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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

VMQG February 20th 2017 Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, February 20th, 2017!

BRRR!!! I hope we saw the last of the snow!!!  This month we have a fantastic presentation from one of our very own members, Krista Hennebury.  She will be doing a talk for us called “Who gives a Flying Fat Quarter about Accuracy?”  Can’t wait!

I also want to announce that we will be starting sign-ups for the Jacquie Gering Workshops at this meeting.  We’ve finalized the classes and the cost.  So be sure to bring your payments!

The workshops are as follows:

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

The cost of the workshops is $125 for members, $150 for non-members (pending availability)

The tickets for the lecture/trunk show that will take place on Friday May 26th will be starting to sell at the March 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

February Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, February 20th, 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
Paper Pieced Envelopes 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
– Block Lotto Challenge
– Who Gives a Flying Fat Quarter about Accuracy by Krista Hennebury
– 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!

VMQG January 16th 2017 Meeting Reminder!

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, January 16th, 2017!

It’s a new year!!!  A big welcome to 2017!!!  This month we have a special guest speaker!  Judy Villett will be giving a talk and demo on “To Judge or Not to Judge.”  Some of the points she will be speaking on are:

  • Encourage participation in judged competitions
  • Demystify the judging process
  • Explain and demonstrate the judging procedures
  • And more!

Due to the speaking time, we will be having a shortened Show & Tell.  If you need to send off the project, please show!  If it can wait for another month, please show it at the February meeting!

Another reminder….DESTASH TIME!!!!  We will be having members sign up for a table for the March Destash!  Tables are $15 each, you can share a table if you want to.  It will be first come, first serve. So if you can’t make it to the meeting but really want a table for the destash, I would encourage you to find another member who can sign you up and provide the payment.  There are a limited amount of tables.

PLEASE REMEMBER – This is a destash. ie. Maybe you bought a little too much (we’ve all been there…) or some of that fabric isn’t really your taste anymore or you just know that the bears wearing gumboots half yard deserves a new home!  Everything on the table should be coming from your home, not resold goods. A destash, not a pop-up shop.

It’s your table, you can do what you wish with it.  However, there will not be tables provided for cutting, sorting, etc.  A good idea would be to possibly pre-sort your cuts and label with quarter yard, half yard, yard, etc.  There is limited space and we want to provide as many tables for members who want them.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!  We have a last minute Sew-in!! Friday January 20th from 1PM – 11PM!  The December weather made it not so easy for some people to come to the last sew-in so Holly worked her magic and booked us for another date!!!  You can sign up at the meeting or use PayPal online for $10 or it’s $15 at the door!  Come on and get your sew on!

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.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, January 16th, 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
Snowball 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
– New Guild Challenge!
– Block Lotto Challenge
– Judy Villett Lecture and Demo!
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for retreat, etc)
– Show and Tell (Shortened due to speaker)
– 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!

VMQG December 19th Meeting Reminder

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, December 19th, 2016!  

Brrrr!!!! It’s cold outside!  Hope everyone has been enjoying the snow!  Tomorrow is our Annual Holiday Party!  So please feel free to bring extra tasty treats to share for this meeting!  Another reminder is if you had time to make a pincushion for the swap, please bring and share!  Be safe in the snow if you driving from afar!

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.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, December 19th, 2016
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
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
Greyscale Blocks for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Pincushion for swap!
– 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!
– Guild Business
– Block Lotto Challenge
– QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt update
– April Edenvale Retreat
– 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!

VMQG’s next weekend retreat: April 28-May 1, 2017

vmqg2016-retreatTired of the gloomy winter weather and dreaming of quilting this spring?  I know I am!  Our next weekend retreat will take place April 28 to May 1, when we can all enjoy brighter skies and 14-1/2 hours of daylight per day at the Edenvale Retreat Centre.  We’re doing an extended retreat of three days and three nights, Friday to Monday, so more sewing for everyone this time around!

If you want to join the retreat, please bring your non-refundable deposit of $120 to the December guild meeting.  Here are the full details:

LocationEdenvale Retreat Centre4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates: Friday April 28 – Monday May 1, 2017

Check-in: 1 p.m. Friday

Check-out: 1:00 p.m. Monday (NO LUNCH served on Monday, however there will be a generous brunch.)

