Who is up for swapping with the lovely members of the London Modern Quilt Guild? While I was in London in July, I met some super fun gals who were “dead keen” to swap with us! We decided that small and light would be the order of the day since swap items would have to ship across the Atlantic, so we’re going for needlebooks.

Needlebook by Poppyprint
(woolfelt embroidered needlebook by Poppyprint)

The swap will be blind, meaning we’re not making for a specific person. This leaves you to create something you’ll enjoy making in any colours or design of your choosing. Please consider we’re swapping with a modern guild and let that guide your fabric/design choices. Amy has created a Pinboard with a gazillion ideas here: http://pinterest.com/amydame/needlebooks-and-sewing-kits/ For the purposes of this swap, we are sticking to simple needlebooks only, not full-blown sewing kits. This way shipping costs will be kept to a minimum and everyone will receive a comparable swap gift. Please do NOT put any needles in your book!

Needlebook by Quarterinchmark
(patchwork needlebook by Chase – Quarterinchmark)

The swap is limited to approximately 20 and so far we’ve got 18 signed up so if you want in, be sure to put your name on the list at the September meeting.

Completed needlebooks (wrapped in brown paper) are due at our November meeting). If you sign up, please don’t disappoint someone in London by flaking out – bring a needlebook to the November meeting or arrange for a friend to bring it for you if you can’t make it.

Meet Up and Sew In with Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild!

This Saturday, January 19th, is an exciting day!

VMQG will be meeting up with the FVMQG to have a sew in and spend the day with our closest MQG friends.

We’re meeting part way between both guilds, so the sew-in will take place at the Surrey Public Library City Centre branch. This is a gorgeous new building, located right next to the Surrey Central Sky Train station, and easily accessible from the highway. (scroll to the bottom of this post for directions)

The physical address of the library is 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC and we’ll be using Room  120, a big brightly lit room on the ground floor, just to your left when you walk into the library.

The sew-in starts at 10:30 and will go until 4:30. The library opens at 10am and Amy will be there setting up from that time on, so feel free to come a bit early to help move tables!

Like all of our sew-ins, the cost is $10 in advance and $15 the day of, and if you’d like to pay in advance, you can pay via paypal to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

We’ll be doing a quick group project that is completely optional, but we hope you’ll join in. If you’re on instagram or flickr, you might have seen the Scrappy Trip- A-long blocks that are taking modern quilters by storm? Yep, we’re joining the craze! Everyone who participates will make one block at the sew-in, and at the end of the day we’ll have a block lotto and one lucky person will win all of the blocks, and will have a fabulous start on their own Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt.

You can see the instructions we’ll be following here, though Amy will have a copy of the instructions at the sew in as well. For an example of finished quilts, check out the flickr group that’s exploding with amazing versions!

If you’d like to play along, bring 6 strips of modern fabric cut to 2.5″ x 16″. The strips can all be the same or they can all be different, but they don’t have to coordinate. We’ll be swapping strips before we start sewing, so you’ll have an extra excuse to chat with your neighbours.

Here’s the rest of the details:

–  there is free parking for 3 hours, but after that there is pay parking nearby

– bring a lunch (there’s a kitchenette attached to the room we’ll be in), or go offsite to pick one up (there are tons of places around)

– bring a treat to share if you’d like (if you can, e-mail Amy to tell her in advance)

– bring a door prize if you’d like (if you can, e-mail Amy to tell her in advance)

– there will be 2 full sized irons, and that’s all we can have, so if you’re doing a project that needs a lot of ironing, you might want to bring a mini iron (if you have a kickass iron that you’d be willing to bring and share, please e-mail Amy)

– we’ll be swapping our Travel Swap items, so don’t forget them!

– there will be several large cutting mats, but you are welcome to bring a smaller one if you’ll need it.

– wear your nametag, you’ll be making new friends!


It’s going to be great!! If you have any questions, e-mail Amy at vicepresident@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca



The library has limited transportation info on their website (pdf), but here are some more details.


Put your sewing machine in a rolling suitcase or cart and save on gas and parking! Take the Expo line and get off at Surrey Central Skytrain. Walk through the bus loop to University Dr and turn right, the library entrance is partway down the block. You can see  a map of the Skytrain station here (pdf). 

If you’re driving from Vancouver:

If you take Highway #1 from Vancouver, you’ll have two options, the Port Mann Bridge, which is a toll bridge, or detouring through New Westminster.  

