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Level Two Tote Workshop with Krista Hennebury

Our own Krista Hennebury is back to teach her Level Two Tote.  Note the workshop will be held at the Danish Luthern Church in Burnaby.

Looking for a sturdy, functional tote for yourself or perhaps a fabulous Christmas gift for friends? Show off your favourite special fabrics in this project. With just a wee bit of pre-class cutting, you’ll leave the workshop with a completed bag! No special tools required; I will bring everything you need to punch your leather straps and install the rivets.

 This design grew out of my experience making many, many purses, bags, duffels and totes. I wanted a stylish everyday bag that didn’t have a lot of complicated hardware, closures or too much structure. It is called the Level Two tote for a few reasons: it is the perfect pattern for a sewist looking to up their skills from a very basic bag, it is constructed from two outer fabrics with the bottom ‘level’ suitable for a quick clean and finally, it fits not only your everyday stuff but also a few extra items! The tote features the following:

-a waxed canvas, cork fabric, vinyl/pleather or sew-able leather bottom, 

-cotton canvas, upholstery-weight or linen blend upper,

-metal zip pocket, 

-interior slip pocket, 

-magnetic closure, and 

-riveted leather handles. 

UPCYCLE OPTION: have you got an old leather or suede skirt or jacket? The bottom level fabric piece is 17”w x 16”h. If you can cut a piece this big, then you’re in business!

Pattern & Notions Kit fee: $35/student.  Kit includes leather handles in black or veg-tanned natural, matching leather rivet tabs, 8 rivets and coordinating metal zipper and magnetic closure in nickel or brass coloured metal.  Extra hardware kits $25 ea.

Sign up is available using PayPal Button below.

Date:  Saturday, November 17
Place: Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, B.C.
Time: 10 am
Cost: $50 for members.  In addition to the pattern or notion kit to be purchased from Krista.

The fee is non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on the waitlist.  You will be advised after October 15th if space is available.




Map Quilt Workshop with Amy Dame

Amy Dame is a modern quilter and a sometimes art quilter who used this technique to make a huge map of Vancouver that was so accurate that attendees at an art show were able to pinpoint locations on the map to mark events in their lives. Amy is a founding executive member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and has been quilting for more than 15 years and sewing for more than 25. You can check out Amy’s website at www.amydame.ca and follow them on Instagram @amydamemakesstuff

For this workshop, we’ll be taking the techniques used for the map above to create smaller personalized maps. A combination of raw edge applique and confetti applique will be used to create a map that showcases a special location in your life. Home can literally be where the heart is!
(Or in the case of this sample – VMQG meetings are where the heart is!)

We’ll use free motion quilting and straight line quilting to construct a wall hanging, but you don’t need to be experienced at either technique. The supply fee includes the beginning of a personalized pattern using the address of your choice – you’ll finish creating the 10” x 12” pattern during the workshop. Whether or not you complete your quilt by the end of the day depends on how complex your pattern is, but most people should start on the last step. Participants will take their quilts home to rinse and wash before assembling the wall hanging.

There will be discussion and demonstration towards the end of the workshop of ways to complete the quilt after washing, including how to mount the quilt on stretcher bars and finish the sides, if that is the technique you choose.


This is a fun workshop. We’ll get sticky (sometimes very sticky!) and play with scraps of fabric, and quilt through lots of layers and sometimes stitches might skip. You won’t end up with an award worthy quilt with a gorgeous backside, and that’s okay because you’ll be learning a new technique and making a quilt that means something to you.

The machine you bring to the workshop needs to be able to do straight walking foot quilting, free motion quilting and zigzag stitch. This workshop uses a variety of tools that are chemical based, most notably 505 adhesive and sharpie markers. Please be aware of this – it’s recommended that you wear a mask while using these tools, and if it is a rainy day, we will be using spray adhesive inside. If you are especially sensitive to 505 spray adhesive, this may not be the class for you.

