Welcome to our September newsletter 🍃🍂

What’s inside:

  • Meeting information
  • Showcase Survey
  • VMQG and FVMQG swap
  • Curves and Transparencies workshop Update
  • September Block Lotto
  • VMQG retreat
  • Sew Good Quilts
  • Reminder—WIPs and Show n Share photos
  • Upcoming events

Meeting info

September’s guild meeting will be held in person on Monday, September 18 at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W. 49th Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm.

Don’t forget:

  • blocks for block lotto—Slashed block
  • snack to share (optional)
  • your own coffee, tea or water
  • quilts for Show and Share—email photos so we can share them
  • door prize donations
  • your name tag!

Showcase Survey

The VMQG puts on a biennial Showcase that celebrates our members’ work and educates the public about our guild and the modern quilting movement. The last Showcase was in August, 2022 and we’ve begun thinking about our upcoming Showcase in 2024.  

A successful quilt show is a huge undertaking and requires many people to share the load. Our Showcase can only happen if all guild members are willing to help. The first step in planning is to gather information on how we might approach our next Showcase, for example, show size, time of year, venue and member interest. We welcome all comments and suggestions.

Please take a moment to complete our brief  survey 
Survey closes September 20.

Thanks for your help.



Swap Guidelines:

  • Sign up for the swap using the link below.
  • Choose a 10 1/2" square of favourite fabric and mail it to your swap partner.
  • Create a modern mini quilt that incorporates some or all of the fabric that you receive from your partner.  
  • Size of mini to be between 60" and 80" perimeter.
  • Exchange your mini quilt in person or mail it to your partner. 
  • By signing up for the FVMQG/VMQG swap you agree to complete your mini quilt for your partner according to the guidelines and dates.

Important Dates:

  • September 12 – sign up deadline
  • September 20 – you'll receive partner name and contact info
  • September 22 – deadline to mail fabric swatch to partner
  • October 27 – deadline for mailing mini quilt if you are not attending November 4 swap event
  • November 4, 10:30am – Mini quilt swap exchange at Dragonfly Quilting and Gifts, 17802B 66th Ave, Surrey.

 Sign up here for Mini Quilt Swap 


Curves and Transparencies
Carolina Oneto

In this four-hour zoom workshop you will design a mini quilt top from scratch.

Carolina will talk about colour theory and how to create the transparency effect with colour and fabrics. You will learn how to cut fabrics with complex shapes and join them by machine.

Space is still available and we will open this to members of FVMQG on September 1. Maximum number of participants is 25.  

Registration closes on October 7 and supply list will be sent out one month before workshop

Sunday, October 22
10am – 2pm PDT

 Register for Curves and   Transparencies workshop here 


September Block Lotto

Slashed Block

For September, we’ve chosen a fun and easy modern block. A picture of the block from ‘Keepsake Quilting’ was found online but no pattern instructions were included, so we've made our own.

Please use solid colour quilting fabrics in fall colours. Unfinished block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2".

 Block instructions 


Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Retreat

The retreat committee is excited to announce that we’ve chosen Stillwood Lodge as our retreat location for April 2024. The camp and conference centre are set on 100 acres overlooking Cultus Lake. We look forward to being together to sew, share ideas and socialise in this lovely spot. 

Please read the details below. Click the link to register and then e-transfer your deposit to treasurer@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca.

Date: April 11-14, 2024

Location: Stillwood Lodge

Includes: THREE nights accommodation, eight meals (D, BLD, BLD, B), and loads of sewing fun!

Cost: Single $570 or Double/Triple $525

Important Information:

  • minimum # of participants is 15, the retreat will be cancelled if this number is not reached by Oct 31, 2023
  • maximum # of participants is 20, first come (and paid), first served
  • a $100 non-refundable deposit is required when registering.
    Note: if VMQG cancels the retreat, your deposit will be returned
  • second payment of $200 due Jan 1, 2024
  • third payment (balance) due Mar 31, 2024
  • there are limited single rooms which will be assigned by lottery after Oct 31
  • Stillwood Lodge has a no alcohol/no drugs/no smoking policy for which VMQG has signed a waiver
  • NO alcohol/drugs/smoking
  • participants bring their own bedding.

Questions? Contact workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca 

 Click here to register for retreat 


Sew Good Quilts 💕

After dropping off two quilts with the Unitarian Church for their refugee program, we took a break over the summer. Thanks to all who have donated time and/or fabric. We’ve got a few tops and backs made. With Hillary’s donation of batting and Laura Gates’ offer to longarm, we’ll have four quilts ready to gift before too long.  

What’s next? Let’s create a team that can work together to identify recipients, sort donations, design, piece, quilt, bind and label.  

Please let Megan know if you’re interested in being a part of Sew Good Quilts. president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Thanks again for fabric donations. We are not taking any more at this time. 



WIPs: Let Edna know when you finish a registered WIP, email wips@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca

Show n Share Photos: Send us your photos so we can post them on our socials, email photos@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca


Upcoming events

Sunday, October 22

  • Carolina Oneto "Curves and Transparencies"
  • 10am – 2pm PDT
  • $65

Saturday, November 4

  • In-person swap meet-up
  • Dragonfly Quilt

Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14

  • VMQG Retreat