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February Challenge

Our challenge for this month is for blocks that the guild will use to make a quilt to represent us and enter into shows and/or display at events and whatnot.

For February, make a block in the theme of love/hearts using neutral-coloured linen, and fabrics that predominantly feature citrusy pinks or oranges. The block’s dimensions should be a multiple(s) of 3″ finished.

Here are some examples (thank you Terry!)

 TerryAske - Heart Blocks
Paul's blocks for VMQG Feb challenge

To make things a bit extra exciting, you’re encouraged to try something that’s new to you – a new technique, skill or design, perhaps.

Amy’s examples she brought to the meeting

Bring your completed block to the February meeting on the 18th – we look forward to seeing you there!

Member Spotlight: Paul Krampitz

February’s Member Spotlight features Paul Krampitz!


Paul is a long-time VMQG member who is the mastermind behind many of the challenges we’ve done as a guild over the years.

Paul with another sample

Paul's VMQG July challenge sample block

When did you start quilting?

I think I finished my first quilt in 1986.  It all started when I saw the owner of the quilt store that used to be on Dunbar Street using a rotary cutter and rulers.  Suddenly quilting looked fun with the cool tools and new techniques.  The oldest quilt that I made that is still local is from 1998.  The older quilts were all made for people who have moved away with the quilts.


Why do you quilt?

I love the creative part of quilting.  I love figuring out how to reproduce something I’ve seen online and then changing it up to make it my own.  I love the geometry that’s involved in patchwork.

Paul's VMQG challenge block #2

Where do you get inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from other quilters.  I happily “steal” ideas I see in other quilts.  I love the guild show and tell time.  There’s so many great ideas presented and I immediately think of ways to adapt them to the fabrics I have or for a niece or nephew.  I read lots of quilt blogs and check out modern quilts on flickr all the time.  Sometimes a photo makes me want to try something in its colours, or a floor or wall suggests a great pattern that might work as a quilt.  I have saved photos of the Large Hadron Collider that would make a great quilt.  I really like the style of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  They have published several books on quilting and have a great quilt design magazine that comes out 4 times a year called Modern Quilts Illustrated.  And, they’re going to be at Quiltcon!!

Hadron Collider

Hadron Collider

What is your favourite project?

Whatever I’m working on is my favourite project.  I have so many quilts on the go at a time and usually work on all of them.  I do usually get the tops done and that’s were they stay.  I move on to another project.  There’s very few quilts that don’t get that far.  I am trying to come up with complementary ideas that would work for the back of the quilt.  It’s the only way I get the tops actually quilted.


What the one tool/notion you couldn’t possibly do without?

I love finding out about new gizmos that make piecing easier.  I love my collection of wedge shaped rulers.  I have 72 degree, 60 degree, 45 degree, 36 degree, 30 degree, 18 degree and 10 degree rulers. I really love the shapes you can get to interlock with them.


Where do you create?

My sewing area and bedroom are side by side with a large connecting open area.  It’s a sunny (in Vancouver?) room with huge windows facing west, and north and south. I just need to figure out how to organize my stash and work area so that things are easy to find and not such a pain to put away.

I do most of my piecing on a little Featherweight 221.  It’s so old fashioned, small and does only one thing – stitch a straight line.  What else does a quilter need?

I do my quilting on an old Singer my parents bought just after their wedding in the late 50s.  It’s the only machine I could get to properly work with a darning foot.

What is one thing that VMQG members may not know about you?

I bought a condo with a friend 3 years ago.  It’s in a converted 100 year old historic building that used to be a reform school for girls.  Each Halloween we put up a display on the front arcade of the building that tells a bit about life in the reform school 100 years ago.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt top by Paul

What do you do when you’re not quilting?

I don’t understand the question.  Not quilting? I’m in a community band that meets in the Oakridge Seniors Centre.  I play the euphonium.  It looks like a small tuba and sounds euphonious.  I work at BCIT in their Educational Technologies area supporting our learning management software and other Ed Tech software.

Paul's Kona Challenge quilt


Thank you, Paul! If you’re interested in being featured in our Member Spotlight, drop Felicity a line at socialmedia AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca.

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Laurraine! We’ve emailed her the good news and thanks, everyone, for entering and for making our Facebook page so popular!

300 Likes on Facebook – Giveaway!

We said we’d do a giveaway when we reached 300 likes on Facebook and guess what?



We did it!

To thank you for your support, we’re giving away a $25 gift certificate to our Spreadshirt shop where you can get some cool VMQG apparel.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. Just one per person, please, and make sure you leave a valid email address so that we can reach you.

The giveaway is open to everyone (members or not), and will close on Sunday, January 27th at about 9:00 pm. The winning comment will be randomly selected using

Good luck!

Faces of the Guild

Sometimes it’s not easy remembering who’s who at Guild meetings, especially if people aren’t wearing nametags (there’s a challenge for that!).

And if you’re new to the guild (or even if you’re not new), it might seem to you as though everyone knows everyone else — except for you!