In addition to the workshop fee payable to VMQG, there is also a $20 per person supply fee payable to Amy directly. The $20 supply fee covers the map base fabric, tulle, wash-away stabilizer, 12 weight thread, yarn, a schmetz 110/18 denim needle, print outs for your individualized map pattern, and the grey, green and blue fabrics used for the maps. (If your map is not of an urban area, you will need to bring your own fabric.) A supply list will also be distributed, and you will need to bring the items on the list to supplement what is provided for you.

 Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
 Location: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre
 Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members, $65 for non-members with an additional $20 supply fee paid to Amy directly.

Signup will start at the September Guild Meeting.  If non-members would like to be placed on the waiting list please email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Circles, circles, circles

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(one of Terry’s circle quilts)

Do you love the look of circles in quilts?  But are you intimidated by sewing curves?

Terry Aske is a longtime VMQG member who makes amazing art quilts and blogs at TerryAskeArtQuilts.com. Her work has won awards, is regularly published in magazines, and was included in a recent book. And she’s intimidated by curves too! She uses a variety of techniques to create her circle quilts that are simple, easy and effective, and she’s going to share them with us!

 

(from first workshop taught to VMQG members)

The workshop will cover:

  • an easy method to draw a circle any size
  • making and using freezer-paper templates
  • how to create accurate circles using a freezer paper pattern and flat seam sewing
  • circles with raw edges, covered with bias tape, couching or decorative stitching
  • circles with folded edges

We will make 12 inch square blocks using a variety of techniques.  The blocks could become a small wall-hanging, a pillow cover, or the start of a larger quilt.

Here are some examples of the blocks we’ll be making –

DSCN4680 DSCN4681

Terry blogged about some other examples here, you should check them out!

So come join us for a day of circles!!

Date: Sunday, September 30

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $55 for VMQG members, $70 for non-members

The workshop is now full. Please email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to get on the waiting list.

Improv Letters Workshop

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to have Felicity Ronaghan back teaching us all about improv lettering.  Felicity has been quilting for nearly 20 years. From the first minute of her first learn-to-quilt class, she knew she’d discovered her “thing.”

 

 

 

 

 

When Felicity discovered the online world of modern quilting and began her blog in 2010 (www.felicityquilts.com), her passion was kicked into overdrive where it’s been ever since. She’s a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

Felicity has been able to apply her professional experience in training and development to quilting – she has taught formal and informal workshops for VMQG, has done trunk shows, as well as created numerous tutorials for her blog. Felicity also enjoyed a two-year run as VMQG co-President and meeting chair. She currently works at her local quilt shop as a teacher, designer and sales associate.

Felicity’s style tends to the modern and improvisational, but she is just as comfortable with traditional piecing and precise ¼” seams.

Learn Felicity’s technique for making improv letters – you’ll create your own alphabet of wonky letters, both upper and lower case.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of planning and piecing a wonky alphabet, you’ll be free to use the technique in any size to piece a word, a quote or an entire song into your project.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Draw a letter with piecing in mind.
  2. Plan ahead for a letter’s final size.
  3. Cut (with or without rulers) and piece a letter.
  4. Increase the complexity of letters by pre-piecing components.

Workshop signup starts at our March 19th meeting.

Date: May 6th; 10 am – 3 pm

Place: Croation Cultural Center (2nd Floor)

Cost:  $50 Member; $65 non-members 

Please note workshop fees are non refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

 

How to Design a Paper Pieced Block

Our own Lysa Mair will be teaching us how to design our own paper pieced block.  Check out her website at http://www.lysaflower.com

When I learned to paper piece (from VMQG’s very own Sonja Callaghan) my brain exploded with possibilities. There were a ton of great blocks out there already but the puzzle and the challenge to design my own blocks was to irresistible not to follow. I didn’t jump in right away though, it can be intimidating… all those pieces!

