July 19th Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, July 19th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

The July guest lecturer is the VancouverMQG’s very own Dianne Semark!

Dianne is the Creative Director for Hootsuite, a global social media tech company based in Vancouver. She has taught design at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, and at Sheridan and York University in Toronto. She brings curiosity, an open mind, tenacious problem-solving skills and a deep interest in the world to her creative process. She is a Graphic Designer and a Modern Quilter who balances the digital and the tactile, with an undying love for design, typography, and beautiful handmade things. She believes that true strength comes form doing things you thought you couldn’t.

She will be presenting a lecture called “Digital Quilt Design”.

This lecture will show how to use computer software to design quilts – A smart, simple approach for modern quilt designers.

2016 Showcase Gallery

In August 2016, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild kicked off the first VMQG Showcase, featuring 140 quilts made by the members of the VMQG on display at the beautiful Pipe Shop building located in the historic Shipyards at Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver. The building’s heavy timbers, high ceiling and abundance of natural light made it the perfect venue to celebrate the fine work of the Guild’s modern quilters, build our community and educate the public about modern quilting. There were modern quilts ranging in size from mini to king-size quilts with a stunning array of modern design and quilting techniques. In addition to the work shown, the Guild offered visitors of any age to play with fabric and explore their creative skills to make fabric cards, free of charge. The Showcase took place on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28th, and will be held biannually moving forward.

Special thanks to Krista Hennebury for her vision and coordination, and to the team of volunteers for their dedication and work to make the show a spectacular success.

See photos on 2016 Gallery Page.

Christina Cameli Zoom Workshop – RESCHEDULED

Due to low registration the VMQG has rescheduled this course until December 11th, 2021. If you were interested in this course but were concerned about it being describes as an “intermediate” course and thinking that it might be too advanced, Christina suggests looking at her YouTube and Craftsy free starters classes for more Free Motion courses in prep for the course in December.

Saturday, July 24th, 2021
10:30am – 1:30pm
On Zoom

Workshop: Combining Designs aka “Wild Quilting”

This is an intermediate free-motion quilting class where we combine multiple free-motion designs into complex arrangements. Learn four basic approaches to joining simple elements in unique, organic works.

Christina will demonstrate techniques and guide you through trying them in your own style. Students should understand free-motion basics and some common designs like spirals and pebbling, but expertise is not required.

For examples of Christina’s work please visit her website, click here.

Maximum of 20 students

Cost per student $50.00

A supply list will be emailed out closer to the start of the course.

Please contact the Education Committee at education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to let them know of your interest in the course.

Then e-transfer your course funds of $50.00 to Lorna at: treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

June 21st Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, June 21st, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

VancouverMQG’s June guest lecturer is Nicholas Turcan!!!!

Nicholas will be presenting a Trunk Show and a lecture called “Quilt as Inspired”.

This talk will outline his personal journey into quilting and share some of the highlights of his career so far!

He will also go in depth in discussing how he approaches designing quilts and will be releasing his newest quilt pattern for sale for this talk and show off some of the new products for sale on his website.


Vancouver MQG will be doing a “coastal” themed pouch swap with our east coast pals at the Maritime MQG.

Details: The pouch should be min 20” perimeter / max 35” perimeter (sum of length of all four sides). Must include a zipper, clasp or snap 

Date: Must be mailed to your partner by June 30th! 

Ideas for the front and back of your pouch might include: waves, fish, shells, nautical images, ice bergs (east coast) etc

FOR INSPIRATION CLICK HERE: Coastal pouch swap Pinterest boards

They are a smaller guild so there will be limited spots available please register early if you want a space. 


If you have any questions you can reach out to Berene at: memberatlarge@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca


Berene created this project in response to the tragic attack that occurred at the Lynn Valley Library in North Vancouver, BC, on March 27, 2021. A horrific event in which a young woman lost her life, and six others (5 of them woman) were injured, some with long term injuries. 

The Lynn Valley LOVE Project is Berene’s latest collective healing project, and invites you to participate! You can do so by contributing a little creativity towards the collaborative installations. 

There are two ways to participate:


This will be an installation of a collection of banners with messages of LOVE and HOPE made by members of the quilting community.

Sewing level: Intermediate. Previous quilting experience is required.

These banners will be pieced using quilting techniques.  

There is more information and instructions on how to make the banners on Berene’s blog: Click Here

These are to be dropped off / mailed to the LYNN VALLEY LIBRARY by JULY 7 at the latest.

2. A community Project of a GIANT “LOVE” Cross Stitch:

This is designed for the general community or anyone wishing to participate.

Sewing level: EASY – no previous experience required.

Contributors are asked to hand stitch a felt X onto a piece of white cotton fabric, using embroidery thread and a simple running stitch, with this downloadable pattern.

The blocks will then be assembled into a large “LOVE” cross stitch design which will be installed in the library breezeway.

There is more information and instructions on how to make the X’s on Berene’s blog: Click Here

These are to be dropped off / mailed to the LYNN VALLEY LIBRARY by JUNE 15 at the latest. 

WORKSHOP: Artful Improv – Permission to Play!

