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APQ quiltalong progress

Tone it down main quilt photo 
I am always so honored to share my passion for quilting with others. So of course I am super pumped when one of my projects gets published in a national magazine. BUT what really has taken the whole experience way over the top  is the #APQquiltalong from the Feb 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. There were several people that had agreed to go on this quilt along ride and were featured in the magazine. I  knew each of them would do something really different. 
I wanted to share some of the #AQPquiltalong projects. I just love how they are all coming along. Each is so different and is also a great lesson in color and value placement. 


Jennifer Keltner’s quilt
is going to be so rich with a Japanese feel. Jennifer is the Senior
Editor of American Patchwork and Quilting and has got to be one of the
busiest women in the industry.  I am honored that she has carved out the
time to be a part of this.
APQquiltalong progress by Anne at @Anne Sutton
And then we have Anne from Bunny Hill. 
Anne has a uncanny knack for putting the chic in shabby chic with
everything she touches. She is adding alternate blocks of applique to
her quilt.
See what I mean by how different each of the quilts are coming along.

Kimberly Jolly's APQ's Tone it Down Quilt Along - Featuring Wishes by Sweetwater
Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop made her version using 
Wishes from Sweetwater. 
Of course her quilt is completely done. You can certainly see why she is so successful by jumping in 
and getting her projects complete. 
Another classic!
Now for some sashing #APQquiltalong 
How cool and different is Quilt Jane’s version? The pattern
 is the exact same as the other quilts but the value placement has given this quilt a completely different design. 
Just imagine all the variations of traditional 
quilt blocks we could do if we just looked at everything
 in black and white, then started coloring in the shapes. 
Jane, you are so inspiring.
A Quilting Life's version of the #APQquiltalong 
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life. 
I am sure you all read Sherri’s blog. She is a true classic in every step of the word. So Sherri choose fabric from a classic designer, Sandy Klop of American Jane. This quilt was a good reason for Sherri to pull out her American Jane collection of fabrics and dive in.
 I would like to point out that this is also a good reason why we like to hoard our favorite designers fabric collection. And yes it is okay to have more than one favorite designer, hoard their collections, and have a fabulous stash. Stash is not a bad word.
#apqquiltalong - AmysCreativeSide.comAmy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side
I knew Amy would give us all an interesting take on scale and design. 
 Amy’s combination of fabrics adds such movement throughout.
#APQquiltalong block from @Lisa Bongean 
I knew Lisa would give us all the complete opposite look of my quilt. 
She put darks where the lights were, lights where the darks were supposed to be.
She gives the quilt her magic primitive touch. A good lesson in just 
because the pattern says
 “dark fabrics” 
doesn’t mean you have to use dark.
APQ Tone it Down Quilt Along by Camille - Are you joining in? 
Camille Roskelley
Again another example of greatness in everything she touches. 
Camille played with her value by use of lights, mediums and darks. 
My quilt was truly lights or darks, no mediums. 
By adding the mediums, Camille’s version incorporates a softer, vintage feel.

And my apologies to Carrie Nelson. I left her greatness off of my original post. 

I can’t really say enough about Carrie. Her version is a timeless classic. Read all about her thought process as she created this quilt.
Thanks again to all these talented ladies for being a part of this quiltalong.

Let me know if you are quiltingalong. 
I have made a board on pinterest
and I would love to add your version to the board.


Pinteresting Party

 My oh my… what fun we are going to have.

Pinterest is a major addiction as many of you know. But have you had a pinterest party? 

Well tonight, as a result of Lisa Calle’s brilliance, we are having a pinterest party at Urban Spools in Dallas.
 Join us if you are in the area, but if not join us online. 
There is  a board on the Moda Fabrics pinterest acct titled verymerrymodachristmas, pin for your favs or add your favorite moda fabrics, dreamy projects, nifty notions, holiday decorations and yummy foods. Use the hastag verymerrymodachristmas as you pin or Instagram. 
We will find you and give away prizes every 15 minutes. 
Some of the United Notions suppliers have sent us goodies to share such as Auriful thread
  Wrights/Simplicity,  along with  Fons and Porter 
sent some goodies everyone will want in their stockings.

 Indygo Junction sent some of their patterns that perfect to sew up over the Holidays.

Accuquilt sent the cutest dies to use with Moda’s  2 1/2″ mini charms.
Yes, Santa I do have to have one of these for myself!
GO! Triangles in Square-2" Finished Square (55410)

We have some fantastic wool kits,
 patterns and books from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. Lisa out did herself as always and sent a lot of goodies so we are going to need giveaway lots! If you didn’t get a chance 
to read her blog post about Joy, please do so here.
 Pineapple Grove
 a prize package from Fig Tree Quilts.

I am obsessed about the 
Beatle Bag from Abbey Lane Quilts, 
so they sent us some goodies. 

Of course there will be some moda goody bags.
I can’t wait to meet some of my online friends in real life.
 If you can’t be there please join us online.
Seriously, you better pin, becasue there are ALOT of prizes so your chance to
 win is better DARN GOOD
Happy pinning!!

A special shout out to Urban Spools for letting us invade their space.

