Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Carolyn Friedlander Visits the DCMQG -- Photo Recap!

Well, it's already a month later, but better late than never, right?  ;-)  On April 17th, Carolyn Friedlander was in town for a fun day of needle-turn applique and a trunk show of quilt eye-candy.  I think it's safe to say that everyone who attended learned something new or had a great time, or both!

Since pictures say a thousand words, I'll let them speak for themselves.  The only thing I didn't get good pictures of was the pop-up shops at the trunk show; but, believe me, Del Ray Fabrics, Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio, and suZquilts all satisfied our fabric urges that evening!

Carolyn demos her needle-turn magic on some Everglade Quilt blocks.

Members get down to work on their own Everglade blocks.

More members working hard on their individual blocks.

A sun-filled lunch break under the gorgeous cherry blossoms!

We had a great turn out for the Trunk Show that evening.

Carolyn talking about her Everglade Quilt using her colorful Carkai fabric line.

The cutest Carkai Everglade mini!

One of Carolyn's latest quilts featuring paper-pieced houses and the pleasingly bright Kona color of the year - Highlight!

We can't thank Carolyn enough for being such a gracious teacher and guest of our guild!  I know her work will continue to inspire many of our members in their quilty endeavors.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sewing this Saturday; plus upcoming meetings!

The May sewing meeting is coming up this Saturday, May 14th, at the Westover Library meeting room in Arlington, VA!  We can sew from 10am to 4:30pm.  Will you join us?  Bring your machines and/or latest project to work on!  The business portion of the meeting will start around 1:00pm, after people have grabbed some lunch, and show & tell will commence shortly thereafter.

A few notes worth mentioning:

1)  If you're working on a charity project, Alyson wants people to know that she'll have bolts of fabric that can be used for backings.  Bring your tops and you can cut backing pieces to size at this weekend's meeting!

2)  We'll have a few different styles of t-shirts for people to look at and try on so that we can get an order of t-shirts together with our new guild logo printed on them!

3)  As usual, bring your extension cords, irons, cutting mats, snacks, etc.; anything you need to be productive all day long!

It's hard to believe we're almost halfway through May already!  We decided to move the date for the outdoor sewing meeting at the Botanic Garden to early June so, below, I'll list the meeting dates for the next few months (also found here on our Calendar page).  Be sure to mark your planners for these upcoming DCMQG events:

May 14th, Saturday, Westover Library, Arlington; 10am-4:30pm
June 11th, Saturday, US Botanic Garden Amphitheater, DC; 10am-12pm and grab lunch together afterwards
July 30th, Saturday, Field trip to Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio, Leesburg, VA; 10am-4pm
August 27th, Saturday, Field trip to Patches Quilting & Sewing in Mt. Airy, MD; 10am-4pm
September 16-18th, DCMQG Fall Retreat at Blue Mountain Retreat Center
October 1st, Saturday, Charity Sewing at Falls Church Episcopal; 10am-5pm

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.