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

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 

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!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July Meeting Recap

Each year DCMQG has a charity project.  This year we have two.

We kicked off our first of two projects at our July meeting. Our goal is to make 100 pouches to fill with personal and toiletry items for women in domestic violence shelters. Our finished zip pouches will go to Asha for Women and District Alliance For Safe Housing 

We used Noodlehead's Large Open Wide Zippered Pouch pattern. Using fabric that was donated by Michael Miller Fabrics, Riley Blake and Anna Maria Horner, we created an assembly line. There were cutters, basters, quilters, zipperers (donated by YKK Zippers) and seamers!  In addition to the fabric and zipper donations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts donated toiletries, Dr. Lydia Hudson donated dental items, and DCMQG members donated sanitary items, fabric, batting and more!

We had a lot of fun while pumping out the pouches!   Most exciting were the number of new members who came to their first meeting ready to work. It was a great start toward our goal of the one hundred. 
Many members took kits and have been completing them at home.  We will continue to work on the bags. If any members are ready for more kits, let us know at Please bring any completed bags to our August 12 at Finch Sewing Studio or contact Nisha to arrange a drop off.

We hope to the deliver the first round of pouches after the August Meeting. If you are 

 interested in participating in this, please let Nisha know so that we can coordinate.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DCMQG 2017-2018 Membership Renewal

It is that time to renew your DCMQG Membership! We value your membership and invite you to renew for the July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 year.

As a DCMQG member, you have had the opportunity to enjoy Modern Quilting opportunities, including:
  • Monthly meetings across the DC area - including Botanic Gardens, member-led workshops, and charity sew-days.
  • Member Fun
    • Member swaps, quilt-a-longs, bees, and color challenges
  • Mid-Atlantic Mod access
  • Quilting Retreats in Spring and Fall 
  • National Modern Quilt Guild activities and benefits:
    • Early registration for QuiltCon!
    • QuiltCon charity quilt design and construction
    • Modern Quilt Guild sponsored fabric challenges
    • Quilt of the Month Patterns, Tutorial Webinars, Fresh Quilting Video Series, Resources Section - a large collection of educational and business information 
  • Special lectures and workshops:
    • Carolyn Friedlander - April 2016
    • Melanie Tuazon workshop - November 2016 
    • Dyeing Workshop with Costume Lab - March 2017
    • Nancy Purvis Workshops - May 2017
  • Community!
    • Arlington Costume Lab DCMQG Show for Quilt Month - March 2017
    • Makers Day - June 2017
  • Connection
    • Special events, offerings, and discounts from local Quilt Shops
  • DCMQG Organization and Input
    • Member surveys
Renew now so you don't miss out on:
  • ??? - September 2017
  • Fall Retreat
  • Latifah Saafir Workshop - October 2017
  • And all of the other cool stuff listed above!
Please go to the DCMQG online shop to renew your membership. The online shop provides us an simple way to record your purchases. You have the option to check out by paying online via PayPal or to pay by check. Once your check is received by the Treasurer, your renewal will be noted on our master list. Additionally, you can pay the Treasurer cash/check at the July meeting.

Please renew your membership by July 15. The final deadline for membership renewal is August 30, we'll contact you again just to make sure you did not forget. Individuals who have not renewed by that date will be removed from mailing lists and affiliation with the DCMQG in the Modern Quilt Guild community.

We look forward to your continued membership in the Washington DC Modern Quilt Guild!