2016 Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show

The 2016 Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show was, as in years past, a great success! Highlights from this year included a National Parks special exhibit representing over 177 quilts inspired by National Parks across the U.S.A., the self portrait quilts and the many vendors offering everything from custom batiks to purse making supplies and vintage trims.

Held at the Dulles Convention Center the Quilters Unlimited show is a great venue to explore the world of textile art. When we hear the word, ‘quilt’ many of us think of a warm blanket, given as a gift or passed down as a family heirloom. What we often forget is that many works of art have been created in addition to quilts, using the quilting medium. 

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May Creative Conversation

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Our members have been bringing a wealth of creative inspiration to our events this month. With topics ranging from sewing with knits, dancing with your babes, quilting, and visits to museums our chicks have almost every artistic and craft medium covered this month! Check out some of the great tips, tricks and recommendations for both the art soul and the busy mama.

  1. Potty training has been a big topic of discussion this month and both Sara and Stephanie have recommended Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right as a great go to book to help if you are in the process of tackling this endeavor.
  2. The popular Musical, Hamilton is coming to Washington D.C. but unfortunately tickets and a babysitter may be hard to get due to the popularity of the show and the expense of a babysitter. Why not treat yourself to the original broadway cast recording, available here for some creative inspiration on the go?
  3. Sewing with knits can be scary, but Samantha has recommended Brindelle & Twig for some great patterns for your chicks. She also filled us in on the tip of using a modified zig-zag stitch to sew knits on a normal machine.
  4. Creative Chicks talking about Mommy and Me Barre classes spurred discussions on dance. We found out that quite a few of our moms have dance backgrounds in performance and education and sparked discussion about having a few dance themed events for our chicks. We also shared this book, called Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story during a coffee event to encourage our little ones to express themselves creatively through movement.
  5. Our NOVA Creative Chicks have been busy assembling and creating quilt blocks for the upcoming 2016 graduates from the foster care system in Alexandria. Tackling nine full size quilts is a challenge for anyone but trying to accomplish the work after babies are in bed, napping or playing or in the first stages of pregnancy is even harder. It seems fitting that we are making them to bless nine individuals embarking on a hard task with these quilts to warm them. Share in our creative inspiration by looking at our completed 2015 quilts in this post.
  6. Gardens our sprouting everywhere right now and many of our moms have been sharing their completed, and in-process Lia Griffith Veggie Gardens.

What has been inspiring you this month? We would love to hear from you!

 

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Old Town Alexandria Craft Walk

fiber space Old Town Alexandria Craft Walk Make n Take First Annual 2016.

Last Saturday, Old Town Alexandria held the First Annual Old Town Craft Walk. The event hosted by a local yarn shop, fibre space™The Potomac Bead Company and Stitch Sew Shop, a recent addition to make the Old Town Alexandria crafting trifecta complete. The event included make and takes for each shop, refreshments and the opportunity to win a grand prize from each store. Did you know that the owners of both fibre space™ and Stitch Sew Shop have toddlers? We of course had to support our local stores and made a visit.

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The Renwick Gallery

Renwick Gallery with Toddler

I am taking classes with the University of Texas – Arlington (UTA) to finish my bachelor’s in the science of nursing (BSN). I have just nine classes left – woo hoo! And will be finished by the end of the year. One of those classes was art appreciation and the final paper was to visit a gallery to see an original piece of art. I looked up a few exhibits at various museums (there are so many to choose from!) and decided on the Renwick Gallery’s Wonder exhibit. I had heard it was good for kids. So I packed my two year old daughter into her stroller along with a bunch of snacks and set out on the Metro for downtown DC.

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Flight Trampoline Park

Toddler Flight Trampoline Park
Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA is fun. I definitely didn’t expect how much fun it would be FOR ME. My 16 month old daughter isn’t quite strong enough to jump, but we have a great time anyway. She likes to watch the (many) toddlers play and jump, she loves the dodgeballs, she likes bouncing, and I love it because I feel like I can get a bit of a workout in while she explores a new space.
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National Building Museum

National Building Museum
The Building Museum has lots to offer for all visitors. When I’ve visited with my daughter, we enjoy just walking around the museum. There are several spaces other than the Great Hall or Building Zone which are toddler-friendly. The wide, shallow steps are great for little climbers, and the long arcades on the second (and third) floors were a delight for her little legs. The Commissioner’s Suite on the second floor, with a domed ceiling, was also a fun place to explore.
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Epicure Cafe

Epicure Cafe
Epicure Cafe is an eatery and music lounge in Fairfax. They have nightly events ranging from local bands, comedy and music open mics, and trivia nights. My husband and I went on a Friday night for a local Jazz band. The food is (delicious, and) Mediterranean inspired, and they have a range of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. They offer a selection of fun pizzas, and have a selection of beer and wines available. I have seen the local bands Basswood and the RDJ Project Quartet, based out of DC and Manassas. The sound from the bands fill the space – literally! – and it can be loud. Events start around 8:00 pm.
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neighborhood walking

Toddler Neighborhood Walk
My daughter and I go out walking every day. We usually walk up the block, a few times, and then chase the squirrels and any neighborhood dogs. We have met so many neighbors with the beautiful weather, and my babe’s quick smile is a great way to get our neighbors to practice waving. When she brings me her shoes, we gear up and head outdoors. She loves to carry sticks and twigs, and the house rule of “no sticks inside the house” is quickly becoming the least favorite rule we have.
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