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JUN

28

2016

A Special Thanks!

We want to give Sharon at Patches Indooroopilly a special thank you!

While at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City last month, she surprised us with the best gifts ever …

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A beautiful handmade pillow and my new favorite Australian candy … Red Frogs! Can you tell by my face how much I love these gifts? I’m almost hyperventilating. I think I’m drooling too.

We visited her shop in Australia last Summer and had a fabulous time meeting all her wonderful customers.

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What a thoughtful and beautiful souvenir of our trip. I quickly claimed the pillow as my own. Mary you loose this time. But I did share the Red Frogs.

She used our “Grow” fabrics and the block pattern is from our Precut Primer book, 11th Grade quilt.

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The back of the pillow is just as wonderful as the front …

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The details are beyond perfect. Look at this zipper …

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And the piping!  This woman can sew!

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Thanks for thinking of us. The Red Frogs are long gone but the pillow will be with ME forever.

Can you tell I LOVE this pillow!

Barb

 

JUN

24

2016

The Quilt Branch!

Our friend Susan Knapp at “The Quilt Branch” has a brand new book inspired by her new grand daughter!

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That’s Susan, the proud Grandma on the right. We’ve known Susan for years and love seeing her every Quilt Market.

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Her “Nursery” book is the latest in her series of books that use 6 half yard cuts. Additional yardage might be needed for accents and backgrounds.

The projects are for all skill levels. Anyone can put together six fabrics so it makes these projects super easy.

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I especially love this quilt! Not only does it work as a play mat but doubles as a place to store all the blocks.

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There’s cording along the four sides that allows you to gather it up for storage. Genius!

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The blocks are also good for causing trouble when they’re not tucked away in the storage quilt or with baby .

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Susan wore a super cute apron in her booth! I just had to show a close up of the pocket.

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There are 4 quilts plus bonus projects for the toys and accessories. The complete set of letters and numbers to personalize each quilt is also included.

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We’re so happy and thankful to Susan for using our fabrics in all the projects!

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To find out more about purchasing this book for your collection or store visit Susan’s Website.

Happy Quilting!
Hugs and much success with the new book!
Barb

 

JUN

21

2016

Moda Designer Roll Call!

Here it is!
Our after market “Designer Roll Call”. It’s a tour of the Moda designer area at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. I think this will be my my longest post ever so get ready!

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We had a new layout this time. The booths weren’t in rows. Each designer had two cardboard walls to work with and we all had a great time being so close to each other. It made for lots of visiting with our friends. I hope that we get the same display layout next time!

Lets start here at Me and My Sister Designs and “Brighten Up”!

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Mary just loves that she always gets to pose for this picture alone. I always promise that next year I’ll get myself in the picture.

New designer Shannon Gillman Orr and her group “Acreage”.

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Minick and Simpson aka Polly and Laurie with “Grand Traverse Bay”.

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Corey Yoder and “Sundrops”.

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Sweetwater aka Karla, Lisa and Susan with “The Treehouse Club”.

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I somehow deleted the picture I took of them in their booth so this one with the photo of them will have to do! It was a really cute picture too!

Jan Patek with “Fern Hill”.

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Brenda Riddle and “Fleurs”.

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Pat Sloan and “Hometown Charm”.

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Lisa Bongean and “Little Gatherings 2”.

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Janet Clare and “Flight”.

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April Rosenthal and “Prairie Grass Patterns”.

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Amy Ellis and her new book “Modern Heritage Quilts”.

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Sandy Klop with “Hop, Skip and Jump”.

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Alma from Blackbird Designs with “Wild Orchid”.

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Vanessa Goertzen with “Olive’s Flower Market”.

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Kathy Schmitz and “Count Your Blessings”.

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Lynne Hagmeier and “Oak Haven”.

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Sandy Gervais and “Plush”.

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Betsy Chutchian and “Hope’s Journey”.

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New designer Lydia Nelson and “Darling Little Dickens”.

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Stacy Iest Hsu and “Farm Fun”.

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Allison aka Basic Gray and “Saturday Morning”.

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Thimble Blossoms aka Camille and “Handmade”.

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Thimble Blossoms aka Bonnie and “Handmade”.

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New designer Debbie Maddy and “Shibori”.

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New designers Frannie and Jane and “Manderley”.

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Sherri and Chelsea with “Desert Bloom”.

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1 Canoe 2 aka Beth and “Hazelwood”.

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Laundry Basket Quilts and “Pumpkin Pie”.

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New designer Jo Morton and “Gratitude”.

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Erin Michael and “Meow or Never”.

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Joanna aka Fig Tree and “Chestnut Street”.

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Jen Kingwell and “Moving On Lawns”.

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New designer Stacy Bloomfield with “Thicket”.

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And last but not least and honorary designer Doug Leko and Holly Taylor’s “Country Road”.

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Welcome to Moda Spring 2016!

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

JUN

17

2016

Farm Girl Anniversary Blog Hop!

Today is the day … Farm Girl Vintage turns one!

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It hardly seems that it was only one year ago today that all those cute blocks started popping up.

When Fat Quarter Shop asked us to join the celebration, I couldn’t resist. I had our new “Brighten Up” fabrics calling for a cute project!

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Then I saw the block! Oh my, 56 pieces! So I counted twice … yes, still 56 pieces. There was no doubt in my mind at this point that I would be making the 12 inch block and NOT the 6 inch version.

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So I started cutting. I think I can do this, I think I can do this! 56 pieces is a bunch of small pieces!

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I decided to tackle this logically (as logical as someone who likes sewing fast and easy projects can). I decided to start in sections from the top.

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Sewing began and the plan was to take photos along the way at each step.

