VMQG June 19th, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, June 19th, 2017!

It’s Anniversary Time!!!  We will have a super fun Icebreaker game this month. If any of you have come to one of the last retreats, we have a fantastic fabric strip game for everyone to enjoy!  Don’t worry, the rules are very simple and you will learn in a few seconds.  Just bring 10 strips at  2.5″ width of fabric to play in solid colors and/or low-volume prints!  If you have time, maybe bring a few extra if some people don’t have enough!

Be sure to bring extra yummy food stuffs as our break is usually a bit longer during this meeting so everyone can get to know each other!  Maybe talk about how you joined the guild!

We also want to try a little something new!  A sew-in from 12PM – 6PM on the day of the guild meeting at Michelle B’s condo room located at Knight and Kingsway! Get those projects finished up for Show & Tell!!  We all need a little extra time!

Upcoming Community Events

1.) Patchwork Nation – Fraser Valley Quilt Guild Show, George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699 42 Ave, Langley, Friday June 23rd & 24th, 2017 10am to 5pm,  $7 Attendance fee, Gentleman Free!

2.) Our Social Fabric Sale!, Our Social Fabric, 340-1275 Venables Street, Vancouver, Sunday June 25th, 2017 10 am to 1 pm.  Arrive early, bring a bag, cash is faster!

3.) Sew-in at Dinkydoo Fabrics, Dinkydoo Fabrics Retail Store, Unit 108- 19141 Ford Road, Pitt Meadows, Friday July 21st, 5 pm to 11pm $10 Attendance Fee

June Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, June 19th, 2017
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 $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:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for prorated membership 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– 60 Degree Triangles 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
– Ice Breaker Game!  Strip Poker!!!
– Guild Business – MQG updates, Quilt Con Registration June 21!
– Michael Miller Challenge Information
– American Patchwork & Quilting Flying Geese Challenge
– Jacquie Gering Refunds Update
– Mini Maker Fair Update!
– 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!

Jacque Gering Refund Information

Hey everyone!

Jacquie Gering workshop Refunds will be issued via cheque at the next meeting.  If you will not be at the next meeting, please arrange to have a friend pick it up.

Otherwise email Treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and other arrangements can be made.

Lecture tickets purchased at the VMQG meeting will be refunded at the June meeting.  You will need your lecture ticket or the ticket number to claim your refund.  If you can’t make the June meeting, you can still get your refund at subsequent meetings.

Any tickets bought from Sherri will be refunded by her.

Thanks everyone for your patience!

Jacquie Gering – IMPORTANT UPDATE

Due to unforeseen circumstances Jacquie Gering has had to cancel the VMQG events scheduled for May 26, 27, 28 and 29. Jacquie sincerely regrets this unfortunate turn of events.

  • Refunds for workshops will be arranged with individual registrants.
  • Lecture tickets will be refunded at the next Guild meeting on June 19. Please bring your ticket or ticket number for a refund.

If you cannot attend the June 19 meeting, please bring the ticket to the following guild meeting.

– The VMQG Executive

Can you help out with Maker Faire?

As many of you know, the VMQG is participating in Maker Faire again this year, June 10th and 11th. This will be our 7th year at the Faire and we’ve been there every year since it started in Vancouver!

We need help in two different ways – volunteers, and quilts to display.

If you’d like to volunteer, you can sign up RIGHT HERE. We especially need volunteers for Saturday, June 10th, but we also have a shift available Friday night (for set up) and Sunday afternoon. Volunteering in our booth is a great way to share your love of quilting with others, and don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to check out all the other amazing booths too!

If you’re not able to volunteer, you can still help us represent our guild by lending us your quilts.

We always have a nice crowd happening at our booth and what we need from our members is a selection of modern quilts to display.

(It’s important to realize that people might be touching your quilt.  If you’re not ok with this, then please don’t contribute a quilt for display at the booth.) 

Feel free to lend us quilts in varying stages of completion, so that we have examples to show people of how quilts are put together, and remember that quilts that are “geeky” in any way are always incredibly popular!

