May 9, 2019 – Meeting Recap

  • Attendance was an energetic group of 35 members!
  • Lorna Shapiro treated us to an inspiring TRUNK SHOW and set up a great POP-UP SHOP.  Too bad we don’t have a video of it so we can watch it again.  As she showed us some of her work, she explained how she arrived at her design and what she had learned with each piece.  She recognized that her quilts didn’t really fit any one category, though they were somewhere on the modern spectrum. She  encouraged us to find our own style and embrace it. Our work will likely only appeal to 5% of the crowd, but that’s really okay .  There’s always new things to learn so sign up for a class or read a book, but don’t feel like you have to do it just the same as they do.  Take what you like and leave the rest.  Learn to recognize and use colour VALUE to your advantage, it will make your quilts more interesting.  It’s not true that you need to stick to using only 100% cotton in your quilts…go ahead and use a mix of cotton and linen and silk and and wool whatever fabric you want to use.  If you feel stuck with not knowing how to quilt your top, just get started with the part that you do know and the rest will fall into place little by little. You don’t need to know the whole plan before you start, just don’t stay stuck.  You may meet Lorna and her Quilter’s Dream fabric set up at local Quilt Show vendor malls.  Lorna’s website is www.quiltersdreamfabrics.com and you can follow her on Instagram @lornashapiro.
  • Thursday, May 30th from 4 pm – 8 pm is the Downtown Abbotsford spring WINE & ART WALK.  FVMQG will have a display of modern quilts on a wall 22’ long by 8’ high in the board room of the Abbotsford Business Association office, which is the first stop.  We are featuring the modern mini log cabins that some of us made for the swap with VMQG.  If you have yours finished and it’s not handed in yet, please let Marilyn know, we want to display as many as possible.  There are 28 of us that signed up to do the swap.  Bad news is…the tickets for the Wine & Art walk were sold out on the first day.  Good news is…you can still participate in the walk even if you don’t have a ticket, you just won’t be offered the wine & goodies at each stop.  Yay!
  • The “Make A Mini Make A Friend” MEET UP & SWAP with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is on Saturday, June 15, 2:30 – 4 pm at the Surrey Central Library, Room #405.  ALL guild members are invited to come, even if you did not participate in the swap. Come out and get to know some of our fellow Modern Guild members.
  • We will take some time at the June meeting show & tell to see each of the MINI MODERN LOG CABINS so we can hear what you learned from making it.  Check Facebook to see photos of the ones that were handed in at the May meeting –  they are jaw dropping amazing.  We need to hear about each one!
  • June guild meeting is our annual TRUNK SALE!  An opportunity to sell your quilt & craft related items – fabric, rulers, notions, books, etc.  Tables will be set up around the hall to display whatever you bring.
  • We will also have our FREE TABLE.  You take home whatever you bring that doesn’t get picked up.
  • June guild meeting is your opportunity to get some SOCIAL MEDIA COACHING.  Would you like some one-on-one or small group coaching for Instagram or Facebook or?  For example, help with how to post pictures, how to look for things online, how to find guild information, etc.  Bring your personal device and bring your questions. 
  • June guild meeting is your opportunity to be a SOCIAL MEDIA COACH!  If you are comfortable with using Instagram and Facebook and the web, and would like to share what you know with another guild member at the June meeting, please let Marilyn know.
  • Check out the May SHOW & TELL pictures on Facebook. Thanks for taking the photos Nancy!
  • 50-50 winner was Connie Simington with a $28 pot.
  • Lots of great DOOR PRIZES again!  You are a generous bunch. If you won one, take the opportunity to connect with the person who brought it.
  • Kate announced that we now have 32 people signed up for our 10th Anniversary Quilt RETREAT – October 2-4. 2020 at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack.  If you haven’t reserved your spot, see Kate at the Membership table.  It is going to be SO FUN!
  • Mark your calendars! Laura More is now taking registration for Terry Aske’s exceptional “Circles” WORKSHOP which will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Cost is be $55.
  • We had some open discussion about whether we want to host our own FVMQG QUILT SHOW next year. Some of the topics considered were timing, location, budget, volunteer availability, purpose. Conclusion was that a small group should look into more specific details and come back with some recommendations.  If you would like to be part of that small group, please get in touch with Marilyn or Karla.
  • Next Guild meeting is June 13, 2019. 

