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Scrap Swap Challenge!

Rather than the holiday ornament swap that we’ve done at our December meeting for the past few years, we’re going back to the highly popular scrap swap  – and making it a challenge as well!

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(all of the goodies swapped in 2012!)

How it works:

– Everyone who brings a bag of scraps will take a bag of scraps and use it to make a gift for their partner.

– Gifts should be something smallish, like a zippered pouch, simple tote, mug rug, potholder, notebook cover, pincushion, etc.

– Bring the finished items back to the December meeting, along with any leftover scraps.

And the challenge part of it?

– The only fabric you can add to the scraps you receive is SOLIDS, and the finished item must incorporate FLYING GEESE in some way.

If you’d like to participate, please bring a scrap bag containing AT LEAST 2 fqs worth of fabric to the October meeting. Pick your favourite fabrics (including prints), because you’ll be getting it back, all sewn up into something just for you! When you get to the meeting, Amy will give you a very short little questionnaire to fill out and tuck inside your bag. Make sure your name isn’t visible, because this will be a secret swap!

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(happy swappers from 2012!)

We Want To Know What You Think!!

The current executive has put together a survey, and we’re looking for your opinions!

VMQG 2015 SURVEY

The survey asks about your experiences with VMQG, with the MQG, and with quilting in general. We’ll share some of the results here on our blog, and use other results to help us plan future programming and events.

It should take you about 15-20 minutes, but they’re almost all easy multiple choice answers. All of the questions are optional, and you can answer anonymously if you’d like – but you won’t be entered to win a prize if you don’t give us your email address!

The survey will be open from now until Sept 30th and we’ll draw a winner from all of the people who participated at our October meeting.

If you have any questions about the survey, feel free to email amy AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca.

 

 

 

Friday night sew-ins October 2nd & November 20th

Our August sew-in 28th was the busiest yet and we’re back by popular demand! We’ve got some fall sew-ins booked and we’d love for you to join us on Friday, October 2nd and/or Friday, November 20th from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). The October sew-in is two weeks before our retreat, and it’s a great chance to baste quilts that you want to quilt on retreat! The November sew-in will be a last-chance to finish quilts for submission to the QuiltCon quilt show as well as a good time to work on holiday projects.

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We love how spacious the church hall is for basting and layout

Sew-in Dates



Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

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Michelle M. and Susanne enjoying the raised tables at our August 2015 sew-in. Love the new risers!

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, October 2nd, 2015

AND

6:00-11:00pm, Friday, November 20th, 2015

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.

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 12 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? You can sign up for either sew-in by paying $10 at our meeting on Monday, September 21th. You can pay for either sew-in via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

Info about Blocking Your Quilts

At our August meeting, I (Amy) talked about blocking our quilts. When you’re making a baby quilt or a lap quilt, you don’t need to worry about the quilt hanging straight on the wall, but when you’re making a wall hanging, or entering a quilt into a show, it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Bias piecing, improv piecing or heavy quilting can all alter the way a quilt lays, and blocking is pretty magical in how it can fix that! Blocking should preferably be done before the binding is applied, but if you don’t realize how wonky your quilt is until after you’ve done that, or you’re submitting an already finished quilt to a show, you can block a finished quilt as well.

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There are numerous tutorials about blocking out there, and I’m going to link to a few, since they’re all a little different. Leah Day from The Free Motion Quilting Project has several great posts about blocking, her original post here, and then a post specifically about finishing a mini wholecloth quilt where she uses elastic strips to stretch the quilt.

Kathy K Wylie shows you how she blocks large quilts on her living room floor, Quilt Me Happy uses laser levels while blocking a large quilt (which is way more than you need for a mini, but cool to learn about!) and this post by Sylvia Landman at Academy of Quilting talks about the differences between dry blocking and wet blocking, which none of the previous links bring up.

