2020 Winter Postcard Flurry

The Executive received a lot feedback after the Connected Project about how great members felt to get a surprise in the mail. It especially gave those that had been feeling isolated something to look forward to. In our recent Executive meeting, we came up with the idea to do a swap to bring back that happy feeling, to create some activity within the guild and to being a little extra joy this winter season.

We would like to unveil the 2020 Winter Postcard Flurry.

The postcard needs to be made with fabric, Winter themed and postcard sized (no bigger than 4.25” x 6”). Try to use elements of the modern aesthetic; playing with the use of negative space, alternate grid construction, improvisation, minimalism, bold geometric design, and/or modern traditionalism.

There is a great tutorial about how to make a post card by Sarah Ruiz Quilts on her website.
She also shows her amazing post cards on her Instagram account.

If you want to participate in the Postcard Flurry please email Laura at socialmedia@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.
In the email include:
– Your full name
– Mailing address (don’t forget the postal code)
– How many post cards you want to make and send out – You can register to make up to 4 postcards

Important Dates:
November 1st – Registration is due by 5:00pm
November 2nd – You will get your swap name
December 1st – Have your post cards in the mail

Post cards will be part of the Program at the December 2020 guild meeting.

Looking forward to seeing the Flurry!

VMQG Sew Out

We are having a sew out on Saturday, August 29th from 1-4pm at Queen’s Park in New Westminster.  Bring your own hand quilting or crafting projects to sew and visit outside with your VMQG friends (2 metres apart of course). Bring your own camp chair or picnic blanket and your own snacks or drinks for the afternoon (no sharing). There is ample free parking and washrooms nearby.

This is a weather dependent event.

Directions:  Enter Queen’s Park from 1st Street at 3rd Avenue and park on the left.  We are meeting on the grassy and treed area left of the entrance, before the Arena and opposite the baseball diamond.  

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Near 3rd Ave, New Westminster, BC https://goo.gl/maps/kSBW3z5tVpdVPJim8

RSVP to workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

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Mini Mid-Mod Quilts Workshop with David Owen Hastings over Zoom

https://davidowenhastings.com/portfolio/workshop-mini-mid-mod-quilts/

David Owen Hastings is a quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist. He creates richly-layered contemporary art pieces and modern quilt and textile designs. Sharing knowledge, encouraging creativity, and teaching new skills are personal passions. David gives lectures and workshops on branding, art and textile techniques. He loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences through travel photos and stories.

These charming little quilts are inspired by Mid-Century Modern design and are a great skill-building project to learn a number of quilting techniques. 

We will start with a simple, modern color palette of neutral fabrics with a flash of color. Clean lines combined with simple design give each tiny composition a sophisticated feeling. Since we are working very small, this is a great project for using small scraps and bits of special fabric.

Participants will learn the quilt-as-you-go method, and a PDF materials and supplies list will be emailed in advance. Hand stitching adds a sleek, linear element. Finishing techniques will be demonstrated.  

This workshop is a 3-hour live-stream event, conducted on Zoom, consisting of live instruction plus a few videos (no recording, please). You should have the current version of Zoom installed on your computer or laptop. Guidance for getting started will be sent in advance of the workshop.

Zoom Workshop Details

  • Select a range of neutral fabrics (all light, medium or dark), and a bright accent color. Solids, and subtle, small scale prints or textures work best.
  • Cut cotton batting and backing fabric into 5″ squares.
  • Cut a selection of the neutral fabrics into small strips (sizes will be provided).
  • Cut a small amount of the bright accent color fabric.
  • Learn the quilt-as-you-go technique, working from the inside out.
  • Explore strip piecing and leaving the raw edges on the outside for extra texture.
  • Trim your small quilt blocks and stay stitch the edges.
  • Learn about hand stitching, and experiment with adding your own design.
  • Sew the backing onto the top of your mini quilts, leaving a space for turning.
  • Turn and press, then do a final stitching around the perimeter.

A complete PDF materials list, plus step-by-step notes and templates, will be emailed to each participant. Class sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one time. 

This is a beginning to intermediate level class. You should be comfortable using your sewing machine, and it should be in good working order. I look forward to sharing and sewing with you!