If you’d like to have some of your quilts on display in our booth, you can bring them to the Jacquie Gering lecture on Friday, May 26th at MEC Head Office, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver.

Amy will be at the lecture to receive your quilts. If you aren’t able to attend the lecture, but have the perfect quilt for our display, feel free to email our 2017 Maker Faire coordinator Mel at makerfaire@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to see if arrangements can be made. Quilts will be returned at our June guild meeting.

Jacquie Gering will be here soon! – CANCELLED

Jacquie is co-author (with Katie Pedersen) of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts, author of Walk: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot, and a leading figure in the modern quilting movement known for her dynamism as a teacher and for the improvisational energy of her quilts. Jacquie is co-founder and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, and she just ended her term as chair of the Board of Directors for the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild. In 2014, the International Association for Creative Arts Professionals named Jacquie its Teacher of the Year, in recognition of her outstanding ability to nurture students’ creativity and to inspire them with the joy of modern quilting.

Her lecture on Friday, May 26th, “Quilting Modern: Honouring Tradition,” will lay out her personal journey as a quilter, from her Mennonite roots to her explorations as a modern quilter. Lecture tickets are $15 for VMQG members and non-members alike, and tickets will be available at the door.

 

The doors open at 6:30, and the lecture starts at 7pm. Come join us at MEC Headquarters, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver. The venue is wheelchair accessible, has free parking in the back, and is very close to the VCC-Clark skytrain station. We hope to see you there!

Stash Building Swap!

Several people have mentioned to us that they wish they had more variety in their stash, especially among low volume prints, since they look so great mixed together.

So! We’re going to try something new, and if it’s a success, maybe we’ll do it again!

At the June anniversary meeting, we’ll be swapping Fat Quarters of low volume fabrics.

What’s a low volume fabric? Low volume fabrics are often described using words or phrases like muted, low contrast, low key, and quiet. They’re light coloured fabrics that will show up as a solid or as a near solid if you were to take a black and white photo of your fabric stack. They usually have a neutral coloured background, and the prints are not super bold or loud. Low volume can be tone on tones, or it can be subtle prints. For more ideas about low volume, along with some pictures to help understand, check out this colour theory 101 and low volume post (scroll part way down for the low volume section), this post on Craftsy, or this blog post that shows some samples of quilts made with low volume prints..

Here’s how the swap works –

You bring a gallon ziplock bag clearly labelled with your name with 4 fat quarters in it. (see photo above)

Each person can bring up to TWO bags – that means 8 fat quarters, but keep them in separate bags for ease of swapping.

These need to be MODERN low volume prints. Please bring fabric of a quality that you would like to receive.*

Please limit the variety of prints per bag to two, for ease of swapping. (ie, please don’t bring 4 different fat quarters!)

Fat quarters can be either US or Canadian, either size is fine. If you bring Canadian size FQs, be aware that you might receive US size FQs back.

When you arrive at the June meeting, there will be a table set up to drop your bag(s) off. Amy will swap the fat quarters between the bags, and after the meeting, you’ll come back and pick up your bag, with 4 new FQs in it!

 

Easy peasy, right? We’ll do what we can to make sure you don’t get the same print back, but please feel free to swap among yourselves if you end up with something you already have.

 

*It’s not fun, but we reserve the right to not swap your fabric if it doesn’t fit the guidelines. We have to be fair to others who do.

VMQG Upcycle Challenge

Following Amanda Ward’s talk on quilting with repurposed materials, the guild’s next challenge is to “Upcycle”.

The Challenge: Make a quilted item using recycled material.

You won’t be using your own old stuff for this challenge – you’ll be getting some “new to you” old stuff.

Bring a gently used item to May’s meeting that can be upcycled. The item could be any fibre (including unknown), any colour, size, texture, etc. Think old clothes (t-shirts, ties, scarves, shirts, etc. ), linens, thrift store finds, fabric swatches, vinyl, canvas, leather, pleather, nylon – the weirder the better.

The item should be:
clean
in good condition (i.e. worth sewing)
capable of being sewn by a regular domestic sewing machine

Before coming to the meeting fold the item it up tightly and tie it with string or a fabric strip (i.e. so that no one can see what it is). You could bring it in a paper bag if you want but we were going for zero waste with this. Then at the break we’ll swap everyone who brought an item one can take one. Could be fun to see who can bring the most bizarre stuff.

The challenge then is to create a quilt, pouch, bag, mug rug, pin cushion, place mats or any other quilted item incorporating some of the item you picked up at the May meeting.

Deadline: Bring your completed challenge to the September VMQG Meeting for a special Show & Tell.

Hash tags: What’s a challenge without special hash tags? #VMQGUpcycleChallenge
#VMQGMakeDoChallenge

With thanks to Sheri Lynn Wood for inspiring this challenge. Here is the link to her blog post that started this challenge idea. http://daintytime.net/2016/08/11/make-do-challenge/

VMQG April 17th 2017 Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, April 17th, 2017!

Spring has sprung!  Finally!  And we have a fantastic Guild Retreat coming up which makes April so exciting!

This month’s feature is a great one!  A lot of us have seen some fabulously upcycled projects around on the internet and if you are like me have always wondered “How do I even start something like this?” Well fear no more!  We have our very own guild member Amanda Ward who will be telling us exactly what we need to know!!

I can’t wait!  Can’t wait to see everyone at the meeting!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Spring Retreat!  April 28th to May 1st – Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford.  $390 – 3 Nights shared room, $435 Single room (limited) 3 nights.  $120 Deposit with the remainder due January 2017 meeting.  Ask Jessica if there are still spots available!

2.) Sat., May 27: Scrappy Improvisation, MEC Head Office, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, 10-4

Sun., May 28: Creative Quilting with the Walking Foot, MEC Head Office, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, 10-4

Mon., May 29: Slice and Insert Improvisation, Croatian Cultural Centre, Room C, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 10-4

April Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, April 17th, 2017
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 $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:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
Flower Box 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
– Guild Business – MQG updates, Riley Blake Challenge Deadline, etc.
– Call Out for Mini Maker Fair Volunteers!  ***Be sure to help out!!**
– Block Lotto Challenge
– April Feature!
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for retreat, 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!

Jacquie Gering is coming to VMQG!!!

As many of you already know, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is bringing modern quilter extraordinaire Jacquie Gering to town at the end of May!

Jacquie Gering

Jacquie is co-author (with Katie Pedersen) of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts, author of Walk: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot, and a leading figure in the modern quilting movement known for her dynamism as a teacher and for the improvisational energy of her quilts.  Jacquie is co-founder and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, and she is the current chair of the Board of Directors for the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild.  In 2014, the International Association for Creative Arts Professionals named Jacquie its Teacher of the Year, in recognition of her outstanding ability to nurture students’ creativity and to inspire them with the joy of modern quilting.

Jacquie will be in Vancouver from May 26 to 29.  She will deliver a lecture on the evening of Friday, May 26, and she will give workshops on May 27, 28, and 29.

Shattered by Jacquie Gering

Shattered by Jacquie Gering

Her Friday lecture, “Quilting Modern: Honouring Tradition,” will lay out her personal journey as a quilter, from her Mennonite roots to her explorations as a modern quilter.  Lecture tickets are $15 for VMQG members and non-members alike, and tickets will go on sale at the March 20 guild meeting.

Balancing Act by Jacquie Gering

Balancing Act by Jacquie Gering

Jacquie’s workshops are filling up quickly, but space is still available.  The classes are as follows:

Sat., May 27  Scrappy Improvisation (FULL Waitlist Only)

Sun., May 28  Creative Quilting with the Walking Foot (FULL Waitlist Only)

Mon., May 29  Slice and Insert Improvisation (FULL Waitlist Only)

Check out the link to Jacquie’s Blog for class descriptions

All workshops meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (doors will open at approximately 9:30 a.m.).  The Saturday and Sunday workshops will convene at the Trailhead Room of MEC Headquarters, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC; the Monday workshop will meet in Room C of the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC.

