Category: Books

Guess What?

I am so very excited to announce my new book coming February 2021, Scrap School. 9 designers have joined me by sharing one of their scrap quilts along with tips on color, fabric placement and more. Each quilt also has a color option  to inspire how you can use your scraps or fabric collections to personalize the quilts for your style.

Scrap School

Lisa Bongean, Gudrun Erla, Susan Ache, Amanda Jean Nyberg, Amy Smart, Sherri McConnell, Sarah Huechteman, Kim Diehl and Connie & Mary of Country Threads have joined me as “PROFESSORS” at Scrap School.

I have included link to the professors instagram accounts above, so be sure and follow each of them for more information as we get closer to the book launch. The book is available for preorder from your favorite quilt store or book dealer now, so treat yourself.

Color Bars

I love putting together color bars to play with color and pattern before starting a quilt. Join me as I share more of this process.

February seems like a very long time from now, so to wet your appetite for scrap books, I am going to have a few giveaways and events throughout the rest of the year. I am starting off with a copy of Sisterhood of Scraps.

  

To win a copy of Sisterhood of Scraps and some other goodies thrown in, please leave a comment and tell me your 2 favorite colors to use in a quilt. I am also giving away a Sisterhood of Scraps on my instagram so you have 2 chances to win.

Enjoy and thank you so much for following along,

-Modalissa

 

Cakewalk by the Moda All Stars

Sherri McConnell’s quilt shown on the cover. All photography supplied by Martingale Publishing.

I am so excited to share the newest Moda All Star’s quilt book, Cakewalk, Stock # B1553

You probably know that Moda’s layer cakes are my favorite cut of fabric. If you don’t know about layer cakes, they are 10″ squares of an entire collection totaling 42 squares. Layer cakes are so versatile and can be sewn together as is for a quick easy project or cut into all different sizes.

Designer royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Feed The Children. 

Kathy Schmitz

Be sure and follow Kathy Schmitz. She will be teaching Scissor Happy in an upcoming Martingale University video class. For more information on the class information, click here.

Betsy Chutchian
Lisa Bongean

Vintage or New? The quilting is outstanding and makes this new quilt have the look of a vintage piece. I may have forgotten to mention that you may need a hunk of additional fabric to go with your layer cake if you want to make this quilt.

Zen Chic
Me and My Sister
Kansas Troubles

Wouldn’t this one be dreamy to complete for Christmas?

Sandy Klop of American Jane
Laurie Simpson

I love Orange and American Jane so this quilt will probably be the first on my to do list.

Linzee Kull McCray & Pam Ehrhardt
Deb Strain
Corey Yoder
Brenda Riddle

No matter if you already have a stack of precut Layer Cakes in your stash or if you need a good reason to head to your local quilt shop to replenish your supply, rest assured the patterns in this book offer layers of fun! Thank you to the uber talented Moda designers for sharing their creativity and given to a very worth while charity during these crazy times.

Enjoy,

-modalissa

 

Zigzag Quilt- Sisterhood of Scraps

Orange Zigzag

It is finally finished. I had made the goal to share this before the first pumpkins were out and I think I made it.

  

When I asked some of my friends to join me in the Sisterhood of Scraps project, I was very honored that Barbara Brackman said YES. She shared her Orange Zig Zag antique quilt that had been on my bucket list to make. There was no time like the present to reproduce her version.

I am in love and I can cross something off my bucket list.

I am ready for the pumpkins.

Aren’t all the shirtings so yummy?

Shirtings are generally a reproduction fabric but I am seeing more and more new styles of shirtings with the popularity of low volume styles growing in popularity.

This is what I can do all day every day!

Play with Fabric

These are just a few of my lights for this quilt. I really tried to get some bold stripes, tickings and other vintage inspired pieces. I added some dots since I think 100% of the quilts I make have dots in them.

