Category Archives: Workshops

Circles, circles, circles

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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!

 

(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 –

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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, September 30

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Croatian Cultural Centre

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




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.

 

The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell

VMQG is excited to announce that Barb Mortell, a well-known local quilt  maker,  teacher and founder of ArtLeap, will  conduct a workshop for our Guild in early 2018.  Barb has exhibited internationally and has recently had her quilts published in books with Nancy Crow and Sherri Lynn Wood.  You can see some of her works here and here .  Barb will also give a trunk show at our December guild meeting so that you can see first hand some of Barb’s inspiring work.

A jam session is an event where a group of musicians get together to improvise new riffs on standard songs.   Each musician has skill on their chosen instrument, but to play well together, they must know know how to execute perfect scales in many keys. Given the right set of circumstances, the magic happens.

I call this quilt the Door Jam, because it started with a simple shape that looked like a door with a frame, or a jamb. As I was taking my dog for a walk through the neighbourhood we passed a simple grey house, with white trim and a yellow door. This sighting inspired the colour story. Jamming, or riffing on a single, simple shape, changing the scale and the proportions and the colours and value placements is much like musicians jamming together to make new and wonderful music.

In this workshop, we will take the basic shape of the framed door, and jam along with improvisational ideas. It’s a very simple idea, but one with many possibilities. Colour it simple, like I did, with varying shades of neutrals and a single colour., Try developing a larger colour story by framing multi coloured doors in black, or make rows in differing colour combos – it is limitless. I’ll show you a few different ideas to use the same shape in different ways, using multiple techniques to get the job done. We will discuss how to make an idea book for yourself to attain variety.

This lack of limit is what my workshops are about. I encourage each student to find a simple idea and follow it through to their own conclusion. In every workshop, the idea or impetus is just the starting point. We will talk and learn about colour theory, about value placement, about contrast and depth, scale and proportion. You will find your own composition while exploring and sharing ideas in the workshop.  Find your own approach, create your own work, share your vision, and learn the way to find your unique point of departure.

A few other works of Barb.

Collaborative Improv – Workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood.

Big T – Pictured with Barb’s favourite things – birds, quilts, seashore, fresh air.

Workshop sign up starts at our Nov 20th meeting.

Workshop Date: Sunday, Feb 4th, 2018

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members.

$70 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.

 

 

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Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition

Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition


Workshop is now open to non-members. Please register through PayPal with button below and email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Come join Amy in making Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition! We’ll spend the day mastering the zipper and different aspects of the pouch. You’ll leave well on your way to completing 4 pouches and with the confidence to make many more, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season!
We’ll start out the day making unlined vinyl toiletry bags. We’ll go through some of the tips that I talk about in my Vinyl/Laminate talk, and I’ll show you how easy it is to work with! This is a great introduction to pouches, since it’s unlined. People who want to make glitter vinyl pouches will have the option to buy a kit for an additional fee.
After the vinyl pouches, we’ll switch out our needles and move on to cotton to make cute little pyramid coin pouches. These pouches are partially lined, so you’ll learn how to sew lining onto a zipper. We’ll also discuss different ways of finishing visible seams inside pouches.
We’ll move from pyramids to pouches with boxed corners. You’ll learn how to draft a pattern to match any size of zipper, fabric print or leftover quilt block without losing the shape of the pouch. You’ll practice sewing lining to zippers again, and make a fully lined pouch. We’ll also talk about different ways of finishing your zipper ends and discuss the pros and cons of each. And while we’re talking about options, we’ll go through the different stabilizers that you can use for pouches, depending on what look you want for your finished pouch.
 We’ll finish up the day making the super cute dumpling/pierogi pouch. The zipper sewn onto a curve is a bit more challenging, but after all the practice you’ve had throughout the day, you’ll be ready!
When: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre
Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $50 for members, $55 for non-members.

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

Sign-up: Please send your payment via etransfer or paypal to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca and then email Arita at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to sign up. (If you pay via etransfer, please also send an email to treasurer with the password you chose!)  Or use Paypal!  See the Buy Now button below!


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The class will be open for non-members after our October meeting (if spaces are still available)

Speed Date with Improv

We are excited to have Krista Hennebury (@poppyprint) back to teach Speed Date with Improv! She has had a busy year teaching across Canada and also made it down under to Australia to teach this class.

Think of this class as speed dating with improvisational piecing techniques that include curves and free-cutting without rulers.  It will be fast-paced and a lot of fun:  several techniques are introduced and demonstrated one after the other with very little time to second guess, stress or obsess over perfection. Every student will end up with a unique, original improv sampler quilt!  The focus here is to explore line, shape and happenstance in abstract design, so keep things simply graphic by using solid-coloured fabrics in black, white and one pop of colour.  In the afternoon, we’ll work together on the design wall to jigsaw the improv elements together, seeking balance and creative design opportunities.  Some pre-cutting is required.

