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Announcement: Cheryl Arkison is coming to town!

It’s true!

Cheryl Arkison 2012

The  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild are proud to announce that Cheryl Arkison, Canadian author of  “Sunday Morning Quilts”, will be here in the Lower Mainland for a trunk show and two workshops this coming July 18-20th, 2013!

Her second book, A Month of Sundays, will be published this month!

circle pillow

The trunk show will be Thursday July 18th, 2013, 7-9pm
at Langara College (100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC ), Room A122b
Tickets $5 at a VMQG or a FVMQG meeting OR $10 at the door. Parking is $3.50 for the evening. Please be advised that the only access to the lecture theatre is down a flight of stairs.

Seats are still available!

missing u quilt 2

“The Missing U”- workshop
Friday July 19th, 2013, 10am-4pm
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Abbotsford Campus
(33844 King Rd, Abbotsford, British Columbia), Room D217

3 spots available – email to snatch the last spots!

missing u quilt

Have you heard about Cheryl’s Just One Slab project for those in Alberta who have been affected by the floods? Maybe you have but haven’t found time to make one. The Missing U is the inspiration behind the slab project. If you’re feeling like you want to contribute, why not donate one block made at the class?  Just think… we could end up with a whole quilt, just from our little workshop!

colour blocks

circle blocks

“Perfect Circles”
Saturday July 20, 10am-4pm
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Abbotsford Campus
(33844 King Rd, Abbotsford, British Columbia), Room D217

circle quilt

Class is Full

We do hope you can join us!

circle quilt 2

We hit 500 likes on Facebook!

2013-06Jun-23 vmqg 500 likes on facebook

Woot! Today our Facebook fan page gained its 500th like! Thanks to all of you who are following along with us on Facebook! You can find us at

Lately, we’ve used our page to share about activites such as “To Boston With Love”, the Iron Quilter Challenge, blog posts, meeting reminders, local quilt shows to check out, and more. We’d love to see what you have to share, so please be sure to like us on Facebook!

Find the VMQG at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this weekend!


Our guild’s next big event is Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. It happens this Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and 2nd in the Forum at the PNE Grounds (corner of Hastings and Renfrew) in Vancouver. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. Find out more at

Maker Faire is billed as a “family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness – a celebration of the Maker movement”. It’s a collection of crafters, techies, homesteaders, re-purposers, scientists and tinkerers.


Krista working on her QR code quilt at the VMQG booth at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2011, photo by Holly Broadland

This is the third year VMQG has participated. Some of the features of our booth this year will be Krista’s QR code quilt (scan it to go to the guild’s website), quilts with a techie theme, quilts in various stages of construction, ongoing demos by our talented members, and a hands-on modern fabric design activity.

If you’ve never been to Maker Faire, this is the year to check it out! Any VMQG member who would like to get involved and hasn’t yet signed up to volunteer can contact Elsie Sands at Or just stop by the booth to say “hi”.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at until 8:00 p.m. on May 31st and after that at the door. Members have been emailed a discount code for friends and family of Makers, so check your inbox before buying tickets!

See you at the show!

Maker Badge for blogs

To Boston With Love – Flags are being installed today

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild members with their flags, photo by Stacey Day

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild members with their flags, photo by Stacey Day

I thought I’d pop in with a quick update on “To Boston With Love” as so many people are following along with this story and eagerly awaiting a chance to see the flags hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. On Monday, May 20th, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild met and we collected all 92 flags made by VMQG members. Berene Campbell (seated in the middle, wearing a pink top and jeans), who came up with this idea, gathered up the flags and quickly headed home to pack them into her carry-on for a flight from Vancouver to Boston the next day.

May 21st was the deadline to have flags arrive in Boston and Amy Friend received 150 flags that day. She was able to check her mail again on May 22nd and the last I heard from Berene, the grand total was 1428 and counting!

Today is installation day and Berene and Amy have been posting photos to Instagram. It’s fantastic to see the buntings strung across the gorgeous, airy space of the Shapiro Family Courtyard.

