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Nominations Update

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More members have submitted their names for Executive positions for 2014-2015:

  • Co-President – Holly
  • Co-President – Felicity
  • Secretary – Rebecca
  • Treasurer – Stacey M.
  • Membership – Michelle
  • Social Media – Stacey D.
  • Workshops – Amy
  • Speakers – Kristen

As you can see, we now have a person for each position.  At the October 20th meeting, we will also call for nominations from the floor, and we will hold elections for the 2014-2015 Executive positions.  So if you want to submit your name for one of the Executive positions, you will have an opportunity during the elections.

 

And these are the guild members who have volunteered for one or more of the committees.

  • Sew-ins –
  • Swaps and challenges – Amy, Niki, Kristyn
  • Refreshments – Niki
  • Special Events (e.g. Maker Faire, Knit City, PNW meet-up) – Arita
  • Quilt Show – Arita, Terry, Janet, Krista
  • Retreat –
  • Photography – Terry

Please consider joining one of our committees.  We need more member participation so that we can continue to offer all the wonderful activities and events that make our guild so fun and fabulous.   You can volunteer for a committee at any time by sending an email to the Executive at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

 

Nominations Announcement

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The following nominations have been received for Executive positions for 2014-2015:

  • Co-President – Holly
  • Co-President – Felicity
  • Secretary – Rebecca, Kristen
  • Treasurer – Stacey M.
  • Membership – Michelle
  • Social Media –
  • Workshops – Amy
  • Speakers –

As you can see, there are still some positions open.  Please consider putting your name forward at the October 20th guild meeting.  We will call for nominations from the floor before conducting the elections for the 2014-2015 Executive positions.

 

And these are the guild members who have volunteered for one or more of the committees.

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

We need more member participation so that we can continue to offer all the wonderful activities and events that make our guild so fun and fabulous. So please consider joining one of our committees.

Reminder re Nominations for 2014-2015

nomination-clipart-ecMpzjLziSeveral nominations for Executive and Committee positions have been received (thank you!), but there are still several positions to be filled.   A list of the positions can be found in this post.

We encourage every member to consider submitting your name for an Executive or Committee position.  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.

To apply for an Executive position, please send the following information to terry@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca by October 5, 2014.

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

All nominations received by midnight October 5th, 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 20th guild meeting.

At the October 20th meeting, we will also call for nominations from the floor, and we will hold elections for the 2014-2015 Executive positions.

 

If you’re interested in volunteering for one or more of the committees, please send an email to terry@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca before midnight October 18th.  Your information and area(s) of interest will be provided to the 2014-2015 Executive.

 

Book Review – Kitchen Stitches – Compiled by Karen M. Burns

Review by Heather Campbell

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This particular book, while not a quilting book, is full of sewing projects for your home, many of which are quilted. The focus is on the kitchen, and editor Karen Burns has compiled quite a selection of projects. There’s a nice 2 page write up at the back of the book with details about the contributors: Natalie Barnes, Lindsay Conner, Melissa Corry, Jenifer Dick, Amy Ellis, Linda Turner Griepentrog, Kim Niedzwiecki, Kari Ramsay, Missy Shepler, Rebecca Silbaugh, Amy Struckmeyer, Heather Valentine and Jackie White.

The book is divided into three sections: “Get Cooking”, which has projects like aprons, casserole cozys, pot holders, etc; “Set The Table”, which has table cloths, napkins, placemats and more; and “Add A Little Spice”, featuring things like a coupon keeper, fridge magnets and a message board.

The projects in this book are all relatively small and quick makes, which means they would make excellent hostess gifts, wedding shower presents or door prizes.

One thing that makes this book particularly lovely to look at is that all the pages are printed in colour, even the instruction pages, and it’s filled with little colour diagrams of the assembly steps. Makes it really easy to follow along, especially for those of us who are visual learners.

The pattern for the casserole cozy and matching double-handed pot holder has a cool, vintage-inspired-modern-execution feel to it, and designer Natalie Barnes provides instructions for adjusting the casserole cozy for a baking dish of any dimensions. There are plenty of other pot holder, tea towel and cozy patterns in this section, with plenty of tips on resizing, using orphan blocks, and repurposing old materials.

