Scattered blocks challenge

Apologies to the early birds for my delayed block challenge post. – Niki
Amy and Niki with blocks
This month’s block lottery is based on the Scattered Blocks tutorial that our quilty neighbour, Lisa in Seattle,WA, posted on her blog Shiner’s View back in January 2012. We don’t forget a good thing!
However, since we can never leave well enough alone: For the VMQG block challenge we are going with solid centers of your choice of colour and low volume backgrounds. Low volume being white or cream with a subtle pattern that reads from a distance as a neutral. The effect should be to give the finished top some texture and depth. As I was making my samples I found myself slipping into Cheryl Arkison’s improv slab technique, which I think will works well with Lisa’s scattered centers.
Scattered blocks challenge
Finished blocks should be trimmed to 5.5″ squares. They chain-piece like a dream so make lots to increase your chances of taking them all home at our September 15th meeting. One block = one ticket to win the lot!

Round Robin: September Assignment

We’re in our penultimate month of the round robin! Exciting!

This month, we’re doing something a bit different with borders. We’ll be adding two borders, not necessarily adjacent, but in a placement that works with the quilt top as is and with its owner’s preferences (i.e. it’s an opportunity to help ensure the centre block ends up off-centre, if that’s what the maker stipulated).

  • first border: 6″ finished (6½” unfinished)
  • second border: 2″ finished (2½” unfinished))
  • theme: flying geese must appear in at least one of the borders
Borders shown adjacent as an example only.

Border positions are an example only.

Have fun and as always, please comment here or email me (felicity DOT quilts AT gmail DOT com) if you have any questions.

PNW MQG Meetup Sunday schedule



August 22-24, 2014 in Vancouver

The VMQG is thrilled to be hosting this year’s PNW MQG meetup! We’ve had a great time so far and are looking forward to one last day of fun!


Sunday, August 24th

11am – 12:30pm Tour of Granville Island, Vancouver tourist hot spot and home of a variety of crafty stores. The Cloth Shop is one of Vancouver’s longest-running LQSs. The Netloft contains many interesting shops such as Maiwa Supply (where Jessica gets her indigo dyeing supplies!), Paper-Ya, and Beadworks. No meeting place to start, just arrive at your leisure and make your own way around Granville Island’s shops. We’re planning to meet around 12:30pm outside Roger’s Chocolates (between The Cloth Shop and the Granville Island Public Market) so we can travel to the Food Cart Fest together. One option is the Aquabus ferry in False Creek. The ferry travels from Granville Island to Spyglass Place, the closest dock to the Food Cart Fest. It’s cute and it has a rainbow on it!


1pm – 3 pm - Food Cart fest for lunch/snacks. 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village). The site is next to the Seawall and a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station, the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock, and major bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, and West 2nd Avenue. Admission is free for Modo and Vancity members, $2 for everyone else. Choose from over 20 food carts!

Transit info: when travelling from the Food Carts to Fabrics Etc, walk east on E 1st Ave four blocks to Main and E 1st (this route takes you past Mario’s Gelati). Catch the #19 bus eastbound (it runs every 12 minutes) and get off at the Kingsway and Gladstone stop (a 16 minute trip).

1pm – 4 pm - Fabrics Etc, a new fabric store at 2162 Kingsway, will be opening just for us! (just Southeast of Kingsway and Victoria Drive). 

Transit info: To get from Fabrics Etc to Spool of Thread, hop back on the #19 bus, westbound this time, and backtrack to Kingsway and Fraser. This is a 10 minute trip.

konas at spool of thread

Spool of Thread’s Kona selection is second to none in Vancouver!

4pm – 6pm - visit Spool of Thread (649 E 15th Ave at Fraser St). Check out their modern quilting cottons and nearly the full range of Robert Kaufman’s Kona cottons! Spool of Thread can be tricky to find, and you should know that E 15th Ave is a one-way street (traffic flows west). Street parking on 15th is limited, so you can always look for a spot along Kingsway or around nearby Robson Park.  Spool of Thread’s Sunday hours are 12noon-6pm.

6:00pm – And that’s a wrap! Check back for more news about next year’s meetup in Seattle!

Note: We’re continuing one of the hashtags from last year’s event, so please tag your photos with #pnwmqgmeetup!

Utility Apron Swap at the PNW MQG Meetup


Karen with her craft apron

Clever Karen made a craft apron for the swap as her MQG Michael Miller Challenge project, photo by Michelle McLatchy

We’ve decided to do a brown-bag swap of utility / crafting aprons at the PNW MQG meetup happening in Vancouver this weekend. We announced this on our meetup page over a month ago, but thought we’d blog about it here as well in case anyone wanted to whip up a last-minute apron. You totally have time to do it!

