Say Hello to Moda’s Newest Designer, Annie Brady

Annie Brady, wrapped in a quilt produced by her grandmother

On a six-month trip to India, when Annie Brady was supposed to be taking a break from design operate, she identified herself filling notebooks with textile patterns. “It’s a weird compulsion,” she says. “There’s no other decision for me but drawing.”

Annie, who at the moment lives in Rhode Island, began drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. “My books in school were fully covered with doodles,” she says. “I’d try to listen to the teachers, but it was like my hand would take over.” She went on to earn a degree in design and style and illustration—an endeavor exactly where covering books with doodles was truly encouraged—and worked as a graphic designer for the style company Avoca in her native Ireland. The firm has their personal mill and Annie designed some prints for fabrics. “That actually clicked with me,” she says, adding that her travels all through India added fuel to her fabric obsession.

There’s lots of all-natural light for sewing in the loft apartment where Annie and her husband reside.

About two years ago she and her husband came to the U.S. for his work. They arrived in Boston during a winter of huge snow storms. “We have been questioning if we’d created the proper choice, but then summer came and weather right here was so considerably greater than Ireland,” she says. “Ireland’s a lovely nation, but there’s 1 thing that is grim and that’s the weather.

The move also gave her time to concentrate on her design and style operate, as well as introduced her to a larger market for her work. Today Annie’s illustrations are identified by means of on wrapping paper, greeting cards, lampshades, and art prints. And now, on Moda fabric! Her very first line, Big Sky, was inspired by spending time in nature. “My adore of hiking and the outdoors reflects itself in my work,” she says.

Annie’s creativity and work ethic just may be genetic—her sister went to Style Institute of Technology in New York and recently opened a florist organization, her mother studied piano and at age 70 started a Montessori college, and her father, a retired schoolteacher, writes novels. (Annie’s brother is an engineer, exactly where Annie says he does drawing of yet another sort.) Creativity was encouraged when Annie and her siblings were young, but constantly with an eye toward practicality. Even even though her parents wanted their young children to have steady careers, Annie remembers her mother telling her that income can’t acquire happiness. “That nevertheless rings in my ears and fairly probably influenced my alternatives as I navigate self-employment,” she says.

Annie’s usually doodling. These flowers bloomed even though she was speaking on the phone.

Annie’s sister Brigid, whose sewing abilities included producing her wedding dress on their grandmother’s treadle sewing machine, will assist Annie with sample sewing. “I’m excited about operating with her—the final time we collaborated was for my wedding 3 years ago,” says Annie, who is also arranging to begin screen printing upholstery fabrics in the studio portion of her loft.

Brigid and Annie

But for now she’s focusing on her fabrics for Moda. “I went to Industry 3 years ago to check it out and getting a fabric designer was a dream,” she says.” I really like the way you can tell a story by means of a collection of fabric. Now I’ll be launching a collection and I have to pinch myself, it seems so surreal.”


Tip Jar: Sewing with coated fabric…

I do enjoy a good, basic tote bag – preferably one particular that won’t get stained and can withstand a little rain.  And of course it has to be pretty.

So when I saw that four of our Spring collections would have coated fabrics, I was entirely on board.

With a single clear hitch… I hadn’t sewn on this sort of fabric in years and I wasn’t certain if I remembered some of the tricks.  A bit of practice, some experimenting, and a small analysis helped make this a whole lot of enjoyable.  It’s not hard, even though it can be a tiny bit messy… a lot more on that in a moment.

Very first – what do I mean by “coated” fabric?  Take a woven, printed cotton fabric and add a thin PVC layer to it, creating it water-resistant and really sturdy.  It’s excellent for bags, tablecloths and mats and even a straightforward rain jacket.  While it isn’t suitable for children’s clothes, it can be employed for children’s book bags, lunch bags and toy bags.

Cutting.  Cutting the coated fabrics just requires a rotary cutter and ruler.  I commence by folding the fabric – incorrect side out.  I favor cutting with the coated side on the inside due to the fact the two coated layers won’t slide when laid against each and every other.  The wrong side often does – at least that is been my encounter.

To make the bags shown above, you will need to have 5/8 yard of 45″ wide coated fabric.

Fold the fabric in half, aligning the selvages.  Make a straightening cut on a single side, then reduce a strip that is 14″ wide by the 45″ width of the fabric.  From that piece, trim the selvage and cut two rectangles – 14″ x 16″.  Save the piece on the fold for now.  Then cut two strips – 2 1/2″ x 45″ wof.  Trim the strips to measure 2 1/2″ x 27″ – these are the straps/handles.

For a diagram of the cutting – Coated Cotton Tote Bag Cutting.

Sewing. The very first issue to know about sewing with coated fabrics is that professionals use a specific presser foot – one particular that is Teflon coated or made for sewing with plastic or coated fabrics.  The coating on the fabric likes to stick to our typical metal or plastic presser feet truth be told, it also likes to stick to the throat plate on the base of the sewing machine, which is why a Teflon coated foot never seemed to operate all that properly for me.  The other drawback to them is that the Teflon presser feet can be expensive.  Thankfully, there are options.

No. 1 – Tissue paper.  Wrapping tissue or the thin tissue utilized for sewing patterns is layered amongst the fabric and the presser foot/throat plate.  Advantage – it does perform.  Disadvantage – the tissue slides and then has to be removed from the stitches.

No. two – Infant powder.  I wrote that it may get messy.  The benefit is that it performs, it is price range-friendly and your sewing area will smell baby-fresh.  The disadvantage is that it will make a bit of a mess, but it’s easily cleaned up.  If you are worried about what it may well do to your sewing machine, I can tell you that soon after generating four tote bags and a couple of zipper bags, there wasn’t any obvious powder residue in the base of my sewing machine.

Pins.  Put them away.  Clips – like Wonder Clips – perform very best, even though paperclips will work in a pinch.  Glue pens – like my favorites from Sewline – can aid but actually, clips worked ideal for me.

