Thursday, October 10, 2019

Next Meeting: TINT Makerspace

We are so excited to hold our next meeting at TINT Makerspace in Falls Church, VA this Saturday, October 12, 10:30am-4:30pm.  This small but mighty shop is owned by Carissa, a longstanding DCMQG member. The business meeting will be held at 1:30pm, followed immediately by show and tell. Carissa has generously offered to provide some door prizes and we will also have prize drawings for our August and September Third Thursday blocks (don't forget to bring your blocks!). As space is limited, please bring only handsewing or other small "lap" projects. There are approximately 15 to 20 chairs in the shop and space can be adjusted for more, if you have small folding chairs or camp chairs, please bring them just in case.

There is a good-sized parking lot at the building, but if parking becomes difficult, you may find on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. TINT cannot be seen from the street, but Carissa provided these photos and instructions: When driving to 417 W Broad St., look for the sign of her friendly and awesome neighbors The Neighborhood Barbershop! Their sign faces the street and the Copies-While-U-Wait sign with a ❤️ is most visible as you’re driving by. Pull all the way to the back of the building, through the underpass, and you’ll see the door to Suite 100 and TINT sign in the back parking lot.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Pieces of Us Raffle

Only 2 days remaining to buy tickets for our raffle to benefit RAICES!

In just two days (October 10 at 11:59pm), the Rally Up system will automatically choose a winner for our beautiful 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt, Pieces of Us.  The colorful areas of the quilt represent zipcodes where our members live using the color palette and theme (tiny piecing) as assigned by the national Modern Quilt Guild.  Guild members suggested organizations where the proceeds would be donated, voted on these organizations and chose RAICES as our cause.  

Don't wait! Buy your tickets now:


RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Third Thursday Block Challenge Update

We hope you've been having fun making our challenge blocks this year!  Below are some of the blocks members have made so far this year:

March: March's block is Harlequin by Juna Carle, an individual MQG member from California. This block is a foundation paper-pieced block that can make some incredibly diverse quilts just by changing the colors, orientation and negative space. Get the templates and instructions on the MQG site:

April: April's Third Thursday Challenge block is ModSquared by Jessica Plunkett, a member of the Central Iowa MQG. It's a great block with a unique shape, and it has loads of possibilities. To get the fabric requirements & instructions, log in to you MQG account and visit:

June: June's Third Thursday Challenge block is Vector by Sarah Ruiz, a member of the Houston MQG. It's a fun and whimsical paper piecing blocks that has loads of possibilities. To get the fabric requirements & instructions, log in to you MQG account and visit:

July: July's Third Thursday Challenge block we're exploring the concept of cropping with the Cogs block by Yvonne Fuchs, an individual member from California. To get the fabric requirements & instructions, log in to you MQG account and visit:

It's not too late to join in, the links and descriptions of all the blocks so far this year are available on the block challenge page!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 Bee

The 2019 DCMQG Bee finished up a few months ago, and now we get to look at all of the gorgeous blocks that were made.  This year we had five hives of five people each.  We even had a couple of people who were in two hives!  If you are not familiar with bees…here is how they work:  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. Hive 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#dcmqg or #dcmqgbee.

This year there were all sorts of plus blocks asked for..
Claudia's were plus blocks

  and Dara's double plus blocks.

  In Hive 2 both Meg and Jill choose chunky plus blocks.

Stars were also popular.  Amy S  asked for Kaffe Star with lawn fabric that she sent out.

Emily C  asked for Evening Star blocks

And Lynne asked her hive to make Serious Star blocks

Two quilters asked for lots of HSTs.  Angela's blocks were lots of  HST in one colorway, 

As Megan choose the Ocean Waves block.

Mindy's triangles were of the flying goose variety.

There were wintery blocks such as Carolyn G's Santa and gnome blocks

  and Diana's patchwork holiday forest.

There were lots of blues.....