People seem to LOVE or really not love paper piecing, I’ve never met anyone who feels indifferent about it. If you love the process and the graphic nature of it then I bet you’re ready to design your own block. Given you have a basic understanding of paper piecing, join me Lysa Flower on April 22 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, as we walk through the process of designing your own individual paper pieced blocks.
Sign up starts at February 19th meeting; fees are non-refundable.
When:  Sunday, April 22nd
Where: Croatian Cultural Center
Cost: $50 members; $65 non-members (can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be added to the waiting list).

 

 

Retreat Bag and Dumpling Pouch

Michelle Brassens and Amy Dame are teaming up for our next workshop.

Michelle will be teaching the Emmaline Retreat Bag which is perfect for all your sewing supplies.  You can read more about it here: https://emmalinebags.com/products/the-retreat-bag-pdf

With its internal frame it stays open effortlessly, allowing you to see everything inside and get that seam ripper STAT!   Two inner pockets store small things and a wide base makes it sturdy so it won’t fall over even when full of your favourite things.

In this class we will talk about different types of interfacing, learn how to insert internal frame hardware, install zippers, and box corners for a pretty, functional bag you’ll want to take to all your sewing gatherings. We’ll be adding handles too, so it’s easier to carry around.

This is an intermediate class; you should have sewing experience and be comfortable with your machine.

Amy will take over later in the afternoon to teach her Dumpling Pouch.  She will teach you how to sew the zipper onto a curve.  There is an option for two sizes.

When: Sunday, March 25th

Where: Knight and Broadway 

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $30 for members, $45 for non-members

Retreat Bag Supplies $15 (includes internal frame and heavy weight interfacing) or bring your own supplies.

Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

Non-members can be added to a waitlist; email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

December 11th Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, December 11th, 2017

It’s December already! Meeting is a week early this year, don’t forget your swap project treats.

Upcoming Events

1.) VMQG Edenvale Retreat
Friday January 12 – 15, 2018, 3250 Commercial Drive, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford, Edenvale Retreat & Conference Centre, $390-$435 depending on single or shared rooms (limited availability for single rooms).  Due immediately.

2.) The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell
Sunday, February 4th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Room C at Croatian Cultural Centre, $55 for Members, $70 for Non-Members. Sold Out.

3.) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, at Langara College. $50 for Members, $65 for Non-Members.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
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:
– Completed membership form and $50 dues for membership 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Improv Tree Blocks for block lotto

– Your completed VMQG Scrap Swap Project
– 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
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Guild Business
– Guild Feature – mini Trunk Show by Barb Mortell
– Block Lotto Challenge
– Break (eat treats & socialize; 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!

Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz

VMQG is excited to have Guild Member Paul  teach us about using your wedge rule.  This hands-on workshop covers several techniques that can be done with the ruler.

This is really to explore what you can do with wedge templates.  Each block will be a quarter circle of 9 wedges and could be any size up to 3 feet, so a full circle could end up being big enough for a whole quilt top.

We’ll start by using some of Paul’s ugly Christmas fabric and will go through the steps in cutting and sewing the wedges, then how to add in the centre arc and the outside to complete a quarter circle square.

He’ll show you several examples of what you can do now that you’ve learned how to use the rulers and then you can start on your own project with your own fabric.  You can decide how big to make each wedge and how improvised or how colourful using your own selection of coordinating fabrics and a solid or two for background fabrics.

Check out these two galleries in Flicker for some inspiration:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28136612@N08/galleries/72157629514907951/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28136612@N08/galleries/72157645204473693/

You will need to have your own ruler or purchase one.  Paul will have some available to purchase at the December meeting.

Workshop sign up starts at our Dec 11th meeting.

Workshop Date: Sunday, Feb 25th, 2018

Where: Langara College

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members.

