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

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