If you take the Port Mann, there is an introductory rate of $1.50 per crossing. After crossing the bridge, take the exit for 152nd St/Surrey City Centre/108th St. Google says that the exit is #48. The exit will take you onto 152nd St. Turn right onto 104th St, continue past King George Blvd and turn left on University Dr. The library is on your left, and the parking lot is a block from the corner on your right.

If you go through New Westminster, take Brunette South (exit 40A) from Hwy #1. Continue on Brunette and the road turns left at a light, continue to your left and you’ll be on E Columbia St. Take the ramp on your right for the Pattullo Bridge. Once over the bridge, you’ll be on King George Blvd. Continue on King George and turn right at 104th Ave. A few blocks later, turn left at University Dr. The library is on your left, and the parking lot is a block from the corner on your right.

If you’re driving from Abbotsford:

Go down Highway #1 from Abbotsford and take Exit #50, which is labeled as 160th St/Surrey. The exit is right after the Pedestrian Overpass, earlier than you’ll expect it to be. Luckily, there are repeated signs warning you that it’s the last exit before the toll bridge! Once you take the exit, stay to the right and follow the signs for 104th Ave West. Go through the light and follow the curve in the road and you’ll be on 104th Ave. Stay on 104th, continue past King George Blvd and turn left on University Dr. The library is on your left, and the parking lot is a block from the corner on your right.

 If you’re driving there is an Impark lot for library staff and visitors on the corner of 103 Ave and University Drive and you can park there for 3 hours for free. After 3 hours you’ll have to move your car to one of the pay lots in the area.


Scrap Bag Challenge and Swap

There are lots of fun activities in store for the last two meetings of the year, including the Scrap Bag Challenge and Swap.

How the Challenge will work:

bring in a sandwich-sized ziploc baggie of scraps to the November 19th VMQG meeting. There should be at least a fat quarter’s worth. Tuck a slip of paper with your name on the inside of the bag, but make sure it’s not visible – this is a blind swap.

take a bag of someone else’s scraps.

make a small item for the person whose scraps they are. A small item is something such as a pincushion, mug rug, potholder, needle book, key fob, lanyard etc.

give the small item to the recipient at the December meeting.

receive the small item that was made for you.

We hope you plan to participate – it should be lots of fun!

Pincushion Swap with KCMQG



We’ve been invited to participate in a pincushion swap with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild! It’s a large guild – over 100 members! – so a  number of different Modern Guilds are participating, including Austin (their blog post about the swap), Wichita, Bay Area, Indianapolis and Northern Virginia. Exciting!

It’s a general swap, with no assigned partners.

Guidelines for the pincushion swap are:

– Modern aesthetic;

– Nothing breakable;

– Pin a tag to the pincushion with your name, email, blog, guild, filling (in case of allergies) and QuiltCon yes/no (see * below);

– Filling of your choice, but please make sure to list it on the tag;

– Bring to November 19th VMQG meeting;

– Distribution of pincushions envisioned for late December;

– *Swappers attending QuiltCon will be grouped so there is an opportunity to meet your pincushion’s creator in person.

To inspire you, Amy has put together a fantastic Pinterest board with all kinds of great eye candy and tutorials.

Have fun creating!

Amy’s Bigger List of Non-Zipper Closures

Are you excited about making a pouch yet? After you check out all of these links, you’re going to want to make tons of pouches!


First, some eye candy –

(wanna see the inspiration pics closer up, or see who made them? check out the mosaic on flickr for links!)

There are tons of wonderful pouches made without zippers, and there are so many different closure options out there. As I was saying at the guild meeting, using an alternative closure often means that the closure is more of a design feature than it would be with a zipper. While a zipper sort of fades into the background, buttons or frames can really make a statement!


Metal Snap Frames are super trendy right now, and they’re not nearly as scary as you think they are! This is a rather long list, but they come in different shapes and sizes, and the square ones are a bit different from the rounded ones. If you’re using a metal frame, open up the package first thing! Most frames come with a pattern that will fit the frame perfectly, but you might not realize it until you get to that step!










Another fun option is a magnetic snap, which you would use with a flap. Magnetic snaps can be purchased at  fabric stores, and even at craft stores. They’re really easy to put in, and have a very finished look.



