Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy New Year! Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 10th (note it is one week later)

Our next meeting has been moved one week later to Wednesday, January 10, 7:00pm, as the first Wednesday is too close to holiday overload.

This means that you have an extra week to work on the paint-chip challenge that is due at this meeting.

-Sign up for the sew-in on Saturday January 13.  It'll be fun to quilt and socialize.
-Bring your show and shares and let's see what was worked on over the month of December.

See you at the meeting!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

What a fun Christmas potluck!

We started with a potluck dinner which had lots of yummy foods - no shortage of amazing dishes and desserts.


Then we had our mug rug exchange.  This involved many "involuntarily" relinquishing their mug/rug.  When it ended we got a picture of all the wonderful mug rugs, with mugs to match in a lot of cases.
Show and shares rounded out our meeting, demonstrating that our members have been busy.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas pot luck, Wednesday, Dec.6 at 6:00pm (note early start)

The Christmas pot-luck will be our last meeting of the year.  Where has the time gone?

Our meeting is next week: Wednesday, December 6th. and it will be a Christmas potluck starting at 6:00pm.  Bring a dish to share and there is a microwave and stove available to keep things hot. Tea and coffee will be supplied.

If you have not renewed your membership you will need to do it at this meeting as we have to renew our membership with the mother ship and we want to ensure that everyone has access to the wonderful things available to members on the MQG website.  Please see Dona-Mae to renew your membership.

Bring your mug rug and mug for the exchange. It will be fun to see what people have chosen to create and pair with a mug.  Everyone that is participating will receive a mug and rug in return.

If you want to take part in the "paint chip" challenge, Dona-Mae will have paint chips available at the meeting.  This challenge will be due at our January meeting (Jan. 3).

So - be sure to bring:
-your entry for the mug rug exchange
-a dish to share
-your own plate/eating utensils/cup
-your show and share
See you on Wednesday for social time, fun, food and laughs.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

What a busy, busy meeting!

At our meeting on Wednesday we:

  • signed up for our sew-in on Nov. 18.  If you haven't signed up contact Carly (
  • we decided that we would celebrate at next month's meeting with a pot-luck and will begin at 6:00pm
Challenges launched:
  •  make a mug rug with a Christmas theme, or anything else, team it with a mug and wrap it for the December meeting.   All member that participate will get another mug and rug in the exchange.
  • Dona-Mae began the paint chip challenge. We blind-picked a multi-colour paint chip and will make either a post card, mug rug, placemat, wall hanging (your choice) using only the colours on the paint chip..  This will be due at the January meeting - some of us got "challenging" colours.  😱
Come and join us and flex your modern quilting self.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Our meeting is this coming Wednesday, Nov. 1 - the day after Halloween when you're full of candy

This month's meeting will be busy making plans for our upcoming year.
  • BLOTTO (block lotto) Could this be one?

  • Mug rug exchange
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  • planning our Christmas meeting
  • we will do a paint chip challenge
  • sign up for the sew-in on Nov. 18
  • and as always, show and share 

Join us and be involved in planning and participating in our activities.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Our monthly meeting, next Wednesday, October 4 @ 7:00pm

What we will be up to and what to bring:
  • membership renewals are due
  • we will talk about the CQA post card challenge
  • brainstorm what demos we would like to see
  • bring any modern quilts (placemats, runners, quilts, etc.), colour pencils, crayons or markers that will be used for our demo to the Nanaimo Quilters' Guild.
  • your sense of fun!
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Our first sew-in of the year

It was a day with lots of activity at the Nanaimo North Library.  The facility is well lit and has LOTS of plugs.  We were busy as bees and had fun with Christine demonstrating to some us newbies how to paper piece.  Our next sew-in is November 18.  Join us!

Joanne's hidden 9 patch

Working, working.

Christine's prize winning quilt

Everyone is busy, busy!

Busy First Meeting

Our first meeting was busy with membership renewals, catching up with "what I did this summer", discussing the modern approach to paper piecing and show and shares.

Laura's modern farm girl quilt

Christine does Square Peg, Round Hole

Prya's self inspired wall hanging

Sharing free motion practice

Modern childs quilt

Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 4.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Beginning of another Modern Quilting Year. First Meeting Wed. Sep. 6

As we begin our "new" quilting year with our first meeting on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00pm it is time to renew our membership in the guild ($40).  Dona-Mae will be there to take your registration.

