Thursday, July 28, 2016

Meeting at Finch Sewing Studio, this Saturday 7/30!

Hi Everyone,

We hope you can make it out to Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA this Saturday (July 30th) because Nicole has a ton of fun stuff in store for us DCMQGers!  Grab whatever project you're working on and come sew at Finch!  We'll meet there from 10am to 4pm, with the business discussion starting after lunch (around 1:30ish) and Nicole says there should be plenty of room for everyone to sew on machines and by hand.

We did want to let anyone who ordered DCMQG t-shirts to know that they will NOT be available to pick up at this weekend's meeting after all.  The order is going to take a bit longer than we'd originally hoped, but we aim to have them by the end of August when we meet at Patches in Mt. Airy to distribute to those who've purchased.

Now, I could go on about mimosas and surprise deals...  But, instead, let's hear from Nicole:

Hello DCMQG friends!
I'm so excited that you're coming to Finch this Saturday for a day of sewing and socializing.  I have some fun things planned for you this time (including a special discount) so read below to find out more. 

First things first...
We have mimosas! We'll serve mimosas when you arrive, and there is bottled water for you to use throughout the day. 

Row by row...
We are participating in row by row this year... Yay! Our row is a mix of what I love best at Finch, birds (of course) and the flock (or community). We started with the nest and the tree trunk beside it, a line of flying geese in a cloudy sky, and finished it with a large triangle which represents a flock's flight formation, a nod to the cooperative nature of the bird community. We have the pattern and kits available for you. If you choose to participate, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #finchmade so we can see them. It's so fun to see all your different nests. 

New Fabric...
We have lots of that!! New Cotton and steel is here, and we have it in quilting cottons as well as canvas, rayon (so so delicious), and lawn. Be sure to look for Paper Obsessed by Crimson Tate (those paper airplanes are too good). Since the guild was here last, we have started stocking Moda precuts and yardage. We have Christmas fabrics by Basic Grey (the colors in these are great), as well as Andover and Cotton + Steel. We have a couple C+ S flannels in now, the rest will come next month. I know Melody was looking for better raw materials ahead of this latest flannel release, and she found them!! These flannels are so soft!! 

In garment land, we have lots of great things in stock... We have some printed knits from Art Gallery, Alison Glass Handcrafted as well as her knits, and some amazing solids and stripes in bamboo and soy blends (seriously drapey, and really nice to work with). Also, there are some delicious double gauzes in stock from a variety of sources... Great for summer wardrobes. 

As usual, we have the full classroom of machines, a few ironing stations, 2 sergers, and a whole bunch of cutting mats.
There are plenty of rooms, and everybody should be able to do whatever they want to do that day.  Please don't feel like you need to bring hand work only.  If you've ever wanted to sew on a Bernina, now is your chance!  We have the full range, and we love for you to try them.

While I have your ear, I have to tell you about this new special edition BERNINA coming out in October! This thing is the cat's pajamas! It is the same as the 770 but has a rose gold face plate (so pretty), and it comes with your choice of a second machine (330),  a embroidery unit, or quilters pack for free… For FREE…. None of us have ever seen this kind of deal before, and we're sure it's going to be a hit! We are taking deposits on this now. If you're interested, let one of us know. This weekend is national Swiss day. We are celebrating with 0% financing and discounts on the full range of bringing a machines. Also, if you are interested in a serger, I have a really good deal on a classroom model that is almost brand-new.

There are lots of good options in town, within walking distance. One of our favorites The Wine Kitchen. They are offering 10% off to Finch customers.  But another of our favorites is SeƱor Ramon's… They are brand-new, and their tacos couldn't be more yummy. There's a large back patio that could accommodate all of you. They even serve sangria and beer! 


Special Discount...
We're giving all of you a little boost up on the regular guild discount (10%), and you'll get 20% off everything your little heart desires!! Yes, even the machines!

Can't wait to see you! 
the Finch

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Deadlines, Updates, and Happenings!

Hi Everyone,

I hope all DCMQG members are having a great, if a little steamy, summer so far!

This post is going to be a bit bullet-point heavy since there is a LOT to cover and it's been a while since I did a good update.

  • Dues
Membership renewal season is upon us!  The DCMQG operates on a July 1 - June 30 year so we are officially in the new year.  Please pay your dues by August 15th, 2016; after which point you'll be removed from the guild messages and the National MGQ roster.  For your convenience, there is a Paypal button in the upper right corner of this blog!  Or you can mail a check directly to Robin, or pay in cash at the July meeting.
  • T-shirts
T-shirts featuring the re-designed DCMQG logo are now available for pre-ordering.  We ask that you fill out the Google form for which size/type of T-shirt you'd like (there are charcoal grey and mint green/blue color options) and then pre-pay via the Paypal link at the end of the form by this Saturday, July 16th so that we can submit the group order for the T-shirts on Sunday.  The T-shirts are $20 and will be printed by Patchwork Threads on a cotton-poly blend fabric and they tend to run a bit small-ish.  Let us know if you have any questions that can help in your decisions.
  • Heart Blocks for Pulse
Alyson just let us know that it's time to finish up and mail off any heart blocks for the Orlando MQG that you're working on.  From Alyson:

It's time to STOP (putting together hearts), DROP (them into an envelope or off with me), and MAIL (them if you need to).  

There are currently 5 complete DCMQG quilt tops with some of our quilting/longarming volunteers and we are 1 heart shy of a 6th quilt top.  If everyone could get their hearts in the mail by the end of the week, this will give our piecers, quilters, binders, and labelers time to work their magic before the deadline.  If you are working on a private donation but need help with any of the steps also please let me know so we can plan for it.  

I plan to be at the Finch field trip at the end of the month and some hand-offs can happen then, but any individual blocks that are received then will be sent as individual blocks - I cannot guarantee that they will make it into one of the DCMQG quilts.

Frederick's photo of the group working on charity quilts for Pulse at a DC Library in June!

  • Swap
The Summer Travel swap is underway with Nisha organizing!  Thanks, Nisha!  We'll be announcing future swap opportunities soon.  
  • Sew-Alongs and Samplers Updates
Members have been busy sewing this summer!  Not only have people been cranking out charity blocks and personal projects but we're busy with our DCMQG Bee blocks, the DCMQG QAL that Anna started at the beginning of the year, the Color Challenge we started in March (#dcmqgcolorchallenge), as well as the Summer Sampler 2016 blocks organized in part by our former president/member Katie Blakesley (of SwimBikeQuilt).  Phew!  It makes me tired just documenting it all.  ;-)  It's been fun to see and be inspired by what everyone creates!  
Top posts for the #dcmqgcolorchallenge hashtag.
The latest posts of people's progress on the DCMQG Quilt Along.

  • Upcoming meetings
On Saturday, July 30th, plan on meeting up for a fun day of sewing and shopping at Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA.  I'll post more information the week before but the field trip is scheduled from 10-4pm that day.  Bring something to work on and/or show-and-tell!  

Then at the end of August, we'll have our meeting up at Patches Quilt shop in Mt. Airy, MD!  Check the blog calendar for more upcoming dates to note.

What else am I missing?!?  Shout out below or email us if I've missed anything important or if there's anything you'd like us to announce!  

See everyone soon.  Until then, happy sewing!  :-)

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