Tuesday, January 9, 2018

First meeting of 2018!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Meeting this weekend!
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1-5pm
Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Things to know:
  • The meeting will not start until 1pm, another group does have the room booked in the morning so we do not have leeway to arrive early.
  • Business meeting will start promptly at 2pm.
  • The library does not have many dedicated parking spots. Some on-street parking is metered, some is free, cars parked in free spots should be moved every 2 hours.
  • There are ramps and elevators into and inside the building.  The room we use is in the basement, past the restrooms. You can’t miss it!
  • Bring sewing supplies, sewing machines, irons, ironing boards and snacks to share if you like!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Holiday Greetings!

As we welcome in 2018, the board thought you might enjoy a look back at 2017.

Our 2017 board was Phyliss, Nisha, Erinn and Megan, with Alyson taking over for Nisha in October.

We set our monthly meeting days as the second Saturday of the month, rotating locations between DC, VA and MD.  We met in Arlington, Alexandria, Vienna, Rockville, Bethesda, Hyattsville, Finch in Leesburg and the US Botanic Garden!

The DCMQG's most exciting event was the Arlington Arts CostumeLab Quilt Show, featuring quilts by DCMQG members. Coordinated by Carissa, Natalie and Robin from the guild with Jennifer and Joan from Arlington Arts. Next year's show will be February-April 2018.

We had workshops with Nancy Purvis, Violet Craft and Latifah Saafir, as well as a special dying workshop at the CostumeLab.

There were three mini workshops lead by DCMQG members, Frederick taught us the big stitch, Meli taught us the Sew Together Bag and Jessee taught us her Ring of Coffins


DCMQG was well represented at QuiltCon in Savannah and at the Mid Mod Quilt Retreat in Lancaster

We added another day to our DCMQG retreats!  The Thursday option was very popular.

Registering for retreats and workshops was made easier with our new DCMQG Shop!

We had two charity campaigns this year.  The 100 Quilts for 100 Kids headed up by Alyson and Personal Care ZipBags for Centers for Women from Domestic Abuse lead by Nisha.

Lynne and Robin designed and coordinated the packets for our QuiltCon2018 Charity Quilt.

Our bee groups were very active this year!

We have thoroughly enjoyed coordinating the events this year.

The fun will continue with the dynamic 2018 board: Alyson-President, Cassandra-Vice President, Lynne-Treasurer, and Amy-Secretary.

Wishing all of you the very best in the New Year!
Megan, Phyliss, Erinn, Alyson

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.