Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorites

This was an easy choice. Because... do I really need to explain? That little cutie is Jessie's latest creation, Vivian. Oh, the quilt? That's the quilt that Melinda made using the blocks and low volume scraps that we sent or gave her. Didn't it turn out great? You can see more pictures on Melinda's blog.

And here are the members of the DCMQG who attended the Mid Atlantic Mod and who contributed to the quilt.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mid Atlantic Mod

Last weekend a group of us headed up to Lancaster for the first Mid Atlantic Mod retreat. It was a great time filled with friends,

Amy, Anne, and Linda
Dana Anna and Natalie

fabric shopping,

and a whole lot of sewing!

Hard at work at Mid Atlantic Mod

Some of us participated in a tote bag swap.

Tote Bag Swap

and in some "progressive quilts"

And some (like me) just plugged away at a long list of WIPs!

Mid Atlantic Mod was co-hosted by members of the DC, Philadephia, and Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guilds, and a couple of our members - Linda and Melinda - taught classes there.

Here are a few projects from the weekend:

Anna's Michigan Quilt
Anjeanette's Layer Cake Sampler Blocks
Anne's Farmer's Wife Blocks
And Dana's White Squares! Ha! (she's making another DC Metro Map quilt!)
Thanks again to Katie for all she did to help organize Mid Atlantic Mod - we all appreciate you stepping up so we could have such a fun weekend! Looking forward to the next time!

Thanks to Anna, Anne, Melinda, Anjeanette, Dana, and Natalie for helping with photos for this post!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Meeting Reminder

Hi everyone!

Just a quick reminder that we will be meeting on Saturday at the Arlington Central Library for a sew day from 10:30-4:30. The library has plenty of parking in the garage and is near both the Virginia Square and Ballston Metro stops.

If you had Natalie pick up your quilt from the show at the Anacostia Arts Center, she will be stopping by first thing to drop it off. Also, if you signed up for the Michael Miller Fabric challenge I (Heather) will have your fabric for you at the meeting around 3pm. If you won't be there and would like me to mail it to you, email me at I'll also bring bundles to the May meeting - the projects are due June 23rd.

Finally, please sign up in the comments below to bring irons, ironing boards, cutting stations, and snacks!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorites

How amazing is this clog block by Melinda? According to her caption, she used an impressive amount of techniques to make this block for her Ringo Pie Bee: paper piecing, improv curves, freezer paper curve, machine appliqué, hand appliqué, and hand carved stamps. The wood grain fabric and red flower print were perfect for this. The hard work definitely paid off.

I am taking over Friday Flickr Favorites from Jessie until such time as her baby is born (not yet) and she's ready to return from "maternity leave." This new-found power was almost too much for me, as I seriously considered some self-promotion instead of looking over the other contributions with an unbiased eye. But this clog block really is just too cute.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorites

Frederick's log cabin blocks have been through several different layouts; check them out in his blog post here .  Aren't they amazing colors?  Thanks for letting us follow along with your progress, Frederick!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sewing Day this Saturday, March 22nd

This Saturday, March 22nd, is our last event at the Anacostia Arts Center (and it's the last full weekend to enjoy our quilt exhibit hanging in the gallery.)  From 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., we're hosting an open sewing day with work tables set up throughout the gallery.  What an inspiring place to work!

The Center would like to know how many tables to plan for, so please RSVP here if you plan on attending.  This event is open to the public; you do not need to be a current member to attend! 

Just a note- remember that there is street parking only on weekends, so take that into account when choosing your supplies for the day.  There are plenty of outlets, but please remember your extension cords (and your sewing machine's cord!) if you are bringing a machine. If you have a tabletop ironing board and/or iron you could bring to share, or a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, please comment below.

 And don't forget there is a café right inside the building that you can visit for lunch, coffee, and snacks!

What: Open Sewing Day
When: Saturday, March 22nd, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
Where: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd, SE Washington, DC 20020

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Speaker Event Recap

It was great to see so many DC Modern members and friends at last week's event. For those of you who weren't there, here's a little taste of what you missed:

We hosted the event at the Anacostia Arts Center, where the current show, "Stitched DC" features quilts from many of our members (open through March 29th!). The AAC has a black box theater that was a perfect place to host our event (though a little dark - please excuse dark photos!).

Katie Blakesley kicked us off with her thoughts on modern quilting and ways to make traditional blocks and quilts more modern, which is the theme of her new book, Vintage Quilt Revival.

We learned about color and layout.

And saw some of Katie's beautiful quilts.

Next up was Laura Gunn, speaking to us about color. We discussed color theory and the color wheel.

How Laura applies this in her work.

And sources of color inspiration. The crocheted afghan has been in Laura's family for several generations, yet she used it to make a very modern quilt.

Finally, we got to put the concepts Katie and Laura taught us into action with some color play.

And of course the best part - shopping our fabulous pop-up shops. Thanks for coming out Finch Sewing Studio and Del Ray Fabrics!