Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy As A Clam

I am Happy as a clam.

Why am I happy as a clam?
I have just finished computer generating
my quilts using my 2010 Fall fabric.
For me generating quilts is a pain in the neck.
Not because I do not like generating,
I love the challenge of taking forty 5" Charm Squares
and seeing what I can create.
Generating for me is literally a pain in the neck.

The pain in the neck comes from having
to tilt my head back to see the computer screen,
thus causing the pain in my neck.

(Yes, I am of the age of "bifocals required".)

Therefore when my quilts are done - I am happy as a clam.
The solution would be to take a pair of old frames

and have the reading part of my prescription put in the lenses.
I just cannot remember to do this.

Lord knows I have plenty of old frames laying around.
(I have a bit of a glasses fetish.)

Some of your might be wondering - What exactly is computer generating a quilt.
At Moda they like to be able to show the shop owners what patterns will be available using each line of fabric. This enables them to order fabric more efficiently.
Since the sales reps show the fabric on paper - before we actually have cloth to make the quilts - our only option is to "make" them on the computer.

How do you make a quilt on the computer?
Kind of like you make a real quilt.
Moda scans each strike-off (samples of fabric the mill sends us to approve the color and pattern). They then send me a disc of all of the scanned images.

Just like a real quilt the first thing you do is cut the quilt.
The images are usually about 6" X 8". If I am making a Charm Pack™ quilt I have to cut each of the pieces to a size of 5" X 5". How do I do this? I simply crop the picture to 5" X 5". If I am making a Layer Cake™ quilt I have to "piece" the fabric to make a 10" X 10" piece.

After I have "cut" the quilt. I start "piecing", simply by moving the scanned images into the position needed.

The name of the line is Awesome.
What season is more awesome than fall?
In my eyes, by far the prettiest color palette of all the seasons.

Autumn Glow, Pumpkin, Moss, Bark, Yarrow and Red Maple.
Below are the quilts that I generated.

Quilt using the panel.

I did a squirrel and acorns because our yards at home and the lake

are filled with oak trees, acorns and squirrels.

Charm Pack pattern

Jelly Roll pattern

Layer Cake pattern

A pattern called Cosmos.

This one I named Kaleidoscope.
It is easier than it looks.
(Lots of strip piecing.)

If you are a shop owner and you are interested in seeing this line, contact you Moda rep. The reps now have this line in their hands.
If you are not a shop owner you will have to wait until July to see this line.

Sorry to be such a tease...
but arriving in stores now - Frolic.

Did you ever wonder where the saying Happy as a Clam came from?
I assumed it was because a clam always looks like he/she is smiling.

Well I did some research and I found out the original saying was " happy as a clam in high tide". A clam is happy at high tide because you cannot dig for clams at high tide. They therefore as assured of not becoming some one's meal.

Now you know.

From my heart,


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'm In The Mood For Lovn'

I just recently finished my Valentines line for 2011.

Right now the hottest color combination is turquoise and red.

I bought these shoes for Abby for $28.00 on
(I added the dots)

My favorite color is red, I always use a warm blue, never a cool blue, so red and turquoise seemed to be a perfect fit for me. I love to step out of the box and break all of the rules.

For me it is the only way to be really creative and keep things fresh.

I also added colors of whipped cream, blush and chocolate...

for all of you out there who like to stay in the box.

The name is Giddy.

A partcial sneak peek of the panel.
Panel also comes in traditional Valentine colors.

A few of the prints.

In stores December of 2010.

If this line interests you and you are a shop owner, call your rep to book your appointment now.
If you like this line and you are not a shop owner...go to your local quilt shop and tell the owner she has to buy this for you!

If this has put you in the mood to
whip up a Valentine's project,
my current Valentine's line, L'Amour, is in stores now.

The pattern using the panel.
#469 L'Amour

#471 Lonely Hearts Club
Charm Pack pattern.

To see all of the patterns and the complete fabric line, check your local quilt shop or go here and press the What's New button.

Happy Valentine's Day!

From my heart,