Thursday, May 22, 2014

Home Again

To market to market to buy a fat quarter...Home again, home again jiggety-jig. ( I know it does not rhyme ;-)
We are just back from International Quilt market in Pittsburgh.
I missed fall market so it was great to chat with my customers again.

As usual we were kept pretty busy with market and did not have a lot of time to explore Pittsburgh.
We did however stumble upon a great popcorn shop - Pittsburgh Popcorn. One of the flavors of the week was Creamy Salted Caramel. To die for ooey gooey caramel drizzled over salty popcorn - simply the best. I ate the whole bag during the first day of the show.  I wanted another bag but sadly it was a new week and Creamy Salted Caramel was no longer available. But let me tell ya, Chunky Chocolate Caramel is a close second.

I see the week of May 30-June 5th,  the featured popcorn is Dill Pickle. Sounds interesting. I read in their brochure that the feature flavor during November is Stuffing - Would love to get my hands on some of that flavor. I see they ship out, but only their regular flavors not the weekly flavors - darn!

Enough about popcorn - back to business. Here is a look at the quilts using my new line of fabric Rambling Rose featured at Market. These patterns will not ship until October so this is just a tease.

When we left Iowa spring was just starting to appear. The leaves on the trees were just starting to leaf out. We have had a cold miserable spring. Upon arriving home we found warmer weather, leaves on the trees, and the crab apple trees and lilacs in full bloom. Lilacs are my favorite flowers.

I picked a large bouquet and put them in a fruit jar just as my Grammie did every spring.

I had some drawing to do today. It was too nice to be inside. I decided to head to the lake to do my drawing.

Something about the outdoors and water really gets my creative juices flowing… much more than inside a building. The perk of being self employed.

One of the Moda sales reps, Gene Stuart did a little video of each of the designers in their booth. Here is  my video.

If the camera doesn't add 10 pounds, for sure a big bag of ooey gooey Creamy Salted Popcorn will. Yikes!

Until next time.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


The winner of the Table for Two jelly roll is:
Lynne, Lynn said.
LOL, loved your "Joy" story, you had me going there for a minute. My Husband, children and Mom and sisters bring me more joy than I could ever hope for. Thanks for your sweet, silly 
Thanks to everyone who left a comment and followed along with the hop!

From my heart,

Friday, March 7, 2014

I am so excited that the mystery quilt features star blocks.
Who doesn't love a star block. 
And the variations are endless.

Just love the mellow blue and tan color combo.
And the added bonus…

a pieced border. Love it!
I quite often use stars in my quilt patterns.
On of my best selling star quilt patterns is Super Stars.

It features stars within stars forming super big stars.
 It goes together quite quickly.

Triple Play one of our best selling charm pack patterns features an abstract star.

And my current favorite star quilt pattern is Kaleidoscope

 featuring my Soho line of fabric.

Each designer had to design a block and name it after a "star" in their life.
I named my block Beautiful Joy after my assistant Joy.

Beautiful Joy is a unique friend who reminds me 
there is more to beauty than meets the eye.
If someone can bring joy to your life 
that is true beauty.

Some of the things I like about Joy.
Never talks back.
She can keep all of my new designs top secret.
She is ageless - never whines about wrinkles appearing on her face.
Her waist never grows.
Would lend a helping hand—if she had one.
Wears whatever I pin on her…

Even if it is a quilt..

Or a Christmas tree.

She loves to quilt.
When I am stuck with what to do with a design or what fabric to put where in a certain quilt, 
I always think WWJD...What Would Joy Do.
 Joy always has the answer.
She will always stand by my side.
Joy loves fashion as much as I do.

In fact Joy is always snooping through my closet and tying on my clothes.
One of her favs is the first gown, other than my wedding gown, that I ever purchased.
It is a blue glitter fitted column dress.
I  purchased it some 23 years ago for a Gala at the Catholic School here in town.
I am sure you are wondering… why is it still hanging in your closet? Well you see I have no problem getting rid of clothes that I no longer wear. At the end of every season I do a purge. If I did not wear it this season it goes to the used clothing store here in town. But the one thing I can never get rid of are my gowns. I know it completely silly to have all those gowns taking up valuable closet real-estate but it is one of my things.
And think how much fun my granddaughter will have playing dress up...when and if I ever have granddaughters.

It just so happens that Joy has a date for the Green Snowball. 
A gala where everyone has to wear something that is used, recycled, up-cycled or refashioned. 
Her date is a new handsome available in town.
Not the same guy who took her ice skating
She dumped him. 
He kept telling her she needed to get her head screwed on.

Now that's just mean - no wonder she dumped him.

She is going to wear my blue glitter dress.
To refashion the gown we added a vintage fur collar.

We took the  cuffs off of an old pair of worn out gloves and added them to the bottom of the sleeves.
Metallic belts are really on trend right now so that was a must.
Did you know you can make a belt out of tinfoil? Who knew?

We embellished her belt with a vintage pin.
And I might add my waist was never as tiny as Joy's. 
She also processes other assets that I have never had.
Over all I think she looks stunning and will probably be the belle of the ball - at least in my eyes.

Joy...bringing joy to my heart everyday of the week.
I was trying to take some pictures in the abundance of snow that is STILL here.
It was quite windy…

She toppled over. Boy was she mad. I think she was pouting… but then it is kind of hard to tell.
Another great thing about Joy.. . You never have to look at her pouting face.
Who brings joy to your heart?

 Leave a comment telling me who brings you joy
 and you will be eligible to win a Table For Two jelly roll.

Now go get yourself signed up for the Fat Quarter's 2014 Designer Mystery block of the month.
It will bring much joy to your heart.
From my heart,

Also blogging today are:

And up the rest of the week are:
March 14th: Minick & Simpson, Vanessa Christenson, Fig Tree Quilts, Kate Spain
March 21st: Kansas Troubles Quilts Bunny Hill, Me & My Sister Designs, Lisa Bongean
March 28th: Prize winners announced on the Jolly Jabber

Friday, February 28, 2014

Winners - Spell It With Fabric

Winners - yes I have winners! I was so busy trying to get a line of fabric done that I forgot to post.
Thanks to everyone for leaving a comment. You are all so kind and encouraging.

The winner of the Chance of Flowers Jelly Roll is Kathryn. Kathryn said:

KathrynFebruary 25, 2014 at 7:11 AM
I sure hope there is a chance of flowers after the ghastly winter we've had! Thanks for the giveaway and pattern.

The winner of the Chance of Flowers Layer Cake is Margaret. Margaret said:
MargaretFebruary 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM
Your post made me smile. You really came up with some good words. I love your sunshine quilt.

And the winner of the Chance of Flowers Charm Pack is Camille. Camille said:
Camille MendelFebruary 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM
I love your fabric collections. I'm new to quilting and came across a quilt using your Crazy 8 collection and I looked long and hard on the internet for somewhere that still had some to no avail. Sad day for me. Keep up the great work and thank you for the opportunity to win.

Please email me with your addresses so I can send out your prizes.
Thank U for participating in the Spell It With Fabric Blog Hop!
Love all.
From my heart,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Day and My Website

Welcome to my day of the Moda Spell It With Fabric blog hop.
Before I begin with the hop I would like to announce that our website is finally up and running.
And we are now offering some of our patterns as downloadable PDFs.
Now on with the hop.
As I was reading through the email explaining this hop, the letter assignments were all making sense, A - American Jane, B - Bunny Hill, C- Cottonway. You would think that I might get an S for Sandy, a G for Gervais, or perhaps a P for Pieces or maybe even a H for heart. I kept scrolling. After I passed S I assumed that I had inadvertently been left off the list. Wait, there I am. Near the bottom...the letter U. The letter U! U have got to be kidding me! 

I immediately wanted to take a U-turn on this hop.
I must be Upfront with you, I think it is Unfair. Oh my gosh I am drawing a complete blank on words that begin with U.
I immediately began to stress. I thought I might even Upchuck!
I stewed about it until I gave myself an Ulcer.
I finally gave myself an Ultimatum. Make the best of the letter U or leave my blog Unfinished.
Go here to get the letter U.

It was an Uphill battle but I came up with a few things.
First to come to mind is United Notions, a great place to buy all of your quilting needs.
One of my favorite notions is my clover needle threader.

 My applique needles have Ultra microscopic eyes so I use my threader a lot.
If you order notions from United Notions, UPS just may deliver the box.

I love the UPS man. What's not to love?
He brings me brown boxes with blue tape filled with fabric and smiley face boxes filled with shoes.

Now for some known or Unknown facts about me.
My right hand is Useful. My left hand is Useless.

I was Unsuccessful at music. I cannot sing, dance or play the Ukulele.
I’m not fond of Unicorns.
I like things that are Unique.

I don’t believe in UFOs - but I have never seen one… so that could change.
I like the quilt block Union Square. 

So much so that I designed a table mat using the block.
It is one of our new PDF patterns.
Go here to order the pattern.
Go here to see all of our PDF patterns.
Judging by the many comments on the previous blogs, I would say it is Unanimous - this hop is the Ultimate in alphabet fun.
I made a little project using my letter U. I had a vowel but I needed a consonant. So I borrowed a R from Stephanie.

Go here for the FREE download of this little project. The download is only the applique pattern for the sun and the word my. Use the blog letter downloads for the letters U and R.

No blog hop would be complete without prizes and I must say the prizes are Uber.

To win a prize you must leave a comment on this post.. Any type of comment will do - like what is your favorite letter, your favorite quilt block - anything you might like to comment on is fine with me.

I  will announce the winners on the last day of the hop which is February 28.

Don't forget to check out our new PDF patterns. Many of them are Charm Pack patterns.
 Fat Quarter Shop just happens to be having 20 percent off Charm Packs this week.

Do forget to drop by and check out  Thimbleblossoms and  Sweetwater blogs as they are blogging today too.
Up to blog tomorrow are Venessa, Malka and Blackbird designs.
Don't forget to leave a comment!
From my heart,

Vanessa Christenson -


Setting Directions -
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above

If you missed  a day you can catch up here:

Lauren + Jessi Jung -

Me and My Sister Designs -

Primitive Gatherings -

Monday, February 24, 2014

Charm Pack Cherry Shortcut Quilt Series

I am happy to announce I am participating in Fat Quarter Shop's Shortcut Quilts Series, called “Charm Pack Cherry.” 

I used Charm Packs from my latest fabric line Chance of Flowers to make my quilt.

It a fun little project and goes together quite easily.

Kimberly will show you how to make this quilt in this  tutorial video. 

And go here for the free pattern.

Fat Quarter Shop will  have a big Charm Pack™  sale to celebrate the release.  
All Charm Packs will be 20% off at Fat Quarter Shop from Monday morning until Sunday at midnight CST.  
Go  here to take advantage of the sale.

Tune in tomorrow for day 5 of the Moda Spell It With Fabric blog hop. 
It is my day to blog. I will be blogging with Camille from Thimbleblossoms and the gals at Sweetwater.

See you tomorrow!
From my heart,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Day 2 of Spell It with Fabric Blog Hop

Day 2 of the Spell it with Moda Blog Hop
Up to blog today are:
Piecing Directions -

We want to see your creations... 
Share your progress and finished quilts
 using #spellitwithmoda on your favorite social media site.

And here is the rest of the schedule:


Lauren + Jessi Jung -

Me and My Sister Designs -

Primitive Gatherings -


Vanessa Christenson -


Setting Directions -
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above

If you missed  a day you can catch up here: