Monday, November 18th Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 18th. 

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas – Back by popular demand, November’s program will feature a ‘show and tell’ of holiday gift ideas presented by the VMQG Executive.  We hope that you will join us by bringing along your favourite quick craft to share at our meeting.  

Also, bring any completed winter/holiday themed pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. See blog post regarding requirements: http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/11/ryans-case-for-smiles/

November Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, November 18th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
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 Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are 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:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for swapping
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for November 18th, 2019.
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG and MQG Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Holiday Gift Ideas
-Socialize
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!


October Meeting Feature with Kellie Kaczmarek – Silly Moon Quilting

For this October meeting, we are happy to have Kellie Kaczmarek from Silly Moon Quilting. We asked Kellie to give us a little information about herself and here is what she has to say,

I am a Canadian quilter, business owner, wife, mother and owner of two very large dogs.  I have been quilting for a short time but have jumped in with both feet!  I purchased a longarm after quilting for approximately a year and needed “rulers” to keep me within the lines, so to speak.  So, I made them!

I am fortunate to have experience in, and access to CNC Milling equipment, as well as a variety of software programs that enable me (along with my math guru hubby) to create machine quilting rulers that will do just what I want them to. I really enjoy coming up with new ideas, that make ruler work fun and accessible for all quilters.

I love attending retreats, guild meetings and trade shows not only to showcase our products, but to meet quilters, and take in all the great feedback and suggestions they bring to the table. 

Silly Moon Quilting Co is proudly Canadian, and all our rulers are designed and manufactured in beautiful British Columbia.  The company started less that a year ago, and we are excited to see steady growth with a large number of repeat customers!  I always warn people, rulers are like potato chips, you can’t have just one!!”

Kellie will be bringing her Juki, and will be set up to show on a large screen how to use a few of their rulers.  She will also be covering the basic of ruler work as well as explaining the difference between domestic and longarm rulers. There will also be rulers available for sale during the break.

October is ramping up to be an exciting month! See you there!

Monday September 16th Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 16th, 2019!  

Hey everyone!  Summer is over but that doesn’t mean the fun stops!  If you saw the post on the blog we have a great trunk show to get us all inspired!  Kyle Parent, a Vancouver-based textile artist will be here to present his fantastic pieces for us.  Can’t wait!

Also, be sure to take a look at the most recent post online regarding a call out for Nominations to the VMQG Executive team.  

If you are making a QuiltCon Charity 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 

September Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, September 16th, 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 September 16th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm arrival time, sign up for show and tell, begin at 7pm
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild/VMQG Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Kyle Parent Trunk Show
– 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!

VMQG Call for Nominations – 2019-2020

The Guild is seeking volunteers for the following executive positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Election Committee Coordinator

Serving on the executive is an excellent way to connect with fellow guild members, to help shape the activities of the guild and to enhance personal skills.  Descriptions for each position are listed below and there will be an opportunity to discuss further at the September guild meeting.  Elections will follow at the October meeting.  In the meantime, please email Linda Morrison (speakers@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca ) with questions or to indicate your interest in serving on the 2019-2020 executive. 

Positions are open to all members in good standing.  The term is one year but members are encouraged to serve for two years to ensure continuity. 

The following VMQG executive members are standing for re-election:

  • Marnie Burnham
  • Dawn Flotten
  • Lisa Novich

Executive meetings are held monthly and are currently scheduled for 7 PM on the first Tuesday of the month but this schedule may be varied.  An annual planning meeting is held in the fall.

Each executive member is an active participant in guild decision making. Below are brief descriptions of the duties of each position.

President 

  • Manages the guild
  • Acts as the primary contact for guild members and the public
  • Prepares agendas and reports for each executive and guild meeting as well as the annual planning meeting
  • Conducts executive, general and planning meetings
  • Is responsible for making the executive and all members aware of the VMQG Policy & Procedures and promoting compliance
  • Has signing authority

Vice-President

  • Assists the President
  • Acts an executive liaison for the VMQG Showcase Committee
  • Has signing authority

Secretary

  • Keeps minutes of the annual general meeting, the annual planning meeting and executive meetings 
  • Prepares other minutes, correspondence and notices as required

Treasurer

  • Is responsible for the VMQG funds and maintains the financial records of the organization  
  • Keeps an accurate accounting of all money received and disbursed
  • Deposits all VMQG funds into the appropriate bank account on behalf of the organization, and pays any and all bills as required 
  • Ensures expenditures have the proper authorization and are backed by detailed receipts and invoices  
  • Ensures that the meeting location for general meetings is booked
  • Updates square store with new items and take payment during meetings 
  • Deposits all VMQG funds into the appropriate bank account on behalf of the organization, and pays any and all bills as required 
  • Ensures expenditures have the proper authorization and are backed by detailed receipts and invoices  
  • Creates Paypal items and buttons for website and email, keep track of payments 
  • Provides budgets and costing as requested for special events such as retreats 
  • Has signing authority

Education Committee Co-ordinator

  • Works with the Education Committee to develop programs, workshops, sew-ins and other educational opportunities for guild members

Social Media Co-ordinator

  • Updates and maintains all VMQG social media accounts
  • Posts updates on the website and blog re upcoming meetings and other events
  • Coordinates photographers for guild events and meetings

Membership Co-ordinator

  • Operates the membership table during guild meetings
  • Manages payments for membership
  • Keeps membership information up to date on Excel
  • Keeps membership information up to date with the MQG
  • Maintains current mailing lists on Mailchimp
  • Orders membership cards and business cards
  • Prepares and distributes membership welcome emails and membership cards
  • Replies to emails about general membership questions.
  • Prepares and processes renewal forms
  • Keeps current on BC Privacy laws




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 Charity 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.