- See our Programs and Workshops pages for complete lists of what we have planned and what we’ve been up to!
- Information on joining the guild can be found on our Membership page.
- For general information about our monthly meetings, please see our Meetings page.
Attention all VQG members: Blankets of Love is a national charitable organization that provides quilts to those in hospital suffering from mental health issues. Mental health issues are often overlooked and with Covid more people will be suffering from these concerns. The Vancouver Quilters’ Guild is asking members to make quilts to donate to this cause. The optimal size quilt is 60″x60″ but other sizes are acceptable provided they are large enough to be wrapped around a person.
- Please consider starting your charity quilt now if you have sufficient materials to make a quilt.
- We need donations of cotton quilting fabric including jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes, orphan blocks, larger pieces suitable for borders, bindings and yardage for backings. Please do not donate any polyester/cotton blends, canvas, twill, wool or other fabrics used in garment making as we cannot use these to make quilts.
- The donated fabrics will be assembled into packs to make a 60″x60″ quilt top. As soon as we have packs available, we will advise you. Our goal is to initially donate a minimum of 50 completed quilts.
- Batting can be supplied if required.
- Backing and binding availability will be dependent on donations from our members.
- Hopefully you will be able to quilt your charity quilt. The quilting can be very simple or you may want to try out some of the quilting designs you have learned in the Vancouver Quilters’ Guild workshops.
- Use your favourite quilt pattern or check out some easy patterns at https://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/free-charity-quilt-patterns.
- To arrange a drop off or pick up of donation fabric, if you need help with any part of making your charity quilt or have any questions, please contact one of us. Our contact information can be found in the VQG newsletter and on the membership list.
Thank you for making a charity quilt. It will be cherished by whomever receives it.
— Sherri D and Nancy B
Join other Guild members on Zoom when we have our sewing days. We sew together, working on our own projects, from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturdays. Sometimes you cannot get a word in edgewise, and other times we sew in silence. You can come and go as you like.
If you need help with a technique, pattern or ideas for colour or quilting, bring your problems/questions to a sewing day … there’s a lot of help and support there! If you are new to the guild you will get a chance to meet/share/laugh with other guild members.
Sewing Days to add to your calendar:
- September 25
- October 23
- November 20
- December 4
Look for a Zoom invitation prior to each date.
Come and join our Holly Jolly Holiday Party, by Zoom, on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021.
- Pour yourself a special beverage, dress in your finery, and decorate your zoom space.
- Bring your Christmas themed show and tell – either new this year or from past years.
- Do you have a special Christmas ornament or holiday treasure? We’d love to see that too!
- We will have a fun activity or two and the conclusion of the WIPs.
- A small sign with YES on one side and NO on the other would be helpful.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 8th!
From January to December we run the “Works In Progress” challenge (better known as WIP’s). This is how it works:
- In January and February, members can register every quilting project that they started BEFORE January 1st of that year. As many and as old as they like!!
- Cost is $2 per article. As each one is finished it must be shown at a Show & Tell, where it will get an entry into the final prizewinning.
- New members throughout the year will have 1 week from joining to submit their list.
- Deadline is the December meeting, when the Winners are drawn for cash prizes.
** If someone really can’t get around to finishing an old project, or has extra squares leftover … they can consider donating to the VQG Blankets of Love Charity Quilts project!
In 2004 Julie immigrated to Canada from the UK and now lives in New Westminster BC. Over the last few years Julie discovered Judy Niemeyer and fell in love with all of Quiltworx designs. Julie’s first Quiltworx quilt was the seasonal table runner and since then Julie has attended several retreats and classes with Judy and other Certified Instructors. Julie has made over 75 Quiltworx designed quilts and is now addicted to foundation paper piecing and the process Judy has developed. Having a scientific but also creative brain, Julie loves the precision and complexity of the designs combined with the organization process and the ease and simplicity with which they come together – it’s her favourite way to make quilts!
Mary Elizabeth Kinch has written and contributed to many books. She has numerous podcasts, and has shown her works and taught all over North America and the UK. www.maryelizabethkinch.com @maryelizabethkinch
This Virtual Workshop is on January 22nd, Saturday, from 09:30 to 4pm with 1/2 hr lunch.
SUMMERHILL SAMPLER – THE JOY OF SMALL PIECES
Jump in and learn the secrets to success in working with these tiny morsels. Precision machine piecing is actually easy. In this class you will learn the techniques, tips and tools to achieving accuracy. Learn how to cut once, sew once, with NO trimming, allowing your pieces to fit together harmoniously and your focus to be on the joy of stitching. After this workshop, you will be able to easily transfer these skills to your other quilting projects, no matter the scale of the pieces. We finish off the day learning about a “knife edge” binding – one of Mary Elizabeth’s favourite ways to finish a quilt. These persuasively addictive blocks will capture your heart and before you are finished you will be dreaming of your next small pieces project!
$55 …. SOLD OUT
“Part lecture and part trunk show, this fun talk tells my journey from Canada to Korea and back again. While in Korea, I studied the ancient art of Pojagi, Korean patchwork. Back in Canada, however, the Korean materials are more difficult to find, so I adapted pojagi techniques to readily-available western materials with some great results.”
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Julie Faulkner – February 19th Saturday from 9:30 to 4pm – $35
Julie is from New Westminster, BC, and she will be teaching us a Judy Niemeyer Foundation Paper Piecing pattern.
The pattern comes in 8 quadrants, making two full circles finished at about 20”x22”. It can be finished as a table topper for a vase or candle, put together for a large pillow or you may wish to add to it and make a quilt. Use any fabrics, Kaffe, Tula, Alison Glass, solids or batiks…. High contrast really shows off those points!!! Pattern included.
Our next retreat is planned for March 7 -10, 2022 at Edenvale Retreat Centre and there is only one space left. If you are interest in attending, please contact Carol K to secure your space or to get your name on the waiting list if that space gets filled. We all know how circumstances can change and no deposit is required until a space becomes available.
Retreats are so much fun and even if you aren’t successful in getting a spot in 2022 you might want to consider signing up early for 2023 (anytime after March 10, 2022).
Elizabeth DeCroos – March 5th Saturday from 10:00 to 3:30pm – $35
Elizabeth is from Ontario, and will be teaching us reverse quilting with batiks in her Pojagi Improv Quilting Workshop. In this class you will learn two different methods of Pojagi seams and when to use them. If you struggle with not having a pattern or how to start improv piecing, this will get you going. The finished piece has no batting or backing, and could be used as a summer quilt, table cloth/runner, window curtain, shower curtain (with vinyl liner) or make a skirt or tunic top.