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!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June Meeting Fun!

Meli Mathis did a great job guiding members through the Sew Together Bag pattern on Saturday, June 10th. The room in Hyattsville offered great light for sewing. Meli had three bags at various stages to help students work through their projects. While she finished two, the rest of us made great progress on one. Ashley and Kristin even finished theirs!

In addition to sewing, many of us took a visit over to Three Little Birds Sewing Co. who graciously donated the lovely door prizes pictured below!

We also had a great show-and-tell. Check out what members have been working on below.

Angela's modern mini for Meli.

A colorful hexie quilt by new member Denise.

 One panel of Elle's gray and pink sampler.

Frederick's interpretation of the "Greenery Challenge"

A sweet Tigger quilt by Martha.

Some cool geometric striped blocks by MaryJane.

A baby quilt by Megan
A mini for the window of Melissa's house when she goes to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Thanks again Meli for sharing your skills and patience for the Sew Together Bag! We wish you luck as you head south for the next adventure! You'll always have a family with the DCMQG.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Nancy Purvis Workshops

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Nancy Purvis, author of "Quilting from Every Angle" 
is coming to Rockville, MD to present two Improvisational Workshops!

May 6 - Improv Half Square Triangles
May 7 - Improv Log Cabins

Time: 10am-4:30pm each day
Location: Montgomery County Office Building Cafeteria
100 Maryland Ave. Rockville, MD 20850

$65 for DCMQG members, $85 for non-members

Register at dcmqgshop.org

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April Meeting Recap

Meeting Highlights 

We had a great meeting at the Church of St. Clement in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, April 8th. In addition to some productive sewing, a beautiful show and tell, and lots of quilty conversation, the DCMQG Board presented some of the things we've been working on. A summary of the Business Meeting notes are below. Photos from our show and tell are included throughout.

Nancy Purvis Workshop - The DCMQG Board is excited to announce our first workshop of 2017 with Nancy Purvis!  Nancy is author of Quilting from Every Angle and you can learn more about her on her website and Instagram (http://owensolivia.blogspot.com, @nancy_purvis). 

Saturday, May 6:  Improv Half Square Triangles
Sunday, May 7:  Improv Log Cabins 10-4:30 pm each day, with a break for lunch
Cost for Members:  $65/workshop; registration opens Tuesday, April 11 at 7pm
Cost for Non-Members: $85/workshop; registration opens Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm 

There will be space for 20 attendees each day. Both workshops will be held at the Montgomery County Offices Cafeteria, in Rockville, MD. There is free parking nearby. 

Greenery Challenge - Please don't forget to post your pictures of projects inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year "Greenery". For Instagram, use #dcmqgchallenge. There are no size restrictions at this time but if you think you might want your work to be eligible for future shows, please keep dimensions under 50" x 50". 

Monthly Meeting Workshops - We are beginning to develop more in-meeting programming and have a few great member-led workshops for May and June. 

     May 20th - at US Botanic Garden, 10:00 to 4pm at  In a couple of weeks we will send out a message with instructions and supplies required.

at the Hyattsville Multi-Purpose Room,10:30-4pm  at

     July - Will be a charity sew day for the pouches we are making for women in shelters. Fabric, zipper and filling supplies will be provided. Meeting location TBA.

Survey Summary - Thanks to the  62 members that completed the 2017 Member Survey! We learned about your geographic distribution, experience levels, and favorite guild activities. We received suggestions for future swap topics, workshop speakers, and guild swag. We have produced a report on the survey results and will be posting it on the website soon.


Megan, Phyliss, Nisha and Erinn 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Challenge and Show

Spring Challenge!

Spring has finally arrived and the cherry trees are in bloom so we invite you to celebrate by making a project inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year - Greenery. In the words of Pantone Color Institute Executive Director, "satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."

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Feel free to make anything you'd like inspired by Greenery and don't fret about which green you think represents it best.  We're going to be doing quarterly challenges this year so you'll have until June to work on this project. If we get a good response from this challenge, there is a possibility that quilts created will be eligible for inclusion in future quilt shows. 

Quilt Show!

Speaking of quilt shows, we had a great response from the Modern Makers, Modern Quilt Show and need to start thinking of ways to put cohesive themes together for future shows. The Greenery challenge and future challenges are ways to help develop our skills as individual quilters while working on a larger body of work as a guild. As always, it is up to the quilter to submit something for a show but we hope that challenges will help get everyone's creative juices flowing.

Here are a few images from the show and our DCMQG reception on March 1st. 

The most rewarding comments were from people that work in the building - they loved to see our work brighten up their space. Conversations about a future show are already in the works so stay tuned for more opportunities to share and maybe even sell your work!