Vancouver Mini Maker Faire & VMQG

Mark your calendars, everyone.  We’re fast approaching the 4th Annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and we have a booth again this year!



For those of you who haven’t attended in the past, Maker Faire is (quoted from the VMMF website):

“…a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.”

Sounds pretty awesome, right?  It is.  The VMQG has participated in this event every year since it started up in Vancouver.  You know how we geek out about quilting?  Every single maker at the VMMF is equally geeky and enthusiastic about the things they create.  Robotic spider vehicle you can pedal? Check. Remote controlled 40 foot steampunk dragon? Check. Build your own bacon maker? Check. Pyrotechnics, crafts, 3-D printing, hacked computer wizardry? Check, check, check, and most definitely check.

At our booth, we will need volunteers. We’ll have a hands-on project at the Faire that will need supervising, as well as needing a couple bodies in the booth to field questions from visitors.  We also aim to have 4 people  working on quilting demos during the faire (morning and afternoon shifts on both days).

More detail and a sign up sheet for volunteers at our upcoming guild meeting on Monday April 21st.

If you can’t volunteer but still want to attend this killer event, you can pre-purchase your tickets here.


Improv Bulls-eye Pillow workshop – AKA taking the fear out of curved piecing!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to machine-piece curves? Why not sign up for Amy’s workshop?  Your last chance to do so in person is at our meeting coming up on Monday, January 20th. The cut-off for registration is February 9th and registration is now open to non-VMQG members.

It’s on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 and registration is $50 ($55 for non-members).

This class is an excellent first foray into curved piecing… In this class, Amy will teach you to sew improv curves, talk about a few tips to make ¼ circles seem less scary, and look at different ways to use ¼ circle. You’ll learn how to install a zipper, piece, quilt and assemble a pillow and you’ll leave with a finished project and tons of ideas for more!

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Event: Improv Bull’s-Eye Pillow Workshop with Amy Dame

Date: Sunday February 23rd, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Place: Art Gallery, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4E4

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

Sign-up: Please email Niki at

Payment: Please pay at the meeting when you sign up, send your payment to via PayPal, or send a cheque with a note that it’s for the workshop to:
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 78037 RPO Grandview
Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1

Amy Dame has been a member of the executive for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild since 2010, a member of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild since 2011, and pretty much has quilting on the brain 24-7. After sewing for more than 20 years, she’s a fount of random knowledge, and totally geeks out about sharing it with anyone who’ll listen. Amy’s teaching philosophy is centered around the idea that it’s great to learn the “proper techniques”, but whatever way works for you is the best way to do it! She blogs at glitter, vinyl and thread, some of the time.


VMQG Facebook Discussion Group & Pinterest!

We’d like to invite everyone to join us in the brand new VMQG Facebook Discussion group and follow the VMQG on Pinterest!

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The new Facebook discussion group is in addition to our VMQG page.  We’ve found that a group format is just more conducive to having discussions and encouraging interactions than the more static page format.  We will keep the VMQG official page and use it as a repository for more formal information like meeting notices and information about the VMQG in general.

The discussion group is open to all members (and interested non-members), and is a place where you can post your thoughts, photos of your work, requests for help, and just generally chat away about modern quilting.

The VMQG Pinterest will be used as a dynamic place for us to store links and ideas.  Right now, we have three pinboards:

– Tips and Tutorials for Beginner Quilters
– Local Quilt Shops in Metro Vancouver
– Canadian Online Fabric shops

There will be more to come in the future! And please let us know if you have any suggestions!



Riley Blake Basics Challenge

This year, the sponsor for the annual MQG fabric challenge is Riley Blake!

At the December 2013 VMQG meeting, our members received a bundle of fabric containing fat eighths of 6 Riley Blake Basics fabrics.  Your challenge is to make a quilted item with this fabric.  Taking a fabric bundle tells us you’re committed to participating in the challenge.


You may add in any solid fabric you like or any Riley Blake printed fabric. You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.

Our VMQG deadline for a completed project is our March guild meeting.  If you bring a completed project to that meeting, you will be entered into a random drawing for a prize.

The MQG deadline for the competition to win prizes is February 17th, 2014.  You must post a photo of your completed item in the MQG forum by this date.  Ten finalists will be announced on February 19th and Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce them on February 24th.  The prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are fabric bundles.  More details are available on the MQG website.

Hashtags for instagram and twitter are:
#mqgrileyblakechallenge and #vmqgrileyblakechallenge

241 Tote Workshop Recap

One lovely (and early!) Sunday morning in late October, a number of us gathered in a second floor room on the Langara campus.  Our goal?  To learn to make the fabulous Noodlehead 241 Tote bag.  And leading us on this endeavour was self-described “Bag Lady” Krista Hennebury!

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There were 14 VMQG members in attendance, and of course, true to form, a number of us wanted to alter the pattern to suit our own tastes.  Bunch of rule-breakers, we are.

We all got down to work right away…

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Krista also took some time to show everyone who was interested how to make a slider for a longer strap, to turn the shoulder bag version of the 241 tote into a cross-body bag.


After a long day and with excellent instruction from Krista… we had a bunch of nearly completed 241 totes! (I’m sure they’re all done now, right? Everyone went straight home and finished their totes up? *nudge nudge*)

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I bullied everyone into one last class photo to show off the labours of the day.  Thanks to Krista for taking this photo so I could actually be in the picture! Look at the smiles on all those happy tote-makers!


Heather’s Big List of Zipper Pouch Tutorials

As a follow-up to last night’s jam-packed and super-fun meeting, I thought I would post up a quick list of zipper pouch tutorials.

This first one is the one that I used to make the pouch and samples that I showed you all at the meeting last night. This one has very good instructions for doing the little fabric tabs at each end of your zipper.

Make It Perfect Easy Peasy Zippered Pouch Tutorial

However… the internet is full of online tutorials for lots and lots of really cute zip pouches, so I’ll include those here as well, for your perusal.

Design Sponge Sewing 101: Zippered Case

It’s A Pretty Modern Life Fully Lined Zippered Box Pouch

Sew Delicious Baby Gift Zipper Pouch

Michelle Patterns Let’s Make Dumplings! Free Zip Pouch Tutorial

Swim, Bike, Quilt! The XOXO Zippered Pouch

Gussy Sews – Tutorial: How to sew a zippered pouch.

The Adventures of Bluegirlxo – Zipper Purse Tutorial

So Sew Something! Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Skip To My Lou Pleated Pouch Tutorial

Sew Together – How to Draft a Pattern and Make a Zippered Purse with a Flat Bottom.

Happy pouch sewing and swapping, guildies!