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Meeting: Thursday, May 19th

Our next meeting is Thursday, May 19th 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
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– your name tag

Volunteers:

Photography: Sonja Callaghan
Refreshments: If you can help please email refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting labeled with your name

Notes for Guild Members:
– We will be looking for volunteers for Maker Fair. If you can not attend the meeting but would like to help send Kalin (president@) an email.

Draft Agenda:

– Guest from Whistler Quilters Guild
– Guild Business (Maker Faire, June Anniversary Meeting and more)
– New mini-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!!!

April Challenge

The Kona Charm Pack Challenge is continuing through until June, but we thought a small challenge would be nice.

Felicity's Circle of Geese

Quilt by Felicity

This month we are going to try some paper piecing and make a circle of geese.You pick the colours and size, and make whatever finished project you would like.

Here’s the template from Piece By Number that was available at the meeting.

The Sometimes Crafter has a great tutorial on this specific block.

If you’re new to paper piecing here’s a good general tutorial, and another, and another that uses freezer paper.

Some inspiration on flickr:
Flying Geese Group
My Circle Geese Gallery

This Week: Meeting and Sew-in

Our next meeting is April 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
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– your name tag

Volunteers:

Photography: Sonja Callaghan
Refreshments: If you can help please email refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
Door prizes: Please bring to the meeting labeled with your name

Notes for Guild Members:
– If you have no picked up your Kona Charm Pack please contact Heather or get it at this weeks meeting. Any packs that do not have pick-up arrangements made for them, will become door prizes on Thursday.
– Please check the forums for the Member List survey link if you have not already completed it.
– There is a member sew-in this Sunday (the 24th), If you want to come please contact Louise or Kalin or check the forum for complete details.


Draft Agenda:

– Guild Business
– Maker-Fair brainstorm session
– 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!!!

Kona Challenge

As you may have noticed if you follow some of the other Modern Quilt Guild blogs, there’s been a few that have done a Kona Solids challenge with charm Packs that Robert Kaufman donated.

We were also lucky recipients of this donation! We received 50 charms packs – one for each of our members. We all need to take great photos and document the project so we can report back to Robert Kaufman.

Kona Solids Charm Packs

The Kona Charm Packs!

Here are the “official” challenge details:

Which charm pack did we get?
We really wanted to embrace the challenge, and we chose the darks. There’s 43 squares, and there are a great group f colours, you can see here.

How do I get my Charm Pack?
If you weren’t at the last meeting to pick yours up they are all at Heathers home. Contact her at the treasurers emails to arrange picking yours up.
Any packs not picked up by the April meeting, will be made into door prizes for any non members that are at that meeting, or to any new members.

What is the project deadline?
We wan you to be able to really take this project and run with it, so our deadline is the June 2011 meeting, which is also our anniversary meeting.
You’re free to complete and bring your quilt to an earlier meeting, but we would love all the quilts at the June meeting for group photos.

What kind of projects are we making?
Anything you want! Baby quilt, queen size quilt, wall hanging, table runner. It’s totally up to you.

How much other fabric can I use?
We decided not to put limits on this. Add as much yardage as you need to make the project you’re dreaming of.
In terms of numbers of other fabrics, there’s no limit, but keep them limited so that the charm packs stay the focus.

Do I have to use the whole charm pack?
Yes! You need to have every single square somewhere visible on your quilt – front, back, binding.

Can I add prints?
This is a cautious yes. It’s really important that our project focus on the wonderfulness of the Kona solids. Use prints with mindfulness.

Bottom line: Honour the spirit of the challenge – Keep the charm packs the focus.

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And now for some inspirations:

1. Here’s a group on flickr that is just for the MQG Kona challenges.

2. Here’s a gallery Paul made in anticipation of this challenge.

3. Here’s another gallery I made the day the big box of fabric arrived at my office.

Meeting Tonight!

Our next meeting is March 17th at 7:00pm.

Yes, that’s tonight!

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
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– your name tag
– Quilt-As-You-Go Challenge item
– Finished Challenge Apron

Volunteers:
Photography: Sonja Callaghan
Refreshments: If you can help please email refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
Door prizes: Please bring to the meeting labeled with your name

Notes for Guild Members:
– Please visit our new forums – the more you visit and post, the better it will be.
– We have a Sew-In scheduled for this Saturday. Find details on the blog and the forum.
– FVMQG has invited us to join their overnight retreat this weekend. Details are on the forums.

Draft Agenda:
– Icebreaker Game
– Guild Business
– New Challenge (A VERY exciting one!)
– 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@.

See you there!!!

Make an Apron!

half aprons
A sampling of Amy’s many aprons.

At our February meeting we talked about two challenges. The first was the QAYG challenge, and the second was an apron challenge.

Inspired by the “Putting On The Ritz Apron Challenge” taking place at the Sewing and Crafts Show in Abbotsford in April, we want to see your aprons.

If you want to enter into the offical “Putting on The Ritz” challenge, please see the full rules on pages 24 and 25 of the show brochure, and bring your completed entry to the meeting this Thursday. Louise will hand deliver them to the organizers.

For lots of Apron inspiration Sonja created a flickr group called “The Great Apron Extravaganza“. Paul also created two apron galleries on flickr that are full of inspiration!