If you’d like to follow along, you can see the photos here:


If you’re in Boston this weekend, the Museum of Fine Arts will be open for free and in addition to the display of flags, they have other special exhibits for their Memorial Day Community Weekend. If you can’t make it this weekend, we’re happy to announce that the dates have been extended for the flag installation and you’ll be able to view them until Sunday, July 7th.

Thanks to the hundreds of quilters and non-quilters from all continents (excepting Antarctica!) and nearly every US State who contributed to this project!

May 20th Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, May 20th.

We look forward to seeing you at the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre on Monday night! Yes, we are having a meeting on Victoria Day! We can’t wait to see all the beautiful flags you’ve made for “To Boston With Love”! This is our last guild meeting before Maker Faire, so we’ll be collecting quilts for our booth.

To Boston With Love
If you’ve seen our blog lately, you know that VMQG member Berene Campbell is the creative spark behind “To Boston With Love“, a collaborative effort of makers to bring peace and love from far and wide to the people of Boston. Hundreds of people all over the world have been working to create peace and love flags that will hang in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 25th through July 7th. Please bring your flags to tonight’s meeting!

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire
For the third year running, the VMQG will have a booth at Maker Faire. This year, the show is on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd and we’re still looking for volunteers for our booth. We need people who can demonstrate quilting on a sewing machine, chat with booth visitors about the guild, and run an interactive fabric design activity involving crayons and fabric. Please sign up at the meeting or contact Elsie Sands ( to volunteer.

We need your quilts! If any of you have modern quilts (techie themed or otherwise) that you could let us use for the booth at VMMF,  please bring them to the meeting this evening. We are interested in having quilts at all stages of completion, so visitors to the Faire can get an idea what the stages of making a quilt look like.  Please volunteer your quilts ONLY if you are comfortable with people touching them.  Please try to make sure they have labels with your name on them.

If any of you have regular wax crayons at your house that you’re done with and willing to donate to our booth at Maker Faire, please bring them. We’ll use them for our hands-on modern fabric design project. Thanks!

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, May 20th, 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.
Map of Oakridge Seniors' Centre
Parking: 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) or guest fee ($5)
– To Boston With Love flags (Berene will fly them to Boston for us on Tuesday!)
– Maker Faire quilts and crayons
– Hexagon challenge blocks for block lottery
– chequebook so you can enter the lottery for registration in Cheryl Arkison’s July 19 & 20 workshops
– payment for upcoming Saturday, May 25th sew-in ($10/sew-in) and/or Matt’s May 26th Free-motion Quilting Workshop
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Nancy at if you plan to bring a treat.
– donations of door prizes are always appreciated! Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.Agenda:
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– To Boston With Love show and tell and group photo
– Break (socialize and enjoy treats, pay for upcoming sew-in/workshops, hand in Maker Faire quilts)
– May Challenge
– 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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to Exhibit To Boston With Love


We are thrilled to announce that the hundreds of beautiful flags you have been making for the To Boston With Love project will be exhibited by The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 23-June 16, 2013.

MFA is Boston Strong, Huntington Avenue Entrance


The Museum of Fine Arts will be holding a free Memorial Day Community Weekend from May 25-27. The “To Boston With Love” installation will be one of the featured exhibitions and our flags will be hanging in the light-filled Shapiro Family Courtyard. Read their full press release here.

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild would like to thank VMQG member Berene Campbell and Boston-area coordinator Amy Friend for their work in making this event come together. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has contributed to this project and sent in flags from near and far. It’s going to be an amazing display of love!

There’s still time to participate! See our original tutorial post for flag making information and our shipping info post so you can get your flags to Boston by the May 21st deadline.

VMQG members: Please bring your completed flags to our guild meeting on Monday, May 20th. Berene will be flying to Boston to deliver our flags in person!

Haven’t made your flag yet? There is still space in our sew-in this Friday, May 10th from 6-11pm in the Parish Hall of Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 1440 W 12th Ave (at Hemlock). Contact to register.