We have set up a fun discussion thread in the VMQG Flickr Group called Faces of the Guild, and you’re encouraged to add a photo of yourself in the thread so that other members will know who you are.

There is a separate discussion thread with instructions on how to do add a Flickr photo to any discussion thread post in the Group, and here they are as well. Note that the photo needs to have been uploaded to Flickr, but it doesn’t have to be added to the VMQG group:

1. Click on the photo to open it.
2. Click on the Share drop-down menu above the photo.
3. Click Grab the link (it’s the second option) and copy the URL.
4. Open the discussion thread to which you want to add a reply with photo (handy to do this in another tab or window).
5. Add your photo by pasting the URL between square brackets.
6. Click post now.

You’re done!

Why not check out the thread and add your photo!

Member Spotlight: Sonja Callaghan



We can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than with a new Member Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring Sonja Callaghan. Sonja is a talented designer of paper-pieced patterns. Sonja’s blog, Artisania, is a treasure-trove of free patterns and tutorials (including how-to videos), and you can also buy Sonja’s patterns. Her work – which has a super cute and quirky style – has been featured in books and magazines. She recently put on a workshop for VMQG and introduced a whole new crop of quilters to the fun of paper piecing. Late last year, Sonja “retired” as VMQG’s photographer after over two years of dedicated volunteer service. We’re so grateful for all of the time and talent Sonja shared with VMQG. Now she can sit back and relax during the meetings for a change!
When did you start quilting?
I made my first quilt in 2001 when I was pregnant with my daughter. One of my Martha Stewart Baby magazines had a simple patchwork heirloom quilt which inspired me to try. Of course I didn’t follow any of the instructions. Baste the whole thing just to rip it out again? Nah, I just started quilting it. It’s safe to say a long and meaningful relationship with my seam ripper started that day.
Lil' Matriyoshka

Lil’ Matriyoshka

Why do you quilt/create/make?
Looking back, I think my sewing and designing obsession started out as a creative outlet replacement for playing the piano. I’ve had 20 years of classical piano training, and when my children were little I was often so frustrated that I couldn’t play while they were napping, or late at night. Sewing was the perfect quiet solution for my restless hands.
I also think I continuously create because I can’t stand being so horrible at something! That first quilt was so hilariously bad, I just had to try again, not only to prove to myself that I could indeed make a decent quilt, but to see how far I can hone and perfect my sewing and quilting skills.
It took me a whole week of failed attempts to finally figure out how to paper piece. I remember saying to myself, “I’m a reasonably intelligent person, and I should be able to figure this out, honestly!” Stubborn tenacity and an over-achiever syndrome just might explain some things.
What inspires you?
I love modern graphic art, honest candid portraiture, and vintage modern stylings. I also love ideas or images that capture and warm my heart, cleverness, and anything that makes me giggle.
I’m constantly inspired by what other people are making and sewing. I love seeing fresh fabric and colour pairings, and I’m always wondering why they chose those quilting motifs in particular.
I also find naturally occurring colour and texture combos extremely inspiring. It does gets a bit hairy when I spy something while I’m driving however.
What is your favourite project?
I think that would be the Halloween Quilt of Awesomeness, as it was a fun collaborative design project for my family. Our daughter Maya came up with the idea, my hubby Vince drew all the monsters, our son Liam named everyone, and I designed the patterns. It was my first whole quilt pattern, and having Paul, Paula and Laurraine from the VMQG help with the sewing and finishing was wonderful. Krista Withers’ long armed magic is definitely the icing on the cake! When it’s not participating in quilt shows, it hangs in the entrance to our bedroom.
Hallowe'en Quilt of Awesomeness

Hallowe’en Quilt of Awesomeness

Where do you create?
Up in my studio is where I do all the computer work and sewing. I usually carry a notepad and pencil in my purse so I can jot down any ideas that suddenly come to mind. I find my local Blenz a comfy place to sketch when I need to dream up new ideas.
What is one thing VMQG members may not know about you?
When I was 18, my occupation of choice was to be a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

December Challenge: Nametags!

We’ve welcomed some new members over the year and so it’s time for a nametag challenge so that we can get to know one another.

To participate, make yourself a nametag and bring it to share at the January 2013 guild meeting. It can be quilted (or not) or embroidered (or not) or fused (or not)…you get the idea – make whatever you’d like. Easy peasy! 

Here are a few VMQG nametags to inspire you:

nametag challenge - VMQG





Have fun – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

December Meeting Recap

Wow! What a way to close out 2012!

Right off the bat, we exchanged Scrap Bag Challenge/Swap items. This activity was very well received – several members said they’d love to do this again, and I totally get why! The variety of “makes” was incredible!

Scrap Bag Challenge goodies

There were pin cushions, thread catchers, fabric boxes, name tags, a quilt top, a finished wallhanging (!!), a sewing machine cover, pouches, notebook covers, a Christmas stocking, mini quilts and more…So fun!

