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Member Spotlight: Bronwen M.

Here’s our first member profile of the year. Enjoy getting to know Bronwen!



What is your first quilting memory?
I think it would have to be watching my mum hand quilt and wondering how she got those stitches so tiny or going to help set up her booths at shows.


What are 5 (or so) words that would describe your dream fabric?
hmmm… Colorful, birds, dots, swirls and interesting graphics…I guess that would make one strange print.




What is the finished quilt you are most proud of?
Probably my most recent one as I came up with it on my own and decided on the quilting pattern. It was a gift for one of my sisters and I decided to figure out a way to best use a fat quarter pack I had gotten. I used the Avalon pattern from “Material Obsession” by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke and modified it.


For Potholder swap with FVMQG


What new technique or pattern is highest on your list to learn or do?
Since I am still what I consider a beginner, I’d really like to work on my free motion quilting… I find it a little scary. I’d also like to push myself this year into just trying more new things, patterns or techniques. New Year, so I guess it’s a good resolution.


What is your favourite moment as a guild member so far?
I honestly just love the meetings, I come away every month totally insprired by an amazing group of people. I also really enjoyed the Retreat I went on in October, it was great to be around so many creative people.




What do you spend your days doing, other than quilting?
Mostly working; but in my free time, I embroider, I’m learning to knit, and I’m dreaming about renovations and working on my lack of cooking skills.


What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?
A Janome 415 and an old White Superlock serger.


Pretend it’s a cold winter day and you’re spending it snuggled up on the couch with your favorite quilt…What are you eating and/or drinking?
Probably hot cocoa and crackers with blue cheese, the moldier the better!


Thanks Bronwen! To learn more about Bronwen, visit her blog Rubyna or follow her on Pinterest.

Member Spotlight: Janet A.

Welcome to the first of many posts that show off the amazing talent and enthusiasm we have in our guild.  I gave Janet ten questions and she chose six to respond to.  Enjoy!

What is your first quilting memory?

This one goes back quite a long time.  I learnt to machine sew when I was 9,
but my first memories of sewing by hand were doing those little tracer
stitcheries they put out for kids that my Nana gave me for Christmas
probably when I was 6 or so. (big blunt needles, yarn, and little cards with
pictures on them with holes punched all around). Shortly after learning to
machine sew I remember making and quilting an eye glass case for my Nana –
yellow Fortrel it was, and I quilted a crosshatch and a little flower into
it, as a Christmas present.  Growing up, if it was too wet and cold to be
outside playing, if I didn’t have a book in my hand, chances are it was a
needle and thread.

Winter Frost

Winter Frost (photo by Janet Archibald)

What is the finished quilt you are most proud of?

That’s a tough one – I’m very proud of the first bed-size quilt I designed
and made a few years ago, Winter Frost, that is currently on our bed.  It
was the first good size project that I free motion quilted , and it was a
real learning experience, but it made me realize that with practice, I could
do this!

I’m also very proud of my “There’s Medication For That” quilt made this past
year for the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids challenge. I saw the finished quilt
so clearly in my mind’s eye, and was very pleased that I was able to
re-produce it.

There's Medication for That

There's Medication for That (photo by Janet Archibald)

What new technique or pattern is highest on your list to learn or do?

Right at the top of my wish to do pattern list – and they are fighting each
other for top billing, are a Wholecloth quilt, Spiderweb quilt and a Dresden
Plate quilt – all of them I’m hoping to make in the coming year.  Growing
up, we had a couple of Dresden Plate quilts that were my favourites, and
I’ve always said I was going to make one.  The Spiderweb will be a great way
to use up the stash of scraps I’ve accumulated, and the whole cloth will let
me work on my quilting technique.  I’ve got an idea in mind for the Dresden
Plate to give it a modern twist, so I’m hoping that works out!

What is “Modern Quilting” to you?

To me, Modern Quilting is all about attitude – a can do attitude.  Taking
traditional patterns and through the use of fabrics, turning them into
something very different – more relaxed, less stodgy, if you will.  Colours
are bright and clear, lots of use of solids.  Modern quilters are
enthusiastic, generous and broad minded.  There is a willingness to try new
things and to be open to new ideas.  Modern Quilting embraces modern
technology – there is so much inspiration and sharing that goes on through
the web.  It is wonderful!  I like all kinds of quilting, so some days I
fall cleanly into the Modern Quilting side of things, and other days I’m
very much a traditionalist!

