Non Member Ticket for Denyse Schmidt Lecture on June 7th at 5:30pm

Denyse Schmidt will be doing a lecture about her work and design process. This lecture is sponsored by the DCMQG. Denyse has written two books, has twenty-two patterns listed on her site, and put out at least thirty fabric lines for independent and chain quilt stores. This opportunity is not to be missed. The lecture will be held at North Virgina Community College, Alexandria Campus.There will be pop up shop/s before and after lecture and Denyse will be on hand after the lecture with some items for sale and for book signing.

$15 Non Member Ticket for Denyse Schmidt Lecture on June 7th at 5:30pm

If you prefer to mail a check, please email Robin at

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Upcoming Meetings and Events with the DCMQG
  • May 30th--Outdoor Hand Sewing Day at the United States Botanic Gardens
  • June 7th--Denyse Schmidt workshop from 11am to 4pm on the NVCC Alexandria campus
  • June 7th--Denyse Schmidt lecture from 5:30pm to 7pm on the NVCC Alexandria campus, open to the public
  • Retreat 1: August 14th-16th at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center near Harper's Ferry
  • August meeting--August 29th from 10a-4p at Patches Quilt Shop in Mount Airy
  • Retreat 2: Nov 20th-22nd at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center near Harper's Ferry

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DC Modern Gives Back

Hi everyone! I've been a bit remiss in organizing charity sewing events for us these past few months, but that changes starting now! After all, remember all the beautiful quilts our guild donated last fall? You all inspire me!

I'm planning upcoming events, one or two per quarter, for the rest of the year. I realize we are already well into quarter two at this point, but it's an easy one. The others are longer term, so I wanted you all to be thinking about them now. I'll need some volunteers to step up as well, so don't be shy!

Spring 2015 Project

I thought we'd start out slow with making some non-quilt projects for local children's hospitals. In particular, I was thinking of brightly colored pillow cases and baby hats for newborns.

Some of us have made pillow cases for charity at Mid Atlantic Mod and other events in the past - they are a great way to brighten up a hospital room, and so easy. If you need a tutorial, here are a few:

The pillow cases we make will be donated to the DC Metro chapter of ConKerr Cancer, which provides them to Children's National Medical Center in DC and Inova Fairfax.

I'd also thought a great way to use up scraps of knit fabric would be to make infant hats like this one and this one. If people have interest in this, I will find a local hospital to take them. 

I don't have any donated fabric for this challenge, but am hoping many of you have a yard of brightly colored fabric sitting in your stash that isn't quite right for your quilts, but would make a great pillowcase! You can bring these to me at the June or July meetings (or the May hand sewing one if you are really ambitious) or email me at for my mailing address.

Summer 2015 Project
We'll be participating in 100 Quilts for Kids again this year, with a quilt drive in the August/September timeframe. I'm looking for 3 volunteers to lead group quilts this year - 2 with donated fabric and 1 quilt made up of "orphan blocks" from guild members. I'd like to get these volunteers in place soon so they can begin to plan and recruit help for making blocks, quilting, etc.

Fall 2015 Projects
We will be making a couple of group quilts to donate this winter - one will be the QuiltCon charity quilt and the other will be a quilt donated to a local nursing home. Since the end of the year gets very busy with other commitments, we'll begin planning for these soon, too.

Thanks so much for hanging with me through this long text-heavy post. As a reward, here's a picture of our QuiltCon charity quilt from last year (photo credit: Lynne).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Retreat Sign Ups and Other News

  • If you are already signed up for a retreat weekend, you got in.  The follow up emails for payment are held up slightly by the new group email system, but I will get those out by Tuesday.
  • There is still space for more members to go on retreat.  Please refer to the email sent out on May 7th if you'd like to sign up. 
  • The board is discussing when we will open sign ups to those that want to attend both weekends.  I'll get back to you when I know more.
In related news, we are now using MailChimp for our group emails.  If you didn't get the retreat sign up email, please check your spam/junk folder.

Guild T-shirts:  We will be ordering our shirts from Patchwork Threads.  They usually print on unisex shirts since the women's American Apparel shirts run very small.  I've asked Lindsay about other shirts options that are cut for women.  She found two possibilities for us and sent out samples of each in small and extra large with the measurements for the sizes in between.  I will bring those shirts to our outdoor meeting on May 30th at the U.S. Botanic Gardens to get member opinions.  If you prefer the unisex shirts, those will still be a possibility. 

Logo Design:  The contest is going until June 15th.  When you have completed your design, be sure to submit a scanned copy or a PDF by email to  Voting will be done online so all members can participate. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Business Member: GoobaDesigns

Hi everyone!  If I haven't had the opportunity to meet you yet, I hope to meet you soon.  I'm Alyson and I'll be assisting the board with communications: E-mail, Facebook, Blogging, Instagram; you name it, if it's communications related, I'll probably be working on it. But enough about me...

Please join me in welcoming our new business member, GoobaDesigns!

The lovely proprietress of GoobaDesigns is Kristin.  Everybody say "Hi, Kristin!" (Hi Kristin!).  Kristin prides herself on great customer service and fast shipping.  She'll do her best to accommodate custom requests as well.

