Category: Quilts

Red and White


What is your favorite color? Mine is red so when I was asked to participate in a collaborative project from Martingale Publishing, I jumped at the chance.

In 2011, I was able to attend the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit in New York City. If you are a quilter, you would understand when I say this was a religious experience. 650 red and white quilts from the collection of Joanna S. Rose were exhibited in Park Avenue’s 55,000 sq. ft. Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Mrs. Rose celebrated her 80th birthday by creating this exhibit and sharing it with all of us.

Walking up the steps to the Armory everyone was a-buzz with excitement, but as soon as the doors opened, there was silence. Everyone’s breath was taken away with the greatness of the exhibit and the venue. Quilter’s from all over the world attended the exhibit along with historians, educators, children, and artists. To read more about this exhibit, visit Park Avenue Armory.

Crowd Pleaser by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Daydreams by Camille Roskelley

Enough With The Curves by Jen Kingwell

Flower Power by Helen Stubbings

Forever Thoughtful by Sue Daley

Happy Accident by Susan Ache

Memory of a Masterpiece by Lisa Bongean

All of the quilts will be on exhibit at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas, November 2019.

Ruby Jubilee by Karen Styles

Scarlet Song by Kim Diehl

Stars in Flight by Jill Shaulis

Sweet Dreams by ME!! with massive quilting by Teresa Silva

I left there hoping to make 1 red and white quilt a year. I have made 3 since 2011 so that was another reason I wanted to participate in this book. Now I have 4 red and white quilts along with patterns for several more.

Tracking Tradition by Debbie Roberts

#Twisted Cabin by Sarah Huechteman

Walk This Way by Carrie Nelson

How is that for a virtual quilt show?

Does it make you want to make a red and white quilt?

Or Maybe even just drool over the pages?

Well, guess what, I have some advance copies of Red & White Quilts, 14 Quilts with Timeless Appeal from Today’s Top Designers, and I want to give away a few.

Leave a comment telling me your favorite quilt show you have ever been to. If you haven’t been to a show, let me know which one you want to go to.

DISCLAMIER: I will be attending Quilt Market and Festival so I won’t be able to do the drawing and announce the winner until Saturday, November 10th.

Next week there will be an additional chance to win, follow my Instagram page,  https://www.instagram.com/modalissa/for details.

Books will be available in stores mid November, but if you are attending Quilt Festival, Primitive Gatherings will have some for sale.

Merry Makers

Giveaway closed!!

 

There is no better description for this book, other than the info posted on the Martingale website as shown below.

Get your patchwork presents all wrapped and ready! The Moda All-Stars are back with 15+ handmade gifts to give or keep. Choose from stockings, pincushions, and coasters to make in speedy multiples. Lap quilts, table runners, and other deck-the-halls designs abound too!

Complete most projects in a weekend or quicker—no need to fear the Christmas time crunch. And just for fun, you’ll learn all about the favorite holiday traditions of the All-Stars in a series of Q & As.

Christmas Cabin Quilt by Pat Sloan

Twinkle Twinkle Star Wallhanging by Me and My Sister Designs.

Just a few of the festive projects by my friends- the Moda All-Stars. There are many other projects in the book, but I will leave some of those a surprise when you pick up the book.

One other story I wanted to share is about when I was a young mom, instead of an old mom, and the holidays were approaching which began the season of gift giving. I made many of my gifts, and I am sure my family still treasures those cute quilted pot holders I made for them some thirty-odd years ago. I was so proud of these gifts but when it came time for providing gifts for the kids that was a struggle.

A friend of mine, you know who you are, Kay Mayor, and I would load up the car at night and go put out boxes for Toys for Tots at designated collection locations throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We would do this night after night driving into areas we had never even heard of, and this was before google maps. The money we earned doing this helped us pay for our kids’ gifts. Anything that it took to make it all happen including setting up a trampoline in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve created great stories and memories. We could not have done this without the opportunity to help with this charity. So coming full circle, I could not be more proud that the Moda designers and the Martingale team choose the Marine Toys for Tots to donate the royalties of this book.

