Sew-In, Workshop, WIPs and Snow

A couple of VMQG events will be open for registration beginning at the January meeting.

VMQG Sew-In: We will be hosting our first Sew-In of 2020 at the Roundhouse in Yaletown during the Family Day long weekend. Please join us to try out this community space which features great lighting and terrific neighbourhood options for coffee, snacks and lunch.  Bring your project to work on; irons and extension cords will be provided.

Date: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15 
Please note that paid parking is available in the underground parkade for approx. $16 for the day.  Quilters are encouraged to carpool to the event to share costs. 

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz

Please join us for a day of creativity and exploration as Paul shares his approach to improvisation techniques that draw inspiration from the quilters of Gees Bend.  

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time:   10:00 am – 4:30pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
Cost:  $60 per member; non-members email below to be placed on waitlist.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

WIPs: The Work In Progress Challenge is back for 2020! What is the WIP challenge?  You may refer to them as UFO’s or even PhD’s – you have some projects that you started but have yet to finish.  Be it a stack of blocks, or maybe even a finished top – it has not yet realized its full potential in becoming a modern quilt (or quilted item).  The WIP Challenge is here to help incentivize you to break into that pile of projects and get them finished!    The guidelines for the WIP challenge are simple:  

  • Your Work In Progress must have been started before January 1, 2020
  • Items are to be listed with the WIP Challenge Boss, Loretta, at the January or February meetings.  Missing the January and February meetings? You can also email or text Loretta your WIP list – but note that the deadline is our February meeting
  • You pay $2 per item on your WIP list
  • You buckle down and finish your WIP!  
  • You bring your finished project to Guild meeting and Show if off at Show and Tell 
  • Each item finished AND shown will get you a ticket for the final prize draws
  • Tickets are drawn at the end of the year, and the winner(s) split the WIP Challenge bank$.   In 2019 there were THREE winners.  To be eligible for the end of year draw, you must show your item(s) at Show and Tell!  NO, unfortunately, you can not just send a picture of it! 

Want to participate?  Bring your list of WIPs and $2 per item to the January or February meeting, and see Loretta.  And if you are like me and registered for the WIP challenge in 2019 (and then didn’t finish anything?!?), Loretta still has your card.  She can recycle it into the 2020 WIP Challenge for you – but its going to cost you another $2 per item!  

Alright then, finish those projects!

SNOW – If there are any meeting cancellations due to weather conditions check Facebook or Instagram posts day of meeting.

Courthouse Colourplay with Krista Hennebury

Courthouse Colourplay.

Explore the possibilities of colour expression and free-cutting without rulers while you create this wonky, nested Courthouse Step quilt (reminiscent of paper lanterns) in your own personal colour story.

We’ll work intuitively from the center out, creating a dynamic quilt with loads of personality. There will be no squaring up with this one — instead Krista will show you how to “build out”, finding the fit between adjacent blocks and using up all of your scraps in the process.

As in all of her workshops, Krista will share loads of tips while encouraging all students to find confidence in new techniques.  Put your patchwork and rotary cutting skills to work and explore improvisational design and piecing in a fun, supportive environment.

Pieceful Courthouse

This quilt looks fantastic made with solids. There are several options for choosing your colours (you really should bring 15-20 different colours to class). 

Krista lists some helpful websites and other tips for fabric selection on the supply list. Due to the random angles and the fact that there really isn’t any background or negative space in this quilt design, patterned fabric can result in a very chaotic, confusing quilt. Really try to stick with solids, or consider tiny prints or tone on tones that read solid like grunge or grunge dots if you must.

For our one day class, we are going to work within a moderate scale and stick with wallquilt/baby to lap-size quilt tops.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm. 
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for membersSign-up will begin at March meeting.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.




Beginner Foundation Paper Piecing workshop with Berene Campbell

Have you always wanted to learn how to do foundation paper-piecing but been too afraid to try? Or tried, hit the wall and never tried again? Or maybe it’s just been a while and you’re feeling rusty. Well then this is the workshop for you! It’s a very clever technique that opens up a whole new world of patterns to make. Let’s piece some LOVE and learn to LOVE to paper-piece.

Berene Campbell is a pattern designer that specializes in foundation paper-piecing patterns over at www.happysewlucky.com. She uses paper-piecing as a way to destress. (Crazy but true!) Although many people are scared of trying it, she believes that  once you nail the technique, it is amazingly calming.

In this workshop you will be working on Berene’s “Love Heart Tattoo” block.
You will learn the following:
• Picking fabrics for paper-piecing
• Materials and equipment options
• Setting up your workspace
• How to foundation paper-piece using the Add-a-Quarter ruler technique
• Pre-cutting for paper-piecing
• How to stitch sections with Y-seams like a boss!
About the pattern:
The finished size without borders is 16” wide x 10” high. It can be used for a mini quilt, as a centre block for a medallion, makes a great pillow, or if you really do fall in love with paper-piecing it could be your start of the whole tattoo quilt pattern.
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members.  Additional cost of purchasing the Love Heart Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website.  Workshop fees are non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on the waiting list.  Cost will be $80.