Pressing.  This coated fabric can be pressed on the wrong side with a slightly warm iron only.  Anything hotter than that will alter the way the fabric feels – ask me how I know.  (I did write that I was experimenting…)

Have you ever floured a surface prior to rolling out pie or cookie dough?  If you have, you will know what to do right here.  Lightly sprinkle the baby powder on the coated surface and then use your fingers to cover the entire surface.  Shake off the excess.  Do both rectangles – and the straps.

Thread. While normal 50 wt. thread will function, I found that the stitching looked best with a thicker thread, especially the leading-stitching.  I utilised a 28 wt. Aurifil on the best and a 40 wt. Aurifil in the bobbin.  While the 28 wt. works beautifully in the bobbin, employing the 40 wt. meant that I didn’t have to do much to adjust the tension.  I also changed my needle to a 90/14.  If all you have is 50 wt., it does function but the thread basically disappears.

Stitch length. I lengthened my stitch length to eight to 10 stitches per inch.  The seams on the inside of the bag can be stitched with a slightly shorter length – 10 to 12 stitches per inch – but the best-stitching looked ideal at the longer length.

Stitching itself… Even with the powder, the coated fabric is not going to feed itself beneath the needle with the very same ease that your standard cotton quilting fabrics do.  I discovered that I required to hold my hands on the fabric and “help” hold it moving smoothly – specifically more than seams.

Assembling the bag. With the powdered, coated sides of the 14″ x 16″ rectangles with each other, stitch a 1/2″ seam allowance about three sides – leaving a 14″ wide open.  This will be the top of the bag.

Fold down 1 1/2″ on the top opening of the bag and safe with huge clips – I utilized Jumbo Wonder Clips – or big paperclips.  Prime-stitch the folded edge of the bag initial – 1/8″ away from the fold.

Then fold beneath the bottom edge to complete the hem and use the clips to hold the edge in place whilst stitching.  I stitched from the prime side with my seam allowance marked with a piece of tape – it was a 1″ hem.

For the straps, fold the 2 1/2″ x 27″ length in half and best-stitch 1/8″ from the fold – turn the two ends beneath 1/4″ before stitching.

Then fold the two edges inside approx. 1/4″ and secure with a clip – I utilized these Wonder Clips – or a paperclip. Producing a tube and turning it appropriate side out did not function for me – not for a finished width of 1″.  Top-stitch the two folded edges as close to the edge as achievable.  Because it cannot be pinned, glued or fused, keeping the two folded edges perfectly matched up can be a challenge.

Placement of the straps on the outdoors of the bag – the bottom edge of the strap is 2″ from the leading edge of the bag – and 2″ from the center.  I matched the two seams to discover the center of every side of the bag and measured from the fold.  To make it safe, I borrowed the stitching pattern from a equivalent style tote I own.  I also double-stitched the prime – as they had completed.

Wouldn’t you know, the only photo I have with a close-up is probably the messiest of the sixteen strap-attachments I did. Of course, I believe it also shows why I preferred making use of the 28 wt. thread for the stitching that would show. The tag?  That’s just a piece of Moda measuring tape from a pre-cut – pinked and best-stitched on the outdoors of the bag.

When I finished, my friends asked if I would sew with this coated fabric once more and my answer is “absolutely!”  I like playing with distinct projects and trying new tactics, they’re all “tools for the toolbox”, in that one thing I learned undertaking this will most likely come in beneficial for anything else.  And I know I will use these bags – although one particular of two have currently been claimed by others.  I also have a grocery-shopping bag reduce out, waiting to be assembled.

From left to proper, the collections with coated fabrics are:

So there you have it – sewing with coated fabrics.  You required a new project to play with this weekend, didn’t you?

Content Friday!




2016 by the numbers…

Starting with… how several quilts did some folks make?ct-stacy-iest-hsu-quilts

Folks.  The Moda Designers.  I asked them numerous questions – I’m a nosy sort.  I did it for you – I figured you’d be curious also.

This is what I asked – and no, they weren’t essential to answer all the questions:

  • How several quilts did you make in 2016?  (And if it was much more than 20, I anticipated affidavits verifying that their own fingers had stitched each and every single one particular.)
  • How numerous quilts did they make that had been not perform-connected – that were just for exciting?
  • Do they have any unfinished projects – WIPs, UFOs, PIGs, PIBs, etc.?  And do they feel they’ll ever finish them?
  • Did they learn a new sewing talent or method in 2016?
  • Is there a new ability or method they’d like to discover in 2017?
  • Do they do a year-finish/new-year clean-up or clear-out?  And if so, what do they do with what they’re clearing out?
  • And do they ever have a “word” for the year?  If so, what is their word for 2017?

Polly Minick was the first to reply due to the fact she had a really easy answer – No.

She does not make quilts – that’s her remarkable sister, Laurie.  But Polly hooked a entire bunch of rugs, developed a couple of fabric collections – Snowfall, Cottonworks and Grand Traverse Bay – and willed the University of Michigan football group to much more victories than have been anticipated.

And she completed this.


This is coming in April – Minick &amp Simpson – Blue &amp White.  I know I’m biased but I do not feel anybody does this classic color palette far better than Polly and Laurie do.

As for Laurie Simpson…

  • She didn’t count but she’s confident in saying ten quilts.  (I bet it’s more… or ought to count for a lot more because she produced a handful of that had been hand-pieced and/or hand-appliquéd.)
  • Laurie produced at least one that was just for exciting – and she has a couple of a lot more in the performs.  She does it for mental wellness causes – if she didn’t make factors just for herself, quilt-making would turn from something she loves into perform, and that wouldn’t be great.
  • Unfinished projects? Yes – four projects are in the functions and she does strategy on finishing them.  Having not too long ago moved into her studio, she did a “cleanse” and got rid of a handful of issues that she knew she’d in no way finished.
  • New skills?  Old dog, no new tricks.  That was Laurie’s reply.
  • Except… Laurie would like to find out darning – the creating do and visible repair that has been re-emerging the past couple of years.  She’s been intrigued by it for a handful of years.
  • Her word for 2017 is “stamina”.


This is the center of 1 of Laurie’s just-for-exciting project – the Rowdy Flats Library Quilt.

Shannon Gillman Orr.

