Modern Mini Showcase at Vancouver Quilters’ Guild Show

Have you heard? Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is the featured artist at the upcoming Vancouver Quilters’ Guild show on October 23rd and 24th at St. Mary’s Ukranian Hall, 550 West 14th Av (near Cambie) Vancouver!

Our amazing members responded to the challenge and created a beautiful collection of mini quilts that illustrate the characteristics of modern quilting. Our Modern Mini Showcase features the work of our talented members. And they’re just one part of a larger show that is sure to be wonderful!

Felicity’s Modern Pods

Come and see us, won’t you? Find the details here on the Vancouver Quilters’ Guild website.

Fancy Fox II: a Workshop with Jade Prosser

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Fancy Fox II quilt block by Stacey Murton

Our own Jade Prosser (@stitchmischief on instagram) will be running a workshop to make Fancy Fox II, the large version of Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern. Come and join us!

Date: Sunday September 27th, 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.

This wonderful pattern goes together really quickly and given its large scale, you should have a quilt top by the end of the day.

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Linda Morrison with her Fancy Fox II quilt

Questions? Wanna sign up?  Email

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Stacey Murton with her Fancy Fox II quilt


VMQG Modern Mini Showcase: Challenge Details

VMQG has accepted an invitation to be the featured artist at the Vancouver Quilters’ Guild show happening this October 23rd and 24th at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Centre (West 14th and Ash).

We were waiting on some final details about the show before putting together this blog post but the show is going ahead in this new venue and we couldn’t be happier!

Our goal for the display is to put on a beautiful showcase of Modern Mini Quilts. Modern quilting is a new concept for lots of folks and this is a great opportunity to share our work and educate viewers about modern quilting.

In a (Solid) Pickle

Felicity’s all-solids mini quilt for a Flickr swap

VMQG members, here is your challenge:

  • Make a mini quilt that illustrates one or a few of the characteristics of Modern Quilting (per the Modern Quilt Guild’s definition here).
  • Use solid fabrics only, the choice of colours is yours.
  • Keep the size at a maximum perimter of 80″. That means length+length+width+width = 80″ or less.
  • Include a 4″ hanging sleeve on your mini, not just the corner triangles. Here’s a great tutorial on making hanging sleeves.
  • Label your quilt with (at minimum) your name and phone number.
  • Write a short statement (100 words maximum) about your mini, including the characteristic(s) your quilt illustrates (we will have a Google form or hard copy template for this).
  • Bring the finished quilt to the September 21st VMQG meeting.

A couple of notes:

Feel free to share your progress on Social Media using the hashtag #VMQGmodernminishowcase.

The show venue at St. Mary’s is smaller than the previous one so our display space may be smaller than originally anticipated. Depending upon the number of quilts that get submitted, we may need to choose a sampling that gives the widest range of examples of modern quilting, so it is possible not all of the minis will be in the display. We won’t know until the quilts get submitted.

Be aware that we are working on putting together our very own VMQG show in the near future, which will be an opportunity for ALL of the minis to be displayed.

Please direct any questions you may have to Krista Hennebury (krista DOT hennebury AT shaw DOT ca) who is coordinating this mini showcase.

2015 UFO Challenge


Paul’s “Worm” quilt, one of many UFOs finished in the 2014 Challenge

Back by popular demand: the UFO Challenge will happen again in 2015!

Same rules as last year:

  • register your projects and pay $2 apiece into the kitty;
  • when you’ve finished a registered project, show it at show & tell;
  • every completed project will be entered into a draw to win fabulous prizes including cash and other goodies;
  • challenge will conclude at the final guild meeting of the  year (October 2015), but you can begin showing finishes as soon as they’re done.

A few other details:

  • project registration will begin at the January 2015 meeting, so start thinking about what UFOs you want to complete this year;
  • you can register UFOs as you discover them;
  • minimum project size and the definition of UFO is up to you and on the honour system – please be reasonable;
  • “finished” means quilted, bound, shown at show and tell AND marked off as “shown” by the UFO Challenge representative;
  • you are responsible for verifying with the UFO Challenge representative that your project has been marked as “shown.”

Bring your twoonies, look for the UFO Challenge registration sign at the meeting and come by to fill out your registration card.


Polar Bear Swim, Anyone?

If you were at the December meeting, you heard Krista suggest that it would be fun to do the Polar Bear Swim on January 1st — we can bundle up in quilts when we are done and take a unique opportunity to show off some quilts!

It’s a free event but you need to register. All the details on the swim are at this link.

