Monday, August 29, 2016

Bee doings!

Have you ever been in a bee?  Many quilters like the camaraderie as well as the push to go out of their comfort zone, trying something new... a new technique...or a new palette.  Some go on for years and some are short term.  So far the DCMQG bees have been for four to six months, keeping them on the short side.  The 2016 bees started in February with three hives of four or five members each.  Here is a collection of pictures that were posted on Instagram.  As you can see, there was a wide variety of awesome blocks!  A big thank you to the participants for the use of their pictures.

Sometimes the queen bee asks for certain colors and sends out a tutorial for the blocks to be made.  Mary Jane asked for these colorful blocks such as the ones that Jessie made for her.

The queen bee may send out fabric so that there is a unifying background fabric.  Megan sent us the black fabric and these are the blocks that Jessie and I made for Megan.

Jessie also sent out fabric, but it was a focus fabric that she asked us to use in an improv log cabin.  The focus fabric is the rose fabric that I used for the chimney of the log cabin.

Meli also asked for log cabins.  Here is her sample along with the blocks that Robin made for her.

Melinda also sent out fabrics so that these lovely granny blocks would have a unified look.

Both Ashley and I asked for Wonky Stars.  Alyson made these blocks for Ashley.

I asked for Wonky stars for 2 rounds of the bee and just finished assembling them into a quilt top.

Georgia asked for Snail's Trail blocks.  These are the ones that Melinda made for her.

There were two kinds of bird blocks being done.  Here is the fabulous flock that Hive 3 made for Carolyn.

 Robin asked for a different kind of birds...circles of geese.  Here is her completed quilt.

Diana has also already has put together all of her blocks.  She asked for improv blocks.

Rounding out the group, Wendy asked for low volume with red plus blocks.

Just two blocks a month.  So, the next time that we start up, are you game?

Call for Submissions!

A Quilt Show with the Arlington Arts CostumeLab and the DC Modern Quilt Guild

Calling all DCMQG quilters:  We have been invited to celebrate National Quilt Month, March 2017, with Arlington County at the Studio 2700 Community Gallery in partnership with the Arlington CostumeLab, Arlington Cultural Affairs/Arlington Economic Development.  The quilts will hang on display for approximately two months, February and March 2017.  The address is 3700 South Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA.  The exhibition space consists of two large walls:  25 ft x 10 ft with wonderful skylights allowing lots of natural light.  Because the space is so defined and relatively small we are not sure exactly how many quilts will fit on the walls.  We believe that a good mix of smaller as well as mid-sized quilts will work best (large bed quilts will take up too much room).  Due to the space parameters, please read carefully following rules for entries:

1.  Maximum of two entries per member with the understanding that it is likely only one will be selected for the show.  Your chances of getting a quilt in the show are higher if your quilt is smaller.  

2.  Maximum width:    50 inches

3.  Maximum length:  50 inches

4.  Minimum width:    15 inches

5.  Minimum length:   15 inches

6.  The submission form link, requiring a photograph (per submission), will be made available to DCMQG members by October 15, 2016.

7.  Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.  Quilts for the show will be reviewed by a panel of three impartial judges during the month of December and accepted quilts will be notified in early January.

8.  There will be limited insurance coverage provided for the quilts that are selected for the show.  More information about insurance will be available in the coming months.

9. Criteria for submission:  The theme of the exhibit is to showcase modern quilting.  The selection panel will consist of three impartial judges following guidelines from The Modern Quilt Guild and categories for inclusion at QuiltCon.

Here is The Modern Quilt Guild’s description of modern quilting:  Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design.  Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt.  These include, but are not limited to:  the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic area of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work.  “Modern traditionalism,” or the updating of classic quilt designs, is also often seen in modern quilting.  The QuiltCon submission categories are as follows: 1) Appliqué, 2) Handwork, 3) Improvisation, 4) Minimalist Design, 5) Use of Negative Space, 6) Piecing, 7) Modern Traditionalism.   Please decide which category your quilt(s) will fall into.  We’ll be looking for a bit of each category to be represented in the overall exhibit.  Should your quilt be selected for the exhibit, you’ll need to decide if your quilt will be for sale or not.

Go forth and quilt!  We look forward to seeing what you submit!     --The DCMQG 2016 Board

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Meeting at Patches in Mt. Airy this Saturday (8/27)

This Saturday's meeting is from 10am to 4pm at Patches, 308 S. Main Street Mount Airy, Maryland.  Patches has several irons and cutting mats; however, please bring your own rotary cutter if you'll be cutting.

