Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 11, 2016 -- Hand Sewing Meeting at the Botanic Garden, plus some annoucements

Well, June has already begun and we are ready for our yearly outdoor, hand-sewing gathering!  This Saturday, June 11th, from 10am to 12pm, we'll meet up at the Amphitheater inside the United States Botanical Garden.  In years past, people usually hang out even longer and go to grab lunch, etc.  For the first 20 members to arrive, we have fun little English paper piecing kits to giveaway from Paper Pieces, the great online store where you can find anything and everything you need for EPPing.  So bring your latest hand-sewing project or quilt to bind and sew with us!

Teaser pic of the EPP kits from our Paper Pieces sponsor!
Meeting at a glance:

When-- Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 10am to 12pm (the group usually grabs lunch nearby after we've sewn for a while!)

Where-- The Amphitheater area of the US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC  20001.
Click here for a map

What to bring-- Your hand-sewing projects, outdoor-friendly snacks, hats & sunscreen as it could be getting hot again (other than hot, the weather looks great for that day!).

**A separate note about the additional sewing day in Frederick, MD that was scheduled for this Saturday also:  we'll be postponing that meeting once again in favor of a future date, tbd.  Sorry for any confusion that may have caused!

Hope to see people in DC on Saturday!

My only pic from last year's meeting when Jessie gave us an EPP tutorial!
And a couple other announcements related to the Fall Retreat sign-ups and membership renewal coming up:

Fall retreat at the wonderful Blue Mountain Retreat Center will be September 16-18, 2016.  Registration opens online June 20th, at 8pm.  There is space available for 16 full participants, 3 day passes and (for the first time!) 2 hand sewing spaces for the whole weekend.  Cost will be $185 (due to an increase in the cost of the venue) for full participants which covers two nights and all Beth's fantastic meals.  $50 for day passes which includes lunch and dinner.  Also a reminder that our new membership year begins on July 1st, 2016 and you need to pay your dues to be eligible for retreat participation.  Annual dues are unchanged at $45 for 2016-2017 and the PayPal button ($46.75) is on the blog now.  Alternatively contact Robin at to arrange to mail your dues.

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.