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!)

 

SIGN UP HERE!

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

THREADPLAY POUCH WORKSHOP

Inside scoop! Krista Hennebury will be presenting a lecture on Aurifil Threads at the April Guild Meeting!!!

Then as a follow up to her lecture Krista will be running two 3 hour workshop for us!!!

During the workshop students will make a Quilt-as-you-go zipper pouch, approximately 6˝ x 9˝. The pouch is designed to show off stitch patterns in multiple thread weights. Included in the cost of the VMQG workshop is a custom ‘Poppyprint Aurifil’ sample thread pack that include 5 small spools of thread in weights 12, 28, 40, 50, & 80 wt.

Date: April 25th, 2021
Time: Workshop #1 9:00am – 12:00pm
or
Time: Workshop #2 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $55.00 (includes 5 small spools of thread)

Registration opens today and closes April 13th
To register email: workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca
**Since we will be arranging for drop-off/pick-up of the sample thread packs the weekend of the 17-18th, please also include your address and phone number in the email.

Payment: Please e-transfer payment to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Class Size: 20 students

#100 Day Colour Challenge

We have been very inspired by our last few presenters; Tara and Shannon. Tara told us that all quilts have geometry, proportion and contrast and gave us some guidelines on creating inspiring colour palettes. Shannon showed us how she has used solids and colour and colour value to create her vibrant quilts.

The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild would like to present a new challenge; we are going to take on a 100 Day Challenge.

The goal is to spend some inspirational time every day for 100 days.  Exploration can be for five minutes as you browse through a quilting book on your shelf or take a picture that inspires you on your evening dog walk. Or maybe, you save up your daily time for a longer sewing time.

Even though, a finished product is not necessarily the goal here you might choose to work with… HST’s, curves, circles, postcards, improv or maybe you finish a WIP in new colour scheme. Or maybe you never get beyond just playing with colour and value. Hopefully, you will find some inspiration. Opt in to any degree, we just want you to feel inspired.

Finding play, creating new colour palettes and exploration is the key.

Guidelines for your project:
– Make it modern!
– Use bold colours/ primarily solids
– Explore Minimalism
– Work with asymmetrical layouts or alternate grid work
– Play with negative space
– Try improvisation
– Generate modern traditionalism or something wonky

Dates: April 1st – July 10th
Show and Tell: During July meeting
Post your #100 Day Colour Challenge explorations on IG at #vanmqg100days

There may be a prize or two. Have fun!

March 15th Guild Meeting Reminder

Date: Monday, March 15th
Doors Open: 6:30pm – Meeting Starts: 7:00pm

Where: Online on Zoom – Zoom Invite will be sent out Sunday, March 14th 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.)

March Program
For our March meeting, Shannon Fraser will be presenting “Finding your creative practice through a 100-day project”

Shannon Fraser is a modern quilter and pattern designer based in Montreal, Canada. Known for her love of colour and bold graphic designs, her patterns have been featured in magazines including Curated Quilts, Love Patchwork and Quilting and the Quilter’s Planner. A self-taught quilter, Shannon loves sharing what she’s learned through her quilty trials and tribulations. 😉

Are you looking for ways to develop your quilty creative practice? Shannon will share how taking on a 100-day project can help you do just that. I’ll share with you my first 100-day experience, how I picked my topic, how I kept it manageable, the challenges I faced, the quilt I created through the journey and what I learned from sticking with this creative challenge. I’ll also share tips on how you can successfully navigate this challenge to reap the most of out it and build a lasting creative practice. ”

You can find free tutorials, inspirational projects and loads of resources to help you succeed in your quilting journey on her website (www.shannonfraserdesigns.com). For daily inspiration, you can find her on Instagram @shannonfraserdesigns

February 15th Guild Meeting Reminder

Date: Monday, February 15th
Doors Open: 6:30pm – Meeting Starts: 7:00pm
Where: Online on Zoom, details will be emailed out Sunday before the meeting.
Parking: No parking needed, as we will be at home. Yay!
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.

February Program
The program for the February meeting will be Sarah Ruiz sharing a lecture and truck show with us.

This month the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is excited to present Sarah Ruiz for the monthly program.

Sarah is a quilter and aerospace engineer from Houston, TX. Her creative and technical sides have always been intertwined; from drawing Disney characters and memorizing constellations as a kid to more recently, taking humans back to the moon and dreaming up new quilts. Quilting perfectly combines her engineering and artistic mindsets, and she loves the puzzle solving required to turn an idea into reality. Her quilts feature bright colors, bold lines, and graphic shapes that are easy to make but pack a visual punch.

For our February meeting, Sarah will be sharing her lecture and trunk show that covers her quilting journey from 2011 to present. She shares some of her favorite quilts, some hits and misses, and her design inspiration.

Here are some of Sarah’s amazing quilts:

She will also touch on how she uses goal-setting and projects like the 100 Day Project to get things done, and a bit about her career as a NASA engineer and how it impacts her quilting work.

