Monday, March 16th Meeting – CANCELLED

No doubt like you, the Executive have been monitoring efforts to respond and control the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, and our members health and safety is our priority.  In this context, the Executive of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has made the difficult decision to cancel our March meeting.  I know it’s a stressful situation we find ourselves in.  The most important thing we can do is to stay calm.  And there is nothing quite like a little sewing that helps us calm our worried minds – right?     

We do have lots of news to share, and will do so via email and social media. 

  • Hold onto the block lotto blocks you’ve made, we’ll draw for them at our next meeting.  And the next block lotto will be going up on the blog – watch for it!
  • Niki will send a note out to the Robins.  Initial thoughts are you can hold onto the project you have for another month. 
  • There will be a mini challenge announcement coming soon, and we’ll have bundles for sale.  We are looking to set up a few pick-up locations for the bundles.  Stay tuned for more information.
  • Edenvale remains open, and the retreat is still a go.  There is one spot left if you’d like to join the weekend of sewing.  Elisabeth will keep retreater’s informed if anything changes.

As for the next meeting in April, we’ll keep monitoring the situation and keep you informed.  

Thank you for your understanding. 

VMQG Executive

Dawn Flotten
Laura MacKay
Marnie Burnham
Elizabeth Theriault
Arita Rai
Deb McIntyre
Lisa Novich
Megan Hanna

Monday, March 16th Meeting Reminder

Please note that the Executive of the VMQG will be monitoring updates from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Provincial Government relative to COVID-19. We will advise via email Facebook and Instagram pages should it be necessary to make the difficult decision to cancel our meeting. We request that members please refrain from bringing food to share at the March meeting and that members please stay home if they are sick or have any underlying health conditions that may be impacted from respiratory illness
 
PROGRAM:  For March a review of QuiltCon 2020 from VMQG folks who attended the Show last month in Austin, Texas. Arita, Linda,  Marnie, and Niki will share their highlights from the exhibitions, lectures, and workshops as well as provide their impressions on some of the themes and
trends in modern quilting.
 
 
Starring You – Best in Show at QuiltCont 2020 by Canadian Peter Byrne
 
VMQG Mugs and Fat Quarter Bundles:  We will have a limited supply of mugs with the new logo on them for purchase at the meeting.
 
The VMQG Mini Challenge will be announced at the meeting and we will have FQ Bundles of all the colours plus white available to purchase.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring 2020 Retreat: We still have a few spots available for the retreat in May.  See blog post here for all the details.
 

March Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, March 16th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
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 Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
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. 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 $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Cheque or cash to purchase mugs or FQ Bundles
-Block lotto block
-Twoonies if you would like to register for the WIP program.
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for March 16, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – QuiltCon Travel Log
-Break
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!

Sew-In, Workshop, WIPs and Snow

A couple of VMQG events will be open for registration beginning at the January meeting.

VMQG Sew-In: We will be hosting our first Sew-In of 2020 at the Roundhouse in Yaletown during the Family Day long weekend. Please join us to try out this community space which features great lighting and terrific neighbourhood options for coffee, snacks and lunch.  Bring your project to work on; irons and extension cords will be provided.

Date: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15 
Please note that paid parking is available in the underground parkade for approx. $16 for the day.  Quilters are encouraged to carpool to the event to share costs. 

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz

Please join us for a day of creativity and exploration as Paul shares his approach to improvisation techniques that draw inspiration from the quilters of Gees Bend.  

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time:   10:00 am – 4:30pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
Cost:  $60 per member; non-members email below to be placed on waitlist.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

WIPs: The Work In Progress Challenge is back for 2020! What is the WIP challenge?  You may refer to them as UFO’s or even PhD’s – you have some projects that you started but have yet to finish.  Be it a stack of blocks, or maybe even a finished top – it has not yet realized its full potential in becoming a modern quilt (or quilted item).  The WIP Challenge is here to help incentivize you to break into that pile of projects and get them finished!    The guidelines for the WIP challenge are simple:  

  • Your Work In Progress must have been started before January 1, 2020
  • Items are to be listed with the WIP Challenge Boss, Loretta, at the January or February meetings.  Missing the January and February meetings? You can also email or text Loretta your WIP list – but note that the deadline is our February meeting
  • You pay $2 per item on your WIP list
  • You buckle down and finish your WIP!  
  • You bring your finished project to Guild meeting and Show if off at Show and Tell 
  • Each item finished AND shown will get you a ticket for the final prize draws
  • Tickets are drawn at the end of the year, and the winner(s) split the WIP Challenge bank$.   In 2019 there were THREE winners.  To be eligible for the end of year draw, you must show your item(s) at Show and Tell!  NO, unfortunately, you can not just send a picture of it! 

Want to participate?  Bring your list of WIPs and $2 per item to the January or February meeting, and see Loretta.  And if you are like me and registered for the WIP challenge in 2019 (and then didn’t finish anything?!?), Loretta still has your card.  She can recycle it into the 2020 WIP Challenge for you – but its going to cost you another $2 per item!  

Alright then, finish those projects!

SNOW – If there are any meeting cancellations due to weather conditions check Facebook or Instagram posts day of meeting.

Monday, January 20, 2020 Meeting Reminder

Meeting reminder of VMQG’s First meeting of the New Year and New Decade!

Program: The January meeting program will be facilitated by Niki and will feature the reveal and return of the 2019 Round Robin quilt tops to participants.  We will enjoy seeing these tops for the first time along with “the Robins” and hear about the inspiration for their center blocks and colour choices. It is always motivating to see how these monthly challenges are interpreted by participants.

Event Sign-up: Two upcoming VMQG events will be open for registration at the January meeting:

VMQG February Sew-In Join your quilting friends for the first Sew-In of 2020!

Date: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre,  181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz

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Join us for a day of creativity and exploration as Paul shares his approach to improvisation techniques that draw inspiration from the quilters of Gees Bend.  

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $60 for members, $65 for non-members (space permitting)

If you have any questions, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

January Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, January 20th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
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 Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
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. 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 $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for reveal
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for January 20, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Round Robin Reveal
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!

Monday, November 18th Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 18th. 

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas – Back by popular demand, November’s program will feature a ‘show and tell’ of holiday gift ideas presented by the VMQG Executive.  We hope that you will join us by bringing along your favourite quick craft to share at our meeting.  

Also, bring any completed winter/holiday themed pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. See blog post regarding requirements: http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/11/ryans-case-for-smiles/

November Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, November 18th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
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 Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
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. 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 $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for swapping
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for November 18th, 2019.
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG and MQG Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Holiday Gift Ideas
-Socialize
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!


October Meeting Feature with Kellie Kaczmarek – Silly Moon Quilting

For this October meeting, we are happy to have Kellie Kaczmarek from Silly Moon Quilting. We asked Kellie to give us a little information about herself and here is what she has to say,

I am a Canadian quilter, business owner, wife, mother and owner of two very large dogs.  I have been quilting for a short time but have jumped in with both feet!  I purchased a longarm after quilting for approximately a year and needed “rulers” to keep me within the lines, so to speak.  So, I made them!

I am fortunate to have experience in, and access to CNC Milling equipment, as well as a variety of software programs that enable me (along with my math guru hubby) to create machine quilting rulers that will do just what I want them to. I really enjoy coming up with new ideas, that make ruler work fun and accessible for all quilters.

I love attending retreats, guild meetings and trade shows not only to showcase our products, but to meet quilters, and take in all the great feedback and suggestions they bring to the table. 

Silly Moon Quilting Co is proudly Canadian, and all our rulers are designed and manufactured in beautiful British Columbia.  The company started less that a year ago, and we are excited to see steady growth with a large number of repeat customers!  I always warn people, rulers are like potato chips, you can’t have just one!!”

Kellie will be bringing her Juki, and will be set up to show on a large screen how to use a few of their rulers.  She will also be covering the basic of ruler work as well as explaining the difference between domestic and longarm rulers. There will also be rulers available for sale during the break.

October is ramping up to be an exciting month! See you there!

Monday September 16th Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 16th, 2019!  

Hey everyone!  Summer is over but that doesn’t mean the fun stops!  If you saw the post on the blog we have a great trunk show to get us all inspired!  Kyle Parent, a Vancouver-based textile artist will be here to present his fantastic pieces for us.  Can’t wait!

Also, be sure to take a look at the most recent post online regarding a call out for Nominations to the VMQG Executive team.  

If you are making a QuiltCon Charity Block please note these are due back for the OCTOBER meeting.  Time goes by fast so make sure you are working on those!

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

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

September Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, September 16th, 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
Round Robin for swapping
QuiltCon Charity Block
– 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 September 16th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm arrival time, sign up for show and tell, begin at 7pm
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild/VMQG Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Kyle Parent Trunk Show
– 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!

