Monday, November 16th Meeting Reminder

PROGRAM: For November’s Program we are happy to have Rose Parr with us.

Making it her mission to work at staying pain free while continuing to sew for as long as possible, Rose combines her studies in home economics with her many certifications to teach others how to sew smart.

During our lecture Rose will share her expertise on how to sew smarter, healthier, and happier. Quilting shouldn’t be a pain in the neck! This presentation will make sure you have the right posture, techniques, and stretches when putting in those dedicated hours on your next project. General questions are welcomed at the end of the lecture. Rose also asks that participants not suggest alternative stretches or discuss their personal physical activity while Rose is on the call. However, specific questions can be emailed to Rose within 30 days of her presentation.

Rose has been sewing for 40 years, quilting for 30, and personal training for more than 15. She holds certifications in:
• Ergonomics
• Holistic Nutrition
• Arthritis Pain Management
• Home Economics

Rose enjoys speaking to quilt guilds both virtually and in-person. She is a professional longarm quilter and a regular contributor to Canadian Quilter Magazine. Her book “Sew Healthy & Happy, Smart Ergonomics, Stretches & More for Makers” is now available to pre-order from Amazon.

Rose will be joining us from Guelph, Ontario, Canada where she lives with her husband David. Their claim to fame is having run an illegal daycare operation when they had four children under the age of four. Now that’s efficient.

November Meeting Details
When: Monday, November 16th
Where: Online on Zoom, details will be emailed out Sunday before the meeting.
Parking: No parking needed, as we will be at home. Yay!
Guests: If you are a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member.

What to Remember:
-To complete your membership form and pay the membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2020/21 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Send images of your completed Modern Show and Tell Quilts to education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
-Email Laura at socialmedia@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you want to participate in the Postcard Flurry.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for November 16, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-Program – The Ergonomics of Healthy Quilting with Rose Parr
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Show and Tell

2020 Winter Postcard Flurry

The Executive received a lot feedback after the Connected Project about how great members felt to get a surprise in the mail. It especially gave those that had been feeling isolated something to look forward to. In our recent Executive meeting, we came up with the idea to do a swap to bring back that happy feeling, to create some activity within the guild and to being a little extra joy this winter season.

We would like to unveil the 2020 Winter Postcard Flurry.

The postcard needs to be made with fabric, Winter themed and postcard sized (no bigger than 4.25” x 6”). Try to use elements of the modern aesthetic; playing with the use of negative space, alternate grid construction, improvisation, minimalism, bold geometric design, and/or modern traditionalism.

There is a great tutorial about how to make a post card by Sarah Ruiz Quilts on her website.
She also shows her amazing post cards on her Instagram account.

If you want to participate in the Postcard Flurry please email Laura at socialmedia@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.
In the email include:
– Your full name
– Mailing address (don’t forget the postal code)
– How many post cards you want to make and send out – You can register to make up to 4 postcards

Important Dates:
November 1st – Registration is due by 5:00pm
November 2nd – You will get your swap name
December 1st – Have your post cards in the mail

Post cards will be part of the Program at the December 2020 guild meeting.

Looking forward to seeing the Flurry!

VMQG Sew Out

We are having a sew out on Saturday, August 29th from 1-4pm at Queen’s Park in New Westminster.  Bring your own hand quilting or crafting projects to sew and visit outside with your VMQG friends (2 metres apart of course). Bring your own camp chair or picnic blanket and your own snacks or drinks for the afternoon (no sharing). There is ample free parking and washrooms nearby.

This is a weather dependent event.

Directions:  Enter Queen’s Park from 1st Street at 3rd Avenue and park on the left.  We are meeting on the grassy and treed area left of the entrance, before the Arena and opposite the baseball diamond.  

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Near 3rd Ave, New Westminster, BC https://goo.gl/maps/kSBW3z5tVpdVPJim8

RSVP to workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

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Mini Mid-Mod Quilts Workshop with David Owen Hastings over Zoom

https://davidowenhastings.com/portfolio/workshop-mini-mid-mod-quilts/

David Owen Hastings is a quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist. He creates richly-layered contemporary art pieces and modern quilt and textile designs. Sharing knowledge, encouraging creativity, and teaching new skills are personal passions. David gives lectures and workshops on branding, art and textile techniques. He loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences through travel photos and stories.

