Thursday, October 4, 2018

Summer Mug Rug Swap!

Carolyn here, your recent swap mama. The DCMQG Summer Swap finished up mid-July and the swaps and treats did not disappoint. The theme this go around was "Mug Rugs." Swappers were randomly assigned to make a mini-quilt varying in size from 4" x 7" to as large as 8"x12". The size is intended to accommodate a mug and a cookie or scone, or other treat. Fabric selection, design, and treat wish lists were all considered by the assigned partner. We had some Instagram teasing going on and the reveals were a delight for all. If you've never participated in any of our swaps, consider joining in the fun next time. It is a great way to make new quilt friends, build skills and step out of your comfort zone. You'll find some of the awesome mug rugs below as well as at #dcmqgmugrugswap on Instagram.

Dolores kicked us off first with this gorgeous paper pieced Kaffe and solids for Lynne.

Lynne then made this hexagonal mug rug for Nisha.

Nisha was undecided and went with this stunner for Megan.

Megan went scrappy, stripey improv for Arlene.

Arlene  captured summer for Natalie.

Claudia came home from vacation to this amazing surprise from Natalie.

Claudia tested her skills on her first dresden for Dolores.

Carolyn made this awesome piece for Kristin.

Kristin nailed it for Tanya!

Tanya’s first ever 100% hand sewn piece special for Melissa!

Melissa designed her own paper pieced spiral flying geese for Jennifer. Amazing!

Jennifer perfected her circles and paper piecing for Stephanie.

Cassandra teased us with a peek for Angela and from what we see it’s perfect!

Angela made Emily very happy!

Emily also had a surprise waiting for Cassandra when she returned from vacation!

Ashley made this beauty for Amy.

Amy surprised Carolyn with this cute pocketed mug rug.

Carolyn worked with Alyson’s favorite Parson Gray for her surprise.

Alyson made this awesome mug rug Ashley.

Stephanie’s unique design doubles as a potholder for Meghan.

Meghan repurposed some cherished selvages for Brigid in TWO mug rugs!

And….Phyliss missed the signup so Jennifer went out of her way to do a side swap with Phyllis who loves Tula!

That's a wrap! Be on the lookout for the next swap which is coming up this fall.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

2018 DCMQG Bee

The DCMQG Bee started in February this year and finished up in July. Twenty two of our members participated, divided into four hives. If you are not familiar with bees…here is how they work; all of the people who want to participate are divided into hives of 5 or 6 people each. Each month in each hive one person tells the hive what type of block they want, and includes a tutorial or a link as well as guidance on colors. Members make two 12.5” blocks – or their equivalent – and send them off. Sometimes someone sends out some or all of the fabric that they want to use in their blocks, and sometimes members are asked to sew from stash. Easy peasy, right? Pictures of these lovely blocks are all from the Instagram streams of the participants and in #dcmqgbee.

Wonky stars were very popular this year.  Lisa asked for some with low volume background,

as Ashley went with orange and purple stars.

Lisa’s stars were of the mini variety,

And Arlene’s stars were mostly reversed with light stars and bright background.

Three members went for scrappy goodness, with Diana asking for slab blocks,

and Laurie with Trip Around the World blocks.

Amy’s blocks were also stash busters.

Two people asked for churn dashes. Jennifer with the traditional block in blues

and Cassandra with large and small blocks and improv filling.

Triangle blocks are always popular. Heather chose the broken dishes block

as Phyliss asked for these pieced flying geese blocks.

Two of our members opted for feather blocks. Here are ones made for Carolyn...

and for Amy...

Three members were continuing in the bee, asking for more of the same blocks that they had done before. Megan asked for more stars

while Lynne continued for solid X Plus blocks

And Linda asked for more daises.

Eunice asked for Weather Vane blocks

Kristina wanted low volume slabs with a pop of color.

This X Marks the Spot block is for Emily

Claudia is collecting these Scrappy Susannah blocks

Alyson wanted Kaleidoscope blocks

And, looking ahead to the holidays, Carolyn C asked for gnome/Santa and tree blocks.

So, that's a wrap for this year’s bee. We will start again in January, with a sign up going out in December. Come join us in the next round!

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!