Category Archives: Workshops

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.

Log Cabin Blocks

Rachel's Quilt

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?

Colour Shot

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!

Log Cabin Blocks

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

Rachel's Quilt

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!

P1010103teaching is serious business!

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*)

241collage3works in progress…

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

QuiltCon Recap #2: Felicity

I wrote in general about my QuiltCon experience on my blog, and this post is going to be all about my experience in the full-day workshop Get Your Curve On taught by Sherri Lynn Wood (who recapped the workshop nicely right here).

The workshop was based on her Mod Mood quilt that I had seen and favourited/bookmarked for a “one day” project. When I saw that the QuiltCon lineup included this workshop I was on it like a duck on a june bug (as my [not-at-all-country] Mama used to say).

I knew this workshop was going to be fabulous when Sherri led us in a meditation  before we began. She instructed us to spread our fabrics out in front of us so we could see them all easily. Then we closed our eyes or unfocused them and listened to Sherri’s voice. I have mediated before, and I have always been challenged to quiet my mind. I persevered and it was so worth it: I felt very relaxed, grounded and present to the day that lay ahead.

At the end of the meditation, Sherri invited us to open our eyes and let them rest on the fabrics that called out to us and to quickly – without judgment or evaluation – pick them up and work with them.

The morning was easy – improv piecing curved segments using wedges cut from fabric without using rulers. We just rotary cut a set of 3 or 4 rectangles of fabric into wedges, then pieced them together on the Janome machines supplied in the classrooms (sweet!):

QUILTCON ~ Day 2: Get Your Curve On Me piecing my wedges, photo by Sherri Lynn Wood from her Flickr stream

They ended up looking like this:

First WedgesSome wedges were pieced, some were patterned fabric, most were solids.

Fun, right? It was. And easy! “I can do this!!” I thought to myself. At the end of the morning, we went around and looked at each other’s work. Here we are gathered around some gorgeous green and purple wedges (fun fact: the woman on the far left was named Felicitas – what are the odds?! Also, she came from Germany to attend QuiltCon!!):

QUILTCON ~ Day 2: Get Your Curve OnThis photo also courtesy of Sherri from her Flickr stream

After that we gathered together in a circle at the front of the classroom and shared some of our surprises, disappointments and discoveries. My surprise was that my first fabric choices – the ones I made right after the meditation – ended up creating my least favourite (you can see it in the bottom photo of my quilt in progress – chartreuse, purple and a purple/brown shot cotton). But I strongly suspect it’s going to add a lot of sparkle to my final product.

After lunch, stuff got real (as they say). It was hard. Really, really, hard. I wasn’t feeling smug and competent anymore. But Sherri was there to guide us – she knew this was coming and she asked for a show of hands from people who felt anxious. Sherri went on to put really interesting words around the idea of anxiety – that it comes from a prediction of a negative outcome, or a negative future state. But can we predict the future? No, we can’t. So why worry now, or be pre-emptively disappointed when whatever it is hasn’t even happened yet?

So what was so hard? Composing the quilt. What wedges to put where, where to add negative space, how long should the wedge be? Is it too curvy? Does it need some bias strips around it to give it space? And so on. This was true improv, in my opinion – creating on the fly, cutting, piecing, adding, cutting some more – letting the quilt speak to you. Here, Sherri is demonstrating how adding some negative space can work with the composition:

Sherri composing her quilt

“You have to commit. Just commit.” Sherri kept saying this, almost like a mantra. And the anxiety was there: what if I wreck it? What if I don’t like it? What if it’s ugly? I really felt pushed as a creator – and I think I even got a glimpse of my artistic side. My quilt is totally a work in progress but I am really excited to get back to it, let it speak to me, and see where it goes.

My Get Your Curve On WIP

I got my curve on, all right – thank you Sherri!


Greetings from the Antarctica paper piecing workshop!

Today we’re lucky to have a guest blogger who is one of the newest members of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild! Michelle attended her first VMQG workshop this past weekend and has kindly shared her thoughts about the day and some photos of the group. You can check out Michelle’s Eclectic Gnome blog to read about her crafty pursuits and recent obsession with quilting. Thanks, Michelle!

Sonja teaching

Last Saturday, I was very excited to be able to attend the Greetings from the Antartica- Paper piecing workshop taught by Sonja Callaghan herself! I signed up with a little trepidation as I had almost no paper piecing experience and was worried the pillows were going to be above my skill set.

Penguin and polar bear in progress

Penguin and polar bear in progress

I needn’t have been concerned! Sonja was wonderful! Friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely patient, every single one of us in attendance learned a great deal and came away with a product to be proud of. The people were all lovely and the room was spacious and conducive to creativity. I am hoping to attend many more workshops in the future.

Elke working on her paper piecing

Elke working on her paper piecing

JoAnn piecing her penguin

Michelle's penguin at the end of the day

Michelle’s penguin at the end of the day

Group shot with happy workshop participants (photo by Sonja Callaghan)

All photos in this post were by Michelle except for the group shot by Sonja Callaghan. Thanks for sharing, Michelle! I just have to add this link to a picture of Kelly’s finished polar bear tote bag. Congrats on finishing your project already, Kelly!

Easy Going Modern Workshop with Felicity

Easy Going Modern Quilt Workshop with Felicity Ronaghan

We’re proud to introduce the first-ever Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild workshop! Come along to VMQG member Felicity’s easy going workshop to make this easy going modern lap-size quilt! (approximately 56″x78″). Learn more about this quilt, designed by Felicity, on her blog.

Saturday 14th July, 2012

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
1440 West 12th Avenue (at Hemlock)

$30 per person, including pattern
Sign up at our next VMQG meeting!