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Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Ryan’s Case for Smiles is a worldwide not for profit that is dedicated to helping kids feel better to heal better through donations of comforting, handmade pillowcases. Cindy Kerr created the organization after her son Ryan was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at the age of twelve. Cindy was a quilter and wanted to brighten up her son’s room while he was in the hospital so she started sewing him bright, cheerful pillowcases. As most of us sewists know you can never ever make one of anything cute and fun so Cindy started making pillowcases for all the kids who were on the oncology unit along with Ryan. She saw what a huge impact these pillowcases had on kids and decided to see if she could help kids at other hospitals too. Eleven years later Ryan’s Case for Smiles has delivered over 1.7 million pillowcases worldwide. We donate more than 200,000 pillowcases yearly to children at over 360 hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, camps and Hospices.

Our chapter in British Columbia was started 8 years ago while I was juggling life with a houseful of busy little boys and looking for a way to help out other kids. I found out about Ryan’s Case for Smiles on an online sewing forum and had emailed the charity looking for the contact of a local coordinator I could drop off pillowcases with. I heard back from Cindy and found out there were no coordinators in Western Canada. My plan of donating a dozen pillowcases quickly turned into jumping in as a coordinator and informing my Mom we were starting a chapter in British Columbia. Our chapter now donates over 1,000 pillowcases a year to BC Childrens Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Abbotsford Hospital and Camp Goodtimes.

We are always needing help to keep up our donation numbers. The best way to help is by sewing up a pillowcase. If you have a bit of spare time one day you can get a few pillowcases done in under an hour. If you have any sewing friends and are up for organizing a sewing day you can get a big stack of pillowcases done in just a few hours. If you are a teenager who is looking to fill volunteer or community hours, sewing pillowcases is a great way to get those hours. I frequently sew with elementary school classes as well and the kids always do an amazing job and are so excited to find a way to help kids just like them. They’re also a fantastic project for Guiding and Scouting groups to earn their service badges.

If you don’t have the time to sew we can always put fabric donations to good use. As a bonus when you clear off some room on your shelves by donating fabric to us you have an excuse to go buy more fabric! We ask that pillowcases only be made of cotton wovens or flannel. Pretty much any print or solid fabric is great. The places we donate to ask for no religious themes and nothing with skulls. We donate a huge amount of Christmas/winter and Halloween pillowcases every year so holiday themed pillowcases or fabric are always needed. Other donations that are helpful are colour catchers, rotary blades, thread and large (26.8cm x 27.3cm) size Ziploc plastic bags. Monetary donations are also welcomed as it costs about $11.00 to make each pillowcase.

If you don’t have a favorite pillowcase pattern already here are a few great tutorials you can check out. You don’t have to specifically use any of these. They just give you a good idea of size and different ways they can be made. If you already have a pillowcase pattern you love to use or if you find a tutorial online that works better for you go with it! The pillowcases just need to fit over a standard size pillow. You do not have to pre wash your fabrics.

Tutorial from Happy Okapi

Tutorial from Case For Smiles (PDF)

Tutorial from Fish Stick Designs (PDF)

Each pillowcase gives a child something soft to snuggle while reminding them of the comforts of home. They help brighten up hospital rooms, spread some much needed cheer and help kids feel more at ease while undergoing treatments and surgeries. I have received stories of pillowcases having to be overnighted to the hospital after being left at home because a little one refused to go into treatment without it under their head, parents having to drive hours and hours home to retrieve a misplaced pillowcase, threadbare pillowcases that have literally been loved to pieces and pillowcases that have been a huge source of comfort for hundreds and hundreds of hard days and nights for some amazingly strong kids. One yard of fabric, 15 minutes of your time and a bit of love can make an incredible difference to people who need a little extra love during some tough days and nights.

More info can be found at caseforsmiles.org. If you need any extra help or have any questions you can email Kelsey at ryanscaseforsmilesbc@hotmail.com. If you are part of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and have any pillowcases made up you can bring them to any meeting and hand them off to Kelsey (me!). If I’m not at a meeting you can give pillowcases to Arita or Michelle B, they will collect them.

