Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DCMQG Heading into Winter

As we welcome(?!) winter, here is a look back at the many activities we had this autumn.  In this post you can read about our workshops with Violet Craft and Latifah Saafir, our Fall Retreat and our October Meeting. For more photos on all of our activities check out @dcmqg and #dcmqg on Instagram.  

Violet Craft Workshop
Sunday, September 17

We had a great workshop.  She taught her tried and true techniques for foundation paper piecing and guided members through the pattern of their choosing.

Photos: Left-Violet & Gretchen, Center-Violet, Right Violet work with members on their patterns.

Participants chose a variety of Violet's patterns including her Elephant Abstractions, Hoppington and Elevated Abstractions. Violet brought a variety of paper pieced quilts to show us which was a bonus for this day-long workshop.
Left:  Violet and        Right: Cathy showing her progress on her quilt

Violet's unique tips and tricks were great. From creasing the paper using an add-a-quarter ruler to using her custom roller to flatten seams without ironing, it was fun to learn from a master. The class was relaxed and at your own pace as Violet worked the room spending time with each student. 

We can't wait to see all of the finished products! Don't forget to use the hashtag #dcmqg to show off your work.

DCMQG Fall Retreat
Thursday, September 21 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

We had a full house and great weather! 

The weekend in the Blue Mountains was a wonderful respite from our hectic lives. This year members had the option to add on Thursday and all but two were able to start their weekend early!

As always we spent our day in the sewing studio, everyone worked at their own pace  We had early risers and late night sewers. In the photo below, Susan is basting her quilt under the stars with Linda!

Some took time to hike along the canal, and a bunch went to Webs to replenish their supplies! 

We had an optional one hour basket swap.  The yankee swap always brings lots of fun and laughs.  We had three games of Left Right Center and Beth cooked delicious meals for us. It was a weekend filled with good friends, good food and good fiber.

Left: Anjeanette and Linda during the LRC game, Center: Susan and Linda working under the stars, Right:  Robin with her winnings in LRC!

Left:  Sewing into the night, Center: Members with their One Hour Basket presents, Right: Rope bowls many members made

Cassandra doing her morning yoga on the quilt she just laid out.
Mark your calendars!  
2018 DCMQG Retreat Dates:  March 8-11, 2018 and Sept. 27-30, 2018

Latifah Saafir Workshop
Saturday, October 14

Latifah welcomed us to her Glam Clam workshop.  She showed us some of the quilts she made with the pattern.  It was an amazing to see the pattern transformed by the different fabrics and layouts.

Left: Latifah working with students, Center: Latifah during her Lecture/trunk show, Right: Latifah with Leo, our newest member!

Latifah walked us through the project, giving demos at each juncture and then working with us individually.

Following the workshop, Latifah gave held a lecture/trunk show.  Members agreed that she is gifted teacher.  Natalie won the price, she finished her quilt before the class ended! Many have since finished theirs.

October Monthly Meeting 
October 28, 2017

We moved this month's meeting day due to our workshop with Latifah Saafir.

Jessee talking us through the pattern 
Jessee Maloney, @artschooldropout, gave a mini workshop for her "Ring of Coffins" quilt.  Armed with free templates for the members, she walked us through the pattern.  

Quilt Show
We went over the CostumeLab Quilt Show details. The deadline for submissions is November 19th. There is a maximum of two entries.  The selection panel will consist of three impartial judges.

We are still looking for a couple members to step up and participate on our board for 2018. We will vote on the 2018 board in November.

Charity Sewing

Alyson explaned that she is changing the deadline to February to accomodate members busy schedules this time of the year.  Our meeting next month, November, will be a charity sew with members working on the 100 Quilts for 100 kids.

Sherri Lynn Wood Workshop
Membership voted in favor of a Sherri Lynn Wood workshop in May of next year. Details will be forthcoming this winter.

Show and Tell

Coming Up
There is still time to vote for our 2018 Board!  Voting closes Thursday, Dec 7, Election Ballot

Saturday, Dec. 9 Monthly Meeting 11:00-3:30 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center.  Meet the newly elected 2018 Board!  Other details for the meeting was emailed to members.  Hope to see you there!

Next blog entry:  Pictures from our November Charity Sew, December recap.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Call for Entries Quilt Show

DCMQG & Costume Lab Exhibit 2018
DCMQG and the Arlington Arts CostumeLab will collaborate to host a quilt exhibit from January 8th - March 27, 2018 in Gallery 3700 at the Arlington Arts Center in Shirlington, VA.
This year there is a theme and a size requirement for quilt entries. DCMQG members chose "Local Architecture" for the theme which is up to interpretation by the maker - what does local architecture means to you? Eligible quilts will be 24"x 24" in size. Our hope is to create a cohesive exhibit while providing a canvas that is big enough to showcase different techniques, yet small enough to complete in the time frame we have. 
The deadline for submissions is November 19th. Please note we will accept pictures of finished quilt tops at the Nov. deadline. Completed quilts (quilted, bound with corner "sleeves") must be completed by mid-December when quilts will be collected. There is a maximum of two entries per member and a link for submissions, including photos, will be made available to members on November 1, 2017. The selection panel will consist of three impartial judges.
We will have a reception in the afternoon on Saturday March 3rd to celebrate all of the contributions and National Quilting Month. A special workshop hosted by the Costume Lab is also in the works and offered exclusively to DCMQG members.
If you have any questions please feel free to write to schoolofcrafts (at) gmail (dot) com or dcmodquilts@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August Meeting at Finch

Finch is Fun!