When: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: $55 for members, $60 for non-members, plus $2 handout fee.  Please note classes are non-refundable.  You are responsible for finding a replacement unless we have a waitlist.

Workshop is now full.

Block Printing with Lysa Flower

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a blockprinting workshop with VMQG member Lysa Flower on October 2, 2016!

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(photo credit to Carol Browne)

Lysa is one of the founders of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, a lifelong artist, and a super creative quilter. She blogs at www.lysaflower.com. You might have seen her Nintendo Controller quilt or Mix Tapes quilt in our Modern Quilt Showcase!

This is what she had to say about the class:
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Love fabric? Have you ever thought of designing and printing your own? It can be tricky knowing where to start. Join Lysa Flower and create your very own fabric with these three easy steps.

Step one: Create a design – Design a repeat block and various other repeat patterns.

Step two: Carve a block – Use the proper technique to carve a lino block with your repeat pattern.

Step three: Printing! – Ink your palette, roll, press and print. Your life will never be the same!

Supply fee covers the lino, palettes, palette knives, ink, test paper/fabric and sketch paper/pencils.

Students will have to supply roller and carving tools, exacto knives, aprons and their own final fabric to print on.

The workshop is on Sunday, October 2, 2016. It will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, from 10am-5pm.
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The workshop fee is $50 for members, $55 for non-members. There is also a $20 supply fee that will be payable to Lysa at the workshop.

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. If you would like to be on the waitlist, please email Amy at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Latifah Saafir!!

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is so excited to announce that Latifah Saafir is coming to visit!

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Latifah is one of the co-founders of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the overall worldwide organization (that we are part of!) The Modern Quilt Guild.

She will be here for a lecture on Friday May 27th and workshops on Saturday, May 28th, Sunday, May 29th, and Monday, May 30th.

Latifah combines her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing to creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. She is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts.

Her lecture on Friday May 27th is titled Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future, and will include some aspects of a trunk show.

MODERN QUILTING: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE –

Learn about the tradition of Modern Quilting, how it originated,
where it is now, and what the future may hold.

Tickets for the lecture will be $15 for members and non-members alike, and will be available for purchase at the VMQG March 21st meeting.

 

The class on Saturday May 28th will be Latifah’s famous Glam Clam quilt. First-Kiss-Portfolio-1200x1200full_4608_61605_GlamClamQuilt8_1full_8739_61605_GlamClamQuilt8_4

GLAM CLAM QUILT – Everything is better when it’s bigger right? Even clamshells? Learn an alternative to hand piecing clamshells, by learning to piece these with your sewing machine. They are big, bold, and fun. Learn the tricks and tips to piece your very own 8” or 12” Glam Clam Quilt in any quilt size that you’d like without pins and without ironing!

This class will be held at a new location for us on Great Northern Way in Vancouver.

 

The class on Sunday, May 29 will be a quilt called Rocket 88.

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ROCKET 88 QUILT – Learn the innovative technique of machine sewn bias tape applique to make a Rocket 88 quilt and learn about how this can be applied to many quilt designs.

This class will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

 

The class on Monday, May 30th will be a quilt called Molehills.

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MOLEHILLS QUILT – This pattern is great for learning curved piecing since the curves are gentle and easy to sew. With two versions AND a special bonus this pattern has a lot of room for personalization! You will learn curved piecing and a relaxed version of foundation paper piecing.

This class will be held in Room C at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

Please email Amy and see if there are spaces left in the workshop you’re interested in, then use the Paypal buttons on this blog post to pay for the workshops!

How do you sign up? it’s a little different than our usual classes. 
Workshops will be $90 for members, $100 for non-members.

The first round of signups start NOW and will go until the end of the March 21st VMQG meeting. A payment for each class must be submitted when signing up to hold your spot. Members can sign up for one or more classes, but have no guarantee of selection. You can pay via cash, cheque or Square at the meeting, but you must pay for each workshop separately.

If more than 20 people have signed up for each class by the end of the March 21 2016 guild meeting, spaces in the class will be selected via lottery, and participants will be advised by Monday, March 28, 2016.  Members whose names were not selected will have their cheque returned at the April guild meeting or will have their digital payments refunded by March 28th.

If the classes are not full by the end of the March 21st meeting, the spaces will be opened up to non-members for the price of $100 per workshop.

Class fees are only refundable if someone can be found to fill the space. Participants are NOT allowed to choose their own replacement if there are still people waiting in the lottery.

If you want to sign up online, please use the following PayPal button to pay for the workshops you want and then send Amy an email at amy@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca telling her what you’ve paid for.

Signing up in advance of the meeting doesn’t change your chances of getting a spot, but it does mean it’s one less thing that you’ll have to do during break at the March meeting (trust me, there’s a lot going on in March!).