Monday, December 16th Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our Holiday meeting will be on Monday, December 16th

Holiday Quilts Show and Tell:
Do you deck your halls, wall or furniture with a special quilt during the holiday season?  For December’s program, we invite members to bring their favourite holiday quilt to share during a holiday quilts ‘show and tell’.

Festive Fat Quarter Swap:
We will also be doing a FQ swap. Please bring a fat quarter (20″ x 22″) of modern holiday-themed fabric, rolled up and secured with an elastic or ribbon, to the meeting and we will then do a blind draw from Santa’s bag. 

Lovely Designs Lovely Little Forest (Purl Soho)

December Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, December 16th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
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 Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are 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 $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to Bring:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for swapping
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for December 16th, 2019.
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG and MQG Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Holiday Themed Quilts
-Fat Quarter Swap
-Socialize
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!




Monday, November 18th Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 18th. 

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas – Back by popular demand, November’s program will feature a ‘show and tell’ of holiday gift ideas presented by the VMQG Executive.  We hope that you will join us by bringing along your favourite quick craft to share at our meeting.  

Also, bring any completed winter/holiday themed pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. See blog post regarding requirements: http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/11/ryans-case-for-smiles/

November Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, November 18th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
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 Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are 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 $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to Bring:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for swapping
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for November 18th, 2019.
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG and MQG Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Holiday Gift Ideas
-Socialize
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!


VMQG Call for Nominations – 2019-2020

The Guild is seeking volunteers for the following executive positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Election Committee Coordinator

Serving on the executive is an excellent way to connect with fellow guild members, to help shape the activities of the guild and to enhance personal skills.  Descriptions for each position are listed below and there will be an opportunity to discuss further at the September guild meeting.  Elections will follow at the October meeting.  In the meantime, please email Linda Morrison (speakers@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca ) with questions or to indicate your interest in serving on the 2019-2020 executive. 

Positions are open to all members in good standing.  The term is one year but members are encouraged to serve for two years to ensure continuity. 

The following VMQG executive members are standing for re-election:

  • Marnie Burnham
  • Dawn Flotten
  • Lisa Novich

Executive meetings are held monthly and are currently scheduled for 7 PM on the first Tuesday of the month but this schedule may be varied.  An annual planning meeting is held in the fall.

Each executive member is an active participant in guild decision making. Below are brief descriptions of the duties of each position.

President 

  • Manages the guild
  • Acts as the primary contact for guild members and the public
  • Prepares agendas and reports for each executive and guild meeting as well as the annual planning meeting
  • Conducts executive, general and planning meetings
  • Is responsible for making the executive and all members aware of the VMQG Policy & Procedures and promoting compliance
  • Has signing authority

Vice-President

  • Assists the President
  • Acts an executive liaison for the VMQG Showcase Committee
  • Has signing authority

Secretary

  • Keeps minutes of the annual general meeting, the annual planning meeting and executive meetings 
  • Prepares other minutes, correspondence and notices as required

Treasurer

  • Is responsible for the VMQG funds and maintains the financial records of the organization  
  • Keeps an accurate accounting of all money received and disbursed
  • Deposits all VMQG funds into the appropriate bank account on behalf of the organization, and pays any and all bills as required 
  • Ensures expenditures have the proper authorization and are backed by detailed receipts and invoices  
  • Ensures that the meeting location for general meetings is booked
  • Updates square store with new items and take payment during meetings 
  • Deposits all VMQG funds into the appropriate bank account on behalf of the organization, and pays any and all bills as required 
  • Ensures expenditures have the proper authorization and are backed by detailed receipts and invoices  
  • Creates Paypal items and buttons for website and email, keep track of payments 
  • Provides budgets and costing as requested for special events such as retreats 
  • Has signing authority

Education Committee Co-ordinator

  • Works with the Education Committee to develop programs, workshops, sew-ins and other educational opportunities for guild members

Social Media Co-ordinator

  • Updates and maintains all VMQG social media accounts
  • Posts updates on the website and blog re upcoming meetings and other events
  • Coordinates photographers for guild events and meetings

Membership Co-ordinator

  • Operates the membership table during guild meetings
  • Manages payments for membership
  • Keeps membership information up to date on Excel
  • Keeps membership information up to date with the MQG
  • Maintains current mailing lists on Mailchimp
  • Orders membership cards and business cards
  • Prepares and distributes membership welcome emails and membership cards
  • Replies to emails about general membership questions.
  • Prepares and processes renewal forms
  • Keeps current on BC Privacy laws




QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt Challenge: “Hear my words”

Hello Friends,
It’s time to start working on next year’s charity quilt challenge for Quiltcon. The theme for 2020 – “TEXT” – presents us with an exciting opportunity to create a really meaningful and impactful quilt, especially given the politics and events going on in the world today. Berene Campbell will be coordinating the VMQG entry, and has a great social justice concept for it. Since there’s a lot of talking (sometimes ranting) and opinion out there, and not a lot of listening to each other, Berene thought it would be interesting to use a simple statement repeated multiple times to make a strong point. Each block will contain a speech bubble with the same words in it: “HEAR MY WORDS” This statement is about the need we all have to be heard, and to be treated kindly, fairly and with respect. It could represent women being denied a chance to voice their feelings or experiences, those fighting for equal rights based on race, religion or sexual orientation, or the left and right sides in politics not listening to or respecting each other to work collaboratively. Perhaps to you it is relevant at work, within your community or even at home. Perhaps the missing indigenous women in Canada who had no voice have impacted you strongly. What might these words mean to you? When do you feel that your words are not heard? 