Cindy Grisdela’s Two-Part Artful Improv Workshop

Part 1: Saturday June 12th from 12:30-3:30
Part 2; Saturday June 26th from 12:30-4:30
*You will need to be available for both parts.

Artful Improv – Permission to Play!

Learn to create your own original quilts with no pattern using improvisational piecing techniques. Students will learn to let go of the “rules” and piece blocks in an intuitive, free form fashion. We will explore contemporary improv blocks, improv circles, and angled stripes, plus insets and curved strips. Use strips and scraps to add interest and make your design your own. There’s no measuring or precise cutting and each quilt will be unique.

We will discuss color choices and using simple design principles to create an original dynamic composition. The extended class goes into these ideas in more depth, as well as discussing quilting options and alternative finishing techniques.

Basic sewing skills and a machine in good working order necessary. Best for intermediate to advanced quilters ready to take the next step to creating original designs.

Maximum of 24 students

Cost per student $50.00

There’s an opportunity for those interested in purchasing her book “Artful Improv” for $30.00 CND, she will ship it to us and not charge us the shipping fee and we will get the book to you via a pick up location closes to you.  If you are interested in the book as well please indicate in the email when you register.

To register please email Elizabeth and Peg at: education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
– Don’t forget to let them know if you want to buy the book as well.

You can e-transfer your course funds of $50.00 (or $80.00 if you wanted to buy her book as well) to Lorna at:  treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.com

May 17th Guild Meeting Reminder

Meeting Date: Monday, May 17th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30PM for mixing
Meeting: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

VMQG’s May guest lecturer is Heidi Parkes presenting a lecture on “Quilting as Therapy”.

Heidi is a fiber artist, focused on quilts and mending. Her art explores the concepts of place, relationships, and memory.

Quilting as therapy is a common concept in the quilting world, and quilting can help heal sadness and grief in many forms. In this lecture Heidi will discuss quilts made about the pandemic, the passing of her father, and the impact of the quilts that were part of her own childhood. Heidi will also discuss the concept of reframing, and the way that storytelling in a quilt can help to give a new perspective on things, and help aid in the healing of emotions and the building of courage, compassion, and self esteem.

11th Anniversary Postcard Swap

We’re reviving the Winter Postcard Flurry for Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild’s 11th Anniversary this June!

Since we’re celebrating VMQG, we’ll be swapping postcards made using the guild logo colours and incorporating modern quilting design elements. Mail from quilty friends is the best mail!

Sign ups will run from April 19th to April 30th. You’ll get your partner’s mailing info by May 5th, and then you’ll mail your postcards by June 1st at the latest. At our anniversary meeting on June 21st, we’ll have a special show and tell to share all of the postcards that we received.

The VMQG logo Kona colours are Nightfall, Kumquat, Aloe, Wasabi, and White. You can use prints as well as solids, but they must read as the logo colours.

Modern Quilting Design Elements include: Use of negative space • Minimalism • Bright and graphic color palettes • Improvisational piecing • Alternate Grid work • Asymmetry • Modern traditionalism • Pixelization

This is a great tutorial from our February speaker Sarah Ruiz, and it’s the one most people followed for our Winter Flurry Postcard Swap, but there are other ways to make postcards too! Zak Foster and Amanda Nadig are currently coordinating a postcard project on Instagram that’s a bit different than ours, but you might find the #postcardquiltwip hashtag inspiring to check out. They’re making postcards that are fabric adhered to cardstock, instead of the multi layered quilt postcards that Sarah Ruiz makes, and both options are great. Whatever style you decide to make, just focus on keeping it modern, and if you go with the simpler cardstock route, try to incorporate some stitching as well, so that it’s still kind of “quilty”. Whatever you do, have fun with it!

(And once you’ve made your postcards, feel free to share them on social media. Use the hashtag #vancouvermqgpostcards so that we can all admire your work!)



April 19th Guild Meeting Reminder

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2021
Doors Open: 6:30pm – Meeting Starts: 7:00pm
Where: Online on Zoom – Zoom Invite will be sent out Sunday, April 18th at 10:00AM
Parking: No parking needed, as we will be at home. Yay!
Guests: If you want to attend as a guest, please email membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can send you the link to the Zoom call. Your first meeting is free* and subsequent meetings are $10 until you become a member. (*Unless we have a special guest speaker, then the cost is $10 to attend the meeting.)

April’s Program Details: For our April meeting, fellow guild member Krista Hennebury will be presenting “Finding your creative practice through a 100-day project”

The topic this month will be “Aurifulosophy”. Krista is a certified ‘Aurifilosopher’, having trained with Aurifl’s owners/President Alex Veronelli and Master Thread Educator Karen Miller.

She will deliver a live lecture on the origin, history, production and uses of all Aurifil thread weights. There will be a presentation with photographic samples of projects and specific thread stitched out on quilt sandwiches for comparison.

Each Zoom attendee will receive a small pools of Aurifil thread in a random colour and weight, as well as a product catalogue) shipped after the presentation directly to a guild rep for distribution.

Thank you Krista @poppyprint
And thank you Aurifil @aurifilthread