November Feature: Quick Gift Projects List!

As promised, here is the list of the items seen at our November meeting!  Thanks again for the wonderful reception!

Lined Drawstring Bag – Jeni Baker aka In Color Order 

Lunch Bag/Project Bag – Ayumi Mills aka Pink Penguin 

Pot Luck Carrier – many versions on the Internet  – Google “Casserole Carrier ” or “Pie Carrier”

Round Zip Earbud Pouch Keychain – Erin Erickson Gilbey aka Dog Under My Desk

Embroidery Hoop Pin Cushion – Bumblebee Linens

Prairie Point Bunting Pillow – Moda Bake Shop by Allison Jenson

Beeswax Wrap – Buzzfeed Nifty (with jojoba oil)

Bowl Cover – Shabby Fabrics

See It All Pouch – Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hooey – available from the Vancouver Public Library



Nametag Challenge!

We’ve done name tag challenges in the past (in 2010, 2012 and 2015) but the last time was almost 3 years ago! New members have joined us since then and we’re sure some of you would like an update.

We’re inviting everyone, new and returning members alike, to start off 2018 with a brand new name tag.

Your name tag can be anything you like, but you want it to be legible and something that you’ll actually want to wear. You can use hand or machine embroidery, fmqing, applique, very tiny paper piecing, whatever will work to write out your name.

Please wear your new nametag to the January 2018 meeting!

If you’re not sure where to start, Saltwater Quilts has a basic tutorial here, or this website has a great paperpieced pineapple block that is sized perfectly for a name tag.

If you need some inspiration (and more tutorials), check out the Pinterest board that Amy created, or scroll down to see some name tags by past and current VMQG members. (all photos by former member Sonja)

VMQG November 20th Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 20th, 2017

It’s November already!  How did this happen!  We have a great feature this month!  Are you in need of some quick holiday gifts?  Maybe a teacher? A friend? A co-worker?  Well have no fear!  We have some awesome quick ideas for those last minute gifts!

Also PLEASE NOTE, the December meeting has been moved up 1 week this year!  We will be having the meeting on Monday December 11th, 2017.  Make sure to mark that down in your calendars!

Upcoming Events

1.) Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition with Amy Dame 
Sunday, November 26th, 10:00am-5:00pm, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Room Cl at Croatian Cultural Centre, $50 for Members, $55 for Non-Members

2.) VMQG Edenvale Retreat
Friday January 12 – 15, 2018, 3250 Commercial Drive, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford, Edenvale Retreat & Conference Centre, $390-$435 depending on single or shared rooms (limited availability for single rooms). $120 Deposit due at October meeting, remainder at November Meeting.

3.) The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell
Sunday, February 4th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Room Cl at Croatian Cultural Centre, $55 for Members, $70 for Non-Members

November 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 to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $5 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, this requires the $5 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 ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Modern Maple Leaf blocks for block lotto
– Round Robin Quilts!!!!
– 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
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Guild Business
– Guild Feature
– Block Lotto Challenge
– 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!

The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell

VMQG is excited to announce that Barb Mortell, a well-known local quilt  maker,  teacher and founder of ArtLeap, will  conduct a workshop for our Guild in early 2018.  Barb has exhibited internationally and has recently had her quilts published in books with Nancy Crow and Sherri Lynn Wood.  You can see some of her works here and here .  Barb will also give a trunk show at our December guild meeting so that you can see first hand some of Barb’s inspiring work.

A jam session is an event where a group of musicians get together to improvise new riffs on standard songs.   Each musician has skill on their chosen instrument, but to play well together, they must know know how to execute perfect scales in many keys. Given the right set of circumstances, the magic happens.

I call this quilt the Door Jam, because it started with a simple shape that looked like a door with a frame, or a jamb. As I was taking my dog for a walk through the neighbourhood we passed a simple grey house, with white trim and a yellow door. This sighting inspired the colour story. Jamming, or riffing on a single, simple shape, changing the scale and the proportions and the colours and value placements is much like musicians jamming together to make new and wonderful music.

In this workshop, we will take the basic shape of the framed door, and jam along with improvisational ideas. It’s a very simple idea, but one with many possibilities. Colour it simple, like I did, with varying shades of neutrals and a single colour., Try developing a larger colour story by framing multi coloured doors in black, or make rows in differing colour combos – it is limitless. I’ll show you a few different ideas to use the same shape in different ways, using multiple techniques to get the job done. We will discuss how to make an idea book for yourself to attain variety.

This lack of limit is what my workshops are about. I encourage each student to find a simple idea and follow it through to their own conclusion. In every workshop, the idea or impetus is just the starting point. We will talk and learn about colour theory, about value placement, about contrast and depth, scale and proportion. You will find your own composition while exploring and sharing ideas in the workshop.  Find your own approach, create your own work, share your vision, and learn the way to find your unique point of departure.

A few other works of Barb.

Collaborative Improv – Workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood.

Big T – Pictured with Barb’s favourite things – birds, quilts, seashore, fresh air.

Workshop sign up starts at our Nov 20th meeting.

Workshop Date: Sunday, Feb 4th, 2018

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members.