Fig Tree and Co. has the yummiest collection of fabric, All Hallow’s Eve and I was hoarding the Orange, stock #20354-11 from this collection. This fabric was the perfect piece to use for this quilt.

photo courtesy of Martingale Publishing

Barbara made a mini version of her antique quilt. Such fun!

photo courtesy of Martingale Publishing

Always support your independent book retailers by shopping there or asking them to order this book for you.

Book is also available from Martingale Publishing

Next up to reproduce from Sisterhood of Scraps is Sheryl Johnson’s quilt, Halfsquare Hashtags.

Side note: If you are a fan of Barbara like I am then you will want to be on the lookout for

Encyclopedia of Pieced Patterns and BLOCKBASE, both from Electric Quilt. 

These are available late 2020 and would be terrific Christmas gift to yourself!

Here is a  page example from the book courtesy of Electric Quilt. I own her original book and can’t wait to get my hands on this one. This book is great for designing, as a resource and historical information.

 

Thank you for following along,

-modalissa

Orange Zig Zag by Barbara Brackman

If you have been following along on my Sisterhood of Scraps stories, then you probably know about my love of the color Orange.

One of the Orange quilts that have been on my “MUST MAKE Pinterest Board” is this antique quilt from Barbara Brackman’s quilt collection. I was so excited when she let me include it in the Sisterhood series of books. Then comes along All Hallow’s Eve by Fig Tree and Co, and I became obsessed with the orange’s in this collection, the color is officially named pumpkin. Not too bright or not too orange….just right.
I knew I had found the perfect fabric to remake Barbara’s quilt. Stock # 20354-11 just in case you want to rush to the store to get some.

Photo courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Sisterhood of Scraps, Stock # B1501, Orange Zig Zag

Instead of using the entire collection of All Hallow’s Eve for my quilt, I decided to pull from my scraps.

This is just a sampling of some of the fabrics I pulled, and I added a few brand new ones that are coming soon.

Can you spy any fabrics you have not seen yet?

I  had to use some of the Lollies from Jen Kingwell’s collection. Lollies are an 8 in 1 fabric, and each fabric

measures approx. 5″ wide by the length of the goods. This print was from her Remix collection. When you see stuff like this, you just have to grab it.

Who knows when you are going to need it. I am glad I had it in my stash.

My version of Barbara’s quilt that is in the book was made with the majority of the fabrics

on the darker side from my collection of Lollies.

Picture Compliments of Martingale Publishing, Sisterhood of Scraps, book #B1501, Pot of Gold

So many fabric choices, and since they were all Lollies, I knew they would all match beautifully.

I can’t wait to get started on my orange version.

What is your favorite color?

Stay Tuned.

-Modalissa

 

 

Quilt Scrappy

Machine quilting is MAGIC, right?

What really is the hardest decision in the quilt making process is how to quilt it. Finding a quilter that can work their magic takes some time. Several of the quilts in Sisterhood of Scraps were quilted by Maggi Honeyman, so I asked her to do a post about how she goes through the process of quilting scrappy quilts.

 

When Lissa asked me to write a post about quilting scrappy quilts, I knew it was a subject that is right up my alley.  My quilt-making journey has been about scrappy quilts from the beginning.   The more fabrics that are included in one quilt top, the better!  So, when it comes to quilting them, I feel at home.  Over the 19+ years that I have been quilting on a long-arm quilting machine for other individuals, there has been a big transformation in how we approach quilting scrappy quilts.   When I started, doing an all-over repeated pattern on most quilts just wasn’t the preferred option.  This has changed recently, particularly on scrappy quilts.

 

I am a very traditional piecer and my quilting style definitely tends towards traditional patterns, whether on scrappy or more fabric specific quilts.  I always try and let the quilt suggest to me what it needs in the way of quilting when the piecer is unsure of how they want their quilt finished.  The types of fabrics or the block design are a couple of ways a quilt can talk to you.  Sometimes it takes getting the quilt loaded on the machine; and other times, the quilt speaks for itself.  Feathers and crosshatching are always great go-to-patterns for custom quilting.  For the more modern quilts, it has been a bigger stretch for me artistically.  When deciding on ideas for quilting, I will use a piece of Press-n-Seal to carefully draw on top of the quilt, which helps me visualize how my idea will actually look on the quilt.  There is also a multitude of long-arm machine quilters who have written fantastic books with design ideas, as well as internet resources, that have lots of ideas for custom quilting on all types of quilts.  These books and the internet have changed the machine quilting world immensely.

