Richard Cubbage

Today is
 RICHARD CUBBAGE
 day
Celebrate!

Where did you grow up?
On my family farm in Remington Virginia. It was formerly known as Rappahannock Station during the war of Northern Aggression and later named Remington after a  train conductor who worked on the Southern railroad. One of my fondest memories is my Great-Grandmother showing me the spring under the willow tree where the soldiers would fill their canteens and use the willow sprigs as toothbrushes.

How many years have you been in the industry?
17 years
Favorite past time / hobbies?
At home it’s cooking. I love trying to duplicate gourmet dishes enjoyed in the fine dining establishments in and around Washington D.C. I enjoy boating on the Potomac and playing golf.
Tell a funny story about being on the road…
I once met a new customer at her house to set up her new store. We started around 2pm with light snow falling. Around 6pm her husband came in from feeding his horses and suggested that I better stay with them for the night as the snow had increased and was accumulating rapidly. Around 8pm I found a four foot drift blocking my exit out of their driveway. The guestroom was it’s own floor of their renovated farmhouse. We sat in the gourmet kitchen and continued to work until 11pm and I retired to what could be the best B&B i’ve ever stayed in.The next morning her husband and kids had me dug out and on my way by 8am.
What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Fishing the Potomac and Rappahannock on my father’s boat with him, my brother, mother, grandfather and grandmother.
Tell us about another job you had..
I was a store manager for :Lane Bryant women’s store! I was trained by professionals to properly fit bras on women. I used to take pride in the responsibility where “women placed their breasts in my hands”
Tell us about your beloved?
My wife Robyn was my high school sweetheart. We will be married 27 years this September. She works at an animal hospital and we have taken in 3 rescue dogs in addition to other pets owned. She is a huge Anglophile and our pet’s names reflect that.  We currently have a Yorkie (Dudley), Cairn Terrier (Elpheba or Elphie named after the wicked witch of the west), Cockapoo (Ghillie) and a cat (Caryss)
Name 5 things always found in your fridge?
Unsalted butter,
eggs,
white wine (Robyn’s) , beer (Richard’s) ,
 heavy cream (when I cook I say “darn the calories”!)
If you were a quilt block, what one would you be & why?

Mariner’s compass due to my love of the water.

What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Hard tack 
What would be the name of three chapters in your auto-biography?
THATS GONNA LEAVE A MARK
I’M NOT CRAZY I’M JUST LIKE YOU
WHAT, ME WORRY?
How would you describe your job to a 5 year old?
 I sell pretty fabrics to your mother that makes her very happy and your daddy’s wallet very sad
Name 5 things on your bucket list…
Spend 2 weeks in Bora Bora
Take my wife to Great Britain for 2 or 3 weeks
Attend a Stanley Cup final in Washington
Fly to Key West on Jimmy Buffett’s Hemisphere Dancer sea plane and spend the weekend fishing with him
Play a round of golf with Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson.
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know…

I love poetry. Oddly, Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorites.

Name three things you never leave home without…
Android phone
Android tablet
The desire to return there as soon as possible
My vice in life..
Cigars and Foie Gras (not together!)
My passion is…
Cooking
My pet’s favorite TV show?
Curb Your Enthusiasm (they are the only ones in the house that will be in the room with me when it’s on)
My motto is…
I’m Growing Older But Not Up”
Is the Hokey Pokey really what it is all about?
The Hokey Pokey really IS all its’s about.
You just drove your car through the garage door. What would you say to your spouse / significant other, to convince them that this is good news?
Honey, remember how you’ve been after me to clean out the garage?”
What fashion trend do you wish would come back in style & why?
Gym shorts and over-the-calf athletic socks (everybody always said I had sexy legs)
If you could create your own bumper sticker, it would read…
“Honk if you love Jesus, Text while driving if you want to meet Him”
If gas mileage & space for samples, were not a requirement, I’d be driving..
Triumph TR7 on weekends,
Cadillac CTS V Coupe weekdays.
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Julie Kehne

We are keen on
Julie Kehne

L to R: Laurie and JULIE- Salt Lake City 2011

Where did you grow up?
 St. Paul, Minnesota.

How many years have you been in the industry? 
 ONE in quilting.  I’ve been working professionally with fabric in some form
or another for about 25 years now.
Favorite past time / hobbies? 
Reading, listening to music of all types, and watching movies, especially of the Jimmy Stewart variety.
Tell a funny story about being on the road…
No funny stories yet, I’m sure in time I will have plenty!
What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
A librarian.  That was about the time I learned to use a sewing machine
and switched to being a designer, either interior or clothing.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Going with my dad to the local nursery to pick up a Christmas wreath.  I was about 3. 
With 3 siblings you didn’t always get one on one Dad time.   I can still smell Christmas in the air and remember my wonderful dad lifting me up onto the counter.
Tell us about another job you had…

My very first job was at the age of 10 , in those pre-VCR days.
 My sister paid me a quarter a day to watch her soap opera (Ryan’s Hope) while she was at her summer job, and tell her what happened.

