Monday, May 1, 2017

Nancy Purvis Workshops

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Nancy Purvis, author of "Quilting from Every Angle" 
is coming to Rockville, MD to present two Improvisational Workshops!

May 6 - Improv Half Square Triangles
May 7 - Improv Log Cabins

Time: 10am-4:30pm each day
Location: Montgomery County Office Building Cafeteria
100 Maryland Ave. Rockville, MD 20850

$65 for DCMQG members, $85 for non-members

Register at

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April Meeting Recap

Meeting Highlights 

We had a great meeting at the Church of St. Clement in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, April 8th. In addition to some productive sewing, a beautiful show and tell, and lots of quilty conversation, the DCMQG Board presented some of the things we've been working on. A summary of the Business Meeting notes are below. Photos from our show and tell are included throughout.

Nancy Purvis Workshop - The DCMQG Board is excited to announce our first workshop of 2017 with Nancy Purvis!  Nancy is author of Quilting from Every Angle and you can learn more about her on her website and Instagram (, @nancy_purvis). 

Saturday, May 6:  Improv Half Square Triangles
Sunday, May 7:  Improv Log Cabins 10-4:30 pm each day, with a break for lunch
Cost for Members:  $65/workshop; registration opens Tuesday, April 11 at 7pm
Cost for Non-Members: $85/workshop; registration opens Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm 

There will be space for 20 attendees each day. Both workshops will be held at the Montgomery County Offices Cafeteria, in Rockville, MD. There is free parking nearby. 

Greenery Challenge - Please don't forget to post your pictures of projects inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year "Greenery". For Instagram, use #dcmqgchallenge. There are no size restrictions at this time but if you think you might want your work to be eligible for future shows, please keep dimensions under 50" x 50". 

Monthly Meeting Workshops - We are beginning to develop more in-meeting programming and have a few great member-led workshops for May and June. 

     May 20th - at US Botanic Garden, 10:00 to 4pm at  In a couple of weeks we will send out a message with instructions and supplies required.

at the Hyattsville Multi-Purpose Room,10:30-4pm  at

     July - Will be a charity sew day for the pouches we are making for women in shelters. Fabric, zipper and filling supplies will be provided. Meeting location TBA.

Survey Summary - Thanks to the  62 members that completed the 2017 Member Survey! We learned about your geographic distribution, experience levels, and favorite guild activities. We received suggestions for future swap topics, workshop speakers, and guild swag. We have produced a report on the survey results and will be posting it on the website soon.


Megan, Phyliss, Nisha and Erinn 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Challenge and Show

Spring Challenge!

Spring has finally arrived and the cherry trees are in bloom so we invite you to celebrate by making a project inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year - Greenery. In the words of Pantone Color Institute Executive Director, "satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."

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Feel free to make anything you'd like inspired by Greenery and don't fret about which green you think represents it best.  We're going to be doing quarterly challenges this year so you'll have until June to work on this project. If we get a good response from this challenge, there is a possibility that quilts created will be eligible for inclusion in future quilt shows. 

Quilt Show!

Speaking of quilt shows, we had a great response from the Modern Makers, Modern Quilt Show and need to start thinking of ways to put cohesive themes together for future shows. The Greenery challenge and future challenges are ways to help develop our skills as individual quilters while working on a larger body of work as a guild. As always, it is up to the quilter to submit something for a show but we hope that challenges will help get everyone's creative juices flowing.

Here are a few images from the show and our DCMQG reception on March 1st. 

The most rewarding comments were from people that work in the building - they loved to see our work brighten up their space. Conversations about a future show are already in the works so stay tuned for more opportunities to share and maybe even sell your work!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 11th Meeting Recap

A post from 2016 QAL was sent out earlier this evening in error.

Meeting Recap for
Saturday, February 11


Don't forget about our quilt show MODERN MAKERS, MODERN QUILTS in cooperation with the Arlington County Costume Lab. There will be a reception on March 1 from 6.30-8pm. PLEASE RSVP by 2/22 (TOMORROW) to Fellow guild members have made some stunning pieces that are on display in the show!
We were thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a workshop with Latifah Safiron October 14!  More information (including sign-ups) will be sent at a later date.
We are working two other awesome workshops and will reveal those once the contracts are signed.  Any guesses??
We had two door prizes, including a Quilter’s Planner and a Joel Dewberry charm pack. There will be a number of great door prizes this year, so come to meetings often to have a chance to win something special.
If any members know of, or can help procure, meeting spaces that are free or have a nominal fee, please reach out to the board (email Free rooms for meetings, mean more available funds for activities.
We introduced a new charitable initiative, 100 pouches for Women in Domestic ViWeolence Centers.  We hope to fill those pouches with personal products.  So far we have received generous donations from:
YKK Zippers
Michael Miller Fabrics.
Anna Maria Horner
100 full toiletry kits and large perfume samples.
Members donations of boxes of sanitary products, packages of underwear and dental kits.
We encourage all of you to reach out to your communities for donations of items for the pouches.  We would like to put a number of products in each pouch. Some suggestions:
                           Hotel toiletry sets
                           Cosmetics/perfumes from “gifts w/purchases
                           Swag from cosmetic counters
                           Packs of women’s undergarments, sanitary items, hair ties, etc.    

All products donated should be new, unused.

If you would like contribute funds towards purchasing some of these items, please send the board an email
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Nisha –

We hope to see you all at our next meeting on March 11 at the Montgomery County Council Office Bldg Cafeteria (100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850)  Red line stop walking distance.  
And, of course the highlight of the meeting was Show & Tell!  There was a wide range of themes and projects, here are some pictures:
Robin made this mini based on the letter ‘F’ – the fabric has pomegranates on it, so she titled this Fractured Fruit:

Check out this Trill Quilt by Cassandra!

 A 15 year old WIP getting some binding!

Carolyn made a beautiful baby quilt

Anne used the DCMQG logo to make a pillow!

 Gretchen is finishing her Meadow Quilt – it is gorgeous!

Megan made an American Flag.

This. Is. Awesome.

Elle made a baby quilt!

One of two of Meg's fresh baby quilts in anticipation of twins!

Meli is currently working on a reverse-applique quilt featuring the First Amendment.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome to DCMQG 2017.  We hope you enjoyed your holidays and had some time for sewing! 

We want to give a special thank you to our outgoing board members: Natalie Hardin, Carissa Englert, Robin Tilsworth and Leah Buckley for the amazing job they did for us in 2016.

We will be posting mini bios of our new officers on Instagram in the next week or so. In the meantime, below is a list of names,office and Instagram addresses:

  • Co-Presidents: Megan Haidet @subsistenceslicker
    and Phyliss Jaffe @sewtogetherphyliss

  • Secretary: Nisha Bouri @nishydoodle

  • Treasurer: Erinn Shirley @goodstitchlollipop

We met this past weekend brainstorming and refining DCMQG plans while feasting on Megan’s delicious quiche. We had a very productive meeting and cannot wait to share our ideas with you on Saturday.

Meeting, Saturday, Jan 14 10:00am – 4:30pm
This is a sewing meeting at the Westover Library, 1644 N McKinley Rd , Arlington, VA 22205.  Bring your machine or hand sewing.  We will have the business meeting at 1:30pm.  Hope you can make it!

Costume Lab Exhibit: Natalie has offered to deliver the quilts to the Costume Lab.  Do not forget to bring your quilts to this Saturday's meeting!  Natalie, Carissa and Robin will give an update on the show details at the meeting.

Logo Challenge:  Don’t forget to bring your logo projects. There are some great ones on Instagram #dcmqg

See you on Saturday,