Meet Up and Sew In with Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild!

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This Saturday, January 19th, is an exciting day!

VMQG will be meeting up with the FVMQG to have a sew in and spend the day with our closest MQG friends.

We’re meeting part way between both guilds, so the sew-in will take place at the Surrey Public Library City Centre branch. This is a gorgeous new building, located right next to the Surrey Central Sky Train station, and easily accessible from the highway. (scroll to the bottom of this post for directions)

The physical address of the library is 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC and we’ll be using Room  120, a big brightly lit room on the ground floor, just to your left when you walk into the library.

The sew-in starts at 10:30 and will go until 4:30. The library opens at 10am and Amy will be there setting up from that time on, so feel free to come a bit early to help move tables!

Like all of our sew-ins, the cost is $10 in advance and $15 the day of, and if you’d like to pay in advance, you can pay via paypal to

We’ll be doing a quick group project that is completely optional, but we hope you’ll join in. If you’re on instagram or flickr, you might have seen the Scrappy Trip- A-long blocks that are taking modern quilters by storm? Yep, we’re joining the craze! Everyone who participates will make one block at the sew-in, and at the end of the day we’ll have a block lotto and one lucky person will win all of the blocks, and will have a fabulous start on their own Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt.

You can see the instructions we’ll be following here, though Amy will have a copy of the instructions at the sew in as well. For an example of finished quilts, check out the flickr group that’s exploding with amazing versions!

If you’d like to play along, bring 6 strips of modern fabric cut to 2.5″ x 16″. The strips can all be the same or they can all be different, but they don’t have to coordinate. We’ll be swapping strips before we start sewing, so you’ll have an extra excuse to chat with your neighbours.

Here’s the rest of the details:

–  there is free parking for 3 hours, but after that there is pay parking nearby

– bring a lunch (there’s a kitchenette attached to the room we’ll be in), or go offsite to pick one up (there are tons of places around)

– bring a treat to share if you’d like (if you can, e-mail Amy to tell her in advance)

– bring a door prize if you’d like (if you can, e-mail Amy to tell her in advance)

– there will be 2 full sized irons, and that’s all we can have, so if you’re doing a project that needs a lot of ironing, you might want to bring a mini iron (if you have a kickass iron that you’d be willing to bring and share, please e-mail Amy)

– we’ll be swapping our Travel Swap items, so don’t forget them!

– there will be several large cutting mats, but you are welcome to bring a smaller one if you’ll need it.

– wear your nametag, you’ll be making new friends!


It’s going to be great!! If you have any questions, e-mail Amy at



The library has limited transportation info on their website (pdf), but here are some more details.


Put your sewing machine in a rolling suitcase or cart and save on gas and parking! Take the Expo line and get off at Surrey Central Skytrain. Walk through the bus loop to University Dr and turn right, the library entrance is partway down the block. You can see  a map of the Skytrain station here (pdf). 

If you’re driving from Vancouver:

If you take Highway #1 from Vancouver, you’ll have two options, the Port Mann Bridge, which is a toll bridge, or detouring through New Westminster.  

If you take the Port Mann, there is an introductory rate of $1.50 per crossing. After crossing the bridge, take the exit for 152nd St/Surrey City Centre/108th St. Google says that the exit is #48. The exit will take you onto 152nd St. Turn right onto 104th St, continue past King George Blvd and turn left on University Dr. The library is on your left, and the parking lot is a block from the corner on your right.

If you go through New Westminster, take Brunette South (exit 40A) from Hwy #1. Continue on Brunette and the road turns left at a light, continue to your left and you’ll be on E Columbia St. Take the ramp on your right for the Pattullo Bridge. Once over the bridge, you’ll be on King George Blvd. Continue on King George and turn right at 104th Ave. A few blocks later, turn left at University Dr. The library is on your left, and the parking lot is a block from the corner on your right.

If you’re driving from Abbotsford:

Go down Highway #1 from Abbotsford and take Exit #50, which is labeled as 160th St/Surrey. The exit is right after the Pedestrian Overpass, earlier than you’ll expect it to be. Luckily, there are repeated signs warning you that it’s the last exit before the toll bridge! Once you take the exit, stay to the right and follow the signs for 104th Ave West. Go through the light and follow the curve in the road and you’ll be on 104th Ave. Stay on 104th, continue past King George Blvd and turn left on University Dr. The library is on your left, and the parking lot is a block from the corner on your right.

 If you’re driving there is an Impark lot for library staff and visitors on the corner of 103 Ave and University Drive and you can park there for 3 hours for free. After 3 hours you’ll have to move your car to one of the pay lots in the area.