Name 5 things always found in your fridge? 
Famous Dave’s Devil’s Spit BBQ Sauce,
 maraschino cherries,
cottage cheese,
100% grape juice,
and Pace Medium Picante Sauce,.
If you were a quilt block, what one would you be & why?
A Log Cabin, but done in crazy modern prints.  I like the juxtaposition of old and new,
 and my “center” (home, family, friends) is hugely important to me.
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Hmmm, a toss up between puppies and the public library.
How would you describe your job to a 5 year old?
I get to go see people’s cool stores and show them pretty fabric to sell in those stores.
Name 5 things on your bucket list…
Go to Spain
Go to Scotland
Hold a baby fox (not sure how I’m gonna do this one.)
Get rid of the Creeping Charlie on my front lawn (ditto)
Actually use a good percentage of all those recipes I’ve been accumulating for years.
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know…
I LOVE the sounds of a bowling alley.
Name three things you never leave home without…
Lip balm.  Everything else is negotiable.
My vice in life…
Vegas every year or 2.
And coffee.  Delicious, dependable coffee….sigh.
My passion is…
Finding just the right items to restore my 50’s house.
My motto is…
Enjoy everything and be grateful.  We really have it good.
What fashion trend do you wish would come back in style & why?
80’s asymmetrical haircuts.  They were just so cute.
I collect…

Those old wooden hangers from long-gone hotels that have the hotel name on them.

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Joseph Galza

Meet our illustrious Sales Manager
Joseph Galza
Where did you grow up? 
I was born in Lackawanna,NY. That makes me a Buffalonian.
How many years in the industry?
I have been with Moda for 35 years and in the retail fabric business for 20 years before that. My parents owned a 5 and 10 store. My job as a youngster was to check the notions,etc for an order
every week for our distributor. I could make change and check out a cash register before I was eight.

 (I was ten before I could tie my shoes)
Favorite past time:
gardening, reading and old cars.
Funny story on road:
I locked myself out of my room in a large hotel in my underwear. When I finally got the hotel security to unlock my door he took my wallet and asked where I lived. I guess he thought I was the underwear bandit.
What did you want to be when you were 12 years old:
A Nun
What is your favorite childhood memory:
My Grandmother baking bread and making home made pasta.
Tell us another job you had:
I was a life guard in the Summer.
Tell us about your beloved:

That would be my wife, Nancy, who I have been married to for 36 years. She is the best thing that ever happened to me. (Working for Moda is the second)
Five things found in fridge:
Mustard,
skim milk,
yogurt,
 Pomegranate juice
and
something green and hairy way in the back of the fridge.
If I were a quilt block:
I would be an Ohio Star because that is where I live.
What is the best thing before sliced bread?
Velcro and Duck Tape
Three chapters in my auto-biography:

How to survive living with three sisters,
Mom was my best friend and
Sicilians aren’t as bad as you think.
How would you describe your job to a 5 year old:
I sell pretty fabrics to warm and friendly people.

A few other pictures that were too priceless not to share.

Joseph, thanks for putting up with all of us and always keeping your calm!

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Sonja Mann

Let’s give a big welcome to one of the newest members of the moda sales team.
Sonja Mann
Where did you grow up?
  I was born and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah.
How many years have you been in the industry?
  My whole life.  When you live in Utah, “the quilting capitol of the world”, you begin to learn about sewing and quilting from birth 🙂  I love doing hand applique.
Favorite past time / hobbies? 



I was a “tomboy” growing up.  I loved all sports and played anything and everything.  I especially loved to play a game called “Snooker” which is played on an extra large pool table.  Also, ping pong and marbles were favorites.  I had a huge marble collection that was the envy of all the boys in the neighborhood.  When I was 12 years old “tennis” became my sport of choice and I played in high school, and college.  I loved life on the tennis court.  When my two daughters turned three years old I taught them to play.  All three of us (my daughters and I) won a Utah State High School Championship Tennis title.  Sports and sewing were very important to all of us and we share these interests to this day. 
Hannah
Amanda
Tell a funny story about being on the road… The first time I went on the road as a sales representative I went to Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Tempe, Arizona (where I live).  I planned my trip for ten days.  After about five days I did laundry at the hotel and hung everything up to dry in the closet.  I checked out of the hotel and drove about three or four hours to Farmington, New Mexico.  Once I checked into the hotel and was unpacking my suitcase, I realized all my clothes were hanging in the closet in Albuquerque.   My Super 8 Motel in Farmington, NM, was right next to Walmart so I went on my first ever “Walmart (clothes) Shopping Spree”.  Let me tell you, I looked pretty “spiffy” the rest of the trip.  My “real” clothes arrived by mail in Tempe, AZ about a week later.
What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
I was obsessed with tennis and wanted to be Chris Evert.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
  My favorite memory was when I turned six years old, my Dad gave me my own “5 Star” baseball mitt.  It is my greatest treasure to this day.  I was so tiny in stature at that age, and my hand was so small that the mitt is about the size of a large softball.  My brothers had not been born at that time so my Dad would play catch with me in the back yard.  He would compliment me on how I could throw the ball “just like a guy”. I was so proud!
Tell us about another job you had…I started working for Southwest Airlines on August 30, 2001, as a reservation agent.  After two weeks of training, my first day to take calls by myself was on September 11, 2011.  It was in the morning and I answered the phone and a man said, “Ma’am do you know what’s going on in the world today?”  I said, “No what?”  He then told me a plane had just flown into the World Trade Center”.  After that moment the world was “chaos” at Southwest Airlines.

Tell us about your beloved?

My daughters Hanna (older), Amanda (younger) with Ginger the cat
 Name 5 things always found in your fridge?
Bread,
Milk,
yogurt,
apples,
iced tea.

If you were a quilt block, what one would you be & why?
Snail’s Trail, because I’m always following a trail from one quilt store to another.

What was the best thing before sliced bread?
The Lawrence Welk Show.  My grandparents would let us stay over on Saturday night and they would cut up sliced apples and we would all watch the show . . . . those were the good old days.
What would be the name of three chapters in your auto-biography?
Tomboy, Tennis Player/Mom, MODA Sales Rep
How would you describe your job to a 5 year old?
I meet nice people (especially alot of nice Grandma’s) and I show
 them fabric that they love to pet!
If you were written about in the newspaper, the headline would read…
“Sonja Mann Shines For Tennis Team” 
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know…When I was born my legs were severely turned inward and when I began to walk I would stumble over my feet and immediately fall down.   Before I started school (at 4 years old), my parents found a Doctor that knew the problem.  My femur bones (the top bones in my legs) were twisted, so he cut the bones in half and pinned and wired them back together.  I am eternally grateful to my parents, because without them being persistent to find the problem, my life would not be as wonderful as it has been. Because I was small in stature, all my clothes were “home-made” as we called it.  My sewing skills have continued to be benficial to this day even though I do not have much time to actually do them all.
Back then I would have never dreamt to one day be a salesperson in the sewing and textile industry.
Name three things you never leave home without…
I-Phone, GPS, Purse
My vice in life…
Sleeping In (which is a rarity)
My passion is…
It was raising my two daughters, now it is starting this amazing career
with all of you and Moda fabrics/United Notions.
Boxers or briefs? 
Can’t go there!
My motto is…
“The rich stay rich by living poor, the poor stay poor by living rich”
You just drove your car through the garage door. What would you say to your spouse / significant other, to convince them that this is good news?
“Whoopee, time for a NEW van and a NEW house!”
Me & my: senior prom / wedding / bad hair cut / proud moment /
school photo, etc.  Explain!
 Here is a picture of my best friend and sister Marilee.  She and I won the Utah State High School Doubles Championship when I was a Senior and she was a Sophomore. 
If you were not a sales rep, what else would you do?
Learn to play golf.

If you could create your own bumper sticker, it would read…
“Moda Van, not Mama Van!”

If gas mileage & space for samples, were not a requirement, I’d be driving…
 A real car, preferably a Lexus sports car convertible, fire engine red with ivory seats.
Fluffy
If you choose a career as a XXX movie star & need a stage name, they say; use the name of your first pet & the street you lived on – what would yours be? 
Fluffy Nye
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Brian Wheeler

Meet Brian Wheeler
Where did you grow up?
Whiteland, Indiana
How many years have you been in the industry?
23 Years
Favorite past time / hobbies?
Golfing, Listening to music, Shooting, Driving my sports car, Spending time with my Kids and Grand kids.
Tell a funny story about being on the road…
I was in a Starbucks working.  A Johnny Cash song came on their sound system. The song was about being happy in the blues or something like that. The Ladies behind the counter started singing along with the song and they were smiling and having fun. Then on of the customers started singing along with the song too. Then another customer and started singing and dancing. I thought I was in a new Starbucks Musical. I usually have coffee, however I had a bottle of water. I think I should have had the coffee that day….maybe I would have participated too.
What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
I wanted to be an Aircraft Pilot.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Visiting my Grandmother in Kentucky.
Tell us about another job you had…

When I was 17, I work at a cement block factory for a summer. I drove some heavy equipment,
 a very large pay loader. I’m pretty sure that they no longer let 17 year olds drive heavy equipment.
Name 5 things always found in your fridge?
Diet Coke
Bottled Water
Diet Peach Tea
Bud lite
Orange Juice
If you were a quilt block, what one would you be & why?
Grandmothers Puzzle. My grandmother was a big influence in my life and I think
sometime people have a hard time figuring me out.
If you were written about in the newspaper, the headline would read…
On the Road Again
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know…
I coached soccer.
Name three things you never leave home without…
Android Phone
Keys
Money
My vice in life…
Coffee
My passion is…
My Kids and Grand Kids. I also love to see my customers be successful.
Boxers or briefs?
Briefs.
My motto is…
Keep going…you are not down until you decide not to get up.
Brian the trendsetter at sample spree
didn’t take long for others to catch on
Is the Hokey Pokey really what it is all about?
I would say that is a matter of opinion. When every one is dancing and having fun, I think is more about “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang.
I collect…
Coins
If gas mileage & space for samples, were not a requirement, I’d be driving…
’01 Ford Mustang Cobra
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