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VMQG 2nd weekend retreat: October 16-18, 2015

Happy quilters at the May 2014 VMQG Retreat

Happy quilters at the May 2014 VMQG Retreat

After the very successful overnight retreat last May, we have all been waiting for the next one! It was so great to spend time with other guild members and work on all kinds of projects! One of the most fun events was the pillowcase swap so we will be running another swap this time. We also had lots of door prizes and an epic show and tell.

Our retreat will take place again at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Bradner just near Abbotsford. It is an easy drive out as it is just off Highway 1. Check out the Edenvale website for photos and directions.  We will 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. All meals are included and the quality of the meals is excellent.

Quilters at work in the bright sewing room

Quilters at work in the bright sewing room

Here are the details:

Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Dates: Friday October 16 – Sunday October 18, 2015
Check-in: 10:00 a.m.  Friday
Check-out: 2:00 p.m. Sunday (NO LUNCH served on Sunday, however there will be a generous brunch.)
Included: all meals, linen, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars
Accommodations : 2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunk beds)
Cost: $265 for two nights
Payment: $50 non-refundable deposit at April 20th meeting, final payment due July 20th meeting.

Sign-ups begin at the April meeting and require a $50 non-refundable deposit cheque made out to VMQG  (which  will only be cashed when your space is confirmed on the retreat). The limit of participants is 20 so if more people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available 20 spaces, plus an additional 5 waiting list spaces. Sign ups cannot be taken via email or telephone, so if you can’t make the meeting, please send your cheque with a friend.

If this retreat is popular we will consider another one in June 2016.

Please direct any questions to president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and they will be forwarded to Trish Vickery and Gigi Hamer who are organizing this retreat.

February 16th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, February 16th

Meeting Notes

1) Stacey M. will be sharing an Instagram tutorial at our meeting so bring your smart phone or tablet and play along. There will be how-tos for the beginner and advanced users will learn a thing or two as well!

2) It’s time to share your Cotton + Steel Mini Fabric Challenge projects! Nearly fifty people took fabric to make whatever they liked and we’re looking forward to seeing what you made. Post finished projects using the hashtag #vmqgcottonandsteel

3) Our UFO Challenge is up and running and it’s time to sign up! Bring a list of your unfinished projects that you’d like to complete by the fall and $2/project. Full details in our blog post.

4) We have lots of upcoming workshops and sew-ins coming up (including a brand new workshop to be announced at the meeting!) so be sure to bring your calendar and method of payment so you can register!

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) All-day “We’re not going to QuiltCon” Sew-in on Sunday, February 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre  9:00am-9:00pm for $20.
2) Weekend Sew-in Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 9:00am-midnight at the Croatian Cultural Centre both days: $35, per day: $20
3) Guild Meeting with “Make It, Take It” Trunk Show by author Krista Hennebury, 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, March 16th
4) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz (FULL), 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, March 29th, Croatian Cultural Centre $55 ($60 non-members), includes wedge ruler. We are taking names for a wait list.
5) Applique with a Modern Twist Workshop with Stacey Murton and Matt Wheeler, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, April 26th, Croatian Cultural Centre. $50 ($55 non-members). Fee includes some basic supplies.
6) New workshop to be announced at the meeting, May 2015


Applique sample by Stacey Murton

February Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, February 16th, 2015
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 holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $5 until you become a member.

What to bring:
– 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your Cotton + Steel Mini Fabric Challenge project
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– list of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and $2 per item for UFO Challenge
– your name tag
– Raspberry Kiss blocks for block lotto
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:– 6:30pm doors open: socialize, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Introduction to Instagram (aka We Be Grammin’)
– Guild Business
– Break (eat treats & socialize; sign up for workshop & sew-ins)
– February Challenge
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto

See you there!

Weekend Sew-in March 14 & 15

We’re excited to let you know about our upcoming Spring Break Weekend Sew-in! It’s the first weekend sew-in we’ve ever planned where you can stay all day Saturday, leave your workstation set up overnight, and come back for a full day of sewing on Sunday! Watch this 15-second video by Felicity to see the sew-in space.

Quilters hard at work at our June 2014 sew-in

Quilters hard at work at our June 2014 sew-in

How to register:

1) Pay via PayPal


Select date:



2) Pay in person at our February 16th guild meeting (cash, credit card & cheque accepted).

Event Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Weekend Sew-in
When: 9:00am-12:00am (approx) Saturday, March 14th and 9:00am-9:00pm Sunday, March 15th, 2015  (come for the whole weekend or just one day!)
Where: Art Gallery (2nd floor), Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: for both days  – $35 in advance, $40 the day of
per day – $20 in advance, $25 the day of

Payment is due at sign up. Payment is non-refundable.