Christmas All Year- quilted by Maggi Honeyman

Having said this about custom quilting, all-over/edge to edge designs have become much more acceptable, just as machine quilting is more acceptable than it was 20 years ago.  When looking at scrappy quilts, I feel that the fabrics and the actual piecing pattern make the biggest or most important statement for a quilt.  On these quilts with so much interest in the fabrics and design, the quilting simply needs to add texture and dimension. I will pick an all-over design for scrappy quilts as often as choosing to quilt it custom.

Friendship Starter- Sisterhood of Scraps

As with scrappy quilts, I have always loved pieced backs.   My philosophy is to use what I have and that includes pieced backs. But what I really mean is if I don’t use what I have, then I can hardly justify buying more!!  So, when customers bring pieced backs, I am quite ok with that.  However, when there are lots of pieces used for the back, it is very easy for the back not to be “square”.  Careful measuring and piecing is just as important for the back as it is for the front so that you have a nice flat back.  While quilting the top, I can see when a bit of adjustment is needed and I can attend to it.  When the back has some less than square properties, it is much more difficult to see and correct while quilting.  Many of my quilts have pieced backs, as it adds another artistic element, and making quilts is very much an artistic outlet for most quilters.  When I piece my backs, if I am not using some of my leftover blocks for part of the back, I use a ½” seam allowance with a slightly shorter stitch length and then press the seams open.

The scrappy back of Friendship Starter

As far as pressing seams prior to quilting, when a piecer chooses to press the seams open, they should know that any stitch-in-the-ditch quilting is more difficult.  Also, stitching in an open seam runs the risk of cutting the piecing threads with the needle while doing the quilting.  If the seam is pressed to one side, it gives you the ditch to stitch in, which provides the stability and structure that stitch-in-the-ditch is intended to give.   Having said that, open seam allowances allow for much flatter intersections to quilt through and over.  Thicker seam allowances always benefit from very good steam/heavy pressing to ensure they are the flattest they can be.

I hope these thoughts have given you some insight into my quilting process for scrappy quilts.  Everybody has their own process, but in the end, we are all makers in one big sisterhood of quilters.  This is first, a way to relax, express ourselves, belong to a group, and have fun.  There are no hard and fast rules and there is no perfection.  Make it yours and know I truly love quilting with you!

Thanks so very much for quilting with me,

Maggi

 

Thank you Maggi for always making my quilts SING! and sharing such great tips.You can find Maggi on Facebook.

 

and Instagram @sewmaggi

 

Join me back here tomorrow as I share what Maggi has been working on lately.

 ** Sisterhood of Scraps is available NOW from your favorite book retailer.

Blue and White book

Give away closed. Winners have been notified.

Frances Reed and Kathy Stokes

It is never too late to share these beautiful quilts in the latest book series from Martingale Publishing, Blue and White.

The book’s release date was perfectly timed with Pantone’s color of the year release.

Don’t know how that happened, great minds or coincidence, probably both.

Country Surprise by Nancy Mahoney.

Nancy is a very prolific designer. She is a Bernina ambassador, has done several books on paper piecing, is published in magazines, teaches online and on cruises.

This one is mine!

The subheading of the book is 13 remarkable quilts with Timeless Appeal, so I planned on making a classic orange peel design. To be quite honest I was not happy with how my points on the applique lined up, so I decided to add some sashing. I loved how it turned out. What could have been a big mess-up actually made me do some creative thinking and design a completely different quilt?

Baskets in Blue from the collection of Julie Hendrickson of JJ Stitches.  Julie has a  shop in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and is a quilt historian and collector. She has shared one of her antique baskets quilts in the Blue and White book.

