blades easy to sew. The pattern runs a bit on the generous size, so if you cut your fabrics for the blades as directed, you will have a bit of wiggle room to fussy cut if you choose. Personally, after cutting out the template provided, I realized that the Dresden plate wedge fits perfectly on a 2.5 inch strip of fabric, of which I just happen to have a big bin – precut and sorted by color. This was a really quick project for me.

(As a side note, I wish I had remembered that the circle template does not include the seam allowance, but I managed to make it work, just barely, with what I had cut out.)

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This block took me about an hour, start to finish. (I plan on using it in a little special project coming up…)

 

All in all, this was a great read, with a good variety patterns and fun techniques. I look forward to playing with several of the patterns in the future.

 

Happy reading!

 

Note: All photo credit (except for the last) goes to photographer Brent Kane, with the permission of the Publisher Martingale.

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