In the “Set The Table” section, I absolutely fell in love with the Circle Blooms tea cozy and place mats designed by Amy Struckmeyer. I was actually in dire need of a new tea cozy and this one appealed both visually and also gave me an opportunity to try a new technique — reverse applique!

Here’s the completed cozy and the one from the book. Applique is NOT my strong suit and I have never done reverse applique. Amy S. made the instructions VERY easy to understand and the reverse circle applique went off without a hitch. Lots of mini-diagrams on this pattern too. Mine was made with very fine wale black corduroy instead of the linen used in the book.

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I finished off the placemats as well… not exactly sure how smart corduroy placemats are but they look cute as anything. I used black double fold bias tape to bind the edges instead of her method of sewing the front and back right sides together and turning. I also quilted some straight lines as they are thick-ish made with corduroy.

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Also in this section is a really lovely quilt-as-you-go table runner using improv piecing by Missy Shepler. I don’t have a table big enough to warrant this but it’s a striking piece and has matching placemats with cool little pockets for cutlery. The instructions are good and you should be able to follow along even if you’ve never done QAYG or improv. There is a super section with variations for different types of improv.

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Amy Ellis fans will like her paper-pieced table runner and napkins featuring an octagonal/spider web shape.

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Not all the projects in this book are ultra modern — some are what I would consider “contemporary” and some I think would not appeal to a modern quilter — but there is definitely a wide selection to chose from and enough information about modifying the projects that I think there really is something for everyone.

Book photos reprinted from Kitchen Stitches compiled by Karen M. Burns. Photos by Brent Kane; Published by Martingale. Project photos by Heather Campbell.

#knitcity2014

Ready for another local event celebrating all things crafty?!

On October 4 – 5 the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has been asked to join the folks at Knit City Vancouver to set up a booth and spread the word about our guild. We will be decorating the booth with quilts to show attendees what it is that we make and talking to people interested in joining our guild.

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MakerFaire 2014 booth

What is Knit City?

Knit City is an event at the PNE Forum that in the past has been exclusive to knitting/knitters vendors around BC but this year they are opening up the Forum to other fiber artist like Quilters!

Knit City will also be hosting many different knitting classes for those who are knitters.

http://knitsocial.ca/knit-city-2014/classes/

Where is Knit City?

Knit City is located at the PNE Forum at 2901 E Hastings St in Vancouver.

We encourage you to bike or take public transit however if you need to drive you can purchase general parking pass at $10/day, with no in/out privileges. But if you are planning on attending both days a 2-day parking pass is $20 which allows in/out parking access.

How can I help?

We need volunteers to man our booth, set up and take down.

If you have already signed up please  email me, Sunday, to confirm that you are still available to volunteer. My email is sundayh@shaw.ca

Set up time: Friday October 3rd. We think it should take about two hours, please be ready to go at 5pm

Take down: Knit City ends at 6pm on Sunday Oct 5th and we will begin to do take down at that time. We expect at most two hours.

Quilts

We are decorating our booth with quilts much like we have with Mini Maker Faire in the past, so we strongly encourage members to lend the guild your quilt for the weekend to show attendees what it is we do.

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We would really like if people would bring these quilts by the September 15th meeting.

We strongly encourage you to lend us a challenge quilt so we can show interested people the many things you can do with the same fabric and one of the many bonuses of being a guild member.

Call for Nominations for 2014-2015

Are you looking for a way to become more involved in the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild?  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!

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

 

Executive

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.

We have changed the titles of some of the Executive positions to better reflect the duties being performed by Executive members.

These are the Executive positions for 2014-2015:

  • Co-President
  • Co-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership
  • Social Media
  • Workshops
  • Speakers

Terry Aske has decided not to submit her name for a position on the Executive for the coming year, so she will be acting as our Nominating Committee.

To apply for an Executive position, please send the following information to terry@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca before October 5, 2014.

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

All nominations received by midnight October 5th, 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 20 guild meeting.

At the October 20th meeting, we will also call for nominations from the floor, and we will hold elections for the 2014-2015 Executive positions.

 

Committees
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 2014-2015.  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 terry@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca before midnight October 18th.  Your information and area(s) of interest will be provided to the 2014-2015 Executive.

