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A big heart

My daughter is the middle child. She has two older brothers and two younger brothers.

If you have read many of my posts you know I am into birth order. Jillian has so many different traits that it is hard to define her into a certain birth order. She is the middle child, she is the only daughter so that is like being a first-born and sometimes the only child comes out in her.  So with this being said the main trait she carries is the girl with the biggest heart which has nothing to do with birth order at all.

She worries about all of this motley crew known as her family and makes sure they are all taken care of.

Shopping for her is impossible!
So when it was time to figure out what to do for her for Christmas, it needed to be a gift that she couldn’t take back.

So the answer was a quilt, but just what quilt was the tough part.

I decided the girl with the biggest heart needed a quilt that was just that… a big heart.

The quilt is fun and fast to make with 1 moda layer cake and 3.75 yds of background fabrics.
She loves Lella Boutique’s fabrics so it was easy to choose what fabrics to use.

After the quilt was quilted I decided it needed to add a bit of embroidery which was not the smartest move.
Embroidery through the quilt with Snuggles on the back did not make for the best stitches but she loves it no matter what.

This pic is a better pic for actual color and also to show the snuggles on the back. Once she has used a quilt with snuggles on the back that is all she ever wants to use! Have you tried different textures on the back of your quilts? Flannels, snuggles, lawns, denims, wovens? It is so much fun that there are so many options now. Remember when the only thing quilter’s used for their backings was muslin? How boring!

Another shot of some of the crowd with Jillian always hiding in the back. Love her to pieces!!

The pattern was designed by Holly Hickman and featured a Kate Spain fabric collection but translates into any collection.

If you want to make this quilt for the person with the biggest heart in your family, here is the pattern.
You will need 1 moda layer cake and 3.75 yards of background.

Perfect for a Valentine’s day project!

– Love yall.

-modalissa

what can you make with…?

charm pack and moda candyWhat can you make with a Moda Charm pack, a moda candy and a few yards of bella solids?

123I am pulling this blog post out of my draft section because I share a free little pattern download at the bottom of the post but also wanted to share the incredible quilting.

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A charm pack (42-5″ squares) and a mini charm pack (42-2 1/2″ squares) So easy. Start sewing with the precuts to make a quick project during balancing all the summer schedules. Plenty of room for autographs for a family reunion project.

125WOWSER! Feathers Galore!

126Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer.

Here in Texas the heat and humidity has hit us.

If you want the pattern, click here for a free download.

Pattern includes a larger version that uses 2 charm packs and 2 mini charms.

I would love to see what you make. Share your pic on FB or IG and tag me, @modalissa.

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Peaks- the quilt

candy corn quilt

I recently posted a picture of this quilt on my Instagram because I love it.
I love the colors.
I love the pattern.
I love the quilting.

I love, love, love it.

Someone asked me about the pattern and colors so I thought I would share it here. When I went to hunt down

the good pics, I remembered it was featured in the April May 2013 QUILT magazine.

So here are their nice styled, color corrected pictures from 2013.

my candy corn quilt in QUILT aprilmay2013And here are the details if you want to make your own version using Bella solids.

9900-51- Buttercup,

9900-81 Goldenrod,

9900-83 Grey,

9900-125 Betty’s Brown,

9900-147 Coral,

9900-162 Amelia Apricot,

9900-171 Etchings Charcoal,

9900-185 Zen Grey

9900-209 Clementine,

9900-210 Strawberry,

9900-213 Mustard,

9900-244 Harvest Gold.

A fat quarter of each.

The background could be anything but I used 9900-182 Porcelain (4 1/4 yds.)

I refer to this type of quilt as a 12 pack, not a 6- pack that is something completely different. Pick your favorite 12 colors, add background of your choice

and the possibilities are endless.

Choose all shades of greens and browns for trees,

blues and greens with a little white on top for snow capped mountains,

30’s prints for a retro quilt

or just a combination of all your funky favorite fabrics as a scrap buster!

Bella Solid Peaks quiltI shot a pic of the quilt with my Iphone as I zipped by the quilt laying on an unmade bed at my sons house.
The quilt looked even better washed and used. I love it when a quilt has been put to good use.

Tag me if you make a version of this quilt. I would love to see it.
Here is the pattern for your use.
Enjoy!!

-modalissa

Texas Roadtrip QAL- Hill County


You can find more specific details about this QAL, such as fabric requirements, at My Fabric Relish and Pretty Little Quilts.
There will be a lot of fun information and prizes, so I hope that you
will be able to follow along even if aren’t able to make the quilt!

