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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!”