Name:
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.  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 2013-2014 Executive:

Felicity, Holly, Heather, Niki, Amy, Michelle, Jo-Anne, Terry

Book Review – Strip Savvy: 2 1/2″ Strip Quilting Designs by Kate Henderson

Review by Niki Storr.
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You know how it is, when there are several enticing options making a decision becomes more difficult? That’s where I found myself dithering over where to start with Strip Savvy. The many excellent photographs show Kate Henderson’s quilts made with the textured modern fabrics that I am into these days. Then other VQMG challenges intervened (Michael Miller, UFOs, round robin), until it came time for the mini quilt swap.

I learned by creeping my partner on Pinterest that she likes house blocks and white. Unfortunately, reviewing possible options online I found that house blocks can range from fussy to twee. That was not the look I was after, as we are the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. Then remembering my lapsed book review, I re-visited Strip Savvy and the stars aligned because Kate Henderson had a house block on a white background. A cute, simple & modern one!

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I re-read the author’s general instructions. Everything was clear and concise, with frequent illustrations for us visual learners. Yet, the pattern for “Little Houses” involves flying geese blocks. Ha! Me & flying geese are not on friendly terms. Maybe it’s from sewing on the bias, but I often have trouble losing the points and getting the sizes accurate. Re-visiting a nemesis was going to be a true test of this pattern.

And, Henderson’s instructions work! My points did not disappear into the seam allowance. She even had me pressing my seams open, which I tend not to do, but I followed her to the letter and it worked. These blocks strip-piece in a flash and are a great way to use up some smaller pieces of fabric. With all this success I got cocky and put away the pattern thinking I could fly these geese on my own to finish my mini version of “Little Houses.” I sewed the strips of house blocks in even rows only to find that they did not quite line up. After having a heart palpitation or three, I had another look at the pattern (whenever in doubt, read the instructions!) and clever Kate had staggered her strips so that any tiny variance in block size is rendered moot. I did, however, take the liberty of making all my rows facing the same direction. As well, I started with three, but then it just didn’t look like enough so I expanded my village into a sub-division with a faced binding. My mini quilt grew into a midi quilt.
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Thanks to That Patchwork Place/Martingale for sharing Kate Henderson’s Strip Savvy with the VMQG. I look forward to making more quilts from it and posting the results!
Book photos reprinted from Strip Savvy by Kate Henderson. Photos by Brent Kane; Published by Martingale. Project photos by Niki Storr.

Book Review – Make & Love Quilts by Mary Fons

Review by Pam Pollock.

My hero has a book that came out June 1, 2014. I read everything this person writes as it all contains great heart, a quirky way of looking at the world and thought provoking tidbits that I chew on for the rest of the day.

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Our Modern Quilt Guild was asked to review Make & Love Quilts by Mary Fons and I put my name forward.  I, however, could not wait and downloaded it as an ebook this morning.

OOOOOhhhhhhh, I am in heaven. Should I flip right through it and get to the gorgeous pictures? No, It was with great anticipation I read the dedication, the acknowledgements, the introduction, the notes on this book, and a brief history of quiltmaking. I wanted to be in the correct space to see the quilts. Did I say I love everything Mary writes? She may not know it, but I feel we are on a first name basis. She invited me to her book opening! Well, me and everyone who reads her column. I thought about using my aeroplan points to go.

My favourite quilt is in the book — the one that is on all the ads — My Dear, the nine patch with the wonderful row of rolling stone blocks. Oh and I want to make the 25 square block, Hello, There, and the flying geese quilt, Northbound, that is on the cover. And because I was reading and savouring every word I am not even through the book yet. Oh, I can go home and look at more!!!!

My Dear Pattern

My Dear Pattern

Okay, the nitty gritty. I am following the pattern for My Dear. I am making a quilt for my cousin with leftover fabrics from her mom. Her mom was a quilter; she made a quilt for my daughter when she was born. Our grandmother also quilted. See? Mary and I have a lot in common; we come from a family of quilters. I am hopeful this pattern will work with various sized scraps. Not too much commitment from any piece of fabric. Just need a minimum of 4 squares.

