Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August Meeting RECAP: Finch Sewing + Knitting Studio

On Saturday, August 11 we had a cozy meeting Finch Sewing + Knitting Studio. We have to thank Finch so much for accommodating us all day! It's such a comfortable space to hang out an chat and sew and shop and knit. Especially with the anniversary sales going on, I know SOME of us (not naming any names) got some really good deals...

At 1:30 we gathered in the upstairs knitting lounge to show off our latest makes.

Gretchen shared a "Five Impossible Things" quilt (pattern by Jenny Haynes) made for charity and an fairy economy block baby quilt that she's been working on.

Elle shared a charity quilt made with some spare blocks and an improv charity quilt, top by Alyson, quilting by Aubrie.

Ashley shared a cowboy themed baby quilt that she made for her nephew.

Laurie shared her finished glam clam from Latifah Saafir's workshop and a selvage quilt she's been hand quilting.
Cassandra got to share her king-sized flying geese...
...and her 2017 Summer Sampler, both quilted by Cindy Luby!

Dolores shared this string pieced double wedding ring quilt from a workshop taught by Nancy Bills at the Hershey quilt show

Big L shared his first make with us!

Carissa brought her Carolyn Friedlander Lusk (left) and Sessoms (right) minis to show. She will hold a workshop for the Lusk quilt at Finch in September!

Amy shared an I Spy Ampersand quilt she made from Thomas Knauer's book: Modern Quilt Perspectives.
We also had a few other show and tell items that were not quilts:

Elle made a Two Zip Hipster by dog Under Desk Designs for herself and Ashley tested the Notebook Pouch pattern by Elizabeth Timmons
Jennifer was wearing her Charlie Caftan and Sabrina, her Cheyenne Tunic.

Beth wore her Painted Portrait Dress and Alyson was wearing her Oceanside Shorts.

And of course for some of us, there were tacos!

Until next time, Leesburg!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Michael Miller Challenge Fabrics are in!

The Michael Miller Challenge fabrics have arrived.  If you signed up to receive a bundle, Lynne has them and will be in touch about coordinating a hand off if she hasn't already.

If you didn't sign up to get a bundle but would still like to participate, you can always purchase the fabrics on your own and jump in!

The challenge info provided by the MQG is below:

We're excited to unveil the next Michael Miller Fabric Challenge for QuiltCon 2019! This year’s fabrics include fabrics from Michael Miller’s basics collection — Hash Dot in Ebony, Hash Dot in Grass, Hash Dot in Marine, and Cotton Couture in Peach.

Each participant will receive four fat eighths of the challenge fabric. Like previous fabric challenges, we have many more members than available fabric. We wish everyone could get one, but the bundles are first come, first serve. However, you can still participate by purchasing the challenge fabric at your local quilt shop. Everyone who signs up for the challenge should submit their final quilt to the Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon — like other categories, this category is eligible for judging and awards up to $1,000!

To be eligible, participants must use at least two of the three selected hash dot fabrics and Cotton Couture Peach. However, participants may use as many Cotton Couture solids as desired. Binding and backing can be any Michael Miller fabric. Once completed, these quilts will be entered into the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon. The top prize for this category is $1,000!

Official Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Category Description: Eligible quilts must use a minimum of two of the three selected hash dot fabrics, Cotton Couture Peach, and any number of Cotton Couture solids. Additional Michael Miller prints or solids may be used on the backing and binding. All fabric will be shipped by mid-August. Quilt entries will be open July 1 to November 30, 2018 (the same as other QuiltCon quilt show entries). Quilts can be submitted via the form at

For a list of shops carrying the fabric, please see below:
Homestead Hearth     Mexico, MO 573-581-1966
Capital Quilts Gaithersburg, MD 301-527-0598
Stitch Hive, LLC Wyncote, PA 267-280-2690
Old Country Store Intercourse, PA 717-768-7101
Material Girl La Plata, MD 301-392-9575
Mashe Modern

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Meeting this Saturday: Field Trip to Finch!