Level Two Tote Workshop with Krista Hennebury

Our own Krista Hennebury is back to teach her Level Two Tote.  Note the workshop will be held at the Danish Luthern Church in Burnaby.

Looking for a sturdy, functional tote for yourself or perhaps a fabulous Christmas gift for friends? Show off your favourite special fabrics in this project. With just a wee bit of pre-class cutting, you’ll leave the workshop with a completed bag! No special tools required; I will bring everything you need to punch your leather straps and install the rivets.

This design grew out of my experience making many, many purses, bags, duffels and totes. I wanted a stylish everyday bag that didn’t have a lot of complicated hardware, closures or too much structure. It is called the Level Two tote for a few reasons: it is the perfect pattern for a sewist looking to up their skills from a very basic bag, it is constructed from two outer fabrics with the bottom ‘level’ suitable for a quick clean and finally, it fits not only your everyday stuff but also a few extra items! The tote features the following:

-a waxed canvas, cork fabric, vinyl/pleather or sew-able leather bottom, 

-cotton canvas, upholstery-weight or linen blend upper,

-metal zip pocket, 

-interior slip pocket, 

-magnetic closure, and 

-riveted leather handles. 

UPCYCLE OPTION: have you got an old leather or suede skirt or jacket? The bottom level fabric piece is 17”w x 16”h. If you can cut a piece this big, then you’re in business!

Pattern & Notions Kit fee: $35/student.  Kit includes leather handles in black or veg-tanned natural, matching leather rivet tabs, 8 rivets and coordinating metal zipper and magnetic closure in nickel or brass coloured metal.  Extra hardware kits $25 ea.

Sign up is available using PayPal Button below.

Date:  Saturday, November 17
Place: Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, B.C.
Time: 10 am
Cost: $50 for members.  In addition to the pattern or notion kit to be purchased from Krista.

The fee is non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on the waitlist.  You will be advised after October 15th if space is available.




Map Quilt Workshop with Amy Dame

Amy Dame is a modern quilter and a sometimes art quilter who used this technique to make a huge map of Vancouver that was so accurate that attendees at an art show were able to pinpoint locations on the map to mark events in their lives. Amy is a founding executive member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and has been quilting for more than 15 years and sewing for more than 25. You can check out Amy’s website at www.amydame.ca and follow them on Instagram @amydamemakesstuff

For this workshop, we’ll be taking the techniques used for the map above to create smaller personalized maps. A combination of raw edge applique and confetti applique will be used to create a map that showcases a special location in your life. Home can literally be where the heart is!
(Or in the case of this sample – VMQG meetings are where the heart is!)

We’ll use free motion quilting and straight line quilting to construct a wall hanging, but you don’t need to be experienced at either technique. The supply fee includes the beginning of a personalized pattern using the address of your choice – you’ll finish creating the 10” x 12” pattern during the workshop. Whether or not you complete your quilt by the end of the day depends on how complex your pattern is, but most people should start on the last step. Participants will take their quilts home to rinse and wash before assembling the wall hanging.

There will be discussion and demonstration towards the end of the workshop of ways to complete the quilt after washing, including how to mount the quilt on stretcher bars and finish the sides, if that is the technique you choose.


This is a fun workshop. We’ll get sticky (sometimes very sticky!) and play with scraps of fabric, and quilt through lots of layers and sometimes stitches might skip. You won’t end up with an award worthy quilt with a gorgeous backside, and that’s okay because you’ll be learning a new technique and making a quilt that means something to you.

The machine you bring to the workshop needs to be able to do straight walking foot quilting, free motion quilting and zigzag stitch. This workshop uses a variety of tools that are chemical based, most notably 505 adhesive and sharpie markers. Please be aware of this – it’s recommended that you wear a mask while using these tools, and if it is a rainy day, we will be using spray adhesive inside. If you are especially sensitive to 505 spray adhesive, this may not be the class for you.

In addition to the workshop fee payable to VMQG, there is also a $20 per person supply fee payable to Amy directly. The $20 supply fee covers the map base fabric, tulle, wash-away stabilizer, 12 weight thread, yarn, a schmetz 110/18 denim needle, print outs for your individualized map pattern, and the grey, green and blue fabrics used for the maps. (If your map is not of an urban area, you will need to bring your own fabric.) A supply list will also be distributed, and you will need to bring the items on the list to supplement what is provided for you.

 Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
 Location: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre
 Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members, $65 for non-members with an additional $20 supply fee paid to Amy directly.

Signup will start at the September Guild Meeting.  If non-members would like to be placed on the waiting list please email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Circles, circles, circles

terrys 2 

(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!

 

(from first workshop taught to VMQG members)

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 –

DSCN4680 DSCN4681

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

So come join us for a day of circles!!

Date: Sunday, September 30

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $55 for VMQG members, $70 for non-members

The workshop is now full. Please email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to get on the waiting list.

