American Jane’s Pillow talk

We have invited Sandy Klop to be our featured guest. You may all know her from American Jane Patterns.

Here is a bit of history about Sandy:

Sandy Klop had her first exposure to the world of colorful patterns while watching Klompen dancers perform. Every year in May her hometown of Holland, Michigan, celebrated tulip time with a vast array of Dutch costumes.
She was first exposed to quilting in 1979 at her sister-in-laws when she returned from teaching in Iran. She went on to teach art in Saudi Arabia for the next four years. She loved the rich colors and patterns in the tiles and carpets of the Middle East. Back in California, Sandy began to make pattern samples for a local quilt store. From there she moved to machine quilting. She has worked at a local quilt shop and taught many quilt classes.  She has been designing for Moda  since 2003. “Now I have a new fabric range from Moda every six months and I design quilt patterns to feature my new fabrics. I’m truly living my dream.”

Sandy is day 19 on the Moda Pillow Talk blog hop.  All the moda designers were asked o design a pillow that described them. Her pillow and pattern are shown here.
Go to Sandy’s website to see her other patterns or visit moda fabrics to see her newest line of fabrics
available in stores in March.

Click here for a printable pattern to make this pillow.

Sandy and I had the privilege to be roommates for a week at sea. Sandy does not have a blog so her post  and interview are featured below.  The interview was conducted during the cruise. Sorry, no bathing pictures will be included in this post.
When I first found out I was going to be teaching on a quilting cruise, I was so excited I could hardly stand it. I had to make a quilt!

I have always wanted to do animals in clothes and I’ve loved the Noah’s ark story, then suddenly the cruise! Of course the First cruise ship ever!  After the rainbow alphabet, I tried to get something for each letter. And not everyone gets to go so you have to have a ticket!  So the
 (I)  Invitation says ,(N)Noah and his wife , their three sons Shem ,(H) Ham and
(J) Japheth , request the honor of your presence at the (A) Ark in seven days
(that’s when it will start raining) Deluxe accommodations , Double occupancy and ticket required!

The alphabet letters and background fabrics are from my line called Punctuation!

So of course all this was done with great excitement!!! I identified with Mrs. frog who couldn’t wait to read in a deck chair!

Tell me a story about one of the animals on my quilt to win a chance at a Punctuation Jelly Roll.  Use your imagination… where are they going, what are they thinking, what did they bring along?
I asked Sandy some the Pillow Talk blog hop questions.
 Sandy , Tell me a little known fact about you?
……..even I don’t know a little known fact.
Sandy is an open book, sharing her talent, creativity and inspiration with everyone she meets. When we were on the elevator of the quilting cruise ship, she would invite anyone that got onto the elevator to come and check out the quilting classes.
How do you relax?
…….I relax in the hot tub The best time is when it’s cold and raining!
What do you sleep in? Pj’s nightie, etc.
….I sleep in a night gown
Being her roomie, I will add that she is just as fashionable at bedtime as she is during the day. This is a good thing!
What kind of pillow to you sleep with?
…….I have a feather pillow med. weight
Did you sleep with a stuffed animal when you were young?
…… I never slept with a stuffed toy but I did love to roll straight pins between my thumb and first finger. That doesn’t work any more ,but uncooked spaghetti noodles work . Try it!
I didn’t get a chance to have her show me this. If you run into her at any of the shows, ask her to demo this.
Do you read, watch TV, or sew in bed?
…I don’t eat read or watch TV in bed when I hit the pillow I’m gone.
This is another reason we were such good roommates. We did stay up past 10:00 a couple nights laughing and planning what we could do to harass Robert Hagmeier from Kansas Troubles.
Who would you have a pillow fight with?
….. no way I wouldn’t fight anyone
The cruise is over and I feel like a…..

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to see the entire list of pillow talk authors, click here.
Be sure and stop by Primitive Gatherings on the 20th and Laundry Basket Quilts on the 21st.


The winner of a Puncuation jelly roll is:

Ralph and Roberta Rabbit were So surprised and excited when they received their tickets for the cruise on the Punctuation Cruise Line!!! They hadn’t had a weekend away from the kids in forever and were much in need of some relaxation. They immediately pulled out the world map to show the little ones where they would be traveling to— Amerijan– a beautiful tropical getaway off the coast of Modaco. Ralph and Roberta couldn’t wait. This would be like a second honeymoon for the couple, complete with the most delicious food on every buffet (even breakfast would be a feast with the most delectible candy bars, jelly rolls, honey buns, layer cakes and turnovers you can imagine!) , opportunities to swim in one of the many refreshing pools onboard, enjoy dancing the night away at the Disco Fever lounge, luxuriate at the spa with full-body massages, manicures, pedicures, mudpacks.. the works!! Roberta instantly began making lists of all the items that she would need to bring (swim suit, ball gown, stilleto heels, brag book with pictures of the babies- because she *knew* she’d want to show them off!-, and of course, her quilting bag to give her somethinig to keep her hands busy during the “just relax”ing times.) Ralph wasn’t as worried about *what* to bring– just as long as he remember to pack his elastic waist pants, because he planned to partake of every good thinig on the ship — and he’d been told that there are always a LOT of good things to be had on a curise with the Punctuation Line! 🙂

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On the Road…with Moda

Hello Everyone!

My name is Laurie Schaff, I am a sales professional for Moda Fabrics and United Notions. I spend my working days traveling around five Midwestern states tempting quilt shops with the newest Moda Fabric designs. Each month I have the opportunity to discuss the latest ideas for displays, classes, and merchandising with forty to fifty shop owners and managers. Since many shop owners are constantly looking for new concepts and there are so many great ideas out there… I am here to share a few things I have learned on the road.

I will also share ideas from across the country, with thirty plus sales professionals working for Moda Fabrics all over the United States the quilting, sewing, crafting, and decorating possibilities are endless. Instead of keeping all of this useful information filed in the back of our minds, we would like to share these amazing ideas with our valued customers.

Display Idea: Many stores have success displaying fabric collections as a “family” in a focused area. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enhance this family of fabrics by adding new “friends” to the same focal area. What are friends you ask? Friends can be basic fabrics or lonely fabrics from previous lines that work beautifully with new collections. Adding new friends to your family of fabrics will increase the selection in that focused area and breathe new life into the great pieces from last season.

Class Option: One word…Twister! If you have not stocked this item in your store you are missing out on a great product. Twister Tool for 10” square works perfectly with Layer Cakes and Lil’ Twister Tool for 5” square is a wonderful compliment for Charm Packs. Worried you don’t know how to use these handy pinwheel making tools? There’s a book to guide you..… “Let’s Twist” by Country Schoolhouse.

Merchandising Tip: Layer Cakes are neat and tidy when they arrive pre-packaged from Moda. To give your Layer Cakes more grab appeal unfasten the label holding the layer squares together, remove the cardboard/paper from the back of the layer cake, roll the layer cake and use the original label to hold the newly rolled layer cake together. Place them in a decorative bowl or other container and display with their fabric “family” or near your checkout stand.

Great Bandana Quilt Challenge

Ok shop owners! Who wants to WIN a trip to International Fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX?!

Simplicity is hosting a challenge to see who can be the most creative with one or more of the Pink EZ Quilting by Simplicity tools & Cherish by Simplicity bandanas in creating a bandana quilt.

You and your customers can both win the Challenge!

Your customers are looking at the following prizes:

1st place: Prizes valued at $1000.00!!!
2nd place: Prizes valued at $500.00
3rd place: Prizes valued at $250.00
Honorable Mention: Prizes valued at $250.00

The winning quilt will be displayed during International Quilt Market Fall 2011!!!

The winning Quilt Shop Owner named by the winning Quilter of the 1st Place prizewinning Bandana Quilt wins the trip to International Quilt Market Fall 2011!

How fun are these bandanas!?

You can order the Bandana Quilt Challenge Kit which contains the following products:

3 each of the following:

  • EZ Quilting by Simplicity pink 30 degree triangle
  • pink 4.5″ square
  • pink 6.5″ square
  • pink acrylic ribbon tool

6 each of the following:

  • Cherish by Simplicity Multi-print Bandana
  • Sisters in Arms Bandana
  • Hope Bandana
  • Love Bandana

+ One poster to hang in your shop, two sell sheets & a pad of 25 entry forms.

Time to get your customers creative juices flowing and win yourself a trip to MARKET!!!

Complete Challenge details here.

Web Tips: Saving a File

Some files on our website may be a little large to open directly through your internet connection.  Our Catalogs and Free Patterns are a couple of examples that you may want to save to your computer for future use or just to open quicker. 
To save a file, simply follow the 5 steps below…

1. Right click on the link you wish to open.
2. Select “Save Target As”
3. Select the “Save In” location you wish to save the file (example: Desktop)
4. Click on “Save”
5. The file has now been saved to the location you specified on your computer.  You can now open the file from that location or keep for future use.