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When you’re blocking a quilt, just like when you’re blocking crochet or knitting, it’s really important to use rust-proof pins. Most good quality pins are rust-proof, but it’s worth testing the pins you use most frequently in advance. The other thing that none of these posts mention is how awesome cheap foam floor tiles are for blocking small projects like mini quilts. You know those primary coloured interlocking foam tiles they sell for kids playrooms? They’re so awesome! They’re waterproof, and thick enough to pin into, and you can buy a four pack for a couple of bucks at the dollar store.

My favourite way to wet a quilt is to wash it in the washing machine, which removes any chemicals on the fabric and gets the quilt damp all the way through without saturating it. I draw an outline of the quilt dimensions on a foam tile using masking tape, and pin through the quilt into the foam to hold it in place.

If you’re participating in the Modern Mini Showcase in October, please consider blocking your mini quilt before you bring it in. Think of blocking as an important last step in making a quilt – we put so much energy and money and time into making our quilts, why wouldn’t we want to show them off to the best of our ability?

 

 

Fancy Fox II: a Workshop with Jade Prosser

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Fancy Fox II quilt block by Stacey Murton

Our own Jade Prosser (@stitchmischief on instagram) will be running a workshop to make Fancy Fox II, the large version of Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern. Come and join us!

Date: Sunday September 27th, 2015

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Location: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Cost: $50 (members)/$55 (non-members). Includes pattern.

This wonderful pattern goes together really quickly and given its large scale, you should have a quilt top by the end of the day.

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Linda Morrison with her Fancy Fox II quilt

Questions? Wanna sign up?  Email amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

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Stacey Murton with her Fancy Fox II quilt

 

Friday night sew-ins July 17th & August 28th

We’ve got some summer sew-ins booked and we’d love for you to join us on Friday, July 17th and/or Friday, August 28th from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below).

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We love how spacious the church hall is for basting and layout

Sew-in Dates



Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on your MQG Fabric Challenge or any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

Paul basting a quilt

Paul basting a quilt at our May 2015 sew-in

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, July 17th, 2015

AND

6:00-11:00pm, Friday, August 28th, 2015

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.

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 12 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? You can sign up for the August sew-in by paying $10 at our meeting on Monday, July 20th. You can pay for either sew-in via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door.
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

Stick It In Your Purse Honey! workshop with Berene/Happy Sew Lucky

Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky is a long time VMQG member who we lost to Toronto last fall. Our loss is Toronto MQG‘s gain, but we still miss her! Luckily, she can’t resist the West Coast (and us!), and she’s agreed to give up a day of her summer vacation and teach a workshop for us, using her brand new paper piecing pattern  – “Stick it in your purse, Honey!”

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Sign up for her one day workshop where you will make this cute paper-pieced purse pattern. You can make a few blocks if you’re speedy, or Berene will guide you in turning your awesome little purse into an equally awesome needlebook.

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 It’s a beginner level paper piecing pattern, with a twist as the purse has a pocket and a flap. You can store your embroidery floss or treasures in the purse pocket. 

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There are four flap options to play with so that you can create a collection of customized purses. It’s perfect for using up your scraps, and a great fussy cutting opportunity. 

purses mini quilt

Do you have some special fabrics that you’re saving for the perfect project? These little purses are a great way to showcase it!

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Major cute factor alert: The purse has a functioning pocket to keep emergency sewing supplies in it. This block is great for needlebooks, zakka projects and mini quilts.

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There are two block size options to choose from in the pattern: Medium size (6″ block) good for mini quilts, pillows or kid’s quilt or Small size – 4 1/2″ block which is perfect for the included needlebook.

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The 13-page pattern includes the following:

Two block sizes: 4″ and 6″ for the purse pattern.
Four design options for the purse.
And a bonus needle book pattern with a sneaky hidden scissor pocket.

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Come join us for a fun day with Berene! Whether you know and miss her, or haven’t met her yet, it’s going to be a great workshop.

 

 

When: Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $50 for members, $55 for non-members (price includes pattern!)

