August 22-24, 2014 in Vancouver
The VMQG is thrilled to be hosting this year’s PNW MQG meetup! We’ve had a great time so far and are looking forward to one last day of fun!
SCHEDULE AND ACTIVITIES:
Sunday, August 24th
11am – 12:30pm Tour of Granville Island, Vancouver tourist hot spot and home of a variety of crafty stores. The Cloth Shop is one of Vancouver’s longest-running LQSs. The Netloft contains many interesting shops such as Maiwa Supply (where Jessica gets her indigo dyeing supplies!), Paper-Ya, and Beadworks. No meeting place to start, just arrive at your leisure and make your own way around Granville Island’s shops. We’re planning to meet around 12:30pm outside Roger’s Chocolates (between The Cloth Shop and the Granville Island Public Market) so we can travel to the Food Cart Fest together. One option is the Aquabus ferry in False Creek. The ferry travels from Granville Island to Spyglass Place, the closest dock to the Food Cart Fest. It’s cute and it has a rainbow on it!
1pm – 3 pm – Food Cart fest for lunch/snacks. 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village). The site is next to the Seawall and a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station, the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock, and major bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, and West 2nd Avenue. Admission is free for Modo and Vancity members, $2 for everyone else. Choose from over 20 food carts!
Transit info: when travelling from the Food Carts to Fabrics Etc, walk east on E 1st Ave four blocks to Main and E 1st (this route takes you past Mario’s Gelati). Catch the #19 bus eastbound (it runs every 12 minutes) and get off at the Kingsway and Gladstone stop (a 16 minute trip).
1pm – 4 pm – Fabrics Etc, a new fabric store at 2162 Kingsway, will be opening just for us! (just Southeast of Kingsway and Victoria Drive).
Transit info: To get from Fabrics Etc to Spool of Thread, hop back on the #19 bus, westbound this time, and backtrack to Kingsway and Fraser. This is a 10 minute trip.
4pm – 6pm – visit Spool of Thread (649 E 15th Ave at Fraser St). Check out their modern quilting cottons and nearly the full range of Robert Kaufman’s Kona cottons! Spool of Thread can be tricky to find, and you should know that E 15th Ave is a one-way street (traffic flows west). Street parking on 15th is limited, so you can always look for a spot along Kingsway or around nearby Robson Park. Spool of Thread’s Sunday hours are 12noon-6pm.
6:00pm – And that’s a wrap! Check back for more news about next year’s meetup in Seattle!
Note: We’re continuing one of the hashtags from last year’s event, so please tag your photos with #pnwmqgmeetup!