Quilts With Stories

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We are wrapping up a month of holiday sewing with our {Christmas in July} theme on the Moda Bake Shop. Pop on over for Christmas quilts, ornaments, and tree skirts. We’re helping you get a jump start on your holiday sewing (I know I need it!).

We’ve got everything from classic…

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…to the ultra modern!

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August begins a month of Quilts with Stories, where our Chefs share the inspiration behind their projects.

Christmas in July

July is definitely in full swing, and with many of the new Christmas fabrics available, it’s definitely time to start thinking about…well…Christmas in July! Remember to think outside the box when assembling fabrics for Christmas projects. The stockings below (pattern is “Mini Stockings” by Fig Tree & Company) were made without using a single “Christmas” fabric. Joanna Figueroa put together some wonderful bundles using Fig Tree, Sweetwater, and even some Urban Chiks fabrics.

The stockings are quick and easy to put together (especially if you’re using a single fabric rather than the patchwork as shown in the pattern photo), and they can be used for gift giving and for decorating. Bet you can’t make just one (I couldn’t)!

Of course there are lots of wonderful Moda Christmas collections available to sew with now as well! Kate Spain’s In From the Cold is a delightful collection with greens, aquas, reds, greys, and creams. There are fun prints and patterns, florals and geometrics, as well as whimsical mittens, gingerbread men, and hot cocoa mugs!

The full range of Moda Christmas fabrics is in shops now: Christmas Countdown, Winter’s Lane, Joy Batiks, Wintergreen, Nature’s Christmas, Icicle Kisses, Season’s Greetings, Holiday in the Pines, Esprit de Noel, Aspen Frost, and Snowman Gatherings. There are sure to be several of these lines that are perfect for your holiday quilts and home décor projects. Also, while Midwinter Reds isn’t technically a Christmas collection…think of all the holiday quilt options using that upcoming collection! And…collections like Happy Go Lucky and this fall’s Scrumptious have some wonderful red prints and florals perfect for holiday projects!

This month the Moda Bake Shop has a delightful recipe for an easy Speedy Tree Skirt! Whatever it is you will be making for this upcoming holiday season: quilts, table runners, pillows, potholders, wall hangings, stockings, tree skirts, placemats, napkins, or more…be sure to stock up now on your favorite Moda Christmas fabric collections!

Quiltmania No.96

We are always thrilled to flip through the Quiltmania Magazines when they arrive at our warehouse.
Lots of fun and fresh quilt designs by various designers fill this magazine. They even have a “Diary” section for upcoming Quilting events in various states/countries throughout the world.

However, this particular issue caught my attention right away as I was flipping through and noticed this little logo…

The Cyber Quilter by Elisabeth Fuchs had written a lovely review about the Moda Bake Shop as well as The Quilt Index website.  What a pleasant surprise and awesome review! She goes into detail on how to find projects on the Moda Bake Shop to use your Moda precut that is just waiting for the perfect project.

As you are flipping through and enjoying all the projects and articles in Quiltmania Magazine, you just might spot Moda Designers, Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson on page 17 and a peek at Moda’s Vin du Jour by 3 Sisters on the back of the front cover.

Click here to view the Swatch Page for Vin du Jour by 3 Sisters
Download JPG Images here for Vin du Jour by 3 Sisters

What is your favorite part of the Quiltmania Magazines?

All the Buzzz

There is a particular notion that has been all the buzz around here. 
Since Tacony introduced their innovative new seam ripper we haven’t been able to keep it on the shelves!

This seam ripper doubles as a thread remover. 
After you’ve used the sharp point to take the seam apart, 
you can use the specially formulated plastic “honey-comb” end to grab the bits of broken thread, 
removing them from your fabric.

Seam Fix is available in the new mini (3-1/4″) size or the standard (5.3″) size.
The mini comes in pink, purple & yellow. The standard comes in pink, aqua and dark grey.

Check out this video to see this tool in action… 

Visit your local quilt shop to pick up a Seam-Fix and give it a try.

View our latest July NOTEWORTHY for our
latest new notions including Tacony’s other fun new gadgets…

Have you tried out the Seam-Fix yet?
What do you think about it?

Bella Solids Fun

I’ve had so much fun over the past few months making the Moda Friendship Quilt Along Blocks using Bella solids. This weekend I finished three more blocks, bringing my total to 20 finished blocks! Every time I make another block I’m sure I’ve just made my favorite of them all…

But I have a hard time choosing a favorite once I look at them all together! (You can find Bella solids color information and links to the PDF files for these blocks here).

Over the next few weeks I’ll be setting my blocks together and will reveal the finished quilt top and share my finishing instructions next month! I’ve had so much fun working with these solids…seems like I’m going to have to come up with another solids project fast!

I’ve also had lots of emails asking for links to the various solids posts. I’ve got links to all of my blog posts about these blocks on my blog today. The links will take you to the original block posts so you can collect Bella color information for each block shown above. Links to the PDF files for each pattern are also included on the posts.

I also thought it would be great to provide an index here, on the Moda Cutting Table, to some of the informational Bella posts on this blog over the last six months. There really are some great tips and ideas included in the previous posts.

For ideas on organizing your Bella solids click here.

For information on some favorite Bella solids that work with Moda collections (including tips from Camille Roskelley, Joanna Figueroa, and Carrie Nelson) click here.

To learn about Bella Bias bindings click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!