Cornered by Jill Shaulis of Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.  Jill’s shop is in Pearl City, Illinois. Jill certainly creates timeless projects in everything she touches.

I love everything that Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms creates and

this is another quilt that is added to

my never-ending MUST MAKE list.

Antique Hunter’s Star from the collection of Jennifer Keltner.

Doesn’t this hunter’s star just sparkle against the snow?

Tree of Life by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robinson of Red Crinoline Quilts.

Bliss by Debbie Roberts

Sapphire Star by Lisa Bongean

Talk about timeless. This design is incredible and the quilting is over the top!

Timeless by Sherri McConnell

Singing the Blues by Helen Stubbings

Antique Album from the collection of Jenifer Keltner.

Midnight Sky by Laurie Simpson

I have 2 books that are looking for a good home!

Are you needing a new project to start then you may be the perfect home?

Leave a comment and let me know which quilt you

would make first and I will pick a winner at random.

I will announce the winner on my April 8th blockhead post.

If you know you will love this book, now is the best time to buy one from your favorite independent bookseller.

Let’s all keep our favorite shops in business.

 

-modalissa

 

Farmhouse Fresh book tour and giveaway

I am obsessed about everything Farmhouse. ( thank you Joanna Gaines)

Love the fresh look.

Love the timeless style.

Love the classic simplicity.

I have hunted for vintage grain sacks/ toweling and paid big bucks for it. When Moda started making toweling many years ago it became a basic but people still asked what do I do with it? Moda’s toweling is available by the yard, hemmed on 2 sides and assorted designs
and fabric weights.

In steps Jenelle Kent, taking toweling to a whole new level as shown in her new book, Farmhouse Fresh.

Adding appliqué is just one way to bling your toweling.


There is nothing more classic than making pillows from the toweling. The variety of fabric weights make substantial pillows. Adding buttons, ties and even embroidered panels take the projects to the next level.

The toweling is generally 100% cotton so it is great to combine with your fabric quilting fabrics.
I love this blue stripe and the tech organizer.

I desperately need to make a sewing machine cover and this one is calling my name!

Are you intrigued? There are more projects but I wanted to share that due to the popularity of toweling, Jenelle has designed a few fabric towelings that are 60″ wide. Duvet covers, quilt backs, home dec and so much more, but more on that later.

Farmhouse Fresh has 11 different projects and includes the embroidery stitches for everything. Any of these would make perfect birthday or hostess gifts for that special person on your list.

I have a book compliments of Martingale Publishing and I am going to
add a 3 yd chunk of toweling to sweeten the deal.

Leave a comment and tell me which project is your favorite.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Be sure and follow all of my friends that are on the book tour for more info

and to see the projects they have made.
@piecestotreasure
@modafabrics
@helen_stubbings
@karenatsomerset
@gailpandesigns
@robinpickens
@janeteclare
@quiltedmoose
@corianderquilts
@debbie_maddy
@martingaletpp

#farmhousefreshbooktour
#martingaletpp
#piecestotreasure
#modatoweling

Come back on Wednesday the 26th as I share my block pattern for the Moda Blockheads 3.

See you then.

-modalissa

Sisterhood of Scraps

Today is my mom’s birthday or as we all called her, Gammy, you know like the Grammy’s. We all won the biggest award by having her in our lives. She was so creative and taught us all to work with our hands. In honor of my mom’s birthday, January 6th is the best day to announce the debut of Sisterhood of Scraps.

Sisterhood of Scraps is a follow-up book to Oh Scrap, but this one is bigger and better because some of my friends have come along for the journey.  Laurie Simpson, Susan Ache, Barbara Brackman, Sandy Klop, Kim Brackett and Sheryl Johnson all helped make this book happen.  Each of these talented women said YES when I asked them if they wanted to take on the challenge.

They weren’t scared!!
I paired with each person to make a quilt incorporating a certain shape. I would do the same shape but neither of us knew anything else. No other rules or limitations and I hope these quilts inspire you to join the Sisterhood of Scraps.