  • Six quilts for her collection.
  • two pillows, 1 jumbo sewing kit bag, 2 Jedi costumes, 2 quilt tops and 2 sewing machine covers – just for exciting.  At least that is what she remembers.  (I’ve noticed her Instagram… I think she missed a handful of factors.)
  • She does have a number of UFOs and yes, she admits to providing up on a handful of of them.
  • She tackled English Paper Piecing this year and has began a Passacaglia quilt from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori Quilts book and she’s completed three beautiful medallions – two of which are shown beneath.
  • Moving – from Arizona to the San Francisco Bay Region – and setting up a new studio took care of clearing out the projects she’d never ever finish and the fabric-stuff she’d never use.
  • Shannon constantly chooses a word and final year was “iterate”.  She hasn’t decided what her word for 2017 will be as it typically takes her many weeks into the new year to decide.


Jo Morton had a very prolific year and yes, she did supply affidavits.

  • She made 31 quilts.  But she wants it emphasized that most of them are tiny quilts.
  • She also “moved along” six extended-term projects – two of which are hand-pieced, yet another is appliquéing the handles for modest basket blocks.  She also has blocks from exchanges that require sewing.
  • As for UFOs and never finishing them… Jo was in a position to cease laughing long adequate to report that she has several she will finish and several that will be “moved along” to someone or someplace else.
  • Jo does a year-end clean-up and she donates what she’s clearing out to close friends, guilds, and so forth.
  • Jo’s word is “simplify” – take time to smell the roses.


Pat Sloan.  Twenty quilts?  In her sleep.

  • Pat completed at least 20 projects for books, magazines, mysteries, patterns, and so on.  Okay, perhaps not 20 quilts… she did pressure the “project” portion of that – they were pillows to bed-sized quilts.
  • As for “just for fun” projects, she began a few but didn’t finish something.  (But.)
  • Pat brought in a legal team to question the legality – and wisdom – of asking a designer about UFOs.  She’s certain she has more than the permitted limit and no, she will never ever finish some of them.  But she’s also hosted a number of UFO-busting weekends, anything that will certainly continue.
  • As for new expertise, Pat “attempted” English Paper Piecing this past year and she that outcomes had been “less than stellar”.  So for this coming year, her objective is to increase her EPP abilities.
  • Yes, she clears out her studio and offers it to quilters in her Friendship group who either use the products or take them to their guilds to spread the enjoy.


Kate Spain offered the funniest reply.

  • Whilst she developed several quilts this past year, Kate did not finish any herself.  The quilts showcasing her many beautiful collections have been pieced by other folks – her stunt-sewists.  And no, we don’t judge!  Simply because she created all sorts of wonderful artwork for a selection of other items.


Kate produced this rug.  Okay… possibly not but she did design it.  (And everyone in the office desires one.)

  • Any UFOs?  This is why I love Kate.  She admits to not having completed a Block of the Month she began in 2010.  It was produced with 1 of her fabric collections and she’s completed 3 blocks.  She noted that the same year, Bonnie Olaveson made at least seven of the same BOM quilt for members of her family.  Kate confesses that she possibly will not ever finish hers… not with out a Christmas miracle.
  • She did find out to make continuous Prairie Points making use of a single piece of fabric by means of YouTube.
  • Even though she doesn’t normally do a word of the year, she’s feeling like she may require to for 2017.  Her word would be “harmony”.  As she wrote, “I like the notion that harmony of all sorts is anything that can be seen, located and felt even in brief, isolated moments of everyday life.  I hope that by actively looking for those moments, I’ll be much more capable to discover them in areas that surprise me.”


Kate might not have made these quilts but she made the birds, birdhouses, eggs, hoops, leaves and the birdbath for her booth.  (That seals it – Kate ROCKS.)

Finally… Stacy Iest Hsu.  That’s her stack of quilts at the top.

  • Stacy had to go back and check a few times but she’s fairly sure she made fifteen – 15 – quilts this year.  Even even though she desires to make certain you know that some are little and some are beginner quilts, that’s a quite impressive tally for a relatively new quilter.
  • 1 of the quilts she made was for her new child niece – she created it utilizing her Lil’ Red collection.  That was “just for fun” but genuinely specific.
  • Fortunately for the rest of us, Stacy does have a few unfinished projects that she’s not confident she’ll ever finish because she’s not in really like with how they turned out.
  • New technique or talent?  Stacy wrote – “This year was a large understanding curve for me because I started learning how to make quilts.  I have learned a lot but my most current understanding knowledge was that I should trim my half-triangle squares to get them to all be the same size.  Now they fit completely.”


Excellent.  Farm Exciting – Stacy’s quilt.

  • For 2017, Stacy would like to add appliqué to her ability set so she can add it to her quilts.
  • The Makers Space at her children’s school benefited from a sewing space clean-up by obtaining a whole lot of scraps and some sewing supplies.  Now she’s seeking forward to seeing what the children develop.
  • “Keep going” is Stacy’s word for the year.  Her son has a drum teacher and for the duration of practice, if her son makes a mistake, the teacher will say “keep going”.  Stacy wrote that “it’s so true in the quilting and style world… when you get stuck or a block or row doesn’t perform, you frequently just want to stop and throw it in the trash.  But you have to preserve going simply because you never ever know what may come out of it.”

While I would love to maintain going, this is a ideal stopping point.  Yes, there are nevertheless many designers to get to but this is lengthy adequate for right now.


A single final image – this is anything Stacy is functioning on.  It far better not be a UFO because this really looks good so far.

Satisfied Wednesday!



Assisting Hands: The Generosity of Quilters

nhh2016retreat-1Quilters are generous, no question about it. Probably it’s not surprising that men and women who pick to develop items of warmth, beauty, and comfort are the exact same people who share those products, and their time and talents, with those in require.

A single group that’s benefitted from the generosity of quilters is NICU Assisting Hands, an organization founded in 2010 by Lisa Grubbs and her neonatologist husband Randy Grubbs. The Grubbs knew that babies at the Fort Worth medical center where Randy performs received good medical care, but wanted to give more emotional and educational support. The system has grown to consist of education and mentoring for NICU families, 1-on-1 mentoring, a financial assistance program for NICU households, and NICU Mom CONNECT, a post-NICU support group.