There are a few changes to tell you about.

Our 2 co-leaders are having major changes in their lives.  Lori is moving to Victoria for new opportunities and Mary will have a brand new baby to spoil.  
We will need to have elections (or volunteers) at the October meeting to take the leader positions in the guild.

Also, our sew-in dates for the upcoming year have been arranged (thank you Lori H.). They are held on Saturdays from 10:00am-approx 4:00pm at the Nanaimo North Library.  The cost is $10 per sew-in and the dates are:
  • Sept 23
  • Nov 18 
  • Jan 13
  • March 24
  • May 26
Don't forget to bring your show and shares.  We know that some of you have been very busy quilting over the summer and we are looking forward to seeing your project(s).

That's a lot to digest for our first meeting but, as always, it will be fun.

See  you then,

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What do modern quilters do on a beautiful, balmy evening?

Why, have a picnic of course.

We had our summer picnic at Maffeo-Sutton park; modern quilting was displayed and as always, there was a LOT of good food, laughs and discussions.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

An invitation from Victoria MQG for Jacquie Gering Trunk Show

Hello Fellow Quilting Friends!,

We have some fantastic news we want to share with you!  We have Jacquie Gering coming to Victoria on Thursday, May 25th.  We managed to snag her up prior to her visit to Vancouver on the 26th.  Now I do apologize to West Shore Quilt Guild as I know this is your regular meeting night.  In order for this opportunity to work out for us we had to change the date of our meet to a week later. We do want to extend and open invitation to all of your members to attend if they are wanting to sit in on Jacquie's trunk show.  We do have a $10 fee for MQG Victoria members and a $15 fee for visitors.  We do have limited seating and are offering it on a first come first serve basis.  We have included all of our special instructions in the email above/below. I hope that you will forward this information to your members or customers, so they can join us for this special evening.  If you have any questions in regards to this event please feel free to contact me and I will answer your questions that you may have.

Thank you very much for letting me share this with you!

Stacie Wilson
MQG Victoria President

MQG Victoria Proudly Presents:

Jacquie Gering Trunk Show

"Modern Quilting, Honouring Tradition"
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Come join us on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 pm for an unforgettable evening with Jacquie and all of her fabulous quilts.  Her lecture/trunk show titled "Quilting Modern, Honouring Tradition" will be approximately 60 minutes long with time to gather around close up and personal.   

Things you need to know!

Here are some details you will want to consider if coming to the trunk show.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm, limited seating as we are going to operating on a first come first serve basis
  • Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm
  • Please try to car pool, or use public transit as parking will be limited
  • Guest entrance fee for this meeting will be $15
  • There will be no show and share for this meeting as we would like to take the opportunity to have as much time with Jacquie as possible.
  • Do you own any of Jacquies published books? There will be time for autographing if you do!
Jacquies published books
Free motion not for you? How about some "forward motion" quilting with the walking foot? It's time to get that walking foot out of the ditch, take it for a drive and see what that baby can really do! Jacquie Gering will be your guide as you work your way from walking foot basics to intricate marked designs as you master machine quilting with your walking foot.

Jacquie shares a comprehensive set of walking foot quilting basics that provide a solid foundation for quilting with ease, quality and creativity. She guides you through a series of test drives with your walking foot, allowing you to get acquainted with its features and set yourself up for success with your foot and your machine. Then you'll learn how to prepare and mark the quilt, prevent puckers while quilting, and manage large projects.

Jacquie teaches over forty walking foot friendly designs including channel quilting, matchstick quilting and quilting with decorative stitches. Thought that your walking foot could only be used for straight line quilting? Learn to use the walking foot with traditional designs including cables, clamshells, and orange peels or finish your quilt with intricate point to point designs like the boomerang and nested diamonds. Quilt graphic, innovative radiating designs. Learn to spiral and quilt concentric designs or use your newly developed skills to quilt unique designs with reserve.

