Next Meeting is Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7PM

March’s program will be a recap by the VMQG members who attended Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville. There might be some Quiltcon swag as a door prize…

When: Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests: First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit: The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Recommended things to bring to a meeting:
– a name tag (you cannot win a door prize without one!)
– the means to pay for membership, workshops, retreats, raffles, etc.
– donations for door prizes, snacks for the refreshment table, and the ever popular free table (kindly reclaim anything not rehomed)

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the March meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome 
 7.05 Business 
 7.30 Program – Quiltcon recap
 8.15 Show & Tell 
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

Advanced Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Berene Campbell

LEARN TO FUSSY CUT LIKE A NINJA!
This workshop is for those who are adept at the basic skills of Foundation Paper Piecing and would like to take it up to the next level.

You will learn the following:

  • Fussy cutting: How to place design elements exactly where you want them, even when on a weird angle. This is handy for fussy cutting an image or placing directional fabrics. 
  • Design Match-up:  How to piece fabric in multiple sections and match up the fabric design to make it look like one overall piece. 
  • Handy FPP tricks include how to join sections accurately, avoiding painful unpicking.
  •  Then apply the lessons above to piece a tattoo quilt block of your choice or this 9” finished large swallow block.

Note that you will need a Lightbox or an iPad with a Lightbox app, for this workshop. If you are coming with a friend you can share one between two of you. In addition you will need an Add-a-Quarter Plus (or an Add-a-Quarter ruler as well as a folding device such as a post card). More info on fabrics to bring will be sent by email closer to the day.

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members. Can register through PayPal Button below.
Additional cost of purchasing the Swallow Pattern or a Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website and a $2 (payable workshop day) fee for handout.
Workshop fees are non-refundable.




Non-members: Can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on a waitlist.

Next Meeting is Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7pm

We will be bringing the love to the February meeting with our feature speaker, Lorna Shapiro of Quilters Dream Fabrics:

VMQG member Lorna Shapiro came to quilting with a very left-brain focus after a 35-year career in IT and management. Lorna didn’t like following other people’s patterns and started almost immediately making her own designs. These early quilts, lacking an aesthetic that pleased her, prompted her to start researching what artists and designers knew that she didn’t. Lorna will discuss what makes a compelling and cohesive design, and also describe some of the variables that will help you identify the characteristics of your personal aesthetic. There will be lots of quilt photos so that the principles Lorna discusses become tangible and easy to recall.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave.
Guests: First meeting is free and then it is $10.00/meeting after. VMQG membership is $50.00/year and includes most of the perks of belonging to the greater MQG.
Transit: The #49 bus runs along 49th Ave, and the #17 bus services Oak St.

Recommended things to bring to a meeting:
 – a name tag (you cannot win a door prize without one!)
 – the means to pay for membership, workshops, retreats, raffles, etc.
 – donations for door prizes, snacks for the refreshment table, and the ever   popular free table (a reminder to reclaim anything not rehomed)

 Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

Agenda for the February meeting:
 6.30 Doors open
 7.00 Welcome
 7.05 Business
 7.30 Program – Lorna Shapiro on designing a quilt
 8.15 Show & Tell
 8.45 Door prizes and block lotto draw
 9.00 Good night and get home safely!

In the meantime, if you want to reach the executive committee, please email us at executive@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com.

Next retreat at Edenvale

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, April 5 – Monday, April 8, 2019
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), ironing stations and power bars.

Cost for rooms: 
Double: $400.00
Single$450.00

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

E-transfer funds to treasurer@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, cash or credit card to the VMQG 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.

Next meeting is Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7.00pm

First meeting of the year is going to get you inspired –
Berene Campbell is going to talk about the latest and greatest in quilt labels and the Round Robin group is taking over show & tell for a reveal of the past 11 month’s of collaboration!

When: Monday, January 21, 2019, from 7 to 9PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave in Vancouver, BC.
Guests: first meeting is free (subject to special events), and after that it’s $10.00/meeting. If you come to more than six meetings a year and want the perks associated with the MQG, then become a member.
Transit: The #17 bus runs along Oak St and the #49 likes 49th Ave. 

