All-Stars & Giving Back…

You’ve seen the books… we’re always excited to share them when they’re published.  The Moda All-Star series – scraps to minis, rows to charm squares.

We love these books for many reasons.  Each book is filled with variety – of contributors, of styles, of fabric choices, of difficulty levels and of sizes.  Each book has little interviews with the designers and contributors – the silly stuff.  Like who loves snacking on Gummi Bears while sewing – but only those by Haribo.  There are little tips and tricks included.  If the topic is a pre-cut – Lucky Charm Quilts and Mini Charm Quilts – there there are hints on how to use them.

But the best thing about the Moda All-Star books is that all of the proceeds go to charity – the designers happily participate knowing that their work is going to raise money for a good cause.  So every time you purchase one of these books, you’re giving back too.

To date, there are six books in the series and they have raised over $31,000.

All In A Row was the first book, published in December, 2015.  The proceeds from this book have been going to No Kid Hungry – an organization dedicated to ending child hunger in America by ensuring that all children get the healthy food they need every day to thrive.

Making this quilt can help feed kids.

One of my favorite things about each of the All Star books are the questions each is asked.  In All in A Row, we got answers to these questions:

  • If I’m not quilting, I’m…
  • My go-tosnack food for a full day – or night – of quilting is…
  • I can’t begin a new quilting project unless…
  • On my playlist while I’m quilting is…

Scraps Made Simple – published in May, 2016.  Scraps Made Simple benefits the Alzheimer’s Association –  a national organization providing information on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia symptoms, diagnosis, stages, treatment, care and support resources.

SCRAPS made simple… not quilts.

This is Flight Path.  It’s Lisa Bongean’s quilt.  I know… you’re shocked.

But I shouldn’t throw stones…

We both like triangles.  Lots of them.  This is Old School.

Scrap quilts… Scraps of Wisdom.  Everyone was asked:

  • In my dreams, the ideal scrappy quilt has over…
  • Let me tell you a little something about how I sort my scraps…
  • Thumbs up or down – Scrappy binding?  Scrappy backing?
  • If I had a signature move, I’d say you’ll know a quilt is mine by looking because

My other favorite quilt in the book is In Bloom by Susan Ache.

After these big quilts… the All-Stars went small.  Mini.

Mini Marvels – circa October 2016.  Proceeds/royalties from Mini Marvels continue to benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital – a pediatric orthopedic hospital providing world-renowned treatment for scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders, neurological disorders and dyslexia.

But someone – no names – thought mini meant lots of smaller pieces.  This is Main Skein.

Mini Marvelous designers were asked how they Make It Marvelous – and everyone was given a Super Hero name.  Futurama Mama?  Jen Kingwell.

  • If I had a three-word mantra, it would be…
  • If I were a quilting superhero, my superpower in the sewing room would be…
  • On my mini playlist, what I’m listening to now is…
  • My latest marvelous bing is…

Got charm packs?

March 2017 saw the arrival of Lucky Charm QuiltsAlex’s Lemonade Stand is the beneficiary for this book – the organization is the leading national childhood cancer nonprofit funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

The quilts in Lucky Charm Quilts were made with one, two or three charm packs.  Matching or not.  Jen Kingwell used two charm packs – one bright and one neutral – to make this Spinning Tops pillow.

These pieced hexagon blocks can be made by machine, or by hand.  Jen loves hand-piecing and portable projects – all those long flights from Australia to the rest of the world – so this lovely is hand-pieced.

Charmed, I’m Sure!  The questions from the charming designers are:

  • What charms me most about charm packs is…
  • This works like a charm for me every time…
  • If I taught at Quilter’s Finishing School, I’d teach the students…
  • If I had to pick a “lucky” charm out of a charm pack, I’d choose…

In October 2017, the rowing All-Stars returned.

All In A Row Again!  This time, the Moda All-Stars were rowing to Give Kids the World – the GKTW Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

There are four categories of rows in this book – four themes:  Flowers and Trees, Critters and Creatures, Buildings and Houses and Classic Patchwork.

In All in A Row Again, we got “the skinny” on everybody.  This is some of what we learned:

  • I’m currently obsessed with…
  • I’d line up every time to get…
  • My go-to sewing thread color is…
  • The most productive time of day for me…

Finally, this past February, the All-Stars pulled out their 2-1/2″ squares for Mini Charm Quilts.

Mini Charm Quilts benefits LCC Canine Comfort Dogs. Golden Retrievers.  I’m all in… launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog program is a national human-care mission embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers.

WARNING!  Cute puppy video ahead.

I also love this article about the benefits of the LCC Canine Comfort Dogs traveling to Florida.

As for the quilts…

Merry Go Round by Karla Eisenach of Sweetwater.

Works Like A Charm questions for each designer include:

  • Lots of good things come in mini size! Besides mini-charm squares, I like mini…
  • If I had to name a color that every quilt could use a dash of, it would be…
  • If I’m settled in for sewing and need a good binge-watching show in the background, I’ll turn on…
  • When it comes to basics, I love…

To everyone who has one of these books in their quilting library – thank you!  Together are making a difference for someone.

