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August Meeting

Our next meeting is Thursday, August 18th at 7:00pm.

Location:
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 ($50) or guest fee ($5)
– a folding chair (we ran out at our last meeting)
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– your name tag
– Completed Self-Portrait challenge project
– completed Bottled Rainbows challenge block


Volunteers:

Photography: Sonja Callaghan (but feel free to take your own pictures too)
Refreshments: If you can help please email refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting.


Draft Agenda:

– Guild Business (sew-in, retreat update, 2012 executive and volunteers)
– New (Exciting!) Challenge
– Break
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

If you would like to see copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings please email Amy at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.


See you there!!!

Quilting Out and About

Here are a few events we modern quilters should check out and get involved in.

Maiwa Textile Symposium 2011
The workshops that Maiwa lines up each year are always amazing. This year there are 3 workshops being taught by the Quilters of Gee’s Bend. There are also classes on colour theory, discharge quilting, embroidery and an abundance of other fiber and fabric related techniques.
Check out their schedule and register for a class today.

Ladner Quilt Walk and Car Show
The Quilted Bear Quilt Shop in Ladner is looking for modern and traditional quilters to submit quilts as part of their annual quilt walk taking place on August 21st. Download the registration form here or visit the Quilted Bear with your quilt by August 15th.

Quilting at the V&A in London
With all the unrest happening in London and around the UK, I am thinking fondly of the time I spent living there several years ago. One of my favorite places was the V&A Museum. Luckily, their website is an amazing substitute when hopping on a plane just isn’t in the cards. You can browse their collections, read a wide range of articles, and even use their patchwork pattern generator. Spent a few hours one evening there, and maybe peek around the other collections they have.

100 Days of Modern Quilting

The central Modern Quilt Guild is looking for submissions for their upcoming “100 Days of Modern Quilting” online feature.

If you would like one of your pieces to be a part of this exciting project visit their submission page for their guidelines. Submissions are due on August 30th, 2011 so we have a month to make sure the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is represented in this online exhibit.

Challenge: Self-Portrait

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A few meetings ago, the executive members (and the meeting attendees) were wowed by the self-portrait that Sharon Holmes made. When we had to come up with a challenge at the last minute this month, we jumped on the opportunity to play with this idea. Then, by coincidence, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine is running a reader contest in their July/August issue on this exact theme using mixed media.

So here are the guidelines:

Make a small quilt that can be described as a self-portrait – go realistic or go abstract. The contest is asking for a 6×6 inch piece, but if you don’t plan on entering we’re giving no size requirements. The only requirement other than theme is that you incorporate at least one item into your finished project that is NOT quilting cotton, basic thread, or batting/stabilizer.

Here’s a bit of inspiration I put together: Flickr Gallery

If you want to enter the contest read these carefully: Contest Rules

Also, for those of you who didn’t finish their Bottled Rainbows block, we will still be accepting them at our August 18th meeting.

Sew-In this weekend

Just a quick reminder that we are hosting a Sew-in at Kensington Community Centre this Sunday, July 24th, from 10am – 4pm.

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

You need to bring your machine, projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and a lunch.

There is a $10 fee and 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 space available for you.

Please contact to Louise (vice-president) to register or with any questions.

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 21, 2011


Our next meeting is Thursday, July 21st at 7:00pm.

Location:
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 ($50) or guest fee ($5)
– a folding chair (we ran out at our last meeting)
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– your name tag
– completed Bottled Rainbows challenge block


Volunteers:

Photography: Sonja Callaghan (but feel free to take your own pictures too)
Refreshments: If you can help please email refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting.


Draft Agenda:

– Guild Business (sew-in, forum, postcards, inter-guild bee, 2012 executive)
– Q & A with Cynthia F.
– New Challenge
– Break
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

If you would like to see copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings please email Amy at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.


See you there!!!

Challenge: Modified Bottled Rainbows

Our challenge this month is the Bottled Rainbows block from Rachel Hauser’s Stitched in Color blog, but the size has been modified to make it a little smaller. Her how-to is here, complete with photos. You can also find many examples of this block in her Flickr group.

Please make your block (or blocks) in the colour of your choice. We will see the colours together and group them accordingly into guild quilts. It will be interesting to see what the dominant colours in our members’ stashes are. We will be accepting blocks in July and August. If you are interested in volunteering to piece and quilt one of the group quilts let us know.

Here are the specifics for our blocks with the large size requirements followed by the small size in brackets. Both of these are different from the dimensions in the how-to above.

1. Base Block in Kona White – 10 x 14 inches (5 x 5)

2. Frame in any solid – 2 strips of 3 x 14 (1.5 x 5) and 2 strips of 3 x 15 (1.5 x 7)

3. Assorted scraps in the same tone/colour family as the solid frame.

4. Cotton Batting – 16 x 20 (7.5 x 7.5)

Your finished large block with be 14.5 x 18.5, and your finished small block will be 6.5 x 6.5.

When sewing your scraps onto the base block please use a zigzag stitch that is slightly wider than normal, and of a medium length, overlapping slightly at the corners. Also keep approximately 1/4 inch of white showing between your fabric scraps. These little details will help the blocks look more uniform when pieced together.

Have fun with these blocks!

VMQG in the local media

Over the last week we were part of two wonderful local, online publications.

Vancouver is Awesome profiled us in their DiYVR column last week.

There’s some great pictures from our June meeting and the author, Kim Werker, joined the guild just a few days later.

Also, a writer for Scout Magazine included several pictures of our Maker Faire booth in her post about the event.

Watch for posts later this week on Maker Faire and our June Challenge.

June Anniversary Meeting

This month is our 1-year Anniversary meeting!

It is happening Thursday, June 16th,  at 7:00 pm.

Happy Birthday to us!

As with our special meetings there will be less business, more show and tell, more food, and more party. We expect a larger than usual turn out and plan on having lots of door prizes, and extra time for show and tell for all the wonderful Kona challenge quilts members have been working on.

Also, Kim Werker will be coming to chat with our members and see what we are all about for the DiYVR column for Vancouver Is Awesome.

Location: 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, dues ($50) or guest fee ($5)
– a folding chair (we ran out of regular chairs at the last meeting)
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– Your Kona challenge project
– Gift door prizes (labeled with your name)
– Half-Square Triangles for Maker Faire
– Quilts for display at Maker Faire

Volunteers:
Photography: Sonja Callaghan
Refreshments: Anna Jarczewski (email refreshments@ if you can help)
Door prizes: Please bring to the meeting labeled with your name.

Draft Agenda:
– Guild Business (Maker Faire and July Sew-In)
– Retrospective with Holly
– New Challenge
– Break
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes
– Group Photos
– Party Time

Side Note: If you would like to see copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings please email Amy at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca. You can also reply to this email with any other questions or feedback.

See you there!!!

May Mini-Challenges

Half Square Triangles for Maker Faire

Fabric at Spool of Thread

Fabric at Spool of Thread

Part of our exhibit for Maker Faire will be an interactive design wall where visitors will be able to create their own quilt designs.

In preparation for this we are asking all members to make at least 6 HSTs with a finished dimension of 4.5 inches square. Please have your blocks be coordinating but there’s are no limitations in regards to what fabrics you use.

Please bring your finished blocks to the June meeting, the June sew-in or contact the executive to make other drop-off arrangements.

Need an HST tutorial? Click Here.

June Door Prize Gifts

Holiday Door Prize

A Door Prize from our Holiday Meeting

We thought it would be fun to have as many door prizes as possible for the upcoming anniversary meeting in June. We also thought it would be fun if some of the prizes were made by our members.

If you’d like to help, please make a small item of your choice, bring it to the meeting labelled with your name. We also welcome any other sort of door prize donations you might have.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if everyone at the meeting left with a prize?