We will be sewing upstairs in the room that we met in last year.  In the past, there has been room for about 16 sewing machines, which will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, plus a few more hand sewing spaces.

If the parking lot is full, you can drop off your things and park in the municipal lots just past the shop on the right.  There are several local restaurants within easy walking distance for lunch.  Guild business and show and tell will start around 1:30pm.

If you pre-ordered a DCMQG T-shirt, they'll be available for pick-up at the meeting.  Word has it, they turned out great!

We've had a couple other events show up on the DCMQG radar as well:

First, we just sent out the Save-the-Date and upcoming-registration information about a workshop this Fall with Northern Jersey MQG member Melanie Tuazon!  This will be held on Saturday, November 5th at a church in Alexandria, VA.  Melanie will be teaching her modern approach to sewing curves and participants will be starting a Trill quilt (pictured below)!  A link for sign-ups will go out to members this Monday, 8/29 at 8:00pm.  Check your emails!

Second, the DCMQG will be partnering with the Arlington Arts CostumeLab in March 2017 for a modern quilt show!  Details are forthcoming and we'll be sending out a call for submissions soon (keep your eyes peeled); all current DCMQG members can submit their beautiful quilts for consideration.  The board is very excited about this unique opportunity for our guild and we look forward to filling everyone in as soon as we can!

Hope to see a lot of you on Saturday!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Meeting at Finch Sewing Studio, this Saturday 7/30!

Hi Everyone,

We hope you can make it out to Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA this Saturday (July 30th) because Nicole has a ton of fun stuff in store for us DCMQGers!  Grab whatever project you're working on and come sew at Finch!  We'll meet there from 10am to 4pm, with the business discussion starting after lunch (around 1:30ish) and Nicole says there should be plenty of room for everyone to sew on machines and by hand.

We did want to let anyone who ordered DCMQG t-shirts to know that they will NOT be available to pick up at this weekend's meeting after all.  The order is going to take a bit longer than we'd originally hoped, but we aim to have them by the end of August when we meet at Patches in Mt. Airy to distribute to those who've purchased.

Now, I could go on about mimosas and surprise deals...  But, instead, let's hear from Nicole:

Hello DCMQG friends!
I'm so excited that you're coming to Finch this Saturday for a day of sewing and socializing.  I have some fun things planned for you this time (including a special discount) so read below to find out more. 

First things first...
We have mimosas! We'll serve mimosas when you arrive, and there is bottled water for you to use throughout the day. 

Row by row...
We are participating in row by row this year... Yay! Our row is a mix of what I love best at Finch, birds (of course) and the flock (or community). We started with the nest and the tree trunk beside it, a line of flying geese in a cloudy sky, and finished it with a large triangle which represents a flock's flight formation, a nod to the cooperative nature of the bird community. We have the pattern and kits available for you. If you choose to participate, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #finchmade so we can see them. It's so fun to see all your different nests. 

New Fabric...
We have lots of that!! New Cotton and steel is here, and we have it in quilting cottons as well as canvas, rayon (so so delicious), and lawn. Be sure to look for Paper Obsessed by Crimson Tate (those paper airplanes are too good). Since the guild was here last, we have started stocking Moda precuts and yardage. We have Christmas fabrics by Basic Grey (the colors in these are great), as well as Andover and Cotton + Steel. We have a couple C+ S flannels in now, the rest will come next month. I know Melody was looking for better raw materials ahead of this latest flannel release, and she found them!! These flannels are so soft!! 

In garment land, we have lots of great things in stock... We have some printed knits from Art Gallery, Alison Glass Handcrafted as well as her knits, and some amazing solids and stripes in bamboo and soy blends (seriously drapey, and really nice to work with). Also, there are some delicious double gauzes in stock from a variety of sources... Great for summer wardrobes. 

As usual, we have the full classroom of machines, a few ironing stations, 2 sergers, and a whole bunch of cutting mats.
There are plenty of rooms, and everybody should be able to do whatever they want to do that day.  Please don't feel like you need to bring hand work only.  If you've ever wanted to sew on a Bernina, now is your chance!  We have the full range, and we love for you to try them.

