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April 21st Meeting Reminder – new venue!

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, April 21st

Our April meeting is coming up on Monday and we’ll be meeting at our new venue, the Unitarian Church of Vancouver at 949 W 49th Avenue. Due to the difficulties we experienced with access to our previous venue at our March meeting, we have decided to switch venues earlier than planned. We’re looking forward to many successful meetings at our new space!

Exterior of Hewett Centre, Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Entrance to Hewett Centre, Unitarian Church of Vancouver

Janet Archibald, Terry Aske, and Sheila Wex have all graciously offered to share tips on a variety of binding techniques at this meeting. They have prepared several information sheets which will be available online but which will not be handed out at the meeting.

Binding technique information sheets:
Joining Binding Pieces by Janet Archibald (0.5MB pdf file, 1 page)
Tips for Machine Applied Bindings by Janet Archibald (1.5MB pdf file, 5 pages)
Quilt Facing Finish by Terry Aske (0.5MB pdf file, 7 pages)
Creation of Bias Binding by Sheila Wex (0.05MB pdf file, 2 pages)

Upcoming VMQG Events

Creating Large Working Small workshop with Marianne Haak: 9:30am-5:30pm, Sunday, May 25th, $60 (VMQG members), $65 (non-members). If you’ve signed up, please pay at this meeting to confirm your spot!

April Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, April 21st, 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.

What to bring:
– 2013/14 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2013/14 (cheque or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2014) or guest fee ($5) Converging corners blocks by Terry Aske
– calendar for checking upcoming dates
– chequebook
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– converging corners blocks for block lottery
– list of your UFOs (Unfinished Objects) for our UFO Challenge and $2/project
– Round Robin kit if you are participating
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Heather at secretary@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:– sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Binding Techniques talks by Janet Archibald, Terry Aske, and Sheila Wex
– April Challenge
– Break (eat treats & socialize!; pay for workshop)
– Show and Tell
– Guild Business
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

See you there!

Spaces available in our April 4th Sew-in!

Our next sew-in is happening this Friday and there are several spots open! Did you miss the sign up sheet during all the venue-switching action of our March meeting? Never fear, there’s still time to sign up! We’d love for you to join us on Friday, April 4th from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below).


Susan working on the layout of her quilt at our January sew-in

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 sewing 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.

The Details

Holy Trinity Map

What: VMQG Sew-in

When: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, Apr. 4th, 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 each sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, please pay $10.60, the sixty cents covers the PayPal fees) 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.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
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? You can sign up by paying $10.60 via PayPal (see PayPal instructions at the bottom of our membership page), or by paying $15 at the door.

Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

December 16th meeting reminder

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

We look forward to seeing you on Monday night for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild’s holiday meeting! This month, Heather will be hosting us at the common room of her building. Non-members are welcome to come as guests, please email Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca for details. This will be a fun and festive gathering with a focus on show and tell and treats rather than guild business. We can’t wait to give out Riley Blake Challenge fabric to members! We’ll also have needlebooks for those who participated in the swap with the London MQG and a holiday ornament swap. We’re hoping to add to the party atmosphere with a large selection of refreshments, so please consider bringing a treat. We look forward to seeing you there!

We have started a sign up sheet for show and tell so you don’t have to wait in line until your name is called. If you have something to share, please sign up at the registration table before the meeting. If you arrive part way through show and tell, we still want to see what you have to share! We’ll give you a chance to jump in once we’ve gone through the list.

As our membership year ended on October 31st, it’s time to renew memberships! Thanks to the seventy-four of you who have renewed or joined as a new member! See our blog for a full list of member benefits. To register as a member (either new or renewing), print out this 2013-14 Membership Form (68KB .pdf file), fill it in, and bring it to Monday night’s meeting along with $50 cash or a cheque for payment. We will also have forms available at the meeting.

