June 17th Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday night sew-in coming up in three weeks and there are still spaces available! Sign up and join us from 6:00-11:00pm on Friday, June 17th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below.

At this sew-in, we’re inviting you to join us in making blocks for quilts that will go to people affected by the recent fires in the Fort McMurray area of Alberta. We’re making large XPlus blocks and will collect them at our June 20th guild meeting in lieu of a block lotto. Of course, you’re also welcome to work on your own projects, I know I will be doing both!

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Amy’s bright and cheerful XPlus block





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.

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Alicia finished piecing this star quilt at our last sew-in

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, June 17th, 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.

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. 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? 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!

VMQG 3rd weekend retreat: October 14-16, 2016

Having a blast at the 2016 VMQG Retreat!

Having a blast at the 2016 VMQG Retreat!

Last year was my first retreat with the guild and I can honestly say that there isn’t a weekend that goes by that I don’t wish to be quilting with all my lovely guildies right then and there!  Thankfully!  We have another VMQG Retreat coming up again!

For October 2016 we will again be having our retreat at the lovely Edenvale Retreat Centre!  The space is so great for everyone to get their projects done!  I know I had a VERY successful time there with some things I needed to work on.

Here are the details:

LocationEdenvale Retreat Centre4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Dates: Friday October 14 – Sunday October 16, 2015
Check-in: 10:00 a.m.  Friday
Check-out: 2:00 p.m. Sunday (NO LUNCH served on Sunday, however there will be a generous brunch.)
Included: all meals, linen, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars
Accommodations :  2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunk beds) @ $265 for two nights; Single (limited number) @$320 for two nights
Payment: $75 non-refundable deposit at May 16th meeting, final payment due July 18th 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 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. 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.

Please direct any questions to president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and they will be forwarded to Susanne Chaffe, or you can send her a message through Facebook.

VMQG May 16th Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, May 16th, 2016!  

May is here and we have some great stuff this month!  Finally we can hear some re-caps from Quiltcon 2016 from some fantastic volunteers who went!  The Lion’s Gate Quilters Guild will be at the meeting selling raffle tickets for the upcoming June quilt show.  We’ll hear some more updates for our own quilt show coming up and so much more!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Latifah Saafir Lecture - Friday, May 27th, “Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future” Lecture, $15
2.) Latifah Saafir Glam Clam Workshop - Saturday, May 28th, $90 (members)
3.) Latifah Saafir Rocket 88 Workshop - Sunday, May 29th, $90 (members)
4.) Latifah Saafir Molehills Workshop - Monday, May 30th, $90 (members)

May Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, May 16th, 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 emailmembership@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:
- 2015/16 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2015/16 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2016) 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
X Marks the Improv for block lotto
- Round Robin blocks
- VMQG Show quilt registration
- 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
- VMQG Show information from Krista
- Edenvale Retreat Sign up
- Mini Maker Faire update
- Updates from Quiltcon 2016!

- Break (eat treats & socialize; pick up quilts, sign up for workshop, Shopping!)
- June Block Lotto Challenge
- 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!

Latifah Saafir Update!

It’s almost time for Latifah Saafir to visit!

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To recap our earlier post, Latifah is one of the co-founders of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the overall worldwide organization (that we are part of!) The Modern Quilt Guild.

She will be here for a lecture on Friday May 27th and workshops on Saturday, May 28th, Sunday, May 29th, and Monday, May 30th.

Latifah combines her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing to creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. She is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts.

Her lecture on Friday May 27th is titled Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future, and will include some aspects of a trunk show. The lecture will be held at the MEC Head Office, located at 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver. This gorgeous venue is literally steps from the VCC/Clark Skytrain station, and also has plenty of free parking. The lecture starts at 7pm, the door open at 6:30.

MODERN QUILTING: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE –

Learn about the tradition of Modern Quilting, how it originated,
where it is now, and what the future may hold.

Tickets for the lecture will be $15 for members and non-members alike, and will be available for purchase at VMQG meetings, or through the paypal link below.

