Join us on the Moda Cutting Table Blog today to find out what makes us joyful!
Join us on the Moda Cutting Table Blog today to find out what makes us joyful!
I’ll bet you didn’t know there’s a new free pattern on the website!
It’s called “Modern Hubba”
It’s super easy and I’ll bet you could even get a few finished before Christmas if you tried.
There are plenty of quick and easy quilt ideas in the “free pattern” section of our website. Just scroll up to the green box on the left and click on “free patterns”.
Mary and I recently returned home from our adventure at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe in Oregon.
If you ever get to Oregon … this is a must see Quilt Shop!
Walking in the door is an explosion of inspiration!
We had taught at the shop before, but never to teach with our friends Karla from Sweetwater, Anne from Bunnyhill and Debbie Busby from Wooden Spool Designs.
This was a special event called Homespun and Holly …
We arrived to a beautifully decorated classroom where 100 ladies rotated thru 4 teaching stations over 2 days of fun. What a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas! Each student got a kit for a handmade holiday project from each teacher along with a special gift from the Shoppe.
When we weren’t busy teaching, we were off having fun shopping in some corner of the Shoppe …
I just have to share this picture from the second shop, YES! I said second shop called Boughs of Holly across the street. This one specializes in Christmas fabrics and kits. Notice the smiling student and the mirror on the wall with a perfect shot of Mary. I couldn’t have done this if I tried!
I have to admit my favorite section of the Shoppe was ours.
PS … they have all our newest collections and even a few bolts of some of our vintage stuff. Including some fat quarters and other pre cuts!
They even had a small amount of our “Ready Set Snow” fabrics in the Christmas store!
It was 2 special days of 4 handmade items and quilting inspiration. Bring on Christmas!
Thanks ladies for the fabulous time!
Merry Christmas to all from Hollyhill!
There are 16 different quilt projects made with a great technique and using a specialty ruler. I can’t wait to try making a block! Lets see … I think this one looks good …
My supplies are ready, my strips are cut and I’m ready to sew …
This little notch in the ruler sure makes cutting my strip sets easy …
All my pieces are ready …
Yes, I sew over lots of pins!
A beautiful block that was so easy to make! I just might have to make this whole quilt …
The instructions were easy to follow and there was a whole section with illustrations that made using the ruler simple.
To see more blocks and quilts, visit these blogs this week …
There will be a drawing for a grand prize! It includes a book, a ruler and a fabric kit for one of the quilts. To enter leave a comment below letting me know what your currently sewing. The winner will be chosen on December 9th by Kathy.
I snapped this picture of Kathy at Quilt Market with a signature quilt she made.
Isn’t she cute! Such a talented lady and we are glad to call her our friend!
Good luck and have fun!!
Today Kimberly and the girls over at Fat Quarter Shop are giving you a FREE layer cake pattern!
To celebrate with them, I’ve decided to make a quilt with our new “Giggles” fabrics.
All it takes is a layer cake!
I began by sewing random squares together and decided after the first row that I wanted to keep the like colors together, the designer in me decided I wanted a more controlled look.
So I spent a few minutes reverse sewing a few blocks and was right back on track again.
This is going together really quickly! I seriously should have timed myself. This is so fun and easy!
Ta Da! Our magical longarm quilter Sharon, finished it just as quickly as I did!
This pattern works with all kinds of layer cakes. Just look at a few finished by the Fat Quarter Shop …
To get your very own free Layer Cake Lemonade pattern hop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop today!
I think I’ll make another …
We’re at it again!
Mary and I are on our way to Portland, Oregon and Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe!
See you there … Barb
Mary and I just returned home from our 4th trip to Florida and the annual “Babes On The Beach Retreat”! This years event was once again held on beautiful Merritt Island.
The weekend started with a luncheon at the shop, Sew Central. It was wonderful seeing all the ladies from past retreats …
And meeting new ones!
After lunch the ladies picked up their fabric kits.
More happy shoppers and their kits!
This is going to be a fun group!
The gals at the the shop even made Mary and I these cute T shirts …
I’m pretty sure Glenda and her sister Cathy had something to do with this!
Then it was onto the hotel and a few hours of free time. I just have to show you the view outside our hotel door …
The perfect place for Mary and I to have some fun!!
There was a lovely sit down dinner that night with a “Show and Tell” event.
Then off to the classroom to start some cutting.
Saturday the ladies started sewing their Pincurls quilt …
We worked all day and into the night …
There were a few that even stayed past midnight!
Sunday brought another day of sewing and more projects.
Thanks Sew Central for the wonderful time!
We finished up early enough to spend some time on the beach listening to old beach songs. It’s rough duty, but somebody’s got to do it!
Welcome to the twice yearly Moda Designer Booth Roll Call!
There were 22 of us who had booths this time and we all somehow managed to get lots of new patterns designed and quilts sewn.
Here are those booths, starting with us and going clockwise around the Moda area …
Me and My Sister Designs!
Mary is deep in thought and spending time in the booth. I have to admit that I left her there a lot while I walked around talking. But she made the mistake of wearing new shoes the first day and suffered with several large blisters. Rule number one … never wear new shoes to market!
On the corner next to us was one of the newest designers …
Gina Martin! She was really nice and Mary and I were in awe that she used to work for Hallmark. She sews too! We talked her into dining with a group of us one night and we felt like she was already just one of the gang.
Next is our dear friend Sandy Klop and American Jane!
