Three weeks…

Twenty-two days.  That’s how much time there is between now – today – and Fall Quilt Market in Houston.

That means new fabric to fondle and ogle, catalogs to prepare, write-ups to write, quilts to make and patterns to write – basically, there’s plenty of “stuff” to do.

So I’m trying to catch up on a few things I’ve meant to share and keep forgetting about.

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After deciding she needed a Halloween quilt too, Lissa pulled these fabrics a few months ago.  I knew I was going to make “something”, I just didn’t know what.  When trying to decide what to use for a quilt I’m contributing to a book, I remembered this stack and presto!  I know someone will ask so…

On the left, from top to bottom:

On the right, from top to bottom:

As for the quilt, that will have to wait until next year.

Have you seen the sew-along for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt?  I decided to sew-along and I’m happy to say that most of the ladies in the office are doing the same.  Some have pulled out the first Farmer’s Wife blocks they started several years ago with the goal of finishing – making progress – on that.  No matter… we’re awash in a sea of templates, little blocks and “big plans”.

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Week No. 1 and so far, I’m caught up.  I think it’s all downhill from here.  But at least “I look good” with my spiral-bound book, don’t you think?  (FedEx Office or any office supply store can do this for a couple of dollars.  It helps a lot.)

I also took the plunge with one of the Zakka Workshop patterns-kits for a little coin purse.  I don’t know that I’ll ever really use the little purse but I was intrigued to see if I could manage to actually get one made.

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This is the Simple Coin Purse and guess what?  It’s actually fairly easy to make.  One suggestion though – they recommend a toothpick for putting the glue in the clasp part.  Uh, no.  I found that a fine-tip for the glue bottle or a thin paint brush worked much – MUCH – better.  I want to make another one because it really was fun to make.  I might try the  Classic Coin Purse or the Vintage Clasp Wallet… though it has a pocket.  (After Market.)

A highlight this past week was the arrival of the first batch of Moda Match Maker for Bella Solids.

They’re.  Gorgeous.  Perfection!

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The swatches measure 2 1/2″ x 5″ and the backing has the Bella Solid color number and name, as well as the number of the swatch.  It’s like a page number so putting it can be put back in order if you’re the sort who wants to take it apart.  (That would be me.)  The swatches are threaded onto a long metal tube that will allow for the swatches to be fanned easily.  When new colors are added to the Bella Solids, “swatch packs” will be available and they’ll still fit within the outer cover.  At least for the next hundred colors or so.

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This is going to be so much better than my old method for color-matching…

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If there was a prize for the “most trashed Bella color card” in the office… I’m a contender.  And in just eight months.

One last thing, something else I forgot – did you know that six years ago, Moda made a time-elapse video of the Fall Market 2009 booth being built?

It’s pretty cool.  If only it really happened in just a few minutes.

Happy Friday!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

I’ll be sewing.  Really, really fast.

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10 comments on “Three weeks…

  1. Sue H says:

    I’m also in on the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sample Quilt! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s projects!!!

  2. Hildy says:

    First, Happy, Happy Birthday to you! I know I’m a day late but I couldn’t find your email adress, sorry.
    Second, yes, I’m sewing along. My only problem is that my book is still not available and I have to wait at least 3 more weeks, boo.
    Third, only a few more weeks to market?! Yeah!!! Can’t wait to see al the market pictures:-)

  3. Mary Andra says:

    So inspirational again and again. Gotmy first FW book out but wonder if I need the 30’s version. Yep I do. Will start as soon as I get it. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Donna says:

    Always enjoy reading your blog posts – you always give me a chuckle – and loads of information and inspiration!

  5. Loris Mills says:

    It will be exciting to see the pictures from the Houston Market. I’m still trying to get my hands on some of the fabric from Spring Market though. Namely, Purebred. I love that horse face 🙂

  6. Thelma says:

    I’m leaving a comment with the hope that this is a sneaky giveaway for one of those Matchmaker’s! Really, if you’re not giving one away why show so many cool pictures!! Oh, maybe that’s so we’ll go buy our own Matchmakers, good idea! I”m hoping for a giveaway all the same! Love your fall bundles of fabrics and no way on the 1930s Farmer Wife, I”m waiting for the 2015 Farmer’s Husband.

  7. Jeanne says:

    That was a fun video to watch!

  8. SarahZ says:

    Wow! So exciting that Market is so close! All the watching from the sidelines I will get to do!!! Carrie on, and happy sewing!!! 😉

  9. NatureLuvr57 says:

    I want to order the MatchMaker! I order Bella Solids all the time and cut out a 5 inch sample so I can label it with a permanent pen. When I get the Matchmaker I will cut all those samples down to 4 1/2 or 4 inch squares to use in a quilt.

  10. patty says:

    I love making Halloween quilts! I made queen sized an improv pieced Halloween quilt last fall using only Moda fabrics. I would love to send you a picture of it, but no email address comes up when I clicked on the envelope.

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