Meeting Reminder – Monday, June 18th, 2018

Our former VMQG member and Executive member, Stacey Day, has recently launched a fabulous new book, Child’s Play Quilts.  We are pleased that Stacey will be our guest speaker at our June meeting and will be doing a trunk show and book signing for us.

Stacey has been published in many magazines, including American Quilter, McCall’s Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quiltcon Magazine.  She was a lecturer and teacher at Quilt Canada this past weekend.  Stacey also designs quilts for Tula Pink and will be teaching alongside Tula on a quilting cruise this August.

At the meeting Stacey will have copies of her new book for purchase for $30 cash or $31.50 via Square.

Also remember that the June meeting is the last time to register your quilts in person for the VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will be held in August.  See blog post regarding registration details here.

The quilt show committee members will be available at the meeting to take photos of the quilts for you at the meeting if you aren’t able to get your own pictures (if you want to take advantage of this, please bring your quilts).  If you miss the meeting you are still able to register your quilt online until the end of June.

June Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, June 18th, 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:
– Completed membership form and $25 dues for membership for the second half of 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash or credit card/debit card, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– 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 18th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block and Improv Sampler Block
– Trunk Show by Stacey Day
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc. and get your book signed by Stacey Day)
– Show and Tell
– Door prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Sew-In in Support of the #TORONTO LOVE PROJECT

We are getting together for a free sew-in, in support of Berene Campbell’s (@happysewlucky) community project, the #torontoloveproject. The intent of the project is to bring a little hope and positivity to the city of Toronto, and in particular North York, in the wake of the recent tragic event there.

https://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/toronto-love-project/#more-2901

Sew-in Details:
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time:  10am – 4pm
Place: St. David’s Anglican Church, 1115 51a St., Delta, BC  (Tsawwassen)
Sew-in will be in the church hall which is across from Abbeyfield House.
Lunch will be provided.

Map of the location:
https://www.google.ca/maps/place/St.+David’s+Anglican+Church/@49.022954,-123.0826657,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x5485e66296f47bb9:0x59597e2a29f9ff8c!2sSt.+David’s+Anglican+Church!8m2!3d49.022954!4d-123.080477!3m4!1s0x5485e66296f47bb9:0x59597e2a29f9ff8c!8m2!3d49.022954!4d-123.080477

Please sign up at the next guild meeting which is Monday, May 21, 2018.  However, you do not need to be a member of the VMQG to attend.  Please email president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you would like to attend and cannot make the meeting.

Please refer to @happysewlucky’s blog post (link above) for the tutorial and details on the banners that we will be making and for ideas of what to make.  We will also be receiving some graciously donated fabric from Hyggeligt Fabrics.  http://www.hyggeligt.ca/    We will be receiving enough fabric to make approximately 10 banners.  Each banner is two sided and is 22 feet long which takes approximately 2 meters of fabric.

What to bring:
Sewing machine in good working order. (Remember your power cord)
– Sewing supplies – thread, scissors, pins, measuring tape etc.
– Cutting mat and rotary cutter
– Solid fabrics in jewel tones to supplement the donated fabric (refer to Berene’s blog post for requested colours).
– Any other special sewing supplies for your project (Paper piecing rulers, fusible web etc.)
– Empty toilet paper rolls (for rolling the finished banners for mailing to Toronto).
– Snacks and nibbles
Irons, ironing boards and extension cords will be provided.

Any banners finished at the sew-in (or finished and brought to the sew-in) will be mailed together to Toronto.

Come and have a fun day!!  I am hoping we have a great turnout for such a fabulous project.

Stacey

TORONTO LOVE PROJECT

Our friend and VMQG (and Toronto MQG) member, Berene Campbell, is spear-heading a community collaborative project in response to the tragedy in Toronto a few weeks back.  She is calling it the “TORONTO LOVE PROJECT”. 


Photo courtesy of www.happysewlucky.com

You can find Berene here: (Website: http://happysewlucky.com/) and on IG @happysewlucky

You may remember Berene (with the help of Amy Friend) organized a wonderful community project after the bombing in Boston which she called “To Boston with Love”. https://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/all-together-now-yay/

If you would like to participate in the “TORONTO LOVE PROJECT” you can find all of the details on her blog here at:  (#torontoloveproject)

https://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/

VMQG will likely be organizing a sew-in in support of this collaboration in the next few weeks.  Watch this space for details.

Stacey

Meeting Reminder – Monday May 21st, 2018 (Correction)

Did you know that your membership in the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild automatically gives you membership in the Modern Quilt Guild?

So, what are the benefits of being an MQG member besides the discount for QuiltCon?

Paula Bohan is a founding member of the VMQG who has attended every QuiltCon to date.  Paula will describe the benefits of MQG membership and will walk you through all of the resources available on the MQG website.

Paula will speak at our next meeting which will be on Monday, May 21st, 2018.

