Friday, March 16, 2018

Screenprinting Workshop with the Arlington CostumeLab

On a raining February afternoon a group of members gathered together for a Screenprinting workshop with master screenprinting artist Jun Lee.

Jun discussed how screens are created and the products that are available for screenprinting at home. She went over a simple screen printing set up as well - describing how easy they are to build at home with supplies from your local hardware store! She then led us through making our own 2-layer prints.  We spent a fun afternoon flooding screens, pulling ink and making a mess.

Jun describes the screen burning process and how to create a print.

Phyliss pulls the ink with Natalie's help while Robin and Sabrina look on.

Linda and Silvia flood a screen.

Showing off our masterpieces!
Back row, L to R: Linda, Phyliss, Carissa, Robin, Kristin, Beth, Eunice. Front Row, L to R: Silvia, Sabrina, Alyson, Natalie, Megan, Jun.

Thanks for putting together a fun and informative afternoon, Arlington CostumeLab and Jun Lee!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Meeting Reminder: March 17th at The Falls Church Episcopal

It's your lucky day!
Wear Green and Get Green...FABRIC that is!

Saturday Sew Day
March 17, 2018
Falls Church Episcopal
Nicholson Hall
115 E Fairfax St.
Falls Church, VA

It's been a while since we had a sew-in at Falls Church Episcopal!  We'll be in Nicholson Hall, the large room with the stage, if you've been there before. If not, check out this map for where to park and enter the building:

Remember there are stairs here, so if you need help getting things into the building, be sure to pop in first and see who's around to help out.  There are lots of food options just a block down the road.

IMPORTANT: remember to bring extension cords, iron/ironing board, cutting mats, and of course your sewing machines and projects. The space is large and there are ample tables and chairs, but we need to make sure everyone had access to an electrical outlet! 

See you there!

DCMQG Retreat Recap: March 8-11, 2018

Another successful DCMQG retreat is in the books!  An enormous thank you goes to our fearless leader and director of fun, Phyliss, who plans every detail of the weekend and makes it look easy.

Dance Break! Blue Mountain Retreat Center, March 2018

Lynne was the first to arrive on Thursday, soon followed by Angela and Phyliss.  Other attendees on Thursday were Anne, Cassandra, Lisa, Dara, Carolyn, Robin, Elle, Martha, Aubrie, and Jennifer.

Some quilters worked on their Mighty Lucky projects, some of us machine quilted our WIPs, some completed quilt tops… we were a busy group!  A new tradition was born: Every hour we get up and dance to a groovy tune. It really helped to get the blood flowing and Dara kept us on schedule.  Rule #2 is to stop and drink water. Lisa reminded us of that. Elle and Aubrie introduced us to a new online game called HQ Trivia but nobody won the big jackpot.

On Friday, Claudia, Ann, and Melissa joined us. Some of us walked on the canal and some went to Web Fabrics. The Ombre Confetti Metallic fabric by V and Company was a popular choice.

Saturday brought us the day people:  Alyson, our president, and also Ashley, Anjeanette, and Jane.  Another group went shopping at Web and some of us gathered in the lodge to do EPP, basting, knitting, and even spinning (Ashley.) Some of us got massages by a new masseuse also named Beth. We played our traditional retreat favorite, Left Right Center, and the winners of the fat quarters were Aubrie, Cassandra, and Anne.  There was a vinyl pouch swap: participants were Lynne, Martha, Cassandra, Melissa, Claudia, and Phyliss. We presented a gorgeous quilt top to a very surprised and grateful Lisa. Also during the retreat, Aubrie machine quilted Heather's baby quilt, Robin trimmed it and prepared the binding and Anne sewed it on.

On Saturday night, we had a surprise visit from Gretchen who brought us a home-baked cake!  Many of us could not resist it and ate the cake before dinner. A big thank you to Melissa, Claudia, and Robin for getting dinner on the table.

The weather was cold and we even had a few snow flurries on Thursday and Friday but Saturday and Sunday were sunny with blue skies.  We lost an hour on Sunday due to Daylight Savings Time and one by one, we took our leave of this magical place shared with dear friends.  To those of you not in attendance, we missed you terribly!

Next retreat is September 27-30, 2018.  Be there or be square!

By Anne Brill

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sherri Lynn Wood is coming!

We are so pleased to announce that Sherri Lynn Wood will be coming to the DC metro area, May 19-20, 2018 to present 2 workshops and a lecture/interactive performance for the DCMQG and our local area friends.  

Workshop and lecture details are below.  Some details are not available yet but will be published as soon as we have them. Workshop tickets will be open for members only on March 19th at 8:30pm.  Any remaining tickets will be available for non-members at additional cost on March 26th at 8:30pm.  Additional fee includes guild membership through June 2018. You must have a login at in order to purchase a ticket; you may choose to pay with a check at the time of purchase.  

A little about Sherri:
Sherri Lynn Wood is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, as well as arts residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and most recently at Recology San Francisco in 2016. An interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA, she has exhibited and performed locally at The Lab, Southern Exposure, Adobe Books and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She holds an MFA from Bard College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University.

Her 2015 publication The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously (Abrams) provides frameworks for creative exploration, along with practical instruction in stitching techniques and color theory. Sherri teachers and speaks about improvisational patchwork and flexible patterning at art and craft schools, guilds, and conferences nationally and abroad.

Score for Showing Up: Disco - LAYERED CURVESWorkshop: Layered Curve

Get your layered curve on and discover the freedom and ease of piecing template free curves. Practice your skill to see how far your curve can go. Dive into the surprising trajectories of composing with simple curves either within or without the boundaries of the square. Learn to collaborate with your curve patchwork through bleeds, natural fits, and directional flow as rhythms emerge, merge, and re-merge to take lyrical shape.
  • Saturday, May 19, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Bethesda, MD (details will be provided to attendees)
  • Price: 
    • $115 (members) 
    • $140 (all others)

Sherri Lynn Wood, 2018Lecture: Ruler-Free Mashup

Basic strip, bias-strip, wedge, curve, stack, float, repetition, flow, bleeding, darting, natural fit, approximate measuring, trouble shooting, and composition tips, tricks and techniques for ruler-free improv patchwork will be demonstrated and performed on the spot according to audience prompts and participation. Bring "zingers" from your stash to be incorporated into the patchwork as it unfolds.
  • Saturday, May 19, 7pm-9pm
  • Bethesda, MD (location will be announced soon!)
  • Price: TBD (FREE for members)

More great patchwork doodling. Everyone does it differently.Workshop: Patchwork Doodle

Doodle with your scrap stash! Let go of expectations and build patterns with simple shapes and negative space. Learn ruler-free patchwork techniques. Collaborate with your patchwork with a YES AND as you affirm and respond in the moment to the pattern as it unfolds. Discover a responsive approach to composition and design that lies somewhere between randomness and planned.
  • Sunday May 19, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Bethesda, MD (details will be provided to attendees)
  • Price: 
    • $115 (members) 
    • $140 (all others)

QuiltCon 2018 Recap - 3 Perspectives

Three QuiltCon 2018 perspectives from three different members; Eunice, Megan, and Sari:


I’m new to the quilting world and I hopped at the chance to spend a few days in Pasadena CA for Quiltcon 2018.  I was there for the first 2 day so of the convention and I could definitely have stayed longer.  Since this was my first time at Quiltcon I wanted to make sure I got a good sampling of what Quiltcon was all about.  I took a hand appliqué class with Karin Jordan and it was fantastic. The class was just for the morning and it was an excellent way to take a class and still have time to explore the rest of the convention. After the class I made my way to the vendor show room and it was quilt supply heaven! I would definitely recommend doing a first pass and then make your purchase selections.

