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Moda All Stars All in a Row Blog Hop

1.18.16 Moda All Stars All in a Row cover

Welcome fabric friends!

Last year, about this time, I was excited to be asked to participate in a wonderful upcoming book that Moda and Martingale Publishers were planning on publishing.  The book was called Moda All Stars All in a Row.  It is always a loud “yes!” when Moda Fabrics asks you to participate in anything.

Today, I get to share more about this fun book which is now available for purchase.

First off, the premise of the book(this is an excerpt from the book introduction written by Lissa Alexander who masterminded and compiled the book):

“I’m always on the lookout for ways to bring together the talented team of Moda Fabric designers.  Individually, you know and love their work.  But it’s rare when we all get to work together for a common goal.  I’m thrilled to share the work that 24 of Moda Fabric’s All-Stars teamed up to create — a one-of-a-kind collection of quilt rows for you to choose from.  We divided the rows into three groups — whimsical, seasonal, and classic — and added in several spacer rows.  But there are no rules about how you combine them.  Feel free to mix and match them to meet your heart’s desire and end up with a quilt that’s all your own!”


I was assigned a row from the “Well Seasoned” section of the book with a winter theme.  And I designed a cute little “Birdies and Trees” row–you can see it pictured above.  I used a mix of many different Moda fabrics–they always mix so well don’t they!

For this blog hop, we were each paired with another designer and asked to make their row using our fabrics.  I was paired with Janet Claire — and what a fun row she designed.  Her row features a bunch of adorable bunnies merrily hopping across the row.


I won’t give away how the bunnies are constructed but let me tell you–she has an ingenious method for making these little guys.


For my take on the bunny row, I used Mochi Linen dot for the background(I cannot get enough of the stuff!) and a springy mix of fabrics.

bunny 2

 I decided my bunnies needed some spring flowers to hop through–It’s cold and snowy here in Ohio(more cold than snowy) and I needed a little springtime action.


I used the flowers from Kate Spain’s row–just smaller to make my flowers.


I did some of the flowers at 50% of the original size and some at 35% of the original size.  That’s another great way to really mix up the rows within the book.


I plan to use the bunny row for a spring time runner.  Any of the rows in the book would make great table runners–if they aren’t as wide as you might like (they all vary in width) simply add borders.  So, I free motion quilted the whole thing and used one of the prints from Prairie as the backing.


Just need to add the binding and it’ll be a finish.

There are more fun blog posts planned for this blog hop–be sure to follow along:

January 18:  Brenda Riddle  & Carrie Nelson
January 19:  Corey Yoder  &  Janet Clare –> This is today!
January 20:  Me & My Sister  &  Barbara Brackman
January 21:  Pat Sloan  &  Edyta Sitar
January 22:  Camille Roskelley  &  Kathy Schmitz
January 23:  Sweetwater  &  Blackbird Designs
January 24:  Anne Sutton Laurie Simpson
January 25:  Lisa Bongean  &  Joanna Figueroa
January 26:  Betsy Chutchian  &  Jen Kingwell
January 27:  Kate Spain  &  Sandy Gervais
January 28:  Kaari Meng  &  Kansas Troubles
Besides this fun blog hop… Martingale & Moda have a super contest that will start as soon as this blog hop ends! Here’s a bit of info to pique your interest!
It’s a Beauty of a Contest
·    Contest entries will begin February 1 and runs for 6 weeks. Contest ends March 15
·    Participants will need to buy the ‘Moda All-Stars All In A Row’ book, make your
favorite row(s), join the Facebook group #AllInARowQuiltAlong and post a picture with your quilt top of rows joined together.
                One row= one entry.
                Two rows=two entries, etc.
Your Facebook name is the name that will be entered into the contest. (open only to US entrants)
·    For every row in your entry – you get an entry in to the It’s a Beauty of a Book Contest. There will be 5 prizes – like the five finalists in a pageant—plus weekly random drawings for related “beauty” prizes. All will be drawn from entries from above.
All In A Row Quilt-Along Queen (first prize) – FQ pack every month for 9 months (April to December 2016) + two new release books of the month for 9 months (April to December 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book, but May book will beModa All-Stars Scraps Made Simple for anyone winning that month’s prize!
All In A Row Beauty Book first runner up (second prize) F8 pack every month for 6 months (April to August 2016) + two new release books of the month for 6 months (April to August 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
All In A Row Beauty Book second runner up (third prize) Layer Cake every month for 4 months (April to July 2016) + one new release book of the month for 4 months (April to July 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
All In A Row Beauty Book third runner up (fourth prize) Layer Cake each month for 2 months (April and May 2016) + one new release book of the month for 2 months (April and May 2016) from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
All In A Row Beauty Book fourth runner up (fifth prize) one Layer Cake pack (April 2016) + one new release book of the month for April 2016 from Martingale. Company to determine which fabric/book.
Weekly Drawings from weeks 2-3-4-5:
  • Miss Congeniality: (wait for it) 2 Charm Packs and 1 Book
  • Talent Winner (hidden or otherwise): 2 books and 2 Mini-Charms
  • Stash Accumulation Award: 1 Mini Charm, 1 Charm Pack, 1 Layer Cake + 3 books
  • Social Media Butterfly Award: Carrie Nelson’s House Row See!! This is gonna be a lot of fun!

See how fun!

All of the proceeds from the sale of the All in a Row book are being donated to No Kid Hungry (nokidhungry.org) So, join in, have fun, and support a great cause!


James Baby Quilt


Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful quilty start.  Here in Ohio, we are enjoying some Spring-like temperatures which is wonderful.

Today, is my stop on the Fat Quarter Baby Blog Tour.  Fat Quarter Shop has a new baby quilt book that is just coming out & they asked me to join in the fun of introducing one of the quilt projects in the book to you.