Scrap Bag group

We also received our pincushions from the pincushion swap – what an incredibly fast turnaround. We delivered at the November meeting and received our pincushions in December! Special thanks to Arita for driving across the border to pick up the package!

Beautiful pincushions!

Again, the variety and creativity were off the scales.

Happy pincushion swappers

Another really exciting event was the unveiling of the quilt top made with the QuiltCon Challenge Blocks. Didn’t Paul do a wonderful job?

QuiltCon Charity Quilt top by Paul

Here are some photos from December’s Show and Tell. Do visit the Flickr Group for more.


Elke and her newfound love - paper piecing

Gaye with holiday table mats

Jo-Anne with pillow

Laurraine with pothlders

Matt with his pillow


Sonja's Gnornament

Susan and her quiet book

Yzobela's tree skirt


Stacey's Laurel Burch cats quilt

Paul with another sample

Kenzie with a quilt for her mom

Karen's pillowcases

Felicity with KitchenAid Cover

Kona Modern Quilts Challenge

Members who participated in the Kona Modern Quilts challenge brought their finished projects to show at the November meeting.

And what an incredibly inspiring array of projects our members shared! Let’s let the photos speak for themselves.


Heather’s pillow


Berene’s cutting mat carrier


Amy’s wonky log cabin


Amy’s hexies


Amy’s wedding ring


Paul’s Giant Wheel


Elsie’s mug organizers


Stacey’s stacking toy


Holly’s cutting mat carrier


Janet’s dresdens and amazing quilting


Jo-Anne’s table runner


Kathy’s pouch


Elke’s lunch tote








The Whole Group

Thank you, Robert Kaufman for sponsoring this challenge! We are thrilled to support one of “our own” – Cynthia Frenette!

Member Spotlight: Terry Aske

Our December Member Spotlight features Terry Aske of Terry Aske Art Quilts. You’ve likely seen her beautiful smile and stunning quilts – here’s a chance to learn a bit more about her.


When did you start quilting? Although I’ve been sewing since I was very young, I didn’t discover quilting until 1998, when a friend invited me to join her at a one-day quilting course.  When I walked into the quilt shop where the course was held, I was immediately captivated by the variety of the quilting fabrics – and the beautiful and vivid colors!!!  I was hooked.  Shortly after that fateful day, I discovered art quilting, and started designing my own quilts.

Spring Blossoms

Why do you quilt?  I quilt because designing and creating with fabric makes me happy.  Even when I’m working on one project, I am usually daydreaming about possibilities for the next project.


And, I quilt for recognition as an artist.  I enter my quilts in juried shows and submit my quilts to magazines. I’ve had quilts accepted at the Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried Show and the International Quilt Festival, and published in Quilting Arts Magazine and Art Quilt Studio Magazine. My Etsy shop allows me to share my quilts with an even wider audience, and make some money too!  Also, I find that having the Etsy shop motivates me to keep creating and to finish each project I start.

Terry's Fraser River quilt

Tell us about where you create. I’m lucky to have my own quilt studio. When my husband and I decided to renovate our condo last year, I jumped at the opportunity to design my perfect workspace. My studio is located in our second bedroom, so I have a limited area and I tried to maximize every inch of space and customize it to my needs. I have lots of cupboards, shelves and drawers, and a lot of counter space.  You can see photos of my studio here [Felicity’s note: be prepared to go green with envy when you see Terry’s beautiful and  functional design space!].


Could you share a bit of your creative process – what inspires you? I get my ideas from everything around me – the colors in a garden or landscape, the shape of a building, the design of a wrought-iron gate, etc.  I try to make notes or take pictures whenever I see something that inspires me.

Inside the Tipi

What is your favourite quilt and why? Usually, the quilt I’m working on, or just about to start is my favorite.  But if I had to choose one, it would be “Explosion of Color” which is the first large art quilt in made.  It’s one of the few quilts I haven’t listed in my Etsy shop.  I’m just not ready to let that one go.

Explosion of Color

 What’s your favourite quilting tool? I have so many favorite notions and tools.  But my favorite tool is probably my portable hinged design wall, which I made from foam insulation board covered with beige fleece.  It’s 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide.  When folded it’s only 2 feet wide, so I can move it out of the way.

Terry’s design wall in action

What do you do when you’re not quilting? My day job is manager, administration at CCEC Credit Union on Commercial Drive.  I only work 3 days a week, which gives me lots of time to quilt. I always have a book on the go, usually a mystery or science fiction.  My husband and I love to explore the Vancouver area by foot or bicycle, especially during the summer.

Got any advice for new quilters? I have several pieces of advice for new quilters:

  • Have confidence in your own ideas.
  • Be open to learning new ways of doing things and find the techniques that work for you.
  • Take courses in areas that interest you.
  • Find a group of like-minded artists and exchange ideas – like the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild!
  • If you see fabric you love, buy some of it!

Thank you so much Terry, for sharing a little about yourself and your creative process!