Date: Sunday, September 27th
Time: 9 am to 12 pm (with an optional Zoom Sew-In to follow from 12 pm – 3 pm)
Cost: $55

TO REGISTER

To sign up, email treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca with your name, membership number and contact information. We’ll respond back on how to pay the fees.

The registration fee MUST to be paid to have your name added to the list of confirmed participants.

The fee is non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca  to be placed on the waitlist.  You will be advised after September 15th if space is available.


August – VMQG Events

Upcoming Trunk Show featuring Natalie Skinner
August 17, 2020 Meeting

The VMQG is pleased to welcome Natalie Skinner to our monthly meeting on Monday, August 17th.  Natalie will be sharing her work and process with us through a virtual trunk show.  

Natalie is a self-taught quilter of over 20 years.  She made her first quilt while in university and has never looked back!  She enjoys all facets of quilting and loves the challenge of learning new techniques. 

She likes to have her hand in every step of the quilt making process – preferring to design her own quilts, either improvisationally, or with graph paper and a pencil.

She has had quilts juried into QuiltCon (2018, 2019), Quilt Canada (2018, 2019), and Grand National (2019), and has had quilts published in the “Curated Quilts” quarterly journal. She is a member of the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild and her instagram handle is @natalieskinnerquilts.

Teresa Duryea Wong – Author. Lecture.Maker
August 20, 2020 at 6 pm
Modern Minimalism: Lessons from Art & Architecture


https://teresaduryeawong.com
IG @third_floor_quilts

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Vancouver MQG, Victoria MQG and Calgary MQG.

We’re excited to announce Teresa Duryea Wong of Third Floor Quilts will be joining us on August 20 at 6pm.  Teresa began her career as a journalist, and now uses her writing and communication skills to share her quilt knowledge.  From this month’s talk, you’ll walk away with memorable concepts for how to create stunning minimalism in quilts. The art of Frank Stella, Sol Lewit and Agnes Martin, plus architects Maya Lin and Japan’s Tadao Ando, will inspire and inform the discussion on how to transfer their best concepts into both quilt design and the quilted line. Two quilters who exude the discipline and focus required to achieve true minimalism will be featured. One with an Eastern aesthetic, Yoshiko Jinzenji, and one with Western roots, Carson Converse. Teresa will explain how each of these artists and architects employ the act of reduction, with color, scale, shape, and line to achieve sublime minimalism.This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Victoria MQG, Calgary MQG and Vancouver MQG. 

Attendance is free for all guild members.
Non-members or guests can attend for $8.00 PayPal link is at http://www.mqgvictoria.com/2020/08/zoom-lecture-teresa-duryea-wong-modern.html



Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild

2020 Mini Quilt Challenge Let’s Hear It for TEN!

The theme for the 2020 Modern Mini Challenge is: TEN

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is turning 10 this year and to celebrate we are making TEN the theme of this year’s mini challenge and highlighting our new logo colours.

Feel free to interpret TEN any way you wish. For inspiration, Google TEN and look at the images that pop up.   You can also consider including ten shapes, ten miniature blocks, ten quilting techniques, basically ten of anything you like.

Modern Mini Specifications

– Perimeter must be 40” total: (10” x 10” x 10” x 10”)
– Design must feature elements of the modern aesthetic — design characteristics adopted by the modern quilting community:

– use of negative space
– alternate grid construction
  – improvisation                   
– minimalism                                        
–  bold geometric design  
– modern traditionalism (a new interpretation of traditional blocks)

– Must be bound or faced
– Must have a 4” sleeve sewn on to the back of the quilt to accommodate quilt show display pipe
– Must have a label on the back identifying the maker’s name and quilt title
– Must be made with one or more of the new VMQG logo Kona colours (Please only use these colours for this challenge):  Nightfall, Kumquat, Aloe,Wasabi, and White.
Hashtag to use #vmqgcelebrating10years

FQ bundles of these colours are available for guild members to purchase for $15.00 each and will be mailed to your homes, mailing addresses or anywhere within Canada you want it mailed to.  To get one of these bundles please email the executive (executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca)with your name and preferred address. For payment we can accept e-transers (treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) or we can give you an IOU and we can collect when we start to meet again. 

