Whether you call them Candy or Mini Charm packs, we do love our little packages of 2.5″ squares.
In preparing to head to Market, I’ve been thinking about when I started going and how Market has changed in the intervening years. My first Quilt Market was in fall, 2008, and I was gob-smacked at all there was to see. That hasn’t changed.
On Monday we peeked at some wonderful projects Moda designers were sewing for the holidays (and beyond). Here are a few more:
Vanessa Christensen is stitching gifts for her children’s teachers.
Barbara Brackman says this time of year is a good one for sewing, but not for the reasons you might think.
“I usually get more sewing done in December than any time of the year because December is slow for free-lancers—few deadlines, few new writing requests. This December I’m working on reproduction quilts. I just moved across town and moved a metric ton of fabric (well a lot of fabric.) Before I put it all away in boxes labeled Prussian blue and Turkey red and forget about it I thought I’d make some stars in vintage-looking prints. Some of those prints go back 30 years, they are now vintage reproductions I guess. I’m also using lots of my recent Moda collections.
“The other project is snipping a triangle from every one of these prints in my repro stash and making a triangle charm quilt by hand. That should keep me entertained all of 2015.”
Christmas sewing and home dec projects have kept Sandy Klop busy.
“The most fun is getting ready for a retreat in January. I pull out unfinished projects, but then I often finish them! The stars are civil war blocks I traded with friends, so I added a lot of French and now I love it!”
“This one just needed sashing. I had to barrel-roll to get it done!”
“Now I must clean my sewing room because my three grandsons sleep there for the week of Christmas! Happy holidays!”
Brenda Riddle, unfortunately, isn’t getting much holiday sewing done.
“I thought I’d send you a photo of what I got started on making for Christmas… but then I fell & broke my wrist, so now I’m having to settle for looking at the one block and will have to be content to finish it after the holidays and have it all ready for next year!
“This is a block from my new pattern ‘Star of Wonder’ that United Notions will have at the beginning of January… shipping patterns has been delayed a bit as well! The little quilt in the back is the mini version, using some of my Ambleside fabrics, and for the block I used Bella Solids. The plan is to make a quilt for a special place in my kitchen/breakfast area all in reds and greens… so we’ll see!” We hope you heal quickly, Brenda!
Holiday sewing isn’t the only kind of stitching Moda designers are doing. Several are working on project for new books, or creating new quilts with their fabric lines.
Pat Sloan is working on quilts for her upcoming book—her 32nd—which will be published by Martingale. But she did make one holiday purchase.
“It seems that I have a mad compulsion to buy Christmas fabric in… mmm…December! Like I’m REALLY going to make this up, but I always have great intentions! This is Basic Grey’s 25th and Pine and I’ll be making up my ‘Stitched’ Quilt with it..maybe I’ll even start this month! I’d be ahead of the game wouldn’t I?”
Janet Clare claims she doesn’t sew any gifts. Instead, she’s got other projects going.
“This is an appliqued penguin on fabric from A Field Guide (the fabric line on sale now), which was the free pattern for my email club subscribers’ December newsletter. I have a subscribe button on my blog should anyone which to join (shameless plug!) My 10-year-old, Henry, also embroidered a penguin.”
Other than that I am slowly working on my fifth book The Wordsmith which will be published in the summer. I am making a story and memory quilt for the book, a quilt you can pull out and sit under and use the fabrics and blocks to prompt your telling of your family stories. The book is alphabetical in structure and I have just finished the letter ‘G’- goldfinch and gingham. My boys have a dead goldfinch in the freezer which they are hoping to taxidermy one day. The poor bird was found dead on the golf course and was carried home in their lunch box. I told this story at Spring market and have had lots of comments about it since! The boys and their nature collecting was the inspiration for my A Field Guide book. And the gingham is to remember our summer school uniform dresses—every school girl wears a gingham dress here.”
Alma Allen, who along with Barb Adams is Blackbird Designs, has a project for a book underway, too.
“I’m working on an applique quilt for our new book Country Orchard, for Star books. It will be released this spring, in April. We use quite a bit of our new fabric line Country Orchard, which will be released in March. I am enjoying doing this applique. Applique is relaxing for me during this busy time of the year. I like the story applique can tell. The organic shapes filling the blocks seem just right—placement of shapes can be whimsical and the results dramatic.”
So, there you have it—a bit about what Moda designers are up to now. How about you? Do you have any holiday projects stacked next to your sewing machine? Let us know!