Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The New Face of the NOVA Modern Quilt Guild

Check out the new face of the NOVA Modern Quilt Guild!

Unfortunately the old website wasn't cutting it for membership applications and I was spending way too much time with technical support. This website is geared more towards attracting new members to our guild. You can proudly send potential members to this website and know they will be looking at something reflective of the modern aesthetic we love so much, get the information they need about modern quilting, find out what events are coming up, check out our blog, and contact us.

Our About Us page features useful information about Modern Quilting and The Modern Quilt Guild.
The Photos page will feature work from all of us. If you haven't started gathering photos already, please plan to do so. You can send them to me by email (nweaver529 [at] gmail [dot] com) along with the title of the photo and the description you would like to appear on the web. If you blogged about the photo please also include the URL for the blog post in the description.
The Events page lists upcoming events for the next 3 months. As a month 'expires' we will update the page to reflect the next 3 months.
The Contact page allows potential members to contact us through the webpage.
I threw this together very quickly so please let me know if you see any content that needs to be updated or added and let me know if you want any pages added.

Moving forward, we will need to decide if we want to track and communicate with members on our blog, open a ning website, use a google groups account, or some other account I don't know of. I will have my hubs take a look at our website to see if there's a way to do it from there but I didn't see one. Update: I think I can figure out a way to continue using the old website for membership! We'll just use the Member application and not the Apply application though.

In other news, I also purchased matching business cards for our guild from
I made them to be very generic so that any of us could pass them out to potential guild members. I selected colors that coordinated with our current web color scheme and a picture from the web as well. When it's time to order more, we will select from the pictures you send me to put up on the web.

I hope you like the changes!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Photos Needed!

Hi Ladies!

I am in the process of switching over our main website from to another host site. It's looking really great so far but I need help! Can you please send me some pictures of work you would like to be featured in the photo section of our website? I would really love to feature at least one modern piece from everyone but I would be happy to put up more than one piece so we have plenty for others to look at. I see this as a way to really attract others who share our modern aesthetic.

If you don't have pictures, go take some  :)

I am putting up pictures from the car seat quilt I made for baby Asa:
Make sure to give me the title and short description of the photo to display.

Thanks and Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shopping and Lunch Show and Tell

Don't these fabrics look luscious!?
Do the names Amy Butler, Lizzy House, Joel Dewberry, and Anna Maria Horner make your ears perk up?

The guild will be getting together this Sunday at the Artful Quilter in Burke VA at 12pm (right when they open) for some major fabric shopping! After our shopping spree we'll be heading to Fairfax Corner for lunch and a little show and tell! (restaurant to be determined) For driving directions please go here.

Bring something you've been working on to show and tell to the group at lunch! We'll have a blast getting to know each other in person and sharing our work

Please contact Natalie at nweaver529 (at) gmail (dot) com if you plan to attend so I can warn the Artful Quilter.

Happy Quilting!

Falling For Handmade Craft Show

For any of you NOVA Modern Quilt Guildies out there who would like to join in the fun, we will be going to the Falling for Handmade craft show this weekend. For anyone interested please contact me directly by email at nweaver529 (at) gmail (dot) com!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jane Sassaman Speaks at NOVA Community College

Last Thursday Jane Sassaman spoke at the NOVA Community College. If you're not familiar with her work, go check out her website:

The lecture was all about the history of Jane's inspiration and how she translates that into art on her quilts. We had the opportunity to view a few of her recent quilts up close:
The three quilts on the right in the photo above were created by appliqueing solid or hand dyed fabrics onto a base fabric. The green vines on the far right were cut from one continuous piece of fabric. The pink in the tree quilt is a hand dyed fabric that adds so much depth and dimension to all of the roots and the egg shape behind the tree. Below is a quilt made from diamonds and squares. All of the fabrics she used have a black background so they blend into one another seamlessly and make a kaleidoscope effect.

The first Modern Quilt Guild challenge is to make a quilt based on the inspiration of your choice. What have you been working on?