Camp Moda ~ Part 2

There’s plenty to catch up with so let’s get busy.


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Quilts, coffee and sewing…

Quilts and coffee because it’s cold… and okay, I like both.  Fabric and coffee?  Another favorite combination – though not mixed together unless you’re doing some vintage-aging-staining-thing.

Let me start with the fabric – something I played with and am keeping around because it makes me think of Spring.


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A Frivolous Post

Hello everyone, I am Moda-Lissa and I am honored to be taking over the blog today, but I must apologize in advance. I am not a word-smith like Carrie, but I do subscribe to’s word of the day if that helps. I have tied Carrie up with Jelly Roll strips while I tell you a few things going on here in MODALAND. Even though Carrie is bound up, her brain never stops, right?
Aren’t you enjoying her wit and wisdom?
We sure are! (I don’t give up my office for just anyone! )
When Carrie came on board I felt strongly about giving her a few things to “make her own” and put her many talents to good use. One of those talents is evident in her musings on the Moda blog, the other talent I am going to talk about today is her eye for design. Did I say eye, I meant mind. She rattles off numbers, shapes and measurements like she was ordering a drink at Starbucks. “Then you will have a 2” by 6” piece left and if you cut carefully you can do this to the border or you can do this or you can do this or you can do that….Wow!!

Moda’s VP of design was interested in doing some more of our Moda Tin projects, so I thought this thought this was a perfect fit for Carrie. During one of her visits here we talked about this TIN project. I really wanted her to embrace it and
“make it her own”.
I challenged her to come up with a word. What would be the next Schnibbles? I asked.

RQC 483 Gertie pattern

Just look up the word Schnibbles in the Urban Dictionary ……

Don’t even think about leaving those schnibbles all over the floor, pick them up and throw them away! by Sweet Georgia Peach

If you type the word Schnibbles into any browser search, Miss Rosie Scnibbles is the only search result. Now Schnibbles is known for small bits of cloth and inspired a whole pattern line using the Moda charm squares.
Question: Which came first Schnibbles or Miss Rosie’s Schnibbles? I think a case can be made for both.

Fast forward to FRIVOL
Friv-ol – 1865-1870; back formation from frivolous.
1. To behave frivolously, trifle.
2. Frolic.
We made it plural, Frivols so we could frolic more than once.
This is Carrie’s latest project.



Working with each of the designers to create a tin and a project that best shows their style. The Frivols 1 tin features Hello Darling from Bonnie & Camille and will be in stores mid August. I hear that lines will be forming outside of stores much like the launch of the Apple Watch. (that sounded like something Carrie would say so I threw it in there.)



Frivols – What are “frivols”?
1. They’re a series of collectible tins.
2. They’re a new Moda pre-cut only available in the tins.
3. They’re quilts.
4. All of the above.
There should be a fifth option – Frivols are about having fun. They’re what you get when you take Moda’s latest fabric collections, design original quilts using a new pre-cut, and then package the kits – and some extra little treasures – in a series of limited edition collectible tins.
Each month the tins will feature a different Moda design. We’re starting with Bonnie & Camille and continuing with Minick & Simpson, Brenda Riddle and Betsy Chutchian.

The pre-cut. The first four tins will have 42 specifically chosen squares measuring 7” x 7”.  The quilts are not too big or too small, too easy or too complicated. Most are easily made in a couple of days. Some of the projects will require a few additional backgrounds, some of the projects  will just need binding and backing to be complete.
The tin. It’s big enough to fill with keepsakes, threads and ribbon, or a little sewing kit. Each tin is numbered 1-12.
It’s such a trifecta of perfection, you might need two… one to use and one to just look pretty on the shelf.
Let me just say that if you miss out on any of these tins I have a feeling they will be a much sought after item on EBAY. The Frivols tins are made in advance and have a limited run, unlike the million gillion collectible beanie babies out there.
I would say the majority of us have more fabric than we will use in our golden years but that does not stop us from collecting something fun and frivolous. Another bonus, the tins can be used to organize all kinds of goodies. Who doesn’t need a little help getting organized? That’s not frivolous at all!!
Carrie fits right in and has embraced “making it her own” by sharing her talent, creativity and generosity with all the moda readers as well as those of us that get to work with her everyday. It may sound frivolous but I am still the longest running president of her fan club!
Another thing I found on the Urban dictionary and is now my new nickname for Carrie.
You Schnibble-head!

So that is it for now. I am going to go untie Carrie and use that jelly roll for a quilt for market.

over and out,

Ambleside: A Cure for This Winter Without End

In much of the country right now, it feels as if winter will last forever. But a visit to your local quilt shop will give you hope that spring is just around the corner. That’s because Brenda Riddle’s Ambleside fabrics are popping up in quilt shops, and the line’s sweet flowers and delicate colors are a perfect reminder of the upcoming season and the blooms that will soon be filling our gardens.

Ambleside - Star of Wonder

Star of Wonder and Ambleside

Though she lives near Tucson, Arizona, in a climate that isn’t typically too awful in winter, it hasn’t been an easy season for Bren (as she’s known to friends). That’s because she fell and broke her wrist in November, slowing down her quilt production (and just about everything else).

Meadow 2


But she’s on the mend and managed to share these photos of her patterns stitched up in Ambleside—they’re so light-filled and airy you just want to bury your nose in them and breathe in spring! Don’t you feel better just looking at these? (Bren will have kits for each of them available by the end of March or beginning of April.)

A Cuppa 2

A Cuppa

If winter’s got you down, cure those blues by stitching with Ambleside. The crisp, sun-filled feel of an Ambleside quilt thrown over the back of your chair just might get you through ‘til spring. And be on the lookout for Brenda’s next line, which will debut in Minneapolis in May at Quilt Market.