Time: 10am-4pm

Sign-up: The July VMQG meeting will be your LAST CHANCE to sign up for this workshop in person! Please email Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. Sign ups are open to everyone at this time, member or non-member.

Circles Circles Circles Workshop!

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(one of Terry’s circle quilts)

Do you love the look of circles in quilts?  But are you intimidated by sewing curves?

Terry Aske is a longtime VMQG member who makes amazing art quilts and blogs at TerryAskeArtQuilts.com. Her work has won awards, is regularly published in magazines, and was included in a recent book. And she’s intimidated by curves too! She uses a variety of techniques to create her circle quilts that are simple, easy and effective, and she’s going to share them with us!

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(another of Terry’s circle quilts)

The workshop will cover:

  • an easy method to draw a circle any size
  • making and using freezer-paper templates
  • how to create accurate circles using a freezer paper pattern and flat seam sewing
  • circles with raw edges, covered with bias tape, couching or decorative stitching
  • circles with folded edges

We will make 12 inch square blocks using a variety of techniques.  The blocks could become a small wall-hanging, a pillow cover, or the start of a larger quilt.

Here are some examples of the blocks we’ll be making –

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Terry blogged about some other examples here, you should check them out!

So come join us for a day of circles!!

Date: Sunday May 24th, 2015

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Art Gallery, Croatian Cultural Centre

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

Sign-up: There are several spaces left in the workshop! Please email Amy at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. Sign ups are open to everyone at this time, member or non-member.

Friday night sew-in May 1st

Our next sew-in is happening in just under two weeks and there are several spots open! We’d love for you to join us on Friday, May 1st from 6:00-11:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below).

sew-in
We love how spacious the church hall is for basting and layout

Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on your notebook cover for our swap with MQG Victoria in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

Michelle basting a quilt

Michelle M. basting her Christmas quilt

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, May 1st, 2015.

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.

Cost: There is a $10 fee for this sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like) and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 12 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? You can sign up by paying $10 at our meeting on Monday, April 20th, by paying via PayPal, or by paying $15 at the door.

Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

VMQG 2nd weekend retreat: October 16-18, 2015

Happy quilters at the May 2014 VMQG Retreat

Happy quilters at the May 2014 VMQG Retreat

After the very successful overnight retreat last May, we have all been waiting for the next one! It was so great to spend time with other guild members and work on all kinds of projects! One of the most fun events was the pillowcase swap so we will be running another swap this time. We also had lots of door prizes and an epic show and tell.

Our retreat will take place again at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Bradner just near Abbotsford. It is an easy drive out as it is just off Highway 1. Check out the Edenvale website for photos and directions.  We will take over the full house: conference room, dining room and bedrooms.  Everyone will have their own 6′ table to work on. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through a forest on the property. All meals are included and the quality of the meals is excellent.

Quilters at work in the bright sewing room

Quilters at work in the bright sewing room

Here are the details:

Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Dates: Friday October 16 – Sunday October 18, 2015
Check-in: 10:00 a.m.  Friday
Check-out: 2:00 p.m. Sunday (NO LUNCH served on Sunday, however there will be a generous brunch.)
Included: all meals, linen, work tables, ironing stations, extension cords and power bars
Accommodations : 2 – 3 persons sharing (no bunk beds)
Cost: $265 for two nights
Payment: $50 non-refundable deposit at April 20th meeting, final payment due July 20th meeting.

Sign-ups begin at the April meeting and require a $50 non-refundable deposit cheque made out to VMQG  (which  will only be cashed when your space is confirmed on the retreat). The limit of participants is 20 so if more people sign up, we will hold a lottery for the available 20 spaces, plus an additional 5 waiting list spaces. Sign ups cannot be taken via email or telephone, so if you can’t make the meeting, please send your cheque with a friend.

If this retreat is popular we will consider another one in June 2016.

Please direct any questions to president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and they will be forwarded to Trish Vickery and Gigi Hamer who are organizing this retreat.