The swapping will happen at the sew-out/potluck dinner at Trout Lake Park on Friday night to get the meetup started! This swap will be similar to the tote bag swap at the 2013 PNW MQG meetup that the Portland MQG hosted — you can make an apron and bring it to the meetup wrapped or in a brown bag. Make sure you enclose a card with contact info so your swap partner can thank you! Bring an apron / take an apron — a blind swap.  Participation is optional.

Utility apron by Dionne (dinglebobbins)

Utility apron by Dionne (dinglebobbins)

These will be small, waist-down only aprons meant to be worn while sewing or crafting. As they are a garment, you may want to consider pre-washing your fabric, but it’s not mandatory. We’ve created a Pinterest board with some ideas to inspire you!

August 18th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, August 18th

It’s nearly time for our August meeting! We’re happy that our guild has grown rapidly lately and we want to get to know all of our new members. To that end, we’ll be doing a favourite tools mixer to start our August meeting. Please bring in your favourite/most unusual/most unconventional tools and be ready to share why you love them!

Mini quilts made by VMQG executive members, photo by Stacey Murton
Mini quilts made by VMQG executive members, photo by Stacey Murton

Our August meeting agenda also includes the much-anticipated reveal of the mini quilts we’ve been making for our secret partners within the guild. We can’t wait to see them all!

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) PNW MQG Meet-up: Friday, August 22nd-Sunday, August 24th, various locations in Vancouver. Members of several regional MQGs are coming together for a potluck, apron swap, sew-out, viewing of the Common Threads Indigo Quilts, tour of local quilt stores, and more! Check out the meet-up page for up-to-date info.
2) Teeny Weeny Swap with Greater West Sydney MQG: Fill out your questionnaire by Monday, August 25th to sign up. Details on the blog.
3) Local pattern designer Tasia St. Germaine of Sewaholic 
will be at our September 15th guild meeting with a presentation and pop up shop.
4) Paper Piecing Workshop with Stacey Day, Sunday, September 28th, Croatian Cultural Centre $45 ($50 non-members), includes pattern for block.
5) Knit City Fibre Festival, 10-6 Saturday, October 4th & 10-6 Sunday, October 5th at the PNE Forum. The VMQG will have a booth and we’re looking for volunteers for half-day shifts. Sign up at break at the meeting!
6) Executive elections at our October 20th meeting, watch the blog for a nomination form.

August Meeting Details
 Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, August 18th, 2014
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 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:
- 2013/14 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2013/14 (cheque or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2014) or guest fee ($5)
- calendar to record upcoming events
- cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for events
- modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
- wrapped mini quilt (include a note or business card) if you’re participating in the swap
- Round Robin kit if you are participating
- your name tag
- a mug (none will be supplied)
- treats are welcomed, please email Heather at if you plan to bring something.
- door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:- sign up for show and tell, drop off mini quilts
- Welcome
- Favourite Tools Mixer
- Show and Tell
- Break (eat treats & socialize!; swap mini quilts, sign up for workshop, sign up to volunteer at Knit City)
- August Challenge
- Guild Business
- Mini Quilt Show and Tell and group photo
- Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous meetings by emailing Heather at
See you there!


Vancouver MQG – Greater Western Sydney MQG


Having made connections with some fabulously talented quilters in Australia via Instagram, I (Berene) thought a little guild swap would be fun. And by little I mean Teeny Weeny! I contacted Lorena ( from the Greater Western Sydney MQG  and she got the Ozzie girls on board. So please sign up to join in as I think it’s going to be fun.


The concept for the swap is “Teeny Weeny” and by that we are referring to the size of the pieces in the piecing, not necessarily the finished item. Think zakka-tastic! As per the rules below, your project must be pieced. Machine appliqué is not permitted for this swap. Using modern fabric choices, your item may be patchwork pieced, paper pieced, hexies, improv pieced or needleturn hand-appliqué, but we ask that your pieces are small. It’s a great opportunity to use up your scraps and also to have fun fussy-cutting your pieces.


This will be a secret partnered swap. You will receive your partner’s info and make something specifically for them. Someone will receive your info and make something specifically for you. You aren’t necessarily sewing for the person who’s sewing for you, and you’ll keep it a secret until the swap items are received.


Partner info will be sent via email sometime in September, and the finished items will be due in November.