$65 for non-members.  This workshop will be open to non-members after our Dec 11th meeting if spaces are available.  Email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

 

The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell

VMQG is excited to announce that Barb Mortell, a well-known local quilt  maker,  teacher and founder of ArtLeap, will  conduct a workshop for our Guild in early 2018.  Barb has exhibited internationally and has recently had her quilts published in books with Nancy Crow and Sherri Lynn Wood.  You can see some of her works here and here .  Barb will also give a trunk show at our December guild meeting so that you can see first hand some of Barb’s inspiring work.

A jam session is an event where a group of musicians get together to improvise new riffs on standard songs.   Each musician has skill on their chosen instrument, but to play well together, they must know know how to execute perfect scales in many keys. Given the right set of circumstances, the magic happens.

I call this quilt the Door Jam, because it started with a simple shape that looked like a door with a frame, or a jamb. As I was taking my dog for a walk through the neighbourhood we passed a simple grey house, with white trim and a yellow door. This sighting inspired the colour story. Jamming, or riffing on a single, simple shape, changing the scale and the proportions and the colours and value placements is much like musicians jamming together to make new and wonderful music.

In this workshop, we will take the basic shape of the framed door, and jam along with improvisational ideas. It’s a very simple idea, but one with many possibilities. Colour it simple, like I did, with varying shades of neutrals and a single colour., Try developing a larger colour story by framing multi coloured doors in black, or make rows in differing colour combos – it is limitless. I’ll show you a few different ideas to use the same shape in different ways, using multiple techniques to get the job done. We will discuss how to make an idea book for yourself to attain variety.

This lack of limit is what my workshops are about. I encourage each student to find a simple idea and follow it through to their own conclusion. In every workshop, the idea or impetus is just the starting point. We will talk and learn about colour theory, about value placement, about contrast and depth, scale and proportion. You will find your own composition while exploring and sharing ideas in the workshop.  Find your own approach, create your own work, share your vision, and learn the way to find your unique point of departure.

A few other works of Barb.

Collaborative Improv – Workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood.

Big T – Pictured with Barb’s favourite things – birds, quilts, seashore, fresh air.

Workshop sign up starts at our Nov 20th meeting.

Workshop Date: Sunday, Feb 4th, 2018

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members.

$70 for non-members.  This workshop will be open to non-members after our Dec 11th meeting if spaces are available.  Email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

 

 

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Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition

Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition


Workshop is now open to non-members. Please register through PayPal with button below and email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Come join Amy in making Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition! We’ll spend the day mastering the zipper and different aspects of the pouch. You’ll leave well on your way to completing 4 pouches and with the confidence to make many more, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season!
We’ll start out the day making unlined vinyl toiletry bags. We’ll go through some of the tips that I talk about in my Vinyl/Laminate talk, and I’ll show you how easy it is to work with! This is a great introduction to pouches, since it’s unlined. People who want to make glitter vinyl pouches will have the option to buy a kit for an additional fee.
After the vinyl pouches, we’ll switch out our needles and move on to cotton to make cute little pyramid coin pouches. These pouches are partially lined, so you’ll learn how to sew lining onto a zipper. We’ll also discuss different ways of finishing visible seams inside pouches.
We’ll move from pyramids to pouches with boxed corners. You’ll learn how to draft a pattern to match any size of zipper, fabric print or leftover quilt block without losing the shape of the pouch. You’ll practice sewing lining to zippers again, and make a fully lined pouch. We’ll also talk about different ways of finishing your zipper ends and discuss the pros and cons of each. And while we’re talking about options, we’ll go through the different stabilizers that you can use for pouches, depending on what look you want for your finished pouch.
 We’ll finish up the day making the super cute dumpling/pierogi pouch. The zipper sewn onto a curve is a bit more challenging, but after all the practice you’ve had throughout the day, you’ll be ready!
When: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre
Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members, $55 for non-members.

Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

Sign-up: Please send your payment via etransfer or paypal to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and then email Arita at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. (If you pay via etransfer, please also send an email to treasurer with the password you chose!)  Or use Paypal!  See the Buy Now button below!


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