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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!

VMQG October Meeting – Trunk Show by Kathleen Riggins , Canadian Longarm Quilter

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce that we will be hosting Kathleen Riggins, an extraordinary Canadian modern longarm quilter, for a trunk show at our October meeting, Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7pm.

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Kathleen is from Camrose, Alberta and has been sewing and quilting all of her life.  She has been free-motion quilting for over a decade and long-arm quilting for several years.  A few of us had the pleasure of attending several classes with her at Quiltcon and have seen her fantastic work first hand.  

Kathleen often teaches at Sparrow Studios in Edmonton and has just returned from teaching in Australia at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival and several other locations.  She will also be teaching longarm quilting at Quiltcon East in Savannah, Georgia in February 2017.  Luckily we get to see her first!!

If you do not know her work, you can check it out on her blog at https://kathleenquilts.com/.  She is also on Instagram @kathleenquilts and is on Facebook as well.

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Details: 

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, October 17, 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.

For meetings where we have special guests, including this one, the entrance fee will be $5 for non-members.

VMQG August 15th Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, August 15th, 2016!  

I hope everyone is staying cool with this awesome summer weather!  AND everyone is super excited for our first ever VMQG Showcase!  For this August Meeting we are happy to have our very own Amy Dame give us some pointers on working/sewing with vinyl!  Yay!

Also a reminder that the English Paper Piecing projects are due!  We’ll be having a group photo to show off all of the things we made!  Can’t wait to see everyone there!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) VMQG Showcase! – August 27 & 28th, The Pipe Shop Building, North Vancouver Shipyards, 115 Victory Ship Way (the foot of Lonsdale Ave.)  Admission $5 adults, children under 12 free
2.) 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

August Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, August 15th, 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
Little Boy Britches Blocks for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– English Paper Piecing projects
– 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
– Working with Vinyl with Amy
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for workshops, sew-in’s, etc)
– August Block Lotto Challenge
– Group Photo for E.P.P challenge
– 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 Modern Quilt Showcase!! – August 27 – 28, 2016

VMQG MODERN QUILT SHOWCASE

The VMQG proudly presents our first ever Modern Quilt Showcase, featuring over 100 modern quilts made by our members. There will be a Modern Mini Demonstration wall providing concrete examples of the modern quilting esthetic, a community activity table staffed by volunteer quilters and beautiful modern quilts from wall-hanging to bed-size hung in a unique industrial setting in the North Vancouver Shipyards.

Saturday, August 27 from noon – 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Pipe Shop Building, North Vancouver Shipyards
115 Victory Ship Way (the foot of Lonsdale Ave.)
Admission $5 adults, children under 12 free

Saturday evening features a free outdoor concert and onsite food trucks until 10:00 p.m.  A short stroll from the Seabus Terminal, FREE weekend parking in the ICBC parkade directly north of Lonsdale Quay, ample metered parking nearby or street parking just a block away.

I hope we see everyone there!!!

VMQG 3rd weekend retreat: October 14-16, 2016

Having a blast at the 2016 VMQG Retreat!

Having a blast at the 2016 VMQG Retreat!

Last year was my first retreat with the guild and I can honestly say that there isn’t a weekend that goes by that I don’t wish to be quilting with all my lovely guildies right then and there!  Thankfully!  We have another VMQG Retreat coming up again!

For October 2016 we will again be having our retreat at the lovely Edenvale Retreat Centre!  The space is so great for everyone to get their projects done!  I know I had a VERY successful time there with some things I needed to work on.

Here are the details:

LocationEdenvale Retreat Centre4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Dates: Friday October 14 – Sunday October 16, 2015
Check-in: 10:00 a.m.  Friday
Check-out: 2:00 p.m. Sunday (NO LUNCH served on Sunday, however there will be a generous brunch.)
Included: all meals, linen, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars
Accommodations :  2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunk beds) @ $265 for two nights; Single (limited number) @$320 for two nights
Payment: $75 non-refundable deposit at May 16th meeting, final payment due July 18th 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 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. 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.

Please direct any questions to president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and they will be forwarded to Susanne Chaffe, or you can send her a message through Facebook.

VMQG May 16th Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, May 16th, 2016!  

May is here and we have some great stuff this month!  Finally we can hear some re-caps from Quiltcon 2016 from some fantastic volunteers who went!  The Lion’s Gate Quilters Guild will be at the meeting selling raffle tickets for the upcoming June quilt show.  We’ll hear some more updates for our own quilt show coming up and so much more!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Latifah Saafir Lecture – Friday, May 27th, “Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future” Lecture, $15
2.) Latifah Saafir Glam Clam Workshop – Saturday, May 28th, $90 (members)
3.) Latifah Saafir Rocket 88 Workshop – Sunday, May 29th, $90 (members)
4.) Latifah Saafir Molehills Workshop – Monday, May 30th, $90 (members)

May Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, May 16th, 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 emailmembership@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 $50 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
– X Marks the Improv for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– VMQG Show quilt registration
– 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
– VMQG Show information from Krista
– Edenvale Retreat Sign up
– Mini Maker Faire update
– Updates from Quiltcon 2016!

– Break (eat treats & socialize; pick up quilts, sign up for workshop, Shopping!)
– June Block Lotto Challenge
– 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 March 21st Meeting Reminder

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

Sorry this email reminder is coming so late.  We have so much to talk about in March that some last minute changes were made!  We have some lovely guest speakers this month, VMQG Show (yay!) updates, guild challenges (exciting!) and so much more!  Can’t wait to see you all there!

Upcoming VMQG Events
1.) Free Motion Quilting 2.0 with Stacey Murton! – Sunday April 24th, Croatian Cultural Centre,
2.) Latifah Saafir Lecture – Friday, May 27th, “Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future” Lecture, $15
3.) Latifah Saafir Glam Clam Workshop – Saturday, May 28th, $90 (members)
4.) Latifah Saafir Rocket 88 Workshop – Sunday, May 29th, $90 (members)
5.) Latifah Saafir Molehills Workshop – Monday, May 30th, $90 (members)

March Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, March 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 emailmembership@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 $50 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
– Paul’s Fancy Star Block for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– 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
– VMQG Show information from Krista
– Langley Quilter’s Guild Guest Speakers
– New Guild Challenge!
– April Block Lotto Challenge
– Guild Speaker Shelagh
– Break (eat treats & socialize; pick up quilts, sign up for workshop, sew-in)
– 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 Show!!!

Hey Everyone!  As mentioned at the meeting, I would be posting some information on the blog from Krista regarding a VMQG Show.  Yay!!!  So exciting for us!  Here is what Krista has put together for us.

Following the success of our VMQG Modern Mini Showcase last fall at the Vancouver Quilter’s Guild show, there was a sense of excitement around us having our very own show. The depth of talent in the VMQG is undeniable. We are in a great position to host our very own show; we have many enthusiastic guild members and there is a strong local interest in modern quilts. Let’s do this!

There are at least half a dozen traditional shows that take place annually in the Vancouver area. It is my desire to lead a group of VMQG members that are willing to try things differently: to create a gallery-type environment that will best show off our modern quilt designs. For an excellent example of what we’d like to see here in Vancouver, please take a look at the fabulous Montreal MQG recent show!

I have been on the organizing committee for 6 large traditional shows, so I am very aware of the lead time, quilter-power required and expenses involved. When you see a large show all hung on pipe and drape? The rental of that equipment alone can cost upwards of $5000-$8000. There are many other additional expenses, the largest of which is venue rental. For us starting out, this is likely out of reach.

We need to think differently.

I’m looking for a group of up to 5 volunteers to kick off discussions that include design & venue ideas for our show. No previous show-organizing experience is required. Eventually, there will be many more volunteers required to plan and run the show, including finance, venue, registration, set up, take down, publicity, quilt labels…etc. Now is the time for envisioning the show and finding a venue – there will be plenty of time for the work to make it actually happen.

If you cannot commit to planning at this time, but have suggestions regarding public exhibition space (venue name/contact person – please take a moment to do some preliminary research for us), or an interesting idea about how our show could stand out from the rest and best display our quilts, please share with me by emailing Krista.hennebury@shaw.ca

Want to be on the planning committee? Let me know at the same email address. We’ll have our first meeting in March once the people are in place and we can pick a workable date and central location.

This is definitely some great news!!!  I really hope this can be achieved.  We are crafty bunch!  Let’s put our collective heads together and paraphrasing what Krista has already said “do this!”