Here is a mosaic of inspiration that the girls in Sydney put together:



You can reduce any pattern in size to make it teeny. However here is a list of patterns and tutorials that might come in handy as they are already small:



1. Teeny weeny is the theme of this swap and this refers to teeny weeny piecing, which is obligatory in this swap. It can be paper-pieced, patchwork piecing, English paper pieced, improv pieced, hexies, needle-turned hand-appliquéd, but it must be pieced in some way – machine appliqué is not permitted. The overall look and feel should be intricate, cute and “zakka-tastic.”  (See pics in the mosaic provided for inspiration.)


2. To sign-up please fill in the online questionnaire HERE  by Monday August 25, 2014

3. Participants choose an item (or a choice of items) from the list provided. Maker makes ONE of these items.

  • Pouch (Could be zipper / snap frame / flex frame etc – maker decides on closure)
  • Needle book
  • Sunglasses / Spectacle case (recommended size for most specs: 3” x 6.5”)
  • Collapse-able Thread Catcher (No pin cushions attached please)
  • Trivet/Mini Mini Quilt, max size of 8”x8” (Could be heat-proofed with something like Insul-Bright – specify if you would like yours heat-proofed)
  • Passport Cover  (Specify your passport dimensions if this is your choice.)

4. Deadline for VMQG members is November 17. Each guild will mail one box with all the submissions. If you sign up you are committing to make an item for your partner, and you must make the deadline that your guild sets.


5. Stay connected via social media:

A private Facebook Group will be set up so that you may communicate and share with the group. If you join the swap and are on Facebook, please include your Facebook details so that we can invite you to the group.

Flickr Group for this swap:

Instagram hastag: #teenyweenyswap

6. Feel free to post the button for the Facebook page on your blog if you are participating.


7. Items should be flat for shipping purposes.

8. Note there are to be no extras with this swap – in order to keep shipping costs down. A wee card or note however would be lovely. Your partner would like to know who made their gift!


 9. When you are done please wrap your “Teeny Weeny” project up, and label it with your partner’s full name and email address. Then hand it in to either Berene (VMQG) or Lorena (GWSMQG) by the deadline.

10. Most of all have fun and make something beautiful for your quilty “cousins” abroad.


PNW MQG Meetup update – social mixer tickets on sale!



August 22-24, 2014 in Vancouver

Edited 6:30pm, August 11th

The VMQG is thrilled to be hosting this year’s PNW MQG meetup! In just two weeks, members of modern quilt guilds from all over the Pacific Northwest will be visiting our beautiful city and we can’t wait to welcome you!

We’ve kept our plans for this event fairly casual so that you can choose your own adventure. Join up with the group for a sew-out at the park on Friday night, then spend Saturday exploring our city, and meet up again for a social mixer on Saturday night. It’s up to you!

NEW! Buy a ticket to the Social Mixer on Saturday night! Edit as of 6:30pm, Monday, August 11th: We are no longer selling tickets to this event as we won’t be able to meet our minimum. Stay tuned for possible alternate plans for Saturday night. We will be in touch with people who purchased tickets to refund your money.

Speaking of the social mixer, we need to have a minimum of sixty tickets sold so that we can go ahead with this event. We opened up ticket sales in person at the July VMQG meeting and also have a PayPal button on our website. If you’re planning on attending, please buy your ticket (see button below) by midnight on Monday, August 11th so we know we have enough interest. If the event is a go, we’ll continue to sell tickets over the next couple weeks, but don’t hesitate to buy yours asap!

The details: We will be hosting a social mixer from 6:00-9:00pm on Saturday, August 23rd at Rainier Provisions in Gastown. Rainier Provisions is located in a beautiful heritage building with 16 foot ceilings, big period windows, original tile and hardwood flooring, and its own bar and sound system. A variety of appetizers will be served. Cash bar. Tickets are $15.00 CDN and can be purchased on PayPal (use button below) or in person at a VMQG meeting. The venue can accommodate 110 people, so buy your ticket now and make sure you can join in the fun!

A September visit from Tasia, owner of Sewaholic Patterns and author of The Sewtionary

sewtionary cover

I’m thrilled to announce that Tasia St. Germaine, owner of Sewaholic Patterns, author of the newly released The Sewtionary and blogger of Sewaholic, will be visit us at our September guild meeting!

You can read more about Tasia at the bio on her blog!

tasia portrait

Here’s a little bit more information about Tasia’s presentation to the guild:

Meet Tasia from Sewaholic! Ever wondered what it’s like to design sewing patterns for a living? Tasia from Sewaholic Patterns talks about how she got started, what it’s like to run a pattern company, and answers any questions you might have! Peek through her samples and patterns and check our her new book, the Sewtionary.

Tasia will of course be having a pop-up shop (cash only please) for selling her book ($30), patterns ($10 – an amazing price) and maybe labels ($5) if she has any in stock.

sewaholic patterns

We can look forward to Tasia sharing her time with us during the meeting and depending on time, the pop-up shop may run for a short while before and after the meeting but will be open during the break.

We look forward to meeting Tasia in September!

Round Robin: August Borders

In the home stretch now! This month, we’ll be adding:

  • 4″ finished (4½” unfinished) borders on all four sides;
  • with 1 to 4 cornerstones;
  • based on the theme: curves

RR August

I hope you’re having as much fun with this as I am! I (Felicity) won’t be at the August meeting, but I’ll make sure someone is there to help with the collection and redistribution of Round Robin kits.


July 21st meeting reminder – see you at the park!

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, July 21st

VMQG meeting at Trout Lake Park
We look forward to seeing you on Monday for our guild meeting! We’ll be meeting at a different location than usual so we can enjoy the summer weather at Trout Lake Park. The forecast is showing a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 22C on Monday, so hopefully we’ll have a lovely evening at the park!

Inclement weather plan: If it should rain, we will meet in Room 112 at the Renfrew Community Centre at 2929 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver (where we had our March meeting). If the weather is looking iffy, watch your email and the blog. If we decide to change venues, we will let you know by 5pm on Monday.

We will be sharing our Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels Challenge projects at this meeting and we’d like to ask people who have already shared their completed projects to bring them back for a group photo. Since we expect lots of challenge participants, we’ll have limited time for our regular show and tell this month (however if you have something time-sensitive to share, for example, a UFO Challenge project that’s being given as a gift before our August meeting, bring it along and we’ll do our best to squeeze it in!). Members with completed challenge projects will each receive a ticket towards a random prize draw.

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Outdoor Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, July 21st, 2014 Come early and bring a picnic dinner! We’ll start our meeting around 7pm as usual.
Who: VMQG members, guests, and families. You are welcome to bring your families and friends along. There is a nearby playground if children get restless during show and tell.
Where: The grassy area near the concession stand at the south end of Trout Lake in John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park, East Vancouver. The nearest intersection is BC Parkway and E 19th Ave. The closest parking lots are at BC Parkway just off of E 19th Ave (smaller lot, but closer to the meeting place) and Trout Lake Community Centre (larger lot, entrance at Victoria Dr and E 15th Ave, five min walk from site).
Note for those who attended in 2013: we are attempting to avoid the bluegrass convention and are meeting across the path at the site where we met in 2012.

Map of covered area at Trout Lake Park
Transit: The #20 bus goes down Commercial Drive and takes you within a few blocks of ourmeeting place.
Questions: Check in with our facebook page or twitter account if you need help on the night of the meeting. Holly will be monitoring the pages on her phone.

Upcoming VMQG Events

1) Friday night Sew-in on Friday, August 1st at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 6:00pm-11:00pm for $10 (priority registration for VMQG members).
2) Paul’s Wedge Workshop, Sunday, July 27th, Croatian Cultural Centre $55 ($60 non-members), includes wedge ruler. If you already have the ruler, the price is $43 for members, $48 for non-members. (one space remaining!) Email amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.cato register.
3) PNW MQG Meet UpFriday, August 22nd-Sunday, August 24th, Vancouver. See VMQG website for more information.
4) PNW MQG Meet Up Social Mixer at Rainier Provisions 6:00-9:00pm, Saturday, August 23rd, tickets available at July 21st meeting. $15 each.

What to bring:
- 2013/14 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2013/14 (cheque or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2014)
- calendar to record upcoming events
- chequebook, cash, or credit card so you’re prepared to sign up for fun events
Petal Pinwheels Challenge project (even if you’ve already shared!)
- modern quilt to share at Show and Tell (time permitting)
Round Robin kit if you are participating
- your name tag
- a mug (none will be supplied)
- treats are welcomed, please email Heather at if you plan to bring something.
- door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:- sign up for show and tell
- Welcome
- Essential business
- Petal Pinwheels Show and Tell & Group Photo
- Break (eat treats & socialize!; sign up for sew-in/workshop/meet up social mixer)
- Recap of ongoing swaps and challenges
- Guild Business
- Show and Tell
- Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at
See you there!