James Quilt

The quilt they asked me to make is the “James” quilt.  If you are in need of a fun, quick baby quilt, this one is perfect.

The original quilt design in the book called for just two print fabrics and a solid background fabric.  I decided to change things up just a little bit and I love the end result.

Coral James

My James quilt is made using a variety of solids, all Bellas with the exception of the darkest Coral which is a Riley Blake solid and my current linen crush–Mochi Linen Dots in Sand (the Putty dot is pretty stellar too).  I have been using this linen in so many different projects lately.  If you’ve never tried out Moda’s linen you are missing the boat!–it is wonderful to work with.  Much less fussy than other linens you may have tried.

Aqua James Block

And, linen adds wonderful texture to a quilt.

Mochi linen has the same shrink rate as Moda’s quilting cottons so no funny business when you mix the two together.

Yellow James

My daughters seldom comment on the quilts that I make.  I think they see new quilts so often that they usually don’t think too much of another new one.

However, when they saw this one they both commented on how much they liked it.  They thought the colors were so nice with the dark and light solids and Chloe said the dot fabric was really nice too.  I’ve never had a quilt top receive so many good reviews from them before. =)

James Blocks

I can never say enough good things about Fat Quarter Shop’s books.  They are always so well done and simple enough for beginners to take on–plenty of diagrams and well written instructions.

Be sure to check out the rest of the projects from the book.  You can find a list of the blogs sharing projects from Fat Quarter Baby here.

Enjoy your day!


Firecrackers Quilt


Happy Friday everyone!  I am back today sharing another finished quilt top.  This one is called Firecrackers and it is available in a PDF pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  If  you follow me on Instagram, you have seen sneak peeks of this quilt as I have been working on it.

For my quilt, I chose to use Rhoda Ruth prints and coordinating solids.  I think this gives it a wonderful Fall feel.

Fireworks Quilt

This quilt uses two jelly rolls plus yardage for the background.  You will also need the 30 degree triangle ruler by Creative Grids.  Using this ruler, the quilt top comes together quickly.

Fat Quarter Shop has put together a wonderful video tutorial explaining and demonstrating how to use the ruler for this quilt and put together the quilt top.


And look, they have used Prairie fabric in their quilt.  I love the way it looks in this quilt pattern!

And they have a Firecrackers quilt kit featuring Prairie fabrics if you’d like a Prairie Firecracker quilt of your own! =)

Have a wonderful Sewing Weekend!


Cozy Cottage Blog Hop

Calendar Cottage

Today is my stop on Lori Holt’s Cozy Cottage blog hop. =)  I am sure that you have seen the adorable 2016 Cozy Cottage that Lori has teamed up with the ladies at Fat Quarter Shop to create.


The calendar is filled with quilts & cute photos from Lori’s adorable cottage.  Look how cute May is!–I’m always partial to May because it’s my birthday month.


Included in the calendar are patterns for cottage quilt blocks in two sizes as well as several patterns using the quilt blocks.

Look how cute the pillow pattern is:


I decided to make one of the larger quilt blocks.  First, I chose a fun mix of fabrics in my go to color palette–Very Prairie-esque! =)


Speaking of Prairie, it has just hit quilt shops in the last two weeks–have you guys seen it in your quilt shop yet?

Using, the fun little mix of fabrics above, I made a cute little cottage block.  I still haven’t decided how I want to finish the block yet–but it sure is cute!


To purchase a Cozy Cottage calendar of your own, visit Fat Quarter Shop.

Coriander Quilts Patterns Pillows Quilts

New Patterns!


Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I am excited to let you know about my two latest patterns:  Make it Modern & Joyful.

First up is Make it Modern.  I first published this quilt at the end of 2012 in Quilt Magazine.  You can read more about that here if you’d like.  Since then I’ve received so many requests to offer it as a stand alone pattern.  And, here it is!

The original quilt was a 48″ x 60″ solids quilt quilted by Angela Walters:


You’ll find instructions for the 48″ x 60″ quilt in the pattern as well as a larger 72″ x 96″ size.


The larger version of Make it Modern features fabrics from Simply Colorful 2 by V&Co for Moda & Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two for Moda.  Kaylene Parry did the fun loop quilting on this one for me.

In addition, the new Make it Modern pattern includes a surprise bonus quilt pattern that you’ll have to purchase the pattern to see. =)  Who doesn’t love a surprise freebie?!?  =)

Make it Modern is available in both a Paper and a PDF version.  You can find the paper version here & the PDF version here.

Next up is my new Joyful Pillow pattern:


This pattern features a pillow duo.  The first pillow pattern is an embroidered holiday pattern.

embroidery closeup

You all know I love adding embroidery and hand quilting to many of my projects and these fun pillows have a mix of both.

Back Cover Stitching

The 2nd pillow is a great pattern for those of you wishing to try your hand at hand quilting.  A simple patchwork design is set off beautifully with big stitch quilting.  I used Fat Quarter Shop’s Tart Colorway of Aurifil 12 wt. hand quilting thread to complete the quilting on this pillow.


The fabrics I used were a mix of Hello Darling and Vintage Picnic by Bonnie & Camille for Moda and Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda.

Oh, and did I mention that this pattern is perfect for using 2 1/2″ mini charm squares?…well, it is. =)  And Joyful, also includes a bonus, freebie (surprise) 3rd pillow pattern.  It’s one that is perfect for hand quilting if that’s your thing.  If not, it’s also pretty cute machine quilted.

You’ll find the PAPER version of the Joyful Pillow pattern here and the PDF version of the Joyful Pillow pattern here.

As always, my new patterns are full color patterns with lots of easy to follow diagrams.

Happy Sewing!