Pre-market piles

Rolls of Backdrops ready to go – Check!
Crates for gathering of the new books & patterns – Check!
More crates for new books & patterns – Check & check!
Props for Moda Pit – Check!
Notebooks waiting to be put together for sales reps. Binder with all the ‘extras’ – Check!
Last but not least & probably most important – NOURISHMENT to help with set up!  CHECK & double Check!!

Just thought ya’ll might to see a little of the behind the scenes of getting ready here for market in Houston.  Just a minor portion of what goes into getting ready for International Quilt Market in Houston in October.

How Big is Texas?

 September was a busy month all across the state of Texas for quilters. 90 Shops participated in the first ever Texas Shop Hop. This was not a feat for the weak at heart. The hop was divided into 8 regions including the back roads through the Hill Country to the big cities of Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and many others. The talented and creative shop owners pulled out all the stops transforming their shops into giant Texas displays. Big Tex himself would have been proud.
Several of the stores sent in pictures of their Quilt Across Texas displays. Some of those you will see here. We also sent some of our secret shoppers out to “shop.”  We had several people volunteering to do this task….. Imagine that!
We wanted to share with you the contest winners from each of the eight regions.
Check out  the winners along with the entire list of shops

Region One— Rachael’s Fabrics & Quilting4636-50th St.
Lubbock, TX  79414
(806) 795-4693
Region Two — Tomorrow’s Quilts  Waco, TX
Tomorrow’s Quilts
800 Lake Air Dr.
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 741-6988
Region Three—-Thomas Sewing Center
1515 N. Town East Blvd.
Mesquite, TX 75150
(972) 681-3996

Region Four— Kaleidoscope
Quilt Shop
114 E Main St.
Whitesboro, TX  76273
(903) 564-4681
Region Five—French Knot Quilt Shop
409 E. Main St.
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 560-1488
Region Six—Honey Bee Quilt Store
9308 Anderson Mill Rd. #300
Austin, TX 78729
(512) 257-1269
Region Seven —Creations1013 Main St.
Kerrville, TX  78028
(830) 896-8088
Region Eight —-Cedar Chest Quilt Shoppe121 S. Mechanic
El Campo, TX  77437
(979) 578-8929
Check out the region winners websites for a virtual visit to their stores. If you are lucky enough to be from Texas and now transplanted some where else, many of the fabrics are available online.

Vanessa from V and Co.

hi there moda-ites this is Vanessa of the V and Co blog and of V and Co patterns.
allow me to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me.

i’m a mom and a wife, and my husband and children are my world. but while they are at school and work, i get to create patterns, sew, and i write on my blog weekly ramblings of my daily life of being a mother of 4 kids, which can be pretty funny at times.

on my blog i create free tutorials on how to create fun things for your home, your friends, yourself, or your kids. i also update my readers on all my newest patterns for sale. its a great past time that blog of mine, and i’m happy to write my musings to so many friends.

so a little about that shop i have.
i started creating PDF patterns 2 years ago. and i just recently made the leap in making my creations into paper patterns. the first three i have that have just come out are:

 the abby bag, which is a great bag that can carry just about anything. it’s reversible, and the bow can be converted into a scarf. definitely a fan favorite.

 next is my houndstooth pattern. this is a great pattern that includes instructions for the baby sized blocks featured on the baby houndstooth quilt, and instructions on the larger version that includes measurements and instructions for throw size all the way up to king size perfect for teens and adults alike. 🙂

 and lastly my beach bag pattern (which should be renamed “everything but the kitchen sink bag”) because you can fit just about that! it’s a great bag that can used for so many versatile things. i use mine weekly to tote all the “mother” stuff as well as my stuff.
these three are my first to make it into paper pattern, but keep an eye out for more to keep popping up as the months continue. i am super excited to keep creating and moving forward in the paper pattern industry.
aside from the tutorials on my blog you can also find my tutorials on the moda bake shop

 this baby life quilt one is one of my favorite i made for them.

you can also see my projects in magazines and books, and my own book is coming out this january of 2012.
i really love what i do.
i consider myself very lucky and blessed to be able to do what i love from my home so i can be there when the kids come home from school.
i hope you enjoy my patterns as much as i do!
thank you so much for letting me come today and share a little about myself!

The Cat is out of the Bag

We have a pun around here that goes like this,
Designing fabric is like giving birth.
It takes about 9 months from design to arrival on the store shelves. Well one of our New designers couldn’t wait to let the so called cat out of the bag. She is so super excited that it was tough for her to contain herself, so today we are announcing that Pat Sloan will be designing fabric for Moda.
Her line will debut at Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City. I think this will make her be “pregnant” for a year. This is about the gestation period of a horse. (Pat, sorry no pun intended.)
·         How  did you get started quilting and when?
     I often tell people I quilt so I can play with fabric. I learned to sew in High School and LOVED it, but I’m not a great garment maker.  I made clothing anyway as I love fabric. When my friend Gwen ‘told me’ that I really needed to learn to quilt, I was not so sure. Cut up those tiny pieces and put them back together? After the first one I was hooked!  There is a great
interview I gave at this link.
·         How many quilts do you think you have made in your lifetime? Can you name a favorite?
     Oh my.. how MANY? I have hundreds of quilts and fabric projects. But a favorite? There are a few, one of my favorites is  Ma-Ma’s garden that so many people have made and I teach a workshop with this design called ‘Wild and Free’.
·         How many different hats do you wear? You  Design rulers for Sullivan’s, Spokesperson for Auriful threads, Creative talk radio, Machine quilting with APQS, Social media guru and what have I missed? Tell us about keeping these all straight.
     It seems I love quilting so much that I can’t just stay with one thing! Yes I work as a spokesperson for Sullivans Rulers (and I helped design the ruler), my books are with Leisure arts, I partner with Aurifil thread, QuiltAlbum software, I am a member of Therm-o-web design team, my patterns are with BigFork Bay Quilting Co, and I work with the APQS George… a sit down long arm. 

     Plus I LOVE the Internet! I’m such geek. When I had the opportunity to do a Internet radio show I jumped at it and it’s SUCH fun! The quilt show is live Monday at 4pm and I work with American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. Listen here
·         How often do you travel? Tell us a story about one of your most memorable trips.
      Meeting quilters is the best part of my job! I travel to about 25 events a year on average. Sometime more.  Next month I’m hosting a Quilter’s Cruise to the Caribbean… we always have a blast on those!  You can see my schedule on my event page
      My most memorable trip so far was going to China with McCall’s magazine where I hosted a bus of quilters. I had always wanted to see Asia, so it was a dream trip. The people were so friendly and I learned so much about China.  The highlight was walking on the Great Wall, it  took my breath away.
·         tell me about your family.
     My business is a family business. My husband Gregg works with me full time and does all the jobs I don’t like to do.. wink! He goes on many of the trips I take because he does the driving! Around the Internet he is fondly known as the Shipping Department (SD).  I have brothers, parents, and nine nieces and nephews to make quilts for!

You can find me here… just remember my name and it links to everything!
 You know where I asked Pat about all the different hats she wears!! here ya go!
Sign up Pat Sloan’s email newsletter right side bar
… listen to her weekly Radio Show!
… Listen to her monthly Crafting Radio show
… Read her Daily Blog –
… Join her super Quilt group where you can meet lots of great quilt friends
… Join her Quilt page at Facebook for some fun!
… And come twitter with Pat!
… See the Youtube videos and sometimes the studio webcam
… Learn about the Quilt machine she uses
… Weekly craft blog (Wed) at

How Great is Pat? She is already doing a giveaway.

Hop on over to her blog and leave a comment.
Comments will be open until Saturday.