Level Two Tote Workshop with Krista Hennebury

Our own Krista Hennebury is back to teach her Level Two Tote.  Note the workshop will be held at the Danish Luthern Church in Burnaby.

Looking for a sturdy, functional tote for yourself or perhaps a fabulous Christmas gift for friends? Show off your favourite special fabrics in this project. With just a wee bit of pre-class cutting, you’ll leave the workshop with a completed bag! No special tools required; I will bring everything you need to punch your leather straps and install the rivets.

 This design grew out of my experience making many, many purses, bags, duffels and totes. I wanted a stylish everyday bag that didn’t have a lot of complicated hardware, closures or too much structure. It is called the Level Two tote for a few reasons: it is the perfect pattern for a sewist looking to up their skills from a very basic bag, it is constructed from two outer fabrics with the bottom ‘level’ suitable for a quick clean and finally, it fits not only your everyday stuff but also a few extra items! The tote features the following:

-a waxed canvas, cork fabric, vinyl/pleather or sew-able leather bottom, 

-cotton canvas, upholstery-weight or linen blend upper,

-metal zip pocket, 

-interior slip pocket, 

-magnetic closure, and 

-riveted leather handles. 

UPCYCLE OPTION: have you got an old leather or suede skirt or jacket? The bottom level fabric piece is 17”w x 16”h. If you can cut a piece this big, then you’re in business!

Pattern & Notions Kit fee: $35/student.  Kit includes leather handles in black or veg-tanned natural, matching leather rivet tabs, 8 rivets and coordinating metal zipper and magnetic closure in nickel or brass coloured metal.  Extra hardware kits $25 ea.

Sign up is available using PayPal Button below.

Date:  Saturday, November 17
Place: Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, B.C.
Time: 10 am
Cost: $50 for members.  In addition to the pattern or notion kit to be purchased from Krista.

The fee is non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on the waitlist.  You will be advised after October 15th if space is available.




Meeting Reminder – Monday October 15th, 2018

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, October 15th, 2018!

Our upcoming meeting will include the annual election of our Executive as well as membership renewal. We have decided not to have a program this month but will have a social meeting where we can spend time renewing our membership, socializing with new members during a slightly longer break and have an extended show and tell. We encourage all members to bring treats for the break, quilts for show and tell and something for the door prize table.

Upcoming Events:

October Meeting Details:
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, October 15th, 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 $50 dues for membership for 2018/19 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash or credit card/debit card, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2019) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, debit card 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 October 15th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Membership Renewal prior to the start of the meeting and at the break
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Next Month’s Improv Sampler Block
– Break (eat treats & socialize, sign up for workshops, renew your membership).
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes!

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

Please Remember that if you leave items on the “free table”, you must take any remaining items home with you at the end of the night. If your items are left behind we do not want to have to dispose of them for you.

See you there!

VMQG Sew-in – Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Please join your quilting friends and our host, Susanne, at VMQG’s next Sew-in!

Date: Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC
Cost: $10

Sign-up begins at September’s VMQG meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Marnie at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Thanks!

Marnie

Map Quilt Workshop with Amy Dame

Amy Dame is a modern quilter and a sometimes art quilter who used this technique to make a huge map of Vancouver that was so accurate that attendees at an art show were able to pinpoint locations on the map to mark events in their lives. Amy is a founding executive member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and has been quilting for more than 15 years and sewing for more than 25. You can check out Amy’s website at www.amydame.ca and follow them on Instagram @amydamemakesstuff

For this workshop, we’ll be taking the techniques used for the map above to create smaller personalized maps. A combination of raw edge applique and confetti applique will be used to create a map that showcases a special location in your life. Home can literally be where the heart is!
(Or in the case of this sample – VMQG meetings are where the heart is!)

We’ll use free motion quilting and straight line quilting to construct a wall hanging, but you don’t need to be experienced at either technique. The supply fee includes the beginning of a personalized pattern using the address of your choice – you’ll finish creating the 10” x 12” pattern during the workshop. Whether or not you complete your quilt by the end of the day depends on how complex your pattern is, but most people should start on the last step. Participants will take their quilts home to rinse and wash before assembling the wall hanging.

There will be discussion and demonstration towards the end of the workshop of ways to complete the quilt after washing, including how to mount the quilt on stretcher bars and finish the sides, if that is the technique you choose.


This is a fun workshop. We’ll get sticky (sometimes very sticky!) and play with scraps of fabric, and quilt through lots of layers and sometimes stitches might skip. You won’t end up with an award worthy quilt with a gorgeous backside, and that’s okay because you’ll be learning a new technique and making a quilt that means something to you.

The machine you bring to the workshop needs to be able to do straight walking foot quilting, free motion quilting and zigzag stitch. This workshop uses a variety of tools that are chemical based, most notably 505 adhesive and sharpie markers. Please be aware of this – it’s recommended that you wear a mask while using these tools, and if it is a rainy day, we will be using spray adhesive inside. If you are especially sensitive to 505 spray adhesive, this may not be the class for you.

In addition to the workshop fee payable to VMQG, there is also a $20 per person supply fee payable to Amy directly. The $20 supply fee covers the map base fabric, tulle, wash-away stabilizer, 12 weight thread, yarn, a schmetz 110/18 denim needle, print outs for your individualized map pattern, and the grey, green and blue fabrics used for the maps. (If your map is not of an urban area, you will need to bring your own fabric.) A supply list will also be distributed, and you will need to bring the items on the list to supplement what is provided for you.

 Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
 Location: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre
 Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members, $65 for non-members with an additional $20 supply fee paid to Amy directly.

Signup will start at the September Guild Meeting.  If non-members would like to be placed on the waiting list please email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Meeting Reminder – Monday, September 17th, 2018

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 17th, 2018!  

Our upcoming meeting will feature one of our members, Terry Aske who will be doing a trunk show of her work for us.  She will also be teaching a sold-out workshop for us in September.

If you have signed up for our October Retreat, final payments are due at the September meeting if you have not yet paid.  See original retreat blog post: http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/06/vmqg-retreat-october-2018/

Initial deposits were $120 therefore final payments due are as follows:

Double:
3 nights: $270
2 nights: $145

Single:
3 nights: $315
2 nights: $200

If you do not know how much you owe, please contact retreat organizer, Elisabeth Geller at Elisabeth_geller@vancity.com.


Final Retreat Payment



The October retreat is full, however, we are taking names for the waiting list if you think you may want to attend but have not yet signed up.

Upcoming Events:

 September Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, September 17th, 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)
– Final Retreat Payments (can be paid by cheque, debit or credit card)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, debit 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 September 17th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update – Krista Hennebury
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Next Month’s Improv Sampler Block
– Guest Speaker Terry Aske
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes!

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

See you there!

It’s Showcase Time!

We hope you’ll join us in North Vancouver for our 2nd biennial Modern Quilt Showcase!  We’re so excited to transform this amazing renovated shipbuilding warehouse into a spectacular modern quilt show.

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Here are the show details for you:

Saturday, August 25 from noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission $5, children under 12 free

The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC (at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue)

Accessibility: The level-entry site is accessible with new washroom facilities inside the Pipe Shop. We will have a complimentary wheelchair onsite for anyone requiring it’s use.

Getting There:

For your most efficient driving or transit route, please enter 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver into your favourite navigation software or app.  The simplest way to visit our show is by public transit – the Pipe Shop is a half block east of Lonsdale Quay Seabus and transit bus terminal. 

Driving? There is free weekend parking available in the ICBC parkade (entrance off Roger’s Ave). Paid parking is available in the Pinnacle Hotel parkade and there is time-limited free street parking around the neighbourhood.

https://goo.gl/maps/fJ3tKmhfuB82

What’s happening? There will be 140 modern quilts on display. We invite you to support our members by voting for your favourite quilts. We have 3 beautiful, handmade Viewer’s Choice ribbons to award on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (voting closes at 2:00 pm) as well as one ribbon for the favourite Modern Mini Challenge quilt.

Other ways you can participate include purchasing a $2 raffle ticket on our beautiful charity quilt in support of Growing Chefs or buy a cute VMQG logo button at our entrance or exit table. Don’t forget to leave some time to visit our community craft table and create your own modern mini quilt as fabric collage on paper!

See you there!

VMQG Showcase Committee

Circles, circles, circles

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(one of Terry’s circle quilts)

Do you love the look of circles in quilts?  But are you intimidated by sewing curves?

Terry Aske is a longtime VMQG member who makes amazing art quilts and blogs at TerryAskeArtQuilts.com. Her work has won awards, is regularly published in magazines, and was included in a recent book. And she’s intimidated by curves too! She uses a variety of techniques to create her circle quilts that are simple, easy and effective, and she’s going to share them with us!

 

(from first workshop taught to VMQG members)

The workshop will cover:

  • an easy method to draw a circle any size
  • making and using freezer-paper templates
  • how to create accurate circles using a freezer paper pattern and flat seam sewing
  • circles with raw edges, covered with bias tape, couching or decorative stitching
  • circles with folded edges

We will make 12 inch square blocks using a variety of techniques.  The blocks could become a small wall-hanging, a pillow cover, or the start of a larger quilt.

Here are some examples of the blocks we’ll be making –

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Terry blogged about some other examples here, you should check them out!

So come join us for a day of circles!!

Date: Sunday, September 30

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $55 for VMQG members, $70 for non-members

The workshop is now full. Please email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to get on the waiting list.

Meeting Reminder – Monday August 20th, 2018

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, August 20th, 2018!  

Our upcoming meeting will feature guest speaker, Jean Kares, who is the organizer of the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium which will be held in Vancouver Sept 19-23, 2018.  We are looking forward to hearing from her.

Showcase Quilts can be dropped off at the August meeting starting at 6:30 pm. Only quilts completed with labels and sleeves will be accepted. If your quilts are not yet complete, you may drop them off between 5-8 pm Friday August 24 at the north end of the Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver. Unfortunately, we cannot hang quilts NOT received by 8 pm Friday night.

Please alert Krista (krista.hennebury@shaw.ca) ASAP if you are unable to complete a registered quilt in time for the show”

If you have signed up for our October Retreat, final payments are due by the next meeting.  See original retreat blog post:
http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/06/vmqg-retreat-october-2018/

Initial deposits were $120 therefore final payments due are as follows:
Double:
3 nights: $270
2 nights: $145

Single:
3 nights: $315
2 nights: $200

If you would like to make your final payment now – a Paypal button is available below:


Membership Type



If you do not know how much you owe, please contact retreat organizer, Elisabeth Geller at Elisabeth_geller@vancity.com.

The October retreat is full, however, we are taking names for the waiting list if you think you may want to attend but have not yet signed up.  Please contact Elisabeth to get on the waiting list.

Upcoming Events:
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase
Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

August Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, August 20th, 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)
– Final Retreat Payments (can be paid by cheque or credit card)
– Quilts for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Showcase
– 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 August 20th, 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
– Next Month’s Improv Sampler Block
– Guest Speaker Jean Kares
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes!

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

See you there!

Meeting Reminder: Outdoor Meeting, Monday, July 16, 2018

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, July 16th, 2018!

It’s time for our annual outdoor meeting!  We will not be meeting at the Unitarian Church but will meet at John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park.  (I think it was formerly known just as Trout Lake Park).  We are meeting here so that we can enjoy the summer weather, weather permitting.

The forecast is currently showing a high of 26C on Monday with no chance of rain, however the weather changes quickly in Vancouver.  Watch out for an email and/or a Facebook post that will go out at 12pm at the latest should the weather look not too enticing!!!

As with every year, family is welcome as it will be a more casual meeting.  Please feel free to bring some tasty treats to share AND/OR come early and have a lovely dinner!  Again, weather permitting.  A member of the executive will be at Trout Lake at 6pm to scout out a location.

Upcoming Events:

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase: Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

July Meeting Details:
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Outdoor Meeting
When:  Monday, July 16th, 2018 7pm –9pm
Come early and bring a picnic dinner! FYI: The concession stand will be closed, so bring your own food! 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 at no charge. There is a nearby playground for the children to enjoy if they need a diversion.
Where: The grassy area near the parking lot and concession stand at the south end of Trout Lake in John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park, East Vancouver.  (X marks the approximate spot on the map below). The nearest intersection is BC Parkway and E 19th Ave.
Transit:
The closest Skytrain station to where we are meeting is Nanaimo Station. You could also use Commercial-Broadway (depending on where you are coming from), but it is a longer walk to where we will be set-up.  There are many bus options for you to choose from as well.
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.  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).

Inclement Weather Plan: Unfortunately this year we do not have a back-up location available, so let’s hope for sun and watch for an email or Facebook post if the weather isn’t looking great.

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.

What to bring:
– Lawn chair for each member of your family or a picnic blanket and a picnic dinner.
– Cash, chequebook, credit or debit card to pay for VMQG events including the October Retreat. Deposits for the October Retreat are due and will be taken at the meeting.
– Modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– Your name tag
– Block Lotto Blocks
– Round Robin
Projects
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied) and picnic dinner.
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize (picnic) table or blanket.

Agenda:– 6:00pm, everyone arrives to
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– July Block Lotto Challenge

– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Note: There will not be an Improv Sampler for July…  It will resume in August.

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

See you there!

 

 

 

VMQG Retreat – October 2018

Hello VMQG members! Our upcoming retreat is again at Edenvale – a lovely Retreat Centre in Abbotsford. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through their own private small forest.

We’re doing the same extended retreat of three days and three nights, Friday to Monday and, since we got a couple of requests, we’re also offering a very limited number of 2 night stays (Friday to Sunday).

Here are the details:
Location:
Edenvale Retreat Centre
4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates: Friday, October 12 – Monday, October 15, 2018**
Check-in:            10:00 am  on Friday
Check-out:          2:00 pm on Monday
** There are a very limited number of 2 night stays (Oct 12-14).
Note also that single rooms are limited and are on a first come, first-served basis (i.e. deposits must be paid).

Included: all meals (brunch on Monday), linens, work tables (everyone will have their own 6′ table to spread out on), ironing stations and power bars.

Cost for rooms:
Double:
3 nights: $390
2 nights (limited): $265

Single:
3 nights: $435
2 nights (limited): $320

Payment:
$120 non-refundable deposit by August meeting, final payment due at the September meeting.

Click the PayPal link below to pay your $120 deposit. Then email Elisabeth at Elisabeth_geller@vancity.com to indicate your room and night choices. Or bring payment (including, cheque, cash or credit card) to the next VMQG meeting.

There are only 18 spots so if more people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available spaces. Sign ups are only reserved once your deposit has been received.