Bella Solids

Have you seen the Bella solids color card?  

I’ve been working with my color card this week…choosing fabrics to go with some of my pre-cuts. I love the fact that the Bella samples can be lifted up from the board, allowing you to set fabrics underneath to make sure you have the perfect match (or contrast) you’re looking for.  I’m not sure whether I should categorize the color card as a notion or a tool…but I absolutely consider this a necessity for matching fabrics and incorporating solids into my quilts.

I also love the fact that many of the Bella solids are available as precuts: bundles, layer cakes, jelly rolls, and charm packs. I’m getting ready to use the jelly roll below in a quilt and already know it will save me a ton of time!

(Pictured below: fat quarter bundles of new Moda Bella Warm colors on the left and new Moda Bella Brights on the right).

I have some upcoming posts planned with ideas for Bella solids: organization ideas, some tips, and several “what goes with what” posts, but I thought today I’d start with a simple idea I’ve been using for a couple of years now. While I love the Bella solids pre-cuts, I also love purchasing quarter and half-yards.

But I also want to be sure I know which colors I have in case I end up deciding to use a piece for a bigger project. If I need to order more fabric, I want to know exactly which color to order.

I make little tags to pin onto each larger piece of my Bella solids. I just use my pinking shears to cut little rectangle “tags” and then use a permanent marker to identify the color name and number.

The tags just take a minute to make, it’s easy to remove them  when you’re ready to use your fabric, and the tags are easy to pin back on.

Crafting Holiday Decor from Sewing Notions and Accessories

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As Moda’s Visual Merchandising Manager, Debbi Duckworth (better known as Ducki), is always on the lookout for inventive ways to use the many products stocked by United Notions. Over the past few weeks she’s been gathering items from the warehouse shelves that lend themselves to holiday crafting. Not only will the finished crafts add some fun to your holiday décor, making them with friends, family members, and customers provides the perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy one another’s company at this hectic time of year. Take a look at what Ducki found.

First up is an adorable snowman gift topper (that can easily double as a tree ornament).

“Craf-tex is my new favorite,” says Ducki about this fusible. “There are so many ways to use it and it’s fusible on both sides. Their pre-cut round (437 6CR) and square (437 7CS)shapes are perfect for making your packages extra special. Just fuse your fabric and then do a quick buttonhole stitch all around—I used Presencia perle cotton. For an ornament, you could use wool to make it a little firmer. There are so many options—you could fuse fabric that’s been embroidered, stenciled, or stamped to create personalized ornaments. The pre-cut shapes would be perfect for an Advent calendar. And Craf-tex comes in different sizes if you want to make something bigger, too.

Ducki also cut out and fused greetings from Cosmo Cricket’s Dear Mr. Claus line for more package adornments. “The fabric has greetings like ‘Warm Wishes for a very Happy Holiday Season” or you could write on fabric to make your own,” she says. “I ironed two greetings onto the fusible at once, using an applique pressing sheet (Bear Threads Designs Applique Pressing Sheet BT212) so the fusible didn’t get on my iron. And because I didn’t put fabric on the back, I could fuse the greetings to the package.”
Other ideas to make your packages stand out under the tree include using the Accuquilt Go! Baby (55300) holiday dies (55043) to cut snowflakes, trees, holly leaves and berries, and adhering the colorful shapes to boxes. “They really stand out if you use plain paper and attaching them with spray adhesive (Spray and Fix Permanent Fabric Adhesive 404 or Scotch Super 77) means no glue lumps,” says Ducki. “The Go! Baby is so easy to use that this would be something fun to do with kids.”


Another family-friendly tool is Clover’s simple-to-use Pom-Pom Maker (3128), which comes in several sizes. “You can make pom-poms in holiday colors and tie them to a length of yarn and hang them above your fireplace, like a garland, or tie them to packages” says Ducki. “I’ve got a grandson who’s nearly four and if we got him started, I think pom-poms would be easy enough for him to make.” You could also whip up some yo-yos in holiday fabrics with Clover’s Yo-Yo Maker (8701) and dangle them from the branches of your tree.

