Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorites

Loving this addition to our Flickr group from Lynne. It's her Michael Miller Challenge and I cannot wait to see how she finishes it. Just a reminder, the official due date for the Challenge (if you want to be entered for the grand prize of a year's worth of free fabric from Michael Miller) is July 25. To enter the drawing, you must upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the MQG Community site. And don't forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We will have our own "reveal" and prizes at the Capital Quilts meeting on August 16th from 1:30-4:30.

Monday, July 14, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids and Carpenter's Shelter

This year, the DC Modern Quilt Guild will donate our group quilts to Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, VA. Carpenter's Shelter is an 80 bed family shelter that serves over 300 individuals a year - a third of whom are children. The children at Carpenter's Shelter range from infants to teenagers, so pretty much any size or color combination you might choose for your quilt will be appreciated and used. The shelter is always in need of twin sized bedding, so if you feel up to it, you might consider a bed-sized donation.

We're still looking for one or two more people to coordinate charity quilts (fabric and batting will be provided) and participate in the blog hop. See more details here and contact if interested rather than commenting on this post - I might forget to check back!

Also, please email me ( if you are willing to help out with our group quilts by making blocks, and how many blocks you can make. We'll distribute fabric at our August meetings (see the Calendar) or can mail fabric to you. You can mail the blocks back or bring them to our charity sewing day, which will be September 13th at the Burke Library in Alexandria from 10:30 to 4:30.

Please consider getting involved and helping out with 100 Quilts for Kids in whatever way you are able. We're relying on guild participation to make this event a success! Also, a special thank you to our business member, Sue Bentley of SuZquilts for donating the batting for our group quilts!

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Meeting Recap

Thanks to  everyone who made it up to Patches on Saturday!  I know it's a hoof for most of you, but it sure was nice to have you all in my neck of the woods this time! 
Here's some of Frederick's photos from the day:
Coming up in August, we have a Sew-in at Finch Sewing Studio on August 2nd from 10:30-4:30, and a meeting at Capital Quilts on August 16th from 1:30-4:30, which will feature a tutorial on continuous bias binding from Dana.  Please bring your Michael Miller Challenge piece for show and tell at Capital Quilts.  There will be a fabulous prize for the viewer's choice challenge entry this year! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Business Member Update

Here's what's happening this month with our business members:

from Patches:

To help promote our Country’s Red, White & Blue, our July coupon is for 25% off a yard or more of any of these colors.  We also have pre-cut flag kits, and flag panels with lights and much more in our patriotic department.
July is also the kick off of the Row by Row Experience Shop Hop.  ( This hop lasts all summer and has participating shops throughout 34 states including Maryland!  Starting July 1st Patches has our “Birdhouse Garden” row pattern all ready for you to pick up, and you can see our row in the Shop ~ come in to pick up a kit while supplies last!  Aaaand...each shop will be awarding a bundle of 25 fat quarters to the first person who brings in a completed (quilted, bound, labeled) row quilt using row patterns from at least 8 different shops. (And there may just be a bonus prize at our shop for that person if their finished quilt includes our Patches row). The Quilt challenge contest expires October 31, 2014.
For you newbies, we have a Beginning Quiltmaking Class starting next week on Tues. July 8th.  It is a 6 session class where you will learn everything you will need to know to guide you through the process of making your very first quilt.
We have lots of new fabrics in stock including some of the American Made Brand solids from Clothworks.  And, Patches is pleased to welcome the DCMQG for a free sew-in on Saturday, July 5th, from 9-4!  See you there!
On June 26th, 2013, I told my husband that I thought is was time to open a Finch storefront.  The very next day, I met with my landlord (who is, hands down, the best landlord in Leesburg) and asked him if he would let me sign a lease for 1 month... And he said yes.  The whole Morgenthau family spent the next 5 days building furniture and setting up sewing machines, working around toddler naps and trips to the hardware store.  On the 4th of July we were open for business.
The home studio had a small following, and it didn't take long for our student list to grow.  Those first customers and students will always be significant to me.  You know who you are.  You believed in my vision for this vibrant community, and it was more to you than just a store or a one-time class.  You saw yourself here- you found your place at the Finch, and I am so thankful for you.
And what better way to thank you and celebrate our first year than to have a big sale, and host special events all month long!
Let's go at this chronologically:
July 5th:
Patchwork Pillow Mini Workshops- Have family or friends in town for the holiday?  Bring them along for a fun, quick activity!  Supplies included! We'll have a grab bag full of pre-release fabric for you to sew with... Yay! (sessions available all day long).
July 6th:
Maxi Dress Class- 9-2pm Make a great summer dress and bring a friend!  2 seats remaining
July 11th:
Friday Night Sewcial- This is the "official" First Friday for Leesburg this month (because the actual first Friday is on the 4th). So we'll have live music (classical guitar... can't wait!). Sign up here to get your spot!
July 12th + 13th:
BIG OL" FIRST BIRTHDAY SALE!!!  We'll have everything in the store on sale.  Been drooling over a fabric/yarn/tool/pattern for some time now?  Now's your chance! Every purchase over $20 will receive a Finch goodie pack.  Purchases over $70 will receive another prize from a grab bag of Market treasures (until supplies last!!).
July 18th:
Finch Family Night- These plans are still underway, and we're keeping it under our hat until we have more details.  The plan is to show you, your hubbies, and the kids a good time with a good old fashioned family night.  We'll start inside with some refreshments, and then move out doors for a ..... oh, right... I can't tell you that quite yet! Stay tuned!
July 25th:
Friday Night Sewcial- you know the drill!
And, the DCMQG would like to welcome our newest business member, SuZQuilts, a local longarm quilter.  Sue is on vacation this month, so we'll hear her news starting next month!
Thank you to all our business members for supporting the guild! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meeting reminder- July 5th at Patches