Improv Letters Workshop

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to have Felicity Ronaghan back teaching us all about improv lettering.  Felicity has been quilting for nearly 20 years. From the first minute of her first learn-to-quilt class, she knew she’d discovered her “thing.”

 

 

 

 

 

When Felicity discovered the online world of modern quilting and began her blog in 2010 (www.felicityquilts.com), her passion was kicked into overdrive where it’s been ever since. She’s a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

Felicity has been able to apply her professional experience in training and development to quilting – she has taught formal and informal workshops for VMQG, has done trunk shows, as well as created numerous tutorials for her blog. Felicity also enjoyed a two-year run as VMQG co-President and meeting chair. She currently works at her local quilt shop as a teacher, designer and sales associate.

Felicity’s style tends to the modern and improvisational, but she is just as comfortable with traditional piecing and precise ¼” seams.

Learn Felicity’s technique for making improv letters – you’ll create your own alphabet of wonky letters, both upper and lower case.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of planning and piecing a wonky alphabet, you’ll be free to use the technique in any size to piece a word, a quote or an entire song into your project.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Draw a letter with piecing in mind.
  2. Plan ahead for a letter’s final size.
  3. Cut (with or without rulers) and piece a letter.
  4. Increase the complexity of letters by pre-piecing components.

Workshop signup starts at our March 19th meeting.

Date: May 6th; 10 am – 3 pm

Place: Croation Cultural Center (2nd Floor)

Cost:  $50 Member; $65 non-members 

Please note workshop fees are non refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

 

How to Design a Paper Pieced Block

Our own Lysa Mair will be teaching us how to design our own paper pieced block.  Check out her website at http://www.lysaflower.com

When I learned to paper piece (from VMQG’s very own Sonja Callaghan) my brain exploded with possibilities. There were a ton of great blocks out there already but the puzzle and the challenge to design my own blocks was to irresistible not to follow. I didn’t jump in right away though, it can be intimidating… all those pieces!

People seem to LOVE or really not love paper piecing, I’ve never met anyone who feels indifferent about it. If you love the process and the graphic nature of it then I bet you’re ready to design your own block. Given you have a basic understanding of paper piecing, join me Lysa Flower on April 22 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, as we walk through the process of designing your own individual paper pieced blocks.
Sign up starts at February 19th meeting; fees are non-refundable.
When:  Sunday, April 22nd
Where: Croatian Cultural Center
Cost: $50 members; $65 non-members (can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be added to the waiting list).

 

 

Retreat Bag and Dumpling Pouch

Michelle Brassens and Amy Dame are teaming up for our next workshop.

Michelle will be teaching the Emmaline Retreat Bag which is perfect for all your sewing supplies.  You can read more about it here: https://emmalinebags.com/products/the-retreat-bag-pdf

With its internal frame it stays open effortlessly, allowing you to see everything inside and get that seam ripper STAT!   Two inner pockets store small things and a wide base makes it sturdy so it won’t fall over even when full of your favourite things.

In this class we will talk about different types of interfacing, learn how to insert internal frame hardware, install zippers, and box corners for a pretty, functional bag you’ll want to take to all your sewing gatherings. We’ll be adding handles too, so it’s easier to carry around.

This is an intermediate class; you should have sewing experience and be comfortable with your machine.

Amy will take over later in the afternoon to teach her Dumpling Pouch.  She will teach you how to sew the zipper onto a curve.  There is an option for two sizes.

When: Sunday, March 25th

Where: Knight and Broadway 

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $30 for members, $45 for non-members

Retreat Bag Supplies $15 (includes internal frame and heavy weight interfacing) or bring your own supplies.

Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

Non-members can be added to a waitlist; email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz

VMQG is excited to have Guild Member Paul  teach us about using your wedge rule.  This hands-on workshop covers several techniques that can be done with the ruler.

This is really to explore what you can do with wedge templates.  Each block will be a quarter circle of 9 wedges and could be any size up to 3 feet, so a full circle could end up being big enough for a whole quilt top.

We’ll start by using some of Paul’s ugly Christmas fabric and will go through the steps in cutting and sewing the wedges, then how to add in the centre arc and the outside to complete a quarter circle square.

He’ll show you several examples of what you can do now that you’ve learned how to use the rulers and then you can start on your own project with your own fabric.  You can decide how big to make each wedge and how improvised or how colourful using your own selection of coordinating fabrics and a solid or two for background fabrics.

Check out these two galleries in Flicker for some inspiration:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28136612@N08/galleries/72157629514907951/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28136612@N08/galleries/72157645204473693/

You will need to have your own ruler or purchase one.  Paul will have some available to purchase at the December meeting.

Workshop sign up starts at our Dec 11th meeting.

Workshop Date: Sunday, Feb 25th, 2018

Where: Langara College

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members.

$65 for non-members.  This workshop will be open to non-members after our Dec 11th meeting if spaces are available.  Email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.