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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

 

JUN

01

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

It’s that time again!

Our newest pattern of the month is …

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Our 2 Fat Quarter Bucket!

It’s one of our simplest patterns and our cover samples were made using our new “Brighten Up” fabric collection. I love those butterflies!

We had lots of buckets on display this past Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.

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You can use them for just about everything.

Mary insisted on using one for ANOTHER knitting project! At least she used some brightly colored yarn. I think those balls might become socks for me!

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Fill them with more fat quarters, threads, jelly rolls or whatever you want!

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They’re fast, fun and easy to make!

Hope you enjoy this newest Patterns of the Month. It’s only $6.00 for a limited time. Downloads only please.

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

MAY

30

2016

Switzerland Part One!

Well … things have been a whirlwind of fun and adventure around here for the last few weeks! Not only we did have the once in a lifetime chance to teach quilting in Switzerland, but only 10 short days after we returned home, Quilt Market happened in Salt Lake City. I have so much to share I don’t know where to start!

So lets begin at Cotton and Color in Basel, Switzerland!
The ladies at the shop were so welcoming and helpful.

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Astrid, the owner in the pink dress on the left, kept us awake running errands around Basel all day to help us avoid jet lag and it worked! We even managed to sneak in a little sightseeing.

We had a trunk show the first night. The ladies were awesome and we gave away a special quilt that appeared in the recent April issue of APQ magazine.

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The winner couldn’t have been happier!

The first day of class we taught our Wild Jelly Rolls 3 quilt. We had some very nice fabric choices to work with and loved seeing how they all went together.

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This Jelly Roll fabric made it’s way to class, via a traveling husband, all the way from Las Vegas. It’s a small world!

I had a special treat when my email friend from Windsor (SL4 to the locals) showed up in both classes!

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Christine has been leaving comments on our blog for years … and for years we’ve been chatting back and forth. Just a few sentences here and there and I couldn’t have been more in love with her in person! We took a short hike into Germany one evening, to her hotel and had dinner together. What a special memory I now have of my friend … this is why I quilt!!

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The ladies sewed and sewed and we chatted and laughed …

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And laughed some more! What a wonderful day!!

My only regret is that I was having so much fun and eating Swiss chocolate, that I forgot to get a group picture!

So here are a few more shots that capture some of the day …

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Our second day of teaching had us starting a new project with some new friends. This time I remembered a group picture!

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We worked on our Slice of Cake 2 quilt and again had a fabulous day sewing!

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We even had some super prolific sewers that got lots accomplished …

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And I think we all had a great day sewing together!

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Thanks for all the fond memories, chocolates, pastries and gifts ladies!

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Astrid, her staff and her husband were the perfect hosts and we quickly became good friends! On our last night in Basil our husbands arrived and Astrid made us traditional Swiss fondue!! It was delicious and I’m now in search of the perfect fondue pot and recipe!

I hope that we get to see our new Swiss friends again someday soon!!

Barb

 

MAY

27

2016

Brighten Up Swatches!

Our new fabric group is called “Brighten Up” !!

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The swatches are on the website NOW!
Visit our “fabrics for Moda” page to see all the newest fabrics being shown to your favorite quilt shop owner today.

It’s scheduled for an August delivery … so you won’t have to wait too long!
Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

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