A few important reminders about this sew-in:
– This space doesn’t have a kitchen facility, but it is walking distance from numerous restaurants on Commercial Drive.
– While the facility has some parking, carpooling is a great option! If you need a ride, please feel free to reply all to this e-mail, and we’ll see if anyone can help you out. Parking can be very busy when there are events on at the centre. If you’re unable to find a spot in either of the lots, you’ll have to park on a side street.

We supply the tables and chairs. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cords, power bar, tools, and meals/snacks.

Contact Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to register or with any questions.

“We’re Not Going to QuiltCon” sew-in, February 22nd

There’s a lot of excitement about QuiltCon these days, but not all of us can make the trip, so we thought we’d host a fun event for those of us who aren’t  headed to Texas next week. There’s still space available at the “We’re Not Going to QuiltCon” sew-in and we’d love to have you join us for a 12 hour sew-in! Both members and non-members are welcome to register at this time.

Gaye and Loretta sewing up a storm at the November 2014 all-day sew-in

Gaye and Loretta sewing up a storm at the November 2014 all-day sew-in

How to register:

1) Pay via PayPal




2) Pay in person at the February 16th VMQG meeting (cash, credit card & cheque are all accepted).

Event Details:

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild “We’re Not Going to QuiltCon” Sew-in
When: 9:00am-9:00pm (come for all or part of the day), Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Where: Art Gallery (2nd floor), Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 the day of

A few important reminders about this sew-in:
– This space doesn’t have a kitchen facility, but it is walking distance from numerous restaurants on Commercial Drive.
– While the facility has some parking, carpooling is a great option! If you need a ride, please feel free to reply all to this e-mail, and we’ll see if anyone can help you out. Parking can be very busy when there are events on at the centre. If you’re unable to find a spot in either of the lots, you’ll have to park on a side street.

Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Can’t come for the full day? We’ll be here from 9am to 9pm, so you can fit some quilty time into your weekend schedule!

We supply the tables and chairs. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cords, power bar, tools, and meals/snacks.

Contact Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to register or with any questions.

January 19th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, January 19th

A few reminders:

1) As it’s the first month of the year, we thought it would be fun to share our first quilts! If you have access to your first quilt, please bring it to show and tell at tomorrow night’s meeting. If your quilt isn’t in your possession anymore, perhaps you can just share a story about it! (sorry for the extremely late notice!)

2) Our UFO Challenge is kicking off again for 2015 and it’s time to sign up! Bring a list of your unfinished projects that you’d like to complete by the fall. Full details in our blog post.

3) Mini Fabric Challenge: Members can pick up their Cotton + Steel 10″ x 10″ squares for the mini fabric challenge until break time. As you’re working on your challenge, be sure to share it using the hashtag #vmqgcottonandsteel

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) Friday night Sew-in, 6:00-11:00pm, Friday, January 30th, Holy Trinity Church Hall, $10
2) All-day “We’re not going to QuiltCon” Sew-in on Sunday, February 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre  9:00am-9:00pm for $20 (priority registration for VMQG members).
3) Weekend Sew-in Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 9:00am-midnightat the Croatian Cultural Centre both days: $35, per day: $20
4) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz, Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm, March 29th, Croatian Cultural Centre $55 ($60 non-members), includes wedge ruler.
5) Applique with a Modern Twist Workshop with Stacey Murton and Matt Wheeler, Sunday, April 26th, Croatian Cultural Centre.

Applique sample by Stacey Murton

January Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, January 19th, 2015
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 holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $5 until you become a member.

What to bring:
– 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your first quilt for Show and Tell
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– list of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and $2 per item for UFO Challenge
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:– 6:30pm doors open: socialize, sign up for show and tell, renew memberships, pick up your Teeny Weeny Swap item
– Welcome
– Show and Tell: Part 1, First quilts
– Guild Business
– Break (eat treats & socialize!; sign up for workshop/sew-ins)
– January Challenge
– Show and Tell: Part 2, Recent work
– Door Prizes

See you there!

December 15th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, December 15th

A few reminders:

1) We’re looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you at our December meeting! We’ll have cupcakes! And punch! We’re also putting out a call to members to bring in refreshments to make the party even more festive. Extra door prizes are always fun as well!

2) Thanks to those of you who have renewed your memberships! Our membership year started on November 1st, so if you haven’t renewed, what’s holding you back? (really, we want to know!)

3) We’ll be launching a mini fabric challenge for members only at our December meeting, don’t miss out!

4) Join in the fun with our ornament swap! There’s still time to make an ornament to exchange at our meeting. Bring an ornament, get an ornament!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1) Friday night Sew-in, 6:00-11:00pm, Friday, January 30th, Holy Trinity Church Hall, $10

2) All-day “We’re not going to QuiltCon” Sew-in on Sunday, February 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre  9:00am-9:00pm for $20 (priority registration for VMQG members).

3) Weekend Sew-in Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 9:00am-midnight at the Croatian Cultural Centre both days: $35, per day: $20

4) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz, Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm, March 29th, Croatian Cultural Centre $55 ($60 non-members), includes wedge ruler.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, December 15th, 2014

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 holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $5 until you become a member.

What to bring:

– 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)

– calendar to record upcoming events

– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events

– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell

– ornament for ornament swap

– your name tag

– a mug (none will be supplied)

– treats are welcomed

– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:

– 6:30pm doors open: socialize, sign up for show and tell, renew memberships, pick up your Teeny Weeny Swap item

– Welcome

– Ice Breaker

– Show and Tell (Teeny Weeny Swap items & group photo)

– Break (eat treats & socialize!; exchange ornaments, sign up for workshop/sew-ins)

– December Challenge

– Guild Business

– Door Prizes

See you there!

November 17th meeting reminder

Note from Holly: I sent this out to our mailing list (sign up here) via email on Thursday but forgot to blog about it. Sorry if you’re only getting your meeting reminder now! Hope to see you tomorrow!

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, November 17th

A few reminders:

1) Membership renewals: Thanks to the 45 members who renewed their memberships or became members at our October meeting! Memberships expired on October 31st, so it’s membership renewal time! If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, it would help us out if you could bring in your completed membership form and $50 payment so we can sign you up for another year of inspiration with the VMQG! Guest fees for non-members are $5/meeting.


2) To our 35 members participating in the Teeny Weeny Swap with our Australian friends in Sydney and Brisbane, here’s your reminder to bring in your items on Monday (unwrapped) and attach a card with your contact info (at least name and email). Please help us keep postage fees low by only handing in your item and omitting any extra goodies.

3) If you participated in the Round Robin, please bring back your quilt top so we can take a group shot. Thanks!

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) All-day Sew-in on Sunday, November 23rd at the Croatian Cultural Centre  9:00am-9:00pm for $20 (priority registration for VMQG members). (approx. 5 spaces remaining)
2) Temperature Check Improv Piecing Workshop with Krista Hennebury, 10am-5pm, Sunday, November 30th, Croatian Cultural Centre $50 ($63 non-members) (1 space remaining)

November Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, November 17th, 2014
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 holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $5 until you become a member.

What to bring:
– 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– Crop Circle blocks for block lotto
– Round Robin quilt top so we can get a group photo
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Niki at refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring something.
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:– 6:30pm doors open: socialize, sign up for show and tell, renew memberships
– Welcome
– Gift ideas for the holidays
– Show and Tell (Teeny Weeny Swap items & group photo, Round Robin group photo)
– Break (eat treats & socialize!; hand in swap items, sign up for workshop/sew-in)
– November Challenge
– Guild Business
– Door Prizes & Block Lotto

See you there!

Upcoming Friday Night Sew-ins

Are you ready for some fall sewing with the VMQG? We have two Friday night sew-ins coming up at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on October 17th and November 14th  and we also have a full-day sew-in at the Croatian Cultural Centre on November 23rd.

Our next sew-in is happening in just nine days and there are several spots open! This is a great chance to finish off one last UFO before our UFO Challenge wraps up at our October guild meeting. We’d love for you to join us on Friday, October 17th from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below).

We love how spacious the church hall is for basting and layout

Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on your UFO Challenge in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner. There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, October 17th, 2014

AND

6:00-11:00pm, Friday, November 14th, 2014

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

Cost: There is a $10 fee for this sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 12 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

Click below to pay via PayPal! Please let us know the which Friday Night sew-in (Oct 17 or Nov 14) you’re registering for in the Notes to Vendor.





Stacey D.'s quilt

Check out the quilt Stacey D. was working on at our last sew-in!

Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? For our October 17th sew-in, you can pay $10 to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca via PayPal, or $15 at the door (space permitting). You can sign up for our November sew-ins by paying $10 (Friday night)/$20 (full-day) at our meeting on Monday, October 20th.

Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions. Amy is coordinating our November 23rd full-day sew-in, so if you have questions about that event, please email amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

See you there!