Upcoming VMQG Events

1) We have scheduled a Friday night sew-in on January 31st at Holy Trinity Anglican Church from 6-11pm. $10 ahead/$15 day of.

2) Amy Dame’s Improv Bull’s Eye Pillow workshop has been rescheduled and the new date is Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. Registration is $50.

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, December 16th, 2013
We’ll be starting at our usual 7pm. The building requires keyfob access so Heather or another member of the executive will be waiting down by the door to let people in between 6:30 and 7:00 (or shortly after 7).
Where: Email Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca for the address.
Parking: Street parking is available.

What to bring:
– 2013/14 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2013/14 (cheque or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2014) or guest fee ($5)
– your handmade ornaments for the holiday ornament swap
– $50 to sign up for Amy Dame’s Feb. 23rd Improv Bullseye workshop and/or $10 for Friday, January 31st Sew-in
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– both savoury and sweet treats treats are welcomed, please email Heather at secretary@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:
– Welcome
– Riley Blake Challenge
– Show and Tell (Part 1)
– Presentation of needlebooks
– Break (eat treats & socialize!; ornament swap; pay for upcoming workshop & sew-in)
– Show and Tell (Part 2)
– Guild Business
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

See you there!

November 18th meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, November 18th

We look forward to seeing you at the Trout Lake Community Centre on Monday night for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild’s November meeting! We’ll be sharing our Cotton Couture Challenge projects and voting for Viewer’s Choice and we’ve got some great prizes for first and second place! There’s a lot to remember this month, so please read the “What to bring” list carefully and don’t forget your chequebook!

In October, we started a sign up sheet for show and tell so you don’t have to wait in line until your name is called. If you have something to share, please sign up at the registration table before the meeting. If you arrive part way through show and tell, we still want to see what you have to share! We’ll give you a chance to jump in once we’ve gone through the list.

As our membership year ended on October 31st, it’s time to renew memberships! Thanks to the forty-two of you who have renewed or joined as a new member! See our blog for a full list of member benefits. You must be a member by November 18th in order to participate in the Riley Blake Basics Challenge and/or to enter the lottery for our upcoming retreat. To register as a member (either new or renewing), print out this 2013-14 VMQG Membership Form (68KB .pdf file), fill it in, and bring it to Monday night’s meeting along with $50 cash or a cheque for payment. We will also have forms available at the meeting but it will save time if you fill in your form beforehand.

Upcoming VMQG Events

1) We still have spaces in our Friday night Sew-in on November 22nd from 6-11pm. $10 ahead/$15 day of.

2) Amy Dame’s Improv Bull’s Eye Pillow workshop has been rescheduled and the new date is Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. Registration is $50 and we’ll be opening it up to members at this meeting.

3) The moment you’ve been waiting for is here – it’s time to enter the lottery for the twenty available spaces in our May 1st-4th, 2014 Edenvale Retreat! Bring a $50 deposit cheque to the meeting and you’ll either secure your spot or be entered in a lottery for a spot if we have lots of interest. Find all the retreat details here.

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, November 18th, 2013
Doors open at 6:30pm, come early to renew your membership and sign up for show and tell!
Where: Grandview Room at the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, V5N 4M4
Directions & Parking: The entrance to the Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot is located at E 15th Ave and Victoria Drive. If you’re heading north on Victoria Drive, turn right onto Victoria Drive (the Victoria Diversion). You will find the Grandview Room on your left immediately after you enter the building.

Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you’d 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.

Map of Oakridge Seniors' Centre
Parking: Free parking is available in the Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot.

Transit: The Trout Lake Community Centre is approximately 7 blocks from the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station. The 20 Victoria bus travels south on Commercial Drive.

