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17

2016

100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!

Welcome to another day of the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!

This sew along features a collection of quilt blocks taken from different issues of “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks” magazines. The blocks have all been reduced to 6 inches and are perfect for making a Sampler Quilt!

Our “Summer Fun” block #169 was originally featured in the first issue!

I’ve re-made it today in one of our newer fabric groups. In fact these fabrics are so new, the shop owners are just getting them in the shops now!

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The group is called “Brighten Up”. I have to admit I haven’t sewn quarter square triangle in awhile and had to check the internet for instructions!

There will be a new block every week. So make sure to join in on the fun! For more information visit the Quilty Pleasures Blog or to catch up on any of the blocks you might have missed click here.

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

AUG

09

2016

PinniePalooza!

Join the Moda Designers today to celebrate pincushions!

Those cute little things we couldn’t live without!

They keep all our pins in one place, organized and in some cases add a bit of style to our sewing spaces.

I have a few pincushions but this one is my absolute favorite and the one that I actually USE everyday.

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It’s wool and brightly colored as you might expect.

I’ve had it for about 16 years and and I know exactly where I got it … it was stolen from our Quilt Shop. It was one of those things that never made it onto the sales floor and quickly ended up in my personal tote bag!

I keep my pins in those “clumps” along one edge. I’ve arranged my pins like this forever! Just ask some of my oldest friends and they’ll tell you how pin obsessed I can be.

During a project they get all messed up.

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So after every sewing session I put them back into clumps again and remove all the stray threads and bent pins.

There are always at least 2 safety pins along the edge just in case I need them.
The small deformed white pin has been there at least 10 years. I just liked it for some reason and kept it. I also never use it.

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The other larger pin was left in a quilt by the quilter and I saved it. No reason I just saved it and that one has been there about 15 years.

Who knows why I have those 3 “T” pins ??  But they are also arranged into a “clump” if you haven’t already noticed.

So that’s my pincushion!

Be sure to visit the other Moda Designers Blogs and Instagram accounts today and see if they’re as weird as I am about pins!

Barb

 

AUG

08

2016

Memory Lane!

Recently I had the chance to go down Memory Lane. I had a chance to visit the childhood me!

A mini family re union of sorts brought some of us back to Johnstown, Pennsylvania … my birthplace.

A visit to my first school was a must!

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Too funny … I thought this building was huge when I went to first grade.

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I didn’t get a picture of the side basement entrance but it’s now a Senior Center. Somehow appropriate! I sure don’t remember this building looking so old.

This is the first house I remember living in …

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It also seemed so much larger then. We used to ride our bikes around the basement all winter long.

My Grandfather’s house on my Mothers side of the family … over 100 years old!

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And all the family we could round up for the day.

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I remember sitting on this swing with my Grandpa!

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That’s my Mom sitting with her brother and 3 of the 5 sisters. Boy those nose’s all look the same!

A trip out to the nearby 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial.

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And a trip to the Johnstown Incline.

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Beautiful view of the city!

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We had a chance to visit a special grave site.

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The five sisters once had a brother.

The grand kids got to see where their Great Great Grandparents rest on my father’s side of the family.

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A wonderful trip and so much fun to have the chance to see parts of my old life.
Barb

 

AUG

04

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

The newest pattern of the month is …

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Chain Links!
It’s a super fun quilt to make using a “Brighten Up” jelly roll!

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I know because I actually made this quilt. I can usually talk Mary into making our samples but she was too busy?

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Our “Brighten Up” fabrics are shipping to the shops NOW so you should have no difficulties finding all the supplies you need.

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Hope you enjoy our newest pattern of the month.

It’s 25 percent off for a limited time. That makes it only $7.50! Downloads only.

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

AUG

02

2016

July Sew Sampler Box!

My newest Sew Sampler Box is here!

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I’ve been away from the office for a few days so it’s been sitting on a pile of mail for about a week, but it’s always fun to come home to HAPPY mail!

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My Sew Sampler Box is filled with fun stuff again and how did they know I needed a new rotary cutter!?

It’s like Christmas getting these beautiful boxes in the mail every month. I must have been a very good girl!

I love my sewing stuff … But the sticker always belongs to Bella.

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Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

JUL

27

2016

Winner!

The blog winner of our Bella Solid bundle is …

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Pam!
I love these luscious colors you have assembled. Everything that you two do is delightful!

I will be contacting the winner by email shortly.

Instagram winners announced on Instagram.

Congratulations!

Barb

 

JUL

21

2016

Bella Solid Bundles!

Isn’t this the cutest 12 pack you’ve ever seen??

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They’re new Bella Solid fat quarter packs in our colors and they give the “12 pack” a whole new meaning!

These bundles of 12 fat quarters were introduced at Quilt Market this Spring.

There’s lots of fun things you can do with them …

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How about using one to make this 6th Grade quilt from our Precut Primer book?

Bella 12 Pack Grade 6

I love the quilting on this one!

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Or this Easy as 12 quilt …

Easy as 12 Bella 12 Pack Solids

From our Simple Quilts book!

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These quilts weren’t originally designed using fat quarters, so we’ve decided to make things easier for you and created some new “Cutting Diagrams”.

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They’re available on our website under … “Cutting Diagrams”!

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These adorable bundles were shipped to your local quilt shop this June.

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Would you like to win this bundle?  We’re  giving away 2 bundles and there are 2 ways to win! Leave a comment below and and we’ll choose a blog winner!

Get a second chance to win on Instagram. Winners will be chosen at random sometime on Wednesday July 27. Good luck!!

Please visit the other designers for more chances to win!

Fig Tree

Bonnie and Camille

Kate Spain

Sweetwater

V and Co

Zen Chic

Be sure to visit their Instagram accounts too!!

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

JUL

16

2016

Moda Bake Shop!

We’re in the Bake Shop again!!

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This table runner is absolutely darling!!

It’s made with our new “Brighten Up” fabrics that will be shipping to the quilt shops this August.

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Don’t you just love those flowers hand embroidered on the center blocks!!

Visit the Moda Bake Shop to get the free pattern and I’ll see you there because this is one that I think I have to have for myself!

The perfect project for …

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Thanks Jen!!

It’s adorable!!

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

JUL

13

2016

Maker Valley!

I just got my T Shirts from Maker Valley!!

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I love them! They’re so cute and soft … and I can’t wait to wear one.

BUT I need to decide which one I’m going to keep and which one Mary gets?

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They both have attitude …

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I think I’ll have to flip a coin. I just can’t decide!

Be sure to visit the Maker Valley ~ Stately Type website to see all the fun T Shirts.

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Many are specifically designed for people who like to craft and sew. They get us!!

I think that could be because the owner Holly Lesue’ is a quilter??

I’ll be ordering again soon … especially if I decide to keep both T Shirts for myself!!

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

JUL

08

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

Our newest Pattern of the Month is …

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The Double Wide Dresden!

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It’s one of our newest patterns and we debuted it at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this past May.
It’s made using our new “Brighten Up” fabric collection.

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“Brighten Up” ships to the stores this August.

The typical Dresden has 20 segments and ours has only 10. That makes them double wide!

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Traditional Dresden is also 18 degrees … and ours is 36.

Plus there are no raw edges and the center forms a star! Our unique paper template is included in the pattern.

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It’s really a new twist on an old favorite … especially when you use bright fabrics.

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Fast, fun and easy!
We machine stitched around all the Dresden segments and it was quilted by our friend Sharon Elsberry.

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Hope you enjoy our newest pattern of the month.

It’s 25 percent off for a limited time. That makes it only $7.50! Downloads only.

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

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