The Whirlwind of Market Prep

Now that it’s May, we can say that Quilt Market is THIS MONTH! And that brings delight (and maybe a little bit of fear and trembling) to the hearts of Moda designers, as they work on the goodies that show their new fabric collections to best advantage.  Continue reading

Featured Shop: Welcome Fall at Pumpkinberry Stitches!

For Lisa Marien, it all started with a building. A 130-year old building to be exact. While on vacation she checked Facebook and learned that a friend who owned a candy shop in her Lake City, Minnesota hometown was moving and wanted to sell her building.dscn5584 Continue reading

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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Sandy Gervais: Moda’s “Oldest” Designer

dp_sandy-gervaisWhen Mark Dunn started Moda in 1975, the company sold fabrics designed and produced by other companies. Most of these were fashion fabrics and their fiber content, weave, and patterns weren’t always suitable for the kind of stitching Mr. Dunn had in mind—quilting. In the mid-1980s the company started producing its own fabrics, which were largely designed in-house. By the mid-1990s, Mr. Dunn and Cheryl Freydberg, who today is Moda’s vice president of design and development, started walking the aisles of Quilt Market, looking for designers. One of the very first they found was Sandy Gervais.

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