You too can achieve the textures shared in Jacquie's vibrant, graphic quilts. With a toolbox of simple to complex designs you'll have the options you need to quilt on your home machine with designs that will support your piecing and create a harmonious marriage of piecing and quilting. With a walking foot, you'll find a level of control and success you never thought possible and you'll become as excited about the quilting as you are about your piecing.
From two pioneers of today's modern quilting movement, Quilting Modern teaches quilters how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic, contemporary quilts and quilted projects. Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique--all presented with detailed instructions. Also included is step-by-step direction from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen on tools, materials, and quilting basics, as well as expert advice on color and design.
You can find us at 505 Marigold Road. Jacquie will be waiting for you inside the Boyscout Hall. We do ask that you please enter in through the front doors for this meeting.  We want everyone to have an equal opportunity for seating.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Our May meeting - fun and informative

Karen, a lawyer, gave us a very spirited, humorous and informative update on copyrights, derivatives, etc. and how it impacts us as quilters.  In the U.S. the annual (2014)value of quilting was $3.76 BILLION.  That's right - $3.76 Billion---- and this is why intellectual property has become so important for quilters.

See the article from Susan Carlson (

For Show and Share Johann brought the quilt that she made from her daughter's t-shirts accumulated over the years that her daughter competed nationally and internationally.

Carly showed her "quilt-as-you-go" and there was much discussion on how that was achieved.
 Carly also showed a set of placemats that she is making as a wedding present.  Lovely work.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

May meeting is this coming Wednesday, May 3

Our NMQG meeting is this coming Wednesday, May 3, 7:00pm, Christ Community Church, Bowen Rd. Nanaimo
  • Our speaker will be Karen Wold, who is a lawyer, and she will talk about copyright in the quilting world.  Have you ever wondered - if I change "this" about a quilt pattern is it still copyrighted? 
  • You will be able to sign up for our next sew-in, which takes place on May 27
  • We will have a written survey to see what members want  for workshops/speakers, etc.
  • We will play the TP game - come and see what THAT'S about.
  • Show and share
FYI Carly has volunteered to do the sign-ups for our workshops, sew-in's, etc.

Remember to bring your coffee mugs and treats are always appreciated.
See you there!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Our monthly meeting is this Wednesday, April 5

Our monthly meeting is this Wednesday, April 5

My Favourite Fabric Shop (Tanya Gruzecki) is doing a pop-up shop at our meeting.  So come prepared to check out her great fabrics and bolster your stash.

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 Don't forget to bring your "Spring" postcard so we can all see what our members have created. 

We will have a little business: such as suggestions for future speakers/workshops.  

Bring your mug for coffee/tea.

See you there!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sew-in's are always fun!

Saturday's sew-in was fun with 5 of us working on our projects. Becky showed us how to make cross-cut blocks so you don't have to match the strips.  Yeahhh!

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 Becky w/cross-cut blocks       Lori with squillions of little pieces for her project.

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Carly with part of her Sesquicentennial quilt: capitals of each province

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Johann doing the cross-cut block.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sew-in coming up! Join us!

Our sew-in day is this Saturday, March 25 at the Hammond Bay Regional Library (6250 Hammond Bay Rd.).  Start time is 10:00am and you can go run out of thread, fabric, inspiration, stamina, etc. (or all of the above).

Work on your unfinished modern projects or start a new one.  We all like to see what others are working on.

Feel free to drop in and take a look at what we are doing.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Our busy March meeting

Stacie Wilson, the President of the Victoria MQG visited us and extended an invitation to attend their Necessary Clutch workshop with Jill Spyker: TWO sessions on Saturday, March 18. #1 9am-12pm and #2 1pm-4pm $35 including pattern. If you would like to take this workshop check on their website for the sign-up details.

We had an update on the "Spring" postcard challenge and you're reminded to mail your postcard by March 18 so recipients can bring them to the April meeting.

Carly demonstrated a few ways to quilt-as-you-go.  Carly uses diaper flannel as the backing for her quilt-as-you-go and then it doesn't require batting.

The challenge exercise was to take a magazine page that appealed to us and then to express it as a modern rendition.


Joy demoed templates that help with fussy cutting and square in square construction.  This demo was done with "smooshing" being involved.

Some of the results from the weekend Krista Hennebury workshops were shared.  Spectacular and inspiring,

Reminder that our next sew-in is on Saturday, March 25 at the Hammond Bay branch of the Library.  Sign up by contacting

Our show and shares.  Awesome projects!