Monday, April 9, 2012


I recently received an e-mail from Amanda, who is a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. Amanda is one of the founders of Threadbias, which is a burgeoning online community for sewist, quilters, and lovers of all things fabric-related. I wanted to pass the email along to everyone who has expressed interest in the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild in case any of you are interested.

Here is the email:
To the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild:
Hi,  I’m a mom who likes to make things and I'm a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. I hope this isn’t unwelcome (and apologies if it is!), but I’ve been working on a project I thought you and the members of your guild might be interested in.

An idea hatched among a pair of quilter-sewists, Amanda and Rebecca, and a web developer, Alex; we created to be a gathering site for people having fun with fabric.  We’re looking forward to fostering the conversation and providing a place to share ideas and be inspired.

After a more than a year in the works, is live. We are ready to help build and support the online sewing community. We’d love for you to visit, let us know what you think, and, if you like it, please share the site with your members.

The site is robust with a variety of free features for posting photos of projects, sharing ideas, and finding inspiration. As you look around you’ll see lots of places where we could feature projects and patterns, highlight contributors, and host sew alongs, swaps, and bees, so if you’re interested in that, let me know!

We'll be kicking off our "official" launch with a week of giveaways (starting April 9), and we'll be doing more fun contest-y things and giveaways on the site. There are some exciting additional features we’re working on (including tools to help you plan and design your sewing projects!) but I wanted to start getting the word out and would love to hear what you think.

This week we are also doing a giveaway of fat eighths in Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids in the QuiltCon colors. These are great for anyone wanting to get started on the QuiltCon Block Challenge.
Thanks so much,

The fat eighths giveaway has already ended, but there will be more giveaways as the site develops. Intrigued by the success of Ravelry and the growing online community of quilters I went ahead and signed up. It's one more way to stay connected, meet new people, get ideas, and continue to explore our creative community.

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