May 2022 Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, May 16th, 2022
Doors Open on Zoom: 6:30PM for mixing

Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM


This meeting will be held solely on Zoom, a link will be sent on Sunday, May 15th.

The May VancouverMQG will be a member’s spotlight and Trunk show with Laura Gates!!

Laura is a longarm quilter and has been a member of VMQG since 2016. She enjoys quilting on her Gammill machine in her home sewing room and over the past 5 years has learned so much about quilting in general, mainly from this wonderful community we’re all a part of.
Laura will sharing her longarm quilting process for some of the work she’s done on a few of her own quilts as well as quilts she’s stitched for others. Laura has gathered a photo gallery of quilts from some of our VMQG members plus a few from her collection that she had the pleasure of quilting.
Enjoy this trunk show of quilts in which she will highlight things to consider when you go to a longarmer including:

  • What to ask when you contact a longarmer
  • How to determine what style of quilting to stitch
  • How to prepare your quilt top, backing and batting before you drop off a quilt

The Executive is very excited to see what Laura has to share!

2022 Workshops

The VancouverMQG is excited to present four fun, different and creativity filled workshops in 2022.See below for the courses that are being offered this coming year. There will also be an email shortly announcing dates and times for Sew-ins.

“Speed Date with Improv” with Krista Hennebury

This course is a face-paced one day workshop for the improv-curious quilter who’s ready to let go and work without stressing, obsessing or second guessing!

In the first portion of the class Krista will introduce you to multiple ways to make improve quilt blocks and in the second half you will play on the design wall, searching for serendipitous intersections of line and shape in a final layout.  You’ll learn how to jigsaw your piecing together into a pleasing abstract composition that will serve as a mini-improv sampler reference for future work.

Students are encouraged to work with solids and limit their fabric palette to black, white plus one colour, this will create high visual contrast and definition in the quilt.

Date:  Sunday,  April 3rd, 2022
Time: 10:00am-4:30pm, half hour for lunch
Location: Zoom
Cost: $40 for members if you register before March 20th, 2022. $50 for members if you register after March 20th, 2022. Non-members can register anytime for $50.
Quite Size: Without borders, approximately 20″x 20″.
Fabric Requirements: 1/2 yard solid black, 1/2 yard solid white, Fat Quarter of solid colour.

“Finding Your Flow with Free-Motion Quilting” – Christina Cameli

Looking to improve your free-motion quilting? Christina Cameli might just have the answer.  “Finding Your Flow with Free Motion Quilting” is so new it’s not even on her website yet! It was created as a follow up to the “Combining Designs” workshop that many of us took in 2020.

Christina is based in Portland and has been sewing since she was child. In 2003 she fell in love with quilting. She has authored five quilting books and is a quilt pattern and fabric designer.  She is also a nurse-midwife, mom and paddle boarder.  She believes that quilting is where she puts herself back together. She loves teaching, creating and sharing with others.

: Sunday, May 29th, 2022
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: $40 for members if you register before May 15th, 2022. $50 for members if you register after May 15th, 2022. Non-members can register anytime for $50.
Tool List: Sewing machine with free-motion foot and extension table, sharp needle, thread, quilting gloves, small scissors, temporary fabric marker (optional), unlined notebook and pen/pencil for sketching.
Fabric Requirements: 2 fat quarters, 2 pieces of batting 20″ x 24″ or larger, 2 pieces of muslin 20″ x 24″ or larger.  Prior to class, please prepare 2 quilt sandwiches.  Layer muslin, batting in the centre, and fat quarter on top.  Using curved basting pins or basting spray the layers together.

“Seaglass Quilting” – Allie McCathren  

There is no one pattern to make a seaglass quilt, and that’s the beauty of them. 

Just like the pieces of found glass it’s named for, shaped by time and water, each quilt tells a story.  Allie will show you how to combine fabrics from your beloved scraps (and not so beloved ones as well) to make gorgeous art quilts.

