June 15th Meeting Reminder – 5th anniversary party!

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, June 15th

Meeting Notes

5th birthday candle

Our June meeting marks five years since the founding of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and we hope you’ll come celebrate with us whether you just found out about our guild at Maker Faire or you’ve been with us since the start!

This meeting will be fun and festive with a game, treats, fruit punch, and plenty of door prizes as well as our regular meeting highlight - show and tell! We’ll be handing out journal covers to those of you who participated in the swap with Modern Quilt Guild Victoria.

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) Summer Sew-outs (dates and locations to be announced in VMQG Facebook group)
2) Friday night Sew-in, 6:00-11:00pm, Friday, July 17th, Church Hall at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, $10
3) Outdoor Guild Meeting, 6:30-9ish, Monday, July 20th, near the concession stand at Trout Lake Park, family and friends welcome!

4) Friday night Sew-in, 6:00-11:00pm, Friday, August 28th, Church Hall at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, $10
5) Fancy Fox Quilt workshop with Jade Prosser, Sunday, September 27th, $50 for members, $55 for non-members (including the pattern)

6) VMQG Weekend Quilting Retreat at Edenvale, October 16-18th, 2015. Several spaces available. $265 total ($50 deposit due immediately to reserve your spot).

 

June Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, June 15th, 2015
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 holly@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:
- 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
- calendar to record upcoming events
- $50 deposit cheque for retreat (if attending)
- cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
- modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
- your name tag
butterfly string block
butterfly string blocks for block lotto
- completed Sunshowers quilt colouring sheet so we can share colour ideas!
- 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. It’s fun to have extra prizes for our 5th anniversary party and we appreciate your contributions!

Agenda:- 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
- Welcome
- VMQG Game
- Guild Business
- Break (eat treats & socialize; pick up journal covers from swap and Maker Faire quilts (if applicable), members pick up 5th anniversary gifts, sign up for workshop, sew-ins, retreat)
- June Challenge
- Show and Tell
- Door Prizes & block lotto

See you there!

VMQG Modern Mini Showcase: Challenge Details

VMQG has accepted an invitation to be the featured artist at the Vancouver Quilters’ Guild show happening this October 23rd and 24th at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Centre (West 14th and Ash).

We were waiting on some final details about the show before putting together this blog post but the show is going ahead in this new venue and we couldn’t be happier!

Our goal for the display is to put on a beautiful showcase of Modern Mini Quilts. Modern quilting is a new concept for lots of folks and this is a great opportunity to share our work and educate viewers about modern quilting.

In a (Solid) Pickle

Felicity’s all-solids mini quilt for a Flickr swap

VMQG members, here is your challenge:

  • Make a mini quilt that illustrates one or a few of the characteristics of Modern Quilting (per the Modern Quilt Guild’s definition here).
  • Use solid fabrics only, the choice of colours is yours.
  • Keep the size at a maximum perimter of 80″. That means length+length+width+width = 80″ or less.
  • Include a 4″ hanging sleeve on your mini, not just the corner triangles. Here’s a great tutorial on making hanging sleeves.
  • Label your quilt with (at minimum) your name and phone number.
  • Write a short statement (100 words maximum) about your mini, including the characteristic(s) your quilt illustrates (we will have a Google form or hard copy template for this).
  • Bring the finished quilt to the September 21st VMQG meeting.

A couple of notes:

Feel free to share your progress on Social Media using the hashtag #VMQGmodernminishowcase.

The show venue at St. Mary’s is smaller than the previous one so our display space may be smaller than originally anticipated. Depending upon the number of quilts that get submitted, we may need to choose a sampling that gives the widest range of examples of modern quilting, so it is possible not all of the minis will be in the display. We won’t know until the quilts get submitted.

Be aware that we are working on putting together our very own VMQG show in the near future, which will be an opportunity for ALL of the minis to be displayed.

Please direct any questions you may have to Krista Hennebury (krista DOT hennebury AT shaw DOT ca) who is coordinating this mini showcase.

May 18th meeting reminder

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

Meeting Notes

Quilt by Stacey Murton
At our May meeting, VMQG treasurer Stacey Murton will be sharing tips on making pixel quilts. She’s used patterns by YouPatch to create quilts like “Big Brother” above and has ideas on how to simplify the process.

We’re looking forward to welcoming new VMQG members tonight at we’re halfway through the guild year and our membership fees have been prorated to $25! See Membership Coordinator Michelle McLatchy at the registration table to become a member.