While I have your ear, I have to tell you about this new special edition BERNINA coming out in October! This thing is the cat's pajamas! It is the same as the 770 but has a rose gold face plate (so pretty), and it comes with your choice of a second machine (330),  a embroidery unit, or quilters pack for free… For FREE…. None of us have ever seen this kind of deal before, and we're sure it's going to be a hit! We are taking deposits on this now. If you're interested, let one of us know. This weekend is national Swiss day. We are celebrating with 0% financing and discounts on the full range of bringing a machines. Also, if you are interested in a serger, I have a really good deal on a classroom model that is almost brand-new.

There are lots of good options in town, within walking distance. One of our favorites The Wine Kitchen. They are offering 10% off to Finch customers.  But another of our favorites is Señor Ramon's… They are brand-new, and their tacos couldn't be more yummy. There's a large back patio that could accommodate all of you. They even serve sangria and beer! 


Special Discount...
We're giving all of you a little boost up on the regular guild discount (10%), and you'll get 20% off everything your little heart desires!! Yes, even the machines!

Can't wait to see you! 
the Finch

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Deadlines, Updates, and Happenings!

Hi Everyone,

I hope all DCMQG members are having a great, if a little steamy, summer so far!

This post is going to be a bit bullet-point heavy since there is a LOT to cover and it's been a while since I did a good update.

  • Dues
Membership renewal season is upon us!  The DCMQG operates on a July 1 - June 30 year so we are officially in the new year.  Please pay your dues by August 15th, 2016; after which point you'll be removed from the guild messages and the National MGQ roster.  For your convenience, there is a Paypal button in the upper right corner of this blog!  Or you can mail a check directly to Robin, or pay in cash at the July meeting.
  • T-shirts
T-shirts featuring the re-designed DCMQG logo are now available for pre-ordering.  We ask that you fill out the Google form for which size/type of T-shirt you'd like (there are charcoal grey and mint green/blue color options) and then pre-pay via the Paypal link at the end of the form by this Saturday, July 16th so that we can submit the group order for the T-shirts on Sunday.  The T-shirts are $20 and will be printed by Patchwork Threads on a cotton-poly blend fabric and they tend to run a bit small-ish.  Let us know if you have any questions that can help in your decisions.
  • Heart Blocks for Pulse
Alyson just let us know that it's time to finish up and mail off any heart blocks for the Orlando MQG that you're working on.  From Alyson:

It's time to STOP (putting together hearts), DROP (them into an envelope or off with me), and MAIL (them if you need to).  

There are currently 5 complete DCMQG quilt tops with some of our quilting/longarming volunteers and we are 1 heart shy of a 6th quilt top.  If everyone could get their hearts in the mail by the end of the week, this will give our piecers, quilters, binders, and labelers time to work their magic before the deadline.  If you are working on a private donation but need help with any of the steps also please let me know so we can plan for it.  

I plan to be at the Finch field trip at the end of the month and some hand-offs can happen then, but any individual blocks that are received then will be sent as individual blocks - I cannot guarantee that they will make it into one of the DCMQG quilts.

Frederick's photo of the group working on charity quilts for Pulse at a DC Library in June!

  • Swap
The Summer Travel swap is underway with Nisha organizing!  Thanks, Nisha!  We'll be announcing future swap opportunities soon.  
  • Sew-Alongs and Samplers Updates
Members have been busy sewing this summer!  Not only have people been cranking out charity blocks and personal projects but we're busy with our DCMQG Bee blocks, the DCMQG QAL that Anna started at the beginning of the year, the Color Challenge we started in March (#dcmqgcolorchallenge), as well as the Summer Sampler 2016 blocks organized in part by our former president/member Katie Blakesley (of SwimBikeQuilt).  Phew!  It makes me tired just documenting it all.  ;-)  It's been fun to see and be inspired by what everyone creates!  
Top posts for the #dcmqgcolorchallenge hashtag.
The latest posts of people's progress on the DCMQG Quilt Along.

  • Upcoming meetings
On Saturday, July 30th, plan on meeting up for a fun day of sewing and shopping at Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA.  I'll post more information the week before but the field trip is scheduled from 10-4pm that day.  Bring something to work on and/or show-and-tell!  

Then at the end of August, we'll have our meeting up at Patches Quilt shop in Mt. Airy, MD!  Check the blog calendar for more upcoming dates to note.

What else am I missing?!?  Shout out below or email us if I've missed anything important or if there's anything you'd like us to announce!  

See everyone soon.  Until then, happy sewing!  :-)