I hope each of you finds something beautiful to make for someone special in your life. This book is in stores now!!

 

I am doing a giveaway of a hot off the press Merry Maker book. Leave a comment telling me about one of the presents/ stories about a gift for your kids. I will draw at random, Saturday the 15th.

Enjoy,

modalissa

Giveaway closed! so many great stories

the winner is:

Telera McCullough

I want to tell you about a family Christmas when I was growing up. We agreed to all make gifts for one another. I was about 12 and my sisters were about 8 and 4. The most amazing surprise was coming in the door after celebrating with grandparents and finding THREE dollhouses that my father built for us. Each was 3 stories high, opened on both ends and the top and had wrap around porches. I still use some of the small sachets my 4 year old sister made that year. We are all still makers 40 years later.

 

 

What I have been working on

So many of the projects I am working on are “top secret” and I completely forget to show and share. Week one of 2018 and I thought I would catch up on a few of the things I  have enjoyed being a part of during the last quarter of 2017.

First up is a quilt kit for Angel wings.

The angel model is my grandson, Jacob. This was the beginning of him rolling over so it was tough to

even catch a photo of him laying flat. We even had a little swaddling of fabric to cover up his diaper

but that was impossible to stay in place. Love love his little rolls!

I am one year ahead on Christmas quilts. YEAH, YIPPEE!
At work I signed up to make the sample of one of the Bonnie and Camille quilt kits,

with Vintage Holiday fabrics.

This quilt will travel to trunk shows throughout the year and by Christmas 2018 it will come home to live with me!!

Nothing like having a deadline to finish something an entire year in advance ! This never happens for me.I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a new program called COLOR CUTS by Moda. If you have been following me for very long you know that I love working with a variety of moda designers to create scrappy quilts. Not scrappy quilts that are everything including the kitchen sink, scrappy quilts that are color coordinated and have a large range of fabrics.

This quilt was designed by Carrie Nelson using Color Cuts Layer Cakes, Bella Silky solids and Cake Mix papers. Stacking print layer cakes with Bella solids and adding the triangle papers to be able to mindlessly sew hundreds and hundreds of half square triangles is the perfect kind of sewing therapy that I needed right before Quilt Market. I love how airy and clean the quilt is. The variety of some of the centers makes there be movement throughout the quilt.I didn’t make this one but I did create it digitally, does that count? Carrie and I tagged team on this sampler.
Sarah Huechteman made our actual sample but this one is certainly on my to – do list.

Isn’t this one SWELL? I just finished up this sample and I am super excited to have it for 2018. I can’t wait to have my grandkids snuggling under this classic fun quilt. I am sure it will become a family heirloom. Fabric is Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks and will be in stores MAY.

One more thing that I have been working on for the past two years is my very first solo book!! I have always worked behind the scenes along with many, many talented designers on collaborative books. Yet I have a hard time calling this a solo book, since so very many people were a huge part of this project. Oh Scrap hits the shelves in March 2018. You will be hearing lots more about this book and I would be honored if you choose to add it to your quilt library.

 

Now I am off to work on a few more top secret projects that I will share in bits and pieces as I go along!

Here’s wishing you a blessed and healthy 2018.

-Modalissa

Friendship Swoon

We recently completed a fun little group project at work.

Everyone that I work with sews, quilts, crochets or crafts except for one gal in the sample room.

So we decided the best way for her to fall in love with quilts was to give her one. We know she already loves fabric. She touches fabric everyday of the week since her job is to cut and assemble the capsets that our salesmen use to introduce new lines of fabric. Each new fabric season, we all talk about our favorite fabric and all the things we want to make.  Aida’s favorite fabric was Manderely by Franny and Jane. Mariza picked out a couple of pieces that Aida would like.

We used the light aqua shown in the block above as our main piece.

Everyone picked out their own fabric choice based on the aqua piece.

We then decided that the Swoon pattern by Thimbleblossoms was the perfect design to make a scrappy quilt.

