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Meeting notices and recaps

June Meeting Recap – Our THIRD Anniversary

Can you believe it was only three short years ago that the first meeting of the VMQG happened? Over 40 people showed up that evening, and the energy and excitement in the room were palpable.

The enthusiasm and creativity of our members and guests certainly haven’t waned. We’ve grown, our families have grown, we’ve learned, we’ve been inspired and we’ve inspired each other. It’s been a blast! And we celebrated in style at our anniversary meeting with a full house.

Full house at the VMQG's third anniversary meeting

As always, more photos in the Flickr group. To highlight, though, there were quilts both large and small.

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Loved Kelly's use of colour in this evocative New Wave quilt destined for a beach house in Australia

VMQG June 2013 meeting

VMQG June 2013 meeting

Some bags…

VMQG June 2013 meeting

VMQG June 2013 meeting

Berene played a slide show of photos from her To Boston With Love experience.

VMQG June 2013 meeting

There was a wildly successful block of the month challenge using the Modernized D9P tutorial by Kristy Daum.

VMQG June 2013 meeting

We had custom cupcakes and lots of fabulous door prizes too. Happy Anniversary to us!

May Meeting Recap

We broke our own attendance records at the May Meeting! 50 people attended! Woo hoo! And we’re up to a total of 70 members – yay us!

The backdrop for the meeting was our wonderful hexie challenge blocks. Don’t they look marvelous?

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Three lucky members got to split the 102 blocks – Felicity (using up her ‘real’ lottery luck again), Jo Ann and Niki.

There was a wonderful round up of the To Boston With Love flags and Berene was there in person to pick them up before her flight to Boston the next day.

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We announced some exciting workshop news: we’ve partnered with the Fraser Valley MQG to bring Cheryl Arkison to BC for Workshops and a trunk show in July (18th trunk show in Vancouver, 19th and 20th workshops in Abbotsford – more details to come in their own blog post).

And we saw some beautiful quilts. More in the Flickr group, as usual.

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Terry pieced, quilted and finished the VMQG logo-colours quilt

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Ruth

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Jo-Anne with her all-Liberty quilt

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Heather

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Felicity

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Krista with VMQG Group Round Robin quilt after Round 1

Be on the lookout for a call for quilts to be entered in the VMQG showcase at the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, OR in September. Members, you are encouraged to enter a modern quilt you’re most proud of to be featured in the show. Our quilts will be in a separate exhibit and don’t need to be juried in.

Thanks for coming out to the meeting, and see you in June!

May 20th Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, May 20th.

We look forward to seeing you at the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre on Monday night! Yes, we are having a meeting on Victoria Day! We can’t wait to see all the beautiful flags you’ve made for “To Boston With Love”! This is our last guild meeting before Maker Faire, so we’ll be collecting quilts for our booth.

To Boston With Love
If you’ve seen our blog lately, you know that VMQG member Berene Campbell is the creative spark behind “To Boston With Love“, a collaborative effort of makers to bring peace and love from far and wide to the people of Boston. Hundreds of people all over the world have been working to create peace and love flags that will hang in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 25th through July 7th. Please bring your flags to tonight’s meeting!

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire
For the third year running, the VMQG will have a booth at Maker Faire. This year, the show is on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd and we’re still looking for volunteers for our booth. We need people who can demonstrate quilting on a sewing machine, chat with booth visitors about the guild, and run an interactive fabric design activity involving crayons and fabric. Please sign up at the meeting or contact Elsie Sands (esands@shaw.ca) to volunteer.

We need your quilts! If any of you have modern quilts (techie themed or otherwise) that you could let us use for the booth at VMMF,  please bring them to the meeting this evening. We are interested in having quilts at all stages of completion, so visitors to the Faire can get an idea what the stages of making a quilt look like.  Please volunteer your quilts ONLY if you are comfortable with people touching them.  Please try to make sure they have labels with your name on them.