Berene is asking people to contribute blocks within the following parameters:
CONCEPT: Must contain a speech bubble with the words “HEAR MY WORDS” in it. (No quotation marks as it will be in a speech bubble) No alternative words please. The repetition is what will make this concept impactful. (You may add an exclamation mark or period if you wish.)
TECHNIQUE:The following techniques are OK:Improv* pieced(*see tips at end of post)FPP or pieced using an alphabet pattern Hand-stitched needle turn appliqué. Neatly edge-stitched bias tape appliqué (might be very fiddly within the size options though)Please no raw edge / iron-on appliqué or die cut letters.
SIZE:Blocks that are in dimensions of either 12.5”, 18.5” or 24.5”. (eg: Could be 12.5” x 24.5” or 18.5” x 12.5” etc.)Please press to the dark side when possible.
DEADLINE:October meeting please. You are welcome to hand them in earlier, or ask a friend to deliver them on your behalf if you won’t be making the meeting.Thanks!
COLOUR PALETTE / FABRICS:

The color palette from the MQG is shown here. Black, White and COOL greys. (Please no beige greys) 

This palette is unique and more restrictive this year to coordinate with the text theme by using shades of gray, white, and black.

You may use a limited amount of modern text or textured prints that are monochromatic or even tone-on-tone prints. Please note that these should NOT include other colours – stick to the white, black & cool grey colour palette. Note: the speech bubbledoes NOT have to be white. Mix and match within the colour palette. It could be grey or black with contrasting text and background. (Eg: black speech bubble, white text, grey background. Or grey speech bubble, black text, white background. etc) 
The MQG website has colours from various brands of solids listed here if you are interested:

https://www.quiltcon.com/charity-quilt-challenge-2020

ADDITIONAL OPTION: We would encourage each maker to write a short paragraph about what these words mean to you. You may sign it with your name or it can be confidential, your name does not have to be attached. Depending on how many blocks we get, if we are able to we will try to incorporate the stories onto the quilt back somehow. This is optional, but would definitely add to the emotions behind this quilt. 
These quilts are donated to charities after Quiltcon. Usually the individual guilds get to choose the charity, although apparently the MQG may be changing this next year. However, we thinking this would ba an awesome quilt to donate to a women’s shelter or some kind of equal rights advocacy organization. We’ll let you know once we have more info from the MQG.
Yes, you may share online! If posting use: #quiltconcharityquilt2020 and #hearmywordsquilt
This is going to be a very special quilt, friends. Please participate to make it AWESOME!

THANKS TO: Arita & Janice for offering to help piece the quilt top. Laura for offering to long arm the quilt and Elizabeth for offering to bind the quilt. 
*TIPS FOR IMPROV PIECING TYPE: In order to stay within the size limits start with some 3/4” and 1 “ strips of the word colour fabric. This will help you restrict the size of the words so that you don’t end up with a giant block. Do a rough sketch that breaks down the structure of the letter. Start with a section and work your way out. Don’t stress – wonky is OK. Just be sure to have nice 1/4” seam allowances to maintain the integrity of the quilt when washed. Once you have a block for your speech bubble, piece some background over the corners to turn it into a rounded shape. Then piece a pointy bit in a section of background fabric for below the speech bubble and attach.

Monday, May 20th meeting reminder

May’s program will be Beyond the Napkin: other free tools for Quilt Design by our own Marnie Burnham.  She will be reviewing some free tools, accessible from your home computer, that can be used to experiment with quilt design including graph paper generators, excel and websites such as Pattern Jam and Prequilt.  

Here’s some things to remember for the meeting!

A handmade name tag makes it easier for people to get to know you plus you need it to win door prizes. 

Bringing snacks to share or something for the door prize table is always appreciated.

If participating in the block lotto bring completed blocks.
 

When:Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7PM
Where:Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests:First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after that. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit:The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.20 Program 
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

April 15th VMQG Meeting Reminder

April’s program will be Beyond the Napkin: other free tools for Quilt Design by our own Marnie Burnham.  She will be reviewing some free tools, accessible from your home computer, that can be used to experiment with quilt design including graph paper generators, excel and websites such as Pattern Jam and Prequilt.  

Here’s some things to remember for the meeting!

Krista Hennebury’s exciting new Courthouse Colourplay workshop has a few spots left. Bring cash, cheque, or credit card for the $65 fee. Spend the day learning with friends!

A handmade name tag makes it easier for people to get to know you plus you need it to win door prizes. 