To Boston With Love – New Deadline: May 21st

To Boston With Love: New Deadline May 21

Thanks for all the enthusiasm for our To Boston With Love project! To date, we have over thirty modern quilt guilds and dozens of individuals from all over the world joining us in this effort. The deadline has been pushed up to May 21st so that the flags can be displayed at a prestigious Boston institution for the  Memorial Day weekend. Please share this new deadline so we can have the biggest impact possible!

Four flags

Here are some To Boston With Love links:

Original VMQG blog post with instructions for making a flag

Shipping information

Tutorials and inspiration (including links to Berene’s LOVE and strippy heart patterns)

Berene’s Peace Sign hexie pattern

To Boston With Love Flickr group

Photos tagged #tobostonwithlove on Instagram

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild members: We are still planning on collecting our flags at our guild meeting on Monday, May 20th. We’ll be making flags at our sew-in at Holy Trinity Church on Friday, May 10th. You can drop off flags at the sew-in or guild meeting and we’ll get them to Boston by the 21st.

To Boston With Love



When tragedies occur, quilters and crafters rally together and use creativity to comfort and heal those in need. There have been Quilts for Japan, Pillowcases for Newtown, and many other examples of the love and generosity of our community. Now as we watch the events in Boston unfold, again we are putting our hands together to do something for those affected. “To Boston With Love” is a collaborative effort of makers to bring peace and love from far and wide. What we’re planning is a public exhibition of flags strung into banners that will be displayed in Boston – hopefully by early June 2013. Details are still being ironed out, and given the mayhem it may be a couple of weeks before we finalize the exact location and date. In the meantime we need to get going on flag making!

This is a small project that can easily be made in an afternoon. You may make as many flags as you are up for. The more flags, the bigger the impact. The overall idea is to provide Boston with an uplifting experience from quilters and sewists around the globe. We are inviting other modern quilt guilds to participate in this project and Berene Campbell will be coordinating participants. Please let her know if your guild would like to join us and where you are located, and she’ll keep track of things. Her e-mail address is

After you make your flag, please add it to the To Boston With Love flickr group or if you’re on Instagram tag it #tobostonwithlove

And spread the word! Feel free to put a button on your blog and let others know about the project!

To Boston With Love

Theme: Love, Hearts, Peace (Need some inspiration? Check out this post full of tutorial links!)
Style: Modern
Colors: Uplifting bright colors – see the recommended colour palette below
colour palette 

Option 1: two pieces 6 1/2″ X 8 1/4″
Option 2: one long piece 6 1/2″ x 16″ (see step 1 for design direction)
Both Options: 16″ x 1 1/2″ long strip for the binding /tie (Please do not use bias binding as it is stretchy)

There will be a number of flags on each bunting and we have to take weight into account. We’d also like the flags to hang softly and not be stiff. For this reason please bear the following in mind:
– No batting between layers.
– If appliquéing your design on, please use lightweight materials for fusing.
– If using buttons or any other sewn on items, please keep them to a minimum.
– If using fabric ink use the washable and iron-able kind, and be sure to heat seal it. Please do not use puff fabric ink or the fabric pens that are not iron-able. The same applies for your name on the back. These need to be iron-able.

All guilds should set a delivery deadline for their members based on the fact that all strings of buntings should be in Boston no later than May 31 May 21, 2013.

Please note that there is a REVISED DEADLINE of MAY 21st, 2013. Discussions are in the works with a very prestigious Boston institution, who have requested an earlier deadline, so that the flags might be part of a very special Memorial Day celebration. As a result of this, if your flags are to be in the exhibition opening, we will need them to be in Boston by no later than May 21, 2013. If flags arrive after this date they will still be added to the exhibition, however will obviously miss the opening event. And we need as many as possible for the opening to make a great impact. We realize that this will be an inconvenience for some, however we believe that their reasoning for this deadline is good, and that the event will be far beyond what we had originally imagined it to be. So please keep up the enthusiasm and get them to us as soon as possible.

For VMQG members, your deadline is still the May 20th meeting for now. Please hand your flags in to Berene at the meeting. If you are unable to make the meeting please find someone else who can bring it in for you.

