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Round Robin: July Assignment

Hello Round Robineers! We’re in the latter half of this lovely project and I hope you’re still having fun.

The quilts are growing, and there is a lot going on in them, so for this month, the assignment is:

  • two 2″ finished (2½” unfinished) borders on adjacent sides
  • theme: breathing space

There are different ways to achieve breathing space – keeping the borders unpieced (i.e. a single piece of fabric), choosing solid or near-solid fabric to add in to the overall mix, etc.

As always, the diagram is just a guide (this month’s borders shown in yellow). Your borders should go on the two sides that work best with the quilt you’re working with.

Round Robin July

Go ahead and comment on this post if you’ve got questions. And as always – have fun!

Round Robin: June Assignment

These projects are growing in size – I’ve been so happy with the ones I’ve worked on so far. Are you ready for your next assignment, dear Round Robineers? Here it is!

For the June round, due at our June 16th meeting:

  • Add a 4″ finished (4½” unfinished) border on TWO sides opposite from each other;
  • theme: addition

Round Robin June


A few ideas for interpreting the theme:

  • addition of a new colour in the quilt;
  • addition of a new element to the quilt;
  • plus signs;
  • etc.

As always, have fun and please don’t hesitate to ask questions – comment on this post or email Felicity directly (felicity AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca).

MQG Challenge: Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels

The Modern Quilt Guild has announced the 4th annual fabric challenge, this time sponsored by Michael Miller!


This time, members received a bundle of Fat Eighths of six prints from the Petal Pinwheels collection.

All of the challenge guidelines are listed here, including how to enter the Modern Quilt Guild contest which is well worth an entry – read about the chance to win A Year of Free Fabric. Basically, you make something quilted with some or all of the fabrics, and if you want to add more, please use only solids (any) or other Michael Miller fabrics.

Fabric was made available to eligible members at the April meeting, and will be available until the end of the meeting break at the May 26th meeting, after which we’ll make any remaining bundles available for sale to anyone interested in obtaining more.

Deadlines: the MQG deadline to submit your project on the community forum has been extended to July 25, 2014 so the VMQG deadline has been extended too – to the July 21st meeting.

Use the hashtag #mqgfabricchallenge on social media, and have fun!

Round Robin: May Assignment

How fun is this?! I am really having fun with the Round Robin activity – last month I played with pops of colour in a grey/neutrals quilt.

For the next round, due at the May 26 meeting:

  • Add a 6″ finished (6½” unfinished) border on ONE side only.
  • Theme: stars.

May Round RobinNote: the border can be on any one side, whichever works for the project you’ve got. As usual, I made the border in the diagram plain/solid – use your imagination and be creative!

Round Robin: April Assignment

Hello Round Robin participants! How did March’s assignment agree with you? I had fun with some improv triangles.

For April, you’ll be adding 2″ finished (2½” unfinished) borders with cornerstones on all sides of the piece, like so:


Again, the borders in the image are plain and are for illustration purposes. Definitely use your creativity and any wishes noted in the project’s journal to guide you.

This blog post is one in a series. You can find the other posts about the Round Robin by clicking on this post’s tag below. Any questions? Email me!


Round Robin Instructions for March

Hello Round Robin participants*! I’m so happy that we’re going to be stitching together for the next few months!

Each month, I’ll post general instructions for the borders – most times it will be just the size, position and one particular feature or theme. The rest – fabric colours, piecing,  is up to you. All measurements are finished.

So without further ado, your assignment for March is:

  • Two 4″ borders placed on adjacent sides (one possible combination shown below);
  • Theme: triangles.


This photo illustrates plain borders, but don’t let that mislead you – they’re meant to be blank canvas. Also, the borders are top/left. You could choose bottom/right, or bottom/left, or top/right – anything so long as they’re next to each other.

Go forth and create! We’ve created a Pinterest inspiration board for Modern Round Robins – check it out here.

*There’s still time to sign up to participate in the Round Robin. Go here for all the details, make your Starter Kit and add your own borders for the first round and bring it to the March meeting.

VMQG Member is a Top 10 Finalist in the MQG Riley Blake Basics Challenge!

Huge congratulations to member Jade Prosser whose beautiful Riley Blake Challenge quilt has been selected as one of the top 10 finalists (of nearly 400 entries!).


See the other finalists here: MQG blog. Three winners will be announced on February 24th. Good luck, Jade! We’re rooting for you!

UFO Challenge

When we had our fun post-it-note exercise at the December meeting, we wrote down our answer(s) to “In 2014, I want to…” The one answer that outnumbered all the rest was a variation on “finish _____” – UFOs, specific quilts, a quilt.

Clearly, a challenge was in order, so we introduced a UFO Challenge, and here are the promised details.

  • Beginning at the February 17th, meeting, visit the UFO Challenge table where you can register the projects you plan to finish over the course of the guild year.
  • Pay $2 per project you register.
  • A finish means quilted, bound, shown at show and tell AND ticked off the master list by the UFO Challenge representative.
  • We aren’t stipulating a minimum project size or what constitutes a UFO, but please exercise reasonableness.
  • The UFO Challenge runs until the October meeting, but of course you can – and should – finish ’em and show ’em any time beginning at the March meeting.
  • We’re planning for prizes, including shares of the kitty, and other fun stuff – stay tuned!

So make your list of UFOs, collect your toonies and get ready for a fun challenge!

VMQG’s First Round Robin: a Modern Medallion

We’re so excited to launch an exciting opportunity for VMQG members: our first-ever Round Robin! Members of the Round Robin group will have the opportunity to contribute a different modern medallion quilt each month. Check out VMQG’s Round Robin inspiration board here.

The basics:

Registered Round Robin participants will begin with a centre block and each month their block/quilt will rotate among the Round Robin quilters to add borders. Exactly what kind of borders is a surprise – we’ll publish a blog post once a month with instructions for that month. It might be to add a 4” border on adjacent sides, or to add 4 borders using solid fabrics only, incorporating improvisationally pieced triangles in one of them. Subscribe to this blog to get the updates in your inbox as soon as they’re published! There will be 8 rounds, and the final quilt tops will be due at the October meeting.

Participation in the organized Round Robin will be restricted to a maximum of 12 (tbd), and it’s for registered members only, but anyone can participate and make their own modern medallion quilt by following the monthly instructions on the blog, quilt-along style. Suitable for confident beginning quilters.

Finished quilt size will depend on the size of the centre block, but will likely end up at least 40” on the shortest side. Participants won’t share their progress until the final reveal, so that participants can be surprised at the October meeting reveal.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Read on for the initial requirements plus all the Round Robin instructions and guidelines (warning long detailed post ahead!):

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VMQG Overnight Retreat!

Who’s in for a sleepover? The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is planning our first ever overnight retreat! If you’ve never been on a quilting retreat before, prepare for hours and hours of cutting, pressing, sewing, laughing, eating, drinking, sharing ideas and fun, fun, fun. We won’t guarantee any sleep, but shenanigans are a given.

Our retreat will take place at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Bradner (near Abbotsford). You can visit their website for photos and directions here.  We’ll take over the full house: conference room, dining room and bedrooms.  Everyone will have their own 6′ table to work on!  The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through a forest on the property.

Here are the details:

Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre
Dates: Friday May 2 – Sunday May 4, with optional bonus night on Thursday May 1.
Check-in: 10:00 a.m.  Friday
Check-out: 2:00 p.m. Sunday
Included: all meals, linen, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars
Accomodations: 2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunkbeds, everyone gets their own bed)
Cost: $265 for two nights
Payment: $50 non-refundable deposit at November meeting, final payment due March meeting.

*in order for the bonus night, we need to have 12 people who are willing to commit.

Sign-ups begin at the November meeting and require a $50 non-refundable deposit (which we will only cash once your spot on the retreat list is secured). If more than 20 people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available 20 spaces, plus an additional 5 waiting list spaces. Sign ups will not be taken via email or telephone, so if you can’t make the meeting, please send your cash or cheque with a friend.

Please direct any questions to and they will be forwarded to Krista Hennebury, who is organizing the retreat.