Moda Love Blog Tour – Day 1


Join our Designers in a Blog Tour as they share the things they LOVE. Each Designer even has a special giveaway in store for you.

Today in the Blog Tour…

Janet Clare

Janet Clare Designs –


Kate Spain

Kate Spain –



Camille Roskelley with Thimbleblossoms –


Let the fun begin… Share the Moda Love!


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What’s on Your Quilting Bucket List?

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One of the first quilts I found myself drawn to was a log cabin quilt. As a non-quilter I didn’t know it was a log cabin—I just knew there was something about the variety of lights and darks stacked upon one another that I loved—it was orderly, yet yielded surprising results depending on the setting. So you’d think the first quilt I stitched would have been a log cabin. Somehow, eight years later, I’ve yet to make one. But it’s definitely on my bucket list.

It might surprise you that Moda’s designers have quilting bucket lists, too. But just like you and me, they’re busy with work and deadlines and don’t always find the time to quilt for fun. Although Quilt Market preparations are currently keeping many of them busy, they graciously agreed to share the quilt they’re dreaming of making…someday.

Camille Roskelley (half of the design team Bonnie and Camille): I’ve wanted to make a pickle dish quilt for forever, and Lissa’s pickle dish is making me want to start now! Maybe after Market!

Pat Sloan: “My Quilter’s Bucket List has a Baltimore Album on it…but not just any Baltimore Album. I want to make the Mary Mannakee that hangs in Washington, D.C. at the D.A.R. museum. Why a Baltimore Album? Because when I was learning to appliqué they were all the rage in my area, and can look so different with different fabrics. I might do mine with a grey background, or maybe red…hmmm…  
Laurie Simpson (Minick and Simpson): There are two, really. I’ve always wanted to do a big English paper-pieced quilt and am now halfway done with one that has some English paper piecing and hand piecing: the Mrs. Billings Quilt. Also want to do a quilt in the style of a Welsh Strippie, which is  a basic quilt (much like an Amish quilt or a whole cloth quilt) but with lots and lots of hand quilting. (Here’s an example.)  

Vanessa Christensen: The double wedding ring quilt. As a matter of fact, I have started it and I am one side away from my first “circle.” It’s been sitting there for 18 months, just staring at me saying “you started me and you know you can do it…why aren’t you finishing me?” I started wanting it to be for my king-size bed, now I’m just shooting for a small throw. 

Lisa Bongean (Primitive Gatherings): I would love to make an all-wool crazy quilt with lots of wool appliqués and cool embroidery stitches all over it!!!

Barbara Groves (One half of Me and My Sister Designs): The very first thing that flew into my mind was Montana Cartwheel. It was one of the first quilts that stole my heart as a beginning quilter. You don’t see them around so much these days, in fact I haven’t seen one in years. But it will always be on my Quilt Bucket List. I want to make mine with batiks someday, when I have lots of time and learn how to paper piece.

Mary Jacobson (the other half of Me and My Sister Designs): The top quilt on my bucket list is a Pickle Dish….or a Drunkard’s Path!  Really anything with curves and lots of color!

Janet Clare: I’ve been meaning to make an Irish Chain quilt for years and years. Grey and cream. Classic and timeless. My Mum’s a quilter and I’ve dropped heavy hints to her, too, but still no Irish Chain! (My Mum’s Irish so I have extra reason to want one too.)

Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles): After designing for Moda for 10 years, I gathered up bits and pieces of the 33 fabric lines to date to make a block from each for a quilt, KTFavorites: 10 Years & Counting. That inspired me to plan for the the Spider Web quilt I’ve always wanted to make for my king-size bed. We’re now saving strips from each new line to make a block from each group. After 25 more fabric collections (about 6 years) I’ll have my quilt! I chose the Spider Web block so I could use all 40 prints from the different fabric lines in each block. It’s not easy to find a block with that many parts/pieces!

Sandy Klop (American Jane): “I recently received my lifetime achievement award. I was the featured artisit at a local nursery where they displayed 100 of my quilts hanging from giant oak trees! So now my bucket list is much shorter. Of course there’s nothing I’d rather do than start a new quilt, but there’s nothing urgent!” Below is a photo of Sandy’s show.

A show of 100 of Sandy Klop’s quilts—Her “Lifetime Achievement Award”
So, how about you? What’s on your quilter’s bucket list—any particular pattern you want to stitch or material you’re yearning to work with? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Quilt, Sweet Quilt: Honeycomb Hints from Bonnie and Camille

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There’s nothing like pre-cuts—jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm squares—to whip up a quilt or other quick project. Now there’s a new member of the pre-cut family: Honeycombs.

Honeycombs (so named because, yup, they look just like the honeycomb in a beehive) are hexagon-shaped, and hexagons are definitely hot these days. While they’re straight out of traditional quilting—think patterns like Grandmother’s Flower Garden—their graphic quality appeals equally to contemporary quilters. Sewing them requires a tweak or two, but it’s simple to learn. (For tips and techniques, check out this Moda Bake Shop post.) 

You’ll be seeing honeycombs from many Moda designers (with Bella Solid Honeycombs to match), along with patterns that help hexagons shine. The mother and daughter team of Bonnie (of Cotton Way) and Camille (of Thimble Blossoms) are here to share some of their new patterns that use Honeycombs. And while they may not have been stuck on that mysterious quilting island (link), they’ve offered to tell us about three of their favorite notions, too.
Tell us about how you like to use Honeycombs.

Bonnie: My favorite way to use them is raw edge. They look so fuzzy and soft when they are washed and are especially great for baby quilts. I love using the pack with all the different pieces from the line for a scrappy look.

Camille: I’ve worked on English paper piecing in the past and these were just so, so much easier! I love the plastic template that comes in each pack. It is almost like a little ruler and I used it to easily cut some additional hexagons. Now that I think about it, I’ll probably cut some hexagons from our previous lines to mix in a quilt, too!

What Honeycomb-friendly patterns have you created?

Bonnie: My Bundle Up Baby Boy pattern uses one pack of Honeycombs for both quilts. I’ve got an ironing board pattern with hexagons that give it a fresh, updated look. And I’m in the process of designing a table topper with hexagons, too.

Camille: I made my Juggle quilt out of my Happy-Go-Lucky Honeycomb pack and was surprised at how quickly and easily it came together.

And how about your favorite notions? What are three you can’t live without?


Thimble Pads—I love them for hand quilting and binding.  I have never been able to get used to a thimble, so when I discovered Thimble Pads, I loved them immediately!

Sewline Fabric Pencils—They have such a nice fine line and having different colors of lead makes it easy to mark on any fabric.

Polka Dot Petit Scissors—I always have a couple near my sewing machine, a pair in each of my project bags, and a pair by the ironing board.  They are so great for clipping threads and besides, they are so darn cute!

Camille: This is a tough call. I have lots of favorite sewing tools, but I’d have to say these are my top three at this moment:

Clover Wonder Clips—I love these little things!  They are just so handy!  I keep them in a little binding bag that I always have on hand.

Little House pins—My sweet friend Carrie sent these to me a few years ago and I haven’t used my old yellow pins since.  They are super sharp, great for piecing, and really smooth. I can’t live without them anymore (darn it, Carrie!)

Aurifil thread—While I realize this isn’t technically a notion, I love it. I piece with it, quilt with it, and buy it by the case.  Good stuff.

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