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#LOVE : Moda Blog Tour


Welcome to our stop on the blog tour! We’re super excited to be a part of this!!! (And winning free stuff is always a fun little incentive for keeping up, right!?!?) So, let’s dive into some questions!

When did you start quilting? Tell us about your first quilt.

The year was 1999. My two good friends (Connie and Vicky) and I decided we would each make a quilt before the new millennium arrived.
Connie, being from Iowa, and already knowing how to quilt, became our teacher and mentor. She took this role very seriously! When Vicky and I showed up for our first lesson, Connie presented us with a goody bag stuffed with a quilting frame, thimble, wax, quilt needles, quilting thread, and safety pins. We decided on the Ohio Star design. Every week we had to complete 3 identical Ohio Star blocks made from our own sewing stashes, and then swap out so that we all had the same blocks in all varieties and themes. And since we never do anything in a small way, this first quilt was queen sized.

When we finished all of our blocks, Connie sent me and Vicky to the fabric store for sashing and backing fabric. (She had a conflict, but she said she trusted us.) Vicky and I calculated and crunched numbers for over an hour. We checked and rechecked our work before making the purchase.
At our next lesson we told Connie that her share was $180.00. Her mouth hit the floor!!! Anyway, we did learn how to layer and hand quilt. I have loved and used that quilt for 14 years now. Memories of the laughter we shared in the process is priceless to me!

This quilt became “Rudy’s Window Quilt”… once it was complete, it was never used by anyone but him. Because of it’s size, it folded up nicely into a moldable cushion that I would put on top of our reck-room couch. It was at the perfect vantage point for Rudy to do what he loved most… guarding our house from mailmen, trash collectors, and other potentially dangerous foes. I really really wish I had a picture of Rudy in action… because it was quite a site.

Oh wait wait wait… I found one in a previous blog post! :)

On a depressing side note, we lost our best boy this past year. He’s left a really big hole in our lives, that we’re finding difficult to fill. He also made many appearances in our blog over the years, so I’m sure he’ll be missed from here as well.

What is the best part of your design process?

Sketching. I love gridded paper and colored pencils!!! Lauren or Carrie make me a gridded sketch book for each new fabric line that we produce. In it I jot down thoughts, draw fabric ideas, diagram patterns, and write directions. I take it everywhere I go.

A fun side note… these sketch books were so popular among my friends, that we decided to include them in our new book!

Now for the big project!

Here’s another big quilt… this project is featured on all the other blogs, so make sure you check it out. This project really allowed us to get creative! (We missed that “get creative” notation, when the instructions were sent out… and instead, we followed the quilt instructions to a tee.) This project features a layer cake,charm pack or mini charm, but what is your all time favorite moda precut? The directions for this pattern can be found here.

I love jelly roles (2 1/2″ strips from selvage to selvage of each fabric in the line). They can be cut into smaller pieces to become parts of quilt blocks.

But I like to use them in pattern designs where they remain in their long strip state. You may be familiar with Angela Yosten’s Princess And The Pea quilt (found on the moda bake shop site). Each jelly roll strip represents a mattress layer. Soooo cute!!! That inspired me to design our Pencil Box quilt pattern, which is featured on the cover of our new book, Sweet and Simple Sewing with Martingale Publishing.

And then our latest fabric line, Pedal Pushers, features our Wet Paint pattern which also uses the long jelly roll strips.

So for the giveaway…

We’re giving away three prizes! Yay! See below…

Here’s how to enter : Just leave one comment… it can be about whatever you want… :) If you want to tell us about your first quilt, that might be fun!

And then… If you want to get entered a SECOND time, you can do one of the following things :
1. follow us on Twitter. Here’s the link!
2. follow me on Pinterest. Here’s the link!
(And then just leave a second column telling us which extra entry you did. :)

We’ll draw the three winners in one week, so be sure to check back!

The giveaway features our newest and most favorite line Pedal Pushers! :) Hope you guys enjoy!

… And because I wasn’t super excited with the coloring in that last photo… here’s a better shot of the colors. They’re super nice! Kind of sherberty!

Make sure to check out everyone else!! Everyone is awesome!

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014   Amy Ellis   Eric +Julie Comstock   Stephanie Ryan Design Studio

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014   Malka Dubrawski   Blackbird Designs   Lauren + Jessi Jung   Lella Boutique

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014   Basic Grey   Fig Tree and Co.   Pat Sloan

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014   April Rosenthal   French General   Minick and Simpson

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014   Cotton Way   Sandy Gervais   Primitive Gatherings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014   Bunny Hill   Deb Strain   Kansas Troubles

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014   Kathy Schmitz   Laundry Basket Quilts   Zen Chic

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014   Me and My Sister Designs   Jan Patek   Sweetwater

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780 Comments

  1. Margaret
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    The colors in your new fabric line do look like sherbet. What a great idea. It gives me some ideas about designing a quilt. ;)

  2. Kathie L
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a Log Cabin, which my mum still uses!

  3. dee
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    love love love what you did with the jelly roll and the “paint brushes” my fav precut is jelly roll also…I seem to be “collecting” them…..fabric line here is beautiful

  4. Hayley
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a simple patchwork. Very wonky, but I still love it

  5. Amber
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was the log cabin! I read and read the pattern so many
    times trying to get it right! It needs finished, and maybe I’ll return
    to it, and quilt it myself;)!

  6. Nancy Gilliam
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    This is going to date me, but my first quilt was a baby quilt made with Laura Ashley fabric and tied with pink yarn.

  7. Amber
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  8. Verna
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a small Trip Around the World that I hand quilted. It took me 17 years to finish (mostly because the first of our three boys was born shortly after I started). My work has greatly improved since that first project.

  9. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest

  10. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was only a couple of years ago and it was all made on the machine, other than the binding, no way was I attempting to hand piece one! It wa a simple baby quilt made with a charm pack in a lattice setting

  11. VickiT
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Great post. So sorry about your dog. That’s so hard to lose a family pet. It’s amazing how empty your house feels afterward. We lost our Ragdoll cat last December and it was extremely hard. It wasn’t until about 4 months later before we decided to get another Ragdoll because it was just too quiet and I missed my buddy because he was with me all day long and followed me everywhere.

    My first quilt technically was a table runner made in a class I took locally. I don’t count that one for a number of reasons although it is a beautiful runner but the class was not run very well and didn’t even teach binding which is kind of an integral part of making a quilt. :( Was not too impressed with the training given as it was a beginner quilting class. But, my second was made with an online quilt along and it turned out just awesome. I love it. It was a challenge for me to keep up, but I forced myself and got it done. I sent it out (hubby and I actually drove over 2 hrs to a quilter I’d ‘met’ online) to be quilted and here it sits in my sewing room taunting me. Why? Because that fear of messing it all up by actually doing the binding. THAT was my biggest reason for taking that local beginner quilting class – to learn binding. And then it was never taught at all so I still have the fear of doing that. Stupid, yes I know.

  12. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    What fun colors in your Petal Pushers line! Your quilts are fun too. My first quilt was a baby quilt, done in big log cabin blocks, for my oldest son. What a disaster that quilt is! LOL, fun to look back on though. Thanks for a fun blog hop and giveaways!

  13. Susan
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I LOVE your new fabric line–my favorite so far!!! My first quilt was a sampler baby quilt that I made for my first son, about to turn 25. I used primary colors of gingham with a white background. I continued to make each of my boys a baby quilt, using those same colors but different patterns. Their baby quilts are still very special to them. Thanks for the chance to win some of your yummy fabric!

  14. Toni Anne
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    So sorry to hear about Rudy. Our sweet collie Sandy is 12 as far as we know she rescued us when she was 5. The last 2 mths have been hard for her at times, we see her slowing down. A few trips to the vet and a couple of RX’s to make her comfortable. I cherish each day with her, she’s the best we’ve ever had, in so many ways. I made her a cat quilt for the winter a few yrs ago, she loves to snuggle under it at night..

  15. kay :-)
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    LOVE the jelly roll ideas!! My first ‘official’ quilt is a sampler done in a class – machine pieced, hand quilted…. but the first ones I love are the ones I did as a young girl for my dolls…. completely by hand with no knowledge, just intuition. Kind of makes me think of how the early quilters began the whole process :-) Thank you for hosting the give=away!

  16. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    I follow on Twitter!

  17. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a table runner I just finished this year. I’m now working on a pinwheel quilt for my granddaughters’ bed. Thanks for the chance!

  18. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  19. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a bed size sampler hand sewn. Now I work by machine.

  20. Linda W.
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I have always loved quilts and all things PA “Dutchy” since I grew up and live in PA. My first quilt was a doll quilt I made with my daughter on a snow day home from school. Fun memories of that little quilt and where it has led me in my quilting journey!

  21. Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    pedal pushers that just conjured up many pleasant memories of childhood pedal pushers and a pixie haircut the most horrible hair cut in the world. Thanks for the chance to win your new fabric line

  22. Marisa Adams
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I love what you do with the jelly rolls! Your new line of fabric is beautiful!

  23. Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a simple one patch of large squares made for my father and hand quilted; it took me a year to hand quilt it in fans. It is a tattered memory to the start of my obsession….hugs, Julierose

  24. Sigi G
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    I love the bright colors of your Fabric. It just gives my heart a ‘lift’. My first quilt – was made from big granny sized squares. It was made for my oldest daughter’s bed – in pinks.

  25. Gill
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a quillow of house blocks for my mum!

  26. Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    I follow you on pinterest now!

  27. Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Great and fresh quilt! Loove it! My first quilting project was a mystery quilt…

  28. Allison Evrard
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    The first thing I ever quilted was a pillow cover. Then I dove right in and made a queen-sized quilt!

  29. Joyce Mitchell
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Love your new fabric line- thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Sandy B.
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I just love the colors in Pedal Pushers!! Beautiful. Thanks for the chance to enter even tho I don’t do Pinterest or Twitter.

  31. Connie Flora
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterst.

  32. Connie Flora
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    You are so gifted! I love the pencil quilt on your cover. I can see you sketching it it your super cool notebook now. And I love my forever best friends.

  33. Posted September 4, 2014 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    I follow you on pinterest. Thanks for the chance!

  34. Posted September 4, 2014 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    I love your new line! It’s so cheery!

  35. tessa
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    I follow you on pinterest

  36. tessa
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Love the colours in this line! Flora was the first precut I ever purchased :)

  37. Grace
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Love you fabrics …

  38. Ali
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Good memories of my wonky (not on purpose) first quilt — gotta start somewhere!

  39. Ali
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Following your twitter.

  40. Hildy
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    I follow you on pintrest.

  41. Hildy
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Your new fabric line is so sweet I need it! Sorry that your dog passed away it’s always hard to lose a pet.

  42. Cathie Dein
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Love your fabric range and your quilts. athi

  43. Posted September 4, 2014 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was complete handsewed with fabrics from my stash because there was no patchworkshop near my home. I still have this quilt but of course its not very nice.
    Britta

  44. Anne
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a small cot quilt in pinks and I was hooked! I make a cot quilt for every new baby in the family (and extended circle of friends!) but I am determined to make some quilts for our home this year!!
    I have just started following some of your boards on pinterest. Thanks!

  45. Rebecca S.
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I don’t tweet.

  46. Rebecca S.
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I love the colors you pick. Hideaway is still one of my favorite lines. I’ve been hording several yards of the fabric with all the cottages on it; just waiting for the right quilt to back it with.

  47. Posted September 4, 2014 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    OMGosh!! These fabrics are better than super nice…they are SUPER AWESOME!! Love the colours!! Thanks for the chance to win some! My first quilt was a log cabin made from Moda flannels…this quilt is still in use and still super warm and cozy!!
    All the best!
    Paulette

  48. Teresa C. in Califor
    Posted September 3, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a Sunbonnet Sue, hand appliqued and hand quilted. I gave it to my exchange – sister in Norway to celebrate her first born. (That little baby is now 20+ years old — yikes)

  49. Carrie Franklin
    Posted September 3, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a crib size quilt for my grandson. I had never quilted before, but after numerous online tutorials I dove right in and have been quilting ever since.

    I am following you on Pinterest.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Posted September 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful fabric line, and the book looks very interesting!
    My first quilt was Scandinavian Snowball Fun by Lynnette Anderson, simple patchwork with stitchery embedded in “snowballs”.

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