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Next Meeting is Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7pm

We will be bringing the love to the February meeting with our feature speaker, Lorna Shapiro of Quilters Dream Fabrics:

VMQG member Lorna Shapiro came to quilting with a very left-brain focus after a 35-year career in IT and management. Lorna didn’t like following other people’s patterns and started almost immediately making her own designs. These early quilts, lacking an aesthetic that pleased her, prompted her to start researching what artists and designers knew that she didn’t. Lorna will discuss what makes a compelling and cohesive design, and also describe some of the variables that will help you identify the characteristics of your personal aesthetic. There will be lots of quilt photos so that the principles Lorna discusses become tangible and easy to recall.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests: First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit: The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Recommended things to bring to a meeting:
 – a name tag (you cannot win a door prize without one!)
 – the means to pay for membership, workshops, retreats, raffles, etc.
 – donations for door prizes, snacks for the refreshment table, and the ever   popular free table (a reminder to reclaim anything not rehomed)

 Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome
 7.05 Business
 7.30 Program – Lorna Shapiro on designing a quilt
 8.15 Show & Tell
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com.

Next retreat at Edenvale

Hello VMQG members! Our upcoming retreat is again at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Abbotsford. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through their own private small forest.

This will be a 3 day retreat: Friday to Monday – so bring plenty of stuff to work on.  It’s a great time to connect with other guild members, share some prizes and games, and sew your ever-loving heart out!

Here are the details:
Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre
4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates:                   Friday, April 5 – Monday, April 8, 2019
Check-in:            1:00 pm  on Friday
Check-out:         2:00 pm on Monday
Note that single rooms are limited and are on a first come, first-served basis secured when deposits are paid.

Included: all meals (brunch on Monday), linens, work tables (everyone will have their own 6′ table to spread out on), ironing stations and power bars.

Cost for rooms: 
Double: $400.00
Single$450.00

Payment:
$120.00 non-refundable deposit by February meeting, final payment due at the March meeting.

E-transfer funds to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to pay your $120.00 deposit. Then email Elisabeth at elisabeth_geller@vancity.com to indicate your single/double choice. You can also bring payment including cheque, cash or credit card to the VMQG meeting.

There are only 18 spots, so if more people sign up we will start a waiting list. Sign-ups are only reserved once your deposit has been received.

Next meeting is Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7.00pm

First meeting of the year is going to get you inspired –
Berene Campbell is going to talk about the latest and greatest in quilt labels and the Round Robin group is taking over show & tell for a reveal of the past 11 month’s of collaboration!

When: Monday, January 21, 2019, from 7 to 9PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave in Vancouver, BC.
Guests: first meeting is free (subject to special events), and after that it’s $10.00/meeting. If you come to more than six meetings a year and want the perks associated with the MQG, then become a member.
Transit: The #17 bus runs along Oak St and the #49 likes 49th Ave. 

Possible things to bring:
–  a name tag
– means to pay for things like workshops, etc.
– contributions to the door prizes, free table, & refreshments

Agenda:
– welcome
– MQG news
– update from the workshop committee
– new business
– block lotto challenge for February meeting
– program: Berene Campbell will inspire us to label our quilts
– break to mingle &
– Round Robins reveal all at show & tell
– door prizes
– get home safely

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

And, a reminder to those who are kind enough to bring donations to the free table: if your items are not rehomed, then take the leftovers with you as they do not magically go to a better place when you leave the building.

In the meantime, if you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at either hello@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca or exec@vancouvermodernquiltguild,ca.

Next meeting is Monday, December 17, 2018, at 7PM.

We are going to do a fat quarter swap. There are going to be extra special delicious refreshments including punch. Paul is going to show us how he gives a standard lamp a modern quilting makeover. In other words, it’s going to be a celebratory evening with our modern quilting mates.

When: Monday, December 17th from 7 to 9PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave in Vancouver, BC.
Guests: first meeting is free (subject to special events), and after that it’s $10.00/meeting. If you come to more than six meetings a year and want the perks associated with the MQG, then become a member.
Transit: The #17 bus runs along Oak St and the #49 likes 49th Ave. 

Possible things to bring:
–  a name tag
– means to pay for things like workshops, etc.
– contributions to the door prizes, free table, & refreshments
– Robins, bring your projects for the last round of the year
– modern quilts for the show & tell
– a fat quarter in a seasonal fabric for our blind swap

Agenda:
– welcome
– MQG news
– update from the workshop committee
– new business
– block lotto challenge for January meeting
– prompt for improv sampler
– program: Paul Krampitz and his technicolor lampshade
– break to mingle & jingle
– modern quilt show & tell
– fat quarter swap
– door prizes
– get home safely & enjoy the rest of 2018

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

And, a reminder to those who are kind enough to bring donations to the free table: if your items are not rehomed, then take the leftovers with you as they do not magically go to a better place when you leave the building.