These charming little quilts are inspired by Mid-Century Modern design and are a great skill-building project to learn a number of quilting techniques. 

We will start with a simple, modern color palette of neutral fabrics with a flash of color. Clean lines combined with simple design give each tiny composition a sophisticated feeling. Since we are working very small, this is a great project for using small scraps and bits of special fabric.

Participants will learn the quilt-as-you-go method, and a PDF materials and supplies list will be emailed in advance. Hand stitching adds a sleek, linear element. Finishing techniques will be demonstrated.  

This workshop is a 3-hour live-stream event, conducted on Zoom, consisting of live instruction plus a few videos (no recording, please). You should have the current version of Zoom installed on your computer or laptop. Guidance for getting started will be sent in advance of the workshop.

Zoom Workshop Details

  • Select a range of neutral fabrics (all light, medium or dark), and a bright accent color. Solids, and subtle, small scale prints or textures work best.
  • Cut cotton batting and backing fabric into 5″ squares.
  • Cut a selection of the neutral fabrics into small strips (sizes will be provided).
  • Cut a small amount of the bright accent color fabric.
  • Learn the quilt-as-you-go technique, working from the inside out.
  • Explore strip piecing and leaving the raw edges on the outside for extra texture.
  • Trim your small quilt blocks and stay stitch the edges.
  • Learn about hand stitching, and experiment with adding your own design.
  • Sew the backing onto the top of your mini quilts, leaving a space for turning.
  • Turn and press, then do a final stitching around the perimeter.

A complete PDF materials list, plus step-by-step notes and templates, will be emailed to each participant. Class sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one time. 

This is a beginning to intermediate level class. You should be comfortable using your sewing machine, and it should be in good working order. I look forward to sharing and sewing with you!

Date: Sunday, September 27th
Time: 9 am to 12 pm (with an optional Zoom Sew-In to follow from 12 pm – 3 pm)
Cost: $55

TO REGISTER

To sign up, email treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca with your name, membership number and contact information. We’ll respond back on how to pay the fees.

The registration fee MUST to be paid to have your name added to the list of confirmed participants.

The fee is non-refundable.

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


August – VMQG Events

Upcoming Trunk Show featuring Natalie Skinner
August 17, 2020 Meeting

The VMQG is pleased to welcome Natalie Skinner to our monthly meeting on Monday, August 17th.  Natalie will be sharing her work and process with us through a virtual trunk show.  

Natalie is a self-taught quilter of over 20 years.  She made her first quilt while in university and has never looked back!  She enjoys all facets of quilting and loves the challenge of learning new techniques. 

She likes to have her hand in every step of the quilt making process – preferring to design her own quilts, either improvisationally, or with graph paper and a pencil.

She has had quilts juried into QuiltCon (2018, 2019), Quilt Canada (2018, 2019), and Grand National (2019), and has had quilts published in the “Curated Quilts” quarterly journal. She is a member of the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild and her instagram handle is @natalieskinnerquilts.

Teresa Duryea Wong – Author. Lecture.Maker
August 20, 2020 at 6 pm
Modern Minimalism: Lessons from Art & Architecture


https://teresaduryeawong.com
IG @third_floor_quilts

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Vancouver MQG, Victoria MQG and Calgary MQG.

We’re excited to announce Teresa Duryea Wong of Third Floor Quilts will be joining us on August 20 at 6pm.  Teresa began her career as a journalist, and now uses her writing and communication skills to share her quilt knowledge.  From this month’s talk, you’ll walk away with memorable concepts for how to create stunning minimalism in quilts. The art of Frank Stella, Sol Lewit and Agnes Martin, plus architects Maya Lin and Japan’s Tadao Ando, will inspire and inform the discussion on how to transfer their best concepts into both quilt design and the quilted line. Two quilters who exude the discipline and focus required to achieve true minimalism will be featured. One with an Eastern aesthetic, Yoshiko Jinzenji, and one with Western roots, Carson Converse. Teresa will explain how each of these artists and architects employ the act of reduction, with color, scale, shape, and line to achieve sublime minimalism.This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Victoria MQG, Calgary MQG and Vancouver MQG. 