First up is Laurie Simpson of Minick & SImpson.  Laurie has a very classic and timeless style and this quilt did not disappoint. The challenge for Laurie was 4 patches and 9 patches. Remember that was the only rule.  There are so many secondary patterns in this quilt that I can look at it over and over and see different patterns created by the lights and darks throughout. The stacked brick border sends your eye back into the quilt. The quilting pattern is what I call a baptist fan. The curved shape of the quilting compliments the linear piecing.

This is my version of 4 patches and 9 patches.  I don’t know how most people go about making a scrap quilt but most of the time I just start sewing shapes. It is my therapy, mindless sewing at the end of the day while binge-watching my favorite show.

This quilt is bits and pieces from a couple of other quilts I have made. I call it Friendship Starter because it reminded me of the Amish Friendship bread recipe. Friendship bread you create the starter,  keep adding to it and wait patiently until it is time to make bread all the while the starter is shared with others to cultivate their recipe.

SIDE NOTE: I did pass along all the little four patch starters.

Susan Ache of @yardgrl60 Has created just the perfect pop of color using a red background for her LeMoyne stars surrounded by Log Cabins. The quilt is brand new but has that wonderful soft vintage feel as if it had been around for decades. A red binding finished it off beautifully.

Log Cabin was our shape in common. I made a log cabin on point with different centers, half dark and half light to create a woven pattern. If you have followed me you know I love using a combination of different Moda fabric designers’ fabrics. It just makes me happy and I think of each of them as I touch each piece. I love the quilting on this quilt. A floral design was quilted on the light section and simple straight lines in the dark. This also helps create an optical illusion on how the blocks were even pieced. All I need now is an actual log cabin house to go with the quilt. This is a great scrap buster for sure!!

I will give you a minute or two to catch your breath from this quilt.

Ok, got it?

Do you need to scroll up to see the picture again?

This quilt is even more spectacular in person.

Sandy Klop of American Jane is the creator of this quilt. Forever Friends is Sandy’s quilt. I look at this quilt and think about how each fabric tells a story and what was Sandy thinking about as she worked on this. The shape that Sandy and I both went with was a 1 patch square.

When I made my quilt and knew that my sister on the project was Sandy I knew I had to use reds and that my quilt had to be bright and vibrant just like Sandy’s personality and friendship is to me.
One main difference is her squares are uber small and mine and big and funky.

My quilt is named Ketchup and Mustard and is perfect for a picnic quilt.

( thank you Tammy Vonderschmitt for the quilt name.)

It is hard to have just one favorite quilt from the book,
just like it would be hard to have a favorite child but this quilt Half Square Hashtags from Sheryl Johnson will be the first one I reproduce.
I have always been a fan of Sheryl and her shop Temecula Quilts but had not met her in person until we started working on this book. The challenge I gave Sheryl was make something with half-square triangles, yes that was all I said and she created this beauty.

Part friendship quilt and part signatures from people that have influenced my life is the inspiration for my sister quilt to Sheryl’s, INFLUENCERS. I was able to get signatures some of my teachers, designers, friends, family even the president of Quilts, inc and Moda fabrics. I got signatures from new friends at quilting events and hope to travel some with this quilt, so if I see you I will most likely pull out a pen and ask you for your signature. Thanks for your influence.

Kim Brackett hit it out of the part with her DIVERGENCE quilt. So much pattern,

color and movement throughout the quilt without a single set in-seam.

My kind of quilt looks hard but it is easy.

The quilt just makes me happy!

Remember we did not see each other’s quilts until far along in the process. Trapezoid shapes. Geez, what did I do to myself?

You can never have to many holiday quilt so I went with classic Christmas colors, but wanted to create a spinning effect by making the backgrounds between the stars half darks and half lights. Then I thought it would be a super cool bed quilt with

the star set on point so filled it with background fabrics to float.

