Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • February Field Trip One--Feb 7th 10:30 at the DAR Museum, optional lunch
  • February Field Trip Two--Feb 28th from 10-12am at Del Ray Fabrics, optional lunch
  • March meeting--Mar 21st from 10:00-4:00 at Westover Library--bag sewing
  • April Meeting--Apr 19 from 12:00-4:30 at Quilter's Studio in Fairfax--open sew
  • May meeting--May 2nd from 1:30-4:30 at Capital Quilts
  • May 30th--Outdoor Hand Sewing Day at Botanical Gardens

More events

  • June 7th--Denyse Schmidt Workshop and Lecture Day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quilts for Kids Donation Recap

This post is waaaaay overdue, but also timely since I dropped a second "batch" of quilts off at the Carpenter's Shelter earlier today.

100 Quilts for Kids
The Hoffman Center is part of the Carpenter's Shelter
For those who are newer to the guild, or don't remember, we committed our 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive in 2014 to the Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, VA. Here's a stack of 28 quilts (!) that I brought to the shelter back in October.

Stack of quilts for 100 Quilts for Kids

Luckily, I live nearby, so it was easy to get them there!


Carpenter's Shelter is the primary shelter for homeless families in the City of Alexandria and serves 250 people every year. Families stay at the shelter for 4 months on average and while they are there live in dormitory style rooms. I love to think of how all our quilts will brighten up the children's rooms! Although I originally arranged to donate 15-20 quilts, the shelter was happy to take more quilts with the winter months coming up. In addition to the residential program, the shelter also serves walk-ins on cold evenings as part of a winter shelter, and sometimes these are families with children. These families in particular may have few, if any possessions, so because of your donations a child who wasn't sure she'd have a bed to sleep in one night will get to snuggle with a handmade quilt.

Photo from www.carpentersshelter.org

Some of you contributed to our group quilts with fabric donated by Fabric Traditions. Here are the four that have been donated so far, and I think we still have one floating around out there somewhere.

100 Quilts for Kids Group Quilts

And if you'd like to see other quilts DC Modern donated, many people linked them up here.

Thanks again to all the members that contributed to this effort. I know I'm personally interested in continuing to grow our charity work through DC Modern and would love to hear others' ideas about how we can use our talents to give back to the greater DC community.

Monday, January 19, 2015

January Meeting Recap, Ideas and Committees

The meeting on Saturday went very well. It was probably our best attended meeting ever (39 people!) and the room was full of great ideas, creativity and lots of energy.  I want to thank everyone who attended, voted and made suggestions as well as those that submitted ideas before Saturday.  We have a much clearer idea of what interests the membership now.  If you went home and thought of something else that you'd like to add, please leave a comment, contact a committee or send an email to me (dcmodquilts@gmail.com) at any time.

We gained eight new members at the meeting!  That seems like a record. 

Here are some pictures of the brainstorming.  There are at least seven people not in this picture.

DSCDCMQG meeting January 17, 2015

There was a lot of fabulous show and tell.  Please look at the flickr group to see more pictures that Frederick and Lynne took.  I'm just going to share a couple of pictures from brand new members. (All photo credits to Lynne)

Linda G.  made this beautiful bag.  I need to know what pattern this is.  Linda?  Anyone?

DCMQG meeting January 17, 2015

I think this is Angela with the cool arrows quilt.  (If I goofed up the name I'm super sorry. Please correct me.)

DCMQG meeting January 17, 2015

And here is Mary with her beauty. 

DCMQG meeting January 17, 2015

We ran out of time for most members to choose committees.  I have had some members mention interest in a committee before this meeting, but I didn't want to hold anyone to it until they knew all of the options.  The options are now listed below.  I have two solid rules for joining a committee.  Number one, committee participation is not mandatory so don't sign up unless you have enthusiasm and positivity for the topic and you want to pitch in to make something happen.  Number two, if you don't join a committee, there can't be any complaining later that the guild didn't do such-and-such.  Being on a committee and communicating ideas are the only way that we'll get to do fun extra things that the Board can't possibly organize with just four people.  Okay, that said, here are the options. 

Committees (so far)--
  • Events and Field Trips: unanticipated committee but there was a lot of interest and discussion at the meeting 
  • Swaps: Susan and Jamie, they will be in charge of quarterly swaps of small items.  Any larger or long term swaps should go to the social or event committees.
  • Retreats: Melinda, Liz, Anjeanette, Cathy and Amy.
  • Social/Shop Hop: Carissa and Kerry
  • Exhibition/Shows: Frederick and Carla
  • Challenges/Quilt Along: lots of interest but no one officially signed up to be on the committee
  • Charity: (to be discussed at the March meeting because we ran out of time) Heather
  • Education: Melinda, Carissa, Lynne and Robin (the Board, but more volunteers welcome)
  • DC Venues that are affordable and somewhat spacious (unofficial) committee: Cassandra (@pilarandolivia on IG) 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all.  I'm looking forward to a great year of sewing with my friends.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Meeting on Saturday the 17th: Committees, Swaps and Station Sign Ups

Our first meeting of 2015 is this Saturday at the Arlington Central Library from noon to 5pm.  There is another group in there in the morning so we can't get in until noon.