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) Granville Island adventure and Sew Out at Trout Lake Tuesday, May 19th, contact Stacey Day at socialmedia@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca for info.
2) Circles Circles Circles Workshop with Terry Aske, 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, May 24th, Croatian Cultural Centre. $55 ($60 non-members). Several spaces remaining!
3) Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th, PNE Forum. Volunteers needed!
4) VMQG Weekend Quilting Retreat at Edenvale, October 16-18th, 2015. Several spaces available. $265 total ($50 deposit due immediately to reserve your spot).

May Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, May 18th, 2015
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 holly@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:
- 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
- calendar to record upcoming events
- $50 deposit cheque for retreat (if attending)
- cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
- modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
- quilted journal cover (unwrapped) with a card including your contact information forswap with MQG Victoria (if participating)
- modern quilts to share with the public at our Maker Faire booth (quilts will be touched and will be returned at our June meeting)
- your name tag
Intersection blocks for block lotto
- 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
- Pixel Quilts with YouPatch by Stacey Murton
- Guild Business
- Break (eat treats & socialize; sign up for retreat, workshop, volunteer for Maker Faire)
- May Challenge
- Show and Tell
- Door Prizes & block lotto

See you there!

Circles Circles Circles Workshop!

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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!

terrys 1 

(another of Terry’s circle quilts)

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 May 24th, 2015

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Art Gallery, Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $55 for VMQG members, $60 for non-members

Sign-up: There are several spaces left in the workshop! Please email Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. Sign ups are open to everyone at this time, member or non-member.

April 20th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, April 20th

Meeting Notes
Welcome to QuiltCon sign

QuiltCon, the quilt show and conference put on by The Modern Quilt Guild, may have happened two months ago, but it’s still fresh in the minds of our members who visited Austin, Texas. Several VMQG members will share about their QuiltCon experiences at our meeting and Shelagh Rooney is going to talk about her trip to Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

At this meeting, we’ll also be opening up registration for the VMQG Weekend Quilting Retreat happening at Edenvale, October 16-18th, 2015. If you’d like to register, please bring a cheque for the $50 deposit to tomorrow’s meeting. There will be a lottery if we have more interest than spaces after our April meeting.

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) Applique with a Modern Twist Workshop with Stacey Murton and Matt Wheeler, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, April 26th, Croatian Cultural Centre. $50 ($55 non-members). Fee includes some basic supplies (possibly one space remaining).
2) Friday night Sew-in, 6:00-11:00pm, May 1st, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, $10 ($15 day of) (several spaces remaining)
3) Circles Circles Circles Workshop with Terry Aske, 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, May  24th, Croatian Cultural Centre. $55 ($60 non-members).
4) Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th, PNE Forum. Volunteers needed!

April Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, April 20th, 2015
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 holly@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:
- 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
- calendar to record upcoming events
- $50 deposit cheque for retreat (if attending)
- cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
- modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
- list of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and $2 per item for UFO Challenge
- your name tag
1/4 circle blocks for block lotto
- 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
- QuiltCon & Gee’s Bend Trip Recap by Shelagh, Felicity & Stacey D.
- Guild Business
- Break (eat treats & socialize; sign up for retreat, sew-in, workshops, volunteer for Maker Faire)
- April Challenge
- Show and Tell
- Door Prizes & block lotto
See you there!

Friday night sew-in May 1st

Our next sew-in is happening in just under two weeks and there are several spots open! We’d love for you to join us on Friday, May 1st from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below).

sew-in
We love how spacious the church hall is for basting and layout

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 your notebook cover for our swap with MQG Victoria 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.

Michelle basting a quilt

Michelle M. basting her Christmas quilt

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, May 1st, 2015.

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 for this sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like) and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 12 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 by paying $10 at our meeting on Monday, April 20th, by paying via PayPal, or by paying $15 at the door.

Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

VMQG 2nd weekend retreat: October 16-18, 2015

Happy quilters at the May 2014 VMQG Retreat

Happy quilters at the May 2014 VMQG Retreat

After the very successful overnight retreat last May, we have all been waiting for the next one! It was so great to spend time with other guild members and work on all kinds of projects! One of the most fun events was the pillowcase swap so we will be running another swap this time. We also had lots of door prizes and an epic show and tell.

Our retreat will take place again at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Bradner just near Abbotsford. It is an easy drive out as it is just off Highway 1. Check out the Edenvale website for photos and directions.  We will take over the full house: conference room, dining room and bedrooms.  Everyone will have their own 6′ table to work on. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through a forest on the property. All meals are included and the quality of the meals is excellent.

Quilters at work in the bright sewing room

Quilters at work in the bright sewing room

Here are the details:

Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Dates: Friday October 16 – Sunday October 18, 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)
Cost: $265 for two nights
Payment: $50 non-refundable deposit at April 20th meeting, final payment due July 20th meeting.

Sign-ups begin at the April meeting and require a $50 non-refundable deposit cheque made out to VMQG  (which  will only be cashed when your space is confirmed on the retreat). The limit of participants is 20 so if more people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available 20 spaces, plus 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 cheque with a friend.

If this retreat is popular we will consider another one in June 2016.

Please direct any questions to president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and they will be forwarded to Trish Vickery and Gigi Hamer who are organizing this retreat.

Patchwork Notebook Cover Tutorial

Are you excited about the notebook cover swap?

We’re making covers to fit a standard composition book, so everyone will be working with the same measurements, and we’ll end up with finished covers that are all the same size!

Supplies:

  • patchwork piece aprox 27″ x 17″
  • coordinating piece of batting
  • lining fabric 10.5″ x 10″
  • (optional) two 10.5″ binding strips, whatever width you choose
  • (optional) fabric for a pen pocket, 4.5″ x 3.25″
  • (optional) ribbon or twill tape for a bookmark, 11″-12″ long
  • (optional) elastic for closure, 10.5″ long

Step 1. To start, you’ll need to piece the patchwork for your cover, based on your partner’s likes and dislikes. Remember, it has to be at least 90% solids!

When you’re planning your patchwork, you’ll want to keep the layout in mind. At least five inches of each end will be inside the book, not visible when it’s closed, so you don’t want to centre your fussy cut in that section!

1 planning layout copy

One important tip – that i learned the hard way! – is to make your patchwork larger than you actually need. Quilting it might shrink it down quite a bit, depending on how densely you quilt it, and you want to make sure that your finished piece is still large enough to make your notebook cover. I would recommend starting with a piece of patchwork at least 27″ x 17″.

Step 2. Once you’ve finished the patchwork, you need to quilt it. You can use fusible fleece if you like, but regular cotton batting works great too. How much you quilt it is up to you!

Step 3. Press your quilted piece, and trim it to 25.5″ wide and 10.5″ tall.

2 trimming

Step 4. Finish the two short ends. You can bind them, like a regular quilt (i recommend single fold binding, to reduce bulk), or you can turn the edge over and topstitch it.

3 binding

 ***Optional***

If you want to add a pocket for a pen, this is the time to do so. I like to put the pocket on the front or the back, so that it doesn’t bend the notebook cover like it would if it was inside the flaps. If you can match fabric to the patchwork design, it doesn’t have to noticeable, but it’s definitely very handy!

3b pen pocket

To make a pocket, cut a piece of fabric 4.5″ x 3.25″. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise (it should measure 4 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ at this point) and sew around the three open edges, leaving a space for turning on the long side. Turn it right side out, press the turn space neatly closed, and topstitch the pocket onto the notebook cover. Stitch close to the edges, and you’ll close the opening as you go.

***Optional***

If you want to add a ribbon bookmark, this is a good time to do that too. Fold your patchwork in half, and mark the centre. Cut a piece of ribbon or twill tape 11″-12″ long. If it’s synthetic, burn the edges to prevent it from unraveling later. Pin the ribbon or twill tape to the centre of the book cover and baste it in place.

3c bookmark

Step 5.  Measure your piece again. It should be 25.5″ wide, but it’ll still work if it’s a little bit longer or shorter. Whatever the measurement, subtract 15.5″ from the number, which is the measurement of the open composition book. Divide the remainder by 2. For example, 25.5″ – 15.5″ = 10″. If you divide 10″ by 2, you’ll get 5″. On each short end, measure 5″ in from the bound edge at the top and bottom. Mark the spots with pins.