See you soon!


Seasonal Fat Quarter Swap at December Meeting!

We invite members to participate in this year’s holiday celebration & meeting with a fat quarter swap. 

Please bring a fat quarter (22″ x 28″) of festive fabric to the meeting on Monday, December 17th, neatly rolled up and secured with an elastic or ribbon. We will then do a blind draw from Santa’s bag. 

Round Robin – November Assignment

Hi, Robins!

Hope you are staying warm & dry as the winter weather sets in. It’s a good time to hunker down at the sewing machine basking in the warmth of the nearby iron. I imagine this from my desk as I gaze outside at the dark grey rainy out-of-doors.

This month’s assignment captures a more seasonal aspect of the upcoming holidays: snowballs. Quick and easy, and not quite a circle. Please make one row, 5″ to 6″, on the long side of the top.

By DruryGirl (Flickr)

By DruryGirl (Flickr)

Round Robin – October Assignment

Hello, Robins!

We are in the home stretch and the tops are looking really good.

For the next round we are going to pay homage to those who have gone before us, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae always comes to mind. It might be vintage theme at the next VMQG meeting, but the round robin will be marking the occasion with cross/plus blocks. The photo is of wonky crosses, but feel free to interpret this block design however which way suits your given top.

Please do one side on an end that will make the top more rectangular,  between 5″-7″ in width. And, at the opposite end add a 3″-4″ strip of one fabric, or  simply pieced if you must.

And, a gentle reminder to stitch 1/8″ on the edge to stabilize those seams. Otherwise they tend to unravel — a stitch in time, saves nine!

From With Heart on Hands.

Red Cross by Jenny Krouse (Krousegirl)

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February Challenge Block – Paul’s Fancy Star

For the VMQG March block challenge we’re going to make these blocks with black to grey prints and a bright print for the accent colour. You can use either black or grey for the background and the other for the star points. You’ll end up with a 10 inch finished block.

It’s a traditional block, but modern fabrics give it a new look.

Traditional block gets a modern makeover.

Traditional block gets a modern makeover.

This is my (Paul’s) edit of a fancy star block. I’ve seen it at a workshop and in a magazine. Here’s my easy instructions for a 10 inch block.

Here’s the fabric you’ll need:

The four big squares will get cut into quarters diagonally, they are 5 1/4 inch squares. You need 2 for the points of the stars, one for the centre accents and one background.

The centre snowball is a 4 1/2 inch square and the corners are four 1 1/2 inch accent squares that will become the triangles of the snowball.
The four outside corner squares are 3 1/2 inch squares.

Cut your fabric.

Cut your fabric.

Here are all the steps in one picture. The orange lines are cut lines.

 

One step at a time instructions

First cut your fabric. I accidentally made the centre block the same colour as the points. OOPS. Make it the same colour as your background for a lighter, airier star.

Cut the four big squares corner to corner into 4 triangles.

Sew the triangles into hourglass blocks and snowball the centre square. Trim both blocks to 4 1/2 inches square.

fancy star2

Cut the bottoms off your hourglass blocks.  From the top, measure down 3 1/2 inches and cut off the extra accent colour edge.  The hourglass block will now be 3 1/2 by 4 1/2.

Lay them out like this.

Lay them out like this.

Lay them out and sew them together by rows, then sew the rows together.

The stars look airier if you use the background fabric for the centre, unlike the example in this tutorial.

Also note that the accent triangles aren’t all the same size. The more I fiddled with them, the less I was able to get them to touch each other at the points. You know, the “galloping horse” rule applies here.

The more the merrier, plus an increased chance of winning them all!

The more the merrier, plus an increased chance of winning them all!

Please visit Paul’s Block Party blog for the original post with more photos!

February Round Robin

Hi, Robins!

With this being Quiltcon month I will be easy on you: four 3″-4″ borders to frame the starting block, two in adjacent solids, and two in adjacent pieced stripes. The direction and width of the stripes is up to you.

A paper version of what I'm describing.

A paper version of what I’m describing.

Please stitch a scant 1/8th seam around the finished block to stabilize it for the next round.

Any questions, please contact me. Thanks!

Niki

Round Robin 2016

Welcome to the third VMQG Round Robin! I will be your coordinator for this round and hope to use everything I have learned from being a participant and from my most esteemed predecessors, Felicity and Stacey Day.

This year we have 11 robins. If you are reading this and have not signed up, there is still time before the February meeting. This is when we will commence with the swapping of the centre blocks.

The centre blocks should be 12″-14″, either square or rectangle. We ask that you use your good fabric and do your best work. And you do, which is why the RR has been such a great success. Let’s continue to impress each other.

If you cannot make it to a meeting or getting your monthly challenge done, please let me know ASAP. You’ve got my number and I’m also on FaceBook and Instagram under my full name.

See you on February 15th!