Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Upcoming Meetings and Events with the DCMQG
  • September 10th Lecture event with Lizzy House, 7:30 pm at Falls Church Episcopal
  • September CHARITY SEWING DAY--September 26th from 10-5 at Falls Church Episcopal--OPEN to the PUBLIC
  • October meeting--October 17th from noon to 6pm at Falls Church Episcopal--Clothing sewing with Cindy and Pam
  • November meeting--Nov 7th from 10am-4pm at Westover Library in Arlington
  • Retreat 2: Nov 20th-22nd at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center near Harper's Ferry
  • December Field Trip to the Textile Museum Dec. 5th 10am-1pm with gift swap at lunch

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Saturday at Patches

This Saturday's meeting is from 10am to 4pm at Patches, 308 S Main Street Mount Airy, Maryland.  Patches has several irons and cutting mats, please bring your own rotary cutter if you'll be cutting.  

We will be sewing upstairs in the room that we met in last year.  Jessie says that there should be room for at least 16 sewing machines plus a few more hand sewing spaces. 

If the parking lot is full, you can drop off your things and park in the municipal lots just past the shop on the right.  There are several local restaurants within easy walking distance for lunch.  Guild business and show and tell will be at 1:30pm.  

Since the sewing machine space is limited, please RSVP for this meeting by sending an email to dcmodquilts@gmail.com to sign up for a sewing machine spot.  Thank you!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Charity Fabric Packs


Through the generosity and amazing stash of one of our members, we have boatloads of fabric with which to make charity quilts this year.  We are looking for people to sew baby (40x40") or toddler (40x60") quilt tops, as well as quilters (home machine or long arm quilters) and binders to make some quilts for the children at the DC General Homeless Shelter.  The shelter houses about 600 children and their families and the current effort is to get quilts in the hands of the babies and toddlers before sewing for the bigger kids.

Please check out the fabric sets below and consider volunteering to take on one quilt top/design.  You are not required to finish the entire quilt top without help.  You can come up with the design, do some precutting and ask other members to help you stitch blocks at a meeting or in between meetings.  You may choose to quilt it and bind it yourself, or you may ask for help from the guild. 

The fabric packs vary in the amount of each fabric.  I'd suggest choosing a quilt design after you have the fabric in hand.

(Jamie has requested this one)
Blue and kitties!


(Melanie requested this one)
Blue and tiny cars.


(Brandi requested this one)
Tools and plaid.


(Alyson requested this one)
Red and blue.


(Lauren has requested this one)
Blue and pink fairground!


(Diana requested this pack)
Purple and kitties!


(Ashley requested this one)
Blue and green pack.


(Carolyn has requested this one.
Orange and blue


Thank you, Amy, for your generous donation to the guild charity effort.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Show & Tell from July's Meeting at Finch Sewing Studio

As some of our guild members head up to Harper's Ferry today and are getting set up for a great DCMQG Summer Retreat this weekend, I just wanted to post some quick pictures from a few Saturdays ago out at Finch.  It was a cozy group that gathered and spread out in Nicole's newly expanded, adorable shop in historic Leesburg.  Fun was had and all were pampered with donuts, mimosas, and, most of all, gorgeous fabrics, yarns, and good company!

Here's a look at some of the projects people are working on:

Clockwise from top left: Jessie's extra special Batman baby quilt for a friend; Maryjane's grunge quilt blocks, Carla's baby quilt for a friend, Lea with the quilt for baby Rose that the guild gifted and Heather quilted.

Clockwise from top left:  Diana and her colorful sampler quilt, Nicole and her Alabama Chanin skirt, Brandi and her tote for a friend moving overseas, new member Sari and her freshly finished hexagonal butterfly quilt.

Clockwise from top left:  Dara and her neighborhoods quilt, Jane and her AMH infinity scarf, Aubrie and her baby quilt with a family story behind it, prospective member Bonnie and her I-spy hexie quilt.

Clockwise from top left:  Linda and the gorgeous back-to-work/nursing dress she made for her daughter, Fredrick and his fabric-printing samples, Bonnie with a mixed vintage + new blocks quilt, Nicole with her finished sparkle quilt.
We'll report on the retreat after this weekend!  The next retreat is in November and if you are still interested in joining, I believe there are still a few spots left.  Our next meeting is on August 29th at Patches quilt shop in Mt. Airy so bring your sewing and join us if you can!  September 10th is the Lizzy House lecture (see Melinda's previous post for more details).  September is our charity sewing day (on 9/26 in Falls Church) so start thinking about what projects you may want to bring or contribute to!  And lastly, if you were a member in the last year and still intend to re-up your membership, please pay your dues soon so as to avoid being removed from our official guild roster at the end of this month (dues button in the sidebar).  We hope you'll join us for another year of fun programing!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Guild News

The DCMQG is hosting Lizzy House for a lecture on September 10th at 7:30pm at Falls Church Episcopal.  This event is FREE for members and $10 at the door for non-members (cash only).  The lecture will be about how Lizzy House entered the textile industry and is making her way as an artist. It should be a fun night so make a note of it.  We will also be asking our business members about setting up pop up shops for the event, so you might want to put 6:30pm on your calendar to allow some time for shopping.

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While you have your calendars out, write down our Charity Sew In on September 26th from 10am to 5pm, also at Falls Church Episcopal.  We do a charity sewing day every September and it is always open to the public.  This year's guild quilts will be donated to the DC General Homeless Shelter.  You can find out more information about their quilt drive here.  The shelter has about 600 children there.  The current drive is looking for baby (40x40") and toddler (40x60") quilts but I'm certain that any quilt size will be accepted and find a loving child to cuddle with it.

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The current membership year for the guild started at the beginning of July.  We have 62 members who have paid dues including seven new members.  I'd like to give a quick shout out to new members Lisa B., Lynne B., Kathryn, Dian, Erinn, Sari and Jean Ann.  Welcome! 

In the next day or two I'll be sending out a link to the member survey.  This survey helps us plan for the whole year so please take a moment to fill it out.  If you have not yet paid your dues, you will not be receiving guild emails. 

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Lastly, we've had a commission work request come in by email.  If you are interested in doing some commission work to make a quilt of men's ties, please send me an email and I'll forward the information to you.