The non-refundable registration fee is $125/workshop for VMQG members.  Registration for non-members will open on March 21 at $150/workshop.  If you are interested in signing up for one of Jacquie’s workshops, please come to theMarch 20 guild meeting, or contact Jessica at momijistudio@gmail.com

A Perfect Scant ¼” Seam Allowance

The VMQG guild executive recently asked me (Krista) to give a presentation on accuracy. Whether you tend to make measured, traditional style blocks or you prefer improv quilting, maintaining a scant 1/4″ seam allowance will lead to neater work, more resilient seams, less bulk to quilt through, blocks that fit together and the satisfaction of pointy points where you want them. 


Both beginners and experienced quilters alike can benefit from a seam allowance tune-up. You’d be surprised how many people have struggled for ages, wondering why their measured blocks don’t end up the planned size.  The test doesn’t take long and once your seam allowance is established, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of blocks that fit together as your patterns intend, without distortion from stretching short edges or puckers from gathering generous ones. Refresh your accuracy by performing the simple test below and remember that you’ll need to repeat this on ALL of your machines (because, ahem, a few of us sew on more than one machine).  If you are sewing a project using bulkier fabric such as Essex linen, or fine fabric such as lawn, it would be a good idea to repeat this test with the actual fabric being used for the project!


BUT WHY “SCANT”? Quilt blocks are measured to the 1/4″ based on side-pressing of seams within the block. A scant 1/4″ seam is necessary because we need to allow room in the pressed-over fold for the piecing thread as well as the one or two threads of fabric on the edge of the fold.  A fine, 50 wt piecing thread takes up very little room in seams, which is one of the reasons the Aurifil brand is so popular with quilters. 


5 STEPS TO A PERFECT
SCANT ¼” SEAM ALLOWANCE


1. Accurately cut five 2 1/2″ squares of pressed, quilting weight cotton. Measure with your quilting rulers, not the cutting mat.


2. Using your normal piecing thread, sew the squares together along side seams, creating one long strip unit.
3. Press seams flat to set stitches, then press seams all to one side in the same direction.
1/4" test



1/4" test

4. Measure the unit by placing your quilting ruler on top of the strip. It should measure 10 1/2″.

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5. If your strip is less than 10 1/2″ long, then your seam allowance is larger than a scant 1/4″. If your strip is greater than 10 1/2″ long, then your 1/4″ is too scant. 


TROUBLE-SHOOTING

My strip is larger than 10 1/2″ long
  • confirm pieces accurately measure 2 1/2″ square
  • confirm seams are all pressed to one side in the same direction (NOT OPEN). 
  • fold over the last square and re-press the seam flat. Place your ruler on top of the right edge, aligning the edge of the ruler with the edge of the fabric. Your stitches should be visible just to the right (or inside) of the 1/4″ ruler line. If you can see fabric between the 1/4″ line and your line of stitches, then your seam is too scant.
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This seam is just a hair too scant because you can see fabric between the 1/4″ line on the ruler and the line of stitches.
My strip is smaller than 10 1/2″ long
  • confirm pieces  accurately measure 2 1/2″ square
  • confirm from the right side that the fabric of each square is fully pressed out over the seam
  • fold over the last square and re-press the seam flat. Place your ruler on top of the right edge, aligning the edge of the ruler with the edge of the fabric. Your stitches should be visible just to the right (or inside) of the 1/4″ ruler line.If your stitches are under the 1/4″ line, then you’ve sewn an exact 1/4″ seam, not a scant one; you need to decrease your seam allowance by about 2 thread widths.  If your stitches are fully to the outside, or left of the 1/4″ line, then your seam allowance is too generous (big) and adjustments to decrease it need to be made (move needle one notch to the right or adjust your seam guide closer to the presser foot).
In general, as I’ve had students perform this test in workshops, it appears that many manufacturer’s 1/4″ patchwork feet with fence guide attached on the right side of the foot are actually a bit generous. If you have one of these feet, hold it up to the light. Can you see daylight between the edge of the foot and the fence? If so, chances are that the edge of the foot is actually the scant 1/4″ and the fence it a true 1/4″.
Good luck! Let us know how you make out in the comments and leave any questions you may have there as well. I’ll try to answer questions in subsequent comments, so check back.