Welcome to our April mid-month newsletter 🌷🌷🌷

Whats inside:

  • April meeting
  • English Paper Piecing workshop
  • Member spotlight: Heather Davies
  • May Block Lotto
  • WIPs are back!!! Last chance to register!
  • Call for fabric donations Updated
  • Best places to shop >> please add your favs
  • Upcoming events
  • Dragonfly Quilt sew-ins

April meeting 

April’s guild meeting will be held in person on Monday, April 17 at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W. 49th Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm.

Note that there is construction along 49th Ave.  Allow a few extra minutes as some roads around the church are blocked.

Our speaker will be Robin Fischer from SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates.  

Dont forget:

  • blocks for block lotto—Drunkards Path block
  • snack to share (optional)
  • your own coffee, tea or water
  • quilts for Show and Share—email photos so we can share them
  • Toonies for WIPs, see below...  Last call to register!
  • door prize donations
  • your name tag!

Beginner English Paper Piecing workshop

Date: April 30, 2023
Presenter: Erin Grogan
Location: Zoom
Cost: $40

Update: There are still spots available for this workshop.  We will open registration to other guilds.

In this 3 hour workshop we will dive into all the fun that’s English Paper Piecing! Erin will share some of the history behind EPP. Participants will learn two different stitches and Erin’s favourite knot to use for EPP. Discussion will include how to elevate your EPP with fussy cutting and Erin’s EPP tricks along the way. Supply list to follow.

 Register here 


Member spotlight

Heather Davies

Welcome to our Member Spotlight, a feature that we’re adding, occasionally, to the guild’s newsletter. Our first member in the spotlight is Heather Davies.

Heather was born in London, England, to Welsh parents. During the war, she and her sister were sent to live with their grandparents in Wales. Heather began her nursing career in London. In 1963 she moved to Guelph, where her sister and new baby were living. While awaiting a work permit for a job at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Heather traveled to Vancouver to visit a friend. She fell in love with the west coast and, as the US work visa was delayed, Heather decided to stay in Vancouver.

Upon moving to Vancouver, Heather worked in the neurology unit at VGH. Following that, there was a stint in a remote northern Alberta village, where the nearest doctor was 120 miles away. Heather recalled successfully delivering a pair of twins while working on her own! Returning to Vancouver, Heather completed her nursing degree at UBC and joined the open heart OR team at St Paul’s Hospital, where she worked until retirement 30 years later, in 2000.

Heather’s mother was an avid stitcher and made dresses and clothes for her two daughters. Toys were limited during the war and Heather learned to sew by making her own dolls. She began quilting seriously after retiring and joined the VMQG in the early years when the meetings were held at Spool of Thread.

When asked if she had a favourite colour, Heather paused and then declared that there was no favourite, but that she doesn’t care for batiks. A recent quilt finish was a donation to her choir’s silent auction.

As we were wrapping up our conversation, Heather casually mentioned that she’s completed seven marathons—four in Vancouver and one each in Toronto, London and New York City. What an achievement!

Thank you, Heather, for sharing some of your history with us and for your ongoing support of our guild.


May block lotto

This month’s block is a modern improv Railroad Ties block.

Here’s your chance to try a fun improv pattern by designer Tara Faughnan, check out her Instagram @tarafaughnan.

Blocks are 9.5" and use three solid colours. Click block insructions link below for more details.

 Block instructions 


Last chance to register your WIPs!!!

Do you have quilty projects that you’ve started and then tucked away? Do you need an incentive to get your Work In Progress finished?  

Edna will register your WIPs at both the March and April meetings. You’ll have until February, 2024 to complete them. Each completed WIP is an opportunity to win $$$ 🤑


  • Projects must have been started prior to March 20, 2023
  • Fee per WIP is $2  
  • You must share a photo of the completed WIP and let Edna know that it’s complete
  • Draw will take place at February, 2024 guild meeting.  

WIP email address is wips@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca


Call for fabric donations


A big 'thank you' to all who donated fabric at the March meeting.  Bonnie, Hillary and Megan have sorted it and prepared bags of pre-cut 3 1/2" squares for you to take away and sew. Bags contain enough squares to make at least 10 blocks. Please aim to return your blocks to the May meeting.

We'll accept fabric donations at the April meeting. At this point, larger pieces that can be combined to make backings are preferred.  



Best fabric stores + quilt-related services

What are your go-to places to shop for quilt supplies and services?! 😍

Please tell us about your favourite fabric stores or quilt-related service providers to include in the VMQG website, under Resources. We'd like to provide a list of the best places to get fabric and all the other supplies that we typically use to make our beautiful handmade things. Things like: products (solid colour fabric, designer fabric, notions, tools, sewing machines, etc.); services (classes, long-arm quilting, sewing machine repair, etc); delivery options (fast shipping or in-person pick-up, or both); etc.

Our members want to know about the best places to go for the things we need/want, so a trusted recommendation from another VMQG member goes a long way. We want to support our members with valuable information, and we want to support the businesses that support us!

 Take me to the form 

Thank you for contributing.


Upcoming events

Sunday, April 30. 10AM – 1PM

  • EPP workshop with Erin Grogan of LoveSewModern
  • $40
  • Registration ongoing

Thursday, May 18. 9AM – 4PM

  • Bring-a-Friend Sew-in at Dragonfly Quilting
  • Registration is open.  See link below.

Saturday, June 24. 9AM – 4PM

  • Sew-in at Dragonfly Quilting

Monday, July 17

  • Picnic meeting
  • Details TBA

Wednesday, August 23. 9AM – 4PM

  • Sew-in at Dragonfly Quilting

Sunday, October 22

  • Transparency quilt workshop with Carolina Oneto
  • Details TBD

Dragonfly Quilt sew-ins

 Sew-in info here  

Click on link below for information about the sew-ins and the registration link.

 Register here