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Pincushion Swap!

This year’s winter interguild swap is PINCUSHIONS!

(examples shown at the October meeting, pincushions made by various people, including amy, Berene and Laurraine)

We did a pincushion swap a very very long time ago, with Kansas City MQG, so it’s about time we did one within VMQG!

The guidelines are simple:
– small enough to fit inside a brown paper lunch bag
– the top must be pieced or decorated in some way, such as english paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, improv, patchwork, embroidery, etc

If you’d like to swap, no need to sign up! Just bring your finished pincushion to the December guild meeting, attach a tag to it so that the recipient knows who made it, and there will be a table where you can set it and let everyone else admire it. Later in the meeting, we’ll put the pincushions in paper bags, and have a secret swap, where everyone grabs a bag at random. Fun and simple!

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the pinterest board i made for the original swap and see if anything catches your eye.

Several people asked about the pincushion i shared at the October meeting, the shape is called a biscornu, and it’s a traditional needlework shape. i found a great tutorial on how to make a fabric one here!

(A few tips on making a biscornu – mark the centre of your squares before you stitch them together, and check out how i threaded the needle to sew the button on in this tutorial for a slick way to avoid having a visible knot. If you do that loop around one of the buttons instead of around the fabric, you won’t have to worry about it ripping the fabric or popping through when you pull it tight. Make sure you use a polyester thread though, cotton can break when you pull it snug – i learned that the hard way!)

UFO Challenge Extended!

We have a a great meeting coming up this month, with a special guest speaker Kathleen Riggins, membership renewals, and our annual executive elections.

Because the meeting is so jam-packed, and we want to leave lots of time to learn from Kathleen, our Show and Tell time will be extremely limited.

As such, we’re extending the Unfinished Objects Challenge deadline until out November guild meeting!

For a refresher of the UFO challenge, you can check out this blog post from 2015 (same rules in 2016!) The important thing is that the finished item must be shown at Show and Tell to be counted – which means we’ll need lots of show and tell time, since so many people will have finished UFOs to show, right? ūüėČ

If you’ve already finished your UFOs in preparation for our October meeting, good for you. That just means you’ll get to start something new that much sooner!

“Soul Journeys”: Katie Stein Sather and Karen Johnson

VMQG member Terry Aske has advised us of an exciting opportunity to view “Soul Journeys: the quest for completion and connection” by arriving early to the VMQG October 17, 2016 meeting.

Access to this exuberant textile art exhibit is available from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Unitarian Church Sanctuary and in the Fireside Room (in Hewett Hall where we meet, back behind the kitchen). The spaces where the show is exhibited will be in use from 6:30 on, so you MUST arrive between 6 and 6:30 to view it. Holly Williams will be at the meeting early for this purpose.

If you can’t make it to the meeting early, the exhibit runs from October 18-November 12, 2016. You can meet the artists at a reception on October 23, 2016, from 3:00-5:00 pm, or alternately, telephone the church at 604 261-7204 to arrange a viewing time.


For more information, check out the blog of one of the artists, Katie Stein Sather, where she shares her artist statement for the show.

Speed Date With Improv!

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce an upcoming workshop with our very own Krista Hennebury!

Krista blogs at Poppyprint Creates and her book Make It, Take It was published by Martingale in January 2015. Krista has long been a popular teacher within VMQG and other guilds in the lower mainland, but in the last few years quilters outside of our area have been able to learn from her as well, as she traveled to Alaska, Inuvik (NWT) and Sweden (and more!) to teach.

This workshop is especially exciting because it’s brand new, and VMQG members will be the first ones ever to take it. Read below for a description of the workshop, and how to sign up!


Speed Date with Improv is a face-paced one day workshop for the improv-curious quilter who’s ready to let go and work without stressing, obsessing or second guessing!

In the morning we’ll work our way through several fun improv piecing techniques; Krista will demo each technique, then you’ll return to your cutting mat and machine to try it out for yourself before the bell rings for your next improv demo-date. Later in the afternoon, we’ll play on the design wall, searching for serendipitous intersections of line and shape in a final layout. You’ll learn how to jigsaw your piecing together into a pleasing abstract composition that will serve as a mini-improv sampler reference for future work.

Students are encouraged to work with solids and limit their fabric palette to black, white plus one colour for high contrast visual impact and definition of line and shape. Discussion will also cover the work of improv master quilters and recommended resources for further exploration of technique.


When: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members, $60 for non-members

Sign-up: Please send your payment via etransfer or paypal to and then email Amy at to sign up. (If you pay via etransfer, please also send an email to treasurer with the password you chose!)

Sign ups are open to members at this time, the class will be open for non-members after our October meeting (if spaces are still available)

VMQG Showcase Raffle Quilt Winner

We are pleased to announce that our own Nancy Chan won our Quiltcon Charity Quilt that was raffled off at our fabulous first ever Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase which was held at the PipeShop in North Vancouver on August 27 and 28, 2016.

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild raffle draw for BC Gaming Event License #87059 was drawn on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative. We will be rounding up our donation to $1,000.

Congratulations Nancy!! Thank you to everyone who worked on the quilt!


Block Printing with Lysa Flower

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a blockprinting workshop with VMQG member Lysa Flower on October 2, 2016!

(photo credit to Carol Browne)

Lysa is one of the founders of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, a lifelong artist, and a super creative quilter. She blogs at You might have seen her Nintendo Controller quilt or Mix Tapes quilt in our Modern Quilt Showcase!

