Our friend and VMQG (and Toronto MQG) member, Berene Campbell, is spear-heading a community collaborative project in response to the tragedy in Toronto a few weeks back.  She is calling it the “TORONTO LOVE PROJECT”. 

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You can find Berene here: (Website: and on IG @happysewlucky

You may remember Berene (with the help of Amy Friend) organized a wonderful community project after the bombing in Boston which she called “To Boston with Love”.

If you would like to participate in the “TORONTO LOVE PROJECT” you can find all of the details on her blog here at:  (#torontoloveproject)

VMQG will likely be organizing a sew-in in support of this collaboration in the next few weeks.  Watch this space for details.


Our needlebook exchange with the London Modern Quilt Guild!

Time flies so quickly in these busy times and I’m only managing to get to my post about the needlebook exchange two months and a bit after the fact!  Mine is being used in my hexie travel kit. How about yours?
Van needlebooks
Van needlebooks group

I spoke with Krista to find out more on how the exchange came to be. “The swap came about very late one evening of the Fat Quarterly retreat when I was in the lounge of the Grange Hotel with members of the LMQG. We were laughing and carrying on, tired from our long day at retreat and a few glasses of wine. I can’t remember exactly how the swap came about but London hadn’t done an international swap yet and we decided we should get one going! I think it was Shevvy or expat Canadian Amy, or maybe Kelly who suggested it. I mentioned VMQG had already done Tote bag and pin cushion swaps so we settled on needle books to keep the cost of shipping down. Their guild is smaller than ours but several Londoners were keen to make more than one needle book. It was really fun to see how many quilters from each guild incorporated cultural elements into their needlebooks. All in all a super fun swap!”

It was super lovely to receive and open our needlebooks at our holiday meeting. And looking at the pile of wrapped books, it was really hard to choose!!

UK needlebooks wrapped

It was a wonderful experience to share with a modern guild from so far away! A huge thank you from everyone at the VMQG to the LMQG for joining in on the fun!

UK needlebooks group photo


Modern Quilting Uncovered podcast on Canadian Quilt Talk

We hope you’re enjoying your Labour Day long weekend! If you’ve got a spare 45 minutes over the weekend, you should tune in to Episode 9 of the Canadian Quilt Talk podcast to listen to VMQG president Holly Broadland chat about modern quilting and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

Canadian Quilt Talk

Brandy Lynn Maslowski has started a new podcast all about quilting in Canada and you can find it for free on iTunes. You can also like Canadian Quilt Talk on Facebook to get notifications of new episodes. If you have any suggestions for future episodes, I’m sure Brandy would be happy to hear them!


To Boston With Love – tutorials and inspiration

It’s been so exciting to see the response to the To Boston With Love project!

The flickr group is getting full of fabulous flags, and individuals and guilds alike have been spreading the word via blog posts.

Please continue to spread the word, the more flags the merrier. If you’d like to blog about the project, or add this button to your blog, here’s the code for the button.

To Boston With Love

Were you thinking about making a flag, but weren’t sure where to start? Berene has kindly has put together patterns for two flags, her LOVE flag, the very first flag made, and a fabulous strippy heart.

The LOVE tutorial/pattern can be downloaded HERE.

And the Strippy Heart tutorial/pattern can be downloaded HERE.
Please Note: You may post a link to these patterns on your website, but you may not post them as free downloads on your or any other website. Thank you.

And if you’re looking for even more inspiration, there are tons of tutorials out there to chose from! We’ve compiled a list below, but if you have any more suggestions, or you’ve made your own tutorial, let us know and we’ll add them in. Keep in mind that unlike Berene’s patterns, these tutorials aren’t specifically for the flags, so you might need to resize them.

improv hearts (super scrappy!) (strip pieced!)

Click through for paperpieced hearts, patchwork hearts, applique hearts and more.

Scraps from the web

I follow the Museum of Vancouver‘s twitter feed and they recently linked to an article that led me to discover Kathryn Clark, a very interesting artist working with fabric, quilting, embroidery and the like. The article is an interview about a project combining quilting, maps and current events. Her website and blog are great spaces to explore her interesting projects, get insight into her process and learn the term “articraft”.

From the Foreclosure Series

One website that has been catching my eye more and more is Craftsy. It’s a community that features online classes, a beta pattern section, a project area and much more. There’s a great selection of quilting courses and right now a few of them are on sale. It might also be a great place for many of our talented members to share their talents. What I love is it is so focused on creating and a place for many crafts to converge.

Quilting Modern

This one is a bit all over the place right now, but Holly got a personal email from Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio, making sure our members know about it. Visit Canadian Living to read their review of the book “Quilting Modern” and enter the Canadian-residents-only (!!!) contest to win a copy. Written by Jacquie and Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did, this is one of the most anticipated new quilting books of the year and focuses on “improvisational techniques to make graphic contemporary quilts”. Publisher Interweave has a great preview available. The deadline is midnight tonight (Tuesday, April 3rd), so there are only hours left to enter!

Arkansas Traveler

On a recent visit to my dream home of Tofino, BC, I stopped in at their lovely local quilt store, Sew Tuff, and noticed a collection of all-solids blocks on the design wall. It turns out they were blocks from Fresh Lemons Quilts’ 2011 Summer Sampler Series, and I am particularly in love with the block shown above.

Anyway, now I’ve been following the Fresh Lemons blog and through there I found out about this festival being hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations:

Running from April 2 until April 27, you can be inspired by a selection of bloggers to create an HST project that can be entered for some great prizes. I know I have a UFO that might be perfect for this.

And just because pictures are great, here’s a picture that shows exactly why I spend so much time on the far west coast. Happy quilting!


Scraps from the Web

Here are a few things happening out there in the world of modern quilting.

Fat Quarterly E-Zine

They launched Issue #8 on January 31st and I bought mine within hours. It’s all about using paper in quilting and The Apple Pie Pillow pattern (pictured below) was too irresistible. Preview some of the patterns here and then place your order here.  Also, take a peek at their blog postings over the last few weeks to see work featuring Aurifil threads.

Apple Pie Pillow
Apple Pie Pillow

Invisible Quilt Hanging

A few weeks ago, Amy from Amy a la Mode posted a wonderful tutorial on how to hang your quilts on walls and have the hanger be completely invisible. I loved the tutorial and the quilts in it.

Tempting Fabric

I have recently started buying fabric online and discovered Marmalade Fabrics via a few other guild members. I was so pleased with my first order, I am waiting for a second parcel to arrive. This past Monday, Tammy of Marmalade Fabrics announced the arrival of Stockholm by Robin Zingone. I know what will be in my third order…

Summer Leaves
Summer Leaves from Stockholm Collection


Our secretary Amy has a great blog called Glitter, Vinyl and Thread where she recently did a rundown of several modern quilt-alongs that are happening these days. I’m not jumping into any of them right now, but you might want to, and I did mark several of them for future use. Quilt-alongs are great to try out something new and make some great online friends.

Are there other things happening you think should be on the blog? Let us know and we might include it in our next “scraps” post.

Quilting Out and About

Here are a few events we modern quilters should check out and get involved in.

Maiwa Textile Symposium 2011
The workshops that Maiwa lines up each year are always amazing. This year there are 3 workshops being taught by the Quilters of Gee’s Bend. There are also classes on colour theory, discharge quilting, embroidery and an abundance of other fiber and fabric related techniques.
Check out their schedule and register for a class today.

Ladner Quilt Walk and Car Show
The Quilted Bear Quilt Shop in Ladner is looking for modern and traditional quilters to submit quilts as part of their annual quilt walk taking place on August 21st. Download the registration form here or visit the Quilted Bear with your quilt by August 15th.

Quilting at the V&A in London
With all the unrest happening in London and around the UK, I am thinking fondly of the time I spent living there several years ago. One of my favorite places was the V&A Museum. Luckily, their website is an amazing substitute when hopping on a plane just isn’t in the cards. You can browse their collections, read a wide range of articles, and even use their patchwork pattern generator. Spent a few hours one evening there, and maybe peek around the other collections they have.