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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. Anna Mermaid
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I am following you on Pinterest

  2. Anna Mermaid
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was in the 80′s. and it was a rail fence from the book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts. I love the Pedal Pushers line.

  3. Rose Sabey
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I now follow you on pinterest (Rosemarie Sabey)

  4. Rose Sabey
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    OMG- I remember pedal pushers! I just love your fabric, it’s so cute!! (And I love the name too)!

  5. Susan the Farm Quilt
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Farm Quilting follows you on Pinterest.

  6. Susan the Farm Quilt
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt never got finished…I was hand piecing a lone star quilt and on the last star point I needed 3 diamonds of the fabric and only had two. I can see in my mind the tote this quilt is hiding in…but I can’t find the tote! That was 28 years ago. I made my first finished quilt almost 7 years ago when I got a granddaughter, so I had to make one for her!

  7. C Bourque
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a King size row-by-row sampler. Nothing like just “jumping in with both feet”. It took me 2 weeks to finish it……and I was hooked!!!

  8. Tammy
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a Storm at Sea, painstakingly cut and pieced together during breaks between college semesters. I finished hand-quilting it right before getting married, seven years later!

  9. Cathy
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win some beautiful fabric and start on a new project!

  10. Kathy K
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a log cabin. I selected that pattern because I thought it was for a beginner. I had a little learning to do. It got put together but let’s just say I learned a lot along the way. Love this blog hop and learning a little something about all you talented ladies. You inspire!!!!!!

  11. Nancy
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t start quilting til 2005 and have a great appreciation for Moda’s fabrics. They feel so nice and have so many choices..you girls do such a great job!! Also enjoy their Blog Tours such as this.

  12. Kay Mc
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Love your fabric & would be thrilled to win. It is so fun to think back about the first quilt I made & all that I’ve learned since then.

  13. Posted September 9, 2014 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  14. Posted September 9, 2014 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    The first quilt I started was a cathedral window quilt – but it wasn’t the first quilt I finished! It was finished about 25 years after I started it! Ha Ha!

  15. Karen Seitz
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    I love all of your fabric lines. I’ve made the garden trellis quilt with Flora and still have some Hideaway hiding away in my stash!

  16. Karen Seitz
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest. Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

  17. Nicole Sender
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    New Pinterest follower:
    http://www.pinterest.com/minibea12/

  18. Nicole Sender
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a quilt I made for my son. I matched the fabric in the quilt with the curtains. He still uses the quilt and I won’t say how old he and the quilt are!

  19. Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    I am following you on Pinterest and Twitter.

  20. Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was made of scraps for my doll. My first quilt for a human being was a baby quilt for my then boy friend’s brother’s baby and it was tied. My first bed quilt was a kit with 6′ squares, a polyester batting, and a bed sheet backing that was tied. I still have the bed quilt.

  21. Wenda
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I follow you of trotter and Pinterest!

  22. MoeWest
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I follow on Pinterest.

  23. MoeWest
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    My first quilting projects were table runners. My first ‘big’ quilt was a BOM which was a great learning experience.

  24. Amber
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    My first quilted quilt was in pink and blue (it was the 80′s!) and was a small wallhanging. I learned how to draft patterns in that class, lots of useful stuff. It was the beginning of a fabric addiction!

  25. Amber
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I am now following on Twitter

  26. Amber
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinerest

  27. Maureen
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  28. Maureen
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a pieced turtle quilt for my son. It was way over my head but came out pretty awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Brooke
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a gift for my cousin who was very sick at the time. The blocks were signed and illustrated by all our family and friends.

  30. Julia
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the entry. First quilt is currently in progress! Making a matching quilt for my daughter. :)

  31. Lynette Root
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    OMgosh, I love those fabrics! So different from my first quilt, which was a group project with friends from church. And everyone has a different idea of what “jewel tones” are, let me tell you. Regardless, the quilt got finished and I was hooked!

  32. Diane
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I also follow you on Twitter.

  33. Diane
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest. Great ideas!

  34. Charlotte
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a QAYG baby quilt for my only great granddaughter. Finished early 2014. I’ve made a flannel and fleece twin size rag quilt for my niece. Finished spring 2014. I am now working on a queen size wedding quilt for one of my granddaughters – it needs to be finished by the end of this month. And then on to the next project.

  35. Brenda
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I was thrilled when my oldest niece (now in her late 30s) recently posted pictures of quilts she and her husband had inherited from his grandmother and great-grandmother. She also showed some quilts received (newer) from her side of the family, stating that her very favorite was her Star Blanky — a baby quilt made for her by her Auntie Brenda. This was the first quilt I ever made, shortly after the bicentennial and using a pattern from a 1976 McCall’s publication.

  36. Diane
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Comment is I love your material – so fun to work with. I love to win.

  37. Joyce Fahlman
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I also followed you on twitter. Thank you for the second chance to win.

  38. Joyce Fahlman
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I have your latest book and will be attempting to make the Gypsy Moth quilt; have never appliqued before! Thank you for the chance to win.

  39. Carol
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    My first completed quilt is a lap-sized sampler quilt completed about three years ago. I had the best teacher and she showed us everything step by step. And she wouldn’t let us quit until we had everything finished! I started it in late September and was sewing on the binding during the bowl games. Since then, I’ve made three more quilts of various sizes.

  40. Bonnie Young
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Follow you on Pinterest!

  41. Bonnie Young
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I love fabric!!! When I was 14 I made my little cousins (about 4) little baby quilts for their dollies for Christmas, and I was hooked! Love to sew!!

  42. Posted September 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Your new line is so lovely, I can’t wait to get mine!

  43. Posted September 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been following you for a while! You girls are awesome!

  44. Jeannie D
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Now following on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gkneed

  45. Jeannie D
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a mini-quilt (24″x 24″). It was a simple 9 patch that was completely hand sewn and hand quilted. Took 6 weeks but was so worth learning the process!

  46. Mary
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Love everything you ladies do. So inspirational!

  47. Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Hmm I made my first quilt when I was about 19, I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing and the only batting I knew about was polyester! I still have the quilt and my children love it because it’s so squidgy but I cringe at the sight of it!

  48. Allison C
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    I made an 80′s video game inspired (Q*bert) quilt with y seams and applique for my first quilt. I was ambitious!

  49. Sandy N
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was made for my best friend at the time who had joined the Air Force and was leaving for duty. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  50. Kristin R
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    I follow you on Pinterest. Thanks!

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