Tickets purchased via Paypal will be held at Will Call and it is helpful if you enter your full name into the notes to seller.





 

And there are still spaces in two of the workshops that Latifah is teaching for us! To register for one of the remaining spaces in Latifah’s workshops, first email Amy at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to make sure there is a space for you, then pay using the PayPal buttons below.

Glam Clam (SOLD OUT, taking waiting list at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca)
Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Rocket 88
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 10am-5pm

MEC Head Office, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver.

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(images from the hashtag #rocket88quilt on instagram)

ROCKET 88 QUILT – Learn the innovative technique of machine sewn bias tape applique to make a Rocket 88 quilt and learn about how this can be applied to many quilt designs. There are very limited spaces left in this workshop, so grab your spot quickly!


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Molehills
Monday, May 30th, 2016 10am-5pm

Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver,

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(try searching #molehillsquilt on instagram for more inspiration)

MOLEHILLS QUILT – This pattern is great for learning curved piecing since the curves are gentle and easy to sew. With two versions AND a special bonus this pattern has a lot of room for personalization! You will learn curved piecing and a relaxed version of foundation paper piecing.


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Come join us in welcoming Latifah to Vancouver, and learning as much as we can while she’s here!

English Paper Piecing Challenge!

At our last meeting, I (amy) did a talk on English Paper Piecing (EPP) and we announced our latest guild challenge!

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(my bundle all spread out!)

Bunnys Designs in Austin Texas very generously donated samples of cute Japanese fabrics which included seven 1″ hexagon papers. (VMQG purchased additional papers to insert into the baggies, so you should have at least fifteen) We distributed these bundles at the March guild meeting, and they’ll be available at the April meeting until the end of the break. After that, we’ll make the extras available to anyone who needs more fabric to work with, so if you haven’t received your fabric and won’t be attending the April meeting, please ask a friend to pick yours up, or contact us ASAP!

The guidelines for the challenge are:

- Make something using English Paper Piecing techniques. it doesn’t matter what, just something! We encourage you to try this technique if it’s new to you, even if all you do is make a few hexies and applique them onto a zippered pouch. You might surprise yourself and love it!
- Use the majority of the fabric provided. The styles of the fabric vary within the fabric packet, so if you skip a few of the prints, that’s fine, but use as much as you can.
- You can add whatever additional fabrics you like, it’s wide open!
- Bring your finished item back to the June VMQG meeting. It’s our anniversary meeting, and we’ll do a group shot with all of our fabulous EPP projects!
- use the hashtag #vmqgeppchallenge when posting on social media so that we can follow along with your progress.

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Fussy cutting hexies can be addictive, have fun with it!

April 15th Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday night sew-in coming up in April and there are still spaces available! Sign up and join us from 6:00-11:00pm on Friday, April 15th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below.

Amy basting her Fancy Fox II quilt at our February 2016 sew-in

Amy basting her Fancy Fox II quilt at our February 2016 sew-in




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.

Tabitha pieced a stack of blocks at our last sew-in!

Tabitha pieced a stack of blocks at our last sew-in!

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, April 15th, 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.

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. 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? 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!

VMQG March 21st Meeting Reminder

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

Sorry this email reminder is coming so late.  We have so much to talk about in March that some last minute changes were made!  We have some lovely guest speakers this month, VMQG Show (yay!) updates, guild challenges (exciting!) and so much more!  Can’t wait to see you all there!

Upcoming VMQG Events
1.) Free Motion Quilting 2.0 with Stacey Murton! – Sunday April 24th, Croatian Cultural Centre,
2.) Latifah Saafir Lecture - Friday, May 27th, “Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future” Lecture, $15
3.) Latifah Saafir Glam Clam Workshop - Saturday, May 28th, $90 (members)
4.) Latifah Saafir Rocket 88 Workshop - Sunday, May 29th, $90 (members)
5.) Latifah Saafir Molehills Workshop - Monday, May 30th, $90 (members)

March Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, March 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 emailmembership@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:
- 2015/16 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2015/16 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2016) 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
Paul’s Fancy Star Block for block lotto
- Round Robin blocks
- 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
- VMQG Show information from Krista
- Langley Quilter’s Guild Guest Speakers
- New Guild Challenge!
- April Block Lotto Challenge
- Guild Speaker Shelagh
- Break (eat treats & socialize; pick up quilts, sign up for workshop, sew-in)
- 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!

