“Speed Date with Improv” Zoom Workshop

Last Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5, mornings we had fun creating improv blocks with Krista Hennebury. Using the Zoom platform Krista showed videos of her directions regarding each block and then provided support as we worked on each one. Zoom allowed us to include two people from Ontario: a quilter from Krista’s wait list, and, Lynda, a SQG member currently in Ontario.

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Whatcom Museum – Modern Quilts

Whatcom Museum in Bellingham had a travelling exhibit of quilts from the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). The exhibit showed about 60 quilts that were made by past and current MQG members. The MQG has more than 12,000 members across six continents and 39 countries. Support for this exhibit was provided by the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum.

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Modern Quilt Showcase 2018 – A Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Show

Modern Quilt Showcase 2018The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild recently held their second biennial show, Modern Quilt Showcase, at The Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver, B.C.  The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is eight years old, with about 120 members, and is part of the worldwide modern quilting movement.

The quilts in Modern Quilt Showcase 2018 were colourful and innovative, utilizing many different stitching techniques, but perhaps most importantly, they represented the originality and self-expression of their creators.

What is a modern quilt?  Besides being fresh and non-traditional, this question is open to ongoing debate and discussion among quiltmakers.  From the VMQG website, and as demonstrated by the quilts shown in the gallery below, some of the characteristics of “modern quilts” are: Continue reading “Modern Quilt Showcase 2018 – A Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Show”

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.

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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.

Paul Krampitz

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

Paul Krampitz

Paul’s Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild quilt.

Paul Krampitz

Paul’s award winning quilt.

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Playing with circles.  This is the front.

Paul Krampitz

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

Workshop possibilities.

Modern Quilt Showcase – A Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Show

IMG_1268The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild recently held their first quilt show called Modern Quilt Showcase.  Over 100 modern quilts made by guild members were shown.

The eye-catching, creative quilts on display represented new directions in quilt making such as the use of solid colours, asymmetry, improvisational piecing and less traditional machine quilting designs.

IMG_1270_edited-1The show was held at the Pipe Shop Building, a restored structure from the historic shipyards on the North Vancouver waterfront, now a unique event venue.  The building’s heavy timbers and high ceiling and the natural light from many doors and windows made a wonderful setting for the quilts.

There was lots of inspiration at this show for those who want to explore modern quilt making – new quilters, or experienced quilters looking to do some rule-breaking.

Click on any image to open a carousel of photos from the Modern Quilt Showcase.

Stacey Day, Quilt Designer

Stacey DayStacey Day came to our March meeting.  She talked about how her life today as a quilter, pattern writer and quilt designer began with her love of  fabric as a very young girl.  She sewed her own clothes and did crafts, and remembers her grandmother at her side encouraging her to have confidence in her own ideas and talents.

A book deal that didn’t happen turned out to have a silver lining for Stacey.  She was able to keep the many quilts she had made for the book.  One of her quilts came to the attention of an American publisher, and her designs have now been published in various magazines.

Other opportunities have followed, and Stacey is busy in the quilt world.  In addition to magazines, she works with fabric companies such as Windham Fabrics, sells her patterns on Craftsy, and is looking forward to exciting, creative projects ahead.  All this, together with a young and growing family.

Stacey Day

Stacey is a member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  A favourite pattern is ‘Lone Star’ and she admires the work of fabric designer Tula Pink.  She designs her quilts using Electric Quilt 7.

Stacey told us she makes things she enjoys, which keeps her quilting spark alive in the face of deadlines.

Drop in to Stacey’s website.  There is lots to see and inspire you there.  Here are some of Stacey’s quilts that were part of her enjoyable and informative presentation.

Krista Hennebury Workshop – A Recipe for Modern

Temperature Check
Temperature Check

Choose your colour ingredients.  Use a few traditional techniques.  Add lots of innovative cutting and improvised piecing.  Spice it up with your own creativity, and you have a recipe for a modern quilt.

Krista’s workshop, “Improv Under the Influence,” was a lot of fun.  We learned how to make a quilt that Krista designed and called “Temperature Check.”   Continue reading “Krista Hennebury Workshop – A Recipe for Modern”

Krista Hennebury Presentation

Temperature Check
Temperature Check

We were fortunate to have Krista Hennebury at our September meeting.  In an entertaining and informative presentation, she spoke to us about modern quilting and showed some of her quilts.

After a career as a geologist, Krista pursued her interest in quilting.  She gives presentations and trunk shows, leads workshops, hosts retreats and quilt cruises, and blogs.  Earlier this year, her book “Make It, Take It” was published.   Continue reading “Krista Hennebury Presentation”