Tag: Moda Designers

mini charm quilts

 

Today is Mini Charm Mania as the Moda All- Star designers share their projects from their newest collaboration with Martingale Publishing.

Visit each of the designers listed below for a chance to win your own e-book and possibly some other goodies along the way. I have included a few of the projects throughout this post but be sure and enter on each designers blog post. Read more

All in a Row Blog Hop

Moda All Stars All in a Row

It is 18 days into the new year and I thought we could all use a little help with our new years resolutions.

What does this have to do with a Blog Hop. you may ask.

Hop! Exercise! Get it?

Now I wouldn’t want any os us to over-do-it so for the next 11 days, HOP over to 2 different designers blogs to see how they are taking one of the rows from the All in a Row book and making it in their style of fabrics. Get up and do a little HOP before moving to the next blog post. Then start quilting along from Feb. 1st through March 15th. Now this is where the real exercise comes into play as you jump up and down when you become the winner of some great prizes! Okay, it is not the Publisher’s Clearinghouse or the Powerball, but who wouldn’t want to win books and patterns!! (prize details below)

Here is the schedule of the hop: Get ready Start Hopping!
January 19:  Corey Yoder  &  Janet Clare
January 20:  Me & My Sister  &  Barbara Brackman
January 21:  Pat Sloan  &  Edyta Sitar
January 22:  Camille Roskelley  &  Kathy Schmitz
January 23:  Sweetwater  &  Blackbird Designs
 January 24:  Anne Sutton Laurie Simpson
January 25:  Lisa Bongean  &  Joanna Figueroa
 January 26:  Betsy Chutchian  &  Jen Kingwell
January 27:  Kate Spain  &  Sandy Gervais
 January 28:  Kaari Meng  &  Kansas Troubles
Martingale & Moda have a super contest that will start as soon as this blog hop ends! Here’s a bit of info to peak your interest!
 It’s a Beauty of a Contest
#allinarowquiltalong
Moda-All-Stars
Contest entries will begin February 1 and runs for 6 weeks. Contest ends March 15
  Participants will need to do the following
1. Buy the ‘Moda All-Stars All In A Row’ book.
2. Make your favorite row(s)
One row = one entry
       Two rows = two entries, etc.
3. Join the Facebook group #AllInARowQuiltAlong
and post a picture with your quilt top of rows joined together.
Your Facebook name is the name that will be entered into the contest. (open only to US entrants)
 For every row in your entry – you get an entry in to the It’s a Beauty of a Book Contest. There will be 5 prizes – like the five finalists in a pageant—plus weekly random drawings for related “beauty” prizes. All will be drawn from entries from above.
Now for the PRIZES!!
All In A Row Quilt-Along Queen (first prize) – FQ pack every month for 9 months (April to December 2016) + two new release books of the month for 9 months (April to December 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book, but May book will be Moda All-Stars Scraps Made Simple for anyone winning that month’s prize!
All In A Row Beauty Book first runner up (second prize) F8 pack every month for 6 months (April to August 2016) + two new release books of the month for 6 months (April to August 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
All In A Row Beauty Book second runner up (third prize) Layer Cake every month for 4 months (April to July 2016) + one new release book of the month for 4 months (April to July 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
All In A Row Beauty Book third runner up (fourth prize) Layer Cake each month for 2 months (April and May 2016) + one new release book of the month for 2 months (April and May 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
All In A Row Beauty Book fourth runner up (fifth prize) one Layer Cake pack (April 2016) + one new release book of the month for April 2016 from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
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THERE WILL ALSO BE SOME OTHER PRIZES! –
Weekly Drawings from weeks 2-3-4-5:
  • Miss Congeniality: (wait for it) 2 Charm Packs and 1 Book
  • Talent Winner (hidden or otherwise): 2 books and 2 Mini-Charms
  • Stash Accumulation Award: 1 Mini Charm, 1 Charm Pack, 1 Layer Cake + 3 books
  • Social Media Butterfly Award: Carrie Nelson’s House Row See!! This is gonna be a lot of fun!

I am so thrilled to have been a part of this book for so many reasons. But just wanted to tell you how special these designers are. All of their proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. You can find more info about them here:   https://www.nokidhungry.org

Thank you to Jennifer Keltner, Karen Burns and all the creative people from Martingale to make all this happen.

I will be back on Thursday to share with you my little project from the book as well.

Are you ready for a quilt-along?

Is Quiltalong one word or two? I guess it depends on if you are using a hashtag or not, right?
Other than in the social media world, I believe quilt-along should be 2 words or at least hyphened, since you need more than one person to quilt along with you. 

So here is your invitation to join in on the 
first ever 
American Patchwork and Quilting’s
quilt-along.
“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 You will need the February issue on newstands, December 3rd.
Also you are going to need a little fabric and I know you
have some of that laying around!
No pressure, no big deadlines. We are going to work on
this through February 2014.
quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 Here is my quilt that I am so PROUD of.
 I love it!
This is one of my favorite quilts for many reasons.

1. It is scrappy!

2. It uses a bunch of different moda designers’ fabrics.

3. It was inspired by a new friend’s antique quilt.

4. It makes me happy just to look at it.

5. I am going to have a few friends, old and new making this quilt right along with me thanks to the team at American Patchwork and Quilting.

 (thank you Jennifer and Elizabeth)

6. I got out of my box and tried something new. 

Some of the crew that will also be doing the APQ quilt-along
 is the über-talented,
Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms.
The queen of shabby greatness
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill.
The gal that invented the energizer batteries,
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.
The quilt/wordsmith that is sure to entertain us all, 
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s.
Big or small, this one does it all, 
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.
The princess of fat quarters, 
Kimberly Jolly of the Jolly Jabber.
Any low volume/neutral project, should include 
Amy Ellis of  Amy’s Creative Side.
side note: Amy is a new designer with……Moda! Yes, you heard it here. 
more info coming soon.
How about quilting from down under with
Jane Davidson of Want it, Need it, Quilt?
(APQ is also available as a download so everyone can quilt-along)

There may even be a surprise as one of the
APQ editors quilts-along.

Join back on the November 25th as I share 
 about how I got out of my box and tried something new.

In the meantime use the hashtag 
#APQquiltalong to keep informed.
and 

7. I would be thrilled if you decided to quilt-long with us.

-modalissa

my latest fabric obsession

Inspiration comes from everywhere but I am super excited about a very simple little thing. 
Watch the Moda designer schoolhouse and 
look at the American Jane ABC project. 
She is so clever and used her ABC fabric
 to create a selvedge border for her quilt. 
I will start hoarding this fabric to 
be able to label my quilts. How fun would it be to spell your name and 
date the back of your quilt and sew it right into the backing?
Thought I would pass along the info in case you want to start hoarding also.

 

This fabric is from American Jane’s Potluck collection. 
Shown above is the red version, Stock # 21645-12.

side view of quilt

 Sandy spelled all her fabric collections along with
creating her own Giant Selvedge borders

Don’t make me wrestle any of you for this fabric.
-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.

Primitve Quilts and Projects

Did you see this new magazine?
Don’t you just love it when there is a new magazine to feed our
a d d i c t i o n s?

Primitive Quilts and Projects is the first EVER publication dedicated to the primitive quilter, rug hooker, stitcher and more!  It ships quarterly, beginning April 1.  All of the industry’s biggest designers are on board (3+ of MODA’s included), and it’s going to be beautiful!  Go check out my friends at http://www.primitivequiltsandprojects.com/!!   You can also visit their booth at Quilt Festivals in Cincinnatti, Long Beach and Houston this year!  Sign up for subscriptions now.

Look at this line up of Contributing Designers
Janet Nesbitt, Buggy Barn
Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow
Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings
Lori Brechlin, Not Forgotten Farm
Maggie Bonanomi
(not sure about a link for Maggie-Google her
name and all kinds of cool stuff comes up)
Renee Plains, Liberty Star
Tonya Robey, Mad Hen Primitives
Cherie Ralston, Kansas City Star Quilts
Gloria Parsons, Olde Green Cupboard

Help spread the word!
 
-modalissa

Are you following the pillow talk?

MODA- in style, fashionable
PILLOW- (throw pillow) small pillow for decoration: a small decorative pillow placed on a couch or an armchair.
TALK-to reveal information, especially when being pressured to do so

Welcome to the Moda Pillow Talk Blog Hop!

Each of the designers were challenged (by me) to make a pillow that describes them. It could be their design process, their history of textiles or just as simple as something that makes them happy. The definition above for talk seemed fitting since I did pressure them to talk about themselves and stand up in front of people. The pressure has continued because now I have asked them some intriguing questions. They will be revealing some answers during their “Pillow Talk”. I promise nothing to risque. Oops, I can’t promise anything with this bunch of gals except that you will WANT to follow along.
Just one of the questions the moda designers will be answering during the blog hop…..

Do you sew in bed? Read? Watch TV? Eat?

Aneela Hoey started the hop from all the way over in the UK on Feb. 1st.
 (her giveaway is closed but still worth the visit)
Feb 2. The charming ladies from Blackbird Designs.
Feb 3 Jan Patek is sure to entertain.
Feb 4th Hop on over to Anne Sutton and visit Bunny Hill Designs.
Feb 5th Cotton Way will be featuring some of her wonderful projects as well as nightime fashion.

Feb 6th Joanna from Fig Tree has it all buttoned up.
Feb 7th Kansas Troubles will amaze us all with her warmth and hospitality.
Feb 8th Find out what Kate Spain has to share. Any pillow talk secrets?
Feb 9th Kathy Schmitz has something wonderful stitched for you.

Feb 10th Camille Roskelley wants some pillow time (sleep) after having a new baby in the household.
Feb 11th Me and My Sister will energize you with the creativity oozing out of every orifice of their body.
Feb 12th Hear what these two retired librarians (Minick and Simpson) have to show and tell.
Feb 13th Liesl from Oliver+s is our own little superstar. Academy Awards may have to be cancelled because eveyone will be reading Liesl’s blog instead.
Feb 14th Sandy Gervais, the queen of hearts, is featured today. Sandy is doing a painting a day to celebrate the blog hop. See the end of this post for a few surprises.
Feb 15th Lauren and Jessi Jung , just one of our mother and daughter teams.
Feb 16th Sweetwater is so-o-o-o inspiring.
Feb 17th Visit this noted historian who probably can tell you when pillows were invented.
Feb 18th Deb Strain has just joined the blog world. Stop by to see her creations.
Feb 19th Join American Jane back here to talk about her design inspiration.
Feb 20th Primitive Gatherings is joining in on the fun as our newest moda designer.