For our August meeting we met at this past Saturday at, Finch Knitting Sewing Studio, one of our business members. As the title says, we had a lot of fun and we had a great turn out!

Members were there when the shop opened.  Nicole made all of her Bernina's available for members and many took advantage of the opportunity.  While enjoying mimosas, we went a little nuts with the discount Nicole gave us!  She had some of the new Cotton and Steel, an incredible sale section, Carolyn Friedlander Arroyo Essex Linen and some of us scored a some Rifle Paper Co. Menagerie that was left over from the July Finch Box.

After members had a leisurely lunch at outdoor cafes, we gathered in the large yarn room for the business meeting.

Nicole, owner of Finch Sewing Studio

Nicole thanked us for coming.  She also gave us the cool "Finch Tribe" buttons!  Nicole told us about a number of upcoming activities which you can find at their website finchknittingsewingstudio.com 

Phyliss gave an update on: 
  • Violet Craft's workshop-September 17 (there are some spots available)
  • Retreat (we added two overnight spots if you are interested, and three day passes are available
  • Latifah Saafir- October 14.  Members will receive a survey to find out which pattern you would like to do at her workshop.
  • CostumeLab Members will be asked what kind of workshop they would like CostumeLab to offer us in the survey.  Last year it was a dying fabric workshop.
  • Quilt Show - The theme is "Local Architecture" to be interpreted anyway the maker chooses. Members received an email with explanation and a rules attachment.  If you cannot open the doc, try a different browser or email us and we will send it to you directly.
  • Nisha has had to step down as secretary due to time demands with her company and school.  However, Nisha will remain coordinator of our charity drive of 100 zip bags with toiletries for abused women in shelters.
  • Elections are coming up and we encourage members to consider running.  We also need someone to fill Nisha's spot now.

Erinn Announcements (she took these great photos)
  • Michael Miller Challenge packs to have arrived.  She handed them out for those in attendance.  Please contact Erinn if you signed up and missed the meeting,  She will send it to you.
  • Membership renewals are due!

And then it was time for Show and Tell!

Dana has been experimenting with linoleum printing

Dolores was busy, with this New York Beauty and her amazing quilt below

Diana reminded us how stunning solid blocks can be

Leah's appliqué work

Anne made this mini quilt in a class at Mid-Mod and below her large size Retreat Bag.

Silvia's experiment with a solid color, a close up of the detail work below

Silvia's MQG Quilt of the Month

Laurie's Quilt for Kids

Lisa's Quilt of Honor

Carissa's quilt for her aunt and a sneak peak of her Eads quilt

Gretchen decided to finish up her selvage UFO!

Linda added handles to her large retreat bag.

Next month our meeting is Saturday, September 9th at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007.  

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Nicole and her staff, Loralee and Catherine,  who were so welcoming and helpful!

Hope to see you at our next meeting!
Megan, Phyliss, Erinn

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DCMQG Bees 2017

An update from Lynne our 2017 Bee Coordinator:  

The end of June marked another successful round of the DCMQG Bees!

What is a bee? Here is how it works; 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?

So let’s see some of what was done this year. Pics are from our IG tag #dcmqgbee - thanks to all of the quilters for posting there.
First up…completed quilts.  

The award goes to Alyson.  Here is her granny square quilt, all quilted and bound!

Laurie is also right up there.  She asked for The Circle of Squares block. She added more blocks and already at the flimsy stage. Isn’t it gorgeous! I am always a sucker for rainbows.

Tanya also asked for the Circle of Squares block but each block was multicolor.
Diana for Tanya.jpg

Most of the rest of us have not put our blocks together yet, but here is the show to let you see what we all were up to.  

Megan’s blocks were based on the Ohio Star.  Don’t they look both modern and Amish?

Cassandra’s involved lots of flying geese. She sent out fabric so that the blocks were all coordinated.

Anne asked for Maple Leaf blocks with an autumn feel to them.

Linda’s were these paper-pieced daisy blocks.  She is still working on a layout...full flowers or interrupted?  Stay tuned!

Carolyn asked for large Bento Blocks in her favorite colors...and then slashed them!
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I don’t think that any of us were surprised that Amy asked for cat blocks!

Robin gave her hive a color palette and block design as well as an option.

Here are some of Claudia’s black and white zig-zag blocks.

Heather sent out fabrics for these stunning Raspberry Kiss blocks but we could also add from stash.

 Ashley asked for orange and purple wonky stars that will be joining up with ones that she has gotten from previous bees.
Carolyn for Ashley.jpg

Lisa asked her hive for Sparkle blocks. I love the jewel-like colors!
Virginia sent out dragon fabric to be used for these blocks. Although blocks are still coming in, you can see the pattern developing.

Diana’s pink, coral, yellow, gray, and turquoise quarter log cabin blocks are so bright and cheery!.Diana.JPG

 Finally, here are my X and plus blocks - I still am very into solids!

Well, that is all for now.  Are you game to be part of this next year?  A new round of the bee will start up in January, so think about joining!