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 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.



Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition

Perfect Pouches: Zipper Edition

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

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 and then email Arita at 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!


Sign ups are open to members at this time.
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!

(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 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:
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.
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

Latifah Saafir!!

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


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.


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.


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.



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 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!).

Free Motion Quilting Workshop with Lynne Fanthorpe

Our next workshop  will be on Free Motion Quilting techniques, taught by Lynne Fanthorpe from the Fraser Valley Quilt Guild.

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Lynne will be teaching beginner FMQ techniques. Whether you’ve never taken a class or you’ve taken a class and since forgotten, Lynne will be sharing her experience. 

Here’s Lynne’s bio:

 I have been sewing since I was 7, buying my first machine at 12.  I didn’t start to quilting until 1994. For the first few quilts I did straight line quilting with my walking food.  My first attempt at free motion was when I realized I couldn’t turn a quilt to continue stitching so I dropped the feed dogs and free motion quilted in the ditch.  That was about 1998 and I have free motion quilted ever since.  I began teaching in 2007 when our guild set up a free motion mentorship program.  I have spoken at most of the guilds in the lower mainland and have taught from Powell River to Victoria and all over the lower mainland.  I love teaching people to quilt because for me it is the best part, or maybe just the most fun,  of quilt making.


Every time someone suggested a FMQ workshop, someone else would suggest Lynne, so we’re very excited to have her teach for us! The class will be limited to 15 people, so that everyone can get some hands on assistance.

When: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Where: Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $45 for members, $50 for non-members

Time: 10am-5pm

Sign-up: This workshop is currently full (as of Sept 29/15). Please email Amy at amy AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca to be added to the wait list. Sign ups are open to members at this time, the class will be open for non-members after our October meeting (if any spaces have opened up).

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

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Stacey Murton with her Fancy Fox II quilt


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.


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.


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.


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 to sign up. Sign ups are open to everyone at this time, member or non-member.

Applique Workshop with Matt Wheeler and Stacey Murton

Come and join us for a fun day learning applique techniques!

Learn the basics of both needle turn and raw edge applique taught by Matt Wheeler and Stacey Murton. Matt and Stacey are both long time VMQG members who have lots of experience with quilting, with applique, and with sharing that knowledge! 

Stacey and Matt will teach you about their favoured techniques, and later in the day you can work on the modern class project or a project you’ve brought from home that you always wanted to make. 

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the Modern class project!

Matt will be teaching needle-turn applique. He has made many applique quilts including several beautiful Hawaiian quilts.

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(examples of Matt’s beautiful work courtesy of Matt)

Stacey will be teaching raw edge applique. She has made several quilts and smaller projects using this technique. Her quilts have been favourites at her traditional guild shows.

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 (examples of Stacey’s beautiful work courtesy of Stacey)

Come and join us for a day of fun!!

Date: Sunday April 26th, 2015

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: Art Gallery, Croatian Cultural Centre

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

Sign-up: There are several spaces left in the workshop! Please email Amy at to sign up. Sign ups are open to everyone at this time, member or non-member.

Temperature Check workshop with Krista Hennebury

If you’ve attended a VMQG meeting, you’ve probably met Krista Hennebury of Poppyprint Creates. Krista’s been a member since the beginning of Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, or at least pretty darn close to it, and we’re so happy to call her one of our own. Last year she taught the wonderfully successful 241 Tote Workshop, and we’re having her back again this year to teach us about the technique she used for her Cotton Couture challenge quilt.

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(photo courtesy Krista Hennebury)

this is how Krista describes the class – TEMPERATURE CHECK

Do you quilt under the influence of traditional methods and rules?  Do you thrive on pointy points and perfectly square corners but secretly wish you could embrace the creative freedom of this wonky, improvisational business? If your answer is yes, then this class is for you! Starting with 5” charm squares, I’ll teach you my fun and fast Sew3Cut2 piecing method that utilizes your traditional piecing and rotary cutting skills to create wonky strip units.  There’s no pre-cutting of strips, no stack ‘n whack, just a lot of fun! 

Students will use a selection of warm- and cool-coloured solid fabrics to create improv-pieced strip units for use in a wallhanging, or if you prefer, a large pillow cover.  Every quilt will be unique and there will be a lot of freedom for students to lay out their units as they wish. We will experiment with the relationship between warm and cool colours in various layouts, however the instruction will mimic the courthouse steps layout as seen in the sample photo.   In addition to the piecing technique, students will learn how to accurately add borders to a quilt and how to piece strip sets end to end on wonky angles.  If time permits, we can workshop options for quilting the final projects together as well.


(photo courtesy Stacey Murton)

Date: Sunday November 30th, 2014

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $50 for VMQG members, $63 for non-members

(NOTE: while our non-member price is generally higher than the member price (benefit of supporting our guild!), in this case it’s noticeably higher. that’s because Krista’s pattern was distributed to MQG members in September, so the fee for non-members also includes a $8 pattern fee. if you’re a MQG member, but not a member of VMQG, please email Amy to chat about it)

Sign-up: This workshop is almost full, but we are creating a wait list. Please email Amy at to add your name to the list. Sign ups are open to everyone at this time, member or non-member.