For older family members, say pre-teen girls, who are looking to add a little bling to the holidays, Ducki suggests Kandi’s Crystal Crafter Applicator (07102) and Lorna Hot Fix Embellishments. “They could spell out the initials of their best friend on packages or ornaments and decorate bows, tags, and ribbon for a sparkle,” says Ducki. “And when they’re done, these ArtBin Twisterz (6940-AB) are fantastic—you can store crystals and all kinds of things and they’re stackable and lock together, so you can keep everything in its place.”
For a more traditional holiday feel, buttons can be arranged in the shape of a mitten, snowflake, or the first initial of a gift recipient on ornaments and packages. For a really sensational package, try buttons-on-a-roll (2109-64) tied atop a bright ribbon. These buttons-on-a-roll would also look sensational combined with a fabric or pom-pom garland above a fireplace or draped artfully on the branches of a Christmas tree.
Baker’s twine (99931) adds a cozy feel to packages and can be used for hanging ornaments, holiday cards, or anything you want to have a little homespun color. Substituting rickrack (Elan 2107 and Trim Trends RR41) pom-poms on a roll, or crocheted trim (2109-59) for ribbon adds punch to simple brown paper-wrapped packages. “It’s a great way to make your packages more fun and creative,” says Ducki.

Ducki’s a big fan of Pinterest and it was there she saw a tape measure bow (Clover Tape Measure C250), the perfect touch atop a gift for your sewing buddies. “You can make them from twill tape that looks like a tape measure (Elan 2109-37), but this one uses an actual tape measure,” says Ducki.
If your holiday style leans toward elegance, the Imaginisce imagi-cut ribbon cutter (003948) might be just the thing. It cuts and seals ribbons to prevent fraying.


Speaking of ribbon, Ducki admits that if only she had room, she’d love to have a Clip-It Ribbon Organizer (01 010) to keep all these trims tamed. “I love the way you can clip small pieces of ribbons underneath,” says Ducki.

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So, let the holiday crafting begin. And, as Ducki says, “Let your imagination run wild!”

Do your notions and gadgets multi-task this time of year? How do you use them to create some holiday spirit?

and the ribbon goes to…

The dust has settled a bit since Quilt Market 2012 but our pride on winning the best Multiple booth continues to shine on.
We have had so many questions regarding the booth that we thought
 we would ask Holly Hickman to fill us in on the process of designing
this year’s prize winning booth.
The theme my favorite color is moda started it all. One of the
moda sales people wrote
in and told us  how she was introduced
 at one of her stops to
the customers in the store.
One customer immediately said,
 “Moda is my favorite color.”
We thought that said it all.

Cheryl Freydberg, VP of Design, Mark Dunn, President,  
Holly Hickman, Design & Marketing, Lissa Alexander, Director of Marketing

How many paint sticks did you paint?
 I hated to keep track. I know it was at least 1500 give or take a few that
broke during the drilling process.
What do you mean by drilling process?
I drilled a hole in each paint stick to be able to add string and hang it from the cross beams.

What colors and type of paint did you use?
 I used 14 colors of Valspar  8 Fl oz color samples from Lowes. Varying shades of reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purple even gray. These samples are all ready mixed you just pick the colors you like and only cost a few dollars (craft paints would work just as well).
Where did you get all those paint cans?
 Paint cans came from 
 How did you put that paint drip along the edge?
 Placed paint in a squeeze bottle, ran a thick bead of paint around the top rim of paint can, placed paint can on a drop cloth and let paint run down sides of can.
Any other details you want to share for anyone wanting to do a display using this concept? 
I like order so all the paint cans and sticks are in a rainbow color order. 
Quantity is important you need more than one to make visual impact, groupings make a bolder statement.You could also hang cheap paint brushes that have been dipped in 
paint to mix in with the paint sticks, or hang just paint brushes.
 These could be fun projects for kids to do while there mothers or grandmothers are taking a quilting class. You could also have Bella solids spilling out of several paint cans. 
 Use the drop cloth from these painting projects as a table cover or tape to the wall with painters tape to create a unique backdrop stacking paint cans and hanging stir sticks in front of. 
There is only 2 days to set all this up? Did you worry about making it all happen?

