June Meeting with Stacey Day – Early Reminder

I wanted to give all members early notification about our June program.  Our former member and Executive member, Stacey Day, has recently launched a fabulous new book, Child’s Play Quilts. (She is still a member of the MQG and FVMQG but moved too far away to attend our meetings on a regular basis with all she has going on).

Stacey has been published in many magazines, including American Quilter, McCall’s Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quiltcon Magazine.  She will also be lecturing and teaching at Quilt Canada in Vancouver in May.  Stacey also designs quilts for Tula Pink and will be teaching alongside Tula on a quilting cruise this August.  You may or may not know that Stacey designed this quilt…. Wow!!

We are pleased that Stacey will be our guest speaker at our June meeting and will be doing a trunk show for us.  If you had planned to buy her book, perhaps wait until June and buy it directly from her as she will be bringing copies to our meeting.  If you have already purchased it, I am sure she will be happy to sign it for you at the meeting.

In the meantime, you can visit her at https://staceyinstitches.com/

We are looking forward to hosting you Stacey.

Meeting Reminder – Monday, April 16th, 2018

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, April 16th, 2018. Our guest speaker this month is our own Lysa Mair, @Lysaflower on Instagram and check out her web-site at http://www.lysaflower.com/. We are so excited to have her come and speak for us!!

Photo is of Lysa’s Boombox Pattern from www.lysaflower.com.

Keep in mind that our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC. We are hoping you will participate by entering a modern quilt or two and by volunteering your time at the event. Details will be provided on our website and at each meeting.

Upcoming Events
1.) How to Make Your Own Paper Piecing Block with Lysa Flower
Sunday April 22nd, 2018 Time: TBA, at Croatian Cultural Centre

2.) Improv Letters Workshop with Felicity Ronaghan
Sunday, May 6th, 10 am – 3 pm, Croatian Cultural Center (Art Gallery), 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
(We are excited to have Felicity return (from the Okanagan) to teach for us!!)

April Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, April 16th, 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, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– 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 April 16, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Visit from Lion’s Gate Quilt Guild – Raffle Quilt
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Updates
– MQG Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibit Update
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Improv Sampler for April – Lysa Mair (LysaFlower)
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

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

See you there!

Improv Letters Workshop

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to have Felicity Ronaghan back teaching us all about improv lettering.  Felicity has been quilting for nearly 20 years. From the first minute of her first learn-to-quilt class, she knew she’d discovered her “thing.”

 

 

 

 

 

When Felicity discovered the online world of modern quilting and began her blog in 2010 (www.felicityquilts.com), her passion was kicked into overdrive where it’s been ever since. She’s a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

Felicity has been able to apply her professional experience in training and development to quilting – she has taught formal and informal workshops for VMQG, has done trunk shows, as well as created numerous tutorials for her blog. Felicity also enjoyed a two-year run as VMQG co-President and meeting chair. She currently works at her local quilt shop as a teacher, designer and sales associate.

Felicity’s style tends to the modern and improvisational, but she is just as comfortable with traditional piecing and precise ¼” seams.

Learn Felicity’s technique for making improv letters – you’ll create your own alphabet of wonky letters, both upper and lower case.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of planning and piecing a wonky alphabet, you’ll be free to use the technique in any size to piece a word, a quote or an entire song into your project.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Draw a letter with piecing in mind.
  2. Plan ahead for a letter’s final size.
  3. Cut (with or without rulers) and piece a letter.
  4. Increase the complexity of letters by pre-piecing components.

Workshop signup starts at our March 19th meeting.

