Category Archives: Uncategorized

Jacquie Gering is coming to VMQG!!!

As many of you already know, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is bringing modern quilter extraordinaire Jacquie Gering to town at the end of May!

Jacquie Gering

Jacquie is co-author (with Katie Pedersen) of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts, author of Walk: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot, and a leading figure in the modern quilting movement known for her dynamism as a teacher and for the improvisational energy of her quilts.  Jacquie is co-founder and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, and she is the current chair of the Board of Directors for the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild.  In 2014, the International Association for Creative Arts Professionals named Jacquie its Teacher of the Year, in recognition of her outstanding ability to nurture students’ creativity and to inspire them with the joy of modern quilting.

Jacquie will be in Vancouver from May 26 to 29.  She will deliver a lecture on the evening of Friday, May 26, and she will give workshops on May 27, 28, and 29.

Shattered by Jacquie Gering

Shattered by Jacquie Gering

Her Friday lecture, “Quilting Modern: Honouring Tradition,” will lay out her personal journey as a quilter, from her Mennonite roots to her explorations as a modern quilter.  Lecture tickets are $15 for VMQG members and non-members alike, and tickets will go on sale at the March 20 guild meeting.

Balancing Act by Jacquie Gering

Balancing Act by Jacquie Gering

Jacquie’s workshops are filling up quickly, but space is still available.  The classes are as follows:

Sat., May 27  Scrappy Improvisation (3 spaces still available)

Sun., May 28  Creative Quilting with the Walking Foot (waitlist only)

Mon., May 29  Slice and Insert Improvisation (8 spaces still available)

Check out the link to Jacquie’s Blog for class descriptions

All workshops meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (doors will open at approximately 9:30 a.m.).  The Saturday and Sunday workshops will convene at the Trailhead Room of MEC Headquarters, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC; the Monday workshop will meet in Room C of the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC.

The non-refundable registration fee is $125/workshop for VMQG members.  Registration for non-members will open on March 21 at $150/workshop.  If you are interested in signing up for one of Jacquie’s workshops, please come to theMarch 20 guild meeting, or contact Jessica at momijistudio@gmail.com

A Perfect Scant ¼” Seam Allowance

The VMQG guild executive recently asked me (Krista) to give a presentation on accuracy. Whether you tend to make measured, traditional style blocks or you prefer improv quilting, maintaining a scant 1/4″ seam allowance will lead to neater work, more resilient seams, less bulk to quilt through, blocks that fit together and the satisfaction of pointy points where you want them. 


Both beginners and experienced quilters alike can benefit from a seam allowance tune-up. You’d be surprised how many people have struggled for ages, wondering why their measured blocks don’t end up the planned size.  The test doesn’t take long and once your seam allowance is established, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of blocks that fit together as your patterns intend, without distortion from stretching short edges or puckers from gathering generous ones. Refresh your accuracy by performing the simple test below and remember that you’ll need to repeat this on ALL of your machines (because, ahem, a few of us sew on more than one machine).  If you are sewing a project using bulkier fabric such as Essex linen, or fine fabric such as lawn, it would be a good idea to repeat this test with the actual fabric being used for the project!


BUT WHY “SCANT”? Quilt blocks are measured to the 1/4″ based on side-pressing of seams within the block. A scant 1/4″ seam is necessary because we need to allow room in the pressed-over fold for the piecing thread as well as the one or two threads of fabric on the edge of the fold.  A fine, 50 wt piecing thread takes up very little room in seams, which is one of the reasons the Aurifil brand is so popular with quilters. 


5 STEPS TO A PERFECT
SCANT ¼” SEAM ALLOWANCE


1. Accurately cut five 2 1/2″ squares of pressed, quilting weight cotton. Measure with your quilting rulers, not the cutting mat.


2. Using your normal piecing thread, sew the squares together along side seams, creating one long strip unit.
3. Press seams flat to set stitches, then press seams all to one side in the same direction.
1/4" test



1/4" test

4. Measure the unit by placing your quilting ruler on top of the strip. It should measure 10 1/2″.

Untitled


5. If your strip is less than 10 1/2″ long, then your seam allowance is larger than a scant 1/4″. If your strip is greater than 10 1/2″ long, then your 1/4″ is too scant. 


TROUBLE-SHOOTING

My strip is larger than 10 1/2″ long
  • confirm pieces accurately measure 2 1/2″ square
  • confirm seams are all pressed to one side in the same direction (NOT OPEN). 
  • fold over the last square and re-press the seam flat. Place your ruler on top of the right edge, aligning the edge of the ruler with the edge of the fabric. Your stitches should be visible just to the right (or inside) of the 1/4″ ruler line. If you can see fabric between the 1/4″ line and your line of stitches, then your seam is too scant.
Untitled
This seam is just a hair too scant because you can see fabric between the 1/4″ line on the ruler and the line of stitches.
My strip is smaller than 10 1/2″ long
  • confirm pieces  accurately measure 2 1/2″ square
  • confirm from the right side that the fabric of each square is fully pressed out over the seam
  • fold over the last square and re-press the seam flat. Place your ruler on top of the right edge, aligning the edge of the ruler with the edge of the fabric. Your stitches should be visible just to the right (or inside) of the 1/4″ ruler line.If your stitches are under the 1/4″ line, then you’ve sewn an exact 1/4″ seam, not a scant one; you need to decrease your seam allowance by about 2 thread widths.  If your stitches are fully to the outside, or left of the 1/4″ line, then your seam allowance is too generous (big) and adjustments to decrease it need to be made (move needle one notch to the right or adjust your seam guide closer to the presser foot).
In general, as I’ve had students perform this test in workshops, it appears that many manufacturer’s 1/4″ patchwork feet with fence guide attached on the right side of the foot are actually a bit generous. If you have one of these feet, hold it up to the light. Can you see daylight between the edge of the foot and the fence? If so, chances are that the edge of the foot is actually the scant 1/4″ and the fence it a true 1/4″.
Good luck! Let us know how you make out in the comments and leave any questions you may have there as well. I’ll try to answer questions in subsequent comments, so check back.

Swap time!!

It’s been a while since we’ve done a swap with another guild, so we’re excited to announce a mini-mini quilt swap with Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild!

swap image omqgandvmqgswap

What’s a mini-mini quilt?

It’s a small quilt with a minimum perimeter of 24″, and a maximum perimeter of 48″. That means length + length + width + width will add up to at least 24″, but no more than 48″. You can make your mini-mini quilt any shape you like, as long as it fits within 24″-48″ perimeter. A square quilt 12″ x 12″ would be the maximum perimeter.

Remember how fun our mini quilt swap back in 2014 was? This will be just as great, but with quilts half the size!

mini quilt group shot

Wanna participate this time around? Here’s the details!

– This is a SECRET swap. When you sign up, you’ll fill out a questionnaire. When you’re assigned someone to sew for, you’ll be sent their questionnaire. This means that you’ll get something made specifically for you, taking your likes and dislikes into consideration. Awesome! Most people will be assigned a partner from the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild, though if the numbers are uneven, a few VMQG members might end up swapping with each other. The person you’re sewing for will not be the same person as who’s sewing for you.

– You’ll be making a MODERN mini-mini quilt based on your partner’s likes and dislikes. Everyone has different levels of quilting experience, but we’ll all be doing our best possible work.

– Since it’s a secret swap, hints and in-progress pics are totally welcome! Please use the hashtag #omqgandvmqgswap so that we can all follow along.

– Sign ups will start today, January 16, 2017, and will go to February 1, 2017. That gives you a little over two weeks to sign up.

– Sign ups will be ONLINE only.

– Partners will be assigned by February 15, 2017, and your partner’s information will be emailed to you

– You’ll bring your finished mini quilt back to the April guild meeting, on April 17th, 2017. We’ll mail all of the quilts together to Ottawa, and they’ll mail all of theirs to us. Quilts will be distributed at the May guild meeting, on May 15th, 2017.

– Quilts should have some sort of hanger attached. this can be a sleeve, triangles in the two upper corners, whatever works best for the quilt you make.

– This is a members-only activity. supporting your guild has its perks!

Are you excited yet?

Click here to sign up! Continue reading

VMQG January 16th 2017 Meeting Reminder!