– See more at: http://www.pixelstopatchwork.com/2014/05/deep-in-heart-of-texas-roadtrip-quilt.html#sthash.p5ek0S3j.dpuf


You can find more specific details about this QAL, such as fabric requirements, at My Fabric Relish and Pretty Little Quilts.
There will be a lot of fun information and prizes, so I hope that you
will be able to follow along even if aren’t able to make the quilt!

– See more at: http://www.pixelstopatchwork.com/2014/05/deep-in-heart-of-texas-roadtrip-quilt.html#sthash.p5ek0S3j.dpuf

Welcome to your next to the last stop on the Texas Roadtrip QAL. 
By now you have many of the highlights around the state and discovered many of the gems that give Texans our bragging rights. 
I was born in Kansas but as the ol’ saying goes….
 I got to Texas as fast I could. 
Really it was my mom and dad that came to Texas as soon as they could since I was only 5 years old and couldn’t drive when my family moved to Texas. We started out in Lubbock and eventually moved to Dallas when I was 8.
Both my mother and father were native Texans so when I was told about this project I knew I wanted to play along. Making the blocks and reading about many of the parts of the state have brought back many memories of family reunions, road trips, and various adventures along the way. Enough about my families antics. You can read about my roadtrip down memory lane August 17th when I post the final quilt project and link up for prizes.
So today you are here to learn a little about the Texas Hill Country.
The area that defines the Hill Country varies depending on who you ask. It does however cover 25 different counties from as far north as  West Austin and south all the way to Bandera and into San Antonio. Bandera, Texas is the Cowboy Capital of Texas. The town still has hitching posts outside many of the  stores because it is not uncommon to ride your horse into town. Bandera also has as many honky tonks as it does churches. SIDE NOTE- This weekend, July 26th is the National Day of the American Cowboy. If you happen to visit Bandera, be sure and stop at the O.S.T Restaurant and enjoy your meal in the John Wayne room.  I seriously have done this! I won’t share about the Honky Tonks we visited during the family reunion. Yes, Bandera also has a quilt store, Gone Quiltin’.


Everything is bigger in Texas except for maybe our hills, so to have an area of the state know for the  hills, granite rocks and native brush tells you we are pretty proud. So if you visit, please no comments on the size of our hills. I could go on and on and tell you about the quaint downtown streets, the antique shopping, the mega outlet malls, the inter tube rides down the river but there is not enough time. You will just have to experience the charm for your self.

Any road trip is sure to include a few stops along the way at any and all quilt shops. So I will list just a few.
You won’t want to miss Creations in Kerrville, Texas.

Julie and Kathy
They won’t mind that I borrowed this pic from their website.

Kathy and Julie are precious and have owned this shop for over 34 years so you know they are doing things right.

Another must stop is the Quilt Haus- New Braunfels
Memories by the Yard- San Antonio, Texas
Honey Bee- Austin
Las Colchas – San Antonio
Uptown Blanco Textile Studio ( I haven’t actually been to this one but I will on my next roadtrip.)

There are as many quilts shops as their are longhorns so I also wanted to include a few links that are state wide quilting events. Be sure and check them out.
http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/texas-row-by-row-experience.htm
http://www.quiltacrosstexas.com/

The fun part of this project was we were all making the quilt step by step as the blocks were posted on the QAL. We didn’t have each others quilt blocks in advance. Since I am one of the last to post, I thought I could do a HILL block to represent the hill country but that was too predictable. I choose to do a Bed and Breakfast block. 

 This area has such great memories for me because many many years ago I was a young stay at home mom. I was making and peddling my wares at various arts and craft shows. This was way before e-bay, etsy and all the other wonderful ways to be able to sell handmade items that they have now.
The Country Peddler show was coming to Fredrickburg, Texas and this was the big time kind of show. I had no idea what I was in for.  My husband told me about a gal that he had met coaching the boys t-ball team. He said, “I think the two of you would really hit it off.” 
I invited her to come with me for the weekend and to help me out at this show. There wasn’t a single hotel room in town available so we found a charming little bed and breakfast to stay in. The house was on the back side of an existing home so finding it in the dark was an adventure all by itself. We were expecting two rooms as the Inn Keeper described on the phone. When we arrived there was one bedroom, one bath, a few steps along with a small door and a tiny keyhole. Once we opened door there was the most charming small bed inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Charming is all I can say about the decorations and attention to detail. We had a wonderful weekend and like my husband said, we did hit it off and have been best friends for over 25 years.
So when visiting the Texas Hill Country please visit the bed and breakfasts so you can truly experience all the hospitality and charm this area of Texas has to offer.

BED and BREAKFAST QUILT BLOCK

Small Alice in Wonderland house

Here is a link to download the instructions.

 If you have missed out on any of the blocks and want to also win some prizes here are the complete details.

