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Pincushion Swap!

This year’s winter interguild swap is PINCUSHIONS!

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(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.

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

Speed Date With Improv!

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce an upcoming workshop with our very own Krista Hennebury!

Krista blogs at Poppyprint Creates and her book Make It, Take It was published by Martingale in January 2015. Krista has long been a popular teacher within VMQG and other guilds in the lower mainland, but in the last few years quilters outside of our area have been able to learn from her as well, as she traveled to Alaska, Inuvik (NWT) and Sweden (and more!) to teach.

This workshop is especially exciting because it’s brand new, and VMQG members will be the first ones ever to take it. Read below for a description of the workshop, and how to sign up!

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Speed Date with Improv is a face-paced one day workshop for the improv-curious quilter who’s ready to let go and work without stressing, obsessing or second guessing!

In the morning we’ll work our way through several fun improv piecing techniques; Krista will demo each technique, then you’ll return to your cutting mat and machine to try it out for yourself before the bell rings for your next improv demo-date. Later in the afternoon, we’ll play on the design wall, searching for serendipitous intersections of line and shape in a final layout. You’ll learn how to jigsaw your piecing together into a pleasing abstract composition that will serve as a mini-improv sampler reference for future work.

Students are encouraged to work with solids and limit their fabric palette to black, white plus one colour for high contrast visual impact and definition of line and shape. Discussion will also cover the work of improv master quilters and recommended resources for further exploration of technique.

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When: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members, $60 for non-members

Sign-up: Please send your payment via etransfer or paypal to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and then email Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. (If you pay via etransfer, please also send an email to treasurer with the password you chose!)

Sign ups are open to members at this time, the class will be open for non-members after our October meeting (if spaces are still available)

VMQG September 19th Meeting Reminder

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

It’s September already!  Where did the summer go!?  I hope everyone enjoyed the great weather we had and made some fantastic memories.  We had a FABULOUS first ever VMQG Showcase!  A big thank you to all the Committee members on putting together a great show.

For the September meeting, we are happy to welcome Dinkydoo Fabrics who will be having a pop-up show!  Be sure to take a look!  The break will be extended for shopping purposes.

Upcoming VMQG Events

1.) Block Printing Workshop with Lysa Flower – Sunday October 2, 2016, Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre, $50 for members, $55 for non-members, plus $20 supply fee payable to Lysa – FULL (wait list in effect)

September Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, September 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.

What to bring:
– 2015/16 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2015/16 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2016) 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
Improv Curve for block lotto
 Round Robin blocks
– 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
– VMQG Show Summary
– Guild Business
– September Block Lotto Challenge
– Break (eat treats & socialize;sign up for workshops, sew-in’s, Dinkydoo Pop-Up Shop, 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!

VMQG Showcase Raffle Quilt Winner

We are pleased to announce that our own Nancy Chan won our Quiltcon Charity Quilt that was raffled off at our fabulous first ever Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase which was held at the PipeShop in North Vancouver on August 27 and 28, 2016.

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild raffle draw for BC Gaming Event License #87059 was drawn on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative. We will be rounding up our donation to $1,000.

Congratulations Nancy!! Thank you to everyone who worked on the quilt!

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VMQG October Meeting – Trunk Show by Kathleen Riggins , Canadian Longarm Quilter

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce that we will be hosting Kathleen Riggins, an extraordinary Canadian modern longarm quilter, for a trunk show at our October meeting, Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7pm.

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Kathleen is from Camrose, Alberta and has been sewing and quilting all of her life.  She has been free-motion quilting for over a decade and long-arm quilting for several years.  A few of us had the pleasure of attending several classes with her at Quiltcon and have seen her fantastic work first hand.  

Kathleen often teaches at Sparrow Studios in Edmonton and has just returned from teaching in Australia at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival and several other locations.  She will also be teaching longarm quilting at Quiltcon East in Savannah, Georgia in February 2017.  Luckily we get to see her first!!

If you do not know her work, you can check it out on her blog at https://kathleenquilts.com/.  She is also on Instagram @kathleenquilts and is on Facebook as well.

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Details: 

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

When: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, October 17, 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.

For meetings where we have special guests, including this one, the entrance fee will be $5 for non-members.

Modern Quilt Showcase!

Please join us as we showcase the fabulous work of our members! Families welcome! This incredible renovated shipyard warehouse will be a gorgeous industrial backdrop for our work – this’ll be a brand new quilt show like you’ve never seen in the Lower Mainland.

We’ll have over 100 modern quilts on display from wall hanging to large bed-sized quilts. Some will be for sale (visa & mastercard accepted). In addition, learn about the modern design aesthetic at our Modern Mini Quilt Showcase wall and try your hand at designing  your own mini quilt composition. Volunteer guild members will be there to guide you.

We also have a gorgeous raffle quilt! Tickets are only $2/ea and 100% of proceeds will support Vancouver’s Mom to Mom Poverty Iniative

ADMISSION ONLY $5, children < 12 free

On Saturday evening there is a free community concert adjacent to our venue along with many exciting food trucks to 10:00 p.m. It’s going to be a party!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE