January 18th Guild Meeting Reminder

January Meeting Details
When: Monday, January 18th
Where: Online on Zoom, details will be emailed out Sunday before the meeting.
Parking: No parking needed, as we will be at home. Yay!
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.

January Program
The program for the January meeting will be Tara Faughnan giving her lecture on “Creating Colour Palettes”.

With 20 years of experience in quilting and textile design, Tara will share some of her approaches to pulling color palettes together and discuss the importance of value and proportion to the overall look of the quilt.

During the presentation, she will also delve into the mystery of why a beautiful palette can fall apart as soon as you cut into it and begin to sew with it. The presentation ends with a Q and A session.

Tara draws a lot of her inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colours of textiles from around the world and the freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional and improvisational pieced quilts. In her current work, she sees all three aspects represented. Using simple geometry, complex colors interactions and strives to find the line that exists somewhere between harmony and discord.

What to Remember:
-To complete your membership form and pay the membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2020/21 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Send images of your completed Modern Show and Tell Quilts to education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

VMQG Meeting Agenda for January 18th, 2021
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Program: Tara Faughnan giving her lecture on “Creating Colour Palettes”
-Show and Tell
-Meeting ends

Modern Quilting with your Walking Foot Workshop with Melissa Marginet

Melissa Marginet is an avid quilter and Janome Canada Artisan whose passion is to teach and inspire other quilters. She is known for quilting with a walking foot and travels across Canada to teach her techniques and empower quilters to quilt their own quilts on their home sewing machines.

She has published two books, “Walking Foot Quilting Designs” (this book will be included in the cost of the course, if you already have the book please let the Education Committee know by emailing (education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) and “Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs” as well as several quilt patterns.

You can visit her website www.melissamarginet.ca to find out more about her and see her work.
Instagram: @melissamarginet
Facebook: Melissa Marginet – Quilter
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/melissamarginet

Date: February 7th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $60 – Includes a copy of Melissa’s book “Walking Foot Quilting Designs” needed for the workshop.

TO REGISTER:
To register email education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca with:
-Your name
-Membership number
-Contact information

Payment can be made by e-transferring the fees to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

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

The fee is non-refundable.

Mini Mod Swap

We’ll use the hashtags
#VMQGminimodswap
#minimodswap

Let’s start the new year connecting with other guild members with a fun and easy group activity! We’ll be making a collection of small geometric blocks in a choice of 3 colour palettes, then using them to each design our own mini mod quilt. (Or zippy pouch, bag or pillow. Your choice!) There are a variety of blocks to choose from, mostly using regular piecing, but there are also a few FPP templates and a mini curve template in the mix. You may design your own geometric version too if you wish.

As we did with the Connected Project, participants will be put into groups – we will have groups of 5 for this project. You will mail your group mates their blocks, and you’ll receive the same number of blocks in return. So you will get sweet snail mail from VMQG friends and your finished project will have a spot of lovely collective energy juju.

Here is the scoop on how it will work:
• Pick a colour palette + a background colour when you sign up
• Groups: Participants will be arranged in groups of 5 people
• You make 30 blocks in each group members colour palette choice
• Block size: 2”x2” unfinished / 1½” finished
• Fabric: Solids only please (no prints, grunge, batiks or textures)
• Please no prints, textures, grunge, batiks etc.
• If you don’t have any solid fabric in your stash, Berene has offered to send you some from her stash. (Request it on the sign up form.)
• At least 3 block variations per person – it is variety that makes the finished collection of blocks awesome
• Keep: 6 blocks for yourself.
• Send: 4 people x 6 blocks each = 24
• Receive: 4 envelopes x 6 blocks back = 24
• You end up with 30 blocks (incl the ones you made for yourself) tp play with. (You can add more for a bigger project.)

Colour Palette + a Background Colour Option

TIMELINE:
Sign up by: December 31
Receive your group info & the instructions by: Jan 10
Mailing deadline: Jan 31
Show & Share mini mod projects: March meeting

Are you in? Yippee!
Sign up here:
https://forms.gle/HQ5xpvWuhrgyjHKX7

Monday, December 21st Meeting

December Meeting Details
When: Monday, December 21st
Where: Online on Zoom, details will be emailed out Sunday before the meeting.
Parking: No parking needed, as we will be at home. Yay!
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.

What to Remember:
-To complete your membership form and pay the membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2020/21 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Send images of your completed Modern Show and Tell Quilts to education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

VMQG Meeting Agenda for December 21st, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-Program – Introduction to the MQG website and Postcard Flurry Show and Tell
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Show and Tell

Monday, November 16th Meeting Reminder

PROGRAM: For November’s Program we are happy to have Rose Parr with us.

Making it her mission to work at staying pain free while continuing to sew for as long as possible, Rose combines her studies in home economics with her many certifications to teach others how to sew smart.

During our lecture Rose will share her expertise on how to sew smarter, healthier, and happier. Quilting shouldn’t be a pain in the neck! This presentation will make sure you have the right posture, techniques, and stretches when putting in those dedicated hours on your next project. General questions are welcomed at the end of the lecture. Rose also asks that participants not suggest alternative stretches or discuss their personal physical activity while Rose is on the call. However, specific questions can be emailed to Rose within 30 days of her presentation.

Rose has been sewing for 40 years, quilting for 30, and personal training for more than 15. She holds certifications in:
• Ergonomics
• Holistic Nutrition
• Arthritis Pain Management
• Home Economics

Rose enjoys speaking to quilt guilds both virtually and in-person. She is a professional longarm quilter and a regular contributor to Canadian Quilter Magazine. Her book “Sew Healthy & Happy, Smart Ergonomics, Stretches & More for Makers” is now available to pre-order from Amazon.

Rose will be joining us from Guelph, Ontario, Canada where she lives with her husband David. Their claim to fame is having run an illegal daycare operation when they had four children under the age of four. Now that’s efficient.

November Meeting Details
When: Monday, November 16th
Where: Online on Zoom, details will be emailed out Sunday before the meeting.
Parking: No parking needed, as we will be at home. Yay!
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.

What to Remember:
-To complete your membership form and pay the membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2020/21 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Send images of your completed Modern Show and Tell Quilts to education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
-Email Laura at socialmedia@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you want to participate in the Postcard Flurry.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for November 16, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-Program – The Ergonomics of Healthy Quilting with Rose Parr
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Show and Tell

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.