The schedule for the QAL is as follows:
June 2 Dallas – Ashley at Urban Spools
June 5Tyler – Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts
June 12 Fort Worth – Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
June 16 Amarillo – Aoife at thREDhead
June 19Lubbock – Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish
June 23 El Paso – Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts
June 26Midland/Odessa – Donna at Donna’s Lavender Nest
June 30 Big Bend – Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts
July 7Houston – Teresa at Third Floor Quilts
July 10Beaumont – Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork
July 14Austin – Amanda at What the Bobbin
July 17 College Station – Hilary at Young Texan Mama
July 21 San Antonio – Ellyn at Ellyn’s Place
July 24 – Hill Country – Lissa at Moda Fabrics
July 28 Rio Grande Valley – Melissa at My Fabric Relish

Melissa and Cristina have arranged some fabulous sponsors:

Donna’s Lavender Nest
Fat Quarter Shop
Urban Spools
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Lily Rose Quilts
Moda


You can find more specific details about this QAL, such as fabric requirements, at My Fabric Relish and Pretty Little Quilts.
There will be a lot of fun information and prizes, so I hope that you
will be able to follow along even if aren’t able to make the quilt!

– See more at: http://www.pixelstopatchwork.com/2014/05/deep-in-heart-of-texas-roadtrip-quilt.html#sthash.p5ek0S3j.dpuf

The schedule for the QAL is as follows:
June 2 Dallas – Ashley at Urban Spools
June 5Tyler – Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts
June 12 Fort Worth – Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
June 16 Amarillo – Aoife at thREDhead
June 19Lubbock – Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish
June 23 El Paso – Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts
June 26Midland/Odessa – Donna at Donna’s Lavender Nest
June 30 Big Bend – Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts
July 7Houston – Teresa at Third Floor Quilts
July 10Beaumont – Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork
July 14Austin – Amanda at What the Bobbin
July 17 College Station – Hilary at Young Texan Mama
July 21 San Antonio – Ellyn at Ellyn’s Place
July 24 – Hill Country – Lissa at Moda Fabrics
July 28 Rio Grande Valley – Melissa at My Fabric Relish

Melissa and Cristina have arranged some fabulous sponsors:

Donna’s Lavender Nest
Fat Quarter Shop
Urban Spools
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Lily Rose Quilts
Moda


You can find more specific details about this QAL, such as fabric requirements, at My Fabric Relish and Pretty Little Quilts.
There will be a lot of fun information and prizes, so I hope that you
will be able to follow along even if aren’t able to make the quilt!

– See more at: http://www.pixelstopatchwork.com/2014/05/deep-in-heart-of-texas-roadtrip-quilt.html#sthash.p5ek0S3j.dpuf

 June 1 – Quadrant 1 pattern postDownload

June 2 – Dallas – Ashley at Urban Spools

June 5 – Tyler – Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts

June 12 – Fort Worth – Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

June 15 – Quadrant 2 pattern post – Download

June 16 – Amarillo – Aoife at thREDhead

June 19 – Lubbock – Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish

June 22 – Quadrant 3 pattern post – Download

June 23 – El Paso – Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts

June 26 – Midland/Odessa – Donna at Donna’s Lavender Nest

June 30 – Big Bend – Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts

July 6 – Quadrant 4 pattern post – Download

July 7 – Houston – Teresa at Third Floor Quilts

July 10 – Beaumont – Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork

July 14 – Austin – Amanda at What the Bobbin

July 17 – College Station – Hilary at Young Texan Mama

July 21 – San Antonio – Ellyn at Ellyn’s Place

July 24 – Hill Country – Lissa at ModaLissa

July 28 – Rio Grande Valley – Melissa at My Fabric Relish

August 17th- final Link up and givewaways from Fat Quarter Shop, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Urban Spools, Donna’s Lavender Nest, and Lily Rose Quilts,and last but not least Aurifil.

Texas Roadtrip QAL
 
Thank you to Melissa and Christina for organizing such a wonderful project. Thank you to Kay for being my best friend for all this time.

-modalissa

 What draws you to a quilt pattern? I have wanted to make a certain quilt from the Moda bake shop forever. Well to tell the truth I have several of the patterns printed and waiting in the wings to make but this one was calling my name.

I dove right in. The pattern is Sunday Potluck by KnottyGnome Crafts.  This quilt was faetured on the Moda Bake shop in September 2013. I loved how classic retro the fabrics were and it looked prefect for a Sunday picnic. I planned on making it using the American Jane collection, but I ended up using those fabrics for another project. So I had a Fig Tree and Co layer cake and wondered how different the quilt would look.
Same pattern, two completely different looks. what is your favorite way to change up patterns?

