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Monday July 15th Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, July 15th, 2019!  

Hey everyone!  It is time for our annual outdoor meeting at Trout Lake!  Every year, this meeting is a bit more casual, we don’t have a planned event just bring your family or friends, come early and set up for a picnic dinner.  There is a lovely playground for the kids to have fun!

As usual, there is always a chance of rain.  We don’t have a back up plan this year so if it rains, the meeting will not be happening.  We will announce on our Facebook page at 12pm noon if it looks like we are going forward with it.  

Please be sure to bring a Modern Show & Tell quilt for us to see!  We all inspiration!

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

July Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, July 15th, 2018 starting at 7pm
Where: Trout Lake, Vancouver.  3300 Victoria Drive (Trout Lake Beach specifically, located at the south end of Trout Lake in John Hendry Park at Victoria Drive and East 19th Ave.

Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The Expo Line can take you to Commercial Drive and it is about a 12 Min walk.  The Bus 7 will take you down Nanaimo, Bus 20 Victoria will take you down Commerical.  From both it is approximately a 11- 12min walk
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:
– Guest fee ($10), Completed Membership Form if you wish to join
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
Block lotto blocks
Round Robin for swapping
– Modern Show & Tell Quilts
– 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 July 15th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm arrival time, sign up for show and tell, begin at 7pm
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Show and Tell
– Socialize!
– Door Prizes!

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

See you there!See you there!

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt Challenge: “Hear my words”

Hello Friends,
It’s time to start working on next year’s charity quilt challenge for Quiltcon. The theme for 2020 – “TEXT” – presents us with an exciting opportunity to create a really meaningful and impactful quilt, especially given the politics and events going on in the world today. Berene Campbell will be coordinating the VMQG entry, and has a great social justice concept for it. Since there’s a lot of talking (sometimes ranting) and opinion out there, and not a lot of listening to each other, Berene thought it would be interesting to use a simple statement repeated multiple times to make a strong point. Each block will contain a speech bubble with the same words in it: “HEAR MY WORDS” This statement is about the need we all have to be heard, and to be treated kindly, fairly and with respect. It could represent women being denied a chance to voice their feelings or experiences, those fighting for equal rights based on race, religion or sexual orientation, or the left and right sides in politics not listening to or respecting each other to work collaboratively. Perhaps to you it is relevant at work, within your community or even at home. Perhaps the missing indigenous women in Canada who had no voice have impacted you strongly. What might these words mean to you? When do you feel that your words are not heard? 

Berene is asking people to contribute blocks within the following parameters:
CONCEPT: Must contain a speech bubble with the words “HEAR MY WORDS” in it. (No quotation marks as it will be in a speech bubble) No alternative words please. The repetition is what will make this concept impactful. (You may add an exclamation mark or period if you wish.)
TECHNIQUE:The following techniques are OK:Improv* pieced(*see tips at end of post)FPP or pieced using an alphabet pattern Hand-stitched needle turn appliqué. Neatly edge-stitched bias tape appliqué (might be very fiddly within the size options though)Please no raw edge / iron-on appliqué or die cut letters.
SIZE:Blocks that are in dimensions of either 12.5”, 18.5” or 24.5”. (eg: Could be 12.5” x 24.5” or 18.5” x 12.5” etc.)Please press to the dark side when possible.
DEADLINE:October meeting please. You are welcome to hand them in earlier, or ask a friend to deliver them on your behalf if you won’t be making the meeting.Thanks!
COLOUR PALETTE / FABRICS:

The color palette from the MQG is shown here. Black, White and COOL greys. (Please no beige greys) 

This palette is unique and more restrictive this year to coordinate with the text theme by using shades of gray, white, and black.

You may use a limited amount of modern text or textured prints that are monochromatic or even tone-on-tone prints. Please note that these should NOT include other colours – stick to the white, black & cool grey colour palette. Note: the speech bubbledoes NOT have to be white. Mix and match within the colour palette. It could be grey or black with contrasting text and background. (Eg: black speech bubble, white text, grey background. Or grey speech bubble, black text, white background. etc) 
The MQG website has colours from various brands of solids listed here if you are interested:

https://www.quiltcon.com/charity-quilt-challenge-2020

ADDITIONAL OPTION: We would encourage each maker to write a short paragraph about what these words mean to you. You may sign it with your name or it can be confidential, your name does not have to be attached. Depending on how many blocks we get, if we are able to we will try to incorporate the stories onto the quilt back somehow. This is optional, but would definitely add to the emotions behind this quilt. 
These quilts are donated to charities after Quiltcon. Usually the individual guilds get to choose the charity, although apparently the MQG may be changing this next year. However, we thinking this would ba an awesome quilt to donate to a women’s shelter or some kind of equal rights advocacy organization. We’ll let you know once we have more info from the MQG.
Yes, you may share online! If posting use: #quiltconcharityquilt2020 and #hearmywordsquilt
This is going to be a very special quilt, friends. Please participate to make it AWESOME!