This is my very favorite picture of Aida.

She was so surprised as we handed her a pillowcase. She did not even know what was inside yet.

But then I decided this was my absolutely undeniably my favorite picture.

Just like a kid in a candy store or

possibly the joy of Christmas morning was quite evident on her face.

The joy of giving  is what quilting is all about.

Here is one last picture of Aida “swooning” over her new Swoon quilt.

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Lucky Charm Quilts

Are you ready for a giveaway?
Martingale is celebrating the release of the Lucky Charm Quilts book by Moda All Stars.

Mark your calendar for MARCH 22nd and hop over to Martingale’s blog.   http://blog.shopmartingale.com/

I wanted to show off some of the adorable quilts from the book. There is a variety of quilts using 1 charm pack, 2 charm packs or even go big with 3 charm packs.

Shown above- Bee Hive by Deb Strain

Flying Geese By Bonnie Olaveson

Add your favorite background and see how charm squares can grow into a beuatiful quilt like this one from Bonnie of Cotton Way.

Forever Friends by Lisa Bongean

How clever is this? Friendship quilts!!

Headed West by Pat Sloan

Love love love this black dot added to Pat’s quilt.

Hexagon Braid by Jenny Doan

Holiday Charm by Kansas Troubles

Little Village, Big Woods by Janet Clare

So many options……

Prairie Nights by Kathy Schmitz

Scrappy Christmas by Anne Sutton

Simply Charmed by Sherri McConnell

Spinning Tops by Jen Kingwell

Spring Mosaic by Sandy Gervais

Sweet Stripes by Karla Eisenach of Sweetwater and Co.

I know you have some charm packs that you are just waiting on the perfect project to come along!!

Teatime by Laurie Simpson

Three Times a Charm by Sandy Klop

Tire Tracks by Carrie Nelson and Tammy Vonderschmitt

Two Pack Buzz by Me and My Sister

 Mark your calendar – MARCH 22nd!! Your chance to win some Moda charm packs and books!

-modalissa

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The Splendid Sampler- block 2

splendid_button_4Are you a part of this viral  quilting community? Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan are the masterminds behind this year long event, sharing 100 blocks from 80 different designers. (I use the word designer loosely, since I am included and not a designer.) It is amazing to me that Jane (from Australia) and Pat (from the US) have connected, organized and joined together over 13,000 people that share one common interest, Quilting.

2-jane davidson Today is Jane’s block and this is my version.
Every Sunday and Thursday, a new 6″ block will be shared.

All the details and much much more is listed here.

Here is the line-up  to mark your calendars and meet some new friends.

Feb 14 Pat Sloan

Feb 18 Jane Davidson

Feb 21 Melissa Corry http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

Feb 25 Jen Kingwell http://jenkingwelldesigns.blogspot.com/

Feb 28 Celine Perkins http://www.perkinsdrygoods.com/blog/

Mar 3 Natalia Bonner http://www.pieceandquilt.com/

Mar 6 Amy Sinibaldi http://nanacompany.typepad.com/

Mar 10 Julie Karasek https://www.patchedworks.com/

Mar 13 Jane Davidson

Mar 17 Sherri McConnell http://www.aquiltinglife.com/

Mar 20 Alyssa Thomas http://www.penguinandfish.com/

Mar 24 Pat Sloan

Mar 27 Corey Yoder http://www.littlemissshabby.com/

Mar 31 Janet Clare http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

Apr 3 Janice Ryan http://betteroffthread.com/

Apr 7 Lindsay Mayland – APQ http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/

Apr 10 Kimberly Jolly http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

Apr 14 Pat Sloan

Apr 17 Jane Davidson

Apr 21 Vicki Tucek http://tozzscorner.blogspot.com/

There is a Bonus block and Jane created a tutorial to make an adorable Block Station. The Page with project Share is HERE
▪ Want to know more? There is a Frequently Asked Question page with  all the important links.
Our FAQ Page

#thesplendidsampler

Have fun!