SIDE NOTE: This is a good reason to not try and take a picture on a windy day while your daughter is trying to hide behind the quilt top. My daughter will kill me if she sees this and probably never hold a quilt top for me again.

Enjoy,

Modalissa

charm pack cherry

sorry for blurry picture on a windy day

 I love love love this new fabric from Me and My Sister. I don’t know why I love it but I just do. Maybe because it was so different for them. Is it retro, is it modern? Some of the prints look like vintage sheets, some are graphic, but each of the prints are down right adorable. I knew I wanted to play with these fabrics but had to no idea what to make. So when the Charm Pack Cherry project came along, I took it as my challenge. I have a niece that is studying graphic design at Texas Tech University, so I thought this would be a prefect quilt for me to make for her. Their school colors and red and black. Of course having a deadline did not hurt either, so here are the details.

 Download your copy of the Charm Pack Cherry pattern, here.
All it takes is 2 print charm packs and 2 solids to make this fun project.

I decided to make my version as a picnic blanket or a throw that my niece can keep bundled up in the car. I used flannel instead of batting.Windy windy day!

 I did some straight line quilting with Aurifil wool thread. This thread works great on my machine. All I had to do was use a size a top-stitching needle. I love the simple added texture the thicker thread gives to this project.

How I thought of picnic I knew that I had to use big jumbo ric rac instead of binding.
Here is the video showing how quick and easy this project is to put together.

No matter how you lay out the charms the project turns out different each time. It is like one of those slice and dice type projects.That is what makes the project so interesting.
by the way, the fabric line is Weeds and it will be in stores in May.

enjoy,
-modalissa

Quilting, sewing blog hops about to start.

September
has always been my favorite month. 
 Our family is full of September birthdays and anniversaries.
 Every day is a party! 
 I can also celebrate National Sewing Month. 
So much fun. 
So much to see and learn.
 First of all, the crew at United Notions is celebrating with 
Measure Twice, Cut Once.
 You will want to join them for daily posts, giveaways and more.
National Sewing Month 2013
Then the much anticipated Moda designer blog hop, 
SIZE MATTERS takes place, Sept. 4-16. 

Visit as many of the designers share their wit, wisdom and creativity. 
YES of course there will be chances at giveaways.
 YES there will be patterns you will want to collect and make.
To read all about it, click here
 Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. 
Hope you get lots of rest to start the 
 month of 
September Sewing Celebrations.

Ombre Jelly Roll quilt

Have you fallen in love with Vanessa’s Simply Color fabric line?
I know I have.
Vanessa has ombre mini jelly rolls that include only her ombre fabrics.
The jelly rolls are a little misleading because at first glance they look like a nice
little set of spring colors. Once the jelly roll is opened, the colors burst as the
ombre colors flow creating a full pop of color. The quilt shown below
was made from 1 ombre jelly roll and a bella solid background.

ombre nine patch12_6

ombre nine patch12 
 Look how cool the binding and border is using a ombre fabric also.

 

ombre nine patch12_20


Now for the backing…
Just as colorful as the front.

ombre nine patch12_22 
Of course I had to use fat quarters from the Simply color  collections  for my quilt back.
Are you nervouse about just chopping up a bunch of fabrics to piece your backings?
Lynne Wilson has come up with patterns to help you through the process.
Each of the patterns will make a backing up to a certain size.
What a great way to use up your stash! OR use new fabrics like I did!! Ha ha!
I have a reversible quilt that is full of color!
The pattern line is BACK IT UP.

  

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 For the pattern to make the quilt top, click HERE.
I also made a version with grey solid as the background. These fabrics are so addictive
 that I couldn’t make just one!!

Berenstain Bears star quilt

Bear Country School
 Are you looking for something fun and quick to make?
All you need is
 1 charm pack, 
3/4 yd background fabric,
1/3 yd inner border,
 1 1/2 yds for border and binding
The entire pattern is listed below but the following pics are some 
step by steps so you can see how easy this ruler makes sewing “off” corners. 
Blocks like snowballs etc are perfect to use this technique
 and there is no marking involved.
Quilt measures 48″ x 48″
Folded Corner Clipper, Stock #502
Prairie Sky Quilting

 With fabrics right side together, place the ruler on the fabric and trim. 
(the EXTRA trimmed triangles can be sewn together and used for another project.)
see how the ruler lines up at the point and includes the seam allowance
sew 1/4″
this method can also be done on pieces that are already sewn together such as the two squares above.
add the bella solid square
trim
sew
I also sewed all my “extra” triangles together as shown in the background.
To download the pattern to make this quilt, click HERE.
charm pack star12_5
Welcome to Bear Country
by Berenstain Bears is in stores now.
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 This is a great pattern to make using any charm pack!!

Have fun.
-modalissa