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, January 16th, 2017!

It’s a new year!!!  A big welcome to 2017!!!  This month we have a special guest speaker!  Judy Villett will be giving a talk and demo on “To Judge or Not to Judge.”  Some of the points she will be speaking on are:

  • Encourage participation in judged competitions
  • Demystify the judging process
  • Explain and demonstrate the judging procedures
  • And more!

Due to the speaking time, we will be having a shortened Show & Tell.  If you need to send off the project, please show!  If it can wait for another month, please show it at the February meeting!

Another reminder….DESTASH TIME!!!!  We will be having members sign up for a table for the March Destash!  Tables are $15 each, you can share a table if you want to.  It will be first come, first serve. So if you can’t make it to the meeting but really want a table for the destash, I would encourage you to find another member who can sign you up and provide the payment.  There are a limited amount of tables.

PLEASE REMEMBER – This is a destash. ie. Maybe you bought a little too much (we’ve all been there…) or some of that fabric isn’t really your taste anymore or you just know that the bears wearing gumboots half yard deserves a new home!  Everything on the table should be coming from your home, not resold goods. A destash, not a pop-up shop.

It’s your table, you can do what you wish with it.  However, there will not be tables provided for cutting, sorting, etc.  A good idea would be to possibly pre-sort your cuts and label with quarter yard, half yard, yard, etc.  There is limited space and we want to provide as many tables for members who want them.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!  We have a last minute Sew-in!! Friday January 20th from 1PM – 11PM!  The December weather made it not so easy for some people to come to the last sew-in so Holly worked her magic and booked us for another date!!!  You can sign up at the meeting or use PayPal online for $10 or it’s $15 at the door!  Come on and get your sew on!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Spring Retreat!  April 28th to May 1st – Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford.  $390 – 3 Nights shared room, $435 Single room (limited) 3 nights.  $120 Deposit with the remainder due January 2017 meeting.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, January 16th, 2017
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:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
Snowball 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
– Guild Business
– New Guild Challenge!
– Block Lotto Challenge
– Judy Villett Lecture and Demo!
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for retreat, etc)
– Show and Tell (Shortened due to speaker)
– 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!

VMQG December 19th Meeting Reminder

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, December 19th, 2016!  

Brrrr!!!! It’s cold outside!  Hope everyone has been enjoying the snow!  Tomorrow is our Annual Holiday Party!  So please feel free to bring extra tasty treats to share for this meeting!  Another reminder is if you had time to make a pincushion for the swap, please bring and share!  Be safe in the snow if you driving from afar!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Spring Retreat!  April 28th to May 1st – Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford.  $390 – 3 Nights shared room, $435 Single room (limited) 3 nights.  $120 Deposit with the remainder due January 2017 meeting.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, December 19th, 2016
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:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
Greyscale Blocks for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Pincushion for swap!
– 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
– Ice Breaker Game!
– Guild Business
– Block Lotto Challenge
– QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt update
– April Edenvale Retreat
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for retreat, 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!

Pincushion Swap!

This year’s winter interguild swap is PINCUSHIONS!

20161018_155027
(examples shown at the October meeting, pincushions made by various people, including amy, Berene and Laurraine)

We did a pincushion swap a very very long time ago, with Kansas City MQG, so it’s about time we did one within VMQG!

The guidelines are simple:
– MODERN
– small enough to fit inside a brown paper lunch bag
– the top must be pieced or decorated in some way, such as english paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, improv, patchwork, embroidery, etc

If you’d like to swap, no need to sign up! Just bring your finished pincushion to the December guild meeting, attach a tag to it so that the recipient knows who made it, and there will be a table where you can set it and let everyone else admire it. Later in the meeting, we’ll put the pincushions in paper bags, and have a secret swap, where everyone grabs a bag at random. Fun and simple!

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the pinterest board i made for the original swap and see if anything catches your eye.

Several people asked about the pincushion i shared at the October meeting, the shape is called a biscornu, and it’s a traditional needlework shape. i found a great tutorial on how to make a fabric one here!