Attendance is free for all guild members.
Non-members or guests can attend for $8.00 PayPal link is at http://www.mqgvictoria.com/2020/08/zoom-lecture-teresa-duryea-wong-modern.html



Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild

2020 Mini Quilt Challenge Let’s Hear It for TEN!

The theme for the 2020 Modern Mini Challenge is: TEN

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is turning 10 this year and to celebrate we are making TEN the theme of this year’s mini challenge and highlighting our new logo colours.

Feel free to interpret TEN any way you wish. For inspiration, Google TEN and look at the images that pop up.   You can also consider including ten shapes, ten miniature blocks, ten quilting techniques, basically ten of anything you like.

Modern Mini Specifications

– Perimeter must be 40” total: (10” x 10” x 10” x 10”)
– Design must feature elements of the modern aesthetic — design characteristics adopted by the modern quilting community:

– use of negative space
– alternate grid construction
  – improvisation                   
– minimalism                                        
–  bold geometric design  
– modern traditionalism (a new interpretation of traditional blocks)

– Must be bound or faced
– Must have a 4” sleeve sewn on to the back of the quilt to accommodate quilt show display pipe
– Must have a label on the back identifying the maker’s name and quilt title
– Must be made with one or more of the new VMQG logo Kona colours (Please only use these colours for this challenge):  Nightfall, Kumquat, Aloe,Wasabi, and White.
Hashtag to use #vmqgcelebrating10years

FQ bundles of these colours are available for guild members to purchase for $15.00 each and will be mailed to your homes, mailing addresses or anywhere within Canada you want it mailed to.  To get one of these bundles please email the executive (executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca)with your name and preferred address. For payment we can accept e-transers (treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) or we can give you an IOU and we can collect when we start to meet again. 

Deadline is to be determined.  Executive will keep you updated.


Monday, March 16th Meeting – CANCELLED

No doubt like you, the Executive have been monitoring efforts to respond and control the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, and our members health and safety is our priority.  In this context, the Executive of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has made the difficult decision to cancel our March meeting.  I know it’s a stressful situation we find ourselves in.  The most important thing we can do is to stay calm.  And there is nothing quite like a little sewing that helps us calm our worried minds – right?     

We do have lots of news to share, and will do so via email and social media. 

  • Hold onto the block lotto blocks you’ve made, we’ll draw for them at our next meeting.  And the next block lotto will be going up on the blog – watch for it!
  • Niki will send a note out to the Robins.  Initial thoughts are you can hold onto the project you have for another month. 
  • There will be a mini challenge announcement coming soon, and we’ll have bundles for sale.  We are looking to set up a few pick-up locations for the bundles.  Stay tuned for more information.
  • Edenvale remains open, and the retreat is still a go.  There is one spot left if you’d like to join the weekend of sewing.  Elisabeth will keep retreater’s informed if anything changes.

As for the next meeting in April, we’ll keep monitoring the situation and keep you informed.  

Thank you for your understanding. 

VMQG Executive

Dawn Flotten
Laura MacKay
Marnie Burnham
Elizabeth Theriault
Arita Rai
Deb McIntyre
Lisa Novich
Megan Hanna

Monday, March 16th Meeting Reminder

Please note that the Executive of the VMQG will be monitoring updates from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Provincial Government relative to COVID-19. We will advise via email Facebook and Instagram pages should it be necessary to make the difficult decision to cancel our meeting. We request that members please refrain from bringing food to share at the March meeting and that members please stay home if they are sick or have any underlying health conditions that may be impacted from respiratory illness
 
PROGRAM:  For March a review of QuiltCon 2020 from VMQG folks who attended the Show last month in Austin, Texas. Arita, Linda,  Marnie, and Niki will share their highlights from the exhibitions, lectures, and workshops as well as provide their impressions on some of the themes and
trends in modern quilting.
 
 
Starring You – Best in Show at QuiltCont 2020 by Canadian Peter Byrne
 
VMQG Mugs and Fat Quarter Bundles:  We will have a limited supply of mugs with the new logo on them for purchase at the meeting.
 
The VMQG Mini Challenge will be announced at the meeting and we will have FQ Bundles of all the colours plus white available to purchase.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring 2020 Retreat: We still have a few spots available for the retreat in May.  See blog post here for all the details.
 

March Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, March 16th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to Bring:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Cheque or cash to purchase mugs or FQ Bundles
-Block lotto block
-Twoonies if you would like to register for the WIP program.
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for March 16, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – QuiltCon Travel Log
-Break
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!

Monday, February 17th Meeting Reminder

Program: February’s program will feature a presentation on colour from local fibre artist, Barbara Shelly. Barbara will provide a brief introduction to colour theory and then help us begin to put this lesson into practice by discussing the use of colour in a few sample quilts brought in by VMQG members.  

Here is a bit more about Barbara:

From her studio overlooking Indian Arm, artist Barbara Shelly creates sculptured tapestries and art quilts. Her work is exhibited in international galleries and commissioned for private collections.

She has created over 50 public works of art in the past 25 years, including the Vancouver Street Banners, the West Concourse of Canada Pavilion for EXPO 86, the lobbies of the latest Hilton Hotel and downtown YWCA. In 1991 she created the monumental set of 30′ banners for the Canadian Chancery in Washington, DC.

Following a distinguished teaching career at UBC and Langara College, Barbara Shelly chairs the Advisory Board for the Textile Arts Program at Capilano College, and the Vancouver Street Banner Committee. She also teaches specialty courses, including MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts).

EVENT SIGN-UP:

We have a few spots remaining in Paul’s upcoming workshop.  If you would like to register, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at  workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca .  

Here are the details:

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz: See blog post here for all the details.

Spring 2020 Retreat: Have spots available for the retreat in May.  See blog post here for all the details.
 

February Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, February 17th
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak Street)
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak Street respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you are a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, there may be a separate entrance fee even for first time guests.

What to Bring:
-Completed membership form and $60 membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2019/20 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
-Block lotto block
-Twoonies if you would like to register for the WIP program.
-Modern Show and Tell Quilts
-A mug (none will be supplied)
-Treats would be appreciated
-Door prizes. Bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for February 17, 2020
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Barbara Shelly
-VMQG New Logo Reveal
-Break
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!

Spring Retreat 2020

Hello VMQG members! Our upcoming retreat is again at Edenvale – a lovely retreat centre in Abbotsford. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and include a walking trail through their own private small forest.

This will be a 3 day retreat: Friday to Monday – so bring plenty of stuff to work on.  It’s a great time to connect with other guild members, share some prizes and games, and sew your ever-loving heart out!

Here are the details:
Location: Edenvale Retreat Centre
4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford

Dates:                   Friday, May 1 – Monday, May 4, 2020
Check-in:            1:00 pm  on Friday
Check-out:         2:00 pm on Monday
Note that single rooms are limited and are on a first come, first-served basis secured when deposits are paid.

Included: all meals (brunch on Monday), linens, work tables (everyone will have their own 6′ table to spread out on), cutting table and ironing stations.

Cost for rooms: 
Double: $425.00
Single$505.00

Note that we try very hard to keep costs as low as possible. Edenvale gives us great value for money but they increased their costs in 2019 and so we had to raise our costs as well.

Payment:
$120.00 non-refundable deposit by February meeting, final payment due at the April meeting.

E-transfer funds to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca [vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca] to pay your $120.00 deposit. Then email Elisabeth at elisabeth_geller@vancity.com to indicate your single/double choice. 

You can also bring payment including cheque or cash to the meeting.

There are only 18 spots, so if more people sign up we will start a waiting list. Sign-ups are only reserved once your deposit has been received.