What is modern quilting? There are as many answers to this question as there are modern quilters, but here is a link to a history and description of modern quilting from The Modern Quilt Guild’s website.

Modern quilts and quilters:

  • Make primarily functional rather than decorative quilts
  • Use asymmetry in quilt design
  • Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
  • Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
  • Embrace simplicity and minimalism
  • Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
  • Incorporate increased use of negative space
  • Are inspired by modern art and architecture
  • Frequently use improvisational piecing
  • Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
  • Often use gray and white as neutrals
  • Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
  • Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines

You can also read what Alissa Haight-Carlton, Latifah Saafir, and Jacquie Gering, members of the first Board of Directors of The Modern Quilt Guild, had to say on the topic.

What is The Modern Quilt Guild? From The Modern Quilt Guild’s site:

“The Modern Quilt Guild is made up of over 200 guilds across the country and world.  Our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.

The MQG developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having and soon guilds started popping up everywhere.”

Who can join the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild? Anyone with an interest in modern quilting! Beginners are welcome and you will find lots of inspiration in this group. Quilters who consider themselves traditional or art quilters are also warmly welcomed to try quilting with a modern aesthetic.

I’m a new quilter, am I out of my league? Don’t be intimidated! Our group is friendly and encouraging and we’re excited to see new quilters just getting started. No quilting experience is required to become a member. You can come to a meeting before you’ve even completed your first quilt.

What’s a typical meeting like? Fun! We always laugh a lot at Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meetings. Our two hour meetings start with a quick recap of guild business (exciting upcoming events, guild projects, calls for volunteers, etc), we explain our monthly block lotto challenge which is always optional, and we often have a speaker or program.  After a break for socializing  and signing up for workshops, challenges, etc,  we continue our meeting with show and tell. Surveys of guild members confirm that this is a highlight of the meeting, when members share their completed quilts.   We wrap up the meetings with a draw for the block lotto and door prizes donated by our members. Many members tell us that guild meetings are the best part of their month! Visit our meetings page for information about the time, date, and location of our next meeting.

I’m an introvert. Do I have to speak in front of a crowd if I come to your meetings? We want you to feel comfortable at our meetings. Show and tell is optional and we have many members who prefer to watch and be inspired rather than share their work. That being said, you may find you’re more comfortable with public speaking now that you’ve found “your people”. Our audience is always supportive!

What does it cost? Your first meeting is free, if there isn’t a Special Speaker, so you can check us out! The yearly fee to become a member is $60. In years of a Showcase we charge an extra $20 to help support the Showcase so in those years the fee is $80. Memberships runs from November 1st to October 31st and the fee is pro-rated to $30 in May if you join late. We offer junior memberships for quilters aged 8-18 years for $30/year. To join please find information on the Membership Page.

When we have Special Guest Speakers, the guest Fee is $10.

I live outside of Vancouver, can I come to your meetings? Absolutely! We have members from all over the lower mainland who come to our meetings. People come from North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, and Maple Ridge. If you live in the Valley, you can also check out the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild who meet in Abbotsford.

I don’t live in Vancouver, are there other modern quilt guilds in Canada? Yes! While the VMQG is the largest modern quilt guild in Canada, you can find several other guilds. In BC, there are guilds in the Fraser Valley, Bulkley Valley, Nanaimo and Victoria. There are also modern quilt guilds in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, London (ON), and Montreal. Check The Modern Quilt Guild’s website for your local guild or start one yourself!

I’m planning a visit to Vancouver, can I drop by a meeting? Definitely! We’re happy to have visitors take part in Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meetings and we’d love to see your quilts if you’ve got any with you. In addition to lots of visitors from the Fraser Valley MQG, we’ve had guests from Merritt, Seattle, Portland, and Israel and we’d be pleased to add your town or country to that list!

What is a sew-in? A sew-in is open sewing time where members work on their own projects in a blissful atmosphere of quilting and chatting! Sew-ins usually last five to six hours. We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Bring your own lunch and your own machine (don’t forget the presser foot!), projects, extension cord, power bar, and tools. There is a  fee for the sew-in depending on the location and whether you pay ahead of time or at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 15 or so spaces available.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here. Feel free to contact us through any of the addresses on our contact page. Our president will always be happy to hear from you and can be reached at president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.