September on the Moda Bake Shop

September is National Sewing month and over at the Moda Bake Shop we will be celebrating all month long. Oda May recently started a series called {Bake Shop Basics} to teach sewing and quilting techniques.

Some of the tutorials recently shared by our Chefs:



In September, you can look forward to more Bake Shop Basics posts on topics like inserting a zipper, rotary cutting safety, and machine applique. We will also have lots of wonderful fall quilts for you to enjoy.

On Trend: Sampler Quilts

Sampler quilts have always been popular, and modern quilters have shown a special fondness for creating heirloom sampler quilts today.
Participating in a sampler quilt along is a terrific way for quilters to try out new techniques and fabric combinations. Hosting a sampler quilt along is a wonderful way for a shop to help new quilters along their quilting journey. Making a sampler quilt hosted by my local quilt shop was really the thing that helped me realize how much I loved quilting.

A couple of years ago I began working on the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird. I decided to make an all Fig Tree version using as many Fig Tree collections as I could in my blocks.

It was so fun to see how all the different collections played so wonderfully together!

Sometimes I mixed collections within blocks, and sometimes I used a single group of fabrics to create the blocks–either way, it all seemed to work together.

Andrea Marquez, who did the quilting, made every block shine!

Some of the simple blocks are my favorites…

Although I have many, many favorites in this quilt. What sampler quilt is on your list?

(There are a few more photos and a few more thoughts on this quilt over at my blog today)!

Kansas Troubles Quilt Contest

Recently, The Old Country Store and Quilt Museum announced a contest they were
 doing in conjunction with our own, Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters.
 It is not to late to enter. Here are a few of the guidelines.
1.       The deadline for entering is October 15, 2013, so there’s still time!
2.       The entry must be made exclusively of KT goods (from their stash, from their local fabric store, 
…any KT collection or mix of KT goods is fine!)
3.       Entries may NOT exceed 60” x 60” (think small wall quilts, not bed-size quilts!)
4.       Entries must be submitted online at (contest rules can also be found there).
5.       There are two terrific prizes!  ($500 cash, 50-yard Moda shopping spree, autographed KT books) 
 Prizes are awarded to the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners.  (Smaller prizes for the ten finalists.)
6.       The two winning quilts (People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice) will hang in the 2014 Quilt Museum exhibit!
Just imagine your quilt hanging at the Quilt Museum 2014 exhibit!