Sew-In Day March 17, 2018

We are celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day at the Danish Church Hall at 6010 Kincaid St in Burnaby on March 17, 2018!

Susanne Chaffe has organized this and will be there from 8:30 to 5:00 with the coffee and tea on all day. She’ll be bringing a big pot of vegetarian soup, we can potluck some snacks and treats if you like. Cost is $10 for members $15 for non members. Maximum 16 quilters. Please email her at scchaffe@gmail.com if interested. Can’t promise you’ll see a Leprechaun but there may be Danish ‘Nisser’ hanging around from Christmas.

Quilt Canada is in Vancouver this year and it is fast approaching – You can get involved!!

Quilt Canada is being held in the Vancouver this year.  Pretty exciting!!  It is being held May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
May 31 – 9:30am – 6pm
June 1 – 9:30am – 6pm
June 2 – 9:30am – 4pm 

There are several ways you will be able to get involved.

CQA will need a lot of volunteers to host such a large show.  A volunteer application form is available on the event website below:

https://canadianquilter.com/quilt-canada-2018-2/

Also prior to the Quilt Canada, the CQA is holding a focus group which will assist them in setting the future direction of the organization.  Please consider taking part in this important event.


The Quilts of Valour organization is also looking for volunteers to assist in their booth at Quilt Canada.  Please contact Lezley Zwaal for details.

lezley.zwaal@quiltsofvalour.ca
Founder@QuiltsOfValour.ca
www.quiltsofvalour.ca

Finally, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has been asked to host the Modern Quilt Guild Quiltcon Travelling Quilt Exhibition which is being held as part of Quilt Canada 2018.  We will be asking for volunteers to assist us with hanging the show, take-down as well as being available at the event to represent modern quilting and the Quiltcon quilts to all of the Quilt Canada attendees.

Below is the Best in Show quilt from Quiltcon 2018 which is wrapping up today.  “Going Up” by Stephanie Skardal from Clemmons, NC.  It is very likely that this quilt will be at Quilt Canada.  I can’t wait to see it in person.

We will let you know about these volunteer opportunities at an upcoming VMQG meeting and watch this space as well!!

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you at the show.

Meeting Reminder – Monday February 19th, 2018

Meeting Reminder – Monday, February 19th, 2018
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This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, February 19th, 2018.  It’s our second meeting of 2018.  We have a lot of great things planned, including our program, upcoming workshops and our VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase which will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC.

Upcoming Events
1.) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, at Langara College. $50 for Members, $65 for Non-Members. fees are non-refundable. Spaces still available.

2.) Retreat Bag and Dumpling Pouch
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 10 am to 5 pm
$30 Members, $45 Non-Members, fees are non-refundable

3) How to Make Your Own Paper Piecing Block with Lysa Flower
Sunday April 22nd, 2018 Time: TBA, at Croatian Cultural Centre
 $50 Members, $65 non-members, fees are non-refundable

February Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
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 St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re 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 $50 dues for membership 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share
– Round Robin Quilts
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– Treats would be appreciated
– Door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

VMQG Meeting Agenda for February 19, 2018

Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell                                                – Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Workshop Updates                                                                                                             – Block Lotto Blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share with everyone
 Guild Feature – Krista Hennebury – What is Modern Quilting?
 Marcy Horswill – Update on CQA                                                                                   Update on Modern Quilt Showcase – Mini Quilt Challenge                                       – Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!
Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

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

Meeting Reminder – Monday, January 15th, 2018

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, January 15th, 2018.

It’s our first meeting of 2018, which is shaping up to be really great!!  We have a lot of great things planning, including programs, workshops and our Quilt Showcase in August 2018.

Upcoming Events

1.) VMQG Edenvale Retreat
Friday January 12 – 15, 2018, 3250 Commercial Drive, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford, Edenvale Retreat & Conference Centre, $390-$435 depending on single or shared rooms (limited availability for single rooms).  Due immediately.

2.) The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell
Sunday, February 4th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Room C at Croatian Cultural Centre, $55 for Members, $70 for Non-Members. Sold Out.

3.) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, at Langara College. $50 for Members, $65 for Non-Members.  Spaces still available.

January Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
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 St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re 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 $50 dues for membership 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Block lotto blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks for everyone to see.
– Nametag Challenge Items
– Round Robin Quilts!!!!
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Guild Business
– Block Lotto Blocks
– Improv Sampler blocks to share with everyone
– Nametag Challenge Items
– Guild Feature – Round Robin Program Review and Reveal
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Stash Building Swap Round 2

A Stash Swap is a great way to add variety to your stash! Last June, we swapped fat quarters of low volume fabrics and it went so well, we’re going to do it again.

At our February guild meeting, we’ll be swapping fat quarters of TEXT FABRIC!

What’s a text fabric? It’s a fabric with text, either words or letters, printed on it. Pretty simple, right? The fabric you choose should be a MODERN text fabric, where the letters or words are the MAIN FOCUS of the print. So that fun map print with scattered words written on it? Not really a text print. The print that shows quotes from Anne of Green Gables? Totally a text print!

Here’s how the swap works –

You bring a gallon ziplock bag clearly labelled with your name with 4 fat quarters in it.