This class teaches the technique of how to make these quilt, and walks you through the entire process of design, layout, quilting, and finishing the quilt. This is an excellent stash buster project, as it uses smaller pieces of fabric that do not have to match (but it does help if they are in the same color family). Allie will help with fabric selection and how to identify color families in this course. Most of the seaglass quilts she makes shift from blue to green, but the joy of these quilts is that you can make them using any colors you want. They’re also a great way to showcase those small pieces from special fabrics that you want to memorialize.

Allie uses fabric and thread to “paint”, and quilting is her happy place. Her background is in marine biology and her love of science and the ocean finds its way into her work, whether she mean it to or not. She is all about using scraps and loves playing with texture and colour to create interesting art pieces.

Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: $40 for members if you register before October 8th, 2022. $50 for members if you register after October 8th, 2022.  Non-members can register anytime for $50.
Tool List: Sewing machine with free-motion foot and extension table is required.
Fabric Requirements: You will be sent instructions on fabric selection and preparation.
**This course is written for confident beginners.

“Developing your Creative Voice” – Deborah Boschert      
Do you want to make quilts that are uniquely yours? Deborah shares ideas about fully utilizing your head, heart and hands to create original work. She will share lots of tips for generating ideas, developing a body of work and exploring themes.

Get inspired and leave with action items to get to work in your own studio.

Deborah Boschert is an artist, author and teacher. She creates art quilts with layers of fabric, paint and stitching. The personal symbols and details in her work reflect her experiences and feelings about places she’s lived and the things she’s done. In her art quilts, the tiny details are as important as the over-all design. As in life, everyday little joys compliment the bigger adventures. Her award-winning art quilts have been exhibited in quilt shows and art galleries throughout the United States and internationally. She has appeared on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt Show. She is published in many books and magazines. Deborah is the author of Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch.

Date: Saturday, November 19th, 2022
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: $40 for members if you register before November 5th, 2022. $50 for members if you register after November 5th, 2022. Non-members can register anytime for $50.
Fabric Requirements: You will be sent instructions on fabric selection and preparation.


To register, email to let the Education Committee know you want to participate.  Your space will be held once your payment is received by the Treasurer.

To make the payment for the course, email

Registration is currently open for all courses.

March Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, March 21st, 2022
Doors Open: 6:30PM
for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

This meeting will be held in person and streamed online. 

In Person at the
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2T1

Those wishing not to attend the meeting in person, we will be broadcasting it on Zoom. Log in details will be sent out Sunday, March 20th.  

The guest lecture for the March VancouverMQG meeting is Laura Loewen.  Laura is a designer and a maker of modern quilts.

Since making her first quilt as a teenager, her style has grown with her eagerness for experimentation. Many of her quilts feature a mix of solid, print, and woven fabrics in a full color spectrum. She has a professional background in interior design and photography and spends her days at home raising her two boys outside Boulder, Colorado.

Discovering Glow: This lecture will take a look into her mind and she will teach us about how she has developed a process for pulling fabrics for a quilt project.  We will learn how she has come to look at color, value, tone, and texture in order to create quilts that glow.

We will get to know her color process when designing a show quilt, why her fabric  philosophy is “more is more”, and where she looks to find inspiration.

You can check out Laura’s work on Instagram here

February Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, February 21st, 2022
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Join us this month to hear the lecture from the MQG called “Awaken Your Inner Colour Genius” by Carrie Bloomston.

As an artist, writer, textile, and sewing pattern designer Carrie will show you how to engage your own innate sense of color. Carrie will touch on basic color theory and help you to find your own resonant palette.

Non-members can attend this meeting for the free if it’s their first time, or if you have been to a meeting before you can register as a member or join as a guest for $10. Please contact Membership at to join the meeting.

January Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, January 17th, 2022
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

VancouverMQG’s first meeting of the year will kick off with one of our members, Dianne Semark, providing us with information on the planning for the 2022 Showcase. (Finger’s crossed this will be happening this year!!)

Dianne will go over what the Showcase is all about, how you can participate and what you can expect if you want to volunteer to help. She will need a diverse group of volunteers with a wide range of skillsets and talents, she might be looking for you.

Her talk will also serve as a reminder, to Get Sewing! so you can have a quilt to hang in the show!! Stretch your creative muscles!