THANKS TO: Arita & Janice for offering to help piece the quilt top. Laura for offering to long arm the quilt and Elizabeth for offering to bind the quilt. 
*TIPS FOR IMPROV PIECING TYPE: In order to stay within the size limits start with some 3/4” and 1 “ strips of the word colour fabric. This will help you restrict the size of the words so that you don’t end up with a giant block. Do a rough sketch that breaks down the structure of the letter. Start with a section and work your way out. Don’t stress – wonky is OK. Just be sure to have nice 1/4” seam allowances to maintain the integrity of the quilt when washed. Once you have a block for your speech bubble, piece some background over the corners to turn it into a rounded shape. Then piece a pointy bit in a section of background fabric for below the speech bubble and attach.

Monday, June 17th Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, June 17th, 2019!  

Have we got a meeting for you!! This meeting we have one of our very own showcasing her AMAZING quilts!!!  Arita Rai is going to present us with a fabulous trunk show of all her modern quilts!  We can’t wait!

We would also love any of the members who participated in the Mini Quilt Swap with the FVMQG to please bring their swap item so we can have a a mini-Show & Tell and see them in all their glory!

Please be sure to bring a Modern Show & Tell quilt for us to see!  We all love inspiration!

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

June Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, June 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:
– Guest fee ($10), Completed Membership Form if you wish to join
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
Block lotto blocks
– Modern Show & Tell Quilts
– 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 June 17th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– VMQG Member Arita Rai Trunk Show!
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– FVMQG/VMQG Mini Quilt Swap Show and Tell
– 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!See you there!

VMQG Edenvale Retreat!

Hello VMQG members! Our upcoming retreat is again at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Abbotsford. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through their own private small forest.

This will be a 3 day retreat: Friday to Monday – so bring plenty of stuff to work on.  It’s a great time to connect with other guild members, share some prizes and games, and sew your ever-loving heart out!

Here are the details:
Location
:            Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates:                   Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4, 2019
Check-in:            12:00 noon on Friday 
Check-out:         12:00 noon on Monday

**Note that we are checking in a bit earlier for this retreat because we need to leave a bit earlier on Monday.  All single rooms are limited and are on a first come, first-served basis secured when deposits are paid.**

Included: all meals (breakfast on Monday), linens, work tables (everyone will have their own 6′ table to spread out on) and ironing stations.

Cost for rooms: 
Double: $400.00
Single$450.00

Payment:
$120.00 non-refundable deposit by August meeting, final payment due at the September meeting.

E-transfer funds to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to pay your $120.00 deposit. Then email Elisabeth at elisabeth_geller@vancity.com to indicate your single/double choice. You can also bring payment including cheque, cash or credit card to the VMQG meeting.

There are only 18 spots, so if more people sign up we will start a waiting list. Sign-ups are only reserved once your deposit has been received.

Monday, May 20th meeting reminder

May’s program will be Beyond the Napkin: other free tools for Quilt Design by our own Marnie Burnham.  She will be reviewing some free tools, accessible from your home computer, that can be used to experiment with quilt design including graph paper generators, excel and websites such as Pattern Jam and Prequilt.  

Here’s some things to remember for the meeting!

A handmade name tag makes it easier for people to get to know you plus you need it to win door prizes. 

Bringing snacks to share or something for the door prize table is always appreciated.

If participating in the block lotto bring completed blocks.
 

When:Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7PM
Where:Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests:First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after that. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit:The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.20 Program 
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

April 15th VMQG Meeting Reminder

April’s program will be Beyond the Napkin: other free tools for Quilt Design by our own Marnie Burnham.  She will be reviewing some free tools, accessible from your home computer, that can be used to experiment with quilt design including graph paper generators, excel and websites such as Pattern Jam and Prequilt.  

Here’s some things to remember for the meeting!

Krista Hennebury’s exciting new Courthouse Colourplay workshop has a few spots left. Bring cash, cheque, or credit card for the $65 fee. Spend the day learning with friends!

A handmade name tag makes it easier for people to get to know you plus you need it to win door prizes. 

Bringing snacks to share or something for the door prize table is always appreciated 🙂

Suddenly we like Mondays! See you soon. 

When:Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7PM
Where:Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests:First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after that. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit:The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.20 Program 
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

Advanced Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Berene Campbell

LEARN TO FUSSY CUT LIKE A NINJA!
This workshop is for those who are adept at the basic skills of Foundation Paper Piecing and would like to take it up to the next level.

You will learn the following:

  • Fussy cutting: How to place design elements exactly where you want them, even when on a weird angle. This is handy for fussy cutting an image or placing directional fabrics. 
  • Design Match-up:  How to piece fabric in multiple sections and match up the fabric design to make it look like one overall piece. 
  • Handy FPP tricks include how to join sections accurately, avoiding painful unpicking.
  •  Then apply the lessons above to piece a tattoo quilt block of your choice or this 9” finished large swallow block.

Note that you will need a Lightbox or an iPad with a Lightbox app, for this workshop. If you are coming with a friend you can share one between two of you. In addition you will need an Add-a-Quarter Plus (or an Add-a-Quarter ruler as well as a folding device such as a post card). More info on fabrics to bring will be sent by email closer to the day.

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members. Can register through PayPal Button below.
Additional cost of purchasing the Swallow Pattern or a Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website and a $2 (payable workshop day) fee for handout.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.




Non-members: Can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on a waitlist.

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!