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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. 

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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).

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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.

Patchwork Notebook Cover Tutorial

Are you excited about the notebook cover swap?

We’re making covers to fit a standard composition book, so everyone will be working with the same measurements, and we’ll end up with finished covers that are all the same size!

Supplies:

  • patchwork piece aprox 27″ x 13″
  • coordinating piece of batting
  • lining fabric 10.5″ x 10″
  • (optional) two 10.5″ binding strips, whatever width you choose
  • (optional) fabric for a pen pocket, 4.5″ x 3.25″
  • (optional) ribbon or twill tape for a bookmark, 11″-12″ long
  • (optional) elastic for closure, 10.5″ long

Step 1. To start, you’ll need to piece the patchwork for your cover, based on your partner’s likes and dislikes. Remember, it has to be at least 90% solids!

When you’re planning your patchwork, you’ll want to keep the layout in mind. At least five inches of each end will be inside the book, not visible when it’s closed, so you don’t want to centre your fussy cut in that section!

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One important tip – that i learned the hard way! – is to make your patchwork larger than you actually need. Quilting it might shrink it down quite a bit, depending on how densely you quilt it, and you want to make sure that your finished piece is still large enough to make your notebook cover. I would recommend starting with a piece of patchwork at least 27″ x 13″.

Step 2. Once you’ve finished the patchwork, you need to quilt it. You can use fusible fleece if you like, but regular cotton batting works great too. How much you quilt it is up to you!

Step 3. Press your quilted piece, and trim it to 25.5″ wide and 10.5″ tall.

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Step 4. Finish the two short ends. You can bind them, like a regular quilt (i recommend single fold binding, to reduce bulk), or you can turn the edge over and topstitch it.

3 binding

 ***Optional***

If you want to add a pocket for a pen, this is the time to do so. I like to put the pocket on the front or the back, so that it doesn’t bend the notebook cover like it would if it was inside the flaps. If you can match fabric to the patchwork design, it doesn’t have to noticeable, but it’s definitely very handy!

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To make a pocket, cut a piece of fabric 4.5″ x 3.25″. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise (it should measure 4 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ at this point) and sew around the three open edges, leaving a space for turning on the long side. Turn it right side out, press the turn space neatly closed, and topstitch the pocket onto the notebook cover. Stitch close to the edges, and you’ll close the opening as you go.

***Optional***

If you want to add a ribbon bookmark, this is a good time to do that too. Fold your patchwork in half, and mark the centre. Cut a piece of ribbon or twill tape 11″-12″ long. If it’s synthetic, burn the edges to prevent it from unraveling later. Pin the ribbon or twill tape to the centre of the book cover and baste it in place.

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Step 5.  Measure your piece again. It should be 25.5″ wide, but it’ll still work if it’s a little bit longer or shorter. Whatever the measurement, subtract 15.5″ from the number, which is the measurement of the open composition book. Divide the remainder by 2. For example, 25.5″ – 15.5″ = 10″. If you divide 10″ by 2, you’ll get 5″. On each short end, measure 5″ in from the bound edge at the top and bottom. Mark the spots with pins.

4 measure flaps

***Optional***

If you want to put an elastic closure on the notebook cover, you must do it before the next step. You’ll need a piece of elastic the same height as the book cover, 10.5″

You have multiple options for an elastic closure. You can buy coloured lingerie elastic (the red), wider waistband elastic (the pink) and fold over elastic (the blue zebra, the purple and the burgundy) at fabric stores. In the lower mainland, Fabricana and Dressew are good sources for coloured elastic. If you can’t find elastic that coordinates with your design, try looking for elastic headbands instead. The green elastic on the left was purchased at a dollar store in a pack of 6. Fold over elastic (FOE) is quite popular right now, as it’s often used for children’s headbands, so it’s easier to find than it used to be. If you use FOE, you might want to fold the elastic in half and topstitch it before you baste it in place.

4c elastic options

(don’t forget to include your elastic in the 10% if you use a printed elastic!)

On the far left side (the back of the book cover) measure about 1″ from the pins you just placed. Line your elastic up with these new marks, and baste it in place.

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Step 6. Fold the edges of the patchwork in along the marks that you pinned in Step 5.

5 fold in flap

6 fold both flaps

Step 7. Cut your lining fabric 10.5″ tall  and aprox 10″ wide. Mark the centre of the lining piece, and the centre of the patchwork cover. Line these up, and pin the lining fabric to the patchwork along the long ends. You don’t need to finish the edges of the lining, because it will be hidden inside the book cover.

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Step 8. Sew along the two raw edges from fold to fold, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

8 sew top and botton

Step 9. Trim the corners carefully. Don’t cut into your stitching, just remove a little bit to reduce the bulk.

9 trim corners

Step 10. Turn your notebook cover right side out and carefully press the edges. You’re done!

10 turn right side out and press