Included: all meals, bed linens and towels, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars

Accommodations :  2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunk beds) @ $390 for three nights; Single (limited number) @$435 for three nights

Payment: $120 non-refundable deposit at the December 19th meeting, final payment due at the January 16, 2017 meeting.

WE CAN TAKE IT All: Cheque (preferred, because it’s easiest if we have over 20 applicants), Credit Card (earn those miles), or CASH.

The limit on the number of participants is 20, so if more people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available 20 spaces, plus create an additional 5 waiting list spaces (of course, if you don’t get a space, we will return your deposit). Sign ups cannot be taken via email or telephone, so if you can’t make the meeting, please send your cash or cheque with a friend.

VMQG member Jessica W. is coordinating the retreat, so if you have any questions, please speak to her at the guild meeting or send her an email atmomijistudio@gmail.com.

Meeting Reminder! Monday November 21st 2016

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 21st, 2016!  

Hey Everyone!  This is embarrassing but I forgot to send out the email reminder last week!  I will be sure to post this in the Facebook group as well.

Tonight we are happy to have our VINTAGE QUILTS SHOW AND TELL!  If you have a vintage quilt or a quilt that was inspired by vintage quilts, please be sure to come sign up and show us!  We will also be having the regular Show and tell and this is the last month to get your UFO Challenges done!

ALSO, Membership was  due for October!  Be sure to bring your membership form and fees.

See you all later!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) VMQG Sew-in – When: Friday December 9th 1pm to 11pm Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor. Fees: $10 or $15 at the door

November Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, November 21st, 2016
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
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
 Polaroid Block for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Vintage Quilt Show & tell
– Show & tell items (UFO’s!!)
– 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
– November Block Lotto Challenge
– Vintage Quilt Show and Tell
– QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt update
– April Retreat Annoucement
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for workshops, sew-in’s, etc)
– Regular 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!

Vintage Quilts – November Meeting Special Show & Tell!!

“Old quilts are rich with information and inspiration for today’s quilters. They are full of ideas and knowledge found nowhere else.”  

Bill Volkening in Modern Roots: Today’s Quits from Yesterday’s Inspiration.

Many modern quilters study antique and vintage quilts for inspiration and some of the strongest trends in modern quilting owe a debt to previous generations of quilters.

Many of us have vintage quilts that may be cherished family heirlooms or awesome finds in thrift shops.  Sometimes the workmanship is exquisite and the quilt is in pristine condition; other times the quilt is  faded and the workmanship imperfect but the quilt has soul and an energy that draws us in. Whatever their history, we have kept these old quilts because they speak to us in some way.

For our November meeting we’re asking you to bring a vintage quilt to share and inspire.  We will have a special Show &  Tell segment for vintage quilts BEFORE the break.   

What is “vintage”?  There are lots of definitions around but I think this one will do – “”any quilt from the past that we can learn from or be inspired by”.

We will have a special door prize and every member who brings a vintage quit to share will be eligible to win.  

VMQG September 19th Meeting Reminder

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 19th, 2016!  

It’s September already!  Where did the summer go!?  I hope everyone enjoyed the great weather we had and made some fantastic memories.  We had a FABULOUS first ever VMQG Showcase!  A big thank you to all the Committee members on putting together a great show.

For the September meeting, we are happy to welcome Dinkydoo Fabrics who will be having a pop-up show!  Be sure to take a look!  The break will be extended for shopping purposes.

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Block Printing Workshop with Lysa Flower – Sunday October 2, 2016, Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre, $50 for members, $55 for non-members, plus $20 supply fee payable to Lysa – FULL (wait list in effect)

September Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, September 19th, 2016
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.

What to bring:
– 2015/16 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2015/16 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2016) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
Improv Curve for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Show & tell items (UFO’s!!)
– 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
– VMQG Show Summary
– Guild Business
– September Block Lotto Challenge
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for workshops, sew-in’s, Dinkydoo Pop-Up Shop, 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!