Flex Frames can be really great, and they’re so easy to install. If you know how to sew a drawstring casing, you can make a flex frame pouch!





http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.ca/2012/01/snappy-bag-tutorial.html (using a metal tape measure instead of a purchased flex frame)


And speaking of drawstrings, they’re a great pouch closure too!







Buttons are awesome closures, because they give you the opportunity to really showcase a gorgeous vintage button. If you don’t have any tucked away in your stash, new buttons are great too! Button, Button is a great source for fancy buttons, but I’ve been surprised by how pretty some of the buttons at Fabricland are as well. And of course, there’s always Dressew! Dressew also has a very good price for large covered button kits, which are a great way to showoff a small piece of gorgeous fabric.





If you’re not so comfortable with buttonholes, buttons work great with loops of cording or elastic too.  http://hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.ca/2011/07/cell-phone-pouch-tutorial.html





A less commonly seen button closure is with a piece of ribbon or cording that is wrapped around one or two buttons, like a folio.




And let’s not forget about the lowly snap! As you can see in the mosaic above, they make great closures.




Though the snaps should come with instructions, reading about other people’s techniques can be helpful.




Make a sample of your pouch before you make your fancy swap pouch, so that you can try out your technique in advance. That will also give you a chance to perfect your pattern without ruining anything that you’ve put a lot of work into!


Heather’s Big List of Zipper Pouch Tutorials

As a follow-up to last night’s jam-packed and super-fun meeting, I thought I would post up a quick list of zipper pouch tutorials.

This first one is the one that I used to make the pouch and samples that I showed you all at the meeting last night. This one has very good instructions for doing the little fabric tabs at each end of your zipper.

Make It Perfect Easy Peasy Zippered Pouch Tutorial

However… the internet is full of online tutorials for lots and lots of really cute zip pouches, so I’ll include those here as well, for your perusal.

Design Sponge Sewing 101: Zippered Case

It’s A Pretty Modern Life Fully Lined Zippered Box Pouch

Sew Delicious Baby Gift Zipper Pouch

Michelle Patterns Let’s Make Dumplings! Free Zip Pouch Tutorial

Swim, Bike, Quilt! The XOXO Zippered Pouch

Gussy Sews – Tutorial: How to sew a zippered pouch.

The Adventures of Bluegirlxo – Zipper Purse Tutorial

So Sew Something! Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Skip To My Lou Pleated Pouch Tutorial

Sew Together – How to Draft a Pattern and Make a Zippered Purse with a Flat Bottom.

Happy pouch sewing and swapping, guildies!

Pouch Swap with Portland MQG

We are very excited to do a second swap with another modern quilt guild. This time we are going international, but staying west coast, and swapping with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild!


Please read over the guidelines carefully before committing. Then fill out this form by Friday, April 27th to register. You will be assigned your partners in early May.

Kalin will coordinate the Vancouver end of the swap so please contact her at kalin@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca if you have any questions.

Krista (Poppyprint)’s Mosaic for a recent pouch swap


1. It will be mixed partners, not a 1-to-1 swap.
2. The project is one pouch with some sort of closure (velcro, zipper, snap, etc).
3. Finished size should be somewhere between 4×4 and 8×8 inches.
4. To participate, fill in the online form by Friday, April 27th. If you want, you can create an inspiration mosaic (using Big Huge Labs’ Mosaic Maker tool) and post it to the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild’s flickr group. This is an optional step. It helps your partner get to know your style.
5. Bring your finished project to the May 17th or June 21st meeting. If you can’t, let Kalin know.
6. Projects will be shipped as a group so please label your pouch with your name and the name of the recipient.
And just in case here is the link to the Registration form again.

Holiday small gift exchange

Happy December! With the holidays approaching fast, it’s time to make some handmade gifts. We’ll be having a small gift exchange at our Thursday, December 15th guild meeting* and you’re welcome to participate!

December Challenge:
– Make a small gift and bring it to the December meeting
– Your gift can be holiday-themed (eg an ornament or potholder using Christmas fabric), but it doesn’t have to be
– Ideas for gifts include potholders (if you just made some for the VMQG-FVMQG Potholder swap, you might be in the groove!), coasters, mug rugs, pincushions, or wristlets.
– As always, this challenge is optional
– We’ll pick partners randomly at the meeting and swap gifts

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with at the meeting!

*the Dec. 15th meeting will be our first meeting at our new location, Room C509 at Langara College. We will send out more location information in our meeting reminder.