Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorite

Frederick is working on this great spiral hand quilting for an improv quilt. The quilt is really interesting in all its muted, low-volume goodness.

Just a reminder, if you haven't signed up for the Betz White workshop and would like to, please contact Jessie at dcmodquilts@gmail.com. If we do not fill up the workshop with DCMQG members, we'll be throwing it open to other guilds.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids Blog Hop and 100 Quilts for Kids Reminders

There is still plenty of time to finish up your 100 Quilts for Kids donation and link it up here for a chance to win some great prizes. On October 1st, I'll also open up a linky on this blog just for DC Modern Quilt Guild members for a chance to win some special prizes I have set aside for the guild! I'll be collecting quilts for Carpenter's Shelter at our October meeting on the 4th at Capital Quilts (note: we still have slots open for the Betz White workshop that morning - see details here). If you can't make that meeting or won't have finished up yet, just get in touch with me dcmqgtreasurer@gmail.com and we'll figure out an alternative drop off.

Today, we're visiting one of our newer members, Liz, at her blog Beadqueene's Bits and Baubles. Some of us got to see this as a work in progress when Liz was working on this quilt during our annual charity sewing day last Saturday. If you want to read more about that, and see some great photos of our works in progress, please go visit Frederick's post about it here.


Also, if you missed a few stops along our blog hop, here are the previous posts:

8/6 - Lynne
8/13 - Meli
8/20 - Alyson
8/27 - Carla

9/3 - Susan
9/10 - Katie
9/18 - Liz

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorites

Linda finished the quilting on the wedding quilt for her daughter Lindsey. The quilt utilizes the Single Girl pattern by Denyse Schmidt and napkins from the wedding. I think this turned out great. Linda decided to link the center two rings and the quilt concentric circles from there. I can't tell if the binding is already on the quilt.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids Blog Hop and Charity Sewing Day Reminder

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today we're visiting a DC Modern alumna on our blog hop. Katie from Swim Bike Quilt is sharing this sweet quilt that she is donating as part of 100 Quilts for Kids.

Katie's 100 Quilts for Kids quilt, Swim Bike Quilt
Many of you know this, but for those that don't, Katie started the 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive several years ago when she was a member of DC Modern, so we owe a lot to her in terms of starting this wonderful tradition in our guild. Please take a minute to stop by Katie's post and to visit our previous participants here:

8/6 - Lynne
8/13 - Meli
8/20 - Alyson
8/27 - Carla

9/3 - Susan
9/10 - Katie



Also, a reminder that our annual charity sewing day to coincide with 100 Quilts for Kids is this Saturday, the 13th, from 10:30 to 4:30 at the Burke Branch of the Alexandria Library. The meeting room is on the second level (there is an elevator) and to the right once you walk through the main door. This is a new location for us, but similar to our other library venues, please bring an extension cord, and please sign up below if you can bring one of the following: iron and board, cutting mat and ruler, and snacks. We'd like several of each so we can keep people busy throughout the day! The first priority will be for our group quilts, so if you are able, please check in with Jane, Lynne, or Heather when you get there to see if there is anything you can do to help out, and if you took fabric for any of the quilts, please plan to come with the blocks completed. Please also feel free to bring your own charity projects, and of course feel free to bring a friend! The charity sewing day is open to all.

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, unlike our other library meeting places, there does not seem to be a lot in walking distance for lunch options. So you may want to plan to bring a lunch or hop in the car and drive a few miles down the road.

Please let me know (dcmqgtreasurer@gmail.com) if you have any questions, and look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Monday, September 8, 2014

October Workshop with Betz White!

Cosmos Infinity Cowl
 I'm so excited that Betz White will be joining us for the day at our October 4th meeting at Capital Quilts.  Betz is the author of several books including Felt So Good and Sewing Green, and some of our members had the chance to meet her at the Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat last spring.  Betz has a new book out this fall; Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow, and we've invited her to give a trunk show of the projects in the book.  The trunk show will be part of our regular meeting and is free for members.
Betz will also be leading a workshop the morning of the meeting based on one of the projects from the book; a stylish reverse-appliqued jersey cowl perfect for holiday gifts or to keep for yourself! 
 
