Welcome to our August newsletter 🏖️☀️

What’s inside:

  • Reminder >> no August meeting
  • Changes to Policies and Procedures
  • FVMQG and VMQG swap
  • VMQG Retreat
  • Curves and Transparencies workshop 
  • September Block Lotto
  • Dragonfly Quilt Sew-ins—Last call, bring a friend!
  • QuiltCon
  • Reminder—WIPs and Show n Share photos
  • Upcoming events


Were taking a break! There is no guild meeting this month. Enjoy your family and friends, go on a trip or be a tourist in your own town. Hopefully youll also find time to do some creating. See you on September 18. 👋


Changes to Policies and Procedures

Over the past several months, the executive has made some changes to the guilds Policies and Procedures. These are outlined below. Please take some time to review them. Feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments. president@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca


CHANGE #1  P/P 1.3  Mailing address

Delete mailing address.

Reason: As a registered BC Society we are required to have a mailing address.  However, we don't receive any physical mail and are opposed to paying $200/year for a box. An executive member's home address is used to satisfy the requirement.  


CHANGE #2  P/P 1.4  Change AGM date

Change AGM from January to December.

Reason: As a registered BC Society we are required to have an AGM every calendar year. During the pandemic we, like many other societies, were granted extensions to both meeting and filing dates. These extensions no longer apply.

Our guild fiscal year ends on October 31 and we will hold the AGM in December. For 2023, it will be during the regular guild meeting on December 18.


CHANGE #3  P/P 2.4.1 Compensating members for teaching

Adding: Members will not receive compensation for teaching or presenting to guild.

Reason: The guild’s executive encourages members to share their knowledge, skills and experience with fellow guild members at monthly meetings. This can be in the form of a short demo, a trunk show or a longer presentation. Members will not receive compensation for these presentations. The decision takes into account that VMQG is a volunteer-run organization and none of the executive or committee leads receive compensation for the work required to organize meetings, activities and the Showcase. Members interested in teaching a ‘for fee’ workshop may bring their proposal to the executive for consideration.


CHANGE #4  P/P 5.3  Funds held in reserve

Adding:  The VMQG will hold a surplus of $1,000 (CDN) on its balance sheet each year.

Reason: This surplus is intended to allow the organization to offset any material drop in membership to below 50 people, or other significant revenue shortages from other unidentified sources. Currently, membership fees are the key revenue source for VMQG and this surplus would allow VMQG to function for one year without impacting its fixed expense programing.



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 


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 


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.

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 


Dragonfly Quilt Sew-ins

The August 23 sew-in is now open to friends. Each attendee must complete the form and make payment. Click on link below to register.

 Register here for August sew-in 



QuiltCon registration opens on August 15 at 7am PDT. If you plan to register, you will need to be logged in to MQG. Take a moment to check that your login information is correct. This link will take you to MQG login page:

MQG login

If you have trouble logging in contact Hillary at: membership@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca



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

Wednesday, August 23. 9am – 4pm

  • Sew-in at Dragonfly Quilting
  • Bring a friend!

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