The Gordons, with their twins born at 24 weeks gestation. They are now 7 years old and Natalie Gordon is the plan facilitator for NICU Helping Hands.

In 2013 the Angel Gown® system was added, and that’s exactly where the generosity of quilters (and other talented sewists) comes in. The program supplies gowns and wraps to families experiencing infant loss. These lovingly constructed garments are stitched from donated wedding gowns. The practically 200 volunteers have stitched around 5,000 gowns and wraps (for babies smaller sized than 1 pound) for families experiencing infant loss.

One particular of these who sews for the Angel Gown® system is Michelle Patrella of Florida. “Some in our group are quilters, some are expert seamstresses, other people sew costumes for productions or are certified trainers in sewing strategies,” says Michelle, who discovered about the program by means of an on the internet post and has been sewing for Angel Gowns® for 2 ½ years. “I don’t feel anyone doesn’t know someone—a sister or mom or best friend—who’s been impacted by prematurity or an ill youngster. No one likes to talk about it, but it takes place. It’s wonderful to make anything useful at the exact same time I’m carrying out one thing I enjoy.”


Wraps and gowns sewn by Michelle Patrella

Although sewing may be entertaining, creating the gowns is an exacting method. “The items we gift to families are beautifully constructed and go by way of a strict high quality handle approach,” says Lisa. “We know when households open the package they want it to be specific and excellent for their baby.” To that finish, the Angel Gown plan holds an annual sewing retreat to teach the abilities and methods for producing the gowns. This year, 65 ladies came to the Dallas-Fort Worth region for lectures, participatory sessions, and camaraderie. “The gowns may be tiny, but the precision needed and the seriousness of the goal, these can be difficult,” says Michelle. “It’s fantastic to be capable to share guidelines and pictures.”


The 2014 NICU Assisting Hands retreat

Attendees traveled from California, Minnesota, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama on their own dime. In addition to travel costs for the retreat, sewists donate their personal thread and tools, the expense of sustaining their machines, and the postage to ship their completed gowns to Fort Worth, where the top quality manage team inspects and packages them. A silent auction was held at the retreat and even those who couldn’t attend were capable to participate (Moda donated considerably-appreciated precuts to the auction). The proceeds went to defray an additional expense—the expense of shipping the gowns and wraps to the hospitals and households who request them.

The Angel Gown plan supplies gowns and wraps to hospitals, folks, and funeral properties in 48 states. “When you do anything like this, I think you should do it with excellence and our seamstresses do,” says Lisa. “They are committed, type, and generous females (and a single man). It is awesome.”


Some of the 200 gowns and wraps, sewn from donated wedding dresses, by Michelle Patrella of Florida.

Michelle Patrella, who has sewn around 200 gowns and wraps, enjoys volunteering for Angel Gowns simply because she can function at her personal pace. “I work complete time and so my involvement varies—I may invest two hours soon after work or 12 hours on the weekend,” she says. But there’s a lot far more than comfort at play here. “When you hear stories from people with individual expertise of infant loss you comprehend how much you’ve created a difference. We do not do it for thanks, we do it for comfort, but to know that you personally touched somebody implies a lot.”


For much more details about NICU Helping Hands, including details on their applications and volunteer opportunities, pay a visit to their website (The organization is working through a backlog of wedding gowns and not accepting extra gowns until additional notice.)


Simplify with plastic?

Templates.  They can make cutting quicker, less difficult and more accurate.  That leads to much better, more precise piecing… which generally makes for much better outcomes.


Do you use templates?  Because I discovered to quilt when people have been nonetheless using templates reduce from cardboard and I was enchanted with this amazing new tool referred to as a rotary cutter… I wasn’t a large fan.

Then came Marti Michell’s Excellent Patchwork Templates.  I employed them and actually liked them but for a quantity of causes, I didn’t use them extremely usually.  (But I nevertheless have a large stash of them… just in case.  Be ready, appropriate?)

But there’s no question, templates make so many things less difficult to reduce and piece.  There are also blocks that are significantly far more hard to make without having employing templates.

And they’re enjoyable.

So right here are a couple of the templates and patterns that have discovered their way into the cupboard in my workplace considering that Industry.  (And okay, a few may well have magically appeared on my cutting table at home… just saying.)

First up is the Double-Wide Dresden Ruler from Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson – the sisters of Me &amp My Sister Styles.

ct-double-wide-templateThe sisters have created four patterns so far with more on the way.  The very first four are Boxy Rectangle, Beachball, Dragonfly, and Double-Wide Dresden.ct-mms-double-wide

Pretty cute, don’t you believe?

These Impressions Orange Peel Templates from It’s Sew Emma haven’t arrived in the warehouse however but I’m anxiously – impatiently – waiting for them.  I enjoy Orange Peel quilts and playing with testing these new templates will be a best chance to make anything.


There are 4 superb not-your-Grandmother’s-Orange-Peel styles – Round Robin, Grapevine, Goldie ~ picture fishies – and Jewel.  The quilts are all shown in our Bella Solids so they’re wonderfully colorful and really contemporary.


I’ll let you know when they arrive.

This template is here now – Olio.  That means “a dish produced with several ingredients”, creating it a great name for a genuinely scrappy quilt made with a stack of charm squares.  A massive stack of them… nearly 500.


This quilt was created with Pumpkin Pie by Laundry Basket Quilts, Collections for a Cause ~ Preservation by Howard Marcus, Courtyard by 3 Sisters, Gratitude by Jo Morton, Madame Rouge and Ville Fleurie by French Basic, Fern Hill by Jan Patek and Tiny Gatherings II by Primitive Gatherings.

Olio comes with the template included – or you can get just the template.  The piecing is surprisingly straightforward – it will take longer to pull and reduce the fabrics that sew the quilt together!

A single of my objectives for 2017 is to take A Wild Ride with Jen Kingwell.


(Oops about that glare on the left side.)

Soon after getting numerous requests for acrylic templates to accompany her patterns, Jen has begun making laser-reduce acrylic templates to accompany her great patterns.  Several of the quilts on my “bucket list” are included – Halo, Glitter, Clambake – a pillow – and Steam Punk – this one has been on my list for a extended time.