Keep in mind that our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC.  We are hoping you will participate by entering a modern quilt or two and by volunteering your time at the event.  You will be able to register your quilts at the next meeting so read the blog post and come prepared.

http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/05/showcase-2018-registration-is-open/

Upcoming Events:
May Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, May 21st, 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:
– Completed membership form and $25 dues for membership for the second half of 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit (or NOW debit) card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– 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 May 21st, 2018

Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Updates
– MQG Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibit Update
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Improv Sampler for May – Paula Bohan – MQG Membership Benefits and  Site Review
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Showcase 2018 Registration is OPEN!

Hey VMQG members: exciting news! Quilt show registration opens today and runs until midnight June 30th, 2018. Please read through this post before you click on the registration link below.

Current members in good standing are now invited to register up to 3 quilts for our second Modern Quilt Showcase happening August 25 & 26th at the Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver. If your membership has lapsed, please renew and pay up BEFORE entering any quilts as you will need your membership number in order to complete the online registration form.

To help fund our show, each person is asked to pay a $20 registration fee (this covers up to 3 quilts). This fee includes 2 tickets for the show, which you may use or gift/sell to someone else. Every guild member, including show volunteers, will require a ticket to enter the show. Pay the $20 by cash or cheque at the guild meetings after you’ve registered your quilt(s). 

You may register 1, 2, or 3 quilts. Please indicate your order of preference on the form, in case we are unable to hang all registered quilts due to space constraints. Everyone is guaranteed their 1st choice quilt will hang in the show. A “Modern Mini Challenge” quilt counts as 1 of your entries. Please see this post for challenge quilt information.

A full colour photo of the entire front and back of each quilt is required. You’ll be prompted to attach a digital photo from the picture files on your computer when you fill out the form. PLEASE NOTE: this option is only available to people who have a gmail account due to a glitch with Google forms. If you do not have a gmail account, fill out the appropriate registration form (link below) and follow photo email instructions on the form, or bring your own colour 4 x 6 photos (printed on photographic paper) to the May or June meeting.

NEED HELP? We’ll have volunteers at the May & June meetings to help photograph your quilts and/or complete the online forms with you, starting at 6:30 p.m. We’ll even have hard copy forms you can take home and return in June, if you like. To complete a registration at the guild meeting, please bring the following:

  1. Your quilt(s)
  2. Quilt size, name, brief description for show label
  3. Correct spelling of any design credits (quilter name, pattern, workshop, book…etc.)
  4. $20 cash OR cheque

PLEASE NOTE: You only need to bring quilts to the meeting if you require photography assistance.

READY TO REGISTER YOUR QUILTS?

Gmail account holders CLICK HERE 

Don’t have a Gmail account? CLICK HERE

QUILT DROP OFF INFO:

This time we have two options for quilt drop-off.  Show-ready quilts (clean, lint-free and with a sewn-on label and sewn on 4″ hanging sleeve) may be dropped off:

  1. At the August 20th guild meeting
  2. At the Pipe Shop, North Vancouver shipyards, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 24th.

A receipt will be issued at drop-off that MUST BE SHOWN for quilt pick up.

QUILT PICK UP:

Between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday August 26th at the NE door of the show venue. Anyone picking up quilts for a friend MUST HAVE THE QUILT RECEIPT. Sorry, but there will be absolutely no exceptions.

We are going to need many volunteers to make our show a success, watch for volunteer job descriptions and sign up info in June!

If you have any questions, please email the Showcase Coordinator:

krista(dot)hennebury(at)shaw(dot)ca

 

June Meeting with Stacey Day – Early Reminder

I wanted to give all members early notification about our June program.  Our former member and Executive member, Stacey Day, has recently launched a fabulous new book, Child’s Play Quilts. (She is still a member of the MQG and FVMQG but moved too far away to attend our meetings on a regular basis with all she has going on).

Stacey has been published in many magazines, including American Quilter, McCall’s Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quiltcon Magazine.  She will also be lecturing and teaching at Quilt Canada in Vancouver in May.  Stacey also designs quilts for Tula Pink and will be teaching alongside Tula on a quilting cruise this August.  You may or may not know that Stacey designed this quilt…. Wow!!

We are pleased that Stacey will be our guest speaker at our June meeting and will be doing a trunk show for us.  If you had planned to buy her book, perhaps wait until June and buy it directly from her as she will be bringing copies to our meeting.  If you have already purchased it, I am sure she will be happy to sign it for you at the meeting.

In the meantime, you can visit her at https://staceyinstitches.com/

We are looking forward to hosting you Stacey.

Update: Stacey tells me that she will be charging $30 cash for the book.  She also accepts Square but they will be $31.50 if you pay by Square.

Meeting Reminder – Monday, April 16th, 2018

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, April 16th, 2018. Our guest speaker this month is our own Lysa Mair, @Lysaflower on Instagram and check out her web-site at http://www.lysaflower.com/. We are so excited to have her come and speak for us!!

Photo is of Lysa’s Boombox Pattern from www.lysaflower.com.

Keep in mind that our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC. We are hoping you will participate by entering a modern quilt or two and by volunteering your time at the event. Details will be provided on our website and at each meeting.

Upcoming Events
1.) How to Make Your Own Paper Piecing Block with Lysa Flower
Sunday April 22nd, 2018 Time: TBA, at Croatian Cultural Centre

2.) Improv Letters Workshop with Felicity Ronaghan
Sunday, May 6th, 10 am – 3 pm, Croatian Cultural Center (Art Gallery), 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
(We are excited to have Felicity return (from the Okanagan) to teach for us!!)

April Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, April 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:
– Completed membership form and $25 dues for membership for the second half of 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– 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 April 16, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Visit from Lion’s Gate Quilt Guild – Raffle Quilt
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Updates
– MQG Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibit Update
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Improv Sampler for April – Lysa Mair (LysaFlower)
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Improv Letters Workshop

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to have Felicity Ronaghan back teaching us all about improv lettering.  Felicity has been quilting for nearly 20 years. From the first minute of her first learn-to-quilt class, she knew she’d discovered her “thing.”

 

 

 

 

 

When Felicity discovered the online world of modern quilting and began her blog in 2010 (www.felicityquilts.com), her passion was kicked into overdrive where it’s been ever since. She’s a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

Felicity has been able to apply her professional experience in training and development to quilting – she has taught formal and informal workshops for VMQG, has done trunk shows, as well as created numerous tutorials for her blog. Felicity also enjoyed a two-year run as VMQG co-President and meeting chair. She currently works at her local quilt shop as a teacher, designer and sales associate.

Felicity’s style tends to the modern and improvisational, but she is just as comfortable with traditional piecing and precise ¼” seams.

Learn Felicity’s technique for making improv letters – you’ll create your own alphabet of wonky letters, both upper and lower case.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of planning and piecing a wonky alphabet, you’ll be free to use the technique in any size to piece a word, a quote or an entire song into your project.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Draw a letter with piecing in mind.
  2. Plan ahead for a letter’s final size.
  3. Cut (with or without rulers) and piece a letter.
  4. Increase the complexity of letters by pre-piecing components.

Workshop signup starts at our March 19th meeting.

Date: May 6th; 10 am – 3 pm

Place: Croation Cultural Center (2nd Floor)

Cost:  $50 Member; $65 non-members 

Please note workshop fees are non refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

 

Modern Mini Showcase Challenge

 Modern Mini Showcase Challenge

The theme for our Modern Mini
Challege is: West Coast Modern
West coast modern can be interpreted in many ways — west coast landscape, architecture, furniture, weather, neighbourhoods, lifestyle… it can be abstract or literal, whatever inspires you as a modern quilter living on the west coast.
For some visual inspiration, check out these boards on pinterest…
– west coast colour inspiration
– west coast modern architecture
– west coast modern furniture
  west coast landscape and
imagery
– Modern mini quilt inspiration
– West coast inspiration
  Colour, concept and technique inspiration
Modern Mini specifications (your quilt MUST comply in order to hang in the showcase)
    Maximum perimeter: 80” total (for example 20” x 20” x 20” x 20”, or some other combination of measurement on 4 sides that does not exceed a total of 80″)
    Mini quilt must be made with solid colour fabrics only (no prints)
    Mini quilt design must feature elements of the modern aesthetic — design characteristics adopted by the modern quilting community:
 
 use of negative space 
 solid coloured fabrics  
 alternate grid construction
                   improvisation                      
 minimalism    
 bold geometric design 
 modern traditionalism (a new interpretation of
traditional blocks)
    Must have a 4” sleeve sewn on to the back of the quilt to accommodate quilt show pipe display
    Must have a label on the back identifying the maker’s name and quilt title.
The modern mini quilts will have their own distinct display area at the show.  A “Viewers Choice” ribbon will be awarded to the modern mini challenge quilt that receives the most votes from visitors to the show. This voting will take place on a mini challenge quilt-only ballot and be separate from the main showcase voting and ribbons.
Modern Mini Challenge quilts will be registered using the same quilt showcase registration process as all other quilts for the show. This process will be outlined next month (April) and made available in May. 
**The showcase committee reserves the right to jury modern mini challenge quilts in the event that registration exceeds exhibition space.
Deadline for submissions: June 30,
2018.

Meeting Reminder – Monday March 19th, 2018

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, March 19th, 2018.  We have a lot of great things planned this year;  programs, workshops and our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC.

Upcoming Events
1.) Retreat Bag and Dumpling Pouch
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 10 am to 5 pm
$30 Members, $45 Non-Members, fees are non-refundable

2.) How to Make Your Own Paper Piecing Block with Lysa Flower
Sunday April 22nd, 2018 Time: TBA, at Croatian Cultural Centre
 $50 Members, $65 non-members, fees are non-refundable

March Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
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:
– Completed membership form and $50 dues for membership 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– 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 February 19, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Update
– MQG Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibit Update and Volunteer Opportunities
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Improv Sampler for March
 Guild Feature – Daphne Harwood Trunk Show
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– 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!