DC Modern Quilt Guild Dues for July 2015 to June 2016

Pay your DC Modern Quilt Guild Dues for July 2015 to June 2016

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Upcoming Meetings and Events with the DCMQG
  • July Field Trip on July 25th to Finch Sewing Studio. Shop is open from 10a-5p. Bring some sewing.
  • Retreat 1: August 14th-16th at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center near Harper's Ferry
  • August meeting--August 29th from 10a-4p at Patches Quilt Shop in Mount Airy
  • September 10th Lecture event with Lizzy House, 7:30 pm at Falls Church Episcopal
  • September CHARITY SEWING DAY--September 26th from 10-5 at Falls Church Episcopal--OPEN to the PUBLIC
  • October meeting--October 17th from noon to 6pm at Falls Church Episcopal--Clothing sewing with Cindy and Pam
  • Retreat 2: Nov 20th-22nd at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center near Harper's Ferry

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Saturday Field Trip to Finch Sewing Studio in Leesburg!

Hope you can join us this Saturday, July 25th from 10am to 5pm at Finch Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA.  Read on below for details about what to bring, where to park, and how you'll be pampered (in addition to your 10% discount)!  Just like the past two summers, Nicole is rolling out the red carpet for the DCMQG.  So come to sew, shop, and hang out with your fellow quilters (and knitters!) at Finch's newly expanded fabric and yarn store.  We'll do a brief guild update and show & tell session after lunch, around 1:30pm.  Email me at dcmqgvp@gmail.com with any questions.  See you there!

From Nicole:

We're all really excited that you're coming to Finch this Saturday!  We blocked out the whole shop for the day, so we hope you'll use the space to it's full potential!  We now have the entire building, so we have a lot more space than you've ever had here before.  The building was built in 1790, so with that does come a challenge or two.  The building is a bit compartmentalized, so I do have a couple of ideas that will help us optimize the space and give you ample room to sew.  

If you are bringing a wee one with you, please avoid bringing a stroller into the shop.  You are welcome to park a stroller at the side of the building (it's super safe in the 'burg).  The parking garage is free on Saturday, and it is not far from Finch, so you won't need to walk much at all.  

We have 7 cutting mats and 3 ironing stations.  We also have 8 really lovely and easy-to-use shop BERNINAS.  In the interest of space, I would like to leave those machines where they are.  And I would love even more for you all to USE them!!!  :)  We have 1/4 inch feet attached to them right now, but you are welcome to check out other feet from Charmaine (who will be working that day), if you wish (we have lots of different feet- edge stitchers, walking feet, etc).  One of the machines we have is a 740- it has a great amount of throat space, an extra large table, and an integrated dual feed for quilting.  If someone is quilting a quilt, this would be the optimal machine to use.    

You are welcome to bring your own machines to set up on some of the tables/free space that isn't already occupied by Finch machines.  We have a sewing bar that is great for small stuff like piecing (you've seen this if you've been here before)- that will seat 3 people comfortably.  4 people, if you really like each other.  :)  We also have 2 more rooms upstairs with tables.  There are about 8 spaces for sewing machines upstairs (there are mats up there as well, so about 2 or 3 more people could set up sewing machines if the mats are moved). So we have about 19 sewing spaces available, and we also have a couch and chairs in the lounge for lounging with some handwork!  Ample room!

In terms of parking: we have a parking garage right next to Finch on Loudoun street- just East of us.  As I mentioned above, parking is free on the weekend, but even on a week day, this is the best option.  We validate your parking stub during the week, so most people don't pay for parking.  

Lastly, we will have mimosas and hand made local donuts for you in the morning! Yum!!  
I'll see you soon!  So excited to have you.... as always.

Nicole and the Finch team

Nicole Morgenthau
Owner and Teacher
Finch Sewing Studio

102 Loudoun Street SW
Leesburg, Va. 20175

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tips for Sewing with Vinyl with Leah B.

Hi! I’m Leah. I Instagram constantly at @leahbee, and I blog occasionally at leaheggers.typepad.com.