Of course, Jen had to add a couple of new quilts to my list.  Delilah – a Block of the Month that will begin in 2017.  These are a couple of of the blocks.


I know what you’re pondering, “…that’s hand-piecing.  Do you consider she’s noticed that?”

I have.  This 1 is hand-pieced as well – Florence.


Florence was developed and produced by Lucy Carson Kingwell, Jen’s beautiful, talented daughter.


I’ll let you know if the blocks can be machine-pieced.

A couple of issues to mention about using templates – just in case you have not taken the plunge.  Whilst several templates now incorporate a 1/4″ seam allowance, not all do.  Always check ahead of you start off cutting.

Cutting.  For larger templates that have just straight edges, I use my regular 45mm rotary cutter.  (My favourite is the Olfa Rapid-Modify Cutter.)  But for smaller pieces and/or curves, I favor the 28mm size – the Olfa 28mm Cutter or the Fiskars 28mm Stick.  A handful of pals like the 18mm but I locate it’s a bit also small, particularly if I’m cutting a number of layers.  But that is just me.

A spinning rotary mat is also very, really handy and it comes in two sizes – 12″ and 17″ – and there are a number of manufacturers – Olfa, Fiskars and Matilda.  I use the 12″ Olfa Spinning mat.

And finally, placing anything on the back of the template to decrease slipping will save your fabric, your fingers and maybe your excellent humor.  There are a number of distinct merchandise obtainable including sandpaper dots and Invisi Grip.  There are other choices but I’ve found that employing something tends to make a distinction for me.

So what do you consider?  Do you use templates?

Pleased Thursday!





Sweets for the Sweet: Moda Designers Share A lot more Vacation Recipes


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Like the rest of us, Moda designers appreciate holiday baking. (Well most of them—two don’t bake as portion of their vacation prep—Jo Morton stated she doesn’t so she’ll really feel better when she measures on the scale on January 1, and Kathy Schmitz claims her avoidance of baking is for the safety of her loved ones.) But for all the rest of us mere mortals, those with no super-human willpower or harmful culinary abilities, we present these recipes for your cooking and dining pleasure! Tasty Holidays! (And you can usually comply with Beth Snyder of 1Canoe2’s guidance for her Buttermints: “Eat a modest handful, then GIVE THE REST AWAY so you don’t eat them all in 1 sitting.” Or Vanessa Christensen’s: Cut into squares and appreciate the calories!)

Minick and SimpsonPolly Minick—Minick and Simpson

I am positive most have this recipe, but it was the favorite of the “Minick Boys” and we produced them every year and it is nonetheless requested when we meet. I’m creating them to take to a sons’ house this year

Peanut Butter Balls (some contact them Buckeyes, but with our son now at Michigan football we will go by their original name)

1 stick butter

1 lg bag of powdered sugar

1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 pkg (12 oz) chocolate chips

1 small piece of paraffin

Mix sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and type into little balls and cool

Melt chips and paraffin in top of double boiler—using toothpick put peanut butter ball into chocolate, not entirely covering. Makes a bunch, and can be frozen.

dp_a-quilting-life Sherri McConnell—A Quilting Life

This is our loved ones go-to sugar cookie recipe that I got from a dear friend over 20 years ago. The dough doesn’t demand refrigeration, so you can make them at a moment’s notice. The recipe makes a nice-sized batch of cookies that are soft and fantastic for frosting.  My youngsters (and now grandkids) adore them, and they never ever final long…even when I attempt to hide some in the freezer!

Super Sugar Cookies

two cups sugar

1 cup butter

three eggs

1 cup milk

1 tsp. baking soda

4 tsp. baking powder

1/two tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla (add last)

six cups (or more) flour

Mix sugar and butter. Add eggs. Mix dry components and add, alternating with the milk. Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes.

designer_betsy-chutchianBetsy Chutchian

A single of my most loved Christmas memories entails tiny green Christmas Tree cookies. The brief version of the story is : I married the boy subsequent door in spite of the truth he and his brother stole these cookies at at the finish of a party my parents hosted. I feel I was 10. Their mother called the morning after so embarrassed after discovering the boys had stuffed the cookies in their pockets.

Mother produced these cookies every Christmas until I married, and I’ve produced them ever since. They are nonetheless my husband’s favorite as effectively as that of my brother in law and my children. Next week my daughter and I will make them with my granddaughter.

This cookie demands a cookie press. Mine is Mom’s … Mirro brand, vintage 1950’s.


Christmas Trees

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Bake 10-12 min. Commence checking at eight min. If your oven bakes hot, adjust your bake time.

1 cup shortening

three/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 1/four cups sifted all purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon almond extract

Green meals coloring

  1. Cream shortening, adding sugar steadily.
  2. Add unbeaten egg, sifted dry components, flavoring, and a couple of drops of green meals coloring. Mix effectively.
  3. Fill cookie press. Type cookies on ungreased cookie sheet, utilizing the tree template. Decorate with colored sugar or sprinkles.
  4. Bake, watching so they don’t burn.

Yield 6 dozen.

designer_fig-treeJoanna Figueroa—Fig Tree &amp Co.

This is a project that I do with my daughter for Christmas. It is the most straightforward thought and any age children can do it! We break ours up and put them in mason jars for teacher and neighbor gifts. So easy and so entertaining to make!

Ella’s Peppermint Bark


two packages semisweet or dark chocolate chips

2 packages white chocolate chips

1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

a handful of candy canes or peppermint candies crushed [place candy in a ziploc bag and crush with mallet. Do not turn it into dust… you want some nicer chunks]

  • Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan if you have one particular with aluminum foil.
  • Melt the semisweet chocolate in a microwave-protected bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring as you go for 1 to 5 minutes (based on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in the peppermint extract. Spread the chocolate evenly on the sheet.
  • Chill till the chocolate has set, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a microwave-protected bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring as you go for 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy canes. Spread the white chocolate mixture evenly more than the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces more than the top. Chill for about an hour. Break into tiny pieces to serve.

designer_pat-sloanPat Sloan

My mother-in-law’s household has been producing this apple cake for years. I like it in the bundt pan, as then you get a good caramelized edge on the outdoors and the inside, which is the best part!

Madge’s Apple Cake

3 cups flour

two cups white sugar

1 cup corn oil

4 eggs

1/four cup orange pineapple juice

two 1/two tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped black walnuts (typical are fine as well)

3 big apples pared and sliced into chunks

Mix topping

five tbl spoons sugar

two tsp cinnamon

Beat everything with each other until smooth. Grease and flower a bundt or tube pan and pour half the batter into the pan. Arrange half of the applies on best, sprinkle with half the cinnamon mix, and pour rest of batting on top with the rest of the apples and rest of cinnamon mix. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees.


designer_zen-chicBrigitte Heitland—Zen Chic

This is a German recipe for shortbread we consume in the course of advent and at Christmas. They are referred to as Vanillekipferl

14 ounces/400 grams cold butter

4 2/3 cups/560 grams flour

3/4 cup/160 grams sugar

2 cups/200 grams finely ground hazelnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Vanilla sugar or confectioners’ sugar for decoration (about 1 cup).

Reduce butter into little chunks. Mix flour, sugar and hazelnuts with salt. Mix on low speed till crumbs form. Add and mix in the vanilla, form dough in a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then type rolls of ½“ diameter, reduce them to a length of 2“ and shape them like crescents. Bake at 175° degrees—for German ovens (about 350 Fahrenheit) and 15 minutes. You have to watch over the final minutes of baking, so they don’t get burned.

dp_1canoe2Beth Snyder—1Canoe2

Consume a modest handful, then GIVE THE REST AWAY so you don’t consume them all in one sitting.


1 stick of unsalted butter

1/2 tsp salt

four cups powered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)

two Tbsp complete milk

1/two tsp peppermint oil

a drop or two of meals coloring

Cream the butter, salt and milk together until totally smooth. Add the peppermint oil and mix till combined. 1/2 cup at a time, add in sugar until the consistency is like play dough. Separate four balls of dough and wrap with plastic wrap to preserve from drying out. Take the initial ball, add what food coloring you want, and knead with your hands till it is incorporated. Roll out a 1/two inch “worm” of the dough, and cut with a butter knife into three/4 inch pieces. Put all the pieces onto a cookie sheet dusted with powdered sugar. Repeat with remaining dough. Allow mints to air-dry overnight, or at least a handful of hours.

designer_gina-martinGina Martin

This is my mother’s carrot cake. My brothers and I love this cake so much that we requested it for our birthdays too. It is a dark, heavy cake and is great plain or topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake

3 cups flour

two cups sugar

two teaspoons cinnamon

two teaspoons nutmeg

two teaspoons cloves

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

4 eggs unbeaten

two cups grated carrots

1 cup chopped pecans

1½ cups vegetable oil

Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and blend. Beat in eggs. Add carrots and pecans. Blend nicely. Batter will be stiff. Bake in a  tube pan (no want to grease and flour it) 1 hour at 350º or till a knife inserted in cake comes out clean.

designer_brenda-riddleBrenda Riddle

Right here is a entertaining recipe that my Mom located in a magazine ad for Nestle—we nevertheless have the clipping!—and it became a family members favorite that we made at Christmas since I was tiny girl. (And us youngsters nevertheless make it!) A buttery shortcake cookie—dressed up with chocolate chips &amp walnuts. . . yummy! These are excellent cookies to freeze . . . and are great to take out and have with a cup of coffee or tea from time to time. I hope you appreciate these as considerably as we have over the years!

Cookie Brittle

1 cup butter

1 ½ tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 cups (12 oz.) semi sweet chocolate pieces

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine butter, vanilla, &amp salt in bowl &amp blend effectively. Gradually beat in sugar. Add flour, chocolate chips &amp ¾ cup of the walnuts. Mix components properly (Mixture will be crumbly – &amp you may want to use hands to finish the mixing.) Press evenly into un-greased 15”x10”x1 pan. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup of walnuts more than leading &amp press lightly. Bake for roughly 25 minutes or till golden brown. Cool,  then break into irregular pieces. (We actually reduce them into 1”x 3” bars while warm &amp then pull apart when cooled.)

dp_vanessa-christenson-300x282Vanessa Christensen—V&ampCo.

Why is it my favourite? Did you miss that it took three minutes to make? Need I say a lot more?

Three-minute Microwave Mint Fudge 

1 -14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1- 14 oz pkg of Andes chocolate baking chips

1- 14 oz pkg of dark chocolate chocolate chips

three tablespoons of butter

Location all in a microwaveable bowl, microwave for 3 minutes, stir and let sit aside for a few hours. Cut into squares and appreciate the calories.

designer_bonnie-and-camilleBonnie Olaveson—Bonnie and Camille

At our residence we adore to make these raspberry bars that are scrumptious and appear so festive.

Raspberry Pastry Bars

two cups butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

two tsp. vanilla

1/two tsp. salt

five 1/3 cups flour

Mix butter and sugar properly, add eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add salt and flour and mix. Press on to a cookie sheet.  Bake @375 for 10 min.  Press rows lengthwise in the dough about 1” apart, even though it is nonetheless hot, with a teaspoon.  Spread raspberry jam in the rows. Bake for eight min longer. Let cool and drizzle frosting on bars. Cut them in rows diagonally to make a quite diamond shape.

Frosting is powdered sugar, milk and almond extract. Mix to preferred consistency to drizzle.

dp_jen-kingwellJen Kingwell

The Great Aussie Pavlova

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in my property with no this dessert. My girls and my nieces contact it Nanna’s Pav as my mum produced it every single year without having fail. Also handy if you have a gluten-cost-free diner.

6 egg whites at space temperature

1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar

two teaspoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch in the US I feel)

1/two teaspoon vanilla essence

Cream and fruit to dress

Preheat oven to 120°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and draw a 20cm disc onto the paper. Turn the paper over so the drawn disc is underneath. Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks kind. Make sure bowl is clean, as any fat or spot of egg yolk can prevent egg whites from fluffing up.