As for who contributes to the books, invites go out to many, many designers.  Even though most would happily contribute to every book, there is this thing called “life” that often gets in the way.  That’s the downside of deadlines – no matter how much you want to do something, you don’t always have the time to make it happen.

That’s it for today… wait!  One more thing to share…

Coming on September 4, 2018.

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

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33 comments on “All-Stars & Giving Back…

  1. Karen C says:

    I love the fact that these books benefit charity. I’m not terribly skilled at complicated -which do you recommend? I love the row ones but what skill level?

  2. Inez Fay Hulsey says:

    So many things to make .

  3. Karen Weidler says:

    I love these books. The new mini one is going on my list. Loved the puppy video. Made me smile. Happy Friday to you Carrie.

  4. WesternNYLady says:

    My hubby gave me both All In a Row books. I’ll give him the list of the other 4 books he can get for me. Perhaps you could find a cat charity? We have a local no kill cat only shelter that we support. Like dogs. Love cats. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  5. Elizabeth Dewett says:

    Love these books and I plan on adding a few soon. Golden retrievers are so adorable and my dream dog.

  6. cherriberi1 says:

    Is it Sept 4th yet? Looks like a great book, can’t wait. Since my birthday is on Sept 6th I think it will also make a great birthday present 🙂 Thank you to the designers for taking the time to contribute with such wonderful projects.

  7. marie says:

    Looking forward to the new book Merry Makers, I have a few of the others and love them.

  8. Esther says:

    Love the quilts! Would you believe I have most of the books? The mini-charm is on a wish-list and I just put Lissa’s new book on it! Will put my feet up later and browse … love all the ideas! And I just loved the video and the message with the puppies! God Bless and Happy Easter!

  9. Tracey says:

    Just a ridiculous amount of talent shown in this post! Truly amazing!! Have a blessed Easter.

  10. Alice says:

    YOU should definitely not throw stones! Happy Easter!

  11. Elizabeth Ernst says:

    Can you believe I didn’t know about these books. Such a wonderful program of giving while doing something we love – quilting. Thank you!

  12. Sandra says:

    Each book and each charity they support are wonderful. Thank you to the authors and to the charities for your generosity of time and money.

  13. stephanie woodward says:

    I have many of these books, and am pleased to support the charities listed. I am going to make lots of these quilts. Thanks to all the special people who designed them.

  14. dondim says:

    Thank you for all your generosity! There is so much sadness and misery in the world but yet there is so much goodness. Sometimes all it takes is one smile and one hug to make a huge difference in someone’s life. Just being aware makes a big difference. I so loved the puppy video!

  15. Gina M says:

    Looking forward to Merry Makers as I love the holiday season. I have the other books in the series and have enjoyed making several of the quilts. Giving back…even in small ways…makes a difference.

  16. Kay says:

    These look amazing, and I have just found somewhere in England that I can get them. x

  17. Karen hostrander says:

    Sew love the merry makers. Do I have to wait that long

  18. Beth Talmage says:

    Quilters and charities go hand in hand. We love to do good, don’t we–and if we can purchase and book and make a quilt and feel good about it, so much the better.

    Hooray for the timing of the new book–just when I’ll be starting to have a little bit of Christmas panic (who am I kidding, major panic), along will come adorable projects to turn anxiety into enthusiasm. Way to go.

  19. debby says:

    I need the All in a Row Again book, and I have the fabrics picked out for it already. I think the charity support from each book is great, and the books introduce me to designers that are new to me.

  20. Patsy says:

    Love these books. So happy to contribute to worthy causes.

  21. Sandie Mackintosh says:

    Love them all, but waiting impatiently for the Merry Makers edition!

  22. Jan B says:

    Carrie, I have all 6 of these books & can’t wait for the new one to come out in September! Love them & love that MODA is donating proceeds to worthy causes, especially any cause for dogs! I also LOVE dogs!! There are some local no-kill shelters & related groups here that could use big donations to complete the new (sorely needed) shelter & intake center. Just sayin’! 😉 🙂

  23. Leota Krantz says:

    Yeah. I too have all of these books and always looking forward to any new ones.

  24. Helen says:

    Will be waiting for September’s book, love the others I have.

  25. Susan R. says:

    I had no idea the books help these charities – that’s great! I will have to look out for them and that Christmas one – looks nice!

  26. Karen Seitz says:

    This is a great recap of the series and the charities. Looking forward to more!

  27. Hildy says:

    Love your Moda All-Stars books and hope there’ll be one about Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes too.

  28. Chookyblue says:

    the books look great but I have not seen them in any of the shops here………..One day I will make a row by row quilt…………

  29. Cathy says:

    Nice- Im going to look for Merry Makers and Mini Charms. So cute!

  30. Clare says:

    I love my two `All Star`s All in a row ` and `All in a row again. I will look for the others.

  31. Mary says:

    Looks so interesting,

  32. suzanne simpson says:

    christmas coming on my birthday-how good is that. Didn’t know that proceeds went to charity, what a good idea. Don’t get these books easily in Australia so think i will put my order in

  33. Michelle H says:

    This is amazing! I didn’t know the proceeds from these books did all that…truly wonderful ❤️ Now I’m on the hunt for them for more reasons than just beautiful quilts!

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