Quilting with Snuggles- Meet Maggi Honeyman

It is 104 degrees in the shade here in Dallas but I thought it was perfect timing to talk about quilting with Snuggles. We use Snuggles as backing for everything from baby quilts, dorm beds to rugged men’s quilts.

Fabrics like this can be a little more difficult to handle than the 100% cottons quilters are accustomed to so I asked Maggi Honeyman about quilting with it. She has shared some of her tips with us for long-arm quilting.

Quilting on Snuggles

Moda’s Snuggles fabric line is an absolutely wonderful treat to use as a backing.   While it may look a little daunting, long arm quilting on Snuggles is really not a problem as long as you follow a couple of easy tips.  Here are a few ideas to share with your customers.

First – it is very important that the fabric be cut straight.  That can be a bit of a problem as the fabric is pretty stretchy and a little slippery.  Just be sure and have your selvages lined up really well, then try to cut on a surface that allows you not to have to shift the fabric to accomplish the entire cut.  (Something like a large dining room table?)

Next – the fabric must be loaded on the crossgrain of the fabric – the stretchy cut side – and not on the selvages.  The selvages would certainly be easier to pin but take it from experience, it doesn’t really work out so well!  Also, it’s important to put the pins very close together so as not to stretch the fabric.

Now that you have the quilt loaded be sure not to put too much tension between the top and bottom rollers – again, you do not want to stretch the fabric.  After basting, clamp carefully and then quilt away.

I would always recommend using a new needle and if you’re going to use a batting, use a fairly thin one as the fabric itself is heavier than a regular quilting cotton.

The quilting shows up so wonderfully on the back because the thread buries itself in the pile and leaves a fabulous dimension.   The little extra effort it takes to use Snuggles is so worth it as this fabric is the softest, most snugly stuff you have ever touched.

Maggi Honeyman – Sew, Maggi’s Quilting!

Do you want to know more about Maggi?

How did you become a quilter?  What I mean by that is how long have you been piecing quilts for your personal use?

I started quilting just about 20 years ago in the middle of my 20 year home day care career.  My husband and I have 4 children and I wanted to stay at home with them so, day care was the answer.  However, it was driving me a little crazy so i picked up quilting about half way through my tenure.  I was instantly hooked and it absolutely helped save my sanity :0)
When did you start machine quilting for the public? How did that all come about?
I started machine quilting 11 years ago as a result of total day care burnout!  My youngest was 11 and I couldn’t wipe another snotty nose or “you-know-what”.  But, I had 3 children under the age of 18 still at home and decided I needed to be home worse then than when they were babies and machine quilting gave me that option.
I’ve heard that you bought your house to fit your quilting machine? Tell me about that.
When I got my machine it just so happened that our home in Florida had a stacked formal living/dining area.  It was the only place that the machine would fit and the dining area was already my personal sewing area so it worked out well.  When we moved to the Dallas area 9 years ago I quickly learned that even in TX it is hard to find a room that is big enough to accommodate the 12 ft. machine table.  So, we found 1 home in about 40 that had the stacked formal living/dining area and that is where we are today.  Ultimately, I would love to have a studio out on the South 40 (Kansas terminology).  It can be daunting having my work stare at me all day, every day, but for the most part I have learned when it is
time to turn the “Lincoln in the living room” off.
Maggi’s grand daughter, Lilly inspecting my quilt
Favorite quilt? I know this is like asking if you have a favorite child.
Favorite??  I think each quilt is it’s owners favorite even if every once in a while I will get a quilt that is pretty badly pieced.  They are much more difficult to work on.  These quilts used to cause me a lot of stress but I have come to the comfort of knowing that the person who made it did it with love and as well as she could and she enjoyed herself while she was making it.  Much less stress on my part that way!  Favorite???  I have had many over the years.  Cop out answer, I know, but usually it is just about living in the moment.  I have had so many wonderful customers and the opportunity to quilt many beautiful quilts.
If quilting is your business, what is your hobby?
Quilting began as a hobby for me and I still LOVE piecing.  I find it very relaxing and the friends
 I have made over the years are invaluable to me.  I will be quilting long after I retire from
my business (which isn’t anytime soon!).
How do you pick the quilting designs? Threads?
I try and let the quilt “talk” to me.  Sometimes they are stubborn that way though!  But really, I look at the style of quilt and fabric and let that be the place to start.  I have collected lots of books and magazines over the years that I refer to and the Internet is a great place to look for quilting ideas.  Of course sometimes the quilt maker has specific ideas and I always try and give that customer what she wants.