Date: May 6th; 10 am – 3 pm

Place: Croation Cultural Center (2nd Floor)

Cost:  $50 Member; $65 non-members 

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

 

Modern Mini Showcase Challenge

 Modern Mini Showcase Challenge

The theme for our Modern Mini
Challege is: West Coast Modern
West coast modern can be interpreted in many ways — west coast landscape, architecture, furniture, weather, neighbourhoods, lifestyle… it can be abstract or literal, whatever inspires you as a modern quilter living on the west coast.
For some visual inspiration, check out these boards on pinterest…
– west coast colour inspiration
– west coast modern architecture
– west coast modern furniture
  west coast landscape and
imagery
– Modern mini quilt inspiration
– West coast inspiration
  Colour, concept and technique inspiration
Modern Mini specifications (your quilt MUST comply in order to hang in the showcase)
    Maximum perimeter: 80” total (for example 20” x 20” x 20” x 20”, or some other combination of measurement on 4 sides that does not exceed a total of 80″)
    Mini quilt must be made with solid colour fabrics only (no prints)
    Mini quilt design must feature elements of the modern aesthetic — design characteristics adopted by the modern quilting community:
 
 use of negative space 
 solid coloured fabrics  
 alternate grid construction
                   improvisation                      
 minimalism    
 bold geometric design 
 modern traditionalism (a new interpretation of
traditional blocks)
    Must have a 4” sleeve sewn on to the back of the quilt to accommodate quilt show pipe display
    Must have a label on the back identifying the maker’s name and quilt title.
The modern mini quilts will have their own distinct display area at the show.  A “Viewers Choice” ribbon will be awarded to the modern mini challenge quilt that receives the most votes from visitors to the show. This voting will take place on a mini challenge quilt-only ballot and be separate from the main showcase voting and ribbons.
Modern Mini Challenge quilts will be registered using the same quilt showcase registration process as all other quilts for the show. This process will be outlined next month (April) and made available in May. 
**The showcase committee reserves the right to jury modern mini challenge quilts in the event that registration exceeds exhibition space.
Deadline for submissions: June 30,
2018.

Meeting Reminder – Monday March 19th, 2018

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, March 19th, 2018.  We have a lot of great things planned this year;  programs, workshops and our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC.

Upcoming Events
1.) Retreat Bag and Dumpling Pouch
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 10 am to 5 pm
$30 Members, $45 Non-Members, fees are non-refundable

2.) How to Make Your Own Paper Piecing Block with Lysa Flower
Sunday April 22nd, 2018 Time: TBA, at Croatian Cultural Centre
 $50 Members, $65 non-members, fees are non-refundable

March 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 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 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, 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 February 19, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Update
– MQG Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibit Update and Volunteer Opportunities
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Improv Sampler for March
 Guild Feature – Daphne Harwood Trunk Show
– 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!

Sew-In Day March 17, 2018

We are celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day at the Danish Church Hall at 6010 Kincaid St in Burnaby on March 17, 2018!

Susanne Chaffe has organized this and will be there from 8:30 to 5:00 with the coffee and tea on all day. She’ll be bringing a big pot of vegetarian soup, we can potluck some snacks and treats if you like. Cost is $10 for members $15 for non members. Maximum 16 quilters. Please email her at scchaffe@gmail.com if interested. Can’t promise you’ll see a Leprechaun but there may be Danish ‘Nisser’ hanging around from Christmas.

Quilt Canada is in Vancouver this year and it is fast approaching – You can get involved!!

Quilt Canada is being held in the Vancouver this year.  Pretty exciting!!  It is being held May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
May 31 – 9:30am – 6pm
June 1 – 9:30am – 6pm
June 2 – 9:30am – 4pm 

There are several ways you will be able to get involved.

CQA will need a lot of volunteers to host such a large show.  A volunteer application form is available on the event website below:

https://canadianquilter.com/quilt-canada-2018-2/

Also prior to the Quilt Canada, the CQA is holding a focus group which will assist them in setting the future direction of the organization.  Please consider taking part in this important event.


The Quilts of Valour organization is also looking for volunteers to assist in their booth at Quilt Canada.  Please contact Lezley Zwaal for details.

lezley.zwaal@quiltsofvalour.ca
Founder@QuiltsOfValour.ca
www.quiltsofvalour.ca

Finally, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has been asked to host the Modern Quilt Guild Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibition which is being held as part of Quilt Canada 2018.  We will be asking for volunteers to assist us with hanging the show, take-down as well as being available at the event to represent modern quilting and the Quiltcon quilts to all of the Quilt Canada attendees.

Below is the Best in Show quilt from Quiltcon 2018 which is wrapping up today.  “Going Up” by Stephanie Skardal from Clemmons, NC.  It is very likely that this quilt will be at Quilt Canada.  I can’t wait to see it in person.

We will let you know about these volunteer opportunities at an upcoming VMQG meeting and watch this space as well!!

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you at the show.

Meeting Reminder – Monday February 19th, 2018

Meeting Reminder – Monday, February 19th, 2018
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This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, February 19th, 2018.  It’s our second meeting of 2018.  We have a lot of great things planned, including our program, upcoming workshops and our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC.

Upcoming Events
1.) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, at Langara College. $50 for Members, $65 for Non-Members. fees are non-refundable. Spaces still available.

2.) Retreat Bag and Dumpling Pouch
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 10 am to 5 pm
$30 Members, $45 Non-Members, fees are non-refundable

3) How to Make Your Own Paper Piecing Block with Lysa Flower
Sunday April 22nd, 2018 Time: TBA, at Croatian Cultural Centre
 $50 Members, $65 non-members, fees are non-refundable

February 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 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 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, 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 February 19, 2018

Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell                                                – Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Updates                                                                                                             – Block Lotto Blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share with everyone
 Guild Feature – Krista Hennebury – What is Modern Quilting?
 Marcy Horswill – Update on CQA                                                                                   Update on Modern Quilt Showcase – Mini Quilt 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!

How to Design a Paper Pieced Block

Our own Lysa Mair will be teaching us how to design our own paper pieced block.  Check out her website at http://www.lysaflower.com

When I learned to paper piece (from VMQG’s very own Sonja Callaghan) my brain exploded with possibilities. There were a ton of great blocks out there already but the puzzle and the challenge to design my own blocks was to irresistible not to follow. I didn’t jump in right away though, it can be intimidating… all those pieces!

People seem to LOVE or really not love paper piecing, I’ve never met anyone who feels indifferent about it. If you love the process and the graphic nature of it then I bet you’re ready to design your own block. Given you have a basic understanding of paper piecing, join me Lysa Flower on April 22 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, as we walk through the process of designing your own individual paper pieced blocks.
Sign up starts at February 19th meeting; fees are non-refundable.
When:  Sunday, April 22nd
Where: Croatian Cultural Center
Cost: $50 members; $65 non-members (can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be added to the waiting list).

 

 

Retreat Bag and Dumpling Pouch

Michelle Brassens and Amy Dame are teaming up for our next workshop.

Michelle will be teaching the Emmaline Retreat Bag which is perfect for all your sewing supplies.  You can read more about it here: https://emmalinebags.com/products/the-retreat-bag-pdf

With its internal frame it stays open effortlessly, allowing you to see everything inside and get that seam ripper STAT!   Two inner pockets store small things and a wide base makes it sturdy so it won’t fall over even when full of your favourite things.

In this class we will talk about different types of interfacing, learn how to insert internal frame hardware, install zippers, and box corners for a pretty, functional bag you’ll want to take to all your sewing gatherings. We’ll be adding handles too, so it’s easier to carry around.

This is an intermediate class; you should have sewing experience and be comfortable with your machine.

Amy will take over later in the afternoon to teach her Dumpling Pouch.  She will teach you how to sew the zipper onto a curve.  There is an option for two sizes.

When: Sunday, March 25th

Where: Knight and Broadway 

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $30 for members, $45 for non-members

Retreat Bag Supplies $15 (includes internal frame and heavy weight interfacing) or bring your own supplies.

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

Non-members can be added to a waitlist; email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca