Calling All Volunteers!

As many of you know already, VMQG is hosting its first ever Quilt Showcase at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver (click here for details) on August 27 & 28.  

We’re really excited to showcase modern quilting with over 100 quilts from our guild members, as well as a Modern Mini Demonstration area for the public!

In order to pull this event off, we’re going to need volunteers for a whole variety of jobs including:

-          Quilt collection & return

-          Set up and tear down

-          Security & hosting

-          Admission & ticket sales

-          Demonstration area

We’ll need people who are handy with a drill and a ladder, as well as crafty folks who like to engage with the public and show off their talents.

If you’re able to volunteer, please click here to complete the Google form and sign up by July 15.

Thanks everyone!

July 15th All Day Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday night 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, July 15th 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.

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Amy’s rainbow of heart blocks

This sew-in is a perfect time to baste your quilts that you’ve entered in the VMQG Showcase to be held on August 27th & 28th! At this sew-in, we’re inviting you to join us in making heart blocks to contribute to the Quilts for Pulse effort. We’re making 10″ heart blocks (instructions at this link) and will collect them at our July 18th outdoor guild meeting. Of course, you’re also welcome to work on your own projects, as usual!

Paula's glam clam

Paula laid out her beautiful Glam Clam quilt at our June 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.

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There’s plenty of room in the hall for basting or quilting!

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 1:00pm-11:00pm,
Friday, July 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, 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 our first sew-in with an afternoon component, 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!

EPP Challenge EXTENDED!

We have SO MUCH going on at our meeting at June 20th, and numerous people have told us that they aren’t going to be able to finish their English Paper Piecing challenge in time, especially those who were frantically finishing quilts for the Lions Gate Show last weekend, or spent several days learning from Latifah Saafir a few weeks before that, or the folks on our show committee who have been doing so much work for us.

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(judging by how few people have posted with the hashtag, a lot of you are behind!)

So we’re going to extend the deadline! Since July is our annual outdoor meeting, we’re going to give you all TWO extra months, and the new deadline will be our August meeting. For a recap of the challenge guidelines, check out the original post about it.

That doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to do between now and the meeting though! ;) The June meeting is our anniversary meeting, and it’s the deadline for multiple other things too.

- June 20th is the deadline to submit your quilts to our Quilt Show! Members will have received information about how to submit quilts via email and Krista also posted about this in the guild facebook group. Quilts do not have to be finished by the June 20th meeting, but they have to be finished enough for you to take a photo of it and know what the final dimensions will be. You might have enough time to finish the top of the quilt you were thinking about between now and then!

- June 20th is also the day to bring back your quilt blocks for Fort McMurray. These 20″ blocks go together fast, and if you’re attending the Friday Night Sew-In on June 17th, we encourage you to bring any you might have finished or in progress.

- June is also our anniversary meeting, and long time members know that we especially love door prizes in June! The guild has grown past the point of being able to have enough door prizes for everyone at the meeting, but we still love having lots, it adds to the party atmosphere! Small handmade items are appreciated, as are modern quilting themed supplies.

- Another part of our party atmosphere is goodies! The guild will be providing punch and cupcakes, but it’s always fun to have variety.

See you on June 20th!

 

 

VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase!! – August 27 – 28, 2016

VMQG MODERN QUILT SHOWCASE

The VMQG proudly presents our first ever Modern Quilt Showcase, featuring over 100 modern quilts made by our members. There will be a Modern Mini Demonstration wall providing concrete examples of the modern quilting esthetic, a community activity table staffed by volunteer quilters and beautiful modern quilts from wall-hanging to bed-size hung in a unique industrial setting in the North Vancouver Shipyards.

Saturday, August 27 from noon – 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Pipe Shop Building, North Vancouver Shipyards
115 Victory Ship Way (the foot of Lonsdale Ave.)
Admission $5 adults, children under 12 free

Saturday evening features a free outdoor concert and onsite food trucks until 10:00 p.m.  A short stroll from the Seabus Terminal, FREE weekend parking in the ICBC parkade directly north of Lonsdale Quay, ample metered parking nearby or street parking just a block away.

I hope we see everyone there!!!

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.

Star quilt

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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my hexies

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!