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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. Suesewstoo
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a flannel rangy quilt. I think I have progressed from there! Love your fabric.

  2. Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    What cute colors. I love the painbrush quilt. Such a cute way to show off fabrics that you love.

  3. Donna Christell
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    You book looks darling, Simile and Sweet. I shall look for it. I followed you on pinterest stand will look forward to it Thank you for the chance to get such yummy material.

  4. Donna Christell
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    I love your colors and fun playful book. I am anxious togo find you similpe and

    I love your fun and cheerful colors. I plan on looking for you book, Simple and Sweet. That is really how I like my life and my sewing. I signed up for your Pinterest. looks fun.

    sweet Book

  5. Laura Lynch
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a log cabin Quilt in a Day. I just love your fabrics!

  6. Theresa
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Your fabric is wonderful!

  7. Robin T
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Followed you on Pinterest. You have some interesting folders.

  8. Robin T
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I love your new fabric line. The colors inspire me to start another quilt soon!

  9. Karen Propes
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Permalink
  10. Karen Propes
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a Winnie the Pooh quilt for the birth of my Granddaughter. Don’t know why I picked out such a hard quilt, but I was a new Grandmother and I could do anything.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

  11. Jo Ann
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I love all of your fabrics, thanks for the chance to win

  12. Renita Sullivan
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was really strips to frame a cross stitch for a baby…it was cute but not too involved. I have expanded a bit since then :) thanks for asking and for the chance to win a prize!

  13. Carolyne
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I simply *love* mini charms…..for so many things: postage stamp, log cabin and others. Now I am enamored with your delightful “pencils” quilts. I think I’ll be using some of those pretty ‘jello-rolls’ real soon~! ♥

  14. Kathy
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I am following Jessi Jung on Pinterest. Love the dog pictures! Sorry the little guy is gone now. :(

  15. Kathy
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m still working on my first quilt which I started more than 20 years ago. Life kinda interrupted the process. But, I’m back on it and exited as I learn much more this time around.

  16. Angie C
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Great Quilts!! I think my first was a rag quilt :) Thanks for the chances to win!!

  17. Dianne H.
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I made my first quilt when I took an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day class many years ago. Although I have made and completed many quilts since then, that quilt has never been finished. Maybe one of these days? I must tell you how much I love your fabric lines. I can’t always afford to buy yardage, but I ALWAYS make sure I buy a precut, usually a layer cake. Your new line “Pedal Pushers” is another winner. It is beautiful.

  18. Jenelle Boxberger
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt ever was going to be for my first born grand child, but sadly she didn’t make it, was a few weeks short of having her lungs develop, I still gave the quilt to my daughter and she will always cherish it. Love the quilt that looks like paint stripes. Thanks for the fun.

  19. Donna Harry
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I am following you now on PINTEREST!!

  20. Donna Harry
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    LOVE your work – so FUN!

  21. Michele Deedy
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    My first quilts were made for my niece. She loves sunflowers and really wanted a sunflower quilt. So, I took her to the store to pick out fabric. It was a very basic quilt and I don’t even think I had a pattern. She still has it today and lets her little ones play on it!
    Following on twitter and pinterest! Thanks

  22. Sunnybec
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway. I already follow you on Pinterest. I don’t think I can pick just one of your fabric lines… I love them all. My favourite quilt so far is a wall hanging I did. I embroidered the houses while looking after my old dog, she died two years ago, the quilt is hanging on my wall and every time I look at it, it makes me smile and think of my Lady.

  23. valeL
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    I am working on xmas mug rugs as presents for my family

  24. valeL
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    follow you on pinterest

  25. Mary
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Love the new fabric line!

  26. Joanne
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I love all of your fabrics, thanks for the chance to win

  27. Posted September 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi, how ironic, my daughter just asked me what we called Capri pants when I was a teenager…pedal pushers. I would love to get some of this fabric…so many memories. First quilt was a split rail that I hand quilted.

  28. Posted September 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    My fav is FQ. My first quilt… I just got a silly idea one day to try (my creative process always starts with a silly idea to try something new) …

    Looked at some pictures on Internet, then picked fabrics from my stash, started the top with phinwheel blocks, then added little triangles around and so on… the top was over 100X100, looked really great, then I did rather simple quilting, and that was it. The only thing – as I obviously had no clue at all – it was a two layr sandwitch, with NO batting in the middle! LOL At least now I try to squeeze some batting in between layers :D

  29. Linda
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I am also following you on Pinterest!

  30. Linda
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Love the Pedal Pushers fabrics! I made my first quilt in Sept, 2001. I was inspired by all the quilt shops across the country with the patriotic quilts at that sad time. However, my first quilt was a 30′s reproduction quilt, not a red,white and blue!

  31. Michele Fetter
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Am also following you on Twitter and Pinterest.

  32. Michele Fetter
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed your story of quilting with friends. My best friend, Sheri, and I started together and are still loving it seven years later.

  33. Diane
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was a 9 patch with black and orange for a Harley quilt

  34. Diane
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    My first quilt was 9 patch with black and orange for a Harley quilt

  35. Denise
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Your fabric is beautiful! I hope I win some!!

  36. Lil
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    and now I follow you on pinterest

  37. Lil
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    these fabrics are so sweet and summery, love em

  38. Sharon S.
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I just started following you on Pinterest! what a ton of great ideas and resources!!!

  39. Sharon S.
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was made with my grandmother. When I was a newlywed, I made a queen size comforter for our bed. I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but the quilt top came together nicely….and then I was stuck! Grandma stepped in and showed me how to add (high loft!) batting and the backing and then we tied it together. Such special memories! Thanks for asking!

  40. MaryBeth
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    My first quilt was a log cabin. I used less than quality fabric and it only lasted about 2 years. I’ve learned a lot since then, thank goodness.

  41. Catherine
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I love quilting. My first quilt was for my daughter who was 2 at the time. She is now almost 18. She still has that quilt…although it is a bit faded and very well loved. It was a mystery quilt and it was a lot of fun to do. Thanks for sharing your passion of quilting with us all. Happy Stitching!

  42. Kris Dauth
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I became a follower on Pinterest. Gives me lots of new things to drool over!

  43. Kris Dauth
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I love looking at new fabric lines. It just fills me with happy thoughts and new ideas.

  44. Paula
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I love your fabric….such beautiful colors!! I just love your pictures of your Westie(RIP). I currently have 3 Westies, but lost my first one many years ago, It took our 3 boys to replace Sarah!! Keep up your good work!!

  45. Kati
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    I’m following you on Pinterest now. Love Love the Pedalpushers collection!

  46. Kati
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    First quilt; baby quilt for my daughter, red and aqua with a super cute forest animal print. I love how it turned out.

  47. Cher Merriman
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I love your soft, sherbety colours. This blog hop is great and your quilt version is lovely.

  48. eileen h
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    your fabric colors and designs are lovely. will look for you on pinterest. Eileen h

  49. KC
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I love your newest line, it is so cheerful! Thanks for the chance to win. Let’s see, my very first-ever quilt I made in 1989, at the ripe old age of 19. Nobody in my family quilted, and I had no instruction. But I was a seamstress who worked in a fabric store. Lots of those ’80′s calicos had such a pioneer vibe to them that the idea to make a “Pioneer” quilt took hold and wouldn’t let go. So I made a King-sized quilt out of nothing but 4-inch squares (as if Pioneers had king-sized beds! HA!) I had no idea where to go from there, so I just layered it with a cotton-poly batting and a muslin backing, and tied the darn thing. I hated that batting, but 25 years, and many quilts later, I still love that quilt! Just this year I had to repair one of the seams which ripped from years of abuse by a careless manly-man. I had planned to whip-stitch it and then applique a big flower over it, but once I whip-stitched it, it just added to the original pioneer vibe. Now I love it even more!

  50. Lisa
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I love the colors in the new line. Especially like the green color with pink!

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