Paul Krampitz – Working with Wedges

Paul Krampitz’s Working with Wedges Workshop was well attended, with members enthusiastic about learning something new and sharing the process with quilting friends.

Paul Krampitz WorkshopArmed with our wedge templates, we learned how to cut our fabric into angled pieces and sew them together to create interesting effects.  We started with the basics, creating our own block.  Later, Paul showed us some variations such as angle cutting striped fabric and using pieced strips in our blocks.

Paul enjoys the math around working with wedges and the many possibilities that wedges offer for making eye-catching quilts.  He gave us lots of personal instruction and assistance, and we headed home from this enjoyable event with new ideas and techniques to explore.


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Carola Russell – Choosing the Right Needles, Thread & Feet for Quiltmaking

Carola RussellCarola Russell, owner of Carola’s Quilt Shop on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, gave a presentation  at our May meeting.  It was all about machine needles, quilting threads, and presser feet, and how choosing them wisely can lead to more successful projects and more enjoyable quilting.

She discussed needle sizes and threads for piecing and machine quilting, and provided answers for why needles may bend and thread may break.  Did you know that the thickness of your thread should match the size of the groove in your sewing machine needle?

Along with practical advice was inspiration about creative techniques such as silk ribbon work, beading, and machine applique and information about interesting tools such as the ruler foot and ruler feet templates.

Carola is a big fan of Aurifil threads, made in Italy, light and strong, and now available in a wider range of colours and weights.  She brought her travelling shop to the meeting, with lots of Aurifil threads and tempting collections of fabric.

Carola’s blog


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Spring Quilting Retreat

The Spring Quilting Retreat in April was a lot of fun.

This was the guild’s second annual retreat at Over the Rainbow Lodge on Camano Island in Washington State.

The Lodge is spacious and comfortable and well equipped for quilting, preparing food, and hanging out with friends.

We shared a lot of ideas, tips and laughs during our stay.  You could even say we were in stitches on occasion.


SQG Spring Retreat 2017

SQG Spring Retreat 2017

SQG Spring Retreat 2017

10:00 p.m. … the evening shift …

And, oh yes, the Over the Rainbow Quilt Shop is just a short drive away.  The inventory is huge, as the shop is also a busy online enterprise.

Many thanks to Diane for making this retreat happen.

Same place, same time (well, almost) next year.

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Paul Krampitz – From Traditional to Modern Quilter

Our April meeting featured a presentation by Paul Krampitz, who has made the creative journey from traditional to modern quilter.

Paul’s quilts illustrate how new and exciting designs can happen when quilters change up conventional blocks and layouts.

This was a lively presentation, with a great trunk show, and lots of ideas for modern quiltmaking.

More information:
Paul’s Blog
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Member Spotlight – Paul Krampitz
Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, Modern Quilt Studio, pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement
Color Catcher Sheets, protection from colour bleeding


A quilt made by Paul’s grandmother.

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One quilt – two sides.

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Changing up the log cabin block.

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Paul made this quilt with fabrics he acquired on a journey through Africa.

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Paul’s Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild quilt.

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Paul’s award winning quilt.

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Playing with circles.  This is the front.

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Playing with circles.  This is the back, with special effects from Paul’s fabric processing technique.

Workshop possibilities.

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Quilt Shops in the Mountain States

music:  Santa Fe by Ottmar Liebert

From Moira …

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Santa Fe Quilting, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The Santa Fe Quilting shop was very large.  It took a bit of time to explore all the shop as it had three rooms.

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An employee wearing a quilted garment.

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The shop’s Block of the Month quilt, done in the Southwest colours you would expect in New Mexico.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, a Pueblo Revival-style constructed in 1917.

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St. Francis Cathedral, which is Santa Fe’s grandest and probably most photographed structure.

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Taos Adobe Quilting in Taos, New Mexico, is tucked away on a little lane behind the Taos Plaza.

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This is a smaller store, crammed full of fabrics, patterns and notions.

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Hard-to-resist fabrics!

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Utah scenery

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The Arches National Park just outside Moab, Utah.  The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is bigger than big.

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My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe, in Midway, Utah.

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A lovely quilt shop … and, of course, I found some more fabric I couldn’t live without.

(header photo:  Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico)

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Julie Plotniko – Popcorn Can Quilts

Julie Plotniko, Vancouver Island quilting instructor, gave her presentation called “Popcorn Can Quilts” at our March meeting.

As someone who makes their popcorn on the stove top in an old pressure cooker with a tin pie plate for a lid, I was unfamiliar with popcorn cans.  Julie, however, had amassed a collection of popcorn cans over the years as a result of providing snacks to many young people who billeted at her house.

The popcorn cans were often decorative, and she found another use for the empty cans – storing scraps of fabric.  Julie stores her scraps by colour, and they are often used for community quilts and quick-and-easy projects.

Julie’s presentation was full of ideas, tips and techniques for turning scraps into interesting quilts.

These are some of Julie’s quilts made with patterns suitable for scrappy projects – Chinese coins, four-patches, half-square triangles, log cabins, and other designs.

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Community Quilts Day – Slab Quilts & More

IMG_1838Members met at the church hall on March 8 to make community quilts.  We cut, pieced, sandwiched and quilted, while swapping stories and sewing tips, truly testing our multi-tasking skills.

Several of the projects were slab block quilts for Canada’s Big Quilt Bee initiated by the Canadian Quilters’ Association to mark Canada’s 150th birthday this year.  The slab block quilts were fun to work with – so many different fabrics and colours coming together into playful, interesting layouts.  They will be given to Ronald McDonald Houses which provide accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must be away from home for their child’s major treatment.

Linda’s homemade soup was delicious, Les’s “long table” setup worked really well, and the beverage service to workstations was excellent.

Machine quilting with wavy lines seemed to catch on with several members, and spread – well, like a wave – through the hall.

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Botanical Reflections – A Quilt Show at VanDusen Garden

Images from the “Botanical Reflections” mixed fibre art exhibit at VanDusen Botanical Garden.  Presented by the Fibre Art Network in a gallery adjacent to the public admission area.  Until March 15, 2017.

more photos and information here

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Fabric Art by Daniella Amit

Daniella AmitDaniella Amit gave a presentation at our February meeting.  She began her career in landscape design, and now works in fibre art, jewelry, and interior design in her business La Penna Design.

She has been featured on the North Shore Art Crawl, and her art has been shown at the annual Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver.

Daniella teaches techniques for working with many mediums that can be used to create clothing, personal accessories, and soft furnishings.

Her creations incorporate a variety of mediums besides fabric such as metal and beads and a variety of techniques such as fabric dyeing, eco printing, and embroidery.

Delicate silks, textured materials, washes of hand dyed colour, glints of metal, decorative stitching, and other touches come together in works of intriguing fabric art.

Ilse and Isabelle brought their fabric art inspired by one of Daniella’s classes.

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Travels with Diane – Southern California

Diane sends us this message from Chula Vista, California.

“Just sending photos of some outdoor quilting I’ve been working on.   Two lazy days work produced 4 qayg (quilt as you go) quilt squares.  Looking forward to going to Rosie’s Quilt Shop next week in San Diego.  I met another quilter in the park who belongs to Willow Woods Quilt Guild.  She said the place is amazing.”

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