Nominations for 2015-2016



The following nominations have been received for Executive positions for 2015-2016:

  • President – Alicia Storey
  • Vice President – Holly Williams
  • Secretary – Kristen Andrews
  • Treasurer – Stacey Murton
  • Membership – Michelle Mclatchy
  • Social Media – Michelle Brassens
  • Workshops – Amy Dame
  • Speakers/Programs – Linda Morrison

As you can see, we now have a person for each position.   But that doesn’t mean you can’t still submit your name for one of the Executive positions, as we will be calling for nominations from the floor at the October 26th meeting.



Call for Nominations for 2015-2016


It’s that time of year again.  We’re looking for members who are full of great ideas about how to better serve our members and who would like to help make our organization grow and thrive!

Are you looking for a way to become more involved in the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild?  Here are two ways you could contribute to the running of our guild:

  •  nominate yourself for a position on the Executive
  •  volunteer for one of our Committees



All Executive positions are for a 1 year term, so we are seeking nominations for all positions.  (There is no limit to how many consecutive terms a member may serve.)

All applicants should be able to make the time commitment to attend the monthly guild meeting, a monthly Executive meeting*, as well as time for the individual duties of each position.  If you have any questions about one of the positions, please feel free to contact any one of the current Executive members.  *Note that we have recently experimented with having some executive meetings held online to save time for everyone so we will likely continue with occasional virtual executive meetings in 2015/16.

These are the Executive positions for 2015-2016:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership
  • Social Media
  • Workshops
  • Speakers

Terry Aske, Niki Storr and Arita Rai will be acting as our Nominating Committee.  To apply for an Executive position, please send the following information to before September 30, 2015.

Position(s) applying for:
Phone Number:
Qualifications/Why you would be a good fit:

All nominations received by midnight September 30 will be posted on the blog.  This will give all of our members plenty of time to consider who they want to vote for at the October 26 guild meeting.  At the October 26th meeting, we will also call for nominations from the floor, and we will hold elections for the 2015-2016 Executive positions.

Another way to contribute to your guild is to volunteer for one of our committees.  Committees meet as required and submit reports to the Executive.  Committee members are appointed by the Executive.

These are the committees for 2015-2016.  All will have committee chairs; some will have additional members.

  • Sew-ins
  • Swaps and challenges
  • Refreshments
  • Special Events (e.g. Maker Faire, Knit City, PNW meet-up)
  • Quilt Show
  • Retreat
  • Photography

If you’re interested in volunteering for one or more of the committees, please send an email to before midnight September 30.  Your information and area(s) of interest will be provided to the 2015-2016 Executive.

Position(s) applying for:
Phone Number:
Qualifications/Why you would be a good fit:


We encourage every member to consider submitting your name for an Executive or Committee position.  It’s a great way to meet people and have an influence on the direction of the VMQG.  Also, please note that sitting on the Executive does not preclude you from being on a committee, and vice versa.  If you have the time and energy for two positions, we encourage you to submit your name for both.

Your 2014-2015 Executive:

Felicity, Holly, Amy, Michelle, Stacey M, Stacey D, Rebecca, Kristen

Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels Challenge – Recap

The most recent fabric challenge we participated in through the MQG was the Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels challenge.


Our members received their bundle of fat eighths at the April and May guild meetings.  The challenge was to make something quilted with some or all of the fabrics, with the option to add any other solids or other Michael Miller print fabrics.

The big reveal was at our July outdoor meeting at Trout Lake.  Wonderful entries!  And, this wonderful photo appears on the cover of the MQG 2013 Annual Report – we’re famous!

VMQG members with Michael Miller Challenge projects


We held a random draw for everyone who brought a finished challenge piece.  The lucky winner of the random draw was Eileen, who won a gift certificate generously donated by Stitch and Bobbin.

Many of our members also posted their entries on the MQG site.  Although none of us won, it was fun and inspiring to see the hundreds of entries from around the world.  You can see the MQG winners here.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!


Riley Blake Basics Challenge – Recap

One of the great benefits of belonging to the VMQG is the opportunity to participate in the MQG fabric challenges.

Late in 2013, MQG announced Riley Blake Designs as the sponsor of the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.  At the December 2013 VMQG meeting, our members received a bundle of fabric containing fat eighths of 6 Riley Blake Basics fabrics.  The rules were to make a quilted item using these fabrics, any other Riley Blake prints and/or any solid fabrics.



There were 2 deadlines for this challenge.

The first was in February 2014 – the MQG deadline for the competition to win fabric prizes from Riley Blake.  Ten finalists were announced, then 3 winners were were selected by Riley Blake.   One of VMQG’s members, Jade Prosser, was one of the 10 finalists – of nearly 400 entries!  (You can see the other finalists here: MQG blog.)



The second deadline was the VMQG March guild meeting.  Members who brought a completed project to the meeting were entered into a random drawing for a prize.

We had great participation, and a wonderful variety of entries.  Here’s a group shot of all the participants and their beautiful creations.

VMQG Riley Blake challenge


The lucky winner of the random draw was Christina, seen below on the right with her challenge pillow.  Her prize was a gift certificate generously donated by Cedar & Needle Quilting Fabric.

VMQG Riley Blake random draw winner

Block Challenge and Lottery – Converging Corners

This month’s block challenge is called Converging Corners, based on a tutorial by Ashley at Film in the Fridge.

When the blocks are put together, a fun design is created where the corners converge!  It’s a great way to use up scraps and strips!

The details:

  • The block pattern is Converging Corners by Film in the Fridge
  • Make one or more blocks, 12″ finished size (12 1/2″ square)
  • Use the same color scheme in the tutorial : solid white for the background, bright (saturated color) prints or solids for the rest. Use a large, fun print for the center square.
  • Bring your block to the April meeting.  Each block will give you one ticket for the block lottery.

The finished quilt by Ashley at Film in the Fridge:fitf_convergingcorners


Blocks made by the Great Lakes MQG (where I first spotted this idea):Great Lakes MQG Converging Corners blocks


My sample blocks (I just had to make 4 blocks, so I could see the corners converge!):DSCN3407


My tip – mark the center of a 12 1/2 inch square ruler to help you keep your center square near the middle of the block:DSCN3422



A new quilting event, a new quilt exhibit, and an opportunity for free fabric!

A brand new event from the organizers of International Quilt Festival and Quilt Market – Quilt! Knit! Stitch!™ – will debut in Portland, Oregon, August 14 – 16, 2014.  More information about the event can be found here.

And to go along with this brand new event, is a brand new quilt exhibit – Modern Metallic will showcase modern quilts made by members of Modern Quilt Guilds in the Pacific Northwest. Quilters are encouraged to feature the use of metallic design details including but not limited to fabric, thread, and themes.  

Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen Metallic in Ash
Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen Metallic in Ash

Robert Kaufman is offering participating guilds gorgeous fabric from their new Quilter’s Metallic Collections: Quilter’s Tussah, Quilter’s Linen, and Quilter’s Burlap.  If you plan to participate and would like some of the fabric, you must email by February 23rd.  Please note that including the Robert Kaufman fabric in your quilt is optional.


Details about eligible quilts:

  • You may submit one or two quilts.
  • There is no “made after” date requirement.
  • Maximum size: 48” x 48”.
  • There is no minimum size.
  • Any fabrics can be used.

Follow this link for more information about the exhibit, and information about how to enter:


Important dates:

  • February  23 – deadline to send an email to if you want some of the Robert Kaufman metallic fabrics
  • April 4 – online registration opens
  • May 2 – online registration closes
  • June 6 – notification of selected entries
  • July 8 – selected pieces arrive in Houston by this date
  • September 2014 (unless traveling) – pieces returned to owner


Membership Renewal Reminder

photo 1Our membership year runs from November 1 to October 31 annually.  That means if you haven’t renewed your membership recently, it expired on October 31, 2013.  If you haven’t renewed yet, here are a few some great reasons to do it sooner, rather than later.  (Warning – lots of advertising slogans in this post!)

Membership benefits include the following:

  • free monthly guild meetings
  • membership in The Modern Quilt Guild (this comes with an additional list of benefits including discounts on MQG events, access to the MQG online community, and opportunities to participate in MQG swaps and challenges
  • discounts at local fabric shops
  • priority registration in VMQG workshops, retreats, and sew-ins
  • voting rights
  • access to our members-only forum

But wait, there’s more!   The MQG has announced Riley Blake Designs as this year’s sponsor of the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.  They are generously providing each official MQG member 6 fat eighths from their Basic category. Each member will be receiving fabrics like these colors and patterns.


And there will be prizes!   The MQG has extended the deadline for posting a photo of your finished entry to February 17, 2014, and Riley Blake has offered up some fabric prizes.

IMAG0452So what’s the catch?   We’ve received the fabric for our guild members, but it’s still on the bolts and we have to cut it up.   Only members in good standing are eligible to receive the fabric.  We’ll be cutting in December, and handing out the fabric at our December 16th meeting.   If you are a member as of midnight November 18th, you’ll receive a package of fabric.  So, if you want free fabric and the chance to win more (and honestly, who would say no to that?), now’s the time to renew your member, or join our guild if you aren’t already a member.

To register as a member at the November 18th meeting:

  • bring $50 cash or a cheque for payment,
  • print out this 2013-14 Membership Form (68KB .pdf file), fill it in, and bring it with you.  (We will also have forms available at the meeting but it will save time if you fill in your form beforehand.)

If you can’t make it to the meeting:

  • submit our online membership form
  • use PayPal to send $51.75 to (instructions to pay via
  • Paypal are here)


Your Executive is looking forward to distributing Basics fabric packages to all of our new and renewing members at the December guild meeting – don’t delay, renew today!