Possible things to bring:
–  a name tag
– means to pay for things like workshops, etc.
– contributions to the door prizes, free table, & refreshments

Agenda:
– welcome
– MQG news
– update from the workshop committee
– new business
– block lotto challenge for February meeting
– program: Berene Campbell will inspire us to label our quilts
– break to mingle &
– Round Robins reveal all at show & tell
– door prizes
– get home safely

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

And, a reminder to those who are kind enough to bring donations to the free table: if your items are not rehomed, then take the leftovers with you as they do not magically go to a better place when you leave the building.

In the meantime, if you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at either hello@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca or exec@vancouvermodernquiltguild,ca.

Next meeting is Monday, December 17, 2018, at 7PM.

We are going to do a fat quarter swap. There are going to be extra special delicious refreshments including punch. Paul is going to show us how he gives a standard lamp a modern quilting makeover. In other words, it’s going to be a celebratory evening with our modern quilting mates.

When: Monday, December 17th from 7 to 9PM
Where: Hewitt Hall, Unitarian Church on the NE corner of Oak St & West 49th Ave in Vancouver, BC.
Guests: first meeting is free (subject to special events), and after that it’s $10.00/meeting. If you come to more than six meetings a year and want the perks associated with the MQG, then become a member.
Transit: The #17 bus runs along Oak St and the #49 likes 49th Ave. 

Possible things to bring:
–  a name tag
– means to pay for things like workshops, etc.
– contributions to the door prizes, free table, & refreshments
– Robins, bring your projects for the last round of the year
– modern quilts for the show & tell
– a fat quarter in a seasonal fabric for our blind swap

Agenda:
– welcome
– MQG news
– update from the workshop committee
– new business
– block lotto challenge for January meeting
– prompt for improv sampler
– program: Paul Krampitz and his technicolor lampshade
– break to mingle & jingle
– modern quilt show & tell
– fat quarter swap
– door prizes
– get home safely & enjoy the rest of 2018

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

And, a reminder to those who are kind enough to bring donations to the free table: if your items are not rehomed, then take the leftovers with you as they do not magically go to a better place when you leave the building.

See you soon!


Seasonal Fat Quarter Swap at December Meeting!

We invite members to participate in this year’s holiday celebration & meeting with a fat quarter swap. 

Please bring a fat quarter (22″ x 28″) of festive fabric to the meeting on Monday, December 17th, neatly rolled up and secured with an elastic or ribbon. We will then do a blind draw from Santa’s bag. 

Beginner Foundation Paper Piecing workshop with Berene Campbell

Have you always wanted to learn how to do foundation paper-piecing but been too afraid to try? Or tried, hit the wall and never tried again? Or maybe it’s just been a while and you’re feeling rusty. Well then this is the workshop for you! It’s a very clever technique that opens up a whole new world of patterns to make. Let’s piece some LOVE and learn to LOVE to paper-piece.

Berene Campbell is a pattern designer that specializes in foundation paper-piecing patterns over at www.happysewlucky.com. She uses paper-piecing as a way to destress. (Crazy but true!) Although many people are scared of trying it, she believes that  once you nail the technique, it is amazingly calming.

In this workshop you will be working on Berene’s “Love Heart Tattoo” block.
You will learn the following:
• Picking fabrics for paper-piecing
• Materials and equipment options
• Setting up your workspace
• How to foundation paper-piece using the Add-a-Quarter ruler technique
• Pre-cutting for paper-piecing
• How to stitch sections with Y-seams like a boss!
About the pattern:
The finished size without borders is 16” wide x 10” high. It can be used for a mini quilt, as a centre block for a medallion, makes a great pillow, or if you really do fall in love with paper-piecing it could be your start of the whole tattoo quilt pattern.
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost:$65 for members.  Additional cost of purchasing the Love Heart Tattoo Pattern through Berene’s website.  Workshop fees are non-refundable.

Non-members can email workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to be placed on the waiting list.  Cost will be $80.

Meeting Reminder – Monday, November 19th

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 19th, 2018!

Our upcoming meeting will include the renewal of your membership if you haven’t already done so.  We encourage members to bring treats for the break and quilts for show and tell.  Our program will be on photographing your quilt, just in time for QuiltCon deadline.

Upcoming Events:

November Meeting Details:
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, November 19th, 2018 starting at 7pm
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 for 2018/19 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash or credit card/debit card, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2019) or guest fee ($10)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, debit card 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 November 19th, 2018
Agenda: 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Membership Renewal prior to the start of the meeting and at the break
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild Updates
–Executive Updates
– Workshop Update
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Program – Dianne Semark – How to Photograph your Quilt
– Break (eat treats & socialize, sign up for workshops, renew your membership).
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes!

