Bella Bellas!

The fabrics and the designer-types who picked the colors for these delicious bundles.

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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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Making Piece…

I’ve never been very good with schedules and plans.  There are a dozen reasons for it and I think most of them boil down to being a bit impulsive, meaning it’s a one-size-fits-all explanation that actually fits.

So the plan for today was to finish up with the Favorite Finds but I pretty much did that last week.  Since I didn’t really have a “plan B”, why don’t we have some fun with the new catalog – the Summer 2015 Moda Piece – Issue No. 14.

Summer 2015 Catalog

This catalog was finished just a few weeks ago and the Pre-Market catalog is nearing it’s deadline.  As soon as it’s done, the Market catalog looms.  Which means quilt designs and pattern notes and sewing and… I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s get back to the Summer catalog.

This is one of the few catalogs that isn’t actually printed, it’s only available online.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still chock-full of all sorts of really cool stuff – like the Moda Matchmaker.  It will make matching Bella Solids so much easier…

Cutting-Table---Bella-Color-Card

This method is a bit drastic.  And irreversible.  (But I have earned the distinction of having the most “trashed” Bella color card in the office – and in just seven months.)

Moda-Matchmaker

It’s a bigger, better, easier-to-use swatch-deck, swatch-card, color palette for Bella Solids.  The one pictured is our mock-up, the real one will have all 2,083 colors of Bella Solid.  (There aren’t really that many but I couldn’t exactly use my color card to count.)  The best part is that it will come apart so that the swatches are loose.  But because they’re numbered, it will be easy to put it all back together.

I think I’m going to need two.  One to have sitting pretty on the shelf and one to take apart and actually use.

There are lots of beautiful new collections included in the catalog, these are showing to shops now and will be available late this Fall.

Summer-Collections-1

First Crush by Sweetwater30s Playtime 2015 by Chloe’s ClosetOld Cambridge Pike by Barbara BrackmanBasic Mixologie by Studio MDogwood Trail II by Sentimental StudiosHyde Park by Blackbird DesignsPetite Prints Deux by French General.

Summer-Collections-2

That’s better.  And don’t you love the new twill tape for the pre-cuts?  It’s been in the works for quite some time but it’s taken this long for it to actually start showing up on the pre-cuts.

Timing.  It’s been one of the oddest things to get used to here, everything we’re working on today won’t be shown for several months.  And it won’t be in shops for several months after that.  For example, back in January, I took pictures of the artwork sent in by Sandy Gervais.  That artwork became Sweetness, a collection debuting in this catalog, a collection that won’t be in stores until November.  (And when it’s ready to ship, we’ll share the process of how that artwork became fabric.

I’d show you the fabric for that but we haven’t received the pre-cuts yet.  Some arrive early, others arrive… when they arrive.  Try planning and scheduling around that – especially when samples are required.

Cutting-Table-Petite-Bateau

We’ve had the Petite Prints Deux just long enough for Tammy to make this Petite Bateau quilt top for French General.

And for my buddy Judy to make this Catch-All Caddy with Basic Mixologie.

Basic-Mixologie-Catch-All-Caddy

Other collections coming are:

  • Texas Proud and Sundance Trail by Sara Khammash ~ two terrific collections of Sara’s artwork, one is everything-Texas and the other is everything-Western
  • Ever After by Deb Strain ~ a wonderful Valentine-Wedding-True Love kind of collection with hearts, text prints and panels in white, pink, red, gray and black.
  • Cozy Cottage Flannels by Kansas Troubles ~ the wonderful colors and prints you know from Lynne, this time done in a soft, yummy flannel fabric.
  • Bella Solids – 28 new colors

Cutting-Table-Grunge-Fabric

I don’t know what we’re doing with this but I think we need to do something… these are the new colors of Grunge by Basic Grey.  Did you know that these prints can also be used as a solid?  I didn’t – not until Susan mentioned that she knows several ladies who do that.  I think this stack just might have to follow me home so I can do a little experimenting.

And you wonder why I have problems following a plan?  Or staying on a schedule?

Distractions.  They’re related to that whole “impulsive” thing.

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