Sew-In, Workshop, WIPs and Snow

A couple of VMQG events will be open for registration beginning at the January meeting.

VMQG Sew-In: We will be hosting our first Sew-In of 2020 at the Roundhouse in Yaletown during the Family Day long weekend. Please join us to try out this community space which features great lighting and terrific neighbourhood options for coffee, snacks and lunch.  Bring your project to work on; irons and extension cords will be provided.

Date: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15 
Please note that paid parking is available in the underground parkade for approx. $16 for the day.  Quilters are encouraged to carpool to the event to share costs. 

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz

Please join us for a day of creativity and exploration as Paul shares his approach to improvisation techniques that draw inspiration from the quilters of Gees Bend.  

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time:   10:00 am – 4:30pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
Cost:  $60 per member; non-members email below to be placed on waitlist.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at 

WIPs: The Work In Progress Challenge is back for 2020! What is the WIP challenge?  You may refer to them as UFO’s or even PhD’s – you have some projects that you started but have yet to finish.  Be it a stack of blocks, or maybe even a finished top – it has not yet realized its full potential in becoming a modern quilt (or quilted item).  The WIP Challenge is here to help incentivize you to break into that pile of projects and get them finished!    The guidelines for the WIP challenge are simple:  

  • Your Work In Progress must have been started before January 1, 2020
  • Items are to be listed with the WIP Challenge Boss, Loretta, at the January or February meetings.  Missing the January and February meetings? You can also email or text Loretta your WIP list – but note that the deadline is our February meeting
  • You pay $2 per item on your WIP list
  • You buckle down and finish your WIP!  
  • You bring your finished project to Guild meeting and Show if off at Show and Tell 
  • Each item finished AND shown will get you a ticket for the final prize draws
  • Tickets are drawn at the end of the year, and the winner(s) split the WIP Challenge bank$.   In 2019 there were THREE winners.  To be eligible for the end of year draw, you must show your item(s) at Show and Tell!  NO, unfortunately, you can not just send a picture of it! 

Want to participate?  Bring your list of WIPs and $2 per item to the January or February meeting, and see Loretta.  And if you are like me and registered for the WIP challenge in 2019 (and then didn’t finish anything?!?), Loretta still has your card.  She can recycle it into the 2020 WIP Challenge for you – but its going to cost you another $2 per item!  

Alright then, finish those projects!

SNOW – If there are any meeting cancellations due to weather conditions check Facebook or Instagram posts day of meeting.

VMQG Facebook Discussion Group & Pinterest!

We’d like to invite everyone to join us in the brand new VMQG Facebook Discussion group and follow the VMQG on Pinterest!

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The new Facebook discussion group is in addition to our VMQG page.  We’ve found that a group format is just more conducive to having discussions and encouraging interactions than the more static page format.  We will keep the VMQG official page and use it as a repository for more formal information like meeting notices and information about the VMQG in general.

The discussion group is open to all members (and interested non-members), and is a place where you can post your thoughts, photos of your work, requests for help, and just generally chat away about modern quilting.

The VMQG Pinterest will be used as a dynamic place for us to store links and ideas.  Right now, we have three pinboards:

– Tips and Tutorials for Beginner Quilters
– Local Quilt Shops in Metro Vancouver
– Canadian Online Fabric shops

There will be more to come in the future! And please let us know if you have any suggestions!



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!



December meeting business – new meeting location!

Felicity has a fun and photo-filled meeting recap post scheduled for tomorrow, so I thought I’d get a bit of guild business in before you get distracted by the pretty photos!

The most important item is that we’ll be holding our guild meetings in a new location starting in the new year. Our Monday, January 21st meeting will be the first one at our new location, the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre at Oakridge Centre at the SW corner of Cambie St and W 41st Ave, Vancouver. See our meetings page for information on parking and directions. See you there!

Welcome, new members!
We had eight new members sign up at our November meeting (the most ever!)! We welcome all of you to the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and look forward to getting to know you!

Upcoming Events
We’ve got lots of fun events coming up in the new year! If you missed the meeting (or were enjoying the many treats during the break and didn’t make it to the sign up table), you can still sign up!

1) Friday night sew-ins
We’ll be having regular Friday night sew-ins on the second Friday of the month at Holy Trinity Church in Vancouver. January 11th*, February 8th and March 8th, 2013 are confirmed. 6:00-11:00pm, $10 ahead/ $15 day of. Email Holly at to register.

*there will be a myVancouver tv crew at the January 11th sew-in doing interviews and taping us quilting. We’ll be asking for people to bring in some finished projects to share for backdrops. They’re looking for 3-4 people to interview about the guild. If you’re willing to be interviewed, let Holly know!

2) Joint Fraser Valley/Vancouver MQG sew-in/meet-up
Get to know members of our closest modern quilt guild by coming to our Saturday, January 19th joint sew-in with the Fraser Valley MQG at the Surrey Central Library! 10:30am-4:30pm, cost $10 ahead/ $15 day of. This is the day we’ll be swapping items for the FVMQG/VMQG Travel Swap, so make sure you find a way to get your handmade goods out to the meet up if you’re not going to be there. Email Amy at to register.

3) Gee’s Bend-inspired quilt top workshop with Paul Krampitz
Join Paul for a workshop on creating an improv-pieced quilt top! We still have spaces in this workshop on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Seniors’ Lounge in Kensington Community Centre. Cost is $50 for members. Contact Elke at to register.

4) Exhibition of VMQG quilts at the Northwest Quilting Expo
Our guild has been invited to show our quilts in a special exhibit at the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon in September, 2013! We’ll be sharing more information about the show in the new year. At this time, we’re looking for a couple members who are willing to take a week-long vacation to Portland in September to deliver and return our quilts as well as take in the show! Email if you’re interested.

VMQG Merchandise now available!

We are excited to announce that you can now purchase VMQG merchandise online! We’ve set up two separate shops, one for shirts and one for accessories. Our t-shirt shop is hosted by Spreadshirt and they’re actually running a free shipping promotion today (June 21st) with the code T-DAY2012. Sorry to be posting this with only one hour left in the day, I’m not sure when the coupon code expires, but I thought I’d give it a shot!

Here’s the link to the VMQG shop on Spreadshirt: This shop carries all sorts of t-shirts in a choice of two logo designs.

The VMQG Cafe Press shop carries items like tote bags, water bottles, mugs, and more! You can find that shop here:

Have fun shopping and showing your support of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild! Thanks as always to the incredibly talented Cynthia Frenette of Green Couch Designs who designed our logo.

New Public Events Calendar

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With all the Quilt Shows and events in our area we decided to make a Google Calendar that everyone can access to see these Quilt related events, along with the guild meetings and sew-ins (& workshops!) we organize. Please visit our Calendar page to view the current month, or if you’re a regular Google Calendar user, add it to your profile.

If you view the event details we will include locations, agendas and other details depending on what kind of event it is. If the event is longer than 1 week, we have only marked the first and last date of the event.

Know about an event that you think should be included? Send Kalin or Holly an email.

Meeting location change

Please read this message for important meeting location information!

There has been a change since our last meeting and Spool of Thread will no longer be hosting the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meetings. We have a temporary location for our Thursday, November 17th meeting at a private residence in East Vancouver.

Non-members are welcome to come to this meeting and can email Holly at for location specifics.

What: VMQG November Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Thursday, November 17th, 2011 (doors open at 6:30pm)

We are sorry that we didn’t give more notice about this change but we learned that we would be moving after the October meeting. We are actively looking for a more permanent location for our meetings. We will be discussing the location change at the November meeting, but feel free to email if you have questions or suggestions for a new meeting space!

We look forward to seeing you in two weeks with your Habitat challenge projects!

Forum Orientation

One of the perks of being a member of the VMQG rather than attending meetings as a guest is our forum. It’s a great way to get to know other members better and stay in touch between meetings. However, how active and interesting the forum is depends completely on how much you post, and so far it’s not the busiest of places. Several members have requested an orientation to our board, so here it is.

We require registration to access the forums. When you complete your registration, an email goes to Heather so she can ensure you’re a member. Once she approves it, you will get an email informing you and you can enter the forums using the password you chose during registration.
Not sure if you’re registered? Can’t remember your password? Email Kalin or Heather and they’ll get it sorted out.
Also, remember that our memberships expire each year on October 31st. In early November, members who have not renewed will be deactivated, but can be reactivated if they re-join the guild.

These links at the very top of the forum are your master links when you need info other than the actual forum posts:

User Control
This is basically where you set all the aspects of your profile (personal info, password, display options). Add an avatar here, manage forum subscriptions (email notifications), view your bookmarked threads, and other things like that.

This is where you can send and receive private messages with other members.

View a complete list of members on the forum. Great to scan for everyone’s blogs, or if you want to send a message to someone, but you don’t know their username.

The Team
This shows your board moderator, Heather and Kalin, if you have any concerns about the forums.

Right below the three main boards, there are four buttons that can make viewing the forums much easier:

Unanswered Posts
This will show you all the posts that don’t have any replies. A great way to see if someone has asked for help, but received no response. Maybe you can help them out?

Unread Posts
This is the first place I go when I check the forums. This gives a nice list of all the messages/threads from all three boards that I haven’t read.

New Posts
Similar to the last one, but this is just new posts since you last visited. This won’t include posts that you didn’t read on your last visit, like the previous one will.

Active Topics
This will provide a list of threads that are recently and frequently posted to. A good way to see what’s getting the most attention.


When the Picture is Online
When you are making a post there is a row of formatting options just above your message. To add an image to your post click the “IMG” button and insert the website address of your image between the two [img] tags in your message.

When the Picture is on your Computer
When the picture isn’t online you can’t add it directly to your message, but you can add it as an attachment to your post. Below your post-in-progress there is an “attachment” tab. There you can browse for the file on your computer and enter a description.
The attachment function also works for file types other than images, like pdfs.

Subscribing to a thread or board
Whenever you are viewing a board, sub-forum or thread you will be able to scroll to the bottom of the page and find a check box for subscribing. When you check this box you will receive an email when a new post is added to the board or thread.
You can set it to notify you of each update, or only the first update made before you log in to check them. Subscriptions are managed in the “user control” area.

Bookmarking a Thread
Bookmarking can only be done on threads and just keeps them in a tidy list that can be found in the “user control” area. This is nice if you don’t want update notifications, but you want to easily find something at another time.

Hopefully this is helpful to some of our members who are unfamiliar with this forum set up. We’d love to see this area become more active and and a long-term resource for future members, as well as a way of documenting what we’re all up to.

Have any tips or more questions? Just leave a comment or send me an email.

Volunteers Needed!

Kalin, our current president, chairing a guild meeting

At our September meeting will be electing (or acclaiming) our new Executive. We are looking for members who are interested in being part of that group, or any of the other volunteer positions that help the guild to run smoothly.

The executive position we are looking for is a bit flexible, and will be decided once we have enough members coming forward and can assess their individual interests. We need a minimum of one more person to fill the role of either:

1. President
2. Vice-President
3. Secretary or
4. Member-at-Large

We also have several volunteer positions that could be filled, so contact us if you’d like to be more involved, but can’t participate on the executive.

Louise, our current vice president, explaining the Habitat Challenge


All of our current exec members have written up job descriptions and posted them in the members’ forum. This is a great way to see what kind of work we do, and how much time we spend on guild activities. Some responsibilities are specific to the position, and others are based on the member’s interests and skills.

What we would need from any exec member is the following:
1. Attendance at most of the executive meetings (one 3 hr meeting/month)
2. Attendance at most of the guild meetings (one 2 hr meeting/month)
3. About 4 hours a month of guild work outside of meetings
4. A 2 year commitment to the exec (but we know life happens)
5. A current Guild membership
6. An interest in cooperation, fun and simplicity

If you have any questions, please contact any current executive member and we’d be happy to answer them.

Check out our blogroll!

We’re in the process of transferring our info from our NING group to this new website. You’ll notice additions to this page on a regular basis as we work behind the scenes to add great content. Today, I have added a blogroll of VMQG Members’ blogs to the sidebar. If you’re reading this in a reader, you can click through to see. We’re starting with nine blogs and are looking for more. If you’re a Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild member with a blog, please share it in the comments and I’ll add it to the blogroll!

Here’s our current list of members’ blogs:

Enjoy your browsing!