Deadline is to be determined.  Executive will keep you updated.


Monday, March 16th Meeting – CANCELLED

No doubt like you, the Executive have been monitoring efforts to respond and control the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, and our members health and safety is our priority.  In this context, the Executive of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has made the difficult decision to cancel our March meeting.  I know it’s a stressful situation we find ourselves in.  The most important thing we can do is to stay calm.  And there is nothing quite like a little sewing that helps us calm our worried minds – right?     

We do have lots of news to share, and will do so via email and social media. 

  • Hold onto the block lotto blocks you’ve made, we’ll draw for them at our next meeting.  And the next block lotto will be going up on the blog – watch for it!
  • Niki will send a note out to the Robins.  Initial thoughts are you can hold onto the project you have for another month. 
  • There will be a mini challenge announcement coming soon, and we’ll have bundles for sale.  We are looking to set up a few pick-up locations for the bundles.  Stay tuned for more information.
  • Edenvale remains open, and the retreat is still a go.  There is one spot left if you’d like to join the weekend of sewing.  Elisabeth will keep retreater’s informed if anything changes.

As for the next meeting in April, we’ll keep monitoring the situation and keep you informed.  

Thank you for your understanding. 

VMQG Executive

Dawn Flotten
Laura MacKay
Marnie Burnham
Elizabeth Theriault
Arita Rai
Deb McIntyre
Lisa Novich
Megan Hanna

Monday, March 16th Meeting Reminder

Please note that the Executive of the VMQG will be monitoring updates from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Provincial Government relative to COVID-19. We will advise via email Facebook and Instagram pages should it be necessary to make the difficult decision to cancel our meeting. We request that members please refrain from bringing food to share at the March meeting and that members please stay home if they are sick or have any underlying health conditions that may be impacted from respiratory illness
 
PROGRAM:  For March a review of QuiltCon 2020 from VMQG folks who attended the Show last month in Austin, Texas. Arita, Linda,  Marnie, and Niki will share their highlights from the exhibitions, lectures, and workshops as well as provide their impressions on some of the themes and
trends in modern quilting.
 
 
Starring You – Best in Show at QuiltCont 2020 by Canadian Peter Byrne
 
VMQG Mugs and Fat Quarter Bundles:  We will have a limited supply of mugs with the new logo on them for purchase at the meeting.
 
The VMQG Mini Challenge will be announced at the meeting and we will have FQ Bundles of all the colours plus white available to purchase.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring 2020 Retreat: We still have a few spots available for the retreat in May.  See blog post here for all the details.
 

March Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, March 16th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to Bring:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Cheque or cash to purchase mugs or FQ Bundles
-Block lotto block
-Twoonies if you would like to register for the WIP program.
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for March 16, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – QuiltCon Travel Log
-Break
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!

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 workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

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.

Monday, January 20, 2020 Meeting Reminder

Meeting reminder of VMQG’s First meeting of the New Year and New Decade!

Program: The January meeting program will be facilitated by Niki and will feature the reveal and return of the 2019 Round Robin quilt tops to participants.  We will enjoy seeing these tops for the first time along with “the Robins” and hear about the inspiration for their center blocks and colour choices. It is always motivating to see how these monthly challenges are interpreted by participants.

Event Sign-up: Two upcoming VMQG events will be open for registration at the January meeting:

VMQG February Sew-In Join your quilting friends for the first Sew-In of 2020!

Date: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre,  181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz

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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 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $60 for members, $65 for non-members (space permitting)

If you have any questions, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

January Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, January 20th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to Bring:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for reveal
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for January 20, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Round Robin Reveal
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!

Monday, November 18th Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 18th. 

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas – Back by popular demand, November’s program will feature a ‘show and tell’ of holiday gift ideas presented by the VMQG Executive.  We hope that you will join us by bringing along your favourite quick craft to share at our meeting.  

Also, bring any completed winter/holiday themed pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. See blog post regarding requirements: http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/11/ryans-case-for-smiles/

November Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, November 18th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to Bring:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for swapping
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for November 18th, 2019.
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG and MQG Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Holiday Gift Ideas
-Socialize
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!