Barbara Brackman, the queen of quilting has graciously included one of her antique quilts in this book.  Barbara and I did sisterhood quilts a little different. She sent me pictures of several antique quilts and I knew the Orange one was it.  To tell you what a small world it is, I had saved a picture of this quilt and it was on my “to make in sometime life” list of quilts and had no idea

it was Barbara’s quilt.

Barbara reproduced her own quilt as a mini and yes the pattern is also in the book.

This quilt was probably the hardest to decide upon. Since I had seen Barbara’s quilt and it was on my must-make list, how could I think of anything else but the wonderfully faded orange and the black and white stripes and tickings? Seriously how can you mess with perfection? So I started with the graphic black and whites but went with dots instead of stripes, added tickings and vintage-inspired lights. Okay, half the fabric was decided upon. The other half of the quilt is Jen Kingwell’s Lollies fabrics. These fabrics are 8 fabrics in one so it was a breeze to get a scrappy look with a limited amount of fabrics. While not messing with the greatness of Barbara’s quilt, I think my Pot of Gold quilt gives lots of options when looking at color and fabric differently. I will still be making the Orange version. ( thanks to Sarah Huecthmann for piecing the top for me)

I am going to have some guest posts from some of the contributors over the next 2 weeks, and there will be prizes!!   Books are in stores now.  #sisterhoodofscraps

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAMMY

I get my laugh, my humor,

my snark, my patience

and so much more from my mom.

I know she would love all the quilts and brag to everyone she met.

Happy Birthday Mom and thanks for nurturing and encouraging all things creative in me.

 

Enjoy,

 

Lissa

The New Hexagon 2

One of the greatest things about my job is that I get the pleasure of meeting all kinds of talented people. I work with designers, writers, creators, publishers, and shop owners from all over the world. Impressive, right?

Very few people are able to successfully wear all of those hats at one time. In walks Katja Marek of Katja’s Quilt Shoppe. Ltd located in Kamloops, BC, Canada and blows my socks off with her 5th book from Martingale Publishing.

Katja invited me to take part in her Instagram book tour and Thursday, Nov. 14th is my day. I am writing about it here but you have got to visit @modalissa to be able to enter to win a copy of the book.  You can see my block on my IG feed also.

Visit @Katja_marek  each day to find out a little more about the book and the blocks and then follow each of the following people on their scheduled day for more chances to win!!

 @karenburns1

@martingaletpp

@paperpiecesepp

@modalissa That’s me!

@kim_brackett

@robinpickens

@alisonglass

@la_casetta_nel_bosco

@allie.and.me.design

@quilterpatsloan

@lynetteandersondesigns

@gailpandesigns

@sewmorequiltsmom

@poppyprint

@stitchpublications

@stashlabquilts

@meghawkey1

Thanks for stopping by and see you on IG tomorrow.

-Modalissa

Mix it Up blog hop and Giveaways

Today starts the Moda All Star’s Mix it up blog hop. The listing of great quilts from talented designers will sure to inspire you. Each designer was given their choice of Cake Mix papers or Cupcake papers to design with. They could use any combination of papers and fabrics.

There are many chances to win and lots of places to hop to, including blogs, facebook pages, and even Instagram.
Follow the links below for each day.

Monday- 11.4:
Susan Ache
Betsy Chutchian
Martingale

Tuesday – 11.5:
Zen Chic-Brigitte
Laurie Simpson – @minickandsimpson /
Moda – or  here

Wednesday – 11.6:
Kansas Troubles-Lynne
Brenda Riddle – @brengr
Corey Yoder – @corianderquilts

Thursday – 11.7:
Bunny Hill-Anne
Lisa Bongean

Me & My Sister
Sherri McConnell

Friday – 11.8:
Janet Clare
Pretty by Hand-Kristyne Czepuryk – @prettybyhand
Sweetwater – @sweetwaterfabrics
American Jane-Sandy

If you have never used a Cake Mix paper, take a look at this how to video.

I will be giving away 4 copies of the MIX IT UP book.

Please leave a comment and let me know what is your favorite cake or cupcake and

I will announce the winners Friday morning.