Her quilts are always so beautiful and intricate. I love her sense of color! Many of Sandy’s quilts were recently featured in a very prestigious California quilt show. We all know why!
Karla and Lisa came this time without Susan. We missed her but enjoyed our time visiting together. Their new “Wishes” quilts are too cute! Love those “sweeties”! We will be seeing them again very soon in Portland and we’re cruising with Karla in January.
Smack dab in the middle of the first row is Kate Spain!
She made this quilt all by herself. Funny how just a few markets ago she didn’t sew at all. The back of the quilt is just as cute as the front and says “get out of bed”! So glad your catching the quilting bug Kate!
Thimbleblossoms and CottonWay are next and on the corner.
Camille brought her darling husband (not shown) again this time! The quilts are beautiful and I can’t believe she found the time to make those miniatures. We missed seeing Bonnie but I’m hopeful to see her next market! Love that fabric trimmed umbrella too.
Across the aisle is Kansas Troubles!
Lynne is such a great person and her husband Robert (Birthday Boy) helps us all whenever possible. By the look on Robert’s face I think he’s trying to be invisible. He probably thinks that I’m going to ask him for another favor rather than a photo. Maybe he just doesn’t want me to sing Happy Birthday to him again. Lynne is working on a new book! It’s sure to be another great one.
Laundry Basket Quilts is next!
I love Edyta’s new new quilts! They might even inspire me to do some applique. Love those cars! Such a talented lady and Mary and I might just get to do some traveling and teaching with her next year. Maybe I’ll wait on starting that new project and try to talk her into making me the car quilt. Do you think I might have a chance?
Kathy Schmitz is next …
She is just as nice in person as she looks in this picture! I really like this blue and brown color palette too. She has a very cute and infectious laugh, maybe more like a giggle, that goes with that smile!
On the next corner is Alma of Blackbird Designs …
I unfortunately missed getting Barb in the picture because she had to leave a bit early and my picture taking was a bit late. Their quilts are always so beautiful! Love these new shades of lavender and the alphabet sampler! I promise to get Barb in the picture next time.
Jan Patek is on the opposite corner!
Jan is one of the Moda designers that has been with the company the longest. She is so laid back and comfortable to be around. Makes you just want to pull up a chair and chat. She had an unfortunate encounter with a very large rain puddle on the way in one morning that stranded her for a while and had her husband chasing the spare tire that was floating down the street.
First booth down the next side is Fig Tree & Co …
Joanna brought along her cute husband Eric again. I really like her new “pear” quilt. You can see part of it right behind Eric’s shoulder. Just might have to make this quilt too! These two have the most beautiful “figlet” children.
French General is next …
Minus Kari! Once again I wasn’t fast enough with the camera. Great reds! I promise to get pictures early next time.
BasicGrey is next!
Allison is the super fun sales manager for BasicGrey. She is showing their newest fabric group “Little Black Dress II. She also confided in us that she has made a baby quilt using our fabrics! How cool is that. It must be fun representing such a talented bunch.
Deb is another designer that has been designing for Moda a long time! A sweeter person you will never find. Got to chat with her this market about all her grand kids and how much she enjoys babysitting them. The new Valentine quilt to her right has pockets for collecting Valentine cards!
Then its on to Polly and Laurie!
We are usually fortunate enough to be neighbors with these girls! Missed being next to this other pair of sisters. Laurie gave a hand quilting demonstration throughout the show. I would have enjoyed sitting there watching her stitch. Or maybe I should say that “Mary” and her blistered feet would have enjoyed sitting next to Laurie.
Another new designer is next …
Janet! She had the most lovely British accent and was so friendly. I think Moda must pre screen these new designers to make sure they are all nice!
Around the corner to Zen Chic …
Love this new group and Bridgett! Blue and yellow are the best together. She came from Germany without her husband/driver this time and traveled the bus system the whole time she was in Houston. What a brave gal.
Pat Sloan is next!
Great picture showing Pat’s sparking personality! I also like her new turquoise and red color palette. Don’t forget to listen in to Pat’s quilting radio show for APQ.
V and Co is across the way!
I wish I had gotten a better picture of the sewing machine quilt to her right. It’s gigantic and very cute. Lots of new projects from this gal. She really does have cute hair too.
Onto Primitive Gatherings!
Lisa is so nice! And queen of wool! I got to talk with her this market longer than I have in the past. I never realized that they dye all the wool she sells. What a huge job that must be. She will be staying for Quilt Festival and will bump the backside of the booth back to include 4 spaces. Her new fabrics will be showing very soon.
And last but not least, our “Bunny Hill” neighbor …
Anne! Everyone loved her new red and white Holiday collection! I loved the redwork. I don’t know if you can see it very well, but on that quilt behind Anne, just to the left of the “Believe” pillow are the cutest little snow people under a cake plate. We’ll be seeing Anne in a few days in Portland also.
And that wraps up another market roll call. See you in a few months in Pittsburgh!
I’ll make sure Mary doesn’t wear new shoes this time. Or I’ll bring plenty of bandaids!
This past Quilt Market in Houston, Mary and I had he opportunity to film a short video showcasing our new “Twinkle Twinkle” pattern for the Fat Quarter Shop!
There are no “Y” seams and there is NO paper piecing!
The quilt was made using a fat eighth bundle of our new “Hubba Hubba” fabrics for Moda.
It was a lot of fun doing the video and I hope you enjoy watching.
Barb and Mary