Latifah Saafir!!

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is so excited to announce that Latifah Saafir is coming to visit!

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Latifah is one of the co-founders of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the overall worldwide organization (that we are part of!) The Modern Quilt Guild.

She will be here for a lecture on Friday May 27th and workshops on Saturday, May 28th, Sunday, May 29th, and Monday, May 30th.

Latifah combines her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing to creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. She is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts.

Her lecture on Friday May 27th is titled Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future, and will include some aspects of a trunk show.

MODERN QUILTING: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE –

Learn about the tradition of Modern Quilting, how it originated,
where it is now, and what the future may hold.

Tickets for the lecture will be $15 for members and non-members alike, and will be available for purchase at the VMQG March 21st meeting.

 

The class on Saturday May 28th will be Latifah’s famous Glam Clam quilt. First-Kiss-Portfolio-1200x1200full_4608_61605_GlamClamQuilt8_1full_8739_61605_GlamClamQuilt8_4

GLAM CLAM QUILT – Everything is better when it’s bigger right? Even clamshells? Learn an alternative to hand piecing clamshells, by learning to piece these with your sewing machine. They are big, bold, and fun. Learn the tricks and tips to piece your very own 8” or 12” Glam Clam Quilt in any quilt size that you’d like without pins and without ironing!

This class will be held at a new location for us on Great Northern Way in Vancouver.

 

The class on Sunday, May 29 will be a quilt called Rocket 88.

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ROCKET 88 QUILT – Learn the innovative technique of machine sewn bias tape applique to make a Rocket 88 quilt and learn about how this can be applied to many quilt designs.

This class will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

 

The class on Monday, May 30th will be a quilt called Molehills.

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MOLEHILLS QUILT – This pattern is great for learning curved piecing since the curves are gentle and easy to sew. With two versions AND a special bonus this pattern has a lot of room for personalization! You will learn curved piecing and a relaxed version of foundation paper piecing.

This class will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

Please email Amy and see if there are spaces left in the workshop you’re interested in, then use the Paypal buttons on this blog post to pay for the workshops!

How do you sign up? it’s a little different than our usual classes. 
Workshops will be $90 for members, $100 for non-members.

The first round of signups start NOW and will go until the end of the March 21st VMQG meeting. A payment for each class must be submitted when signing up to hold your spot. Members can sign up for one or more classes, but have no guarantee of selection. You can pay via cash, cheque or Square at the meeting, but you must pay for each workshop separately.

If more than 20 people have signed up for each class by the end of the March 21 2016 guild meeting, spaces in the class will be selected via lottery, and participants will be advised by Monday, March 28, 2016.  Members whose names were not selected will have their cheque returned at the April guild meeting or will have their digital payments refunded by March 28th.

If the classes are not full by the end of the March 21st meeting, the spaces will be opened up to non-members for the price of $100 per workshop.

Class fees are only refundable if someone can be found to fill the space. Participants are NOT allowed to choose their own replacement if there are still people waiting in the lottery.

If you want to sign up online, please use the following PayPal button to pay for the workshops you want and then send Amy an email at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca telling her what you’ve paid for.

Signing up in advance of the meeting doesn’t change your chances of getting a spot, but it does mean it’s one less thing that you’ll have to do during break at the March meeting (trust me, there’s a lot going on in March!).

VMQG Show!!!

Hey Everyone!  As mentioned at the meeting, I would be posting some information on the blog from Krista regarding a VMQG Show.  Yay!!!  So exciting for us!  Here is what Krista has put together for us.

