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.

Sew-In, Workshop, WIPs and Snow

A couple of VMQG events will be open for registration beginning at the January meeting.

VMQG Sew-In: We will be hosting our first Sew-In of 2020 at the Roundhouse in Yaletown during the Family Day long weekend. Please join us to try out this community space which features great lighting and terrific neighbourhood options for coffee, snacks and lunch.  Bring your project to work on; irons and extension cords will be provided.

Date: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15 
Please note that paid parking is available in the underground parkade for approx. $16 for the day.  Quilters are encouraged to carpool to the event to share costs. 

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz

Please join us for a day of creativity and exploration as Paul shares his approach to improvisation techniques that draw inspiration from the quilters of Gees Bend.  

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time:   10:00 am – 4:30pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
Cost:  $60 per member; non-members email below to be placed on waitlist.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

WIPs: The Work In Progress Challenge is back for 2020! What is the WIP challenge?  You may refer to them as UFO’s or even PhD’s – you have some projects that you started but have yet to finish.  Be it a stack of blocks, or maybe even a finished top – it has not yet realized its full potential in becoming a modern quilt (or quilted item).  The WIP Challenge is here to help incentivize you to break into that pile of projects and get them finished!    The guidelines for the WIP challenge are simple:  

  • Your Work In Progress must have been started before January 1, 2020
  • Items are to be listed with the WIP Challenge Boss, Loretta, at the January or February meetings.  Missing the January and February meetings? You can also email or text Loretta your WIP list – but note that the deadline is our February meeting
  • You pay $2 per item on your WIP list
  • You buckle down and finish your WIP!  
  • You bring your finished project to Guild meeting and Show if off at Show and Tell 
  • Each item finished AND shown will get you a ticket for the final prize draws
  • Tickets are drawn at the end of the year, and the winner(s) split the WIP Challenge bank$.   In 2019 there were THREE winners.  To be eligible for the end of year draw, you must show your item(s) at Show and Tell!  NO, unfortunately, you can not just send a picture of it! 

Want to participate?  Bring your list of WIPs and $2 per item to the January or February meeting, and see Loretta.  And if you are like me and registered for the WIP challenge in 2019 (and then didn’t finish anything?!?), Loretta still has your card.  She can recycle it into the 2020 WIP Challenge for you – but its going to cost you another $2 per item!  

Alright then, finish those projects!

SNOW – If there are any meeting cancellations due to weather conditions check Facebook or Instagram posts day of meeting.

Monday, January 20, 2020 Meeting Reminder

Meeting reminder of VMQG’s First meeting of the New Year and New Decade!

Program: The January meeting program will be facilitated by Niki and will feature the reveal and return of the 2019 Round Robin quilt tops to participants.  We will enjoy seeing these tops for the first time along with “the Robins” and hear about the inspiration for their center blocks and colour choices. It is always motivating to see how these monthly challenges are interpreted by participants.

Event Sign-up: Two upcoming VMQG events will be open for registration at the January meeting:

VMQG February Sew-In Join your quilting friends for the first Sew-In of 2020!

Date: Sunday, February 16th
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre,  181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15

Gee’s Bend-Inspired Quilt Workshop with Paul Krampitz

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Join us for a day of creativity and exploration as Paul shares his approach to improvisation techniques that draw inspiration from the quilters of Gees Bend.  

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $60 for members, $65 for non-members (space permitting)

If you have any questions, please contact Marnie and Elizabeth at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

January Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, January 20th
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 blocks
-Round Robin for reveal
-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 January 20, 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 – Round Robin Reveal
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!

Monday, December 16th Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our Holiday meeting will be on Monday, December 16th

Holiday Quilts Show and Tell:
Do you deck your halls, wall or furniture with a special quilt during the holiday season?  For December’s program, we invite members to bring their favourite holiday quilt to share during a holiday quilts ‘show and tell’.

