January Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, January 17th, 2022
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

VancouverMQG’s first meeting of the year will kick off with one of our members, Dianne Semark, providing us with information on the planning for the 2022 Showcase. (Finger’s crossed this will be happening this year!!)

Dianne will go over what the Showcase is all about, how you can participate and what you can expect if you want to volunteer to help. She will need a diverse group of volunteers with a wide range of skillsets and talents, she might be looking for you.

Her talk will also serve as a reminder, to Get Sewing! so you can have a quilt to hang in the show!! Stretch your creative muscles!

VancouverMQG Annual General Meeting Reminder

2nd Annual General Meeting as a non-profit society

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of Metro Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild (doing business at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild) (“the Guild”) will be held virtually this year on MONDAY JANUARY 10 at 7:00 p.m. for the following purposes:

1. to receive and consider the report of the executive and the financial statements of the
Society for the financial year ending October 31, 2021
2. to elect Executive;
3. to transact such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting, or any
adjournment thereof.

DATED at Vancouver, British Columbia this 4th day of January, 2021.

Signed, the Executive

Login instructions for the virtual AGM will be provided prior to the meeting date.

December Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, December 20th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

VancouverMQG’s December guest lecturer is Mary Elizabeth Kinch! 

Mary Elizabeth will be presenting her trunk show, “THE WONDER OF SMALL BLOCKS”. The secrets of small block and small pieced quilts will be revealed during this inspirational and informative trunk show of stunning full-sized quilts made with small pieces. Find out why small blocks and small pieces are so addictive and how the chaos theory of quilting will change your life! You may think you will never make a full-size quilt with so many small pieces, but after this presentation you will know that you can never say never!

Mary Elizabeth Kinch is a professional quiltmaker, designer, teacher, speaker and co-author of two best-selling books, Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts and Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts. As you may gather from the titles, small pieced quilts make her weak at the knees. She has been a featured guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and
her work has been shown at international quilt shows, juried into the AQS Paducah and Quiltcon. Recently her quilt “Fallout” won Best Quilt Outside USA at the Vermont Quilt Festival as well as a Purple Ribbon for Exceptional Merit. Her work has been featured in many international quilting publications and she is a frequent contributor to Curated Quilts

Mary Elizabeth believes in “Quilting with Abandon”, stretching traditional boundaries and creating quilts with a subtle salute to the past. She is enthusiastic about our quilting heritage and the lessons to be learned from the antique and vintage quilts she studies and collects. Her recent work examines colour, as well as the interpretation of traditional quilt designs through “gestured appliqued lines” and the quilting stitch.

When not quilting, Mary Elizabeth designs interior residential projects where she uses a simple, elegant, well-edited approach, embracing colour and light, to create homes where her clients can relax and live life. She lives in Toronto and her kids would tell you she has “lots” of fabric!

“Jump Into Free-Motion Quilting” Course with Christina Cameli

December 11th, 2021
10:30am-1:30pm on Zoom

Christina’s “Jump Into Free-Motion Quilting” course is a three hour course perfect for someone who would like to get down to business and try out the world of Free-Motion quilting. 

Students will get their feet wet with free-motion quilting exercises designed to build their confidence and get them ready to play more with their quilting at home. 

Cost per student $40.00

Maximum of 20 students

A supply list will be emailed out closer to the start of the course. 

Please contact the Education Committee at:  to have them hold your place in the course and then e-transfer your course funds of $40.00 to Lorna at: 

Register by November 28th to secure your space

Open to VancouverMQG members and non-members so invite a friend!!

November Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, November 15th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

VancouverMQG’s November guest lecturer is Brandy Maslowski.

Brandy is a fibre artist and teacher known for her pursuit of more joy and less overwhelm in the classroom. She loves quilting, hiking, travel and tea. From clumsy beginner quilter to showing her fibre art in galleries, Brandy has had a 30 year passion for fabric, stitch, colour, and texture. You can find her as the Quilter on Fire online and listen to her weekly podcast at www.quilteronfire.com.

STUDIO MAGNIFICENT LECTURE: After having her studio featured in Studios magazine twice and most recently in Quilter’s Connection Magazine, Brandy dove into clearing clutter, organizing her stash, and managing her creative space in way that works for a busy creator and lasts. She inspires with tips on storage and ideas to make your space a creative sanctuary that you will want to return to again and again.

October Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, October 18th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

VancouverMQG’s October guest lecturer is our very own Berene Campbell! She will be presenting a lecture on “The Power of What We Do”.

Berene Campbell of ‘Happy Sew Lucky‘ is a modern quilt designer, speaker, teacher and community project instigator. Her quilting and sewing patterns feature inspiring messages of positivity and hope, with the goal of making the world a kinder and more peaceful place. A “collective energy” enthusiast, Berene uses quilting to corral fellow creatives to work together for change. These projects include collaborative community installations, fundraisers for social justice causes, and the Handmade Collective Awards – a bursary fund set up for the maker community to provide awards for BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ students. In her talk Berene encourages leaning into discomfort and tells the story of how her work has evolved by discovering and embracing the power that we all hold in the work we do. She hopes to leave you wondering where you might go from here.

To quote the words from her website: “Quilts hold the spirit of their makers, and the secrets of their thoughts pondered while stitching. They are beautiful treasures that provide us with warmth & comfort, but they can do more for us if we so choose. Quilts can be posters for our ideas, messengers of our messages, and uniters of our communities. They hold great power.”