This is what she had to say about the class:
Love fabric? Have you ever thought of designing and printing your own? It can be tricky knowing where to start. Join Lysa Flower and create your very own fabric with these three easy steps.

Step one: Create a design – Design a repeat block and various other repeat patterns.

Step two: Carve a block – Use the proper technique to carve a lino block with your repeat pattern.

Step three: Printing! – Ink your palette, roll, press and print. Your life will never be the same!

Supply fee covers the lino, palettes, palette knives, ink, test paper/fabric and sketch paper/pencils.

Students will have to supply roller and carving tools, exacto knives, aprons and their own final fabric to print on.

The workshop is on Sunday, October 2, 2016. It will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, from 10am-5pm.
The workshop fee is $50 for members, $55 for non-members. There is also a $20 supply fee that will be payable to Lysa at the workshop.

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. If you would like to be on the waitlist, please email Amy at

Modern Quilt Showcase!

Please join us as we showcase the fabulous work of our members! Families welcome! This incredible renovated shipyard warehouse will be a gorgeous industrial backdrop for our work – this’ll be a brand new quilt show like you’ve never seen in the Lower Mainland.

We’ll have over 100 modern quilts on display from wall hanging to large bed-sized quilts. Some will be for sale (visa & mastercard accepted). In addition, learn about the modern design aesthetic at our Modern Mini Quilt Showcase wall and try your hand at designing  your own mini quilt composition. Volunteer guild members will be there to guide you.

We also have a gorgeous raffle quilt! Tickets are only $2/ea and 100% of proceeds will support Vancouver’s Mom to Mom Poverty Iniative

ADMISSION ONLY $5, children < 12 free

On Saturday evening there is a free community concert adjacent to our venue along with many exciting food trucks to 10:00 p.m. It’s going to be a party!


Calling All Volunteers!

As many of you know already, VMQG is hosting its first ever Quilt Showcase at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver (click here for details) on August 27 & 28.  

We’re really excited to showcase modern quilting with over 100 quilts from our guild members, as well as a Modern Mini Demonstration area for the public!

In order to pull this event off, we’re going to need volunteers for a whole variety of jobs including:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Quilt collection & return

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Set up and tear down

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Security & hosting

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Admission & ticket sales

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Demonstration area

We’ll need people who are handy with a drill and a ladder, as well as crafty folks who like to engage with the public and show off their talents.

If you’re able to volunteer, please click here to complete the Google form and sign up by July 15.

Thanks everyone!


We have SO MUCH going on at our meeting at June 20th, and numerous people have told us that they aren’t going to be able to finish their English Paper Piecing challenge in time, especially those who were frantically finishing quilts for the Lions Gate Show last weekend, or spent several days learning from Latifah Saafir a few weeks before that, or the folks on our show committee who have been doing so much work for us.

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(judging by how few people have posted with the hashtag, a lot of you are behind!)

So we’re going to extend the deadline! Since July is our annual outdoor meeting, we’re going to give you all TWO extra months, and the new deadline will be our August meeting. For a recap of the challenge guidelines, check out the original post about it.

That doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to do between now and the meeting though! ūüėČ The June meeting is our anniversary meeting, and it’s the deadline for multiple other things too.

– June 20th is the deadline to submit your quilts to our Quilt Show! Members will have received information about how to submit quilts via email and Krista also posted about this in the guild facebook group. Quilts do not have to be finished by the June 20th meeting, but they have to be finished enough for you to take a photo of it and know what the final dimensions will be. You might have enough time to finish the top of the quilt you were thinking about between now and then!

– June 20th is also the day to bring back your quilt blocks for Fort McMurray.¬†These 20″ blocks go together fast, and if you’re attending the Friday Night Sew-In on June 17th, we encourage you to bring any you might have finished or in progress.

– June is also our anniversary meeting, and long time members know that we especially love door prizes in June! The guild has grown past the point of being able to have enough door prizes for everyone at the meeting, but we still love having lots, it adds to the party atmosphere! Small handmade items are appreciated, as are modern quilting themed supplies.

– Another part of our party atmosphere is goodies! The guild will be providing punch and cupcakes, but it’s always fun to have variety.

See you on June 20th!



English Paper Piecing Challenge!

At our last meeting, I (amy) did a talk on English Paper Piecing (EPP) and we announced our latest guild challenge!

(my bundle all spread out!)

Bunnys Designs in Austin Texas very generously donated samples of cute Japanese fabrics which included seven 1″ hexagon papers. (VMQG purchased additional papers to insert into the baggies, so you should have at least fifteen) We distributed these bundles at the March guild meeting, and they’ll be available at the April meeting until the end of the break. After that, we’ll make the extras available to anyone who needs more fabric to work with, so if you haven’t received your fabric and won’t be attending the April meeting, please ask a friend to pick yours up, or contact us ASAP!

The guidelines for the challenge are:

Make something using English Paper Piecing techniques. it doesn’t matter what, just something! We encourage you to try this technique if it’s new to you, even if all you do is make a few hexies and applique them onto a zippered pouch. You might surprise yourself and love it!
– Use the majority of the fabric provided. The styles of the fabric vary within the fabric packet, so if you skip a few of the prints, that’s fine, but use as much as you can.
– You can add whatever additional fabrics you like, it’s wide open!
– Bring your finished item back to the June VMQG meeting. It’s our anniversary meeting, and we’ll do a group shot with all of our fabulous EPP projects!
– use the hashtag #vmqgeppchallenge when posting on social media so that we can follow along with your progress.

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my hexies

Fussy cutting hexies can be addictive, have fun with it!