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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!

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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.

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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 treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and then email Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 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!

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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!

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Lysa is one of the founders of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, a lifelong artist, and a super creative quilter. She blogs at www.lysaflower.com. 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:
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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.
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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 workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

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!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

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!

EPP Challenge EXTENDED!

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! 😉 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!

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

Latifah Saafir!!

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is so excited to announce that Latifah Saafir is coming to visit!

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Latifah is one of the co-founders of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the overall worldwide organization (that we are part of!) The Modern Quilt Guild.

She will be here for a lecture on Friday May 27th and workshops on Saturday, May 28th, Sunday, May 29th, and Monday, May 30th.

Latifah combines her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing to creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. She is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts.

Her lecture on Friday May 27th is titled Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future, and will include some aspects of a trunk show.

MODERN QUILTING: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE –

Learn about the tradition of Modern Quilting, how it originated,
where it is now, and what the future may hold.

Tickets for the lecture will be $15 for members and non-members alike, and will be available for purchase at the VMQG March 21st meeting.

 

The class on Saturday May 28th will be Latifah’s famous Glam Clam quilt. First-Kiss-Portfolio-1200x1200full_4608_61605_GlamClamQuilt8_1full_8739_61605_GlamClamQuilt8_4

GLAM CLAM QUILT – Everything is better when it’s bigger right? Even clamshells? Learn an alternative to hand piecing clamshells, by learning to piece these with your sewing machine. They are big, bold, and fun. Learn the tricks and tips to piece your very own 8” or 12” Glam Clam Quilt in any quilt size that you’d like without pins and without ironing!

This class will be held at a new location for us on Great Northern Way in Vancouver.

 

The class on Sunday, May 29 will be a quilt called Rocket 88.

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ROCKET 88 QUILT – Learn the innovative technique of machine sewn bias tape applique to make a Rocket 88 quilt and learn about how this can be applied to many quilt designs.

This class will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

 

The class on Monday, May 30th will be a quilt called Molehills.

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MOLEHILLS QUILT – This pattern is great for learning curved piecing since the curves are gentle and easy to sew. With two versions AND a special bonus this pattern has a lot of room for personalization! You will learn curved piecing and a relaxed version of foundation paper piecing.

This class will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

Please email Amy and see if there are spaces left in the workshop you’re interested in, then use the Paypal buttons on this blog post to pay for the workshops!

How do you sign up? it’s a little different than our usual classes. 
Workshops will be $90 for members, $100 for non-members.

The first round of signups start NOW and will go until the end of the March 21st VMQG meeting. A payment for each class must be submitted when signing up to hold your spot. Members can sign up for one or more classes, but have no guarantee of selection. You can pay via cash, cheque or Square at the meeting, but you must pay for each workshop separately.

If more than 20 people have signed up for each class by the end of the March 21 2016 guild meeting, spaces in the class will be selected via lottery, and participants will be advised by Monday, March 28, 2016.  Members whose names were not selected will have their cheque returned at the April guild meeting or will have their digital payments refunded by March 28th.

If the classes are not full by the end of the March 21st meeting, the spaces will be opened up to non-members for the price of $100 per workshop.

Class fees are only refundable if someone can be found to fill the space. Participants are NOT allowed to choose their own replacement if there are still people waiting in the lottery.

If you want to sign up online, please use the following PayPal button to pay for the workshops you want and then send Amy an email at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca telling her what you’ve paid for.

Signing up in advance of the meeting doesn’t change your chances of getting a spot, but it does mean it’s one less thing that you’ll have to do during break at the March meeting (trust me, there’s a lot going on in March!).

Fancy Fox II class in January!

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Fancy Fox II quilt block by Stacey Murton

VMQG’s own Jade Prosser (@stitchmischief on instagram) will be running a workshop to make Fancy Fox II, the large version of Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern, and we need more people to make sure the workshop happens!

Trying to think of a holiday gift that’s not STUFF? What about spending a day together sewing? This wonderful pattern is perfect for newer quilters, or a parent/child experience! It’s not a quilting 101 class, so basic knowledge is required, but it’s a funky pattern for all ages, and Jade is really excited about the possibility of working with teen sewers!

(not sure your giftee is old enough? email amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and we can chat about it!)

For more experienced quilters, the pattern goes together really quickly and given its large scale, you should have a quilt top by the end of the day. Come and join us!

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We’ve rescheduled this class to January, and switched it to a Saturday after feedback from members that they’d like more Saturday workshops. 

Date: Saturday January 30th, 2015

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Location: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Cost: $50 (members)/$55 (non-members).

Includes pattern, which retails for $15.

Questions? Wanna sign up?  Email amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

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Linda Morrison with her Fancy Fox II quilt

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pillow seen at Dry Goods Designs in Seattle

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Stacey Murton with her Fancy Fox II quilt

 

Free Motion Quilting Workshop with Lynne Fanthorpe

Our next workshop  will be on Free Motion Quilting techniques, taught by Lynne Fanthorpe from the Fraser Valley Quilt Guild.

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Lynne will be teaching beginner FMQ techniques. Whether you’ve never taken a class or you’ve taken a class and since forgotten, Lynne will be sharing her experience. 

Here’s Lynne’s bio:

 I have been sewing since I was 7, buying my first machine at 12.  I didn’t start to quilting until 1994. For the first few quilts I did straight line quilting with my walking food.  My first attempt at free motion was when I realized I couldn’t turn a quilt to continue stitching so I dropped the feed dogs and free motion quilted in the ditch.  That was about 1998 and I have free motion quilted ever since.  I began teaching in 2007 when our guild set up a free motion mentorship program.  I have spoken at most of the guilds in the lower mainland and have taught from Powell River to Victoria and all over the lower mainland.  I love teaching people to quilt because for me it is the best part, or maybe just the most fun,  of quilt making.

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Every time someone suggested a FMQ workshop, someone else would suggest Lynne, so we’re very excited to have her teach for us! The class will be limited to 15 people, so that everyone can get some hands on assistance.

When: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $45 for members, $50 for non-members

Time: 10am-5pm

Sign-up: This workshop is currently full (as of Sept 29/15). Please email Amy at amy AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca to be added to the wait list. Sign ups are open to members at this time, the class will be open for non-members after our October meeting (if any spaces have opened up).