If any of you have regular wax crayons at your house that you’re done with and willing to donate to our booth at Maker Faire, please bring them. We’ll use them for our hands-on modern fabric design project. Thanks!

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, May 20th, 2013 Doors open at 6:30pm, come early and socialize!
Where: Oakridge Seniors’ Centre, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver (at Oakridge Centre on W 41st at Cambie)
Directions & Parking: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is on the retail level of Oakridge Centre, located at the Southwest corner of Cambie St and W 41st Ave in Vancouver. The OSC is just West of the library and Kin’s Market. Our meeting space can be accessed directly from the Southwest parking lot. You can access the parking lot off of W 41st Ave or Cambie St. If you are heading South on Cambie, turn right on 45th and follow signs to The Bay/Zellers. If you’re coming from 41st Ave, take the Bay/Zellers entrance and continue past those stores until you reach the Seniors’ Centre.
Map of Oakridge Seniors' Centre
Parking: Free parking is available in the Oakridge Centre parking lot.

Transit: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is a five minute walk from the Oakridge-41st Station on the Canada Line.

What to bring:
– 2012/13 membership card, $25 dues for remainder of 2012/13 (cheque or cash) or guest fee ($5)
– To Boston With Love flags (Berene will fly them to Boston for us on Tuesday!)
– Maker Faire quilts and crayons
– Hexagon challenge blocks for block lottery
– chequebook so you can enter the lottery for registration in Cheryl Arkison’s July 19 & 20 workshops
– payment for upcoming Saturday, May 25th sew-in ($10/sew-in) and/or Matt’s May 26th Free-motion Quilting Workshop
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Nancy at refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring a treat.
– donations of door prizes are always appreciated! Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.Agenda:
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– To Boston With Love show and tell and group photo
– Break (socialize and enjoy treats, pay for upcoming sew-in/workshops, hand in Maker Faire quilts)
– May Challenge
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

March 2013 Meeting Recap

Our March meeting was a busy one!

VMQG members who went to QuiltCon shared their experiences and projects:

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Diane’s stunning BC Binning quilt which was in the QuiltCon show

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Felicity’s Sea Glass on Sand won honourable mention

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Paul shared his experience in a dyeing class with Malka Dubrawsky

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Holly’s mini quilt from her workshop with Lizzy House

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Arita’s hexies from her workshop with Jacquie Gering

Many beautiful makes were shared:

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Jo-Anne conquered the Weekender Bag

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Lisa shared her beautiful quilt top

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Elsie’s quilt from Paul’s Gee’s Bend workshop

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Paula’s fabulous 241 bag (workshop by Krista Hennebury)

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Amy’s fresh take on selvage spools

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Terry’s Rainy Day People is even more beautiful in real life

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Cool use of negative space in this pieced back

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We like to get ’em young! (Laurraine’s daughter Claire’s show and tell)

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Our citrus/linen heart challenge blocks are gorgeous!

March’s meeting was also when we revealed our Madrona Road challenge quilts, and the amazing quilts (including the winner of Viewers’ Choice) will get a separate post.

All the photos from our meetings can be seen in our Flickr Group.

February 18th Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, February 18th

We look forward to seeing you at the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre on Monday night!

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, February 18th, 2013 Doors open at 6:30pm, come early and socialize!
Where: Oakridge Seniors’ Centre, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver (at Oakridge Centre on W 41st at Cambie)
Directions & Parking: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is on the retail level of Oakridge Centre, located at the Southwest corner of Cambie St and W 41st Ave in Vancouver. The OSC is just West of the library and Kin’s Market. Our meeting space can be accessed directly from the Southwest parking lot. You can access the parking lot off of W 41st Ave or Cambie St. If you are heading South on Cambie, turn right on 45th and follow signs to The Bay/Zellers. (Note: there is an exit only for Safeway right before the entrance to 45th, but if you take it by accident, you can still get to the Southwest parking lot.) If you’re coming from 41st Ave, take the Bay/Zellers entrance and continue past those stores until you reach the Seniors’ Centre.
Map of Oakridge Seniors' Centre
Parking: Free parking is available in the Oakridge Centre parking lot.