My Pinterest addiction continues

  A while back I was “down” for a few days with some dental surgery.
Couldn’t do much especially eat or drink.
So this is where the story begins.
By now you all know how much I love pinterest. Follow me here. 
 So for a full weekend I just lounged
around and looked at recipes on pinterest. I thought I would share just a few of my findings with you.
Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips from the girl who ate everything. Isn’t that a great name for a blog?
Nutella Paninis. For those of you that are not familiar with Nutella it is a yummy hazelnut spread that looks like chocolate peanut butter.  I forgot how yummy and creamy this hazelnut spread was SO WARNING, don’t buy the big container like I did. Just saying
How crazy cute are these valentine cinnamon rolls?
I can eat this Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad by Savory Sweet Life for any meal. Love it.
Now for the drinks. I am not much of a tea-totaler but I couldn’t resist the beautiful pictures
 and seriously, I was quite parched.
First off, we have 50 champagne cocktails from thefiftybest. Once I get all this wonderful dental stuff done I will be drinking some champagne. Next is actually something healthy, Banana Oatmeal Smoothie.
here is the recipe right off the Chiquita banana website.
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Almonds, cooked oatmeal, bananas and yogurt meet up in your blender for a power breakfast. Drink this Banana Oatmeal Smoothie before your morning exercise routine and you’ll have the energy you need to get through your workout.
■2 whole Chiquita Bananas (best with brown flecks on peel)
■2 cups Ice
■1/3 cup Yogurt – preferably Greek yogurt flavored with honey
■1/2 cup Cooked oatmeal
■1/3 cup Almonds
Pour all ingredients in blender pouring ice in last. Blend on high for
30 seconds or until smoothie thickens.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories 380; Total Fat 15 g (Sat 2 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 4 g, Mono 8 g); Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 35 mg; Potassium 690 mg; Total Carbohydrates 53 g; Dietary Fiber 9 g; Total Sugars 19 g; Protein 12 g. Percent Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin B6 25%; Vitamin C 20%; Vitamin D 0%; Calcium 15%, Iron 15%.
Next up, looked quite yummy. I would call these adult popsicles for sure. How does
Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles sound? Refreshing? No recipe, but I can figure this one out.
 Lastly, Raspberry Lemonade with vodka, topped with champagne by my baking addiction.  I wonder if this would fit in my route 44 cherry limeade cup from Sonic!
Pinterest requires an invitation to join. If you want me to send you an invite, just drop me an email.
 I would love to see what you pin.

do you pin?

Do you Pin?
I have been trying to explain this obsession to some of my friends.
Some have caught on and curse me, I mean thank me for exposing them to my obsession called Pinterest.
thank you happy zombie and pat sloan for getting me hooked months ago.
Here is how it works and why you NEED it.
Have you ever found a cool picture on the www and then saved it to your computer only to come across it months later and not remember where you found the picture? I have.
Pinterest is a digital filling cabinet saving the image and the source in your own little folder or as they call it on pinterest, Board. I guess a better description may be a digital bulletin board  that you can share with the world. They can share back.
My sister in law is a fantastic cook, so I follow her boards for recipes.

I found this yummy recipe for apple cake with brown sugar glaze from http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2010/09/caramelly-appley-delicious.html from Stephanie’s Boards.
I saved (RE-pinned) this picture into my recipe folder (Boards) and I not only have an enticing picture but also have the recipe and the source of the recipe. You can also follow this recipe site  just as
if you would “LIKE” someone on Facebook.

I have a board that is titled Decorating things.http://pinterest.com/modalissa/decorating-things/
You can create as many boards as you can dream up.
Endless possibilites.
This saves the picture along with the tutorial of how to make it from Craftynest.com
It is time for that NEW haircut but you didn’t save the latest picture of Jennifer Aniston?
 Pin it into your Haircut folder.
Did you read about some fancy wine you just have to try?
Pin it and you will remember it!
Hey I like that slogan. If anyone is reading this from Pinterest feel free to borrow it.
There are so many things to discover that have already been pinned on Pinterest, but don’t let that limit you.u. A picture from any website can be pinned and saved. Install the Pin It icon to your favorites tool bar to quickly pin an item from the web without being on Pinterest at the time. You will love how convenient this is.
Your pin can be shared on facebook and twitter.
Another great feature of Pinterest is that you follow people or just follow one of their boards that your are interested in. An example is my new adorable daughter in law. Yes, she is an avid pinner! When Ii was making their wedding quilt I made the quilt reversible by looking on her pinterest and finding
designs she liked.
As soon as she saw the back of the quilt, she said, “I saved that on Pinterest!”
Yes she did! (I will show this in a future post.)
And of course I have my little folder where I am saving Modalissa  MONA LISA pictures.

From topcultured.com

And to substantiate my fetish here is an excerpt from The Boston Globe.
The current toast of the web is Pinterest, the visual pinboard for collecting and sharing content online. The “pinning” phenomena is spreading from its modest beginnings to appearing in national media outlets. There are over 2.5m monthly active Pinterest users on Facebook. A co-founder of the site has over 500,000 followers on Pinterest. Ron Conway (an investor in the site) remarked that Pinterest’s user growth rate is what Facebook’s was five years ago. Earlier in 2011, it was valued through venture financing at $40m and, most recently, just a few months later, at around $200m.

Pinterest is an entire community with so much to discover.
I hope to meet you there. Follow me at modalissa. Let me know if you are on Pinterest and
 I will check it out.