Map Quilt Workshop with Amy Dame

Amy Dame is a modern quilter and a sometimes art quilter who used this technique to make a huge map of Vancouver that was so accurate that attendees at an art show were able to pinpoint locations on the map to mark events in their lives. Amy is a founding executive member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and has been quilting for more than 15 years and sewing for more than 25. You can check out Amy’s website at www.amydame.ca and follow them on Instagram @amydamemakesstuff

For this workshop, we’ll be taking the techniques used for the map above to create smaller personalized maps. A combination of raw edge applique and confetti applique will be used to create a map that showcases a special location in your life. Home can literally be where the heart is!
(Or in the case of this sample – VMQG meetings are where the heart is!)

We’ll use free motion quilting and straight line quilting to construct a wall hanging, but you don’t need to be experienced at either technique. The supply fee includes the beginning of a personalized pattern using the address of your choice – you’ll finish creating the 10” x 12” pattern during the workshop. Whether or not you complete your quilt by the end of the day depends on how complex your pattern is, but most people should start on the last step. Participants will take their quilts home to rinse and wash before assembling the wall hanging.

There will be discussion and demonstration towards the end of the workshop of ways to complete the quilt after washing, including how to mount the quilt on stretcher bars and finish the sides, if that is the technique you choose.


This is a fun workshop. We’ll get sticky (sometimes very sticky!) and play with scraps of fabric, and quilt through lots of layers and sometimes stitches might skip. You won’t end up with an award worthy quilt with a gorgeous backside, and that’s okay because you’ll be learning a new technique and making a quilt that means something to you.

The machine you bring to the workshop needs to be able to do straight walking foot quilting, free motion quilting and zigzag stitch. This workshop uses a variety of tools that are chemical based, most notably 505 adhesive and sharpie markers. Please be aware of this – it’s recommended that you wear a mask while using these tools, and if it is a rainy day, we will be using spray adhesive inside. If you are especially sensitive to 505 spray adhesive, this may not be the class for you.

In addition to the workshop fee payable to VMQG, there is also a $20 per person supply fee payable to Amy directly. The $20 supply fee covers the map base fabric, tulle, wash-away stabilizer, 12 weight thread, yarn, a schmetz 110/18 denim needle, print outs for your individualized map pattern, and the grey, green and blue fabrics used for the maps. (If your map is not of an urban area, you will need to bring your own fabric.) A supply list will also be distributed, and you will need to bring the items on the list to supplement what is provided for you.

 Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
 Location: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre
 Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members, $65 for non-members with an additional $20 supply fee paid to Amy directly.

Signup will start at the September Guild Meeting.  If non-members would like to be placed on the waiting list please email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Meeting Reminder – Monday, September 17th, 2018

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 17th, 2018!  

Our upcoming meeting will feature one of our members, Terry Aske who will be doing a trunk show of her work for us.  She will also be teaching a sold-out workshop for us in September.

If you have signed up for our October Retreat, final payments are due at the September meeting if you have not yet paid.  See original retreat blog post: http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/06/vmqg-retreat-october-2018/

Initial deposits were $120 therefore final payments due are as follows:

Double:
3 nights: $270
2 nights: $145

Single:
3 nights: $315
2 nights: $200

If you do not know how much you owe, please contact retreat organizer, Elisabeth Geller at Elisabeth_geller@vancity.com.


Final Retreat Payment



The October retreat is full, however, we are taking names for the waiting list if you think you may want to attend but have not yet signed up.

Upcoming Events:

 September Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, September 17th, 2018 starting at 7pm
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
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 St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re 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 $25 dues for membership for the second half of 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash or credit card/debit card, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– Final Retreat Payments (can be paid by cheque, debit or credit card)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, debit or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– Treats would be appreciated
– Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for September 17th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase Update – Krista Hennebury
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Next Month’s Improv Sampler Block
– Guest Speaker Terry Aske
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

It’s Showcase Time!

