Category Archives: Workshops

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.


A Quick Dip: Introduction to Indigo Shibori Dyeing

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Jessica sharing some of her indigo-dyed cloth, photo by Stacey Murton

As part of the PNW MQG meet-up, quilters are invited (weather permitting) to VMQG member Jessica W.’s backyard on Saturday, August 23 for a quick dip in the indigo vat!  Come over to learn about indigo and dye a piece of fabric (either a fat quarter, regular quarter yard, or fat eighth, depending on technique) with a given shibori method.  Jessica will lead two different sessions throughout the day, each focused on a particular set of shibori techniques.  If you haven’t tried indigo dyeing before, this short workshop will give you a feel for the dyeing process and a brief introduction to the wonderful world of indigo and shibori.

9:30-10:45 a.m. (or so): Arashi (pole wrapping) or tesuji (pleated and tied shibori)

5-6:30 p.m.: Stitched shibori techniques


Drop-ins are welcome, but space is limited to eight persons per session, and advance notice is preferred.  Jessica’s home is a ten-minute walk from the Broadway and Commercial Skytrain station and therefore easily accessible to those coming by public transportation (including to and from the Saturday meet-up venues downtown, as well as the meet-up hotel).

There is no fee, but a donation of $2-3 (in either USD or CAD) is suggested to cover the cost of supplies.

To sign up for a session, please email Jessica at, and she will send you her address and additional information.  If you decide to come at the last minute, please call Jessica at home at 604-253-7431, and she will provide the address and directions.


Equipment list: If possible, please bring a pair of rubber kitchen gloves, a hat for protection from the sun, and a Ziploc bag to take your project home with you.  In addition, avoid wearing any clothing or shoes that you don’t want stained blue.  For the stitched shibori session, a basic sewing kit (especially a sharp needle with an eye large enough for perle cotton) and seam ripper would also be helpful.  If you are local and coming by car, it might not hurt for you to bring an outdoor chair as well.  All other supplies will be provided (including latex or vinyl gloves if you forget your kitchen gloves).

More Workshop Spaces Available!

The interest in Marianne Haak’s Quilt As You Go workshop has been fantastic!

As a result, the workshop on Sunday May 25th filled up very fast, and we had a number of people on the waiting list.

Marianne has graciously agreed to teach for two days in a row, so WE ARE ADDING ANOTHER WORKSHOP!

In addition to the Sunday workshop, there will now be a workshop on Saturday May 24th at the Croatian Cultural Centre. A full description of the workshop can be found on the previous blog post here.

Please email Amy at to sign up for the Saturday class.

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Creating Large Working Small: Discover the advantages of Quilt as You Go with Marianne Haak

Date: Saturday May 24th, 2014

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Place: Room B, Croatian Cultural Centre

Cost: $60 for VMQG members, $65 for non-members

Sign-up: Sign ups are open for everyone. Please email Amy at to sign up.

Payment: Since we won’t have a guild meeting before the workshop, payments will need to be sent electronically or through the mail. To pay using Paypal, please send a payment of $62 (members) or $67 (non-members) to

We’d prefer that payments be made via Paypal, because the workshop is coming up fast, but if you need to mail your payment, please send a cheque with a note that it’s for the workshop to:

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 78037 RPO Grandview
Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1

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Come join the fun!

Upcoming Workshop with Marianne Haak!

We are very excited to announce this upcoming next workshop!

Marianne Haak, who blogs at The Quilting Edge, will be coming to Vancouver to teach us a QAYG (quilt as you go) workshop on Sunday, May 25th.

Marianne is a Canadian quilter who divides her time between Edmonton and Victoria, and we are lucky enough to catch her while she’s on the West Coast. Marianne has embraced QAYG (despite owning a long arm!), and creates the most incredible quilts using this technique. You may be familiar with her quilt Colour Shot, from The Blogger’s Quilt Festival last year. It’s amazing, isn’t it?

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The workshop is titled Creating Large Working Small, and here’s what Marianne had to say about it –

Discover the advantages of Quilt as You Go!

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Quilting an eighteen inch block, as opposed to quilting a larger sized quilt, has some real advantages. The obvious one being that everything fits under the machine during quilting, resulting in less swearing whoops, I meant to say less frustration in the sewing room. QAYG also lends itself very well to improvisational type quilting; I almost like to think of it as Design as You Go. I plan to share with you some of my design process using QAYG.

• Creating a QAYG Block….Wonky Log Cabin
• Joining the blocks with narrow joiner strips
• Joining the blocks with wide joiner strips
• Adding QAYG Borders
• How to quilt a spiral

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Wouldn’t you love to learn how to create quilts like this in a small space?

Creating Large Working Small: Discover the advantages of Quilt as You Go with Marianne Haak

Date: Sunday May 25rd, 2014

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Place: TBA (Vancouver)

Cost: $60 for VMQG members, $65 for non-members

Sign-up: Sign ups are now open for members of VMQG. We will open sign ups for non-members (space permitting) on April 14th. Please email Amy at to sign up between meetings.