Submitted by Marilyn I.

April 11, 2019 – Meeting Recap

  • Attendance was 48 members plus 2 guests for a grand total of 50!  Lots of chatter and connecting.
  • Thursday, May 30th from 4 pm – 8 pm is the Downtown Abbotsford spring Wine & Art Walk and we have been invited to put up a display of modern quilts on a wall 22’ long by 8’ high. 
  • We have 28 signed up for the “Make A Mini Make A Friend” Swap with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and all the matches have now been made.  Finish your Modern Mini Log Cabin and hand it in at the May meeting to be hung at the Wine & Art Walk on May 30, 2019!  The Swap & Meet Up day with VMQG will be in June.  The details of the Meet Up will be arranged soon.
  • The FREE TABLE is back!  Bring any craft related goodies that you want to give away.  If no one picks it up by the end of the evening, you are responsible to take it back home again.
  • Lots of inspiring quilts and stories shared at Show & Tell. Check out the pictures on Facebook.  Let’s celebrate those finishes together, keep them coming! When posting on IG, remember to use the hashtag #FVMQGcelebratemyfinish.
  • Thanks to Gail Houser who brought it home, our QuiltCon Charity Quilt made it back and we got a good look at it during Show & Tell.  The Executive will be deciding who the recipient is this year.
  • After the break, we had three inspiring mini-trunk shows from a few of our Executive.  Thank you to Christine, Marilyn & Norma for sharing their quilts and stories. Check out the FVMQG facebook page for pics.  Thanks for taking the pictures and posting them, Nancy!
  • Thank you to the volunteers that climbed the ladders and held the quilts for Show & Tell and then also for 3 mini-trunk shows!  That’s a lot of holding!
  • 50-50 ticket sales were brisk and the pot grew to $80!  The winner was slow to check her ticket and claim it because the winner was Eileen Tiessen, and she was holding the ticket basket! After all your time organizing the 50-50 sales, it’s a well-deserved win, Eileen!
  • Lots of great Door Prizes again!  If you won one, take the opportunity to connect with the person who brought it.
  • If you have trouble finding your name tag at home on guild night, you are welcome to leave it at the membership table at the end of the meeting and then pick it up when you arrive next month!
  • Keep making blocks for Community Quilts, but May is the last month to hand them in.  After that, Joanne & Kathryn will work at assembling the blocks and finishing what has been started in preparation to handing over the responsibility of Community Quilts to new volunteers in September.
  • It’s not too early to think about how you would like to volunteer in the guild starting next September.  Getting involved is the best way to get the most out of the guild.  Maybe this is the year you can take a turn.  Talk to any of the executive if you have any questions about what jobs are available.  FYI – To distribute the work load more evenly, Programs & Workshops is going to be separated into two responsibilities.
  • See you at the May Coffee Klatch on the first Saturday of the month, May 4th.  Meet at 10 am in Delta for coffee at Petra’s and then go see the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild Show.  Check the Events tab on Facebook for details.  Thanks for arranging Coffee Klatches, Tracy!
  • There are a few spots left in the Piecing Curves Workshop by Jean Jones coming up on Saturday, May 11 at UFV.  Cost is $40.  Contact Joan Zielke asap if you are interested. 
  • Mark your calendars! Laura More announced that we will be hosting Terry Aske and her “Circles” workshop on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Cost will be $55. Laura will be starting a sign up list at the May meeting.
  • Next Guild meeting is May 9, 2019.  FVMQG rocks, just sayin’.

Submitted by Marilyn I.

March 14, 2019 – Meeting Recap

It was another fun evening. Attendance was 43.  No guests, no new members and no snow.  Just us.  But we currently have 68 members so we were missing those of you that couldn’t be there.  Almost exactly 2/3 of our membership was there. It is fun to see all the cute nametags.  If you have […]

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Feb 14, 2019 – Meeting Recap

Exec Updates Summary Attendance was 25 brave members even with unpredictable winter weather.  We were a small, fun group, but certainly missed those of you that couldn’t be there. We were so happy that Stacie from Troll Brothers made the trip from Vancouver Island and brought her excellent selection of modern fabrics to give us […]

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