Saturday, October 31, 2015

Quilt Market 2015: 40 Years of Moda

Happy Saturday! Today I'd like to share just a small portion of the amazing exhibit, "The Making of Moda" from International Quilt Market/Festival in Houston. I didn't take nearly enough pictures, and in fact, the photos I do have don't do these quilts justice. But I hope to be able to convey the feeling that I felt in walking the exhibit.

This stunning portrait in fabric of Moda's founder, Mark Dunn, created by the amazingly talented Luke Haynes was at the forefront of the exhibit. The quilt includes Bella solids and Collections for a Cause fabrics by Moda. I wish my photo could convey even a small portion of the beauty and grace of this quilt. It is awe-inspiring.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Favorites: Quilt Market Edition

Happy Friday! I still have more Quilt Market photos to share, but since it's Friday I thought it would be fun to do a Quilt Market edition of my traditional Friday Favorites posts. So here a few of my favorite things from market last week...

Of course Valley is one of my favorite things from market, and I've had some requests for some more up-close shots of the fabric; here are four of the colorways: navy, coral, teal, and gold. The colors are warm and lovely, and the prints are versatile.

 There is also a lovely low-volume colorway with wonderful shades of ivory and
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

International Quilt Market Fall 2015 Part Three

Hello! Thank you for all of the wonderful comments on the last two posts--I've enjoyed reading them. Today I'm happy to be sharing the remaining Moda booths from quilt market.  First up is the lovely booth of Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

She introduced a new low-volume collection called Silver Linings (I was grateful to get a bundle of this) and she also debuted another collection, Southern Exposure. Her whimsical elephant designs are a lot of fun, and her pieced quilts are stunning as well.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall 2015 International Quilt Market Part Two

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I finished loading the photos from my camera and was surprised at how many I'd taken since I spend most of my time in the booth and did most of my photo taking in the early morning during the hour or so before the show opened each day. For that reason, there aren't pictures of the designers in their booths, so I'm sorry about that! However, I believe this might be the first year I was able to photograph every Moda designer booth in the show.

First up is the lovely booth of Joanna Figueroa. I'm always a little bit partial to her booth since I'm still able to help her piece some of her quilts. This market I pieced two quilts and had fun binding another in the hotel room the night before set up. One of the quilts I pieced was the quilt on the left in the photo below with the aqua gingham sashing and border. It's actually the same pattern as the center quilt, and there is a mini version as well.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quilt Market Recap Part One Fall 2015

Happy Tuesday! I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted; I intended to post again about the booth projects before I left, but it just didn't happen. I arrived home late last night from International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, and it was a wonderful jam-packed five days of the most amazing quilts and quilty inspiration. Moda/United Notions was celebrating their fortieth anniversary which made this market extra special. Moda is an incredible company with an even more incredible founder and personnel. Words really can't express how grateful I am to be associated with Moda and United Notions.

 I haven't had time to really process everything I took in at the market, so today I'll begin by posting about my booth.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Happy Tuesday!  Today is the day I get to share what I've been working on for such a long time! Chelsi and I finished up work on our second collection for Moda fabrics late last winter, got to review strike-offs this summer, and have now been sewing for the past month to get things ready for International Quilt Market in Houston later this week! We are both head over heels in love with Valley and hope you love it, too!

 Valley is a beautiful mix of color, prints, and patterns we love: it definitely has a southwestern vibe along with geometrics and florals that fit right in with other collections. There are soft ivorys and muted bisques which are perfect for backgrounds and also work as great contrast with the brighter colors in the collection: gold, coral, teal, and navy. There are perfect border prints, binding prints and backing fabrics. In short...I love it!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Farmer's Wife and Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday! This week has flown seems like I was just writing a Friday favorites post the other day! Anyway, I have a good mix for you today...Farmer's Wife blocks, a work in progress update...a sneak peek, and more!

Keeping up with my 1930's Farmer's Wife blocks has been something fun to look forward to each week. This week's blocks were fast and fun. I actually used

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gone Surfin' Snapshots Block

Happy Thursday! It's the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt Along day, and I'm happy to be able to share today's block...luckily I made this block early knowing how busy I was going to be at this time. I pieced it about a month ago, and when I pulled it out to photograph it I remembered how cute it is!    

This month's adorable Gone Surfin' block has to be one of my favorites...who wouldn't love a car like this one! It reminds me of the year my husband and I lived in California and went to the beach every weekend (before kids)!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930's Week Two

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Saturday was sure a happy day for me because I finished the final binding on the final market quilt. I'm always a little nervous before I get ready to release new patterns, but now that the quilts are ready and all together I'm super excited. Now it's on to making small projects for the booth...I promise I'll share the new quilts and patterns as soon as I can.

So with a little of the pressure off I did some cleaning in my sewing room and made the next two blocks for the 1930's Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. I sure

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Scrappy Fall Quilt and More

Happy Friday! It's officially fall here at my home--not because the temperatures say fall--but because I pulled out my favorite fall quilt yesterday and got it hung up!
I know I've shared this quilt on the blog at least a couple of times over the years, but it truly is a favorite. And it seems this mix of fall colors never goes out of style!

 This quilt marked one of my first attempts at applique' (about 10 years ago, I think). I sewed interfacing to the right side of my fabrics, cut a slit in the interfacing and then turned the fabrics right side out.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Works in Progress...and Giveaway Winners

Happy Wednesday! It's been a little crazy busy over here lately, but I'm happy to say I can see that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. I pieced three quilts in about 8 days, and am ready to start some binding. We will have five new quilts in our Quilt Market booth, and now that they are finished I can start working on all of the small projects I want to make with the new fabric.

 So since a post isn't a post without a picture I thought I'd share some pictures I took in my sewing room last spring when I had it really clean for about a couple of days! I also realized I have some giveaway winners to announce, so...

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Farmer's Wife and Favorites

Happy Friday! I'm so looking forward to the weekend...I finished a market quilt last night and hope to make at least one more over the next day or so! Although I can't share the market preparation fabric and quilts just yet, I have a new Farmer's wife block to share...and a new favorite notion to share as well!

 The third and final block for this week is Block #8 "Aunt." I rotary cut the rectangles and squares for the outer section but used the Marti Michell Template Set A for the center section corner triangles.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mini Tulips Quilt Parade

Happy October! September went by in a's been a little crazy here as I've been trying to get ready for quilt market...thankfully I have some friends helping me as well. But today I have a fun parade of mini Vintage Tulip quilts--each one so fun!

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