Blackbird Designs


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Barb and Alma wouldn’t want a home that didn’t have quilts on the beds, cross-stitched samplers on the walls, and hooked rugs on the floors. They love the color and texture that textiles bring to their homes. Watch out, because they are on a mission to see that your home has the same welcoming touch!

The ladies of Blackbird Designs have worked together for over 17 years, sharing their creative ideas with quilters and stitchers all over the world. They have published over 275 books and patterns and are two of the most popular teachers and designers in the needlework industry.

Kansas City is home to them both. Because they live on opposite sides of a city known for its urban sprawl, getting together is sometimes a challenge. Meeting halfway works well for them and they get to enjoy each other’s company over a glass of iced tea or, to quote Barb, “A fresh coke!”

The soft, faded colors seen in antique quilts are a delight to both and are reflected in the fabric they design for Moda Fabrics. Barb and Alma have designed for Moda for over 14 years and love being a part of such a creative company.

If you see a black van on the road filled with quilts, props and antiques, wave as you go by because it might just be Barb and Alma. Don’t follow too closely, though. You never know when they might slam on the brakes because they’ve seen an antique shop. It’s a sure bet that they are going to stop and see what they can find!

  • Blog Hop Winners!
         My owl row arrived today by UPS, just in time to roost on the Thanksgiving table. The cleaning is done ....most of the grocery shopping is completed, except for a couple of things I forgot, and the family is arriving today. Let the excitement begin!     We were going to... Read more »
  • It's a Blog Hop!
    Guess who's participating in Martingale's blog hop celebrating our newest collaboration with 23 designers?Us of course! Lots going on with this fun venture.  Martingale will be sharing our posts and hosting giveaways during the blog hop (assorted giveaways plus three grand prizes from Martingale and Moda are up for grabs!).... Read more »
  • What's New!
         Mix a few birds in with some scrappy baskets of flowers, and you have folk art at its best! Notice how the sweet plaids make the burgundies and blues pop. This quilt would be the perfect accent for any room in your home. Barb used a fat quarter pack... Read more »
  • New Summer Releases
         The pattern pictured below was released last month. I didn't get a chance to post it earlier. This design was done by Barb and I love her sense of humor. The cat and birds seem to be very friendly! Corey my new dog, says we need to design one... Read more »
  • The Light Upon the Lawn
    The Light Upon the Lawn is our newest Loose Feathers pattern. (Second in the series) It's on its way to the printer today, and shipping out to the distributors in a weeks time. The floss colors are the same as last month's palette, and I think one set of floss... Read more »
  • Corey - our newest addition
         My oldest son and I walk dogs at Wayside Waifs for a couple of hours each week. It's a time we enjoy spending together. We are working on our fourth year of volunteering. Each time we walk 3 - 4 dogs a mile, giving them a chance to get... Read more »
  • New Cross Stitch Releases
         I love to begin a new project to celebrate the holiday after the rush of the season is over. All is quiet, no more gifts to buy or make, and there are enough leftovers to keep us going for a while.         An antique sampler by J. Mair’s was the... Read more »
  • The Raven
     Pat Cross sent a picture of her wonderful hooked rug. It reminded me how little Barb and I talk about how our designs can be translated into other formats. Our latest quilt book, The Raven, is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem. Each block’s name is taken from a bit... Read more »
  • Secret Garden - Two Quilt Patterns
     Our newest quilt booklet is finished and is available now. The booklet is inspired by the colors and shades of late summer/early autumn, and these two quilts are our favorites. Although one is pieced and the other is appliquéd, they look smashing together.   Barb and I made this quilt this... Read more »
  • Down Memory Lane
    Thank you Eddie Landreth for taking me down memory land and giving me a morning's pleasure! Eddie sent these pictures of his latest quilt to me and gave permission to share them.  Eddie used the featured pattern from our book Garden Club to make his quilt. I went back through my... Read more »

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