The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild exists to provide a place where non-traditional, fresh, modern quilters can meet, share and create. Our online group was founded by Holly Broadland in January, 2010 and we had our first meeting in June, 2010.
We are the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada chapter of The Modern Quilt Guild. We are part of the Modern Quilt Guild movement that encompasses over 100 modern quilt guilds in Canada, the United States, and other countries around the world.
We’d love to have you join us!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is modern quilting? There are as many answers to this question as there are modern quilters, but here are a few characteristics of modern quilting from The Modern Quilt Guild’s website:
Modern quilts and quilters:
- Make primarily functional rather than decorative quilts
- Use asymmetry in quilt design
- Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
- Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
- Embrace simplicity and minimalism
- Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
- Incorporate increased use of negative space
- Are inspired by modern art and architecture
- Frequently use improvisational piecing
- Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
- Often use gray and white as neutrals
- Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
- Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines
What is The Modern Quilt Guild? From The Modern Quilt Guild’s site:
“The Modern Quilt Guild is made up of over 150 guilds across the country and world. Our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.
The MQG developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having and soon guilds started popping up everywhere.”
Who can join the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild? Anyone with an interest in modern quilting! Beginners are welcome and you will find lots of inspiration in this group! Quilters with more experience and those who consider themselves traditional or art quilters are also warmly welcomed.
I’m a new quilter, am I out of my league? Don’t be intimidated! Our group is friendly and encouraging and we’re excited to see new quilters just getting started. No quilting experience is required to become a member. You can come to a meeting before you’ve even completed your first quilt!
What’s a typical meeting like? Fun! We always laugh a lot at Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meetings. Our two hour meetings start with show and tell, where members share their completed and in progress work. It is the highlight of our meetings! After a break for socializing and treats, we explain our monthly challenge which is always optional. We share guild business (exciting upcoming events, guild projects, calls for volunteers, etc), and we often have a speaker give a tutorial about quilting technique or design. We wrap up with door prizes donated by our members and say good night. Many members tell us that guild meetings are the best part of their month! Visit our meetings page for information about the time, date, and location of our next meeting.
I’m an introvert. Do I have to speak in front of a crowd if I come to your meetings? We want you to feel comfortable at our meetings. Show and tell is always optional and we have many members who prefer to watch and be inspired rather than share their work. That being said, you may find you’re more comfortable with public speaking now that you’ve found “your people”. Our audience is always supportive!
What does it cost? Your first meeting is free so come out and check us out! After that, we’d love for you to become a member ($50/year) or continue as a guest ($5/meeting). Membership runs from November 1st to October 31st and is pro-rated to $25 in May of each year. We offer junior memberships for quilters aged 8-18 years for $25/year.
I live outside of Vancouver, can I come to your meetings? Absolutely! We have members from all over the Lower Mainland who come to our meetings. We’ve had people come from North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, and more. If you live in the Valley, you can join the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild who meet in Abbotsford.
I don’t live in Vancouver, are there other modern quilt guilds in Canada? Yes! While the VMQG is the largest modern quilt guild in Canada, you can find several other guilds. In BC, there are guilds in the Fraser Valley, Bulkley Valley, and Victoria. There are also modern quilt guilds in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, London (ON), and Montreal. Check The Modern Quilt Guild’s website for your local guild or start one yourself!
I’m planning a visit to Vancouver, can I drop by a meeting? Definitely! We’re happy to have visitors take part in Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meetings and we’d love to see your quilts if you’ve got any with you. In addition to lots of visitors from the Fraser Valley MQG, we’ve had guests from Merritt, Seattle, Portland, and Israel and we’d be pleased to add your town or country to that list!
What is a sew-in? A sew-in is open sewing time where members work on their own projects in a blissful atmosphere of quilting and chatting! Sew-ins usually last five to six hours. We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!
You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the presser foot!), projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and lunch/dinner.
There is a $10 fee for each sew-in and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 15 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.
Do I have to bring a sewing machine to a sew-in? Most people bring their sewing machine (and none are provided) but you’re welcome to bring a hand sewing project if you like!
Do I have to work on a quilting project at a sew-in? We don’t discriminate, all types of sewing projects are just fine! While most people work on piecing or quilting at our sew-ins, we’ve also had members make skirts and dresses.
I have a question that wasn’t answered here. Feel free to contact us through any of the addresses on our contact page. Our president will always be happy to hear from you and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.