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Pattern Testers Wanted

Hello All!  I hope everyone’s Monday is off to a great start!  Here at the Yoder household it is off to a sleepy start.  The Spring time change is never a welcome one here.  It leaves us all tired, and slightly cranky.  However, I am very thankful not to have to adjust a newborn to the time change any longer–that was even trickier!  I am also excited to have temperatures nearing 50 today–that’s almost shorts weather here in Ohio folks! =p

Winterberry Fabrics

By they way, I don’t have photos exactly pertaining to today’s topic so instead I am interspersing this post with some beautiful Moda fabrics for no other reason than that a blog post needs some pretty pictures!

Fresh Air
Fresh Air Fabrics

January and February have proven to be very busy months.  With Spring Quilt Market just a couple months away, I have kicked things into a higher gear.  The reason for this is that I will be attending market again this Spring and I will be launching a new pattern line.

Feedsack Fabrics

I can’t wait to share my patterns with you. =)  Right now, they are in the testing phase and ready for some pattern testers.  I would love to compile a list of readers who might be interested in pattern testing for me.  Interested testers are those who love to make quilts, have an eye for detail, will give honest feedback,  & can test the patterns quickly(within a 1 to 2 week turn around).

Daysail Fabric

In return for your feedback,  you would receive the complete collection of this set of patterns upon their release and perhaps a little fabric surprise. =)

Daysail Fabrics
Daysail Fabrics

If this sounds like something that might interest you, send me an email(just hit the pink “contact me” button on the top right of my page).  I will be compiling a data base of testers and contacting several of you for this first round of patterns.

Thanks so much!

Projects Quilts

Winged Blog Tour


Hello, Hello!–I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We made it through–complete with the requisite holiday germs.  What is it about holidays and the sickies?…almost seems like you can’t have one without the other!  The girls are mostly on the mend–with some lingering coughs..and I was lucky enough to not get hit with it until yesterday–only one holiday party had to be missed.  I call that a success! =)

A few weeks back, I shared this wonderful stack of fabrics.  All Bonnie Christine fabrics for Art Gallery–it’s a mix of Reminisce, Sweet as Honey, & Winged.  And they go so beautifully together.  As soon as Bonnie asked me to participate in the Winged blog tour (to showcase her latest line of fabric, Winged), I knew that I wanted to mix these collections together–it’s “sherbety” goodness.

Bonnie Christine

When, I first started my project for this blog tour I had something completely different in mind.  I was going to share a quilt top with you along with a quick tutorial.  However, when I finished up the quilt top a couple weeks ago, I was so happy with the way it turned out that I ended up submitting it to a magazine to be considered for publication.  There’s one elusive magazine I’ve had my eyes set on that I’m hoping to get into–so we’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, here’s a little peek at the quilt top.

Quilt top

So, that left me with a project still needing to be completed for today–and very little fabric left over with which to use.  I decided to make a table runner using my Stashbuster Blocks (1 & 2)


I added in a few more of the browns and charcoals from Sweet as Honey to add a bit more contrast.  I machine quilted the runner and surprisingly enough, I machine bound it as well.  The machine binding turned out very well, cutting my binding strips at 2 1/8″ instead of 2 1/4″ made a world of difference.  I almost always opt to hand stitch my binding–but decided to machine bind and it turned out wonderfully.


The completed runner measures 12″ x 36″ and will be a welcome addition to my coffee table.


The Winged Blog Tour will be running through the 18th of this month.  Yesterday, Jo, shared her Winged project &  tomorrow Taylor will be sharing her project.

Are any of you working with Winged right now?–what are you making if so?


Block of the Months

I love getting a “fabric-y” package in the mail–even better if they arrive on a routine basis.  You’ve probably run across various Block of the Months here and there–Fat Quarter Shop always has an amazing one every year.  This year they are doing “Snapshots” which promises to be another good one.  I have participated in their designer mystery block of the month–FQS does BOM’s right!

It’s been a few years since I have joined in on a BOM–but this fall, I joined in on two…two different ones totally caught my eye.