Bringing snacks to share or something for the door prize table is always appreciated 🙂

Suddenly we like Mondays! See you soon. 

When:Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7PM
Where:Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests:First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after that. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit:The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.20 Program 
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

Courthouse Colourplay with Krista Hennebury

Courthouse Colourplay.

Explore the possibilities of colour expression and free-cutting without rulers while you create this wonky, nested Courthouse Step quilt (reminiscent of paper lanterns) in your own personal colour story.

We’ll work intuitively from the center out, creating a dynamic quilt with loads of personality. There will be no squaring up with this one — instead Krista will show you how to “build out”, finding the fit between adjacent blocks and using up all of your scraps in the process.

As in all of her workshops, Krista will share loads of tips while encouraging all students to find confidence in new techniques.  Put your patchwork and rotary cutting skills to work and explore improvisational design and piecing in a fun, supportive environment.

Pieceful Courthouse

This quilt looks fantastic made with solids. There are several options for choosing your colours (you really should bring 15-20 different colours to class). 

Krista lists some helpful websites and other tips for fabric selection on the supply list. Due to the random angles and the fact that there really isn’t any background or negative space in this quilt design, patterned fabric can result in a very chaotic, confusing quilt. Really try to stick with solids, or consider tiny prints or tone on tones that read solid like grunge or grunge dots if you must.

For our one day class, we are going to work within a moderate scale and stick with wallquilt/baby to lap-size quilt tops.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm. 
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for membersSign-up will begin at March meeting.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.




Advanced Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Berene Campbell

LEARN TO FUSSY CUT LIKE A NINJA!
This workshop is for those who are adept at the basic skills of Foundation Paper Piecing and would like to take it up to the next level.

You will learn the following:

  • Fussy cutting: How to place design elements exactly where you want them, even when on a weird angle. This is handy for fussy cutting an image or placing directional fabrics. 
  • Design Match-up:  How to piece fabric in multiple sections and match up the fabric design to make it look like one overall piece. 
  • Handy FPP tricks include how to join sections accurately, avoiding painful unpicking.
  •  Then apply the lessons above to piece a tattoo quilt block of your choice or this 9” finished large swallow block.

Note that you will need a Lightbox or an iPad with a Lightbox app, for this workshop. If you are coming with a friend you can share one between two of you. In addition you will need an Add-a-Quarter Plus (or an Add-a-Quarter ruler as well as a folding device such as a post card). More info on fabrics to bring will be sent by email closer to the day.

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members. Can register through PayPal Button below.
Additional cost of purchasing the Swallow Pattern or a Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website and a $2 (payable workshop day) fee for handout.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.




Non-members: Can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on a waitlist.

Beginner Foundation Paper Piecing workshop with Berene Campbell

Have you always wanted to learn how to do foundation paper-piecing but been too afraid to try? Or tried, hit the wall and never tried again? Or maybe it’s just been a while and you’re feeling rusty. Well then this is the workshop for you! It’s a very clever technique that opens up a whole new world of patterns to make. Let’s piece some LOVE and learn to LOVE to paper-piece.

Berene Campbell is a pattern designer that specializes in foundation paper-piecing patterns over at www.happysewlucky.com. She uses paper-piecing as a way to destress. (Crazy but true!) Although many people are scared of trying it, she believes that  once you nail the technique, it is amazingly calming.

In this workshop you will be working on Berene’s “Love Heart Tattoo” block.
You will learn the following:
• Picking fabrics for paper-piecing
• Materials and equipment options
• Setting up your workspace
• How to foundation paper-piece using the Add-a-Quarter ruler technique
• Pre-cutting for paper-piecing
• How to stitch sections with Y-seams like a boss!
About the pattern:
The finished size without borders is 16” wide x 10” high. It can be used for a mini quilt, as a centre block for a medallion, makes a great pillow, or if you really do fall in love with paper-piecing it could be your start of the whole tattoo quilt pattern.
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members.  Additional cost of purchasing the Love Heart Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website.  Workshop fees are non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on the waiting list.  Cost will be $80.

Meeting Reminder – Monday, November 19th

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 19th, 2018!

Our upcoming meeting will include the renewal of your membership if you haven’t already done so.  We encourage members to bring treats for the break and quilts for show and tell.  Our program will be on photographing your quilt, just in time for QuiltCon deadline.

Upcoming Events:

November Meeting Details:
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, November 19th, 2018 starting at 7pm
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 $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to bring:
– Completed membership form and $50 dues for membership for 2018/19 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash or credit card/debit card, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2019) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, debit card or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– Treats would be appreciated
– Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for November 19th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Membership Renewal prior to the start of the meeting and at the break
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
–Executive Updates
– Workshop Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Program – Dianne Semark – How to Photograph your Quilt
– Break (eat treats & socialize, sign up for workshops, renew your membership).
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

Please Remember that if you leave items on the “free table”, you must take any remaining items home with you at the end of the night. If your items are left behind we do not want to have to dispose of them for you.

See you there!

Link for membership for for 2018-19:  http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Membership-Form-2018-19.pdf