New Sew-in Dates for Members

Our January Sew-in at the Kensington Community Centre was a success, so we’ve scheduled two more!

Saturday, March 19th, 10am-4pm
and
Sunday, April 24th, 11am-5pm


Louise is out of town for a few weeks this month, so please email Kalin (president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) with which days you’d like to come or post on the members forums, and bring your $10 payment to her at the guild meetings. If you can’t make it to the meeting, please let us know and we’ll make other arrangements.

A few other notes on logistics:
– Bring you sewing machine, projects, extension cords, and power bar.
– Please do not bring your own iron. The guild will have two ironing stations set up to share.
– We are not allowed in the space early or late.
– We will need to move some furniture around if we don’t want round tables.
– Please bring your own lunch and mug.

Also, Anna will bring the guild’s tea and coffee in April, but cannot attend the March meeting. If anyone would like to volunteer to get these items from Anna to bring, please post in the members forum.

QAYG Challenge

Anna presented a new challenge at our meeting last week and provided lengths of bonded batting perfect to make a table runner, or a set of placemats.

Photo by Sonja Callahan

Amys Snowflake QAYG

The Challenge is to make your item using the Quilt-As-You-Go technique. It was pointed out at the meeting that there’s not a lot of modern examples online but I found one tutorial in pdf form that does show the technique really well at Moose On The Porch Quilts.

I also found out that there’s 2 techniques to QAYG. The striping technique where you use you backing and batting as a base and then one where you make individual quilted blocks and join them together. The Happy Zombie has a good tutorial for joining quilted blocks but there are several out there.

I searched flickr to put a gallery together but found very few examples of the striping technique. I found more of the block style quilts, or small log cabin pieces. I gathered a few that stood out to me.

So go on and use your imagination and bring your finished projects to the March meeting to show off. Know other good examples or tutorials? Share it by posting a comment or visiting our member forums.

February Guild Meeting

Our next meeting is….

Thursday, February 17th 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
– a mug
– a modern quilt to share
– your name tag
– “mod mosaic” inspired challenge block

Volunteers:
Photography: Sonja Callaghan
Refreshments: If you can help please email refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
Door prizes: Please bring to the meeting labeled with your name

Draft Agenda:
– Guild Business
– New Challenge
– Break
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

See you there!!!

January Meeting Recap

It’s barely been 12 hours since our first meeting of the year ended, so while it’s all fresh in my brain here are some highlights.


Sindy with her baby quilt

1. Lots of people were wearing handmade name tags. Please feel free to make your own name tag to wear to the meetings. Such a tiny project is a great way to try a new technique (I did mitered corners for the first time).


Courtney Johnston with her baby quilt for her niece

2. We had a surprise guest speaker! As skilled Registered Massage Therapist and crafter, Ray Ranger knew exactly the stretches to show us to help prevent neck, shoulder and wrist pain. Watch for a full post about his talk in the next few days.


Martha with her bento box quilt

3. As always, we’re looking for volunteers. If you are interested in doing a 10-20 minute talk to the group about one of the following topics please contact an executive member. Improv piecing, curved piecing, binding techniques, quilt labels, and flickr/online swaps, or anything else. You don’t have to do a how-to – we are open to any format you want to share your skill or interest.


Louise Jackson with her silk wedding dress quilt

4. The first sew-in is happening next weekend (Sunday, January 30th). Please contact Louise if you have any questions about the event or would like to sign up.


Krista Hennebury with her Dresden Plate

5. Starting today we are opening up the last 8 spots at the February 26th retreat up to those who are not members of the guild but still love modern quilting. If you are interested in one of these spots please contact Krista directly. The remaining spots are first-come first-served.

6. We have received a few mentorship forms but so far none pair up easily. If you’re a member interested in the program please send your answers to the mentorship form to Jessica. The more people interested the more likely there will be matches made.

7. Paul presented our next challenge to make 12″x12″ block based on Elizabeth Hartman’s Mod Mosaic Floor pillow. Louise donated an amazing assortment of red, black and white fabrics, and Paul provided strips in Kona Snow. Paul put together a Mod Mosaic Flickr Gallery to give you some ideas. The completed blocks will be assembled into a guild quilt.


Sonja Callaghan with her Halloween Quilt of Awesomeness

8. Sonja has put over 300 new meeting pictures into the Flickr group. You can blog them directly from flickr, or email her for copies. If you’re posting any guild pictures online, please remember to credit the photographer and the quiltmaker.


Terry Aske with her Project Quilting Primary Colours Quilt

9. Among the many amazing pieces shown during show and tell, Terry showed us a quilt she made for the online challenge called “Project Quilting“. Visit their blog before 5pm today to vote for your favourite (*cough*TerryAskeArtQuilts*cough) and find out how to participate in the next round of Season 2.


Berene Campbell (one of the new faces!) with her Valentine’s apron

It was lovely to see some new faces, as well as many regulars. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible next month. The next meeting is 7-9pm, Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at Spool of Thread Sewing Lounge.

Image credit: the photos in this post were taken by Holly Broadland (who is very sorry that she didn’t capture any of the fabulous handmade name tags to share!)