Make a mini, make a friend!

The Vancouver MQG is pairing up with our neighbour guild, the Fraser Valley MQG for a mini quilt swap. 

Sew Mama Sew

The brief: 

  • 16” square
  • Solids only
  • Based on Log Cabin block. Here’s a link to lots of good images: modern log cabin blocks
  • Finished with binding or facing
  • Labelled
  • Sleeve or corner pockets for hanging
  • Option to pick three favourite colours and two ‘no thanks’ colours

Sign up ends on Sunday, March 24 and pairs will be set up the first week of April.  Interested members please email Megan Hanna at mhanna3@shaw.ca to sign up.

The mini quilts will be exchanged in June, details yet to be pinned down. 

Courthouse Colourplay with Krista Hennebury

Courthouse Colourplay.

Explore the possibilities of colour expression and free-cutting without rulers while you create this wonky, nested Courthouse Step quilt (reminiscent of paper lanterns) in your own personal colour story.

We’ll work intuitively from the center out, creating a dynamic quilt with loads of personality. There will be no squaring up with this one — instead Krista will show you how to “build out”, finding the fit between adjacent blocks and using up all of your scraps in the process.

As in all of her workshops, Krista will share loads of tips while encouraging all students to find confidence in new techniques.  Put your patchwork and rotary cutting skills to work and explore improvisational design and piecing in a fun, supportive environment.

Pieceful Courthouse

This quilt looks fantastic made with solids. There are several options for choosing your colours (you really should bring 15-20 different colours to class). 

Krista lists some helpful websites and other tips for fabric selection on the supply list. Due to the random angles and the fact that there really isn’t any background or negative space in this quilt design, patterned fabric can result in a very chaotic, confusing quilt. Really try to stick with solids, or consider tiny prints or tone on tones that read solid like grunge or grunge dots if you must.

For our one day class, we are going to work within a moderate scale and stick with wallquilt/baby to lap-size quilt tops.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm. 
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for membersSign-up will begin at March meeting.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.




Next Meeting is Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7PM

March’s program will be a recap by the VMQG members who attended Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville. There might be some Quiltcon swag as a door prize…

When: Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests: First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit: The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Recommended things to bring to a meeting:
– a name tag (you cannot win a door prize without one!)
– the means to pay for membership, workshops, retreats, raffles, etc.
– donations for door prizes, snacks for the refreshment table, and the ever popular free table (kindly reclaim anything not rehomed)

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.30 Program – Quiltcon recap
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

Advanced Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Berene Campbell

LEARN TO FUSSY CUT LIKE A NINJA!
This workshop is for those who are adept at the basic skills of Foundation Paper Piecing and would like to take it up to the next level.

You will learn the following:

  • Fussy cutting: How to place design elements exactly where you want them, even when on a weird angle. This is handy for fussy cutting an image or placing directional fabrics. 
  • Design Match-up:  How to piece fabric in multiple sections and match up the fabric design to make it look like one overall piece. 
  • Handy FPP tricks include how to join sections accurately, avoiding painful unpicking.
  •  Then apply the lessons above to piece a tattoo quilt block of your choice or this 9” finished large swallow block.

Note that you will need a Lightbox or an iPad with a Lightbox app, for this workshop. If you are coming with a friend you can share one between two of you. In addition you will need an Add-a-Quarter Plus (or an Add-a-Quarter ruler as well as a folding device such as a post card). More info on fabrics to bring will be sent by email closer to the day.

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members. Can register through PayPal Button below.
Additional cost of purchasing the Swallow Pattern or a Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website and a $2 (payable workshop day) fee for handout.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.




Non-members: Can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on a waitlist.

Next Meeting is Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7pm

We will be bringing the love to the February meeting with our feature speaker, Lorna Shapiro of Quilters Dream Fabrics:

VMQG member Lorna Shapiro came to quilting with a very left-brain focus after a 35-year career in IT and management. Lorna didn’t like following other people’s patterns and started almost immediately making her own designs. These early quilts, lacking an aesthetic that pleased her, prompted her to start researching what artists and designers knew that she didn’t. Lorna will discuss what makes a compelling and cohesive design, and also describe some of the variables that will help you identify the characteristics of your personal aesthetic. There will be lots of quilt photos so that the principles Lorna discusses become tangible and easy to recall.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests: First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit: The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Recommended things to bring to a meeting:
 – a name tag (you cannot win a door prize without one!)
 – the means to pay for membership, workshops, retreats, raffles, etc.
 – donations for door prizes, snacks for the refreshment table, and the ever   popular free table (a reminder to reclaim anything not rehomed)

 Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the February meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome
 7.05 Business
 7.30 Program – Lorna Shapiro on designing a quilt
 8.15 Show & Tell
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com.

Next retreat at Edenvale

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.

This will be a 3 day retreat: Friday to Monday – so bring plenty of stuff to work on.  It’s a great time to connect with other guild members, share some prizes and games, and sew your ever-loving heart out!

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

Dates:                   Friday, April 5 – Monday, April 8, 2019
Check-in:            1:00 pm  on Friday
Check-out:         2:00 pm on Monday
Note that single rooms are limited and are on a first come, first-served basis secured when deposits are 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: $400.00
Single$450.00

Payment:
$120.00 non-refundable deposit by February meeting, final payment due at the March meeting.

E-transfer funds to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to pay your $120.00 deposit. Then email Elisabeth at elisabeth_geller@vancity.com to indicate your single/double choice. You can also bring payment including cheque, cash or credit card to the VMQG meeting.

There are only 18 spots, so if more people sign up we will start a waiting list. Sign-ups are only reserved once your deposit has been received.

Next meeting is Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7.00pm

First meeting of the year is going to get you inspired –
Berene Campbell is going to talk about the latest and greatest in quilt labels and the Round Robin group is taking over show & tell for a reveal of the past 11 month’s of collaboration!

When: Monday, January 21, 2019, from 7 to 9PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave in Vancouver, BC.
Guests: first meeting is free (subject to special events), and after that it’s $10.00/meeting. If you come to more than six meetings a year and want the perks associated with the MQG, then become a member.
Transit: The #17 bus runs along Oak St and the #49 likes 49th Ave. 

Possible things to bring:
–  a name tag
– means to pay for things like workshops, etc.
– contributions to the door prizes, free table, & refreshments

Agenda:
– welcome
– MQG news
– update from the workshop committee
– new business
– block lotto challenge for February meeting
– program: Berene Campbell will inspire us to label our quilts
– break to mingle &
– Round Robins reveal all at show & tell
– door prizes
– get home safely

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

And, a reminder to those who are kind enough to bring donations to the free table: if your items are not rehomed, then take the leftovers with you as they do not magically go to a better place when you leave the building.

In the meantime, if you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at either hello@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca or exec@vancouvermodernquiltguild,ca.

Next meeting is Monday, December 17, 2018, at 7PM.

We are going to do a fat quarter swap. There are going to be extra special delicious refreshments including punch. Paul is going to show us how he gives a standard lamp a modern quilting makeover. In other words, it’s going to be a celebratory evening with our modern quilting mates.

When: Monday, December 17th from 7 to 9PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave in Vancouver, BC.
Guests: first meeting is free (subject to special events), and after that it’s $10.00/meeting. If you come to more than six meetings a year and want the perks associated with the MQG, then become a member.
Transit: The #17 bus runs along Oak St and the #49 likes 49th Ave. 

Possible things to bring:
–  a name tag
– means to pay for things like workshops, etc.
– contributions to the door prizes, free table, & refreshments
– Robins, bring your projects for the last round of the year
– modern quilts for the show & tell
– a fat quarter in a seasonal fabric for our blind swap

Agenda:
– welcome
– MQG news
– update from the workshop committee
– new business
– block lotto challenge for January meeting
– prompt for improv sampler
– program: Paul Krampitz and his technicolor lampshade
– break to mingle & jingle
– modern quilt show & tell
– fat quarter swap
– door prizes
– get home safely & enjoy the rest of 2018

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

And, a reminder to those who are kind enough to bring donations to the free table: if your items are not rehomed, then take the leftovers with you as they do not magically go to a better place when you leave the building.

See you soon!


Seasonal Fat Quarter Swap at December Meeting!

We invite members to participate in this year’s holiday celebration & meeting with a fat quarter swap. 

Please bring a fat quarter (22″ x 28″) of festive fabric to the meeting on Monday, December 17th, neatly rolled up and secured with an elastic or ribbon. We will then do a blind draw from Santa’s bag. 

Beginner Foundation Paper Piecing workshop with Berene Campbell

Have you always wanted to learn how to do foundation paper-piecing but been too afraid to try? Or tried, hit the wall and never tried again? Or maybe it’s just been a while and you’re feeling rusty. Well then this is the workshop for you! It’s a very clever technique that opens up a whole new world of patterns to make. Let’s piece some LOVE and learn to LOVE to paper-piece.

Berene Campbell is a pattern designer that specializes in foundation paper-piecing patterns over at www.happysewlucky.com. She uses paper-piecing as a way to destress. (Crazy but true!) Although many people are scared of trying it, she believes that  once you nail the technique, it is amazingly calming.

In this workshop you will be working on Berene’s “Love Heart Tattoo” block.
You will learn the following:
• Picking fabrics for paper-piecing
• Materials and equipment options
• Setting up your workspace
• How to foundation paper-piece using the Add-a-Quarter ruler technique
• Pre-cutting for paper-piecing
• How to stitch sections with Y-seams like a boss!
About the pattern:
The finished size without borders is 16” wide x 10” high. It can be used for a mini quilt, as a centre block for a medallion, makes a great pillow, or if you really do fall in love with paper-piecing it could be your start of the whole tattoo quilt pattern.
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members.  Additional cost of purchasing the Love Heart Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website.  Workshop fees are non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on the waiting list.  Cost will be $80.