4 measure flaps

***Optional***

If you want to put an elastic closure on the notebook cover, you must do it before the next step. You’ll need a piece of elastic the same height as the book cover, 10.5″

You have multiple options for an elastic closure. You can buy coloured lingerie elastic (the red), wider waistband elastic (the pink) and fold over elastic (the blue zebra, the purple and the burgundy) at fabric stores. In the lower mainland, Fabricana and Dressew are good sources for coloured elastic. If you can’t find elastic that coordinates with your design, try looking for elastic headbands instead. The green elastic on the left was purchased at a dollar store in a pack of 6. Fold over elastic (FOE) is quite popular right now, as it’s often used for children’s headbands, so it’s easier to find than it used to be. If you use FOE, you might want to fold the elastic in half and topstitch it before you baste it in place.

4c elastic options

(don’t forget to include your elastic in the 10% if you use a printed elastic!)

On the far left side (the back of the book cover) measure about 1″ from the pins you just placed. Line your elastic up with these new marks, and baste it in place.

4b elastic

Step 6. Fold the edges of the patchwork in along the marks that you pinned in Step 5.

5 fold in flap

6 fold both flaps

Step 7. Cut your lining fabric 10.5″ tall  and aprox 10″ wide. Mark the centre of the lining piece, and the centre of the patchwork cover. Line these up, and pin the lining fabric to the patchwork along the long ends. You don’t need to finish the edges of the lining, because it will be hidden inside the book cover.

7 centre lining

Step 8. Sew along the two raw edges from fold to fold, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

8 sew top and botton

Step 9. Trim the corners carefully. Don’t cut into your stitching, just remove a little bit to reduce the bulk.

9 trim corners

Step 10. Turn your notebook cover right side out and carefully press the edges. You’re done!

10 turn right side out and press

 

Applique Workshop with Matt Wheeler and Stacey Murton

Come and join us for a fun day learning applique techniques!

Learn the basics of both needle turn and raw edge applique taught by Matt Wheeler and Stacey Murton. Matt and Stacey are both long time VMQG members who have lots of experience with quilting, with applique, and with sharing that knowledge! 

Stacey and Matt will teach you about their favoured techniques, and later in the day you can work on the modern class project or a project you’ve brought from home that you always wanted to make. 

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the Modern class project!

Matt will be teaching needle-turn applique. He has made many applique quilts including several beautiful Hawaiian quilts.

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(examples of Matt’s beautiful work courtesy of Matt)


Stacey will be teaching raw edge applique. She has made several quilts and smaller projects using this technique. Her quilts have been favourites at her traditional guild shows.

Robots Love Birds cropped Little Monsters

 (examples of Stacey’s beautiful work courtesy of Stacey)

Come and join us for a day of fun!!

Date: Sunday April 26th, 2015

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: Art Gallery, Croatian Cultural Centre

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

Sign-up: There are several spaces left in the workshop! Please email Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. Sign ups are open to everyone at this time, member or non-member.

Swap with MQGVictoria!

At our meeting last night, we announced our next swap, which will be with Modern Quilt Guild Victoria. We’ve swapped with Australia and England, about time we swapped with a semi-local guild, right?

We’re going to be swapping patchwork notebook covers. Amy will be posting a tutorial here on the VMQG blog, so everyone will be working with the same dimensions, making covers to fit a blank composition book.

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(two examples Amy showed at our guild meeting last night)

 

The details:

- The covers need to be pieced and quilted, and should be at least 90% solid fabric. They can be entirely solids if the maker prefers, but shouldn’t have more than 10% of printed fabric. Regardless of fabric used, all notebook covers should be MODERN!

- 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. (If you have questions for the person you’re creating for, you should contact the swap coordinator, not the person themselves.)

- Sign ups will start today, March 17, 2015, and will go to March 31, 2015. That gives you two weeks to get your booty in gear! If the numbers between the two guilds aren’t equal, some people may be swapping with members of their own guild.

- Sign ups will be ONLINE only. This will let Amy email your questionnaire to your partner without having to retype it all and try to decipher your handwriting.

- Partners will be assigned by April 8, 2015 at the latest

- You’ll bring your finished mini quilt back to the May guild meeting, on May 18, 2015. Bring it unwrapped, so that we can take a group photo!

- That gives you 5 weeks to make something amazing!

- As you’re creating, post your notebook cover on social media and use the swap hashtag #VMQGandMQGV so that everyone else can see too!

- There will be no extras in this swap. Please include a note or a card with your contact info, but nothing else. The guilds will be providing notebooks, so no need to include one!

- This is a members-only activity. Supporting your guild has its perks!

 

Are you excited?

SIGN UP HERE! 

 

if you have any questions, please email Amy 

amy AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca