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!


MQG Challenge: Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels

The Modern Quilt Guild has announced the 4th annual fabric challenge, this time sponsored by Michael Miller!


This time, members received a bundle of Fat Eighths of six prints from the Petal Pinwheels collection.

All of the challenge guidelines are listed here, including how to enter the Modern Quilt Guild contest which is well worth an entry – read about the chance to win A Year of Free Fabric. Basically, you make something quilted with some or all of the fabrics, and if you want to add more, please use only solids (any) or other Michael Miller fabrics.

Fabric was made available to eligible members at the April meeting, and will be available until the end of the meeting break at the May 26th meeting, after which we’ll make any remaining bundles available for sale to anyone interested in obtaining more.

Deadlines: the MQG deadline to submit your project on the community forum has been extended to July 25, 2014 so the VMQG deadline has been extended too – to the July 21st meeting.

Use the hashtag #mqgfabricchallenge on social media, and have fun!

Riley Blake Basics Challenge

This year, the sponsor for the annual MQG fabric challenge is Riley Blake!

At the December 2013 VMQG meeting, our members received a bundle of fabric containing fat eighths of 6 Riley Blake Basics fabrics.  Your challenge is to make a quilted item with this fabric.  Taking a fabric bundle tells us you’re committed to participating in the challenge.


You may add in any solid fabric you like or any Riley Blake printed fabric. You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.

Our VMQG deadline for a completed project is our March guild meeting.  If you bring a completed project to that meeting, you will be entered into a random drawing for a prize.

The MQG deadline for the competition to win prizes is February 17th, 2014.  You must post a photo of your completed item in the MQG forum by this date.  Ten finalists will be announced on February 19th and Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce them on February 24th.  The prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are fabric bundles.  More details are available on the MQG website.

Hashtags for instagram and twitter are:
#mqgrileyblakechallenge and #vmqgrileyblakechallenge

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 treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca (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!



QuiltCon registration starts Thursday morning bright and early!

Are you one of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild members who is planning to go to QuiltCon in Austin, Texas next February? Are you ready to get up early tomorrow morning and register? Registration opens at 7:00am PST on Thursday, August 30th.

All VMQG members have been sent an important email with registration information. Since we are a Gold Needle supporting guild, our members are eligible for a discount on registration, so make sure you have your code ready when you register (codes can only be used at checkout and there are no refunds).

Make sure you have a wish list of workshops so you have a back up plan should your first choice be wait listed by the time you try to register. It’s also helpful to watch the video tutorials created by The Modern Quilt Guild to familiarize yourself with the process.

How to Purchase Lecture and/or Workshop Passes

How to Add QuiltCon Lecture Passes or Workshops to an Existing QuiltCon Registration

Good luck and let Holly (president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) know if you have any questions!

QuiltCon schedule announced today!

Image from the QuiltCon facebook page

Are you as excited as I am? The QuiltCon schedule and price catalogue has been released and it’s time to pore over the amazing options and plan for February 2013.

You’ve heard about QuiltCon, right? It’s the inaugural modern quilting conference and show that’s happening in Austin, Texas from February 21st-24th, 2013. Denyse Schmidt is the keynote speaker and there will be lectures and workshops from Anna Maria Horner, Elizabeth Hartman, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, Lizzy House, Angela Walters, and many more. There will also be an amazing quilt show, a large vendor mall, and a variety of social events where you can get to know modern quilters from all over.

Despite the distance from Vancouver, BC to Austin, TX, we have an enthusiastic group of VMQG members who are planning to make the trip to QuiltCon. If you’re one of them, we have good news for you! The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is now a gold needle supporting guild and that means our members get 10% off their QuiltCon workshop/conference registration.

If you’re planning on going to QuiltCon, mark August 30th on your calendar as that’s the day registration opens as workshops are expected to fill up quickly. We’ll be passing on the discount codes to our members before that date.

If you’re not going to QuiltCon, you can still join in the fun by entering the QuiltCon block challenge. We introduced this challenge at our May guild meeting and will be accepting blocks at our July 19th meeting (please attach the entry form to each block).



Have you heard the news? Today the Modern Quilt Guild board announced that QuiltCon, the inaugural conference and show of the Modern Quilt Guild, will be held in Austin, Texas one year from now! It will feature Denyse Schmidt as keynote speaker and they’ve lined up fabulous instructors such as Anna Maria Horner, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, Elizabeth Hartman, and Malka Dubrawsky.

You can find out lots more on the QuiltCon website including information about the Quilt Show. Sign up for the MQG newsletter to receive QuiltCon updates. Conference registration opens August 30th and I can’t wait! Who’s coming with me?

100 Days of Modern Quilting

The central Modern Quilt Guild is looking for submissions for their upcoming “100 Days of Modern Quilting” online feature.

If you would like one of your pieces to be a part of this exciting project visit their submission page for their guidelines. Submissions are due on August 30th, 2011 so we have a month to make sure the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is represented in this online exhibit.