Add 1/2 cup sugar and beat till dissolved, Progressively add the sugar, 1 tbs at a time, beating nicely right after every single addition, till the meringue is thick and glossy and the sugar is entirely dissolved. Rub a tiny amongst your fingers – if the mixture is nonetheless gritty, continue whisking until sugar dissolves. Add the vinegar and cornflour and gently fold to combine.

Spoon meringue onto tray. Use a spatula to shape into a disc, using the circle as a guide. Bake for 1 1/two hours or till dry to touch. Don’t let it brown. Turn off oven, leave door slightly ajar and permit to cool completely – this stops the pavlova cracking. Use an electric mixer to whisk the cream and vanilla till soft peaks type. Spoon onto pav. Best with fruit or what ever you want. Our family favourite is lemon curd, cream and fresh raspberries.

designer_kate-nelliganKate Nelligan

Here’s an simple cookie recipe passed down from my grandmother that I constantly make for the holidays.  It’s a easy and delicious brown sugar shortbread known as:

Elsa’s Scotchies

1 cup butter (no substitutes!)

3/4 cup brown sugar pressed down

two 1/four cups flour

1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar, add flour and salt progressively till dough holds together. Roll onto lightly floured surface to 1/8” – 1/4” thickness (if rolled as well thin they spread). Cut into your favored shape and place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake in a slow oven, 300 degrees for 15 -20 minutes.

These are wonderful plain but I like to add a semi sweet chocolate drizzle which puts these over the leading!

  • Right after the cookies cool, hold them on cooling racks
  • Melt a cup or so of chocolate chips in the microwave
  • Spot the melted chocolate in a zip lock bag, the snip the corner (not too huge, but huge sufficient to have a nice flow)

Drizzle chocolate in rapidly zig zags or swirls. Get creative!  Let the chocolate harden ahead of storing. Take pleasure in!

designer_laundry-basketEdyta Sitar—Laundry Basket Quilts

Often the straightforward classic recipes are the initial ones to get snatched off our cookie platter to be enjoyed at a holiday party.  Here is a preferred recipe of mine for chocolate chip cookies.  These cookies come out a tiny crisp on the edges but nevertheless soft and gooey in the middle.

–          1 cup softened butter

–          1 cup white sugar

–          1 cup packed brown sugar

–          2 eggs

–          two tsp vanilla extract

–          three cups flour

–          1 tsp baking soda

–          2 tsp hot water

–          ½ tsp salt

–          two cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

–          1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


–          Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

–          Cream collectively the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar till smooth.  Beat in the eggs a single at a time, then stir in the vanilla.  Dissolve the baking soda in hot water.  Add to batter along with salt.  Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.  Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pan

–          Bake for approx. 10 minutes in oven or until the edges are nicely browned.

dp_franny-and-jane Frances Newcombe and Jane Davidson—Franny and Jane

1st up is Frances:

This is a mouth watering Lemon Pecan pie, it will make you place your fork down right after one particular bite and just say yum! Simple to make and will impress your guests.

three Massive eggs

1 1/two cups sugar, beat with eggs

1/3 reduce butter melted and cooled

Juice of 1 massive lemon

1 t. lemon extract

three/four cup of pecan pieces

Prepare pie crust (below). Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat eggs and add sugar, continuing to beat until blended. Add butter, lemon, and lemon extract to the egg mixture and blend. Add pecan pieces and stir lightly.  Pour the lemon pecan mixture into the pie crust.Bake at 300 degrees till done, about 45 minutes.

Pie Crust

3oz cream cheese, room temperature

1 stick of butter

1 cup of All-objective flour

Mix all components in meals processor and roll out in glass pie dish.

Now Jane‘s recipe!


Really like these biscuits (cookies). They would be good with pistachio as nicely. Christmas time is when we can loosen our belts and tuck into all issues naughty. These biscuits have all the luscious treats of the Season all rolled into a single. (I am sorry I don’t know the conversions for US measurements.)

Heat the oven to 180-190C (fan forced)


125g softened butter

2 cups of plain flour

1 tsp of baking powder

two tsps of vanilla

1/4 cup milk (low fat or skim)

1 cup of dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/three cup of dried cranberries

1/two cup Cadbury white chocolate drops

1/2 cup of slithered almonds


Spot the almonds on baking paper on a tray and toast in pre-heated oven. Remove from oven and spot aside. In a huge mixing bowl, combine softened butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder into mixture. Add milk and mix till batter is consistent. Add cranberries, coconut and almonds. Mix effectively. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Roll the mixture into balls and place on trays. Cook in the oven for about 15-20 mins (it depends on your oven). I like it when they brown on the base and when cooled are crunchy. Remove from oven and cool on baking racks. Get pleasure from!

designer_basicgreyRachel Brencheley—Basic Grey

My Mom’s Soft Frosted Gingersnaps

These are seriously to die for! Whenever I make them, they’re the most common point I serve and I’ve provided this recipe out a lot more than any other I have.

three/four cup crisco

three/4 cup butter

two cups sugar

2 eggs

1/four cup molasses

four cups flour

2 tsp cinnamon

two tsp ginger

2 tsp cloves

two tsp baking soda

1 1/4 tsp salt

Roll into walnut-sized balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet @375 for 10-12 minutes. Drizzle with a runny mixture of powdered sugar, vanilla, and water.

designer_french-generalKaari Meng—French Basic

(Kaari’s recipe of option is the exact same as Polly Minick’s, even though Kaari DOES get in touch with hers Buckeyes. But notice they’re not created with exactly the exact same ingredients—that’s 1 of the wonderful things about cooking and quilting—seeing how things taste…or look…when you adjust them up a bit.)

Right here is my favorite candy/cookie recipe from my very best friend’s mom – every Christmas we would wait until she made these cookies and then eat so a lot of we would really feel sick!  I nevertheless make them—but have learned that one particular is possibly my limit!


1 pound of butter

two pounds of peanut butter

three pounds of powdered sugar

Mix all of the above components and chill overnight.

The subsequent day, melt a bag of chocolate chips and a tablespoon of paraffin (you can uncover this in the canning aisle). Roll out modest balls of the peanut butter mixture, the size of a walnut, and meticulously dip every ball into the melted chocolate employing a tooth choose. Be cautious to leave a small circle of peanut butter showing so that your ball ends up looking like a buckeye.