-modalissa

The art of learning…

I am so thrilled to be a very small piece of a great big community of people who love to share, share their passion, designs and talents with like-minded people. So I was even more thrilled to be asked by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson to be a part of project they are rolling out with 83 quilters, Martingale Publishing, Aurifil threads and Moda Fabrics. I continue to learn from these people and this project will help me do more of this.  I am not big on applique or embroidery. As soon as I sit down I fall asleep so that could possibly be the reason I am not a fan of hand work. Maybe it could be that I am impatient. The Splendid Sampler™ is going to allow be to bite off little bits of applique. And the blocks will be small so maybe my big stitches wont show up to badly. I will continue to learn. There are 100 different blocks so even if you don’t want to make all of them there are plenty of options for all. the-splendid-sampler-industry-banner-v1-1HERE are the details:
The Splendid Sampler™
It starts Feb. 14th.
Don’t you just {heart} that?
100 – 6″ quilt blocks from 83 designers/quilters.
Choose your fabrics, assemble your notions and get ready to learn and share.
If you want to read about how this little project got started, click here and sign up for updates, so you don’t have to remember to go looking.
Follow along on the blog,  for tips, tutorials as well as learning about what makes each of these people tick.
You’ll get two FREE mystery blocks per week for a total of 100 blocks throughout the year!
Join the Facebook group, Facebook.
I hereby officially challenge you to jump in.
I can’t wait to see what you make with these patterns.
Be sure and include #TheSplendidSampler when you post your pictures.
-modalissa

Vin DuJour Stars

Vin DuJour Stars

Sounds like a peaceful evening under a sky full of twinkling lights drinking a few glasses of bubbly.

ya right
The name of the quilt does almost sound magical and yet it is just the description of one of my favorite quilts.
The fabric was named Vin DuJour by 3 sisters and duh, the blocks are stars, hence the name, Vin DuJour Stars.
The stars are BIG stars. Each block is almost 30″before trimming.

I am not a fan of purple, or I wasn’t a fan of purple until I made this quilt.
Come on, old ladies like purple.
I am not an old lady so why would I ever dream of liking purple?

Until now, I guess there all shades of purple and this deep grape won me over.
The name of the collection was Vin DuJour so the color names were Burgundy,
Champagne and Grape.
Excess research was done, if you know what I mean, to create these designs and colors.
The stars were made using 2 Vin DuJour Jelly Rolls so the strips were already cut at 2 1/2″ and i just started sewing.
Each of the stars were pieced with a different color placement, so they really do twinkle throughout.
If you are interested in this pattern, McCall’s does have a link to download the digital version of the Jan/Feb 2014 issue.
If a big quilt like this is a bit too much to bite off right now, they have also created a 1 block wallhanging option.
This would be dreamy made from a Christmas collection.
One more little thing about this quilt is my daughter absolutely loves it, begged for it and now owns it.
She is not old at all, actually she is pretty cool.
So purple is for cool people.
-modalissa
** this is a continuing series in my effort to document my quilts for history. Since what you put on the internet stays there forever,
I thought this would be as safe as a place as any.

 

 

Log Cabin Swap Fun

Log Cabin Swap

 Several of you have asked about the Log Cabin Block swap

 so I thought I would share the details here.

 I found a few gull-able friends and decided to just put it out there to see if they wanted to make over-sized blocks, cut them into quarters and then swap. 

 Here is our my plan. It is pretty much the nuts and bolts type of information. You can disregard any of the swapping info.


RULES:(you know I don’t like too many rules, I like to call them guidelines)
Colors? Think Minick & Simpson meets Bonnie & Camille
(fabrics are not limited to these designers- just want to convey the feel of fabrics to work with)
No Batiks
Denims, wovens and other textures okay except  no crazy stuff like chenille.
Blacks and Golds okay
Press away from center regardless of light fabrics.
Do I need to say quilt store quality fabrics? I hope not with this group.