Hi Everyone! 

Just reminding you of our next sew-in, this Saturday July 5th from 9-4 at Patches, 308 S Main St Mount Airy MD 21771.  Patches has several irons and cutting mats, please bring your own rotary cutter if you'll be cutting.  Bring snacks!  There is an Italian deli, a hot dog place, a brick oven pizza, and a healthy smoothie/sandwich place within easy walking distance, and a Greene Turtle and various fast food options within easy driving distance.  There should be plenty of sewing machine space.  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.  I'm emailing my phone # to members in case anyone has trouble getting here or needs to drop off their things at the door. 

See you Saturday! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids 2014

Good morning, DC Modern!

Some of you may have heard that Katie is stepping down from 100 Quilts for Kids, but not to fear - DC Modern will keep the tradition alive! If you are new to our group, and haven't heard of 100 Quilts for Kids, for the past several years we've contributed to the event Katie hosted on her blog, Swim Bike Quilt, by making quilts and donating them to local organizations that provided them to children in the foster care system, children in hospitals, and other children in need. This year's event will run from August 1st to September 30th, and we're looking for some help from DC Modern members on the following activities:

1. Volunteer to coordinate a charity quilt. We need 4-5 members to step up to design a quilt, distribute fabric to other members who will contribute blocks, and work together to assemble the quilt, quilt it, and bind it. Our annual charity sewing day on September 13th, at the Burke Library in Alexandria, VA might be a good time to do this. As an added incentive, here is the fabric we had donated for this year's quilts.

Thanks to Fabric Traditions for donating this DS quilts fabric!
2. Write a blog post for our 100 Quilts for Kids blog hop. We're looking for at least one DC Modern post during each of the eight weeks of the event to showcase a quilt they have donated or will donate to 100 Quilts for Kids. It's ok if you just have the top pieced at the time of the post. We can either link to your blog, or if you don't have a blog, send us a write up and some photos and we'll post it here. Contact so we can schedule you.

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Quilt Carla donated to 100 Quilts for Kids 2013
3. Let us know if you have a contact with a local group that serves children in need. I have a few ideas of organizations to approach, but it would be great for our group to donate to an organization where one of our members has a connection. Contact with ideas.

Dear Stella Wonky Star Quilt
Quilt Katie and others made with Dear Stella fabric donated for our quilt drive 2013
4. Donate a quilt! In addition to the group quilts we'll be working on, please consider donating another quilt. Maybe it's time to finally use those bee blocks from years ago, or maybe you found the Michael Miller challenge fabric a little brighter than your usual color palette but thought, "hey, this would be great for a kid!" You can donate it with the DC Modern quilt drive or on your own.

100 Quilts for Kids
Quilt Heather, Frederick and others made with fabric donated by Dear Stella for our quilt drive 2013
5. Spread the 100 Quilts for Kids love far and wide! Share what you are making on the social media of your choice. We'll have a bigger push as we get closer to the date.

Any questions? Ideas or suggestions to make this year's event the best yet?

As a reminder, today is the last day to renew your membership if you have not done so yet. Info here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Flickr Favorites

This amazing EPP confection comes from our very own President, Jessie. She's been working on it while nursing Vivian. I'm convinced she's Wonder Woman or something. She originally had bright red diamonds around the star in the lower left corner, but I like the more muted aquas much better. Here's another picture that shows the back.