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.
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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
Sometimes we think of art with toddlers to simply be a time filler for the day, or perhaps a way of demonstrating child educational concepts. In the rush and activity of motherhood we often don’t stop to watch and understand the lessons in creativity we could be learning from our babes and their application of finger paints and stickers.
This month we are interviewing our member Meredith. Meredith is an awesome chick who can be found with two needles in her hands and two babies on her hips! As a knitter and mother of twin girls, Kennedy and Corinne, Meredith is passionate about finding time in her daily life to create.
So many challenges stand in the way of our creative development. Many of us have a lot of responsibility and little creative energy left at the end of the day. Once in a while it is a good idea to take a formal class to enhance your current skills or to learn a new one.
I can still remember the first cut and sew toy that my mother made me as a little girl. She was a pink doll, with a removable skirt. My mother had taken the time to intricately mark the doll’s hair and dress with little painted details. I remember thinking in the world of plastic toys, even as a child, that there was something magical about how a simple piece of fabric could be made into my own doll, and that my mother had made it!
Welcome to Creative Chicks with Babes In Northern Virginia
A few months after my daughter was born I was ready to join the world again. I had left a career teaching Art to stay at home with my baby and had no regrets but I also had almost no creative stimulation. I was looking for like-minded moms to inspire and encourage me in this new phase of my life and found NoVA Creative Chicks with Babes on Meetup.com.