On Saturday August 11, we're so excited to return to one of our favorite area lounges and pay a visiti to business member, Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA. This meeting location is a little off the beaten path, but once you visit there, you'll understand what all the fuss is about!  There are cozy little seating areas throughout the house - tables, chairs & couches. Nicole stocks a wide array of fabrics for quilting and garment sewing, as well as yarn and plenty of notions. They are also an authorized Bernina dealer, so if you're considering a new machine, this might be a good time to try one out!

Finch has machines that you can borrow while you are there, but they are a little tight on space to set up your own machine, so it's a great idea to call ahead and make sure they'll have a machine that you can borrow or space for to set up your own machine. Your guild friends are usually willing make space as well, so don't let that stop you from joining us!

Finch will be open for us to hang out from 10 am for as long as you like. There's a parking lot on the next block and plenty of delicious restaurants to try for lunch.

Hope to see you there!

Sherri Lynn Wood was here!

In May, we hosted Sherri Lynn Wood for two fantastic Workshops and a lecture - Layered Curve, Patchwork Doodle and Ruler-Free Match Up.  We had a great time!

Layered Curve was Saturday's lecture where participants learned to sew curves with confidence. We were so pleased to be able to offer this workshop - this was Sherri's first time teaching this topic.
From Sherri's website: Get your layered curve on and discover the freedom and ease of piecing template free curves. Practice your skill to see how far your curve can go. Dive into the surprising trajectories of composing with simple curves either within or without the boundaries of the square. Learn to collaborate with your curve patchwork through bleeds, natural fits, and directional flow as rhythms emerge, merge, and re-merge to take lyrical shape.

On Saturday night, Sherri met up with a small group of members and non members for a lecture and performance which gave us insight into her improv process. 
The description from Sherri's website: 
Basic strip, bias-strip, wedge, curve, stack, float, repetition, flow, bleeding, darting, natural fit, approximate measuring, trouble shooting, and composition tips, tricks and techniques for ruler-free improv patchwork will be demonstrated and performed on the spot according to audience prompts and participation. Bring "zingers" from your stash to be incorporated into the patchwork as it unfolds.

And finally on Sunday, Sherri presented her Patchwork Doodle Workshop. Members learned to work with a theme and COMMIT that theme to fabric.
From Sherri's website: Doodle with your scrap stash! Let go of expectations and build patterns with simple shapes and negative space. Learn ruler-free patchwork techniques. Collaborate with your patchwork with a YES AND as you affirm and respond in the moment to the pattern as it unfolds. Discover a responsive approach to composition and design that lies somewhere between randomness and planned.

If you missed out and would like to take a class with Sherri, be sure to check out her website to find out where she's teaching next!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

July Meeting Recap

In July we met in the Hyattsville Municipal Building in a large open space with yellow walls and plenty of light.  Carissa & Ashley introduced the plans for our QuiltCon charity quilt and we went on an expedition to Three Little Birds Sewing Co., just across the street and down a block from the Municipal building.

The DCMQG visits Three Little Birds Sewing Co.
We had some pretty great show and tell too:
Mindy shared her beautiful Eads quilt.

Amy brought this scrappy rainbow beauty.

Meg shared a work in progress from a class she took with Sherri Lynn Wood.

Elle shared two quilts that she recently finished quilting, including a quilt that was auctioned the benefit RAICES Texas and a Quilt-As-You-Go Sampler.

Phyliss and her Large Traverse bag
Melinda made a sewing machine cover from some orphan blocks and Essex linen. She also shared her work in progress from a round robin swap she participated in.

Dara shared this pretty HST quilt with a wide binding from Laurie's tutorial.

Jennifer shared this beauty (front and back) made from a charity bundle and some scraps.

Beth brought her beautiful Alison Glass quilt made just for herself.

Several members brought mug rugs to deliver to their swap partners at the meeting.  Here, makers appear with the mug rugs they made: Tanya, Melissa, Emily, Carolyn, Jennifer and Alyson
And last but definitely not least, we pulled a winner from our virtual hat for our amazing membership drive giveaway!   You did hot have to be present to win, but we were lucky enough that new member, Emily A., was with us in Hyattsville to accept her prize: