Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild

2020 Mini Quilt Challenge Let’s Hear It for TEN!

The theme for the 2020 Modern Mini Challenge is: TEN

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is turning 10 this year and to celebrate we are making TEN the theme of this year’s mini challenge and highlighting our new logo colours.

Feel free to interpret TEN any way you wish. For inspiration, Google TEN and look at the images that pop up.   You can also consider including ten shapes, ten miniature blocks, ten quilting techniques, basically ten of anything you like.

Modern Mini Specifications

– Perimeter must be 40” total: (10” x 10” x 10” x 10”)
– Design must feature elements of the modern aesthetic — design characteristics adopted by the modern quilting community:

– use of negative space
– alternate grid construction
  – improvisation                   
– minimalism                                        
–  bold geometric design  
– modern traditionalism (a new interpretation of traditional blocks)

– Must be bound or faced
– Must have a 4” sleeve sewn on to the back of the quilt to accommodate quilt show display pipe
– Must have a label on the back identifying the maker’s name and quilt title
– Must be made with one or more of the new VMQG logo Kona colours (Please only use these colours for this challenge):  Nightfall, Kumquat, Aloe,Wasabi, and White.
Hashtag to use #vmqgcelebrating10years

FQ bundles of these colours are available for guild members to purchase for $15.00 each and will be mailed to your homes, mailing addresses or anywhere within Canada you want it mailed to.  To get one of these bundles please email the executive ( your name and preferred address. For payment we can accept e-transers ( or we can give you an IOU and we can collect when we start to meet again. 

Deadline is to be determined.  Executive will keep you updated.

Showcase 2018 Registration is OPEN!

Hey VMQG members: exciting news! Quilt show registration opens today and runs until midnight June 30th, 2018. Please read through this post before you click on the registration link below.

Current members in good standing are now invited to register up to 3 quilts for our second Modern Quilt Showcase happening August 25 & 26th at the Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver. If your membership has lapsed, please renew and pay up BEFORE entering any quilts as you will need your membership number in order to complete the online registration form.

To help fund our show, each person is asked to pay a $20 registration fee (this covers up to 3 quilts). This fee includes 2 tickets for the show, which you may use or gift/sell to someone else. Every guild member, including show volunteers, will require a ticket to enter the show. Pay the $20 by cash or cheque at the guild meetings after you’ve registered your quilt(s). 

You may register 1, 2, or 3 quilts. Please indicate your order of preference on the form, in case we are unable to hang all registered quilts due to space constraints. Everyone is guaranteed their 1st choice quilt will hang in the show. A “Modern Mini Challenge” quilt counts as 1 of your entries. Please see this post for challenge quilt information.

A full colour photo of the entire front and back of each quilt is required. You’ll be prompted to attach a digital photo from the picture files on your computer when you fill out the form. PLEASE NOTE: this option is only available to people who have a gmail account due to a glitch with Google forms. If you do not have a gmail account, fill out the appropriate registration form (link below) and follow photo email instructions on the form, or bring your own colour 4 x 6 photos (printed on photographic paper) to the May or June meeting.

NEED HELP? We’ll have volunteers at the May & June meetings to help photograph your quilts and/or complete the online forms with you, starting at 6:30 p.m. We’ll even have hard copy forms you can take home and return in June, if you like. To complete a registration at the guild meeting, please bring the following:

  1. Your quilt(s)
  2. Quilt size, name, brief description for show label
  3. Correct spelling of any design credits (quilter name, pattern, workshop, book…etc.)
  4. $20 cash OR cheque

PLEASE NOTE: You only need to bring quilts to the meeting if you require photography assistance.


Gmail account holders CLICK HERE 

Don’t have a Gmail account? CLICK HERE


This time we have two options for quilt drop-off.  Show-ready quilts (clean, lint-free and with a sewn-on label and sewn on 4″ hanging sleeve) may be dropped off:

  1. At the August 20th guild meeting
  2. At the Pipe Shop, North Vancouver shipyards, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 24th.

A receipt will be issued at drop-off that MUST BE SHOWN for quilt pick up.


Between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday August 26th at the NE door of the show venue. Anyone picking up quilts for a friend MUST HAVE THE QUILT RECEIPT. Sorry, but there will be absolutely no exceptions.

We are going to need many volunteers to make our show a success, watch for volunteer job descriptions and sign up info in June!

If you have any questions, please email the Showcase Coordinator:



Modern Mini Showcase Challenge

 Modern Mini Showcase Challenge

The theme for our Modern Mini
Challege is: West Coast Modern
West coast modern can be interpreted in many ways — west coast landscape, architecture, furniture, weather, neighbourhoods, lifestyle… it can be abstract or literal, whatever inspires you as a modern quilter living on the west coast.
For some visual inspiration, check out these boards on pinterest…
– west coast colour inspiration
– west coast modern architecture
– west coast modern furniture
  west coast landscape and
– Modern mini quilt inspiration
– West coast inspiration
  Colour, concept and technique inspiration
Modern Mini specifications (your quilt MUST comply in order to hang in the showcase)
    Maximum perimeter: 80” total (for example 20” x 20” x 20” x 20”, or some other combination of measurement on 4 sides that does not exceed a total of 80″)
    Mini quilt must be made with solid colour fabrics only (no prints)
    Mini quilt design must feature elements of the modern aesthetic — design characteristics adopted by the modern quilting community:
 use of negative space 
 solid coloured fabrics  
 alternate grid construction
 bold geometric design 
 modern traditionalism (a new interpretation of
traditional blocks)
    Must have a 4” sleeve sewn on to the back of the quilt to accommodate quilt show pipe display
    Must have a label on the back identifying the maker’s name and quilt title.
The modern mini quilts will have their own distinct display area at the show.  A “Viewers Choice” ribbon will be awarded to the modern mini challenge quilt that receives the most votes from visitors to the show. This voting will take place on a mini challenge quilt-only ballot and be separate from the main showcase voting and ribbons.
Modern Mini Challenge quilts will be registered using the same quilt showcase registration process as all other quilts for the show. This process will be outlined next month (April) and made available in May. 
**The showcase committee reserves the right to jury modern mini challenge quilts in the event that registration exceeds exhibition space.
Deadline for submissions: June 30,

VMQG Show!!!

Hey Everyone!  As mentioned at the meeting, I would be posting some information on the blog from Krista regarding a VMQG Show.  Yay!!!  So exciting for us!  Here is what Krista has put together for us.

Following the success of our VMQG Modern Mini Showcase last fall at the Vancouver Quilter’s Guild show, there was a sense of excitement around us having our very own show. The depth of talent in the VMQG is undeniable. We are in a great position to host our very own show; we have many enthusiastic guild members and there is a strong local interest in modern quilts. Let’s do this!

There are at least half a dozen traditional shows that take place annually in the Vancouver area. It is my desire to lead a group of VMQG members that are willing to try things differently: to create a gallery-type environment that will best show off our modern quilt designs. For an excellent example of what we’d like to see here in Vancouver, please take a look at the fabulous Montreal MQG recent show!

I have been on the organizing committee for 6 large traditional shows, so I am very aware of the lead time, quilter-power required and expenses involved. When you see a large show all hung on pipe and drape? The rental of that equipment alone can cost upwards of $5000-$8000. There are many other additional expenses, the largest of which is venue rental. For us starting out, this is likely out of reach.

We need to think differently.

I’m looking for a group of up to 5 volunteers to kick off discussions that include design & venue ideas for our show. No previous show-organizing experience is required. Eventually, there will be many more volunteers required to plan and run the show, including finance, venue, registration, set up, take down, publicity, quilt labels…etc. Now is the time for envisioning the show and finding a venue – there will be plenty of time for the work to make it actually happen.

If you cannot commit to planning at this time, but have suggestions regarding public exhibition space (venue name/contact person – please take a moment to do some preliminary research for us), or an interesting idea about how our show could stand out from the rest and best display our quilts, please share with me by emailing

Want to be on the planning committee? Let me know at the same email address. We’ll have our first meeting in March once the people are in place and we can pick a workable date and central location.

This is definitely some great news!!!  I really hope this can be achieved.  We are crafty bunch!  Let’s put our collective heads together and paraphrasing what Krista has already said “do this!”