Who loves candy?


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We recently visited with Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s fame and asked her about her inspiration behind her Little Bites patterns.

I love candy and Moda Candy is the best.  

Inspiration?  As always, there are two things that inspire me for the patterns.  The first is what I still call the “puzzle” part of it all.  It’s the geek-thing, the quilt-wonk part of my brain that wants to see what I can make from the “parts” I’m given.  There are only so many ways that you can cut a 2 1/2″ square.  I think it’s also the original “make it do” mentality of quilters from centuries ago – this is all I’ve got and I want to make something pretty with it.  That’s also why I also set the completely arbitrary limit of only two mini charm packs per Little Bite quilt.  I can add background, sashing, border fabric, etc., but that’s it.  

The second inspiration is the fabric – of course.  So often I have a base block and then the colors and prints in a particular collection will give me an idea for a variation that I hadn’t thought of until that fabric.  Playing with the mini charm packs is just that – its a chance to play with something new, different and perhaps even outside my comfort zone.    

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There are eight new Little Bites patterns coming for Market.  As with the first eight patterns, each new title will have at least two different projects.  Some have three . And each title is a synonym for a “little bite” or “bit” – Slice, Scintilla, Titch, Ort, Whit, Grain, Sample, and one other that I can’t think of right now. 

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The flying geese are one of the variations in Whit – it’s my favorite right now.
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The little quilt made with Scrumptious and Moda’s cross weave is from Titch.

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These three are the three variations of Trace. Hope you enjoy seeing  some of my projects in process.     – Carrie


Carrie, Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your new Little Bites line of patterns. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve at Quilt Market.



Moda Candy

Moda Candy, each of those words individually are two of my favorite things on earth!
Put them together and what do you get? The newest precut from moda.
Moda candy are little bits of fabric available in 2 1/2″ squares.
Just the perfect size to “nibble” on. 
Carrie Nelson must be a nibbler because guess what she did?
Just like her line of schnibbles patterns 
using charm packs and layer cakes,
she has out done herself
with a new line of patterns, Little Bites.
Used with permission of LaVieEnRosie
The projects range in size from 15″ to as big as 32″ square.
Each pattern has at least 2 colorways.
Some of the patterns have different setting options.
The variety of projects is just like being a kid in a candy store trying to decide
which piece of candy to choose.Why choose just one?
Guess what, you may not have to choose because Carrie has graciously sent us
 2 sets of Little Bites to share with 2 special readers from the moda candy store.
 Keep Bella solid jelly rolls or charm packs on hand to cut background pieces for these projects  
 Tell us why
you just have got to have
a set of Carrie’s patterns to be entered in a drawing to
win 1 of each of all 8 Little Bites Patterns.
Drawing will take place Wednesday September 4th.
You can win a set of patterns here,
but I guess you need some fabrics to go with them, right?
 Hop on over to Miss Rosie’s blog to read more about these patterns
and have a chance to win
Moda Candy fabric squares!
Just think…Candy that is low-cal, non-fat and you wont have to share with the family!
Just as a heads up the patterns are brand new and have just start arriving in stores. So if you don’t win here be patient, they are worth the wait! However if you are like me and obsessed over all things moda and Miss Rosie, all the patterns use 2 moda candy packs so start hoarding these.
Have fun.