Make 20” finished log cabins
– any size center(think big since it will be cut into quarters)
 – any size strips except outer strips on all four sides must be a minimum of 2” finished.This will allow trimming and squaring up after swapping. – Basically make 16” scrappy blocks then add 2 1/2” cut strips on all four sides to have a 20″ block. – Cut each block into 4 even quarters measuring 10” square. Keep 1 and trade the other 3. Do not sew any of the quarter blocks back together. – Send the  blocks to me at this stage.

 

Once you receive the swapped blocks, trim and square up your blocks. Join 4 together in whatever setting/layout/or design you prefer.
Size will vary depending on how much you want to trim your swapped blocks. The layout below, I am estimating finished blocks will be approx. 18”

So that is our swap in a nutshell. There are a bunch of us doing these blocks with all different styles, tastes and fabric stashes. The variety of blocks will be the starting point to create some pretty cool finished quilts. We are a competitive/over achieving bunch, seeing what everyone creates will be the exciting part.

Here is the just beginning of my log Cabin strips. This was a great stash buster project. All those 1/8 of a yard pieces that were to big to go in the scrap bin but were constantly lost in the “fabric closet” quickly got sliced and diced into a variety of sizes. My fabric started out combining Bonnie and Camille with Minick and Simpson.(Acronym for that would be BCMS) 

Then I added Zen Chic, Sweetwater, Luci Summers, Tula Pink, a piece or two of Momo, Primitive Gatherings and 3 sisters! I am in heaven!!

Here are Susan Ache’s strips.  What a wonderful variety, 

mixing 30’s prints, Fig Tree

 and Sweetwater.

Yummy!

Oldies and Goodies!

 

Then in the blink of an eye, Susan already has a bunch of her blocks done. If you follow Susan on Instagram, https://instagram.com/yardgrl60/, you probably already know she is an incredible quilter. 

This pic is from Laurie Simpson’s instagram.

https://instagram.com/minickandsimpson/

Look at some of those tee-tiny pieces. Like I said, 

a good scrap buster.

Janet Hill has already been playing around with 

different settings. @janeth421

The best way to track the process as my posse 

continues making their blocks 

is to follow 

#locabinblockswap 

on Instagram. 

We will be swapping blocks end of July!

I hope to have my quilt ready for Labor Day.

 

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!!

This quilt is so inspired by my friend AmandaJean Nyberg of crazymomquilts as well as all the Bento Box type of quilts happening all over the place.

I highly recommend anything Amanda does and her quilt is a bit more manageable than the way we are doing our swap. Our blocks are bigger to start with but end up making a smaller block overall. If you like the look but don’t want to deal with the swapping, get Sunday Morning Quilts. You will not regret having this book in your library.

-Modalissa

French General Irish Chain

Pom Pom De Paris by French General

We have had a bit of sunshine for the first time in weeks. The deluge of
rain seems to have stopped so I thought it a perfect time to pull out
another quilt and document the specifics. I thought this Irish Chain
would be good to talk about since next week I will be taking part in
Melissa Corry’s Irish Chain blog hop.
 This old quilt is just the opposite of what I will be showing next week, but
more on that Monday. 

When I say old, spring 2011 was when this fabric was available in stores. Seems like eons ago. 
I love the look of  Blended Quilts that Marsha McCloskey and Sharon Yenter are known for. This fabric collection seemed like a perfect fit. 

So many of the prints were large scale and disappeared or blended into each other when cut smaller for the irish chain pieces. I guess that is the point of blended quilts, right?

 I love the muted butter yellow prints in this collection. The quilt has been washed a few times adding to it’s well loved look.

  I
did not let one scrap go to waste by adding the large prints, butter
yellows and woven textures along with any orphan blocks or pieces from
the quilt top to create a 2 sided quilt. 

 

A feathered wreath design was quilted in natural thread filling all of the natural area.
This is also the time for my public service announcement to document your quilts. I did not do that so I can remember who the quilter was. Maggi, was it you?
 I was lucky enough for this quilt to be featured in Quiltmania magazine 2012.
Thank you for reading along as I document my library of quilts and talk a step back into time!
Join me back here Monday for a fun blog hop featuring 

 -Modalissa