What to bring:
– 2013/14 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2013/14 (cheque or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2014) or guest fee ($5)
– your Cotton Couture Challenge projects (even if you’ve already shared them, bring them back so we can get a group photo and vote for Viewer’s Choice!)
– $50 to sign up for Amy Dame’s Feb. 23rd Improv Bullseye workshop and/or $10 for Friday, November 22nd Sew-in
– your completed unwrapped needlebook (DON’T add needles! DO add contact info so your partner can thank you!)
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring a treat.
– door prizes. Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.Agenda:
– Welcome
– Cotton Couture & Needlebook Show and Tell
– Break (eat treats & socialize!; renew memberships; enter lottery for retreat; pay for upcoming workshop & sew-in; vote for Cotton Couture Challenge, hand in needlebooks)
– Holiday swap announcement
– Guild Business
– Regular Show and Tell (time permitting)
– Door Prizes and announcement of Viewer’s Choice winners

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.
See you there!

Friday Night Sew-In Nov 22nd

Our next sew-in is happening in one week and there are several spots open! We’d love for you to join us on Friday November 22nd from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below).

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 holiday sewing 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.

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2013.

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 each sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like) 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.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
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? You can sign up by paying $10 at our meeting on Monday, November 18th, by paying via PayPal, or by paying $15 at the door.

Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

October 21st meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, October 21st

We look forward to seeing you at the Trout Lake Community Centre on Monday night for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild’s October meeting! Amy Dame is back from her trip to Portland and has a great slideshow of the Northwest Quilting Expo to share so we can see all of our beautiful quilts in the exhibit!

As our membership year is drawing to a close, it’s time to renew memberships! Remember, your membership in the VMQG automatically makes you a member of The Modern Quilt Guild as well! To register as a member (either new or renewing), print out this 2013-14 Membership Form (68KB .pdf file), fill it in, and bring it to Monday night’s meeting along with $50 cash or a cheque for payment. We will also have forms available at the meeting but it will save time if you fill in your form beforehand.

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, October 21st, 2013
Doors open at 6:30pm, come early and renew your membership!
Where: Grandview Room at the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, V5N 4M4
Directions & Parking: The entrance to the Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot is located at E 15th Ave and Victoria Drive. If you’re heading north on Victoria Drive, turn right onto Victoria Drive (the Victoria Diversion). You will find the Grandview Room on your left immediately after you enter the building.

Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you’d 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.

Map of Oakridge Seniors' Centre
Parking: Free parking is available in the Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot.

Transit: The Trout Lake Community Centre is approximately 7 blocks from the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station. The 20 Victoria bus travels south on Commercial Drive.

What to bring:
– 2012/13 membership card, $50 dues for 2013/14 (cheque or cash, membership valid untilOct. 31, 2014) or guest fee ($5)
– Halloween blocks for the block lottery
– money to sign up for Amy Dame’s Nov. 24th Improv Bullseye workshop, Krista Hennebury’s Oct. 27th 241 Tote workshop, and/or $10 for Friday, November 22nd Sew-in
– a tote bag for the second round of the tote swap
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)

– treats are welcomed, please email Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring a treat.
– door prizes. Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:
– Welcome
– Show and Tell (yes, we’re switching things up and doing Show and Tell first!)
– Tote Bag swap part two
– Break (eat treats & socialize!; renew memberships; pay for upcoming workshops & sew-in; pick up quilts from NW Quilting Expo)
– Challenge reminders
– Guild Business
– Slideshow of Northwest Quilting Expo exhibit by Amy Dame
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

See you there!

Modern Quilting Uncovered podcast on Canadian Quilt Talk

We hope you’re enjoying your Labour Day long weekend! If you’ve got a spare 45 minutes over the weekend, you should tune in to Episode 9 of the Canadian Quilt Talk podcast to listen to VMQG president Holly Broadland chat about modern quilting and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

Canadian Quilt Talk

Brandy Lynn Maslowski has started a new podcast all about quilting in Canada and you can find it for free on iTunes. You can also like Canadian Quilt Talk on Facebook to get notifications of new episodes. If you have any suggestions for future episodes, I’m sure Brandy would be happy to hear them!

 

Join us for an August sew-out!

