Welcome to our April newsletter đźŚ·đźŚ·đźŚ·

What’s inside:

  • April meeting
  • English Paper Piecing workshop
  • Member spotlight: Heather Davies
  • Block Lotto instructions
  • WIPs are back!!!
  • Call for fabric donations
  • How to share your photos
  • 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.  

Don’t forget:

  • blocks for block lotto—Drunkard’s 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...
  • 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.


April block lotto

This month’s block is a modern variation on the Drunkard’s Path.

Please use white cotton (not cream) for the background. A coiled effect is created by the two tone piece. No restrictions on the choice of colours—just a request that the path fabrics read as solid. A video link is provided to help with the technique. Curved seams can be a challenge, but don't let that hold you back from making this great block!

 Block instructions 


WIPs are back!!!  

Thanks Edna for stepping in to run this always popular program.  

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 $$$ đź¤‘


  • 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

We’ve identified two agencies who would welcome quilt donations—Covenant House and the Unitarian Church refugee program.

Please bring your fabric donations to the March and April guild meetings. Suggested minimum size is 10" square.

We’ll sort them and cut them into sizes that work for a 16 patch block. They’ll be available at the following month’s meeting for you to take away and sew.



Share your quilt photos on VMQG social channels

Please send your pics to photos@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca we'll share them and tag you!

Info you can include:

  • your name
  • your quilt name
  • your Instagram name
  • any co-maker’s name(s)
  • pattern name/designer
  • and anything else about the quilt that you’d like to share, for example: quilt size, fabric used, and your (brief) inspiration. 

We’ll still have Show and Share when we meet in person, since nothing beats seeing a quilt in real life!


Upcoming events

Sunday, April 30. 10AM – 1PM

  • EPP workshop with Erin Grogan of LoveSewModern
  • $40
  • Registration opens March 1

Thursday, May 18. 9AM – 4PM

  • Bring-a-Friend Sew-in at Dragonfly Quilting

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