The second day I dedicated to walking through the exhibits and seeing all of the show quilts.  See all of the immense talent all together was really incredible.  If you wanted to see the back of a quilt all you had to do is ask one of the ‘white glove’ volunteers and they were happy to tell you about the quilt and who you the back if you would like.  There were several quilts that a lot of people were going, how’d they do that!?!

Here are some favorites that Eunice wanted to share:


QuiltCon is a great opportunity to improve your eye for the modern quilting aesthetic, find quiltspiration, learn new skills and spend time with friends. The trip to Pasadena last week was my third QuiltCon. This year I made a vacation out of it and took the full week off to enjoy some time with friends in San Francisco and in Joshua Tree National Park prior to the start of the conference. Arriving at QuiltCon is exciting - charity quilts line the halls and sewlebrities move from class to class. This year, I took three classes with Kristi Schroeder, Kim Eichler-Messmer and Libs Elliott. I also got a lecture pass for Saturday and listened to some amazing talks from Lee Chappell Monroe, Chawne Kimber, Laura McDowell Hopper and Carolyn Friedlander, who gave the keynote this year.

In addition to classes and lectures, the quilt show at QuiltCon is unparalleled. This year, there was a special exhibit by Carolyn Friedlander, sections of the AIDS quilt, selected work from the Social Justice Sewing Academy and all of the quilts that made it into the juried show. It great to see works that highlight the tenants of modern quilts, I especially loved the minimalist, applique, handwork, improvisational, and modern traditional categories. QuiltCon is run by a small MQG staff, crew and army of volunteers. This year I volunteered to help with the breakdown and found it a really rewarding experience. I would recommend volunteering to people who are especially interested in making new friends and getting a behind the scenes look at how they put on such a great event. I hope to see more friendly DCMQG faces in Nashville!

Megan has shared some of her work from the workshops and a favorite from the show:


Quilt Con in Pasadena this year for me was via the eyes of a caffeinated booth worker! I was asked to join the Handi Quilter booth as an Educator to demonstrate and teach on the machines. Last minute, I was then swapped over to showing off Quilt-Pro software since I've been using it a bit and now have a designer collection with them. A few fun things to note about Quilt-Pro if you aren't aware (which I wasn't either): 
  • it's less expensive than the "other" quilt software programs out there (plus I have a personal 25% off code - SARIDITTY - if you'd like to try it out); 
  • it offers a 30-day trial of the software with full return if you hate the program; 
  • the user manual and 14 class lessons are included in the purchase price; 
  • additional more advanced lessons are available at no charge via the QP web site;
  • updates are always available at no charge (unlike that "other" software that I spent so much money on to get the newest version and STILL can't figure the dang thing out);
  • you can design in a multitude of ways/layouts;
  • yardage reqs are figured out including whatever size binding you want to use, as well as backing amounts.

I really didn't have much time walk around and see many of the quilts on display. But the ones I did see just confirm my inability to understand what the judges' criteria is for submissions. There were a few that truly looked like children slapped them together compared to exquisite quilts I know were rejected. I don't think I'll ever understand the qualifying and judging process. But that's ok...because I'm not a judge, nor do I want to be! 

I managed to sneak in one LIVE video with Kristi Schroeder, Initial K Studio, and briefly discuss her new book, Southwest Modern, and our addiction and love for Daylight Company. If I could marry my SlimLine Lamp, I would! Not to mention the handful of other amazing items I've spent all my dollars on! I love them so much that yes, I have a code for 20% off any shopping via their site too: SARIDITTY18

The Me+You booth was within view and looked amazing as usual with their vibrant batik bolts. The new Olfa Splash rotary cutter is pretty, for sure, but also not as pink and punchy as I expected it to be. Just a heads up in case you're expecting a bright Pepto Bismol's not. 

Other than that, Megan may or may not have helped me with a shot of bourbon in my coffee one morning. The jury is still out on that one!