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Kristin stocks all sorts of fun fabrics from Moda, FreeSpirit, Art Gallery, Cotton and Steel, RJR Cotton Supreme Solids, Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Windham, and Japanese Imports as well as Aurifil thread, some patterns and other small notions.  Most of her fabrics are quilting cottons, but if you're interested in other types, there are plenty of knits, voiles, double gauzes and more to peruse.  (Hands off that Chartruese Mochi Dot, though, I'm laying claim!)  Speaking of that Mochi Dot, make sure you check out her sale section...

We're working with Kristin to plan a guild field trip to her home in Burke, VA in the next month or so, but in the meantime, be sure to check out her shop!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Retreat Sign Up and May Meeting Recap

Don't forget! The retreat sign up takes place tomorrow at 6pm (prices, dates and other info in this post).  I will send out an email with the link to the the first come, first served sign up.  You will receive an answer back within a week letting you know if you got in and to which weekend.  At that time, all August retreat attendees will be asked to pay for the full retreat and November attendees will be asked to pay for half of the retreat cost.  If you need to make other financial plans, I'll refer you to our treasurer to make accommodations.

Let's do the May Meeting Recap.  Last Saturday at Capitol Quilts was a good time.  The workshop with Mary Fons was really fun and we had 20 members there for the meeting after the workshop.

New member, Tanya, is showing a recent quilt top.
May meeting at Capital Quilts

Aubrie is peeking out behind her pretty blocks.
May meeting at Capital Quilts

This picture looks like Mary and Elle were playing 
peekaboo around the back of Carla's quilt.
Quilters know how to have fun.
May meeting at Capital Quilts

Business Items discussed:
  • The board has appointed Alyson Olander to join the board, help streamline communication systems and write some content for the blog.  Welcome to the team, Alyson!
  • We are moving forward with scheduling Carolyn Friedlander for workshop/s next April.
  • I sent the email out again on Saturday with the member price for the DS lecture.  Buy a ticket, tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your mail delivery person, etc.  So far we have just over half of our costs covered.  We look forward to filling the auditorium as much as we can.
  • The DCMQG Logo Challenge is ongoing.  Deadline for submissions is June 15th.  The designs will be voted on anonymously and the winner gets a fun prize package as discussed in this post.
  • Susan is choosing swap partners for the Pouch Swap partners go out very soon.
  • Our inaugural guild bee is starting soon.  In two or three months we should see how that one is going and then we'll start getting getting more groups started.  Please consider whether you can make a four to six month commitment to make blocks for your fellow guild members and to receive some great blocks back.
  • Financial Report and New Dues: Robin, our treasurer, explained that the officers this year have been trying to build more cushion in our finances.  Early in the year we had to pay dues to the national MQG organization, we had to pay half of Denyse's fees, pay for the DS venue and then we had to prepay to reserve the retreat space.  Our budget was stretched very thin.  The guild is growing, therefore we need bigger spaces which are more expensive.  We also need to get insurance in order to use some of the bigger spaces.  For all of those reasons, the board has decided to raise dues slightly for next year to $45 for the year.  The paypal button will go up on the front page of the blog on June 8th and an email with the paypal link for your dues will go out around June 1st.
  • Discussion of raffle quilts: some members had other suggestions for building up the guild's cushion.  Meli offered to quilt a quilt top that she has already made and offer it up for the guild to raffle off.  Nancy suggested getting a raffle table at a regional quilt show, and she said that the raffle table might be free if we get people from the guild to volunteer to white glove at the show.  This idea is intriguing, but we need to have volunteers to start this up.  The board is stretched already and we won't be able to follow through without help from other people in the guild.  If you are interested in coordinating this effort, please volunteer.
Our next meeting is May 30th at the U.S. Botanic Garden just off of the National Mall.  We plan to meet outdoors under the shade sail at the amphitheater.  I think we usually do hand sewing from 10am to 1pm and then get lunch at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spots left for Mary Fons Workshop

There are still spots left for this Saturday's workshop with Mary Fons.  As of this writing, we have 6 machine slots and 8 observation slots left.  I will leave a comment on this post when it is full.  Until then, refer to the email and google doc link sent to you last week if you want to attend the workshop.

To review, here is the information about the Mary Fons workshop that was posted last week.
On May 2nd, we are lucky to have Mary Fons teaching paper pieced log cabin blocks.  This is the first time that she's teaching this class so she'll be looking for feedback.  Mary will be teaching at Capital Quilts from 11-1:30 with 14 machine slots and 10 observation slots.  The guild will be charging $20 for the machine spaces and $10 for the observation spaces.  Sign ups will be first come, first served.

Here is a picture of my recent log cabin block made by paper piecing.  This is my template, not Mary's, but I'd be happy to share it with anyone in the guild that wants it.  Paper piecing allows for crisp edges, no distortion, clean joining with other blocks and I love it for using narrow strips in my scraps.


Remember that the open meeting this Saturday at Capital Quilts starts at 1:30.  See you there!