VMQG Call for Nominations – 2019-2020

The Guild is seeking volunteers for the following executive positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Election Committee Coordinator

Serving on the executive is an excellent way to connect with fellow guild members, to help shape the activities of the guild and to enhance personal skills.  Descriptions for each position are listed below and there will be an opportunity to discuss further at the September guild meeting.  Elections will follow at the October meeting.  In the meantime, please email Linda Morrison (speakers@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca ) with questions or to indicate your interest in serving on the 2019-2020 executive. 

Positions are open to all members in good standing.  The term is one year but members are encouraged to serve for two years to ensure continuity. 

The following VMQG executive members are standing for re-election:

  • Marnie Burnham
  • Dawn Flotten
  • Lisa Novich

Executive meetings are held monthly and are currently scheduled for 7 PM on the first Tuesday of the month but this schedule may be varied.  An annual planning meeting is held in the fall.

Each executive member is an active participant in guild decision making. Below are brief descriptions of the duties of each position.

President 

  • Manages the guild
  • Acts as the primary contact for guild members and the public
  • Prepares agendas and reports for each executive and guild meeting as well as the annual planning meeting
  • Conducts executive, general and planning meetings
  • Is responsible for making the executive and all members aware of the VMQG Policy & Procedures and promoting compliance
  • Has signing authority

Vice-President

  • Assists the President
  • Acts an executive liaison for the VMQG Showcase Committee
  • Has signing authority

Secretary

  • Keeps minutes of the annual general meeting, the annual planning meeting and executive meetings 
  • Prepares other minutes, correspondence and notices as required

Treasurer

  • Is responsible for the VMQG funds and maintains the financial records of the organization  
  • Keeps an accurate accounting of all money received and disbursed
  • Deposits all VMQG funds into the appropriate bank account on behalf of the organization, and pays any and all bills as required 
  • Ensures expenditures have the proper authorization and are backed by detailed receipts and invoices  
  • Ensures that the meeting location for general meetings is booked
  • Updates square store with new items and take payment during meetings 
  • Deposits all VMQG funds into the appropriate bank account on behalf of the organization, and pays any and all bills as required 
  • Ensures expenditures have the proper authorization and are backed by detailed receipts and invoices  
  • Creates Paypal items and buttons for website and email, keep track of payments 
  • Provides budgets and costing as requested for special events such as retreats 
  • Has signing authority

Education Committee Co-ordinator

  • Works with the Education Committee to develop programs, workshops, sew-ins and other educational opportunities for guild members

Social Media Co-ordinator

  • Updates and maintains all VMQG social media accounts
  • Posts updates on the website and blog re upcoming meetings and other events
  • Coordinates photographers for guild events and meetings

Membership Co-ordinator

  • Operates the membership table during guild meetings
  • Manages payments for membership
  • Keeps membership information up to date on Excel
  • Keeps membership information up to date with the MQG
  • Maintains current mailing lists on Mailchimp
  • Orders membership cards and business cards
  • Prepares and distributes membership welcome emails and membership cards
  • Replies to emails about general membership questions.
  • Prepares and processes renewal forms
  • Keeps current on BC Privacy laws




Monday August 19, 2019 Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, August 19th, 2019!  

Hey everyone!  August is the month we celebrate the founding of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  It has been 9 years since we started!  Wow!  Where has has the time gone!  If you would like to bring an extra special anniversary treat for the break I am sure other members will not mind ☺

This month we ask that members who wish to participate bring 10 strips of fabric that measure 2.5″ x the width of various grey SOLID fabrics for our version of “Strip Poker.”  This is a very fun activity and a good way to meet other members! 

***Please be sure the fabrics are solids, for example, Bella Solids, Kona Solids, Free Spirit Solids, Colorworks, etc.

If you are making a QuiltCon Charity Block please note these are due back for the OCTOBER meeting.  Time goes by fast so make sure you are working on those!

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

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

August Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, August 19th, 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
Round Robin for swapping
QuiltCon Charity Block
– 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 August 19th, 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
– Strip Poker
– 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!

September Meeting Feature with Kyle Parent Trunk Show

We are happy to announce a trunk show with Kyle Parent!

Kyle Parent will share his work with us at our September meeting.  Kyle is a teacher, a tailor, the son of a quilter, and a Vancouver-based textile artist.

Kyle Parent @_k_t_w_p_

His relationship to sewing began at an early age while watching his mother sew. Working alongside her, Kyle has learned the techniques with which he explores his medium today. Before shifting his focus to quilting, Kyle worked in menswear, and had his own line of shirting.

He blends these traditional methods with his background in tailoring.  You can see some examples of Kyle’s work at  http://www.ktwpquilts.com/ and on IG @__k_t_w_p__ .