Transit: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is a five minute walk from the Oakridge-41st Station on the Canada Line.

What to bring:
– 2012/13 membership card, $50 dues for 2012/13 (cheque or cash) or guest fee ($5)

– Finished heart challenge block/s
– payment for upcoming events including Friday night sew-ins and Saturday sew-ins ($10/sew-in)
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– spare Madrona Road prints if you’d like to trade
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Nancy at refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring a treat.
– donations of door prizes are always appreciated! Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.Agenda:
– Welcome
– Guild Business
– “Quilt Labels” by Amy Dame
– Break (socialize and enjoy treats, pay for upcoming sew-ins)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.
See you there!

January Meeting Recap

January’s meeting was our first in the new venue, Oakridge Seniors Centre. We’ve had great feedback about the new space – including how the small tables create a space that is very conducive to chatting, not to mention that they’re great for working on small projects during the meeting!

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We enjoyed gorgeous quilts and lively chatter – the energy in the room was exceptionally positive. We are delighted to report that we have reached 60 members, with 5 new members recently joining our guild!

Here is a sampling of photos from the meeting – you can find the full January meeting photo set here.

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Felicity with her Scrap Swap item from Kalin

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Jessica and a baby quilt for her husband’s granddaughter

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Stacey, post-karaoke, with her Doll Quilt Swap quilt

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Matt’s quilt made with hand-dyed fabric

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Amy’s sari challenge for FVMQG

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One of three projects Sindy shared

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Krista’s Brrr! quilt (held by Janet), quilted by Krista Withers

Some Madrona Road Challenge quilts were shown, too!

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Stacey M’s

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Matt’s

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Anna’s

The VMQG charity quilt for QuiltCon was revealed. Pieced by Paul, quilted by Joan and bound/labeled by Liz. Wow!

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January meeting reminder & new location!

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, January 21st

It’s a new year and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has a new meeting venue! We look forward to seeing you at the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre on Monday night!

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, January 21st, 2013 Doors open at 6:30pm, come early and socialize!
Where: Oakridge Seniors’ Centre, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver (at Oakridge Centre on W 41st at Cambie)
Directions & Parking: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is on the retail level of Oakridge Centre, located at the Southwest corner of Cambie St and W 41st Ave in Vancouver. The OSC is just West of the library and Kin’s Market. Our meeting space can be accessed directly from the Southwest parking lot. You can access the parking lot off of W 41st Ave or Cambie St. If you are heading South on Cambie, turn right on 45th and follow signs to The Bay/Zellers. (Note: there is an exit only for Safeway right before the entrance to 45th, but if you take it by accident, you can still get to the Southwest parking lot.) If you’re coming from 41st Ave, take the Bay/Zellers entrance and continue past those stores until you reach the Seniors’ Centre.
Map of Oakridge Seniors' Centre
Parking: Free parking is available in the Oakridge Centre parking lot.

Transit: The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre is a five minute walk from the Oakridge-41st Station on the Canada Line.

What to bring:
– 2012/13 membership card, $50 dues for 2012/13 (cheque or cash) or guest fee ($5)

– Finished name tag

– payment for upcoming events including Friday night sew-ins ($10/sew-in) and Paul’s Gee’s Bend workshop ($50)
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– spare Madrona Road prints if you’d like to trade
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed, please email Nancy at refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring a treat.
– donations of door prizes are always appreciated! Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:
– Welcome
– Icebreaker
– Guild Business
– Break (socialize and enjoy treats, pay for upcoming sew-ins and workshop)
– January challenges
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.
See you there!

December Meeting Recap

Wow! What a way to close out 2012!

Right off the bat, we exchanged Scrap Bag Challenge/Swap items. This activity was very well received – several members said they’d love to do this again, and I totally get why! The variety of “makes” was incredible!

Scrap Bag Challenge goodies

There were pin cushions, thread catchers, fabric boxes, name tags, a quilt top, a finished wallhanging (!!), a sewing machine cover, pouches, notebook covers, a Christmas stocking, mini quilts and more…So fun!

Scrap Bag group

We also received our pincushions from the pincushion swap – what an incredibly fast turnaround. We delivered at the November meeting and received our pincushions in December! Special thanks to Arita for driving across the border to pick up the package!

Beautiful pincushions!

Again, the variety and creativity were off the scales.

Happy pincushion swappers

Another really exciting event was the unveiling of the quilt top made with the QuiltCon Challenge Blocks. Didn’t Paul do a wonderful job?

QuiltCon Charity Quilt top by Paul

Here are some photos from December’s Show and Tell. Do visit the Flickr Group for more.

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Elke and her newfound love - paper piecing

Gaye with holiday table mats

Jo-Anne with pillow

Laurraine with pothlders

Matt with his pillow

Paula

Sonja's Gnornament

Susan and her quiet book

Yzobela's tree skirt

Terry

Stacey's Laurel Burch cats quilt

Paul with another sample

Kenzie with a quilt for her mom

Karen's pillowcases

Felicity with KitchenAid Cover

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!

NEW MEETING LOCATION
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 president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 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 vicepresident@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 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 programs@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 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 executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you’re interested.

December meeting reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, December 17th

‘Tis the season for festivities and our December guild meeting is going to be a holiday party! We’ll keep guild business shorter than usual and we will have a longer break and more refreshments. As we plan on having a celebratory feeling to this meeting, we invite you to dress up and get into the holiday spirit! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Holiday Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, December 17th, 2012 Doors open at 6:30pm, come early and socialize!
Where: Room C509, Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver (on W 49th between Cambie and Main) (note: this will be our last meeting at Langara College. We will be switching to Oakridge Seniors’ Centre starting in January 2013)
Directions & Parking: Details available on the meetings page of our website.

VMQG Scrap Challenge and SwapDon’t forget your finished project for the holiday scrap challenge and swap!What to bring:
– 2012/13 membership card, $50 dues for 2012/13 (cheque or cash) or guest fee ($5)

– Finished item for Scrap Challenge and Swap

– payment for upcoming events including the Saturday, January 19th FVMQG-VMQG joint sew-in at the Surrey Public Library and Friday night sew-ins ($10/sew-in), and Paul’s Gee’s Bend workshop ($50, see information below) if you’d like to register
– a modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– We’d like to make our December meeting a festive event and encourage you tobring in sweet or savoury treats to share! Please email Nancy at refreshments@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you plan to bring a treat.
– donations of door prizes are always appreciated! Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.Paul's Gee's Bend inspired quilt for workshop

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop
Make this fun, modern quilt with Paul Krampitz and learn his improvisation techniques! See ablog post about when Paul offered this workshop to another quilt guildon Paul’s blog.
WHEN: Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
TIME:   9:30am – 3:30pm (Arrive a little early to set up your station)
WHERE: Seniors’ Lounge, Kensington Community Centre,
5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
(near Knight & 37th)
Park on 37th Ave for easy street access to the room
COST:  $50 per person
SIGN‐UP: Please Sign up at our December meeting or email Elke:
programs@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
More details to follow after sign‐up
PAYMENT: Please pay with cash or cheque at the December meeting
or Send a cheque with a note that it’s for the workshop:
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
c/o PO Box 95075
RPO Kingsgate

Vancouver  BC V5T 4T8

Agenda:– Welcome
– Guild Business
– Scrap Challenge Swap and group photo
– Break (socialize and enjoy holiday treats, pay for upcoming sew-ins and workshop)
– December challenges (the Madrona Road fabric has arrived!)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes

Note: Members are welcome to request copies of the minutes from previous guild or executive meetings by emailing Heather at secretary@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.
See you there!