LATE BREAKING NEWS

SURPRISE #1 Feb21st- We have an angel joining us. Edyta Sitar has joined the blog world just in time to finish up the Blog Hop. CHECK OUT HER BLOG, Click here.
Picture from American Patchwork and Quilting’s Special Interest Publication, 101 Top Tips
(on sale now)
SURPRISE #2 Feb 22nd- AND ONE LAST STOP- Back here.
I will have a trivia game  right here with some pillow talk questions. Whoever answers correctly to the questions will be entered in a drawing for a PRIZE from me! I am actually hoping Sandy Gervais paints me a picture. Do you think if we kept adding to the pillow post that Sandy would keep painting her adorable pictures?

(not all moda designers were able to participate at this time!)

The Creative Connection

Moda Fabrics is one of the sponsors of The Creative Connection happening next week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 3 of the moda designers will be there teaching classes. Camille Roskelley from Thimbleblossoms will be teaching A Retro Kitchen. Do you think she would mind if I call her Baby Mama during her class? Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree & Co will be teaching Sugar Pumpkin or Owl Scarflette. Wait there is more….. Karri Meng from French General will be teaching a jewelry class. I have the very daunting task of going to this event. Some one had to do it so I do not mind taking one for the team. I am just that kind of gal. Wait until you see how great the goody bags are. Kuddos to the entire team for putting on such a great event for women.
To see the complete list of teachers that will be there, click here. All the greatness from so many different industries will be the coolest thing ever. Names like Amy Butler, Jo Packham, MaryJane Butters, Nancy Soriano and of course the pioneer woman herself, Ree Drummond.

If you can get there, please do.
If you are coming, I hope to meet you.
I will be earning my keep by helping in any way I can. I told them to put me to work taking tickets or something.
Look for me.
You will easily recognize me because I will be the one 
grinning from ear to ear.

How can you “bling” a sewing tin?

 Who  has seen Eat, Pray, Love? I have not seen the movie but I have read the book. It is not in my life’s plan right now to run off and find myself. But what is in my life’s plan is to  EAT, SLEEP, SEW. (Not in that particular order!) I had to make this sewing tin that Laurie Simpson had made and posted the
instruction’s HERE. It did make me start thinking about what if?  What if the next big Hollywood blockbuster was EAT, SLEEP, SEW? Who would play the Julie Roberts role?  Heidi Klum could star. She certainly could fit it in after Project Runway. Maybe one of the REAL housewives from New Jersey? A reality show of quilters? How about a bunch of quilters in the same room with only 1 spool of thread? They could have cat fights over jelly rolls? I am so sorry, I must have dozed off into some crazed dream. Market is coming is my only excuse. Back on topic!

 I just love love love this tin. What quilter, sewer, crafter wouldn’t? Using Laurie’s instructions I made my own version in 15 minutes. I then gathered all my hexagon’s and supplies and proudly put them in my new organizational tin. I also added a magnetic strip to the inside which will come in handy. How would you “Bling” a sewing tin? What would you add? What notion can you not live without?
You may remember my blog post about hexagons. I blogged about them HERE. I was sewing them together by machine because I thought I would be bored doing so much handwork. I quickly had all my hex’s sewn together and had to make more. Then,  I got stumped when it came time to turn the corner and actually  had to create the horizontal and vertical rows. The rows would not meet until…..
PICTURE ABOVE: Machine embroidery the hexagons into rows
HALF HEX’S
This is how to make a half hexagon. Sew 2 fabrics together. Press open the seams and trim away excess bulk in the seam allowances. Lay the paper hexagon making sure to line up the seam with the point of the hexagon.
Baste the fabric in place and magically you have a half hexagon

I show you this for a couple of reasons.
I am getting closer to finishing my borders. I just have to make about 300 half hexs.
I am so inspired by all the hexagon bloggers out there that I am dying to start another colorway.
Jaybird is doing it.
I am dying to make some of these from Sew Mama Sew.
You could make a charm hexagon quilt where no two fabrics are the same. Read about it HERE.
I use English Paper Pieces for my hexagons. They have all kinds of info on their website.
Paper Pieces are available at all the quilt stores. Remember when buying the size you want to measure 1 side of the hexagon to determine the size. They range in size from 1/4″ papers to 3″ papers.
You can cut a moda charm pack into 4ths and have tons of fabric ready to baste in place.
I am obsessed by all the possibilities of such a simple shape. I would like to give Laurie credit because now I have a new tin to fill full of hexagons.  Maybe I will rent Eat, Pray & Love when it comes out on DVD, invite Laurie over and sit and make hexagons!
 Let me know if you are hexagon-ing?