Amy P  blue jewelbox

Jennifer O's churn dash

Ann L's stripes

and reds...
Tanya  Ohio Trail block

and then blue and reds.
Erinn's self-drafted blocks

Emily A's sailboats

Lisa's hive started her on this sunflower quilt.

Alyson  continued her stunning Kaleidoscope quilt.

Dara's Wants Fanta blocks also create secondary patterns.

Barbara's shadow box blocks showcased big prints.

Amy C asked for Stash Buster blocks

Robin  sent her hive some Splash, Kona color of the year, to make quarter square improv log cabins that she then used to make charity quilts.

So, that's a wrap!  Want to join in the fun next year?  Look for sign-ups in December.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Quilts for Comfort Cases

For the past year DCMQG has been donating quilts to Comfort Cases. This past spring we had a second packing day there, and along with some friends from the Baltimore MQG we contributed over 80 quilts. Want to know more and join in our on!

Who: Comfort Cases, a non-profit organization in Rockville, MD, works with child protective services agencies to bring dignity and hope to youth entering foster care.  They provide an age-appropriate backpack filled with comfort items. These backpacks are distributed as kids are being removed from their homes, rather than transporting their belongings in trash bags.  Their goal is to provide a comfort case to every youth entering foster care in the United States. Since 2013, they have reached 49/50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico!

What: The cases (a small backpack) contain a variety of items including a small blanket or quilt, basic toiletries, pajamas, stuffed animals, and a book.  The quilts that we make are a familiar item for the kids to keep as they move through their journey and are to provide comfort more so than warmth. The kids are also given an empty duffle bag to hold their clothes and belongings.  Currently, there are MANY babies entering the foster care system and they haven’t found a good supply of baby blankets, so baby quilts are their greatest need.

When:  At least twice each year, Elle will be coordinating deliveries to Comfort Cases.  This project is ongoing so if you miss one deadline, there’s always another opportunity.

Guild Contact: You can find Elle on Instagram at ellerby77.  She is more than happy to answer any questions!

Instagram: Please use #100quilts4kids

Please check out their website for more information!


Teamwork: Many quilters have a favorite step in the process.  If you have a top pieced, someone else may want to quilt it, and another person may help with the binding.  If you can’t make a completed quilt, just let your guildmates know and find someone to take over. We also can use your “orphan blocks” or monthly challenge blocks to make spectacular group quilts.

Preferred Size: Approximately 30” x 36” up to 45” x 60”, or a square, or anything in between.  It just needs to fit into the bag with other supplies. A 36-45” square quilt is optimal.  Exact size doesn’t matter so have fun.

Fabrics: Anything that you would use for a child that you love!  Some fabric has been donated for these quilts, or you can use your own (or a combination of the two!).  Please return leftover donated fabric to make into new charity quilts.

Batting: Anything you have is great!  The guild purchased a large roll of Quilter’s Dream Select Natural Cotton for this project.  Contact Elle before a meeting and tell her what size of batting you need so that she can have it ready for you.

Labels: Ask Elle for DCMQG labels printed from Spoonflower.  These should be attached to the back.

Binding: A strong machine binding is great.  A favorite is Susie’s Magic Binding Tutorial. 

Washing:  Please wash your quilt prior to donating. This prevents them from bleeding onto others (use color catchers until they come out clean if you have them), removes allergens, and also gives you time to fix any stitching that needs reinforcement.

Folding/Rolling:  Comfort Cases has a specific method of folding and rolling the quilts so that they fit inicely into the backpacks.  Ask about their method or have a guildmate show you.  Tie it with a wide ribbon in a double knot (no need to tie fancy bows).

Tagging: It is a huge help with packing the cases if we know who the quilt is made perfectly for.  Please DEFINITELY do this if you fold and roll your quilt (so we don’t have to undo it). Use a post-it and clip (binding clips and paper clips work well) to label the quilt for a boy or girl, and which age group (infant, 2-9yrs, or over 10yrs).  If you think it could work for a variety of genders or ages, then pick one. Having the quilts tagged saves a lot of time in keeping them organized.