(A few tips on making a biscornu – mark the centre of your squares before you stitch them together, and check out how i threaded the needle to sew the button on in this tutorial for a slick way to avoid having a visible knot. If you do that loop around one of the buttons instead of around the fabric, you won’t have to worry about it ripping the fabric or popping through when you pull it tight. Make sure you use a polyester thread though, cotton can break when you pull it snug – i learned that the hard way!)

Meeting Reminder! Monday November 21st 2016

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 21st, 2016!  

Hey Everyone!  This is embarrassing but I forgot to send out the email reminder last week!  I will be sure to post this in the Facebook group as well.

Tonight we are happy to have our VINTAGE QUILTS SHOW AND TELL!  If you have a vintage quilt or a quilt that was inspired by vintage quilts, please be sure to come sign up and show us!  We will also be having the regular Show and tell and this is the last month to get your UFO Challenges done!

ALSO, Membership was  due for October!  Be sure to bring your membership form and fees.

See you all later!

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) VMQG Sew-in – When: Friday December 9th 1pm to 11pm Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor. Fees: $10 or $15 at the door

November Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, November 21st, 2016
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:
– 2016/17 membership card, completed membership form and $50 dues for 2016/17(cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2017) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell
– your name tag
 Polaroid Block for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– Vintage Quilt Show & tell
– Show & tell items (UFO’s!!)
– 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
– Guild Business
– November Block Lotto Challenge
– Vintage Quilt Show and Tell
– QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt update
– April Retreat Annoucement
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for workshops, sew-in’s, etc)
– Regular 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!

Vintage Quilts – November Meeting Special Show & Tell!!

“Old quilts are rich with information and inspiration for today’s quilters. They are full of ideas and knowledge found nowhere else.”  

Bill Volkening in Modern Roots: Today’s Quits from Yesterday’s Inspiration.

Many modern quilters study antique and vintage quilts for inspiration and some of the strongest trends in modern quilting owe a debt to previous generations of quilters.

Many of us have vintage quilts that may be cherished family heirlooms or awesome finds in thrift shops.  Sometimes the workmanship is exquisite and the quilt is in pristine condition; other times the quilt is  faded and the workmanship imperfect but the quilt has soul and an energy that draws us in. Whatever their history, we have kept these old quilts because they speak to us in some way.

For our November meeting we’re asking you to bring a vintage quilt to share and inspire.  We will have a special Show &  Tell segment for vintage quilts BEFORE the break.   

What is “vintage”?  There are lots of definitions around but I think this one will do – “”any quilt from the past that we can learn from or be inspired by”.

We will have a special door prize and every member who brings a vintage quit to share will be eligible to win.  

UFO Challenge Extended!

We have a a great meeting coming up this month, with a special guest speaker Kathleen Riggins, membership renewals, and our annual executive elections.

Because the meeting is so jam-packed, and we want to leave lots of time to learn from Kathleen, our Show and Tell time will be extremely limited.

As such, we’re extending the Unfinished Objects Challenge deadline until out November guild meeting!

For a refresher of the UFO challenge, you can check out this blog post from 2015 (same rules in 2016!) The important thing is that the finished item must be shown at Show and Tell to be counted – which means we’ll need lots of show and tell time, since so many people will have finished UFOs to show, right? 😉

If you’ve already finished your UFOs in preparation for our October meeting, good for you. That just means you’ll get to start something new that much sooner!

“Soul Journeys”: Katie Stein Sather and Karen Johnson

VMQG member Terry Aske has advised us of an exciting opportunity to view “Soul Journeys: the quest for completion and connection” by arriving early to the VMQG October 17, 2016 meeting.

Access to this exuberant textile art exhibit is available from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Unitarian Church Sanctuary and in the Fireside Room (in Hewett Hall where we meet, back behind the kitchen). The spaces where the show is exhibited will be in use from 6:30 on, so you MUST arrive between 6 and 6:30 to view it. Holly Williams will be at the meeting early for this purpose.

If you can’t make it to the meeting early, the exhibit runs from October 18-November 12, 2016. You can meet the artists at a reception on October 23, 2016, from 3:00-5:00 pm, or alternately, telephone the church at 604 261-7204 to arrange a viewing time.

poster1_edited-3

For more information, check out the blog of one of the artists, Katie Stein Sather, where she shares her artist statement for the show.