Following the success of our VMQG Modern Mini Showcase last fall at the Vancouver Quilter’s Guild show, there was a sense of excitement around us having our very own show. The depth of talent in the VMQG is undeniable. We are in a great position to host our very own show; we have many enthusiastic guild members and there is a strong local interest in modern quilts. Let’s do this!

There are at least half a dozen traditional shows that take place annually in the Vancouver area. It is my desire to lead a group of VMQG members that are willing to try things differently: to create a gallery-type environment that will best show off our modern quilt designs. For an excellent example of what we’d like to see here in Vancouver, please take a look at the fabulous Montreal MQG recent show!

I have been on the organizing committee for 6 large traditional shows, so I am very aware of the lead time, quilter-power required and expenses involved. When you see a large show all hung on pipe and drape? The rental of that equipment alone can cost upwards of $5000-$8000. There are many other additional expenses, the largest of which is venue rental. For us starting out, this is likely out of reach.

We need to think differently.

I’m looking for a group of up to 5 volunteers to kick off discussions that include design & venue ideas for our show. No previous show-organizing experience is required. Eventually, there will be many more volunteers required to plan and run the show, including finance, venue, registration, set up, take down, publicity, quilt labels…etc. Now is the time for envisioning the show and finding a venue – there will be plenty of time for the work to make it actually happen.

If you cannot commit to planning at this time, but have suggestions regarding public exhibition space (venue name/contact person – please take a moment to do some preliminary research for us), or an interesting idea about how our show could stand out from the rest and best display our quilts, please share with me by emailing Krista.hennebury@shaw.ca

Want to be on the planning committee? Let me know at the same email address. We’ll have our first meeting in March once the people are in place and we can pick a workable date and central location.

This is definitely some great news!!!  I really hope this can be achieved.  We are crafty bunch!  Let’s put our collective heads together and paraphrasing what Krista has already said “do this!”

 

February Challenge Block – Paul’s Fancy Star

For the VMQG March block challenge we’re going to make these blocks with black to grey prints and a bright print for the accent colour. You can use either black or grey for the background and the other for the star points. You’ll end up with a 10 inch finished block.

It’s a traditional block, but modern fabrics give it a new look.

Traditional block gets a modern makeover.

Traditional block gets a modern makeover.

This is my (Paul’s) edit of a fancy star block. I’ve seen it at a workshop and in a magazine. Here’s my easy instructions for a 10 inch block.

Here’s the fabric you’ll need:

The four big squares will get cut into quarters diagonally, they are 5 1/4 inch squares. You need 2 for the points of the stars, one for the centre accents and one background.

The centre snowball is a 4 1/2 inch square and the corners are four 1 1/2 inch accent squares that will become the triangles of the snowball.
The four outside corner squares are 3 1/2 inch squares.

Cut your fabric.

Cut your fabric.

Here are all the steps in one picture. The orange lines are cut lines.

 

One step at a time instructions

First cut your fabric. I accidentally made the centre block the same colour as the points. OOPS. Make it the same colour as your background for a lighter, airier star.

Cut the four big squares corner to corner into 4 triangles.

Sew the triangles into hourglass blocks and snowball the centre square. Trim both blocks to 4 1/2 inches square.

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Cut the bottoms off your hourglass blocks.  From the top, measure down 3 1/2 inches and cut off the extra accent colour edge.  The hourglass block will now be 3 1/2 by 4 1/2.

Lay them out like this.

Lay them out like this.

Lay them out and sew them together by rows, then sew the rows together.

The stars look airier if you use the background fabric for the centre, unlike the example in this tutorial.

Also note that the accent triangles aren’t all the same size. The more I fiddled with them, the less I was able to get them to touch each other at the points. You know, the “galloping horse” rule applies here.

The more the merrier, plus an increased chance of winning them all!

The more the merrier, plus an increased chance of winning them all!

Please visit Paul’s Block Party blog for the original post with more photos!