This tutorial is to make a 6″ wide x 8″ tall flag with a 16″ long binding strip to be used as a tie.

Seam allowance is 1/4″.

(click on the photos to view them larger)

STEP ONE: Prepare your design on your fabric
You can either piece, appliqué or embroider a design, or hand-stamp a design on with washable fabric ink.
If you are going with option 2, fold the fabric in half to position your design on a 6″ x 8″ size.  Note the bottom of each side’s design should towards the fold.

Please stitch or stamp your name and town in smallish type on the bottom back corner or up one side. If your flag doesn’t have a back then just pick one side to put this on.
Note: Kindly refrain from using political messages or specific (non-generic) religious imagery or messages.

STEP TWO: Make the flag
Option 1: Place two flag pieces right sides together with the top of the designs both upwards. Stitch down one side, across the bottom and up the other side, backstitching at beginning and end. Snip bottom corners and turn right side out.
Option 2: Fold the fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Stitch down each side backstitching at beginnings and ends. Snip bottom corners and turn right side out.

STEP THREE: Finishing touches on the flag
Press and top stitch down sides and along bottom close to the edge.

STEP FOUR: Make the tie with binding
Fold binding strip in half widthways and press.
Then fold each side inwards in half again, and press.
Mark the centre of this strip and the horizontal centre of the flag. Slide flag in between the layers, matching centre points.
Topstitch along binding close to edge, making sure you catch all layers, and backstitch at the beginning and end.
Note: Please do not replace the one long piece of binding with two shorter strips attached to the corners. The reason being that the one long piece is stronger when many are tied together, and will not put stress on the corners where the ties are attached when pulled. Please follow the above instructions for one long piece of binding. Thanks!

STEP FIVE: (FOR GUILDS) Assemble the bunting
Each guild needs to assign a member to collect and tie their flags together. Flags should be tied with a double knot with roughly an inch spacing between flags. Please don’t make the knots too tight as we may have to adjust bunting lengths based on location specs when hanging.

SHIPPING DETAILS: can be found HERE, along with details about who we’re inviting to participate.

REMINDER: the DEADLINE is MAY 31, 2013.

Please note that there is a REVISED DEADLINE of MAY 21st, 2013.

Thanks for participating in a great cause. We are so excited to see all the banners hanging up for everyone in Boston to enjoy.

Free Motion Quilting Workshop on May 26th

We are pleased to announce our next VMQG workshop: Free Motion Quilting with Matt Wheeler!

Learn some of the basic free motion quilting techniques with Matt! This workshop is an introduction to FMQ for beginners. Find all the details in this pdf flyer or see below.

Date: Sunday 26th May, 2013

Time: 10am – 3pm

Place: 1480 W 7th Ave, Vancouver

Cost: $40 per member, $45 for non-members

Sign-up: Please sign up at the next guild meeting on Monday 15th April or email Elke at

Payment: Please pay at the meeting when you sign up or send a cheque with a note that it’s for the workshop to:

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
c/o PO Box 95075
RPO Kingsgate
Vancouver BC V5T 4T8

Our fifteen minutes of fame

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has been in the press lately! We were featured in a segment on myVancouver TV (part of the Optik Local series of community interest shows) and we were also in an article on modern quilting in the most recent edition of the Canadian Quilters’ Association‘s newsletter, “The Canadian Quilter”.

VMQG on myVancouver TV

Thanks to Holly Broadland, Karen Cooper, and Matt Wheeler for sharing their love of the guild in their interviews with the myVancouver TV crew! We showed the video at our February meeting, but if you didn’t have a chance to see it then, you can view it at this link:

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild on myVancouver TV

The Canadian Quilter Spring-2013

“The Canadian Quilter” is only distributed to CQA members (find info about becoming a member here) and you can’t find it on newsstands. Fortunately, the CQA has given us permission to share the article as a pdf. Thanks to Jo Ferguson and the CQA for sharing modern quilting with the readers of “The Canadian Quilter”!

“Modern Quilting” by Jo Ferguson, from “The Canadian Quilter” Spring 2013

Link to pdf: Modern Quilting Article Spring 2013