Hand sewing night at Trout Lake Park on Wednesday, August 28th!

Our July hand sewing evening, photo by Holly Broadland

Our July hand sewing evening, photo by Holly Broadland

We had such a lovely time at our July hand sewing evening that we thought we’d hold another sew-out event at the park! We’re inviting you (VMQG members and non-members alike) to an informal hand sewing gathering at Trout Lake Park on Wednesday the 28th of August. Do you have a quilt that needs binding? A cross stitch project? Some hand quilting to do? Bring your choice of project and come socialize with other summer sewists!

The Details
What: VMQG hand sewing gathering
When: 6:30-9:00pm (or dark, whichever comes first), Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
What to bring to the meeting:
– your hand sewing project and tools (needle, thread, scissors, etc)
– a picnic blanket or lawn chair
– your name tag
– treats are welcomed, bring your own snacks to share!
Where: Grassy area near the covered area at Trout Lake (John Hendry) Park, Vancouver. This is the same location as our July guild meeting and, if we’re lucky, we may even hear some music again!
Contact Holly at holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca with any questions.

August 19th meeting reminder

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

We look forward to seeing you at the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre on Monday night for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild’s August meeting! Free fabric alert! We have an exciting challenge to introduce at our meeting and are busily creating fabric bundles for our members. Can’t wait for the big reveal on Monday!

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, August 19th, 2013
Doors open at 6:30pm, come early and socialize!
Where: Oakridge Seniors’ Centre, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver (at Oakridge Centre on W 41st at Cambie)
Directions & Parking: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is on the retail level of Oakridge Centre, located at the Southwest corner of Cambie St and W 41st Ave in Vancouver. The OSC is just West of the library and Kin’s Market. Our meeting space can be accessed directly from the Southwest parking lot. You can access the parking lot off of W 41st Ave or Cambie St. If you are heading South on Cambie, turn right on 45th and follow signs to The Bay/Zellers. If you’re coming from 41st Ave, take the Bay/Zellers entrance and continue past those stores until you reach the Seniors’ Centre.

Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you’d 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.
map_of_oakridge_seniors_centreParking: Free parking is available in the Oakridge Centre parking lot.
Transit: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is a five minute walk from the Oakridge-41st Station on the Canada Line.

What to bring:
– 2012/13 membership card, $25 dues for remainder of 2012/13 (cheque or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2013) or guest fee ($5)
–  money to sign up for Krista Hennebury’s 241 Tote workshop and/or $10 for Friday, September 20thSew-in
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring a treat.
– door prizes. Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.
Agenda:
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– MQG Trivia Game
– August Fabric Challenge
– Announcement of new international swap
– Break (eat treats & socialize!; pick up free fabric, sign up for swap, pay for upcoming workshop & sew-in)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

See you there!

Join us for some summer sewing!

Hand sewing night at Trout Lake Park on Tuesday, July 30th!

Paula sewing

Paula hand sewing at our July guild meeting, Photo by Michelle McLatchy

We had such a lovely time at our outdoor guild meeting on July 15th that we thought we’d hold another event at the park! We’re inviting you (VMQG members and non-members alike) to an informal hand sewing gathering at Trout Lake Park on Tuesday the 30th of July. Do you have a quilt that needs binding? A cross stitch project? Some hand quilting to do? Bring your choice of project and come socialize with other summer sewists!

The Details
What: VMQG hand sewing gathering (perhaps we should call it a sew-out rather than a sew-in?)
When: 6:30-9:00pm, Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
What to bring to the meeting:
– your hand sewing project and tools (needle, thread, scissors, etc)
– a picnic blanket or lawn chair
– your name tag
– treats are welcomed, bring your own snacks to share!
Where: Grassy area near the covered area at Trout Lake (John Hendry) Park, Vancouver. This is the same location as our July guild meeting and, if we’re lucky, we may even hear some music again!
Contact Holly at holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca with any questions.