The Wedding Quilt

The Wedding Quilt (photo by Janet Archibald)

What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

I have 3 sewing machines.  My favourite machine and the one  I do almost all
my piecing on is a Husqvarna Viking Lily 555  – I also use it for a lot of
my free motion quilting.  I also have a Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter, that
I quilt my larger pieces on as it has a larger throat, so is easier to
manoeuver the quilts around.  My third machine is a Pfaff Creative Vision
embroidery machine that just doesn’t get used as much any more since I’ve
fallen in love with FMQ!

Sunny Days

Sunny Days (photo by Janet Archibald)

Pretend it’s a cold winter day and you’re spending it snuggled up on the couch with your favourite quilt…What are you eating and/or drinking?

Oh, let’s see – I probably have a glass of red wine nearby,  and if I’m
completely spoiling myself, some wonderful dark chocolate truffles – heaven!

Thanks so much Janet! You can learn more about Janet by visiting her blog, What Comes Next?, and you can see more of her work in her Flickr photostream

Our next Spotlight will be posted in early January. 

Sew-In: Sunday, November 20th

Now that November is here, many of us are busy working on holiday projects. If you’d like to sew in a social setting, come join us at our next Sew-in! We are hosting a Sew-in at the Kensington Community Centre on Sunday, November 20th.

When: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Where: Seniors’ Lounge, Kensington Community Centre at E 37th Ave and Knight St, Vancouver. Park on E 37th for easy access to the Seniors’ Lounge from the street. The door to the lounge is on the south side of the building and there is a short path connecting it to 37th.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and coffee and tea.

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the presser foot!), projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and a lunch.

There is a $10 fee if you pre-register by our November 17th guild meeting and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 15 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.

Please contact Karen ( to register or with any questions.

Fraser Valley MQG January Retreat

The Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild is planning a weekend retreat for January 2012 and they’ve kindly opened up 25 spots for Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild members.  This will be a great chance for members of the two guilds to build on the friendships started by our upcoming potholder swap! The FVMQG held their first retreat at Camp Luther in March 2011 and you can see a set of retreat photos in Cynthia Frenette’s flickr photostream. If you’d like to register, you can get in touch with Charline Derksen of the FVMQG directly. If you have questions, you can also post them on the FVMQG’s very active facebook page.

The details:
When: Friday, January 13, 2012 (arrive after 6 p.m.) to Sunday, January 15, 2012 (leave by 4 p.m.)
Cost: $275 per person Price reduced to $250 per person
Location: Camp Luther, 9311 Shook Road, Mission, BC V2V 7M2
Includes: 2 nights accommodation, all meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Pedicure or massage (RMT; medical receipts issued) Snacks on Friday and Saturday nights, coffee, tea, water, juice are always available. We were very pleased with the menu last year. Two to three people share a room. Each room has one bathroom.
What to bring: all sewing equipment & materials, extension cords, irons & ironing boards (sharing please, not enough room for everyone to bring one!). All bedding, towels & toiletries.
Other: Camp Luther doesn’t allow alcohol or illegal drugs. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. They have a noise curfew between 11 pm – 7 am. No pets are allowed on site.
Prizes & Structure: We will be having lots of prizes – some pretty substantial ($100 gift certificates, etc). We don’t plan on having too much structure. That gives everyone a chance to work on their projects.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration; the balance to be paid by Nov 30th, 2011. People can send me a cheque to: #17 – 33321 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2L6 or can email the money to me at:
When registering, let me know what your preference is for: room sharing and manicure or massage.

Halloween Challenge

Our next meeting is on October 20th, so that means our next challenge is all about Halloween!

Make Halloween inspired blocks with finished measurements in multiples of 6 inches. So, the blocks you bring to the meeting will be 6.5 x 6.5, 6.5 x 12.5, 12.5 x 12.5, for example.

Every block you make will be considered an “entry” into a raffle to win packs of blocks. The number of winners will depend on how many blocks come back.

For example, if we get 32 blocks, we might pick 4 winners of 8 blocks each. We’ll make the packs of blocks large enough that you could get a finished project out of your winnings.

There are no fabric or colour guidelines, other than to “Think Halloween!”

Here’s a post our Halloween-lover Amy made on her blog, glitter, vinyl and thread, about this challenge with photos of her samples.

Also, don’t forget to keep working on your Habitat challenge. We’ll want to show them off and get a group picture in November.

Quilt-y stuff to do


1. Visit one of the Lower Mainland’s other quilt guilds and see Terry Aske’s trunk show.

Hosted by: Lions Gate Quilters’ Guild (website)
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Doors open: 7:00 pm – come early to browse in the library
Meeting time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (approximately)
Location: St. Andrew’s & St.Stephen’s Church (2641 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver)
Cost: Guests are free!

2. Submit a quilt to the The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at Fall Market 2012.

The Modern Quilt Guild and Quilts Inc. is looking for entries to this very exciting exhibit to be held in October 2012. Registration begins in January and ends March 2, 2012. Complete details are here, and we’ll be talking about entering your quilts at our upcoming meetings.


3. Complete the Generation Q online survey about modern quilting.

Spend 20 minutes completing a simple survey about your quilting habits. You’ll be entered for prizes, and then you can browse the wonderful features this new online magazine has been publishing since July.

Photos of Terry’s quilts, taken by Terry and Sonja.

Forum Orientation

One of the perks of being a member of the VMQG rather than attending meetings as a guest is our forum. It’s a great way to get to know other members better and stay in touch between meetings. However, how active and interesting the forum is depends completely on how much you post, and so far it’s not the busiest of places. Several members have requested an orientation to our board, so here it is.

We require registration to access the forums. When you complete your registration, an email goes to Heather so she can ensure you’re a member. Once she approves it, you will get an email informing you and you can enter the forums using the password you chose during registration.
Not sure if you’re registered? Can’t remember your password? Email Kalin or Heather and they’ll get it sorted out.
Also, remember that our memberships expire each year on October 31st. In early November, members who have not renewed will be deactivated, but can be reactivated if they re-join the guild.

These links at the very top of the forum are your master links when you need info other than the actual forum posts:

User Control
This is basically where you set all the aspects of your profile (personal info, password, display options). Add an avatar here, manage forum subscriptions (email notifications), view your bookmarked threads, and other things like that.

This is where you can send and receive private messages with other members.

View a complete list of members on the forum. Great to scan for everyone’s blogs, or if you want to send a message to someone, but you don’t know their username.

The Team
This shows your board moderator, Heather and Kalin, if you have any concerns about the forums.

Right below the three main boards, there are four buttons that can make viewing the forums much easier:

Unanswered Posts
This will show you all the posts that don’t have any replies. A great way to see if someone has asked for help, but received no response. Maybe you can help them out?

Unread Posts
This is the first place I go when I check the forums. This gives a nice list of all the messages/threads from all three boards that I haven’t read.

New Posts
Similar to the last one, but this is just new posts since you last visited. This won’t include posts that you didn’t read on your last visit, like the previous one will.

Active Topics
This will provide a list of threads that are recently and frequently posted to. A good way to see what’s getting the most attention.


When the Picture is Online
When you are making a post there is a row of formatting options just above your message. To add an image to your post click the “IMG” button and insert the website address of your image between the two [img] tags in your message.

When the Picture is on your Computer
When the picture isn’t online you can’t add it directly to your message, but you can add it as an attachment to your post. Below your post-in-progress there is an “attachment” tab. There you can browse for the file on your computer and enter a description.
The attachment function also works for file types other than images, like pdfs.

Subscribing to a thread or board
Whenever you are viewing a board, sub-forum or thread you will be able to scroll to the bottom of the page and find a check box for subscribing. When you check this box you will receive an email when a new post is added to the board or thread.
You can set it to notify you of each update, or only the first update made before you log in to check them. Subscriptions are managed in the “user control” area.

Bookmarking a Thread
Bookmarking can only be done on threads and just keeps them in a tidy list that can be found in the “user control” area. This is nice if you don’t want update notifications, but you want to easily find something at another time.

Hopefully this is helpful to some of our members who are unfamiliar with this forum set up. We’d love to see this area become more active and and a long-term resource for future members, as well as a way of documenting what we’re all up to.

Have any tips or more questions? Just leave a comment or send me an email.

September Guild Meeting

Our next meeting is Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm.

