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09

2014

I Love Quilting And Sewing Blog Tour!

Lets celebrate our favorite past time … Quilting!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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I made the FQS Coffee Koozie!

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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!

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Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

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08

2014

E Book Sale!

This week only on the Martingale website …

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What a deal for only $8.37!!

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

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07

2014

Pattern Of The Month!

It’s that time again! Time to feature one of our pattern downloads at a great price!

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For the entire month of September you can download our “Let Them Eat Cupcakes” pattern for only $7.50!

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The quilt was made with our Hubba Hubba fabrics for Moda and was quilted by Sharon Elsberry.

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It’s made with fat eights and some coordinating fabrics.

Better hurry before this month’s deal slips away!

Barb

 

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05

2014

Fab Shop News!

Guess what’s in the new issue of Fab Shop News?

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It’s a special issue “all about kids” and features our Hopscotch Mat pattern!

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Thanks Fab Shop for the wonderful mention!
Barb

 

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28

2014

We’re On Our Way!

Mary and I will be out of the office for a few days and will have plenty of fun to share when we return!

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Omaha here we come!!
Barb

 

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27

2014

Even More Quilting Videos!

We have three more quilting videos for you today!

The first will show you how to make a Flower Pot Block.

It’s used in our Poison Ivy quilt pattern.

The second how to make the Ground Cover quilt pattern.

It’s available free on our website!

The third is how to make our Text Me quilt pattern.

It’s also available for download on our website.

Hope you enjoy these videos and the free pattern!
Barb

 

AUG

25

2014

Pinafore Bag Kit!

Have you looked at your new Connecting Threads catalog lately?

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Well you’ll find our Pinafore Bag pattern used in a kit!

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Thanks Connecting Threads for including us!!

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You can also download the pattern only on our website.

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

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23

2014

New Moda Love Blog Tour!

It’s coming very soon so mark your calenders for lots of fun and prizes!

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Here’s the list of the participants to drool over until it starts …

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Janet Clare Designs

Kate Spain

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Amy Ellis

Eric +Julie Comstock

Stephanie Ryan Design Studio

 

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Malka Dubrawski

Blackbird Designs

Lauren + Jessi Jung

Lella Boutique

 

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Basic Grey

Fig Tree and Co.

Pat Sloan

 

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April Rosenthal

French General

Minick and Simpson

 

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Cotton Way

Sandy Gervais

Primitive Gatherings

 

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Bunny Hill

Deb Strain

Kansas Troubles

 

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Kathy Schmitz

Laundry Basket Quilts

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Me and My Sister Designs

Jan Patek

Sweetwater

 

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Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above!

Happy Touring!
Barb

 

AUG

22

2014

One Million Pillowcases Blog Hop!

Welcome to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop!!

This is one of the favorite blog hops I’ve ever been in. As soon as we were asked to participate I knew this would be fun because one of my favorite charities came to mind …

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I was a McDonald’s worker throughout high school and they taught me many of the people and business skills I have today. I’ve been a fan of Ronald McDonald charities for years!

I’ve decided to make and donate 4 different pillowcases. So lets get this party started! I’ve pulled some of my favorite LOL fabrics from my stash …

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And printed some of my favorite patterns from the All People Quilt website.

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There are 43 different free patterns to choose from and it was difficult to narrow it down. The only one I wasn’t tempted to make was the ruffled cuff. Sorry you ruffle lovers but this girl doesn’t have the ruffle making gene! I love them just don’t like to make them:(.

Here are my finalists. Number One … I chose pattern #15 for these fabrics because I loved the simple piping and wanted to do something blue.

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Number Two … I chose the “Roll it Up!” pattern and these fabrics because it’s the simplest and I’m a big fan of the “tube method” … and turquoise fabrics.

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Number Three … Piano Key blocks are some of my favorites to make so pattern #16 was a have to make in pink.

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Number Four … Pattern # 39 was chosen because I have a beautiful box of Bella Solids and I wanted to use a bit of them. I also love purple.

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Ready, set, sew!

Earlier in the week I delivered my 4 pillowcase to our local Ronald McDonald House!

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It was a great feeling to know that someone might find a bit of comfort …

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And sleep a little easier tonight on one of my pillowcases.

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Please help us make our goal of One Million Pillowcases and visit some of the other designers participating in the hop …

· Alison Glass
· American Patchwork & Quilting
· Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
· The Benartex Design Team: Sew in Love with Fabric
· Debby Kratovil
· Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
· Heidi Pridemore
· How To Sew
· Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom
· Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts
· Karrie Winters of Freckled Whimsy
· Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle
· Linda Carlson
· Lori Mason
· Modern Quilt Studio
· Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
· Northcott: Patti’s Patchwork
· Shannon Fabrics: My Cuddle Corner (http://shannonfabrics.com/blog/index/)
· Tammy Silvers
· Timeless Treasures: Sew Timeless
· Valori Wells
· Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool
· Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring

There will be a 24 hour sewathon on September 19th!

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American Patchwork and Quilting will be hosting an event in their Des Moines offices but shops and small groups across the country are hosting their own sewathons! To help you find a shop in your area go here.

Don’t forget to add your pillowcases to the tally … It’s sew easy! I’m adding mine today!

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Lets reach the goal!

Barb

AUG

20

2014

New “Bandana” Swatches Are Here!

Our newest fabric group is coming to Quilt Market in Houston this October and we have the fabric swatches up on the website!!

Here’s just a few of the prints …

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To see more visit the “fabrics for moda” page.

Hope you like all the fun new prints in this group!
Barb

 

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