Payment: Please pay at the meeting when you sign up, send a payment of $62 (members) or $67 (non-members) to via PayPal, or send a cheque with a note that it’s for the workshop to:
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 78037 RPO Grandview
Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1

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Improv Bulls-eye Pillow workshop – AKA taking the fear out of curved piecing!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to machine-piece curves? Why not sign up for Amy’s workshop?  Your last chance to do so in person is at our meeting coming up on Monday, January 20th. The cut-off for registration is February 9th and registration is now open to non-VMQG members.

It’s on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 and registration is $50 ($55 for non-members).

This class is an excellent first foray into curved piecing… In this class, Amy will teach you to sew improv curves, talk about a few tips to make ¼ circles seem less scary, and look at different ways to use ¼ circle. You’ll learn how to install a zipper, piece, quilt and assemble a pillow and you’ll leave with a finished project and tons of ideas for more!

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Event: Improv Bull’s-Eye Pillow Workshop with Amy Dame

Date: Sunday February 23rd, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Place: Art Gallery, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4E4

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

Sign-up: Please email Niki at

Payment: Please pay at the meeting when you sign up, send your payment to via PayPal, or send a cheque with a note that it’s for the workshop to:
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 78037 RPO Grandview
Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1

Amy Dame has been a member of the executive for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild since 2010, a member of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild since 2011, and pretty much has quilting on the brain 24-7. After sewing for more than 20 years, she’s a fount of random knowledge, and totally geeks out about sharing it with anyone who’ll listen. Amy’s teaching philosophy is centered around the idea that it’s great to learn the “proper techniques”, but whatever way works for you is the best way to do it! She blogs at glitter, vinyl and thread, some of the time.


241 Tote Workshop Recap

One lovely (and early!) Sunday morning in late October, a number of us gathered in a second floor room on the Langara campus.  Our goal?  To learn to make the fabulous Noodlehead 241 Tote bag.  And leading us on this endeavour was self-described “Bag Lady” Krista Hennebury!

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There were 14 VMQG members in attendance, and of course, true to form, a number of us wanted to alter the pattern to suit our own tastes.  Bunch of rule-breakers, we are.

We all got down to work right away…

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Krista also took some time to show everyone who was interested how to make a slider for a longer strap, to turn the shoulder bag version of the 241 tote into a cross-body bag.


After a long day and with excellent instruction from Krista… we had a bunch of nearly completed 241 totes! (I’m sure they’re all done now, right? Everyone went straight home and finished their totes up? *nudge nudge*)

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I bullied everyone into one last class photo to show off the labours of the day.  Thanks to Krista for taking this photo so I could actually be in the picture! Look at the smiles on all those happy tote-makers!


May Meeting Recap

We broke our own attendance records at the May Meeting! 50 people attended! Woo hoo! And we’re up to a total of 70 members – yay us!

The backdrop for the meeting was our wonderful hexie challenge blocks. Don’t they look marvelous?


Three lucky members got to split the 102 blocks – Felicity (using up her ‘real’ lottery luck again), Jo Ann and Niki.

There was a wonderful round up of the To Boston With Love flags and Berene was there in person to pick them up before her flight to Boston the next day.



We announced some exciting workshop news: we’ve partnered with the Fraser Valley MQG to bring Cheryl Arkison to BC for Workshops and a trunk show in July (18th trunk show in Vancouver, 19th and 20th workshops in Abbotsford – more details to come in their own blog post).

And we saw some beautiful quilts. More in the Flickr group, as usual.

Terry pieced, quilted and finished the VMQG logo-colours quilt


Jo-Anne with her all-Liberty quilt



Krista with VMQG Group Round Robin quilt after Round 1

Be on the lookout for a call for quilts to be entered in the VMQG showcase at the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, OR in September. Members, you are encouraged to enter a modern quilt you’re most proud of to be featured in the show. Our quilts will be in a separate exhibit and don’t need to be juried in.

Thanks for coming out to the meeting, and see you in June!

Free Motion Quilting Workshop on May 26th

We are pleased to announce our next VMQG workshop: Free Motion Quilting with Matt Wheeler!

Learn some of the basic free motion quilting techniques with Matt! This workshop is an introduction to FMQ for beginners. Find all the details in this pdf flyer or see below.

Date: Sunday 26th May, 2013

Time: 10am – 3pm

Place: 1480 W 7th Ave, Vancouver

Cost: $40 per member, $45 for non-members

Sign-up: Please sign up at the next guild meeting on Monday 15th April or email Elke at

Payment: Please pay at the meeting when you sign up or send a cheque with a note that it’s for the workshop to:

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
c/o PO Box 95075
RPO Kingsgate
Vancouver BC V5T 4T8