Spool of Thread Sewing Lounge, 101-649 E. 15th Ave. (at 15th and Fraser), Vancouver, BC, V5T 2R6. 604-879-3031

What to bring:
– member card, member dues for 2011/12 ($50) or guest fee ($5)
– a folding chair (we often run out of chairs)
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– your name tag
– Registration for Retreat or Sew-in (see below)

Photography: Sonja Callaghan (but feel free to take your own pictures too)
Refreshments: If you can help please email
Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Draft Agenda:
– Guild Business (sew-in, retreats)
– Swap with FVMQG
– New Challenge
– 2012 Executive Acclamation
– Break
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

Extra things to note:
– If you made a bottled rainbows block, could you please bring in a piece of your solid fabric that is between 5×5 and 10×10 inches. Paul will be using these pieces to piece the back of the quilt.

– If you have not received your pack of Habitat fabrics, this will be your last chance to do so. If you want your fabrics, but are unable to make the meeting please contact Louise to arrange to pick it up. Unclaimed packs will be distributed to members at the end of the December meeting.

-If you received a pack of Habitat fabrics, but they are simply not speaking to you, there are many members who are looking for additional fabric. Bring yours to the meeting and pass them along to another member in need.

– Your membership officially expires on October 31st, 2011, but you are welcome to renew your membership anytime, including at our meeting this month.

– A reminder that Krista will be taking registrations for the October 15th Quilt by the Bay Retreat.

– Louise will be accepting registrations for our Sunday, November 20th Sew-in. Remember the new fees are $10 in advance, or $15 the day of the sew-in.

-If you would like to see copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings please email Amy at

See you there!!!

Volunteers Needed!

Kalin, our current president, chairing a guild meeting

At our September meeting will be electing (or acclaiming) our new Executive. We are looking for members who are interested in being part of that group, or any of the other volunteer positions that help the guild to run smoothly.

The executive position we are looking for is a bit flexible, and will be decided once we have enough members coming forward and can assess their individual interests. We need a minimum of one more person to fill the role of either:

1. President
2. Vice-President
3. Secretary or
4. Member-at-Large

We also have several volunteer positions that could be filled, so contact us if you’d like to be more involved, but can’t participate on the executive.

Louise, our current vice president, explaining the Habitat Challenge


All of our current exec members have written up job descriptions and posted them in the members’ forum. This is a great way to see what kind of work we do, and how much time we spend on guild activities. Some responsibilities are specific to the position, and others are based on the member’s interests and skills.

What we would need from any exec member is the following:
1. Attendance at most of the executive meetings (one 3 hr meeting/month)
2. Attendance at most of the guild meetings (one 2 hr meeting/month)
3. About 4 hours a month of guild work outside of meetings
4. A 2 year commitment to the exec (but we know life happens)
5. A current Guild membership
6. An interest in cooperation, fun and simplicity

If you have any questions, please contact any current executive member and we’d be happy to answer them.

Habitat Challenge

photo by Sonja Callaghan


Here’s another challenge based on fabric The Modern Quilt Guild was generously offered by a fabric company. This time we will be working with HABITAT, designed by Jay McCarroll (The first ever winner of Project Runway) for FreeSpirit Fabric.

photo by Sonja Callaghan

Each member will be the recipient of 6 fat-eighths selected from the 8 fabrics in the line. Our colourway is the Jewel Tones. We handed out fabric packs at our August meeting and will do so again in September if you missed the meeting. If you’d like your fabric before September, you can contact Louise ( and arrange to pick it up.

photo by Sonja Callaghan

The only restriction in this challenge is that you only use Habitat fabric or solids. No other prints are to be added to your quilt (or other finished quilted item). There are no finished size requirements either. The deadline for finished objects is the November 17th meeting.

Please have each of the fabrics you receive visible on the front, back or binding of your quilt. While there is no requirement of how much of each fabric you must use, please be considerate that this is a donation and the spirit of the challenge is to show off the fabrics.

Here’s some links to get you inspired:
Flickr group for the MQG Habitat Challenge
FreeSpirit’s Habitat Swatch Gallery (including a video of Jay McCarroll explaining his inspiration for the collection)
MQG Blog post about the challenge

Want to get your hands on more Habitat fabric? We called around and didn’t find any LQS’s that have it, but there are a few sources online. Here’s some suggestions:
The Needle Shop has most of the prints in the Jewel Tones colourway
Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, Sew Fresh Fabrics, and Fabricworm each have a few Habitat prints. You can find all these shops through an Etsy search for Habitat fabric.

Have fun with the challenge and we look forward to seeing what you come up with!