I read all Mary’s suggestions for choosing fabrics and pared down my original selection. I kept with the blue and red material. I may branch out if I run short. Not sure what colours I will make the rolling stone blocks.

Pam's fabric selections

Pam’s fabric selections

Here are my sample blocks. I am in love with this quilt. The instructions are clear, if Mary has suggested a way to do something she always references back to the instruction and page number, and the numbers are correct; love that. I am enthused! Cut all the fabric!

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I am paring down the size of the quilt for my cousin. Most of the quilts in this book are queen or king size. As Mary says these quilts are a commitment and you will not be able to finish them in a weekend. That is okay! I am savouring the journey. Each step of the process is to be celebrated and enjoyed. “Quilters are impatient people” but we do love each part of the quilt making process.

As I sew up this quilt I remember the strong wonderful women in my family, the pioneer women who created quilts that were utilitarian and beautiful, and the new generation of quilters starting out. My cousin will be able to wrap herself in this quilt and feel all the love I have for her. Mary Katherine Fons “Make + Love” —  yes it is in every stitch, a complete gift, and a beautiful and thought provoking book.

Photos reprinted from Make + Love Quilts by Mary Fons.  Published by CT/Stash Books.

Book Review – Civil War Legacies II by Carol Hopkins

Review by Parm Gosselin

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Are you into creating miniature quilts? Well, this book may be for you. This book is comprised of 17 projects made from scrappy reproduction prints. This is Carol Hopkins second book on Civil War Quilts. Carol Hopkins has designed many quilts using reproduction fabrics.

Gettysburg Sun Quilt

Gettysburg Sun Quilt

Most of the quilts are small approximately 28 inches by 34 inches, block sizes average 3 inches. Two quilts are of medium size, 51 inch square, and 44 inch square, respectively. Each quilt has detailed instructions on how to piece the blocks. A brief introduction related to the Civil War describes the quilt pattern in each chapter.

Lillies for Connie Quilt

Lillies for Connie Quilt

With no previous experience in making miniature quilts, I decided that I would review this book and create a miniature quilt. I chose the Bonnet Ties quilt pattern. The quilt measures 27” by 33”, and the blocks are 3”by 3”.

Bonnet Ties Quilt

Bonnet Ties Quilt

This was also the first time I constructed the pinwheel block. Fabrics used in my version of the quilt were from the modern trend versus the reproduction fabrics used in the book.

The vibrant modern colours gave the quilt a different feel about it. Lesson learned during the quilt making process is that miniature quilts take much longer to complete than bed size quilts, and there is no room to make mistakes! After all blocks were sewn together, the quilt came to life.

Bonnet Ties (modern fabric version made by Parm)

Bonnet Ties (modern fabric version made by Parm)

The attributes of vintage quilts change when using modern fabrics instead of reproduction fabrics.

So, if you would try a hand on miniature vintage quilts with a modern flair, this book may be for you!

Parm

Book photos reprinted from Civil War Legacies II: 17 Small Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics by Carol Hopkins. Photos by Brent Kane; Published by Martingale.

Maker Faire this weekend!

I can’t believe it’s time for the  Vancouver Mini Maker Faire again!  This totally amazing event is happening this Saturday and Sunday and marks our 4th year with a booth.  Grab your partners, kids, parents, friends, strangers off the street…. and come down to the PNE forum to see some amazing things, including the VMQG booth, of course!

Last year's VMQG booth crew

Last year’s VMQG booth crew

For those of you who haven’t attended in the past, Maker Faire is (quoted from the VMMF website):

“…a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.”

In past years, there have been such amazing sights as… a robotic spider vehicle you can pedal, a remote controlled 40 foot steampunk dragon, build-your-own bacon makers, pyrotechnics, crafts, 3-D printing, hacked computer wizardry, etc. There is also a pretty amazing vendor area and some of the best food trucks in Vancouver serving up delicious yummies.

This year, our hands-on activity is big stitch quilting with brightly coloured perle cotton onto a whole cloth quilt. We will also have some quilting demos going on at the booth and a wide selection of modern quilts on display.

Our booth at the 2013 Maker Faire.

Our booth at the 2013 Maker Faire.

Hope to see you all this weekend!