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Well something totally unexpected happened! I got into the sewing, forgot to take pictures along the way AND before I knew it …

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I had a finished block! 56 pieces are not so bad and I feel like the Queen of the World! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!

Happy Anniversary Farm Girl Vintage!

Please visit the other bloggers and get your free Anniversary Block pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop  …

Kerry from Very Kerry Berry

Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane

Erin from Why Not Sew?

Kelly from Kelbysews

Pam from Pam Kitty Morning

Debbie from Happy Little Cottage

Greg from Grey Dogwood Studios

Renee from Sewn with Grace

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Lisa from In the Boondocks

Connie from Free Motion by the River

Dana from Old Red Barn Co.

Barb from Me & My Sister Designs

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Sharla from Thistle Thicket Studios

Kim from Persimon Dreams

Marni from Haberdashery Fun

Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

JUN

15

2016

“Grow” In Stores Now!

While you’re visiting all those quilt shops on your vacation list this Summer …

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Remember to look for some “Grow”!
It’s in stores now!

We have 4 great projects to inspire you!

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My favorite is the Slice of Cake 3 quilt. I love the way our quilter, Sharon Elsberry made it so beautiful.

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Mary usually makes most of our sample quilts but I made this one. That could have something to do with why it’s my favorite?

The Slice of Cake 4 quilt hung in the Moda booth at Quilt market.

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This one also has some stunning quilting. Actually they all do!

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If you happen to pick up a jelly roll …

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This Jelly Rolls Gone Wild 4 quilt might be the perfect project to make as a quick and easy souvenir of your travels.

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Jelly Rolls Gone Wild 3 is super cute too! We taught this one recently in Switzerland and it was so much fun seeing all the different fabric choices.

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So look for some “grow “at your favorite local quilt shop or those special shops you visit this Summer.

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You’ll get 2 great projects with each pattern so “Grow” something soon!

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

JUN

12

2016

Moda Merit Badges!

These are the cutest things I’ve seen is a long time!

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They’re Moda Merit Badges and you can collect them all at your local quilt shop.
They remind me of my Girl Scout days and what fun I had earning them.

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Merit Badges are part of a new “faces of moda” campaign and we handed them out to all the shop owners who visited our booths at market. Be on the lookout to see these photos in upcoming quilting magazines!

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We were each assigned a badge and had to take a photo to go with our badge.

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Ours is “runs with scissors” and this is what happens when you do!

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Happy collecting with all your quilting friends!

Barb

 

JUN

09

2016

Camp Moda!

Welcome to Camp Moda!

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We recently returned home from Quilt Market in Salt Lake City revitalized and full of new ideas!

It’s always fun being a part of the Moda booth and each time we arrive at market, I can’t wait to see what the new theme is going to be!

This market was one of my favorites ever!
There were sparking jars filled with firefly lights …

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Tents for camping …

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Boats on the lake …

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And a smiling Moda team all decked out for camp …

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I loved how the sales persons dressed for camp! Some of them really got into the camping spirit.

Our booth was in the Designer Section …

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And featured our new “Brighten Up” fabrics and quilt patterns. The quilt on the left is our new layer cake project called “Double Wide Dresden”. The quilt on the right is called “Chain Link” and is made using a jelly roll.

There were even MORE tents perfect for a sleep over in the woods …

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And more “Brighten Up” for making MORE quilts!

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Welcome to Camp Moda!

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Watch for my semi annual post showing all the designer booths, it’s coming soon!

Barb

 

JUN

08

2016

Switzerland Part Two!

Welcome to part two of our great Swiss adventure!!

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We had a wonderful time that we will never forget! I insisted Mary be the boy in this picture. Age does have it’s advantages sometimes.

We made our way from the Swiss Alps to Amsterdam having lots of fun looking for quilt and yarn shops along the way. Now that Mary knits, we’ve added yarn to our shopping lists. I’m still waiting for a pair of socks.

There were sadly no shops at the base of Mount Eiger …

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But we did try our best to re-enact a “snowball assassination” in the spirit of the old Clint Eastwood movie called the Eiger Sanction.

We didn’t find any shops in the Black Forest …

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But we did stumble upon a darling quilt shop while walking in the rain in Koblenz.

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Maria, the owner of Diehl, had some bolts of our fabrics and a sweet chicken made using Hi De Ho!

We searched Marksburg Castle.

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Mary and I got to fire the cannons. Just kidding! Do you think anyone in their right mind would give the two of us a cannon ball!

We ate giant pretzels to fuel our shopping journeys.

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Tip toed through some tulips …

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And found a wonderful quilt shop in Amsterdam!

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The owner was absent that day but the ladies at Birdblocks Patchwork managed to take good care of us and find us the perfect bolts!

While in Kinderdijk we also found the perfect shoe for the long walk home!

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Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

JUN

06

2016

Shop Us On ETSY!

Whats new around here? Well we’ve started an ETSY shop!!
(We’ve actually had the account for several years but never did anything with it.)

We now offer our pattern downloads in our new shop …

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AND have started adding some limited edition fabric and pattern bundles!
You never know what might show up in our store so shop now and shop often.

There’s a button and direct link to our store on the home page of our website or visit us at meandmysisterquilts!

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

JUN

03

2016

May ~ Sew Sampler Box!

I promised I wouldn’t be late posting but it looks like I’ve done it again!

I’ve been away at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and look what was happily awaiting my return home.

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I just love getting this box stacked in my pile of mail and it’s easy to spot that bright turquoise box!

It’s full of goodies again …

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But I kinda liked the “Grow” charm pack in last months box better. Guess I have my reasons … Ha!

It’s such a wonderful surprise opening this box every month and now Bella can hardly wait for her new sticker.

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Having fun with the new Sew Sampler box from the Fat Quarter Shop!

Sign up yo get yours delivered every month today.

Barb

 

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