 I rehearsed it over and over in my sleep, or lack of sleep. What if I forgot something? I did have a lot of help with the set-up crew assuring me that it would be okay. They were right, it was great!

 The table covers and chair covers were adorable. 
How did you come up with that idea?
The paint section at Lowe’s. I’ve always love the simplicity 
of paint chips, tints and shades of a color.
Holly has already started on the next Market preparation.
 I will give you a clue. 
It doesn’t involve paint but it does involve
 her favorite color, Moda.

Houston 2012

Hello! My name is Sherri from A Quilting Life…and I’m excited to be posting today on the Cutting Table blog to share some of my thoughts about the recent International Quilt Market in Houston! The Houston market was my second market; I had previously attended the Spring 2011 market in Salt Lake City. I was really excited to attend for the second time as I felt I had a little knowledge and experience that would help me navigate and see everthing and everyone…of course that didn’t turn out to be the case as there is always more to see and do than you have time for in just a few days, but I had an absolutely wonderful time…again!
Of course I was in awe of the entire Moda area…when I walked in Friday afternoon and saw the “My Favorite COLOR is Moda” banner I remember nodding my head in agreement…what a perfect theme! Every detail was amazing from the perfectly stacked paint cans to the brightly colored table cloths and delightful “paint” chair covers! 

I had seen a little sneak peek of this adorable “Glamping” trailer on Instagram, but the preview didn’t come close to preparing me for how wonderful this little area was! Again, every attention to detail had been taken with every accessory inside and outside the trailer beautifully presenting Mary Jane’s first fabric collection! Also in this area were displays of Honey Honey by Kate Spain and Posy by Aneela Hoey!

I had a few quilts I had pieced on display in the Moda area too…a couple in the United Notions section and this “Milky Way” quilt designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company (top quilt on the quilt ladder). I love this photo because it also shows the cute hanging paint sticks that were decorating the Moda booths!

Many of the Moda designers were in attendance, and I was able to visit all of their lovely booths and displays and hear from them all at the two Moda designer SchoolHouse sessions…they were such an inspiring group!

Comma, by Zen Chic was one of those collections that was just stunning…you couldn’t walk by this display without stopping to notice the amazing blend of modern fabrics and bold, graphic design. In fact, color seemed to be the overall theme of the market. Colors and fabrics were repeatedly displayed throughout the market aisles in such an amazing, creative manner. Quilts were, of course, the standard, but home dec accessories, clothing and bags all made wonderful use of the quilting fabrics we all love.

With all of the color and contrast, print and pattern, and fabric, of course…the one constant about quilt market last time and this time was the amazing people that you met everywhere you went. I think I appreciated this aspect of market even more so this “second time around.” Whether waiting for the shuttle at my hotel, waiting in line to attend a SchoolHouse session, or just sitting down to grab a snack, I had the best time talking about fabric and life with fabric lovers from all over the country and from many parts of the world! I was especially happy to be able to meet the wonderful group pictured above as we prepared to sign copies of the Moda Sweet Celebrations book compiled by Lissa Alexander and published by the Stash division of C&T Publishing.

If I had to sum up the quilt market experience I would say it’s like being in a University of Fabric and Quilty Inspiration combined with a never-ending treasure trove of quilt shop ready displays! I came home (as I did from my first market) a little tired, but very inspired with many ideas for future projects! And, just as before…I was missing the whole market experience within just a few days! I can’t wait to attend again!