Don’t forget:

  • completed registration form
  • water shoes to wear (the worst of the cold is on  your feet when you get out of the water)
  • a quilt to wrap yourself in after the swim;
  • a change of clothes etc. as recommended in the article.

Who’s in? If you are planning to attend, leave a comment here or on the VMQG Facebook discussion group so we can look out for you. We’ll be meeting at the inukshuk statue at 1:30 pm!

November Block Challenge – Crop Circle Blocks

As revealed at the October meeting we are using the tutorial of our own Krista Hennebury, a.k.a. Poppyprint, to make some crop circle blocks. They involve some fusible interfacing and sewing curves, but don’t be intimidated as this is pretty darn easy. The link to her tutorial is here.

Crop Circle Block

For our challenge, please make your circles in patterned fabric 4.75″, which is the size of a CD, and attach it to an 8.5″ square of a solid colour that makes your circle pop.

(Tip: cut your square slightly larger than 8.5″ then trim after you’ve appliquéd the circle).

My sample is of pink owls on a blue background, and full disclosure: I made it after coming home from a four day trip and had about an hour to prep for the guild meeting so wasn’t looking forward to doing something too fussy. And it’s not! However, with me being slightly OCD, I might go back and top-stitch around the edge of the circle for some extra security. 

Each block = one chance to win the spotty lottery, so let’s make lots of dots!
Post written by: Niki.

Book Review – Fabulously Fast Quilts

I was provided a copy of the eBook version of Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter)’s book Fabulously Fast Quilts for review purposes.

Fabulously Fast Quilts

Lucky me! This book has the same look and feel to Amy’s popular blog, with bright and happy projects that are designed to come together quickly.

The book is divided into sections, each of which use a technique that can speed up the quiltmaking process: Strip Piecing, Quick Corners, Slick Slicing, and Stack, Slice and Shuffle. The patterns also make use of precuts in many instances – another way to cut time from the process.

Moroccan Tile

Amy introduces these techniques with some basic how-tos, and then we get to the projects!

I wouldn’t say there is a huge variety in the projects, but they’re all quite appealing, and this book would be a great one for a newer quilter.

Square Deal

I chose to test out the Buzz Saw block described in the Modern Buzz Saw pattern. Whenever you’re trying out a new pattern, it’s a good idea to do a test block first so you can work out any design kinks or discover things you may have overlooked when you first read the pattern.

For example, I didn’t really read the directions very closely and didn’t realize that I needed an additional strip of background fabric to make the Buzz Saw block. I just grabbed two sets of Layer Cake squares and got to work.

I also discovered that this block works best with a higher contrast between the main fabric and the background AND the fabrics you choose shouldn’t have a strong repeat in them (like the scissors print in my test block).

Wonderland Buzz Saw

I’ll definitely be making more projects from this book, and I would recommend this book as a good addition to anyone’s quilting library – it’s got some simply-designed quilts that have lovely impact and are quick to put together, making them appealing to beginner and advanced quilters alike. Win/win!

All quilt photos from Martingale.

Round Robin: Final Assignment

We’re here! Working on the final Round Robin borders. The quilt tops are looking amazing – I can’t wait for everyone to see theirs next month!

For our final round, we will be adding TWO 6″ (6½” unfinished) borders, placed in whatever way works best for the quilt top. This month’s theme is: contrast.

I’ve illustrated the borders on adjacent sides, but use your discretion.

Round Robin FinalHave fun! See you in October for the big reveal!

Round Robin: September Assignment

We’re in our penultimate month of the round robin! Exciting!

This month, we’re doing something a bit different with borders. We’ll be adding two borders, not necessarily adjacent, but in a placement that works with the quilt top as is and with its owner’s preferences (i.e. it’s an opportunity to help ensure the centre block ends up off-centre, if that’s what the maker stipulated).

  • first border: 6″ finished (6½” unfinished)
  • second border: 2″ finished (2½” unfinished))
  • theme: flying geese must appear in at least one of the borders
Borders shown adjacent as an example only.
Border positions are an example only.

Have fun and as always, please comment here or email me (felicity DOT quilts AT gmail DOT com) if you have any questions.

Round Robin: August Borders

In the home stretch now! This month, we’ll be adding:

  • 4″ finished (4½” unfinished) borders on all four sides;
  • with 1 to 4 cornerstones;
  • based on the theme: curves

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I hope you’re having as much fun with this as I am! I (Felicity) won’t be at the August meeting, but I’ll make sure someone is there to help with the collection and redistribution of Round Robin kits.