Non Member Ticket for Denyse Schmidt Lecture on June 7th at 5:30pm

Denyse Schmidt will be doing a lecture about her work and design process. This lecture is sponsored by the DCMQG. Denyse has written two books, has twenty-two patterns listed on her site, and put out at least thirty fabric lines for independent and chain quilt stores. This opportunity is not to be missed. The lecture will be held at North Virgina Community College, Alexandria Campus.There will be pop up shop/s before and after lecture and Denyse will be on hand after the lecture with some items for sale and for book signing.

$15 Non Member Ticket for Denyse Schmidt Lecture on June 7th at 5:30pm

If you prefer to mail a check, please email Robin at

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Upcoming Meetings and Events with the DCMQG
  • May 30th--Outdoor Hand Sewing Day at the United States Botanic Gardens
  • June 7th--Denyse Schmidt workshop from 11am to 4pm on the NVCC Alexandria campus
  • June 7th--Denyse Schmidt lecture from 5:30pm to 7pm on the NVCC Alexandria campus, open to the public
  • 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
  • Retreat 2: Nov 20th-22nd at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center near Harper's Ferry

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Retreat Sign Up and May Meeting Recap

Don't forget! The retreat sign up takes place tomorrow at 6pm (prices, dates and other info in this post).  I will send out an email with the link to the the first come, first served sign up.  You will receive an answer back within a week letting you know if you got in and to which weekend.  At that time, all August retreat attendees will be asked to pay for the full retreat and November attendees will be asked to pay for half of the retreat cost.  If you need to make other financial plans, I'll refer you to our treasurer to make accommodations.

Let's do the May Meeting Recap.  Last Saturday at Capitol Quilts was a good time.  The workshop with Mary Fons was really fun and we had 20 members there for the meeting after the workshop.

New member, Tanya, is showing a recent quilt top.
May meeting at Capital Quilts

Aubrie is peeking out behind her pretty blocks.
May meeting at Capital Quilts

This picture looks like Mary and Elle were playing 
peekaboo around the back of Carla's quilt.
Quilters know how to have fun.
May meeting at Capital Quilts

Business Items discussed:
  • The board has appointed Alyson Olander to join the board, help streamline communication systems and write some content for the blog.  Welcome to the team, Alyson!
  • We are moving forward with scheduling Carolyn Friedlander for workshop/s next April.
  • I sent the email out again on Saturday with the member price for the DS lecture.  Buy a ticket, tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your mail delivery person, etc.  So far we have just over half of our costs covered.  We look forward to filling the auditorium as much as we can.
  • The DCMQG Logo Challenge is ongoing.  Deadline for submissions is June 15th.  The designs will be voted on anonymously and the winner gets a fun prize package as discussed in this post.
  • Susan is choosing swap partners for the Pouch Swap partners go out very soon.
  • Our inaugural guild bee is starting soon.  In two or three months we should see how that one is going and then we'll start getting getting more groups started.  Please consider whether you can make a four to six month commitment to make blocks for your fellow guild members and to receive some great blocks back.
  • Financial Report and New Dues: Robin, our treasurer, explained that the officers this year have been trying to build more cushion in our finances.  Early in the year we had to pay dues to the national MQG organization, we had to pay half of Denyse's fees, pay for the DS venue and then we had to prepay to reserve the retreat space.  Our budget was stretched very thin.  The guild is growing, therefore we need bigger spaces which are more expensive.  We also need to get insurance in order to use some of the bigger spaces.  For all of those reasons, the board has decided to raise dues slightly for next year to $45 for the year.  The paypal button will go up on the front page of the blog on June 8th and an email with the paypal link for your dues will go out around June 1st.
  • Discussion of raffle quilts: some members had other suggestions for building up the guild's cushion.  Meli offered to quilt a quilt top that she has already made and offer it up for the guild to raffle off.  Nancy suggested getting a raffle table at a regional quilt show, and she said that the raffle table might be free if we get people from the guild to volunteer to white glove at the show.  This idea is intriguing, but we need to have volunteers to start this up.  The board is stretched already and we won't be able to follow through without help from other people in the guild.  If you are interested in coordinating this effort, please volunteer.
Our next meeting is May 30th at the U.S. Botanic Garden just off of the National Mall.  We plan to meet outdoors under the shade sail at the amphitheater.  I think we usually do hand sewing from 10am to 1pm and then get lunch at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spots left for Mary Fons Workshop

There are still spots left for this Saturday's workshop with Mary Fons.  As of this writing, we have 6 machine slots and 8 observation slots left.  I will leave a comment on this post when it is full.  Until then, refer to the email and google doc link sent to you last week if you want to attend the workshop.

To review, here is the information about the Mary Fons workshop that was posted last week.
On May 2nd, we are lucky to have Mary Fons teaching paper pieced log cabin blocks.  This is the first time that she's teaching this class so she'll be looking for feedback.  Mary will be teaching at Capital Quilts from 11-1:30 with 14 machine slots and 10 observation slots.  The guild will be charging $20 for the machine spaces and $10 for the observation spaces.  Sign ups will be first come, first served.

Here is a picture of my recent log cabin block made by paper piecing.  This is my template, not Mary's, but I'd be happy to share it with anyone in the guild that wants it.  Paper piecing allows for crisp edges, no distortion, clean joining with other blocks and I love it for using narrow strips in my scraps.


Remember that the open meeting this Saturday at Capital Quilts starts at 1:30.  See you there!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

LOTS of News

Please check the blog for lots of juicy details and exciting things happening with your guild.

We had a huge turnout at today's meeting at Quilter's Studio--46 people!  We gained five new members, had seven guests and we are up to 82 members now.

This growth is exciting and presents a lot of new possibilities for us.  On the board, we've had to shift our thinking and planning and we still have some catch up to do.  In the meantime, please be patient with us.  These attendance numbers are unprecedented.  Our venues need to be scheduled months in advance so it will take a little while before we can fully catch up with venues that can accommodate sewing days for this many machines.


1.  This Wednesday, Burke Quilter's Unlimited is hosting Jackie Gehring for a lecture at 7:30, Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, VA  22015
Jackie is the MQG President and has done a lot for the modern quilt movement.  She'll be talking about “Quilting Modern: Honoring Tradition.”  Jacquie shares her journey from being a maker, to becoming a quilter, and now a modern quilter, designer and author.   The Burke QU can fit about 10 more people at the lecture.  Please RSVP by leaving a comment below or sending me an email at so we don't overwhelm the space they have available.

2.  On May 2nd, we are lucky to have Mary Fons teaching paper pieced log cabin blocks.  This is the first time that she's teaching this class so she'll be looking for feedback.  Mary will be teaching at Capital Quilts from 11-1:30 with 14 machine slots and 10 observation slots.  The guild will be charging $20 for the machine spaces and $10 for the observation spaces.  Sign ups will be first come, first served and the link for sign ups will go out by email this Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm. 

3.  Following Mary Fons, we will have our regular May meeting at Capital Quilts from 1:30-5:00.  The business meeting will start promptly at 2:00, followed by show and tell.  Please bring only one item for show and tell.  I think we can safely expect that the Capital Quilts space will be cozy, so bring hand sewing or knitting and don't be shy.

4.   Retreat Sign Ups-- the retreat space can fit 24 people to sleep overnight and up to 4 people for Saturday day passes.  The cost for Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon *including delicious and mostly organic meals* is $175 for the weekend and $50 for a Saturday day pass.  For both the August and November weekends, sign ups will start May 7th at 6pm.  I will send out an email with a link to a google doc to sign up.  There will be no lottery--instead it will be first come, first served. We anticipate that the August date will fill fast, so if you can be flexible, please consider the "either weekend" option (with a first preference).  You will be allowed to sign up for one weekend only.  If the August weekend goes well, the board and the retreat committee will look into doing quarterly retreats next year. 

5.  Logo Contest-- we are looking for a new design for the DC Modern Quilt Guild logo.  A design in black and white or similar dark + light colors would be ideal.  The purpose of a new design is to print shirts and tote bags.  Your design ideas will be collected and then shown to the members anonymously for a vote.  The winner will get a free shirt and tote bag printed with their design AND one $50 giftcard to your choice of our business members.  The due date for designs is June 15th, so get out your crayons and pencils!

6.  Tester Bee-- I am looking for 3 more volunteers to test out a guild bee.  This test will determine how the guild proceeds forward with bees.  It will have 6 members and last 6 months with each member being queen/king bee for one month.  I'm looking for super reliable people that want to make and receive some great blocks from fellow members.  So far I have Anna G., Angela S., and Alyson O.  In addition, I would LOVE it if one of the 6 volunteers would step up to be the bee mama (or papa). (pretty please? my plate is full.)

7.  Tickets to Denyse Schmidt Lecture-- If you plan to attend the DS Lecture on June 7th, please buy your tickets early.  You can use the link from the email I sent to get tickets for $10.  Invite your spouse or friend/s to use the nonmember button on the blog to buy their tickets ahead ($15).  Those of us on the board have put in a lot of hours into securing the space, the speaker and insurance.  It would mean a great deal to know that the event will be successful.  We will have three(!) pop up shops from our business members (including two new business members: Del Ray Fabrics and GoobaDesigns!) so plan to arrive at 4:30 to browse some pretty fabrics.

8.  Next Swap-- You'll be getting an email soon regarding our next guild member swap.  We'll be exchanging pouches--zip, fold over, button/snap, magnetic closure or drawstring.  It is a voluntary and secret swap (so you can stalk your swap partner and study his or her likes and dislikes before starting your bag).  Big thanks to our swap committee: Susan F. and Jamie!

Whew!  That's a lot of information to digest.  Let me know in the comments or by email if you have any questions.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Quilter's Studio Questions Answered

I love it when our members come up with questions I hadn't thought of. 

First, Quilters Studio is at 9600 Main Street Fairfax, Virginia.  

Second, they do allow food in the classroom as long as it isn't goopy and drinks are covered.  So, bring your own drink in a covered container and volunteers for non-goopy snacks can comment below.

Third, they have irons, ironing boards and cutting space with mats, however, we need to bring our own rulers and rotary cutters.

Last, they have desks for 23 sewing machines and chairs for 30 people.  If attendance is like our last meeting (29 people), most everyone can use their machine.  Many will bring handwork for show and tell anyway, so I'm sure that we can work out a sharing system if needed.

I look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Meeting

Be there, or be square. 

For this meeting we will have a fresh venue, a change in the day of the week, different shopping, and we'll have a new system for show and tell. I love seeing the pretty things that the group is making, but our last show and tell ran pretty long. So please bring just one thing to show to the group. I hope this keeps it fun and lively, but also lets us get back to our sewing machines and visiting.

The business meeting will promptly start at 1:30pm.  We will be discussing retreats, the logo contest and starting mini quilting bees.

The free fabric bin will be at the meeting as well as a suggestion box. Remember to bring some handwork for the business meeting and show and tell.  We don't need irons or ironing boards this time as Quilter's Studio has three of each. 

See you on Sunday!