What to Remember:
-To complete your membership form and pay the membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2020/21 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Send images of your completed Modern Show and Tell Quilts to education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

VMQG Meeting Agenda for February 15th, 2021
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Program: Sarah Ruiz’s lecture and trunk show
-Show and Tell
-Meeting ends

January 18th Guild Meeting Reminder

January Meeting Details
When: Monday, January 18th
Where: Online on Zoom, details will be emailed out Sunday before the meeting.
Parking: No parking needed, as we will be at home. Yay!
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.

January Program
The program for the January meeting will be Tara Faughnan giving her lecture on “Creating Colour Palettes”.

With 20 years of experience in quilting and textile design, Tara will share some of her approaches to pulling color palettes together and discuss the importance of value and proportion to the overall look of the quilt.

During the presentation, she will also delve into the mystery of why a beautiful palette can fall apart as soon as you cut into it and begin to sew with it. The presentation ends with a Q and A session.

Tara draws a lot of her inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colours of textiles from around the world and the freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional and improvisational pieced quilts. In her current work, she sees all three aspects represented. Using simple geometry, complex colors interactions and strives to find the line that exists somewhere between harmony and discord.

What to Remember:
-To complete your membership form and pay the membership fee if you haven’t joined for the 2020/21 year.
-Guests fee ($10), completed membership form if you wish to join.
-Send images of your completed Modern Show and Tell Quilts to education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

VMQG Meeting Agenda for January 18th, 2021
Agenda: 6:30 pm doors open
-Meeting begins at 7 pm
-Welcome
-VMQG, MQG and CQA Updates
-Program: Tara Faughnan giving her lecture on “Creating Colour Palettes”
-Show and Tell
-Meeting ends

Modern Quilting with your Walking Foot Workshop with Melissa Marginet

**There are only a few places left in this workshop, so if you are interested in registering please do so by the end of the day, Wednesday, January 20th.**

Melissa Marginet is an avid quilter and Janome Canada Artisan whose passion is to teach and inspire other quilters. She is known for quilting with a walking foot and travels across Canada to teach her techniques and empower quilters to quilt their own quilts on their home sewing machines.

She has published two books, “Walking Foot Quilting Designs” (this book will be included in the cost of the course, if you already have the book please let the Education Committee know by emailing (education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) and “Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs” as well as several quilt patterns.

You can visit her website www.melissamarginet.ca to find out more about her and see her work.
Instagram: @melissamarginet
Facebook: Melissa Marginet – Quilter
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/melissamarginet

Date: February 7th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $60 – Includes a copy of Melissa’s book “Walking Foot Quilting Designs” needed for the workshop.

TO REGISTER:
To register email education@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca with:
-Your name
-Membership number
-Contact information

Payment can be made by e-transferring the fees to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

The registration fee MUST to be paid to have your name added to the list of confirmed participants.

The fee is non-refundable.

Mini Mod Swap

We’ll use the hashtags
#VMQGminimodswap
#minimodswap

Let’s start the new year connecting with other guild members with a fun and easy group activity! We’ll be making a collection of small geometric blocks in a choice of 3 colour palettes, then using them to each design our own mini mod quilt. (Or zippy pouch, bag or pillow. Your choice!) There are a variety of blocks to choose from, mostly using regular piecing, but there are also a few FPP templates and a mini curve template in the mix. You may design your own geometric version too if you wish.

As we did with the Connected Project, participants will be put into groups – we will have groups of 5 for this project. You will mail your group mates their blocks, and you’ll receive the same number of blocks in return. So you will get sweet snail mail from VMQG friends and your finished project will have a spot of lovely collective energy juju.

Here is the scoop on how it will work:
• Pick a colour palette + a background colour when you sign up
• Groups: Participants will be arranged in groups of 5 people
• You make 30 blocks in each group members colour palette choice
• Block size: 2”x2” unfinished / 1½” finished
• Fabric: Solids only please (no prints, grunge, batiks or textures)
• Please no prints, textures, grunge, batiks etc.
• If you don’t have any solid fabric in your stash, Berene has offered to send you some from her stash. (Request it on the sign up form.)
• At least 3 block variations per person – it is variety that makes the finished collection of blocks awesome
• Keep: 6 blocks for yourself.
• Send: 4 people x 6 blocks each = 24
• Receive: 4 envelopes x 6 blocks back = 24
• You end up with 30 blocks (incl the ones you made for yourself) tp play with. (You can add more for a bigger project.)

Colour Palette + a Background Colour Option

TIMELINE:
Sign up by: December 31
Receive your group info & the instructions by: Jan 10
Mailing deadline: Jan 31
Show & Share mini mod projects: March meeting

Are you in? Yippee!
Sign up here:
https://forms.gle/HQ5xpvWuhrgyjHKX7