$70 for non-members.  This workshop will be open to non-members after our Dec 11th meeting if spaces are available.  Email if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

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




Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition

Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition

Workshop is now open to non-members. Please register through PayPal with button below and email

Come join Amy in making Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition! We’ll spend the day mastering the zipper and different aspects of the pouch. You’ll leave well on your way to completing 4 pouches and with the confidence to make many more, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season!
We’ll start out the day making unlined vinyl toiletry bags. We’ll go through some of the tips that I talk about in my Vinyl/Laminate talk, and I’ll show you how easy it is to work with! This is a great introduction to pouches, since it’s unlined. People who want to make glitter vinyl pouches will have the option to buy a kit for an additional fee.
After the vinyl pouches, we’ll switch out our needles and move on to cotton to make cute little pyramid coin pouches. These pouches are partially lined, so you’ll learn how to sew lining onto a zipper. We’ll also discuss different ways of finishing visible seams inside pouches.
We’ll move from pyramids to pouches with boxed corners. You’ll learn how to draft a pattern to match any size of zipper, fabric print or leftover quilt block without losing the shape of the pouch. You’ll practice sewing lining to zippers again, and make a fully lined pouch. We’ll also talk about different ways of finishing your zipper ends and discuss the pros and cons of each. And while we’re talking about options, we’ll go through the different stabilizers that you can use for pouches, depending on what look you want for your finished pouch.
 We’ll finish up the day making the super cute dumpling/pierogi pouch. The zipper sewn onto a curve is a bit more challenging, but after all the practice you’ve had throughout the day, you’ll be ready!
When: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre
Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members, $55 for non-members.

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

Sign-up: Please send your payment via etransfer or paypal to and then email Arita at to sign up. (If you pay via etransfer, please also send an email to treasurer with the password you chose!)  Or use Paypal!  See the Buy Now button below!


Sign ups are open to members at this time.
The class will be open for non-members after our October meeting (if spaces are still available)

Membership Renewal Time!

Hey everyone!

It’s that time again!  October is going to be a busy  meeting!  Workshops, retreats…Oh my!

To make things easier, you can pay for your membership here!  Just click the Buy Now button below and make things run smoothly!

Thanks again!



VMQG Edenvale Retreat! January 12 – 15, 2018

vmqg2016-retreatOur next weekend retreat will take place Friday January 12, 2018 28 to Monday January 15, 2018 at the Edenvale Retreat Centre.  We’re doing the same extended retreat of three days and three nights, Friday to Monday, so more sewing for everyone this time around!

If you want to join the retreat, please bring your non-refundable deposit of $120 to the October guild meeting.  Here are the full details:

LocationEdenvale Retreat Centre4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates: Friday January 12 – Monday January 15, 2018

Check-in: 1 p.m. Friday

Check-out: 1:00 p.m. Monday (NO LUNCH served on Monday, however there will be a generous brunch.)

Included: all meals, bed linens and towels, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars

Accommodations :  2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunk beds) @ $390 for three nights; Single (limited number) @$435 for three nights

Payment: $120 non-refundable deposit at the October, final payment due at the November  2017 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.  OR Paypal!

***This Paypal Option is for the deposit amount only, $120.***

The limit on the number 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 (of course, if you don’t get a space, we will return your deposit). 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.

VMQG member Elizabeth G. is coordinating the retreat, so if you have any questions, please speak to her at the guild meeting or send her an email

October Feature! Living the Indigo Life: Ten Days in Japan with Jessica Wang!

Hello Everyone!

We are happy to announce our October feature for our guild meeting!  A lot of us have been very interested in all the lovely fabrics that Jessica has brought in using the indigo dying techniques!

Late last spring, VMQG member Jessica spent ten days in Fujino, Japan, where she studied indigo shibori dying at the workshop/farmhouse of silk and indigo farmer, weaver and dyer Bryan Whitehead.  Jessica will give a brief talk and slide show about her indigo adventure, the techniques she learned, and the joys of ten days of indigo-centred camaraderie with a like-minded group of textile fanatics.

This should be a fantastic feature!  I can’t wait!




Speed Date with Improv

We are excited to have Krista Hennebury (@poppyprint) back to teach Speed Date with Improv! She has had a busy year teaching across Canada and also made it down under to Australia to teach this class.

Think of this class as speed dating with improvisational piecing techniques that include curves and free-cutting without rulers.  It will be fast-paced and a lot of fun:  several techniques are introduced and demonstrated one after the other with very little time to second guess, stress or obsess over perfection. Every student will end up with a unique, original improv sampler quilt!  The focus here is to explore line, shape and happenstance in abstract design, so keep things simply graphic by using solid-coloured fabrics in black, white and one pop of colour.  In the afternoon, we’ll work together on the design wall to jigsaw the improv elements together, seeking balance and creative design opportunities.  Some pre-cutting is required.

When: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members, $60 for non-members, plus $2 handout fee.  Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

Workshop is now full.

Scrap Swap Round 3!!

It’s time for another round of the Scrap Swap!

(items swapped in 2012)

To participate:

Bring a sandwich sized ziplock bag full of scraps to the October meeting. Your bag should contain around 2 fat quarters worth of scraps.

How it works:

– Participants brings one sandwich sized ziplock bag of scraps to the October meeting. Your bag should contain around 2 fat quarters worth of scraps.

–  Everyone who brings a bag will take a bag and use it to make a gift for the owner of the bag.

– Gifts should be something small, like a zippered pouch, simple tote, mug rug, potholder, needlebook, notebook cover, pincushion, etc. People have gotten a bit carried away in previous swaps, but that it definitely not required!

– The only fabric you can add to the scraps you receive is SOLIDS.

– Bring the finished items back to the December meeting, along with any leftover scraps.

If you’d like to participate, please bring a scrap bag containing AT LEAST 2 fqs worth of fabric to the October meeting. Pick your favourite prints, because you’ll be getting it back, all sewn up into something just for you! When you get to the meeting, Amy and Holly will give you a very short little questionnaire to fill out and tuck inside your bag. Make sure your name isn’t visible, because this will be a secret swap!

(Scrap Swappers in 2015)