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

Please Remember that if you leave items on the “free table”, you must take any remaining items home with you at the end of the night. If your items are left behind we do not want to have to dispose of them for you.

See you there!

Link for membership for for 2018-19:  http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Membership-Form-2018-19.pdf

Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Ryan’s Case for Smiles is a worldwide not for profit that is dedicated to helping kids feel better to heal better through donations of comforting, handmade pillowcases. Cindy Kerr created the organization after her son Ryan was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at the age of twelve. Cindy was a quilter and wanted to brighten up her son’s room while he was in the hospital so she started sewing him bright, cheerful pillowcases. As most of us sewists know you can never ever make one of anything cute and fun so Cindy started making pillowcases for all the kids who were on the oncology unit along with Ryan. She saw what a huge impact these pillowcases had on kids and decided to see if she could help kids at other hospitals too. Eleven years later Ryan’s Case for Smiles has delivered over 1.7 million pillowcases worldwide. We donate more than 200,000 pillowcases yearly to children at over 360 hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, camps and Hospices.

Our chapter in British Columbia was started 8 years ago while I was juggling life with a houseful of busy little boys and looking for a way to help out other kids. I found out about Ryan’s Case for Smiles on an online sewing forum and had emailed the charity looking for the contact of a local coordinator I could drop off pillowcases with. I heard back from Cindy and found out there were no coordinators in Western Canada. My plan of donating a dozen pillowcases quickly turned into jumping in as a coordinator and informing my Mom we were starting a chapter in British Columbia. Our chapter now donates over 1,000 pillowcases a year to BC Childrens Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Abbotsford Hospital and Camp Goodtimes.

We are always needing help to keep up our donation numbers. The best way to help is by sewing up a pillowcase. If you have a bit of spare time one day you can get a few pillowcases done in under an hour. If you have any sewing friends and are up for organizing a sewing day you can get a big stack of pillowcases done in just a few hours. If you are a teenager who is looking to fill volunteer or community hours, sewing pillowcases is a great way to get those hours. I frequently sew with elementary school classes as well and the kids always do an amazing job and are so excited to find a way to help kids just like them. They’re also a fantastic project for Guiding and Scouting groups to earn their service badges.

If you don’t have the time to sew we can always put fabric donations to good use. As a bonus when you clear off some room on your shelves by donating fabric to us you have an excuse to go buy more fabric! We ask that pillowcases only be made of cotton wovens or flannel. Pretty much any print or solid fabric is great. The places we donate to ask for no religious themes and nothing with skulls. We donate a huge amount of Christmas/winter and Halloween pillowcases every year so holiday themed pillowcases or fabric are always needed. Other donations that are helpful are colour catchers, rotary blades, thread and large (26.8cm x 27.3cm) size Ziploc plastic bags. Monetary donations are also welcomed as it costs about $11.00 to make each pillowcase.

If you don’t have a favorite pillowcase pattern already here are a few great tutorials you can check out. You don’t have to specifically use any of these. They just give you a good idea of size and different ways they can be made. If you already have a pillowcase pattern you love to use or if you find a tutorial online that works better for you go with it! The pillowcases just need to fit over a standard size pillow. You do not have to pre wash your fabrics.

Tutorial from Happy Okapi

Tutorial from Case For Smiles (PDF)

Tutorial from Fish Stick Designs (PDF)

Each pillowcase gives a child something soft to snuggle while reminding them of the comforts of home. They help brighten up hospital rooms, spread some much needed cheer and help kids feel more at ease while undergoing treatments and surgeries. I have received stories of pillowcases having to be overnighted to the hospital after being left at home because a little one refused to go into treatment without it under their head, parents having to drive hours and hours home to retrieve a misplaced pillowcase, threadbare pillowcases that have literally been loved to pieces and pillowcases that have been a huge source of comfort for hundreds and hundreds of hard days and nights for some amazingly strong kids. One yard of fabric, 15 minutes of your time and a bit of love can make an incredible difference to people who need a little extra love during some tough days and nights.

More info can be found at caseforsmiles.org. If you need any extra help or have any questions you can email Kelsey at ryanscaseforsmilesbc@hotmail.com. If you are part of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and have any pillowcases made up you can bring them to any meeting and hand them off to Kelsey (me!). If I’m not at a meeting you can give pillowcases to Arita or Michelle B, they will collect them.