Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kona Solid Charms Guild Ghallenge

Robert Kaufman has generously sponsored the Modern Quilt Guild with Kona Solid Charm packs for every member in participating chapters! Thank you Robert Kaufman!

The NOVA Modern Quilt Guild has accepted the challenge to use these charm packs to create Preemie Quilts for the INOVA Fairfax Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU):

We selected the RK Kona Brights pack as a group:


-The deadline to confirm you are participating and arrange a pickup or shipment of your charm pack is March 1st. After March first your charm pack will be re-distributed to other members in the guild.

-You can add patterned or solid fabric to make your quilt but keep in mind that RK is sponsoring this challenge and that we are helping them showcase how awesome Kona Solid charms are. The charms should be the star of the show!

-If you are planning on using red fabric (or any other color that tends to bleed dye) with your charm pack please pre-wash! Prior to taking the quilts to the INOVA Fairfax Children's Hospital NICU I will be washing all of the quilts together in baby safe detergent and I would like to avoid any chance of dye bleeding. *The charms do not need to be pre-washed.*

-The quilts must be no smaller than 29" on any side and no larger than 45" on any side. Otherwise there are no size restrictions and they can be square or rectangular

-They must be made from 100% cotton which includes the thread, top, batting, backing, and binding. Synthetic adhesives may not be used but adhesives that will wash away can.

-Embroidery is optional but it must be soft. The babies have very sensitive skin so tight machine embroidery will not be suitable for this project.

-Use our flickr page to upload photos of your works in progress and finished quilts. We would all love to know how the design process is going, answer any questions you might have, or tell you how much we love your creation!

-All quilts must be turned in by April 30th. We'll have a party to show-and-tell our creations at Natalie's house.

*If you have any other questions ask them here!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Aurora Quilts, Old Town Manassas, Virginia

Hello All!

My name is Jean Schachner, I am a new member of the NOVA Modern Quilt Guild. Ginny Rippe and I were co-Brownie Scout leaders, quite a few years ago - too many to count - it's good to reconnect through quilting.

I love the idea of a "Modern Quilt Guild", because I consider myself to be "modern", up today with new trends and technology and a "forward" thinking, adventurous individual.

I am proud and excited to announce the opening of our new Quilt Shop, Aurora Quilts, located in the heart of Historic Old Town Manassas. Our Grand Opening was January 29th, and since then we've hit the ground running. My daughter, Amanda, is the Shop Manager, and is working in the shop full time along with her daughter, Kirsten - who is the shop baby!

Just recently, we were contacted by Historic Manassas, Inc. to schedule a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Major Pharrish and the other merchants in old Town Manassas. The Ribbon Cutting is scheduled for March 16th at 9:30am. We would be delighted if you could make this event.

Aurora Quilts is located at 9100 Church Street, Suite 101, Manassas, Virginia. Our phone number is 703.330-9111. We have our own blog at: and a website that is still a work in progress at: