Friday, April 29, 2016

DCMQG Quilt Along: Block 16!

Block 16 is up for the DCMQG 2016 QAL!  Come join in the fun, if you haven't already.  Don't forget to use #dcmqg2016qal when posting pictures to Instagram.  And, the link for Anna's blog post about it is HERE.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Guild Event: Carolyn Friedlander Trunk Show, This Sunday 4/17!

Join the DCMQG this Sunday evening for a Trunk Show with the lovely Carolyn Friedlander.  All are welcome so bring a friend (or three)!  Carolyn will be sharing her gorgeous, intricate quilts with us and there will be fabric- & quilting-related pop-up shops for people to browse plus time for socializing.  We hope to see you there!

A recent quilt from Carolyn's blog featuring Kona's color of the year: Highlight.

Here are the details:

What--Carolyn Friedlander Trunk Show (plus pop-up shops!)
When--Sunday, April 176:30-7:30 pm
Where--Dallas Room (conference center) at the McLean Hilton Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Road, McLean, VA 22102 (Nearest Tyson's Galleria, aka Tyson's 2)
Cost--FREE (!) for DCMQG members, $10 (cash only) for guests at the door
Pop-up shops from our business members--Del Ray Fabrics, SuZQuilts, & Finch Sewing Studio; Shops open for browsing and buying at 5:30pm before the talk and will remain open afterwards as well.

She might even give us the scoop on her upcoming collection
 "Euclid" (featured in picture above from her blog)!

A little more about Carolyn--
Carolyn Friedlander specializes in modern quilt and sewing patterns. Carolyn’s aesthetic draws on elements of art, architecture, and the history of quiltmaking (e.g., an abundance of needle turn, hand applique as well as machine piecing). Carolyn grew up in Lake Wales, Florida on a cattle and citrus ranch and pursued a formal design education in college and graduated with a B.A. in Architecture. After a stint in the professional architecture world, Carolyn sought a different occupation, one that would allow her to be wildly creative, utilize her design background, and work with her hands. It so happened that later that year, 2009, she learned to quilt. Carolyn’s custom machine quilting has received recognition at local and national shows. She began to create her own patterns. Her first fabric line with Robert Kaufman debuted in the fall of 2012, and her first book, Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting With Mindful Design, was published with Lucky Spool Media in 2014. Carolyn’s designs have been featured in many magazines, including Love Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, American Patchwork and Quilting, and UPPERCASE.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Charity Sewing Day at Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg this Saturday!

We hope you can join us for a fun day of charity sewing and chatting and shopping at Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg this Saturday, March 26th!  We'll meet from 10am to 4pm in their new Handi Quilter room and the business meeting will start after lunch around 1:00 or 1:30pm.  The room will only have spots for about 15 people to set up with machines so those spots will be first-come-first-served and be sure to bring along plenty of hand-work or non-machine projects to work on in case the tables are full.  For new members or anyone who has never come to Capital Quilts, the address is  15926 Luanne Drive, Gaithersburg, MD  20877.

Lynne (and Alyson, by proxy) will be coordinating the charity sewing focus of this meeting.  You can see her about obtaining a fabric pack to start a charity quilt with or about contributing to aspects of any works in progress.

And, for those of you who participated in the Capital Swap with the Ottawa MQG, if you plan to come on Saturday, would you bring along your received mini quilts to share at show and tell?  Everyone would love to ooh and aah over them!  :-)

Last but not least, just so we have something pretty to look at in this blog post, here are a few collages of the gorgeous minis that our members sent to the Ottawa MQG members for the Capital Swap.  So much goodness going on here!  Enjoy and hope to see you on Saturday.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Introducing: The DCMQG Color Challenge

New for March!  

The DCMQG Color Challenge.  :-)

We're going to pilot a new monthly challenge for our members to participate in if they wish.  Each month, we'll announce an inspirational color on the blog and Instagram.  Dig around in your stash and find a fabric (solid or print) in that color to incorporate in a project.  Feel free to add up to two additional colors (such as a neutral or other accent color) and let your creativity soar!  

Make a block or a small project (pincushion, pillow, pouch, etc.) or, if you're really loving it, design a whole quilt around that color.  Dream big or dream small; but whatever you create, share it on social media or at a meeting show & tell so that the rest of us can be inspired!  Use the hashtag #dcmqgcolorchallenge on Instagram.  If you make just a block, you can always donate it to a charity quilt (especially since the March meeting is our first charity sewing day of the year) if you're interested in the challenge but not wanting to start another whole quilt. 

Kona Ultramarine from the Swatch and Stitch blog
For March, we'll start with a deep, greenish-blue color, similar to Kona Ultramarine.  We want this to be a fun, flexible challenge for you all to join in on and we look forward to seeing what people come up with!

I couldn't get the color to capture just right
on my phone camera but you get the picture! ;-)

Friday, February 19, 2016

DCMQG Quilt Along continues ....

Block 9 of the quilt along will be available on Anna's blog ( at noon tomorrow. This new block will be working on precision piecing and strip piecing skills.

We also have a Facebook group that people are welcome to join:

It's been really fun to see all the blocks as people are sewing along.  Keep posting your pictures!