Festive Fat Quarter Swap:
We will also be doing a FQ swap. Please bring a fat quarter (20″ x 22″) of modern holiday-themed fabric, rolled up and secured with an elastic or ribbon, to the meeting and we will then do a blind draw from Santa’s bag. 

Lovely Designs Lovely Little Forest (Purl Soho)

December Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, December 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!)
-Block lotto blocks
-Round Robin for swapping
-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 December 16th, 2019.
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG and MQG Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Holiday Themed Quilts
-Fat Quarter Swap
-Socialize
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!




Monday, November 18th Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, November 18th. 

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas – Back by popular demand, November’s program will feature a ‘show and tell’ of holiday gift ideas presented by the VMQG Executive.  We hope that you will join us by bringing along your favourite quick craft to share at our meeting.  

Also, bring any completed winter/holiday themed pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. See blog post regarding requirements: http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2018/11/ryans-case-for-smiles/

November Meeting Details
What:  Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, November 18th
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 blocks
-Round Robin for swapping
-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 November 18th, 2019.
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open, sign up for show and tell.
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG and MQG Updates
-Next Month’s Block Lotto
-Program – Holiday Gift Ideas
-Socialize
-Show and Tell
-Block Lotto draw and door prizes!


October Meeting Feature with Kellie Kaczmarek – Silly Moon Quilting

For this October meeting, we are happy to have Kellie Kaczmarek from Silly Moon Quilting. We asked Kellie to give us a little information about herself and here is what she has to say,

I am a Canadian quilter, business owner, wife, mother and owner of two very large dogs.  I have been quilting for a short time but have jumped in with both feet!  I purchased a longarm after quilting for approximately a year and needed “rulers” to keep me within the lines, so to speak.  So, I made them!

I am fortunate to have experience in, and access to CNC Milling equipment, as well as a variety of software programs that enable me (along with my math guru hubby) to create machine quilting rulers that will do just what I want them to. I really enjoy coming up with new ideas, that make ruler work fun and accessible for all quilters.

I love attending retreats, guild meetings and trade shows not only to showcase our products, but to meet quilters, and take in all the great feedback and suggestions they bring to the table. 

Silly Moon Quilting Co is proudly Canadian, and all our rulers are designed and manufactured in beautiful British Columbia.  The company started less that a year ago, and we are excited to see steady growth with a large number of repeat customers!  I always warn people, rulers are like potato chips, you can’t have just one!!”

Kellie will be bringing her Juki, and will be set up to show on a large screen how to use a few of their rulers.  She will also be covering the basic of ruler work as well as explaining the difference between domestic and longarm rulers. There will also be rulers available for sale during the break.

October is ramping up to be an exciting month! See you there!

Monday September 16th Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 16th, 2019!  

Hey everyone!  Summer is over but that doesn’t mean the fun stops!  If you saw the post on the blog we have a great trunk show to get us all inspired!  Kyle Parent, a Vancouver-based textile artist will be here to present his fantastic pieces for us.  Can’t wait!

Also, be sure to take a look at the most recent post online regarding a call out for Nominations to the VMQG Executive team.  

If you are making a QuiltCon Charity Block please note these are due back for the OCTOBER meeting.  Time goes by fast so make sure you are working on those!

Please be sure to bring a Modern Show & Tell quilt for us to see!  We all inspiration!

– Alicia Storey, Social Media 

September Meeting Details
What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
When: Monday, September 16th, 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:
– Guest fee ($10), Completed Membership Form if you wish to join
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, cheque book, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– your name tag (you can’t win a door prize without it!)
Block lotto blocks
Round Robin for swapping
QuiltCon Charity Block
– Modern Show & Tell Quilts
– 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 September 16th, 2019
Agenda: 6:30pm arrival time, sign up for show and tell, begin at 7pm
– Welcome
– Modern Quilt Guild/VMQG Updates
– Next Month’s Block Lotto Block
– Kyle Parent Trunk Show
– Show and Tell
– Socialize!
– Door Prizes!

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

See you there!See you there!