(the fat quarters in this photo are from the low volume stash swap, but prepare your text fabric FQs the same way!)

Each person can bring up to TWO bags – that means 8 fat quarters, but keep them in separate bags for ease of swapping.

These need to be MODERN text prints. Please bring fabric of a quality that you would like to receive.*

Please limit the variety of prints per bag to two, for ease of swapping. (ie, please don’t bring 4 different fat quarters in one bag!)

Fat quarters can be either US or Canadian, either size is fine. If you bring Canadian size FQs, be aware that you might receive US size FQs back.

When you arrive at the February meeting, there will be a table set up to drop your bag(s) off. Amy, Michelle and Holly will swap the fat quarters between the bags, and after the meeting, you’ll come back and pick up your bag, with 4 new FQs in it!

Easy peasy, right? We’ll do what we can to make sure you don’t get the same print back, but please feel free to swap among yourselves if you end up with something you already have.

 

*It’s not fun, but we reserve the right to not swap your fabric if it doesn’t fit the guidelines. We have to be fair to others who do.

New Program for VMQG!!

the Vancouver Improv Sampler

We’re really excited to announce a new program for VMQG, a Vancouver themed Improv Sampler.

This will be in addition to the Block Lotto and the Round Robin, and we’d love it if you’d play along. We encourage you all to try it for a month or two even if you don’t think improv is your style. We really hope that the Vancouver Improv Sampler will help us all to grow in our improv and our creativity!

HERE’S HOW IT’LL WORK –

Every month there will be a new image to be inspired by. The images are of different landmarks or sights in Vancouver and the general area. We’ll show you the picture at the meeting, and we’ll post it on the guild website.

You’ll look at the image and see what inspires you about it. The images are carefully selected to have a variety of shapes to play with as the year goes on, and the complication level will increase a little bit as well as we all build comfort with improv. You might pick up the large shape, or you might focus on a small detail and play with it. It’s your project, and it’s up to you!

So yes, this is your project. You’ll be making blocks each month and keeping them, but we’re going to ask you to bring them to meetings as we go along. We’re going to put up a second design wall next to the Block Lotto, and we’d like you to bring in your blocks to show them off by putting them up on the wall every month. We think that’ll be a good way to learn from each other throughout the year, and maybe to inspire others to participate too.

This is YOUR project, but we’re also intending it to be a sampler of sorts. Feel free to use whatever techniques you’d like, but keep in mind that in the end, the blocks will all go together. To aid in that, and also to make it easier to display them every month, we’re going to suggest making 12.5″ unfinished blocks. There may be some months where you aren’t inspired to make a square block, so we suggest blocks that are divisible by 6″ for those months. That means you might make two blocks that are 6.5″ x 12.5″ that month instead, or one block that is 6.5″ x 24.5″, and that’s fine.

Before you get going on the sampler, you might want to think a bit about what fabrics you use, and if you’re going to continue to use the same fabrics all year long. If you’re feeling lost about what fabrics to choose, Amy at Diary of a Quilter and Angie at GnomeAngel both have great blog posts about where to start when choosing fabrics for a long term project (a quilting bee and a sampler, respectively). It’s going to be so interesting to see what everyone’s colour and fabric choices are, and how different landmarks can be expressed through different prints and colours.

We’ve added a tab to the navigation menu at the top of the page for Vancouver Improv Sampler, just like we have for Challenges and the Round Robin. When you mouse over the title, a drop down menu will pop up with a link to each month’s post. If you want a refresher on how the Improv Sampler works, click on the title to go to the Vancouver Improv Sampler page.

Oh, and one more thing – this isn’t like the Round Robin, where other people are counting on you, so you can’t skip a month or take a break. For the Improv Sampler, you can do whatever you want. If you’re not interested one month, skip it. If you’re super inspired next month, make two blocks. If you don’t have time until your summer vacation and want to catch up then, go for it and make 6 blocks in one month. The important thing is that you have fun!

December 11th Meeting Reminder

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, December 11th, 2017

It’s December already! Meeting is a week early this year, don’t forget your swap project treats.

Upcoming Events

1.) VMQG Edenvale Retreat
Friday January 12 – 15, 2018, 3250 Commercial Drive, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford, Edenvale Retreat & Conference Centre, $390-$435 depending on single or shared rooms (limited availability for single rooms).  Due immediately.

2.) The Door Jam Quilt Workshop with Barb Mortell
Sunday, February 4th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Room C at Croatian Cultural Centre, $55 for Members, $70 for Non-Members. Sold Out.

3.) Wedge Workshop with Paul Krampitz
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 10:00am-5:00pm, at Langara College. $50 for Members, $65 for Non-Members.

December Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
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 St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re 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 $5 until you become a member. UNLESS there is a special guest speaker, this requires the $5 entrance fee even for first time guests.What to bring:
– Completed membership form and $50 dues for membership 2017/18 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2018) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag
– Improv Tree Blocks for block lotto

– Your completed VMQG Scrap Swap Project
– Round Robin Quilts!!!!
– Show & tell items
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:– 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
– Guild Business
– Guild Feature – mini Trunk Show by Barb Mortell
– Block Lotto Challenge
– Break (eat treats & socialize; etc)
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto winner!

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.


See you there!

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.