Say Betz of the project:
"Scarves and cowls are such wonderful gifts to give and receive. They are easy to wear, sizing isn’t an issue, and you can never have too many! The Cosmos Infinity Cowl is no exception. With a soft cotton jersey on one side and a gorgeous print on the other, the combinations are boundless. You can customize the cowl a step further with some freestyle stitching and reverse appliqué embellishment. Add as little or as much detail as you wish."
 
The workshop will be from 10:15-1:00 on the morning of our meeting at Capital Quilts.  Cost for the workshop will be $35/members and $45/non-members.  (Non-members attending the workshop are welcome to stay for the trunk show as well!) 

We will be coordinating lunch orders for anyone who wants to participate, and we'll have it at the shop at 1:00.  Our regular meeting will start at 1:30 and the trunk show will be at 2:00
 
If you would like to participate in the workshop, please email dcmodquilts@gmail.com and indicate whether you'd like to receive a PayPal invoice or mail a check.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September Business Member Update

What's up with our Business Members? 

Here's some inspiration from SuZQuilts:

QUILT AS DESIRED. Do those directions inspire you? Challenge you? Baffle you to the point of moving on to your next quilt project? Modern quilts, with their big blocks, solid fabrics, and negative space, provide a great opportunity for quilting.  SuZquilts can get that quilting done for you! Using a computerized, automated longarm machine (the Innova with the AutoPilot), SuZquilts can handle both small and big quilts, providing a large quilting area for optimum results on the finished project. 

Using automated quilting, designs are imported or programmed into a computer that directs the longarm machine as it stitches.  SuZQuilts uploads the designs, and the quilting options are endless, from a simple meander to Zen doodles, and just about everything in between!  Long lines the length of the quilt and consistent geometric patterns are possible and come out beautifully.  Suzquilts also uses pantographs - an all-over design for quilting - and pantographs that fit the modern aesthetic are being developed by artistic designers at a rapid pace.  From simple geometric designs and shapes, to impressive modern patterns, pantographs can be used all over a quilt, or modified via computer to create a new design or adjusted to fit your quilt.   

Inspiration for quilting designs can come from many places. You can sketch out your ideas for quilting, bring magazine clippings, or even select pantograph designs (see karleeporter.com, urbanelementz.com, or piecenquilt.com for some amazing ideas), and SuZquilts will work with you to finish your quilt!  More information is available at www.SuZquilts.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/suzquilts.   Please email suzquilts@aol.com or call 703-447-6806 to arrange a free consultation.
From Nicole at Finch Sewing Studio:
We are having a sale on all our summer weight yarn- cotton, linen, tee shirt yarn, and sari yarn.  We also have sip and sew on the 15th at Shoes in downtown Leesburg.  Also starting in September, we will be open until 9pm on Tuesdays.  Please come sit and knit or stitch with us! New fabric is plentiful! We have the new Gramercy line by Art Gallery Quilts, Far Far Away, all the batiks from Alison Glass, and much more!
And our friends up north, Patches:

This month Jackie is attending a Viking conference, where the company will be unveiling their newest additions to their sewing machine lineup.  She'll be back with new machines and some special deals for any of you who are dreaming of a new machine!
We still have a few spots left on our Quilter's Quest bus tour, Friday & Saturday, November 7th and 8th.  This bus will take you on a tour of ten Maryland and Northern Virginia quilt shops.  The cost for both days is $150, or $95 for one day.  Lunch, games, and prizes are included! 

Thanks to our business members for their support of the DC Modern Quilt Guild!  Please keep these lovely local businesses in mind whenever you are in the market for quilty satisfaction!
 
 

 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorites: 100 Quilts for Kids Edition!

I've seen some of the blocks for our group charity quilts popping up in the Flickr group. If you took fabric to make blocks for a group quilt make sure you have them ready to bring the morning of September 13th for our charity sewing day (see details here) or contact the quilt coordinator so you can mail them to her in time.
Economy Blocks
Jamie Lee's Economy Blocks for Lynne's quilt
Set number 1 for the #100quilts4kids group charity quilts. #dcmqg
Alyson's blocks for Jane's quilt
DCMQG quilt block IMG_2902
Frederick's Hourglass block for Heather's quilt
Quilt for 100 quilts 4 kids!
Melinda's completed quilt top!