Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall Charity Sewing Meeting: This Saturday, October 1st

Hey there, DCMQG quilters:

This Saturday will be our big Charity Sewing meeting (only held on Oct. 1 because we couldn't get the venue for a September date)!  We hope a lot of you can come out and sew!

The details: We'll be meeting at The Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church from 10am to 5pm this Saturday, October 1, 2016.  The address is 196 East Fairfax St., Falls Church, VA.  We have full use of the Fellowship Hall room for our sewing pleasure!  Please use the same parking as always (located off of E. Fairfax St. and Douglass Ave. and labeled "Church Parking"; described here in this post for any of you who haven't been to the FCE Church before ) and then head for the big, arched-white-windowed atrium looking room that is almost directly across from the parking lot.  This is the Fellowship Hall (pictured below)!

What to bring:  If you're planning to use a machine, please bring as many extension cords (the longer the better!) and power strips as you have so that we can distribute machine power around the room.  Also, bring all your usual quilting equipment: irons, ironing boards, rotary cutters, and cutting mats -- At least as much as you need for your own sewing and if you have extras to share, all the better.  Of course, any hand-work projects (binding, handsewing, etc.) are always welcome too!  Any snacks, food, or drink that you want to bring along for the day is always welcome and, for lunch, there are several great options within walking distance from the church to recharge yourself for the day of sewing!  We'll have a brief business meeting after lunch (around 1:30pm).

Also at Saturday's meeting, we'll hear from Jennifer Biehl from the Arlington County CostumeLab about the upcoming Quilt Show in early 2017.  She'll be on hand to chat with us about that and we hope people have started pondering some submissions!

Alyson, our fearless 100 Quilts for Kids coordinator, has info and supplies for anyone looking for a charity project to start or finish so see her at the meeting if you are interested.  This meeting is open to the public so bring others who are interested in sewing for charity or, even if you aren't a member, come contribute to some quilts!

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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