Welcome to our July newsletter 😎 🍉 ☀️ ⛱️

What’s inside:

  • July meeting info
  • Member Spotlight—Tess Gobeil
  • Curves and Transparencies workshop 
  • July Block Lotto
  • Swap save-the-date
  • Dragonfly Quilt Sew-ins
  • Reminder—WIPs and Show n Share photos
  • Upcoming events

July picnic meeting 🍒

It's been a guild tradition to have a picnic for our July meeting. We'll meet at Trout Lake Park at 6:30pm on Monday, July 17. Look for us near the concession, close to E 19th Ave. Families are welcome!

If we need to cancel due to weather, we'll make the call at noon on July 17 and will notify you by email.  

Don’t forget:

  • blocks for block lotto—Bird Block
  • dinner and beverage for yourself and your guests
  • chair or blanket to sit on
  • quilts for Show and Share—email photos so we can share them
  • your name tag!

Member Spotlight

Tess Gobeil

For the second of our randomly scheduled member spotlights we reached out to one of the guild's newest members, Tess Gobeil. Read on to get to know Tess.

What is your earliest sewing memory?
I had lots of sewists in my life, but I don’t actually remember seeing any of them sewing! The first time I recall doing it myself was for a fourth grade Christmas craft, cross-stitched ornaments.

How did you learn to sew?
I learned the foundational skills in Home Economics, in middle school (grade 6-8). I picked it up for the occasional project over the next ten years (making a quilt for my first partner at age 17, and DIY tailoring from ages 16-20), but it was mostly self-taught and often frustrating. About 6 years ago, I decided to take the plunge and did a domestic sewing class from Langara and an industrial course at VCC (both with garment making in mind). Around the same time, I started doing the bulk of the sewing repairs for a shoe repair shop. Later, I worked in a local boot factory, clicking and sewing shoe/boot uppers in 15+ different styles.

Do you have a sewing mentor or idol?
I don’t find myself idolizing a single person or mentor, but I follow lots of quilters that inspire (usually to go out of my comfort zone!). Zak Foster, Heidi Parkes, Amanda Nadig, Coulter Fussell and more – but generally improv quilters

What led you to join the Vancouver MQG?
I attended the VMGQ 2022 Showcase (on my birthday!) last year and felt inspired to finish a quilt that I had started in 2019 (and then worked on intermittently since). At the time, it was the largest quilt I’d ever made, and the first one that I deeply enjoyed working on. I decided to join an online quilt guild (The Quilty Nook!) and, while I really like it, I knew immediately that I’d prefer an in-person meeting. I finished that quilt in January 2023, joining the VMQG the same month. Community and community-building is something I enjoy, so it’s no surprise to me that I’m enjoying being a VMQG member.

What’s under your needle these days?
After taking the English Paper Piecing class in April with Erin Grogan, I decided I wanted to do a hexagon paper pieced baby quilt for a close friend of mine who is due with their first child any day now. It will probably amount to the most hand-sewing/handwork I’ve ever done on a quilt thus far, but it’s going to be cute at least.

Tell us a bit about your business.
I co-own a leather and shoe repair shop in East Vancouver! We do leather garment alterations and repairs, re-dyeing, shoe and bag repair, small upholstery, custom leather goods, etc. We are focused on sustainability, repair culture and circular fashion, so we often find ourselves mending or making something outside of the ordinary. Since so many of our jobs are sewing-specific, between work and home, I have six different types of industrial and domestic sewing machines to choose from (13 machines total, eek).

Click links to visit the Awl Together Leather website and Make Do Mending Instagram. Note: Tess recently paused the visible mending services, as the demand had become untenable to sustain.

Do you have other hobbies or interests?
Hah! Beyond reading, most of my hobbies are garment or textile related. I enjoy making shoes and garments for myself, from pattern and scratch. I recently swapped out my rug tufting machine for a hand-operated chainstitch embroidery machine. If I’m at my desk, I usually have a podcast playing, but if I am on my couch, it’s probably reality tv in the background.

What’s your favourite make?
I’m going to choose the one I get the most use out of, and the one I finished as I joined the guild in January! It lives on my bed right now and the wool blanket it’s backed onto gives it a nice weight and warmth. Photo above of Warm Butter.

Complete this sentence: I’ve always wanted to make….
Large scale applique! I’m scheming up a king-size quilt.

Tess, youre a talented go-getter. Itll be fun to follow you as you continue to try new things and add to your already long list of skills. Thank you for being in the spotlight!


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 


July Block Lotto

This month we are featuring a fun pattern by Jean-Sophie Wood that was inspired by Lynne Tylers ‘Bird How To’ tutorial.

The free PDF pattern is available to download online—Block Lotto Bird.

The one change we have made is to use WHITE fabric not BLUE for the background. Your bird can be right or left facing.

Finished block size is 6" x 9".

Note: You may want to watch the YouTube video titled Make a block lotto bird quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star.


Save The Date! FVMQG and VMQG Swap

Were having an in-person swap with the Fraser Valley MQG. The swap will take place on Saturday, November 4. Watch for details and sign up in the July 15 newsletter.  


Dragonfly Quilt Sew-ins

The August 23 sew-in is for members only. Click on link below to register.

 Register here for August sew-in 



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

Monday, July 17

  • Picnic meeting
  • 6:30pm Trout Lake Park
  • Families welcome

Wednesday, August 23. 9am – 4pm

  • Sew-in at Dragonfly Quilting

Sunday, October 22

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