Get ready for great Stocking Stuffer ideas for all of your quilting friends!
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.
First up is an adorable snowman gift topper (that can easily double as a tree ornament).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!