Kickstarting your Sewing: Ideas from Moda Designers’ Blogs

There are rumors in the virtual world that blogging is dead—that Instagram and Facebook are taking over and readers just don’t read blogs like they used to. Sure, blogs are tough to keep up, but many people still enjoy connecting with online friends through their written words and photos.

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Quilt Market: A Different View


I introduced myself last May, just as I was on my way to spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis. Now I’m prepping to head to Houston, (on a jet plane, just like Moda’s crates, though I’m coming from Iowa).

My visit to Market this time around will be a bit different, as I’m going to be the sole representative of the shop where I work—Home Ec Workshop in Iowa City. Our shop owner had a baby in September, a baby who wasn’t due until Christmas. Little Leola Elizabeth (isn’t that a great name?) weighed in at only a pound and a half, but she’s doing quite well and has gained nearly a pound. Naturally her mom doesn’t want to leave her, so I will be winging my way to Texas alone and looking for goodies for the shop.

Little Leola's tiny hands.

Little Leola’s tiny hands.

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Taking Hexies on the Road

Taking handwork along while you’re vacationing (or just taking your kids to swim lessons or the doctor’s office) makes a lot of sense. Small, easy-to-carry and easy-to store projects help idle minutes fly by and can yield big results. In past posts we’ve shared Moda’s designer’s tips for appliqué and embroidery. Today the focus is on hexagons.

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Featured Quilt Shop: Yoder Department Store

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Yoder Department Store is located in Yoder’s Shopping Center

Moda Fabrics has been in business for 40 years. And for well more than half of those years, Yoder Department Store in Shipshewana, Indiana, has been buying Moda fabrics to sell to their customers.

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