Mixing it up…

It’s a Monday thing.

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I’m planning ahead – for Monday and for this weekend.

Do you know about Mix It Up Monday?  It’s something we’ve been playing with on Instagram and Facebook, picking twelve fat quarters from different collections that mix well together.  This is what I’ve picked for next week.  There are eight different collections represented there – from Brenda Riddle’s Ambleside to Me and My Sister’s Bandana.  Aren’t they pretty?  (If you want to play along and maybe win this bundle, just follow Moda Fabrics on Facebook or Instagram.)

I want to thank you for all the great suggestions for what you’d like to read about here in the coming months.  One thing is clear… okay, two things.

First, as I knew you would, you thought of things I hadn’t and many of your suggestions gave me ideas for more. Some of the topics will probably pop up soon, others will take a little longer to get the whole story – and to get pictures. So if I don’t get to something right away, it doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten it.

One question I can get to right now is yes, I will be continuing to design quilts and patterns.  It’s actually part of my job, one of my hats here.

Second, I can see that you’ve got my back. You want to make sure I’ve got lots and lots of work to do – plenty to write about – so that I won’t have time to sneak off to the Sample room to play with the fabric. You’re looking out for me and I appreciate that.

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I was going to share… I’ve found all sorts of things in the drawers of my desk.

As for me, my second week is ending and while I’m still having trouble with the voicemail playback on the phone system, I am feeling more confident about a few things – like remembering everybody’s name and remembering which printer has the pages I just sent to print.

This weekend should be really nice because it’s supposed to be a sunny weekend – weather-wise and sewing-wise. I have one project to finish for a deadline and another to get busy on for a year-long project.

Did you see the Snapshots quilt by Kimberly Jolly and the Fat Quarter Shop?

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As much as I love Bonnie & Camille’s Daysail, I’ve decided to use something else.  The blocks are so cute, they’ll work with anything – and everything – and okay, I like being different.  You can read more about this quilt here.  Did I mention the proceeds all go to a terrific cause?

Make that two year-long projects…

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I’m also going to get some of these fabrics cut for another year-long super-scrappy project.  I’ll tell you more about it on Monday.

The fabrics?  Sticks and Stones by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series Circa 1892 by Howard Marcus Dunn.  (Like the collections in the Mix It Up Bundle, these fabrics are “coming soon”.)

Are you going to sew this weekend? What will you be working on?

If you share your weekend plans, you might soon be doing the cross-stitch on one of these sought-after giveaway totes from Fall Market. (Winners announced Monday morning.)

No Place Like Moda

There really isn’t.

I still have to pinch myself.

Have a wonderful weekend – go make something beautiful.

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Twice a year, Sew Mama Sew brings bloggers, designers and brands together for one giant collaborative giveaway event. What was once done in a day has become a full week of amazing giveaway opportunities, all conveniently linked up in one place. It’s a tremendous time for new product discoveries, fun connections with your favorite blogs, introductions to a wide range of brand new blogs AND it allows all of us to have a bit of fun with all of you! It’s an exciting time and we’re thrilled to be a part of it this year.

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Aurifil, Pellon and Moda Fabrics have come together to create a one-of-a-kind, over-the-top, you-will-not-believe-your-eyes prize package for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  This bundle is a combination of the best of all three brands in one spot: a 1/2 yard bundle of 12 Bella Solid Fabrics in a range of colors , an exclusive Aurifil Bella Solids Collection of thread, and a bundle of seven crib-sized Legacy by Pellon® battings — Natural Cotton, White Cotton, 80/20 Natural Blend, Bamboo Blend, Soy Blend, Wool & Polyester. Excited yet?

The 12 Bella Solids that we chose came from one of the 12 Pack Quilts made by Holly Hickman in our Design and Marketing Department. Her inspiration for choosing the colors for this quilt were from paint chips. “I sort through paint chips and layout color combinations that I like and pin them to my bulletin board to use for future projects just like this one.” She also changed the background fabric from one color to the same colors she used in the melons. It gives the quilt a complete different look and we loved the way it turned out. The Moda 12 Pack Quilt Pattern is called Melons and is available at your local quilt shop.

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS…

This fabulous giveaway closes December 12, 2015 5pm PST. The winner will be chosen randomly and the  winner will be announced on or around 14 Dec. This giveaway is open internationally!

Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter-to-win! Don’t forget to head on over to Sew Mama Sew to check out all of the amazing giveaways featured on some other great blogs and make some new friends! Good luck and happy sewing!!

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Makin’ it Cute Heart’s Delight and Butterfly Bliss

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Me & My Sister have done it again, designing two more “Makin’ it Cute” patterns,

Heart’s Delight and Butterfly Bliss.

Fat Quarter Shop ask moda to join the blog hop showing

different ways to make and use these new products.

Wow what a cute idea, for embellishing anything and everything.

First up I used all the Heart’s Delight templates and created a country quilted heart ornament for the tree or a package.

The fabric is Petite Prints by French General (shipping in December)

and two of the hearts are made with Kraft-tex,

a washable paper fabric product that has all kinds of possibilities.

I love piecing mini quilts so the first heart used 1” squares pieced

and quilted with batting.

Can’t you just see a Christmas package wrapped in red with this as a tag or ornament?

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To brightin’ up my little granddaughter’s denim jumper,

I used Butterfly Bliss and Catalina Batiks (in stores now).

The templates are so easy to trace and use with all kinds of materials,

such as old denim jeans.

The big flutter-fly as my three year old granddaughter calls butterflies,

was made with scraps of old jeans and Timtex as a stiffener

in the middle of the two layers of denim then sewn together and trimmed to size.

I wanted it to look like angel wings on my sweet baby girl.

Then I appliqued the smaller flutter-flies in batiks to jazz up the front of the jumper.

The smaller denim one has the Kraft-tex in the middle layer which is also nice and stiff,

great for bows or a chew toy for teething.

Make sure you check out all the other blogs for more great ideas on using

“Makin’ it Cute”

One last thing, leave a comment below and two people

will be chosen to win the two charm packs shown.

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Moda Love Blog Tour – Day 1

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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 – http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

 

Kate Spain

Kate Spain – http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/

 

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Camille Roskelley with Thimbleblossoms – http://www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com/

 

Let the fun begin… Share the Moda Love!

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