Thursday, October 24, 2019

Maps and Photomosaics with Timna Tarr

We had a wonderful time on Saturday, June 29, learning the techniques to build Photomosaics with Timna Tarr!  We all started with the same photo and fabrics provided by Timna.  This allowed us to learn the techniques without having to make too many decisions.  What a fun time!  She brought a number of her photomosic quilts so that we could view them up close, including the rabbit, still in progress, so we could see how she marked the original photograph

This quilt is the first of Timna's Photomosaic quilts. 

"The Hare Apparent" in progress.

Timna shows us how to put together the tiny squares that make a photomosaic quilt!

We all made a lot of progress on our mosaic flowers!

On Sunday, June 30, we learned Timna's map-making techniques and discovered that there are many, many different options for this process! Again Timna brought a number of amazing examples for us to view. We learned step by step how to make the decisions necessary to design our custom maps. Did you know that you can make roads with top-stitching, bias binding or just by leaving them blank? There's probably even a few methods that I am forgetting to mention! 

Timna shows us her map of Holyoke, MA, based on the paper map on the right.

A colorful map example, depicting her neighborhood.

A more "simple" design - a mini quilt of Massachusetts.

 Timna's quilt, Mississippi Meander, marks how the path of the Mississippi has changed over time.

Finally, we began tracing out our maps, choosing fabric and cutting! Some workshop participants got as far as fusing down their pieces. Check out some student work below!  We can't wait to see your finished maps.

 To see more of Timna's work, visit her website:

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Next Meeting: TINT Makerspace

We are so excited to hold our next meeting at TINT Makerspace in Falls Church, VA this Saturday, October 12, 10:30am-4:30pm.  This small but mighty shop is owned by Carissa, a longstanding DCMQG member. The business meeting will be held at 1:30pm, followed immediately by show and tell. Carissa has generously offered to provide some door prizes and we will also have prize drawings for our August and September Third Thursday blocks (don't forget to bring your blocks!). As space is limited, please bring only handsewing or other small "lap" projects. There are approximately 15 to 20 chairs in the shop and space can be adjusted for more, if you have small folding chairs or camp chairs, please bring them just in case.

There is a good-sized parking lot at the building, but if parking becomes difficult, you may find on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. TINT cannot be seen from the street, but Carissa provided these photos and instructions: When driving to 417 W Broad St., look for the sign of her friendly and awesome neighbors The Neighborhood Barbershop! Their sign faces the street and the Copies-While-U-Wait sign with a ❤️ is most visible as you’re driving by. Pull all the way to the back of the building, through the underpass, and you’ll see the door to Suite 100 and TINT sign in the back parking lot.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Pieces of Us Raffle

Only 2 days remaining to buy tickets for our raffle to benefit RAICES!

In just two days (October 10 at 11:59pm), the Rally Up system will automatically choose a winner for our beautiful 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt, Pieces of Us.  The colorful areas of the quilt represent zipcodes where our members live using the color palette and theme (tiny piecing) as assigned by the national Modern Quilt Guild.  Guild members suggested organizations where the proceeds would be donated, voted on these organizations and chose RAICES as our cause.  

Don't wait! Buy your tickets now:


RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Third Thursday Block Challenge Update

We hope you've been having fun making our challenge blocks this year!  Below are some of the blocks members have made so far this year:

March: March's block is Harlequin by Juna Carle, an individual MQG member from California. This block is a foundation paper-pieced block that can make some incredibly diverse quilts just by changing the colors, orientation and negative space. Get the templates and instructions on the MQG site:

April: April's Third Thursday Challenge block is ModSquared by Jessica Plunkett, a member of the Central Iowa MQG. It's a great block with a unique shape, and it has loads of possibilities. To get the fabric requirements & instructions, log in to you MQG account and visit:

June: June's Third Thursday Challenge block is Vector by Sarah Ruiz, a member of the Houston MQG. It's a fun and whimsical paper piecing blocks that has loads of possibilities. To get the fabric requirements & instructions, log in to you MQG account and visit:

July: July's Third Thursday Challenge block we're exploring the concept of cropping with the Cogs block by Yvonne Fuchs, an individual member from California. To get the fabric requirements & instructions, log in to you MQG account and visit:

It's not too late to join in, the links and descriptions of all the blocks so far this year are available on the block challenge page!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 Bee

The 2019 DCMQG Bee finished up a few months ago, and now we get to look at all of the gorgeous blocks that were made.  This year we had five hives of five people each.  We even had a couple of people who were in two hives!  If you are not familiar with bees…here is how they work:  Each month in each hive one person tells the hive what type of block they want, and includes a tutorial or a link as well as guidance on colors. Hive members make two 12.5” blocks – or their equivalent – and send them off.  Sometimes someone sends out some or all of the fabric that they want to use in their blocks, and sometimes members are asked to sew from stash. Easy peasy, right? Pictures of these lovely blocks are all from the Instagram streams of the participants and in#dcmqg or #dcmqgbee.

This year there were all sorts of plus blocks asked for..
Claudia's were plus blocks

  and Dara's double plus blocks.

  In Hive 2 both Meg and Jill choose chunky plus blocks.

Stars were also popular.  Amy S  asked for Kaffe Star with lawn fabric that she sent out.

Emily C  asked for Evening Star blocks

And Lynne asked her hive to make Serious Star blocks

Two quilters asked for lots of HSTs.  Angela's blocks were lots of  HST in one colorway, 

As Megan choose the Ocean Waves block.

Mindy's triangles were of the flying goose variety.

There were wintery blocks such as Carolyn G's Santa and gnome blocks

  and Diana's patchwork holiday forest.

There were lots of blues.....

Amy P  blue jewelbox

Jennifer O's churn dash

Ann L's stripes

and reds...
Tanya  Ohio Trail block

and then blue and reds.
Erinn's self-drafted blocks

Emily A's sailboats

Lisa's hive started her on this sunflower quilt.

Alyson  continued her stunning Kaleidoscope quilt.

Dara's Wants Fanta blocks also create secondary patterns.

Barbara's shadow box blocks showcased big prints.

Amy C asked for Stash Buster blocks

Robin  sent her hive some Splash, Kona color of the year, to make quarter square improv log cabins that she then used to make charity quilts.

So, that's a wrap!  Want to join in the fun next year?  Look for sign-ups in December.