Thank you Maggi for sharing your tips on Quilting with Snuggles.

Moda also  has a line of Plush fabrics named Fireside. They are a wonderful soft texture in dark warm colors. The color ranges are shown below. ( They’re available in the the popular greys colors as well!)

Ask for these at your favorite Moda Retailer.


Country Fair quilt and Moda Designers blog hop

Hello to all!
This blog  is directed to customers of Moda fabrics and United Notions. However this post has information for Store Owners and Consumers as well, so I wanted to let you know that because some of the details in the videos maybe be confusing without a heads up.

moda designers at spring schoolhouse session

I hope EVERYONE  will join us to celebrate

National Sewing Month.
The moda designers will be having a month long blog hop beginning September 6th featuring a daily post and project from each of the participating designers. Each designer is featuring a fun make it and take style project that is inspired by the country fair theme. STORE OWNERS: The designers that attended spring market also designed quilt blocks for stores owners to use in their stores. If you were not able to attend the schoolhouse session featuring the quilt, please sign on to your customer workstation (via moda fabrics website) to download the information for the quilt. Look for this icon in the upper right hand corner of the customer web page. Only visible once you have signed in with your customer ID and password.

Okay now that the explanations are over, let’s get down to the fun stuff.

Baker’s Dozen (Country Fair) Quilt pic

Look for these quilt blocks, patterns and recipes from the moda designers at your favorite retailer. The quilt shown was a combination of several moda designers newest lines. Many of the shops have taken these designs and featured a variety of collections also. Pick your favorite block, make multiple blocks and have a completely different project. The possibilities are endless.

Sweetwater showing their quilt in schoolhouse

The posts will start right after labor Day, so
Mark your Calenders!

September 6th    Sandy Gervais of Pieces from My Heart
September 13th Sandy Klop from American Jane (Post will be featured on Moda’s blog)
September 14th Liesl from Oliver + S
September 19th Barbara Brackman from Barbara Brackman, of course.
September 20th Bonnie from Cotton Way
September 22nd Deb Strain
September 27th Kate Spain
and the fun continues into October

Cosmo Cricket: Living the Artist’s Life

Julie Comstock once translated her eldest son’s artwork into a quilt.

“I think of myself as an unorthodox quilter,” says Julie, who wishes she had more time for sewing. But as half the husband-and-wife design team of Cosmo Cricket (the name comes from rearranging the letters of the name of the other team member—Eric Comstock), she’s busy with design projects, including their new line for Moda, Write This Way: Circa 1934.
Julie and Eric, who work from their Utah home, met while studying commercial art at Utah State University.
“We took all of our college art classes together, so we’ve worked together since the beginning of our relationship,” says Julie. After graduating, Eric worked for an ad agency while Julie freelanced, but five years ago they decided to strike out on their own. “Our youngest doesn’t know what it’s like to have parents who work outside the home.”
Today their desks are about three feet apart. But if you’re picturing two people so close that they’re in perfect sync on every detail, you’d be wrong. Eric has a clean, minimalist aesthetic, favoring tidy, cleared-off surfaces, while Julie prefers a cozy, vintage vibe. She describes her desk as “a total cluttered mess,” filled with stacks of ideas and inspiration. Julie’s in charge of Cosmo Cricket’s crafty designs, so her desk is covered with ink pads, brads, jewelry parts, and whatever else her current project requires.