The plan for the meeting is:

12:00-12:30      Set up your space, meet and greet

12:30-2:00        Big Ideas for 2015 planning session--bring hand stitching or knitting and be ready to discuss your ideas for the next year in the guild.  We will review suggestions that came from member surveys. Volunteers for committees would be most appreciated.  We may be switching seats as needed to brainstorm with fellow committee members.  I'm asking for no machine sewing during this portion of the meeting so everyone can hear and participate.

2:00-5:00         Open sew time. 

If you are not available this Saturday, please feel free to comment here or send me an email (dcmodquilts@gmail.com) with your ideas and/or a committee that you'd like to participate in.

So far we could use some help on the following committees:

1 person to work with Susan Fuller on Swap Committee

Liz and I (Melinda) will be on retreat committee but we could use more help (there were a few volunteers on Instagram but I want everyone to have a full choice of committees).

Depending on interest from members present at the meeting we will probably need a committee chair and members for each of the following committees:
sewing challenges/QAL
shop hop/social committee
and charity.

Your Board will take on education responsibilities for the guild, but please feel free to bring education ideas (or offer help with education tasks) at any time.

Speaking of swaps, the guild will be doing quarterly swaps this year.  Our first one will probably start in January.  If you have ideas for swap themes and can't come to the meeting this weekend, be sure to leave a comment or email so we can consider your input this Saturday.

Lastly, we need volunteers for Station Sign Ups.  If you can bring items for a cutting station, ironing board, iron and/or snacks for the meeting, please leave a comment here.  Don't forget extension cords!  

Extra bonus if you read this far, here is a picture of our outdoor meeting in 2014.  I hope we can get more smiling faces at an outdoor meeting this year.

Outdoor #DCMQG meeting at the US Botanical Gardens. Loved seeing @damascst, @anneelizzy, Frederick, Lynne and Helen.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vote and Blog Changes

Please remember to vote on the by-law changes posted last month. An email went out to each guild member with a link to the yes or no survey. Voting will close Wednesday at noon.

In other news, you may have noticed a recent blog change. A shorthand list of upcoming meetings and field trips now appears prominently on the front page of the blog. You can still click through to the calendar, but the information about upcoming meetings is nice to have as accessible as possible.

The Board is considering a few other blog changes.  We'd like to highlight more of YOU, the members.  We have a lot of talent within our guild and we'd like to let that talent shine.  So we are starting a new series of blog posts highlighting member tutorials and patterns.  Please comment below or email dcmodquilts@gmail.com with direct links to blog tutorials or patterns that you have posted.  Links to a flickr picture that goes with the post will be much appreciated.  I think this series will help our newer members get to know the group and it will help our more forgetful members (that's me!) find some brilliant new techniques to use.

Lastly, I have a super late Flickr Friday picture to post. I have a soft spot for quilts in process...and I have a huge crush on all things Cotton + Steel, so this week's picture goes to Carla.  She has now finished putting these blocks together and you can see that quilt top on Flickr or on IG. 

Last 9 are done! All 84 half blocks are done! Ok to sashing tomorrow. #nightskyquilt #sidekickruler @jaybirdquilts @cottonandsteel

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Field Trips!

We are planning a couple of field trips in February, so get out your calendars.

Field Trip One

On February 7th we will have a museum meetup at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum at 1776 D Street NW Washington, D.C.  We will meet at 10:30 and explore the quilt exhibit currently on display.  Those that are interested may go out for lunch after the exhibit.

Exhibit information from the DAR Website:
"October 3, 2014 - September 5, 2015  
Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia introduces visitors to a little known history of early American quilts. The exhibition looks at quilts and their makers from Maryland and Virginia 1790 to 1860. The quilts, made from the finest imported fabrics of the time, reflect the refined taste, style, and wealth of the women artists.

Parking information from the DAR Website:  
"Q: Is there parking at the DAR Museum and what is the nearest Metro station?  
A: There is limited parking at the DAR Museum. On most days some metered parking ($1 per hour in change) is available. Nearby garages can be found on Pennsylvania, 17th and 18th streets. The closest metro stops are Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) and Farragut North (Red line)."

This is Jane's version of the medallion quilt she saw at the DAR.  
Here is a link to the original quilt hanging in the exhibit.

Jane inspired this field trip.  She went to the exhibit, took a picture of a block from one of the quilts and then remade the block in Denyse Schmidt and Anna Maria Horner fabrics and the two look remarkably similar.

Field Trip Two

Pam of Del Ray Fabrics has invited us to check out her fabric stock on February 28th from 10-12am.  Pam sells fabrics online and out of her home in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  She carries Denyse Schmidt, Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner, Birch Organics, and many more pretty pretty things.  Please RSVP by emailing dcmodquilts@gmail.com to get the address.  We would like a few volunteers to bring snacks.  After some shopping and visiting at Pam's house, interested members may get lunch at one of the nearby restaurants or coffee shops.  

Purchases from an old trip to Del Ray fabrics
Spoils from a previous shopping trip at Del Ray.

This field trip was inspired by Dana Seltzer.  She and I (Melinda) both love shopping Pam's outdoor sale days and we'd like to make sure that our other guild members know about a great local fabric resource.