Fig Tree Mystery BOM
Photo Courtesy of Fig Tree Quilts

First up is the Fig Tree Mystery Sampler BOM–unfortunately this one looks like it’s full but if it strikes your fancy, keep an eye out–occasionally Joanna will have a couple spaces open up.

I really have no idea what to expect with this one–it’s a 12 month program, featuring various Fig Tree fabrics and a few more thrown in.  The picture above was the first teaser I saw on Facebook/IG.  I’m not sure what size the blocks are and I don’t think the final size of the quilt is even decided yet.  I really just couldn’t pass up a fun scrappy mix of Fig Tree & Joanna’s promise of using her favorite blocks for this quilt.  The first block ships very soon so I’ll be sure to share it with you!

Sweetwater BOM
Photo Courtesy of Sweetwater

The 2nd one I have signed up for is Sweetwater’s Block of the Month.  This one is an embroidery block of the month!–For 6 months you will receive 2 “feedsack” type blocks that you can add as much or as little to as you desire.  You only receive the panels(I’m not sure what size they are)–you would need to supply all additional supplies(i.e. embroidery thread, fabrics etc.).  There is an option to purchase the fabric/backing needed to complete the quilt as shown when the fabrics ship in the Spring.

I first saw this quilt in photos from Fall Quilt Market–and I immediately went to the United Notions/Moda website to see if those adorable feedsack panels where part of their Feedsack line of fabric coming out in the Spring.  I was bummed when I couldn’t find them.  So, when this BOM popped up over on their blog I knew I needed to hop on this bandwagon.

You can still sign up for this BOM through the 20th of this month–so a couple more days.  Read more about the BOM here.

And a quick housekeeping note

As of my last post, I will be answering questions/commenting in the comment section of  my blog rather than via email.  I have always answered via email but decided to go the comments route to simplify things.

Happy Monday!

Projects Quilts

Vintage Fancy Quilt


I’ve been working on my Vintage Fancy quilt this week.  Yesterday was spent making and attaching the grey border along with the flying geese border.  Just a couple more borders to go and I will call this one done.


It has been a very enjoyable project!

In other news, look what showed up in my mailbox today.


A Daysail Moda scrap bag!  I love working with Moda Scrap bags and in fact have worked with a number of them over the years.  I made this strippy quilt using a Bliss Scrap Bag along with aqua and white yardage–you can read more about this quilt here.

Bliss Quilt
Bliss Quilt

And I made a little zippy chevron pillow using a Fig Tree scrap bag–more on that one here.  And I came across these string blocks I was working on also using a Scrap Bag–that one is a Martinique scrap bag.

If you aren’t familiar with Moda’s Scrap Bags, you really need to check them out.  They are made up of the strips left over from cutting fabrics for precuts(FQ bundles, Layer Cakes, F8 bundles etc.).   Usually all the strips in one bundle are from one line of fabric but occasionally they are from different lines of fabric–the strips vary in size–2″-3″ or so wide by around 30″ long.  And, if you are lucky you can snag them before precuts and yardage of the fabric come out–like I did with Daysail!  They are such a fun potluck surprise. =)

And lastly, the winners of the Make Modern Magazine Giveaway are comment #30 & #85.

Winner #1

Winner #2

Congrats Jean & Kelly!–I have sent you both an email. =)

Playful Petals Projects

Wednesday WIP

Pinwheel BlockHappy Wednesday everyone!  Last week, I decided to dive into the B&C fabrics that I shared with you.  I think about right after I published that blog post, I just had to start on my next project.

ProjectsAll of these fabrics have been cut up–with the exception of the top 4 fabric on the left stack.  Those are all border fabrics and I couldn’t decide which order I wanted them in, so I’m going to cut them as I go.

The center of my project is the 21″ pinwheel block at the top of the page.

PetalsAnd I also cut out 160 petals for this project as well.  I will guiltily confess to watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey as I cut them out…

Completing the applique on them is next up on today’s list.  Luckily I have a great line-up of podcasts just waiting to be heard as I sew.

Hope you all have a productive Wednesday!