Shannon Fraser Workshop on Zoom

Workshop: Cloud Surfing Quilt
October 26th, 2021
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Cloud Surfing quilt workshop is all about getting comfortable with piecing curves. In this workshop I walk you through piecing 3 different sized oval drunkard’s path block variations that are featured in the Cloud Surfing quilt. By the end of the workshop you’ll have tried piecing your blocks with and without pins so you can decide which method works best for you!

Important: For this course you need to make templates and have fabric pieces cut before the course so please make sure that you have access to a printer and the time to make the templates before the class starts. 

Cost: $75.00 *includes Cloud Surfing Patter and reprintable templates

Materials Needed: For this course you will be able to make a lap quilt or a wall hanging. We will send out a Welcome package to participants which includes the fabric requirements, a schedule of the day and a cheat sheet to make it easier to keep track of your progress during the workshop.

About the Instructor: Shannon Fraser is a modern quilter, pattern designer and teacher based in Montreal, Canada. Known for her love of colour and bold graphic designs, her patterns have been featured in magazines including Curated Quilts, Love Patchwork and Quilting and the Quilter’s Planner. A self-taught quilter, Shannon loves sharing what she’s learned through her quilty trials and tribulations.

You can find free tutorials, inspirational projects and loads of resources to help you succeed in your quilting journey on her website. For daily inspiration, you can find her on Instagram @shannonfraserdesigns

To Register: Please contact the Education Committee at:  to have them hold your place in the course and then e-transfer your course funds of $75.00 to Lorna at: 

If you are interested in applying for VMQG Bursary support for this workshop, email the Education Committee. Bursary recipients will be directly notified by an email from the Education Committee co-chair within three days.  All Bursary recipients will remain anonymous.

If you want to help: As part of every VMQG workshop announcement going forward, there is an opportunity for members to contribute an extra $5.00 or $10.00 in addition to the workshop fee; these extra funds will be directly transferred to the Bursary Fund.
For those who are able to donate to the Bursary Fund, please e-transfer the course fee and any extra amount to Treasurer when you register. Please include the words “Fraser Workshop fee plus Donation to the Bursary Fund” in the e-transfer.

Thank you for your generosity towards your fellow guild members.

VMQG Retreat, January 2022

At long last – we are able to gather together again and retreat! 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.

We will have three days and three nights, Friday to Monday from January 14-17, 2022.

Here are the details:
Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre
4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Dates: Friday, January 14 – Monday, January 17, 2022
Check-in: 1:00 pm on Friday
Check-out: 2:00 pm on Monday

Included: all meals (including dinner on Friday and brunch on Monday), linens, work tables (everyone will have their own 6′ table to spread out on), ironing stations and power bars.

COVID Considerations:
Edenvale complies with provincial health regulations and requires its guests to be vaccinated against COVID 19. Please bring your vaccine passport and photo ID as proof of vaccination.

Note that Edenvale does request that their staff be fully vaccinated but due to labour shortages, they cannot guarantee that all their staff are vaccinated against COVID 19. We realize this may cause some folks to decide not to attend the retreat and we are looking at alternative venues for future retreats.

Cost for rooms:
Double: $475
Single: $575

$120 non-refundable deposit by November meeting, final payment due by the December meeting.

Please send your e-transfer deposit of $120 to Lorna at . Then email Elisabeth at to let her know whether you want a single or shared room. If you are sharing and you have a person identified to share with, please let her know that as well.

If you prefer to send a cheque for your deposit, please email Elisabeth (address above) to arrange this.

There are only 18 spots so if more people sign up, we will take a waiting list. Your space is only reserved once your full deposit has been received.

If you have any questions about the retreat, please reach out to Elisabeth by email.

September 20th Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, September 20th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

The September guest lecturer is Gina Adams! Gina will be presenting her lecture “Broken Treaty Quilts”.

Gina Adams’s cross-media studio work includes the reuse of antique quilts and broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing.

She is a descendant of both Indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans.

Gina Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay, and her adolescent and early adult years in Maine. Her formal education includes a BFA from the Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of Kansas. She currently holds a tenure track Assistant Professor position at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2002, she received a BFA from the Maine College of Art. Gina comes to Emily Carr from the Faculty of Visual Arts in Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In 2013, Gina received an MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on visual art, curatorial practice, and critical theory. In 2015 the noted international art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction to her solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, which launched her art career with the Broken Treaty Quilts Series.

Broken Treaty Quilts
Quilts: Webster’s dictionary defines them as “a bed cover with stitched designs that is made of two layers of cloth filled with wool, cotton, or soft feathers”. The first use of the term ‘quilt’ is credited to the year 1555. But for the Native people of this country, my people, the quilt and what it represents transcends modern time keeping.

My Broken Treaty Quilt project is an ally for all Indigenous nations and to make up for the wrongs passed down by our colonial ancestors who created the systems of removals, broken treaties, reservation systems, and relocation acts. It is my greatest hope to convince individuals of privilege to do the same. The visual art exhibition is my form of storytelling. I am moved by a sense of discovery and connection, and much of it is deeply connected and rooted within place and land. My life’s journey is about where the land, peoples, and stories come together.

Blair Stocker Zoom Workshop – “Find the Value in your Scraps”

Saturday, September 18th, 2021
10:00am to 1:00pm

Using scrap fabrics and making do is the very essence of quilt making. Blair will take you through a practical exploration of using color value relationships between fabrics in your stash. Using color value differences between your fabrics in an intentional way is a powerful design tool. It can create a unique “sparkle” to your work.

Registration for this workshop opens Monday August 16th and closes Friday August 27th at 5:00 p.m. There is room for 20 participants, sign up quickly! The cost per person is $40.00. Please e-transfer the $40.00 to .