“We sit back-to-back so Eric doesn’t have to look at my stuff,” says Julie with a laugh. I clear it off on occasion, but as soon as I do, I make a mess again.”

Despite their differences, these two smoothly meld their tastes to create designs for scrapbooking, gift wrap, and online photo albums. Eric’s artwork appears on children’s posters, while Julie’s been working on fabric jewelry (including Glubers). And all the while, they’re raising their four kids in an arts-friendly environment.
“My mom is an artist, and I spent a lot of time doing oil painting on the back deck with her,” says Julie. “Art was valued in our house and my mom made me feel like I was good at it. Being artistic was a way of life and it’s the same for our kids.”
That’s probably why Julie had to laugh about her daughter’s affinity for coloring on everything when she was little. “When she was three she covered her body with brown markers—she even colored the bottom of her feet and between her toes,” says Julie. “She was brown for several days.”
Julie’s apparent appreciation for creativity is one reason she’s so excited about Cosmo Cricket’s new line of fabric.
“I love to see what people do with our products,” she says. “I’m looking forward to getting back to sewing, seeing things made with Write This Way: Circa 1934, and learning from what I see.” 

Mary Ann Yeager

And last but not least today is the day to meet our very own Mary Ann Yeager.
Where did you grow up?
Olean, NY
How long have you worked for Moda Fabrics?
3 years
What did your first quilt look like and when did you make it? 
 I made a Spinning Spool wall Quilt from a craft magazine. I was so proud of it until a friend pointed out to me that my seam allowances were not 1/4″ and my points did not match. I then signed
myself up for Quilting classes.
Three things you couldn’t do your job without.
My computer, phone headset, all the woman in customer service.
Other favorite past time / hobbies?
Quilting, Sewing, Reading
What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
a Nun
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Spending every Christmas Eve with all my cousins at my grandparents.
Tell us about another job you had…
I was the Easter Bunny at a large Mall in Pittsburgh, PA
Tell us about your beloved?
I married the first boy I ever dated in High School 10 years ago. He is my best
friend then and now, we can talk for hours.  We have so much in common our lives have truly been intertwined in ways we had no idea before we married.
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know…
 I have a brown belt in Judo
My vice in life…
Buffalo wings!
My passion is…
My grandchildren all 6 of them!
My motto is…
Treat everyone as you wish to be treated you never know what the future will hold.
I collect…
Featherweight sewing machines, baskets and fabric of course!
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? 
 Merrie Rainbow
Where would you go on your dream vacation? 
 Maui for a month.
Brown bag or go out?
brown bag
What did you get in trouble for most when you were a kid?
I never got in trouble I was the perfect little girl!
What would you try if you had no fear?
 Sky diving

Am I getting younger?

Everything & I mean everything has a cycle.  What’s new is old, what’s old is new.  Take hand stitching for instance.  I’m seeing more & more embroidery, crewel work, basic hand work, etc coming back. This cool book from C &T has some great projects in it for the person who likes to do hand projects. I personally will be doing more handwork as I have gone ‘green’.  (riding the ‘A’
train to work 4 of the 5 days)

For the Love of Hand Stitching by Jan Constantine is a fabulous new collection of 21 decorative applique and hand-embroidery projects featuring some of Jan’s best-selling designs. Alongside her signature pillows are a selection of bags, aprons, and other home accessories such as a throw, quilt, needle case, and placemats. Jan’s modern approach to embroidery, with bright colors and strong shapes in a series of bold, graphic designs, are perfect projects for the summer.  

Cross-sell products include:
Colorful wool felts
Both plain and gingham cottons and linens
Embroidery needles, scissors, hoops, and threads
Fusible web
Stranded cotton thread
Basic sewing supplies
Basic sewing machine

Glossary of Stitches include:
Blanket stitch applique
Blanket stitch edging
Buttonhole stitch
Chain stitch
Zigzag chain stitch
French knot
Cross stitch
Basic satin stitch
Satin stitch
Closed fly stitch
Slip stitch