Lately I’ve been obsessed with sewing vinyl pouches and Melinda asked me do a post with some tips and tricks for vinyl sewing. I’m happy to oblige!

I really love the results when you use vinyl in a project. (Notice I didn’t say I love sewing with vinyl?) It can be a pain to work with, but to me the finished product is worth it. The see-through factor is great, and honestly I kind of just like the way it feels.

When I first started sewing with vinyl I read a million things about how to do it, but not all of it worked for me. So here is it what I do.

  1. Label your pieces! I usually cut pieces for multiple projects at once since my roll is such a pain to get out and cut from. It can be hard to keep everything straight, but a little piece of washi tape with the size written on it solves that problem. 

  1. Know your machine, and don’t be afraid to experiment. I just got a new sewing machine, and what worked on my old machine doesn’t work on this one. I used to have to put the fabric on top, vinyl in the middle, and a piece of tissue paper on the bottom to help the vinyl slide through. With my new sewing machine, I place the fabric on the bottom and the vinyl on top with a walking foot. No tissue paper necessary! I am careful to hold the vinyl up off the bed and everything works perfectly. So try different things out! Scotch tape on the bottom of my presser foot didn't work for me, and I’ve never bothered with the expense of a Teflon foot. Some techniques to try:
  • Tissue  paper: put a layer of tissue paper on your vinyl so it doesn’t stick to the presser foot or machine. When you finish the seam, simply tear the paper away.
  • Scotch tape: Stick a piece of scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot to keep the vinyl from sticking.
  • Teflon foot: you can buy a presser foot made of Teflon that theoretically the vinyl won’t stick to. (I’ve never tried this!)
  • Walking foot: you probably already have one. Extra feed dogs may be all you need to pull the vinyl through evenly.
  • Hold the vinyl up: hold it away from the bed of your machine so it doesn’t stick!

  • Wonder clips are your friend! You can’t use pins with vinyl because they’ll leave a hole. You'll need something like wonder clips to hold them in place.
  • Avoid creases. You can't really iron vinyl without it melting so try to avoid folding it. If you have a bad crease, you could try a medium heat iron with a press cloth, but definitely don't hold the iron on it for very long. Finger-press all seams. To store without folds, keep it rolled up on a cardboard tube. If it curls up too much, just set your pieces under a few books and you shouldn't have any trouble.
Where do you buy vinyl?
The vinyl I have now was purchased from fabric.com, but I’m officially done shopping there (ask me about it some time, I’ll happily rant at you!) so next time I’ll be sourcing elsewhere. Luckily it’s pretty easy to find, and pretty inexpensive. You can expect a yard of 12- or 16-gauge to run about $4-6. And when you’re using it for pouches, a yard lasts a long time. I bought mine over a year ago and I still have plenty left. I’ve seen it at Joann and Hancock Fabrics, and of course any google search for “16-gauge clear vinyl” will bring up multiple sources, most from reputable shops. The higher the gauge, the thicker the vinyl. The patterns I’ve seen that specify a weight say 12 or 16. I have 16-gauge and find it to be just the right weight; I’ll buy it again in the future.

What are some good patterns that use vinyl?

There are lots! Noodlehead’s Road Trip Case is one. I made one of those in March for my sister, modified to be a knitting needle case. I love that huge vinyl pocket!

Aneela Hoey has several patterns with vinyl pockets. I’ve made a bunch of her patterns and find them to be excellent. Her Foldover Sewing Pouch is so useful—I bring mine to every guild sewing day.

I also love the Crazy Mom Quilts WIP Bag pattern. It has the cleverest zipper installation I’ve ever seen! I need a whole army of these to wrangle the piles in my sewing room.

And my favorite recent vinyl pouch is a modified Noodlehead Open Wide pouch. This one is directly inspired by fellow guild member Dana Seltzer, who made one that I immediately copied 5 times. I’m working on one for each of my son’s puzzles. He and I both love the way they look, and I love the way they keep the pieces off my floor!

Thank you, Leah, for such a thorough post!  

If you have a blog topic that you'd like to share with the guild, let us know.  
We'd love to have more activity on the blog.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Guild News

I guess it has been awhile since I sent out a news update.  I hope that summer has been treating you all well.
  • Membership Survey--the survey for this membership year will go out late this month.  Start thinking of things you'd like to happen with your guild.  Particularly, think about speakers or workshops you'd like to see in the next year or two.  
  • August Retreat--There is one space open for Friday through Sunday and there is one Saturday day pass still available.  It's going to be a blast, so don't miss out!
  • Guild Logo Contest--We have six logo submissions!  I just have to figure out how to get the pictures into a survey form and we'll have the official vote.  Pardon the wait while I attempt to catch up with technology.
  • We are working on getting Lizzy House for a lecture in September.  Information will be shared as soon as things are confirmed.
  • Charity sewing day is set for September 26th, 10a-5p at Falls Church Episcopal.  As always, our charity sewing day is OPEN to the PUBLIC, so bring a friend and let's sew like the wind.
  • Frederick and Melinda are working on putting together a stamp carving/fabric printing workshop.  Put on your thinking caps and get out your sketching pencils for some ideas for this fun opportunity.
  • Garment Sewalong--some of our guild members have been sewing some garments this summer.  Do you want to join in the fun?  We are discussing a sewalong over on the DCMQG instagram account.  If you aren't on instagram, you can still join in by commenting below, choosing a pattern and prewashing your fabric.

I'll close with a group photo from the Denyse Schmidt workshop:

Denyse Schmidt Workshop June 7, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Meeting Recap with Show & Tell Pics

Hi All!

Though we had a smaller group at the June 20th meeting than we'd become accustomed to this year (thanks to the summery weather and vacations aplenty!), it was a great meeting at the new venue of The Falls Church Episcopal.  I wanted to give a big thanks to the crew at the church who helped me pull off the whole thing and who were so kind and gracious to work with--thanks Jim, Terri, Rosemari (a quilter herself!), and even parishioner Helen who stopped by the meeting to check it all out!  The Nicolson Hall where we met was a great space in which to sew and, apart from working out the electrical sharing and table set up for next time, it seems like it will be a nice option for future meetings.  We're already talking about having the charity sewing September meeting there where we will all have space to spread out on the floor, work collaboratively, and get some charity quilting done!

The spacious Nicolson Hall in The Falls Church Episcopal
We had fun seeing (and being inspired by) a great variety of projects that people have been working on!

Clockwise from top left: Ashley's baby quilt, Lisa's fall leaves quilts, Sari's king-sized bed quilt for a friend, Maryjane's aqua Amy Butler quilt.
Clockwise from top left: Cindy's EPP hexies, Pam's Alabama Chanin skirt, Aubrie's paper-pieced log cabin blocks from the Mary Fons workshop, Frederick's tumbling block squares.
Clockwise from top left: More BIG quilts! Jane's happy scrappy quilt, Alyson's memory quilt for her son, Amy's flannel-backed nine-patch quilt, Anna G's Michigan quilt.
Clockwise from top left: Bridgette's mini quilt, Lauren's baby quilt in progress, Anne's Gardenvale star blocks, Linda's dragonfly challenge quilt.
Clockwise from top left: Nancy's Doe triangles, Dara's Beatles needle book, Melinda's AMH rayon tank, Carissa's nephew baby quilt.

Other reminders:

At the end of this month, we're meeting out at Finch Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA so we hope to see you there for some sewing and shopping--Saturday, July 25th from 10am to 5pm.

Dues for 2015-2016 membership are being collected via the Paypal button at the top of the blog or send a check to Robin.

And don't forget to submit your logo design by tonight (July 1st) at midnight!  Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July weekend and, as always, happy sewing!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

You have two days left...

...to submit your DCMQG logo design.  Send your submissions to me (Melinda) by email or by messenger camel.  Either way, the deadline is tomorrow at midnight.

It is also membership renewal time!  Use the paypal button at the top of the blog or email dcmqgtreasurer@gmail.com to get Robin's mailing address to send a check.  Dues are $45 this year and we have lots of fun things planned to make it worthwhile.