VQG has an annual Charity Quilt Challenge to encourage members to create one or more quilts for donation to an organization of their choice. Each quilt displayed provides a chance to win a prize – probably more fabric!

Guild Events
Associated Groups

There are presently two groups associated with VQG which create quilts for hospitals and charitable organizations. Both groups also sell quilts to the community, and use the sale proceeds to purchase further quilting supplies. Both groups offer learning and/or mentoring opportunities for Guild members.

Studio 13 is open 10:00am to 3:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from September to June (with some exceptions) in space provided at Immaculate Conception Parish (ICP) church (Alma and 28th). Guild members may work on their own projects, or use Studio fabric to create quilts for Sunny Hill Hospital for Children, Central City Lodge, Quilts of Valour, or a charity of their choice. Studio participants may also create quilts or quilted items for sale at the ICP November and May sales, the proceeds of which may be donated to ICP (for using its space), to VQG, or used to purchase quilting supplies. The Studio will also accept finished quilts for sale or donation, quilt tops or blocks, and good quality fabric. Beginners are welcome to learn technique at the Studio; more experienced quilters may work out design ideas, sandwich quilts, or machine quilt. Bring lunch, tea is provided.

The Pumpkin Seeds group produces many quilts each year which go to Atira House, Children’s Hospital ICU and Oncology, St. Paul’s Hospital Neonatal Care Unit, the Union Gospel Mission Sanctuary (new mothers and babies) and Brock Fahrni. The group meets one Saturday each month at St. Faith’s church (Cypress and 57th) and every Tuesday. The Saturday group is always open to new members. All you need is a sewing machine with a walking foot and a desire to learn or improve your machine quilting. They provide the sandwiched quilt, thread, and lots of help. This is a great place for members to pick up tips about quilting and expand their range of machine quilting. There is limited space on Tuesdays so new members sometimes have to wait for space to open up before attending regularly. Members of the guild often contribute to Pumpkin Seeds by donating quilts and quilt tops. Each year they have two shows, one in June and one in November. Both are held at St. Faith’s church and admission is free. At both shows they display quilts and sell quilts to raise money for supplies. At the November show there is also a boutique and tea room. If you are interested in more information or joining Pumpkin Seeds, please contact Meredith Kimball (kimball@sfu.ca).