Lets celebrate our favorite past time … Quilting!
I have to admit, I’m not really a seamstress but Mary was and that’s what got us into quilting.
I remember the first quilt that inspired me. My husband was in college and we lived in married student housing. There was this girl named Kathy who’s sister made her a quilt. I thought is was just about the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen but never thought I could make one for myself and I didn’t have a sister who quilted … yet!
Fast forward several years after graduation and the discovery of a quilt shop near my home. Mary’s daughters were tired of all the pink dresses she was sewing for them. She still wanted to sew and I still wanted a quilt, so it happened that we took our first quilting class together. That’s the moment when I knew I was a quilter!
That first class spiraled into our owning a quilt shop and the dream of all dreams … designing fabrics for Moda!
Mary loves working with color!
She’s the one in this partnership who writes the patterns and plays with the colors in our quilts. She’s currently working on a secret project with this box of colorful Bella Solid lovelies!!
It’s the most wonderful thing in the world to be able to work at something you love!
Me … well quilting gives me the best excuse in the world to to collect fabric!
I have always loved collecting big chunks of fabric. Long before I started quilting I collected my fabric in the form of tablecloths and bedding. I still have a wonderful collection of both, but collecting fat quarters is now my favorite. I have saved a fat quarter bundle of every fabric collection we have ever done!
All 28 of them and working on the 29th!
Sew lets celebrate National Sewing and Quilting Month with a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop! Be sure to download their cute “Color of My Heart Quilt Pattern” here.
There was also a small challenge thrown out to everyone on the blog tour … to make something we’ve never made before. I’ve made all kinds of things in my “sewing” life from quilts, to clothes and ever curtains! So this request left me a bit befuddled. I’ve never made underwear but really don’t want to start either. So I decided to make something I would actually use from a mini charm pack.
I made the FQS Coffee Koozie!
I now have something functional that I’ve never made before! My Passion Tea has never looked better and my cup isn’t sweating all over my desk!
You can get the free pattern here.
Have a GREAT month sewing and quilting … and don’t forget to collect lots of fat quarters!