We hope you’ll join us in North Vancouver for our 2nd biennial Modern Quilt Showcase!  We’re so excited to transform this amazing renovated shipbuilding warehouse into a spectacular modern quilt show.

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Here are the show details for you:

Saturday, August 25 from noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission $5, children under 12 free

The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC (at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue)

Accessibility: The level-entry site is accessible with new washroom facilities inside the Pipe Shop. We will have a complimentary wheelchair onsite for anyone requiring it’s use.

Getting There:

For your most efficient driving or transit route, please enter 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver into your favourite navigation software or app.  The simplest way to visit our show is by public transit – the Pipe Shop is a half block east of Lonsdale Quay Seabus and transit bus terminal. 

Driving? There is free weekend parking available in the ICBC parkade (entrance off Roger’s Ave). Paid parking is available in the Pinnacle Hotel parkade and there is time-limited free street parking around the neighbourhood.

https://goo.gl/maps/fJ3tKmhfuB82

What’s happening? There will be 140 modern quilts on display. We invite you to support our members by voting for your favourite quilts. We have 3 beautiful, handmade Viewer’s Choice ribbons to award on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (voting closes at 2:00 pm) as well as one ribbon for the favourite Modern Mini Challenge quilt.

Other ways you can participate include purchasing a $2 raffle ticket on our beautiful charity quilt in support of Growing Chefs or buy a cute VMQG logo button at our entrance or exit table. Don’t forget to leave some time to visit our community craft table and create your own modern mini quilt as fabric collage on paper!

See you there!

VMQG Showcase Committee

Quilt Canada is in Vancouver this year and it is fast approaching – You can get involved!!

Quilt Canada is being held in the Vancouver this year.  Pretty exciting!!  It is being held May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
May 31 – 9:30am – 6pm
June 1 – 9:30am – 6pm
June 2 – 9:30am – 4pm 

There are several ways you will be able to get involved.

CQA will need a lot of volunteers to host such a large show.  A volunteer application form is available on the event website below:

https://canadianquilter.com/quilt-canada-2018-2/

Also prior to the Quilt Canada, the CQA is holding a focus group which will assist them in setting the future direction of the organization.  Please consider taking part in this important event.


The Quilts of Valour organization is also looking for volunteers to assist in their booth at Quilt Canada.  Please contact Lezley Zwaal for details.

lezley.zwaal@quiltsofvalour.ca
Founder@QuiltsOfValour.ca
www.quiltsofvalour.ca

Finally, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has been asked to host the Modern Quilt Guild Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibition which is being held as part of Quilt Canada 2018.  We will be asking for volunteers to assist us with hanging the show, take-down as well as being available at the event to represent modern quilting and the Quiltcon quilts to all of the Quilt Canada attendees.

Below is the Best in Show quilt from Quiltcon 2018 which is wrapping up today.  “Going Up” by Stephanie Skardal from Clemmons, NC.  It is very likely that this quilt will be at Quilt Canada.  I can’t wait to see it in person.

We will let you know about these volunteer opportunities at an upcoming VMQG meeting and watch this space as well!!

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you at the show.

Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz

VMQG is excited to have Guild Member Paul  teach us about using your wedge rule.  This hands-on workshop covers several techniques that can be done with the ruler.

This is really to explore what you can do with wedge templates.  Each block will be a quarter circle of 9 wedges and could be any size up to 3 feet, so a full circle could end up being big enough for a whole quilt top.

We’ll start by using some of Paul’s ugly Christmas fabric and will go through the steps in cutting and sewing the wedges, then how to add in the centre arc and the outside to complete a quarter circle square.

He’ll show you several examples of what you can do now that you’ve learned how to use the rulers and then you can start on your own project with your own fabric.  You can decide how big to make each wedge and how improvised or how colourful using your own selection of coordinating fabrics and a solid or two for background fabrics.

Check out these two galleries in Flicker for some inspiration:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28136612@N08/galleries/72157629514907951/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28136612@N08/galleries/72157645204473693/

You will need to have your own ruler or purchase one.  Paul will have some available to purchase at the December meeting.

Workshop sign up starts at our Dec 11th meeting.

Workshop Date: Sunday, Feb 25th, 2018

Where: Langara College

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members.

$65 for non-members.  This workshop will be open to non-members after our Dec 11th meeting if spaces are available.  Email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

 

November Feature: Quick Gift Projects List!

As promised, here is the list of the items seen at our November meeting!  Thanks again for the wonderful reception!

Lined Drawstring Bag – Jeni Baker aka In Color Order 

Lunch Bag/Project Bag – Ayumi Mills aka Pink Penguin 

Pot Luck Carrier – many versions on the Internet  – Google “Casserole Carrier ” or “Pie Carrier”

Round Zip Earbud Pouch Keychain – Erin Erickson Gilbey aka Dog Under My Desk

Embroidery Hoop Pin Cushion – Bumblebee Linens

Prairie Point Bunting Pillow – Moda Bake Shop by Allison Jenson

Beeswax Wrap – Buzzfeed Nifty (with jojoba oil)

Bowl Cover – Shabby Fabrics

See It All Pouch – Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hooey – available from the Vancouver Public Library

 

 

VMQG November 20th Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 20th, 2017

It’s November already!  How did this happen!  We have a great feature this month!  Are you in need of some quick holiday gifts?  Maybe a teacher? A friend? A co-worker?  Well have no fear!  We have some awesome quick ideas for those last minute gifts!

Also PLEASE NOTE, the December meeting has been moved up 1 week this year!  We will be having the meeting on Monday December 11th, 2017.  Make sure to mark that down in your calendars!

Upcoming Events

1.) Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition with Amy Dame 
Sunday, November 26th, 10:00am-5:00pm, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Room Cl at Croatian Cultural Centre, $50 for Members, $55 for Non-Members

2.) VMQG Edenvale Retreat
Friday January 12 – 15, 2018, 3250 Commercial Drive, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford, Edenvale Retreat & Conference Centre, $390-$435 depending on single or shared rooms (limited availability for single rooms). $120 Deposit due at October meeting, remainder at November Meeting.

3.) The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell
Sunday, February 4th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Room Cl at Croatian Cultural Centre, $55 for Members, $70 for Non-Members

November Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
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 St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re 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 $5 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, this requires the $5 entrance fee even for first time guests.What to bring:
– Completed membership form and $50 dues for membership 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Modern Maple Leaf blocks for block lotto
– Round Robin Quilts!!!!
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:– 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Guild Business
– Guild Feature
– Block Lotto Challenge
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.


See you there!

Membership Renewal Time!

Hey everyone!

It’s that time again!  October is going to be a busy  meeting!  Workshops, retreats…Oh my!

To make things easier, you can pay for your membership here!  Just click the Buy Now button below and make things run smoothly!




Thanks again!

 

 

Scrap Swap Round 3!!

It’s time for another round of the Scrap Swap!

(items swapped in 2012)

To participate:

Bring a sandwich sized ziplock bag full of scraps to the October meeting. Your bag should contain around 2 fat quarters worth of scraps.

How it works:

– Participants brings one sandwich sized ziplock bag of scraps to the October meeting. Your bag should contain around 2 fat quarters worth of scraps.

–  Everyone who brings a bag will take a bag and use it to make a gift for the owner of the bag.

– Gifts should be something small, like a zippered pouch, simple tote, mug rug, potholder, needlebook, notebook cover, pincushion, etc. People have gotten a bit carried away in previous swaps, but that it definitely not required!

– The only fabric you can add to the scraps you receive is SOLIDS.

– Bring the finished items back to the December meeting, along with any leftover scraps.

If you’d like to participate, please bring a scrap bag containing AT LEAST 2 fqs worth of fabric to the October meeting. Pick your favourite prints, because you’ll be getting it back, all sewn up into something just for you! When you get to the meeting, Amy and Holly will give you a very short little questionnaire to fill out and tuck inside your bag. Make sure your name isn’t visible, because this will be a secret swap!

(Scrap Swappers in 2015)