March meeting recap

Here is our long-overdue March meeting recap post. I’m hoping you believe in better late than never!

In March, we started our series of binding tutorials given by talented Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild members. Sheila started us off with a talk about the benefits of bias binding complete with great props showing how to create continuous bias binding. Sheila created the following handout for our members to help you calculate how much fabric to use to make your binding.

Bias Binding Instructions by Sheila Wex (pdf)

A tip that Sheila learned from another member at the meeting is that the strips can be cut using a ruler, without marking the 2″ strips. Just pass the tube over the ironing board and place a small cutting board underneath. Using a ruler and cutter, cut and move the cylinder.

Felicity gave the next tutorial filled with great tips about how to use fusible thread to attach your binding and how to join the ends of your binding neatly and without bulk. Many thanks to Sheila and Felicity for sharing their knowledge with our members!

Our guild business was full of fun announcements:

– The Modern Quilt Guild has announced that QuiltCon will happen in February, 2013 in Austin, Texas. QuiltCon is the inaugural conference and show of the Modern Quilt Guild! There will be a quilt show, lectures, workshops, a block challenge and much more!
– The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is just getting started, hooray for a new Canadian modern quilt guild!
– Members of the Vancouver, Seattle and Portland MQGs will meet up in Seattle in late summer 2012, stay tuned for more details
– There will be a Vancouver MQG-Fraser Valley MQG meet up at the sewing and craft show on March 24th
– We had a small but happy group of quilters at the first Friday night sew-in at Holy Trinity Church on March 9th. There won’t be a Sunday sew-in in March. VMQG members are welcomed to register for the FVMQG sew-in on Saturday, April 21st in Abbotsford (I apologize that this notice came out after the sew-in had happened).
– We’re happy to announce that planning has started for VMQG workshops.
– Kalin is working on our application for a booth at Vancouver’s second Mini Maker Faire and we’ll hear by May if we’ve been accepted.
– We will start prorating our membership fees in May. Our membership year runs from November 1st to October 31st. Memberships purchased after May 1st will cost $25 and expire on October 31st, 2012.

Amy was the first person to piece Sonja’s new VMQG logo pattern

– Sonja has created a paper-pieced pattern of the VMQG logo and made it available to all. See the VMQG logo pattern blog post for more details. Thanks, Sonja!

We were happy to present the wonky star baby quilt to Stacey at our March meeting. It was a collaborative effort by many members of the VMQG over several months. Luckily, Stacey was able to come to the March meeting just two weeks before her baby was due to accept the quilt! We have since heard that Stacey had a healthy baby boy. Congratulations, Stacey!

After seeing an example of a finished wonky star quilt, we set a wonky star block as our March challenge. Someone will win all the blocks at our April meeting!

Here’s a small selection from our March Show and Tell:

Felicity’s completed Crane Star pillow using Laurraine’s pattern


Stacey with another paper-pieced masterpiece

Elsie’s modern orca quilt


Terry’s arbutus quilt


Paul shared several transparency blocks

All photos by Sonja Callaghan.

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