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!
- Gingerbread birds and butter brickleI made these gingerbread birds this past week from an antique cookie board I purchased last year. I can't even begin to tell you how much it cost.....but I had never seen one like it, and I love making these springerle-like cookies. I have quite a few molds and love... 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 »
- Secret Garden - Two Quilt PatternsOur 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 »