Dry on a piece of wax paper and pinch the hole made from the toothpick to make it disappear. Store in a sealed container in the fridge—unless you occur to have a sweet tooth and then—good luck!

How about you? Inform us the name of your favored holiday recipe and why you enjoy it.


Moda Candy Treat Box…

You know we really like our candy, particularly our Mini Charm Packs – Moda Candy.


Elf Angela has produced this special Treat Box for gifting two Moda Candy packs and she’s sharing it as a cost-free download.

There is a Red Treat Box and a Blue Treat Box.

For best printing outcomes, we advocate that you download the PDF to your pc first.  Then send it to print at one hundred% size – on a color printer.  The box can be printed on a heavy paper or cardstock, and trimmed with scissors or a craft knife.  A small bit of double-stick tape will help, but it is not required.

Then you just need to have Moda Candy to fill it… and that is the tough element.  Parting with the charm packs.

Just so you know, the Red and Blue Treat Boxes will also fit two Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.

Just saying…

Satisfied Monday!


Christmas Quilts…

Red and green.  Red and white.  Christmas-theme fabric.


This stack of Christmas quilts belongs to Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree &amp Co.

I not too long ago did a poll of my quilter buddies and it was exciting to learn that while all of us have created quilts to give as Christmas presents, only a few of us have created quilts for ourselves to use at Christmas.  For the Moda designers, numerous only have Christmas quilts if they’ve completed a Christmas or Vacation collection.


Excuse me for inserting a gratuitous seasonal picture.  It’s that time of year – and we’ve got a whole lot of Christmas and vacation going on in the office now.  It’s 1 of the “time-warp” things about operating at Moda, there is Christmas fabric all over the place… except it is the fabric that will ship next April, Could and June, the Holiday 2017 collections.

But I digress… Christmas quilts.  Have you created any that you pull out just for the holidays as element of your decor?

I have a few but – go figure – no pictures.  So I’m going to share some of the quilts the designers have produced either for their collections, or just due to the fact.

This is Anne Sutton’s Sugar Plum Lane quilt – The Christmas Mouse.


More than the years, Anne – Bunny Hill Styles – has made numerous gorgeous Christmas quilts, several of them Blocks of the Month that combine piecing, appliqué and embroidery.  I wanted to share the Mistletoe Lane Quilt produced with the Mistletoe Lane collection but the image was a wee bit small.  Even though I really like the Mistletoe Lane quilt, this image is a lot far better.


Snow Dance by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings – the collection is Snowman Gatherings II.  While this isn’t red and green – or even red and white – this quilt does make me think of the holidays.  Lisa has produced each Christmas and “winter-snowmen” quilts – and shhh… there might be much more coming subsequent year.  Just saying…

Joyeux Noel – Pomme De Pin – by Kaari Meng for French General.


I adore that this quilt feels really Christmas and extremely French.  Kaari has carried out numerous Christmas collections so she has a lot of fantastic Christmas quilts… and not one particular image of a big stack of them!

(Just so you know… it is exciting writing this post whilst listening to classic Christmas music… even though I’m not positive Dion’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is “classic” to most people.)

This is Sugar Plums from the Winter Fantastic book by Sherri Falls and It’s Sew Emma.


It may just be me but these red pinwheels make me consider of candy canes!  The fabric is Jingle by Kate Spain.


The binding on this Jingle quilt undoubtedly tends to make me think of candy canes! This is Kate’s style – Jingle.  I’ve made a couple quilts with Kate’s collections – such as this one particular! – but I’m a little behind in the “take pictures” department.

This is 1 of my favorites – Lake Impact by Laurie Simpson.


Lake Impact is produced with Minick &amp Simpson’s “coming in April” collection, Snowfall.  It is produced with English Paper Piecing and appliqué, and each a set of the templates and a package of the essential papers will be offered.  You do not need both – you can use one or the other.  As for Laurie’s quilt, I enjoy the touches of red, I feel they make this quilt sparkle.

The Tree Farm has a bit much more red but it nonetheless sparkles…


This Sweetwater quilt was produced with Holly’s Tree Farm – their wonderful 2015 Christmas collection.  This quilt would be terrific created with The Cookie Exchange or the “next one”… coming in 2017.  (You are keeping this all a secret, correct?) (Santa isn’t the only one maintaining a list…)

Insert yet another quite themed picture…


Never thoughts that tree… I’m going to want that truck to haul all these quilts residence!

Merry Christmas Darling by Bonnie Olaveson of Bonnie &amp Camille is my preferred sort of holiday quilt – the fabric isn’t Christmas-themed but the colour scheme makes it best for the season.  And any time of year.


The fabrics are from Bonnie’s Hello Darling collection, but the reds and greens from the upcoming Bonnie &amp Camille Basics will perform perfectly.  As will the great reds and greens from Handmade.  And Small Ruby.  And Vintage Picnic.  They all mix nicely…

You could even add some black… like Camille Roskelley – the other half of Bonnie &amp Camille – did for her Christmas Colorway quilt.  (This image is from Camille’s Instagram.)


Isn’t this yummy?  All the fabrics are Bonnie &amp Camille except the backing – don’t ask, Camille got it a couple of years ago at a “big box store”.  (And it’s been akin to Quilter’s Hunger Games there ever because with people searching for even a few inches of it.)

And ultimately back to the Figgy-1 and her Christmas quilts.  This is All Wrapped Up – Christmas style.


Whilst the pattern was initially completed for – and with – Fig Tree’s new Coney Island collection, Joanna is recognized for mixing her Reds, Greens and Ivory prints to make Christmas quilts.

She’s even carried out a few Christmas Block of the Months – and yes, she has completed them.  I just liked this picture – shamelessly borrowed from her Instagram.


So are you inspired to make a Christmas quilt for 2017?  1 that’s just for you?

I will be doing that – it is on my “to do” list for next year.

Content Friday!





Reside life with a little spice…

That’s 1 of the messages on a lovely new Autumn printable created by Angela.


There are nine photos taken from fabric collections getting released this month and each and every is accompanied by a seasonal greeting.  They’ll make beautiful gift tags, little notes or location cards for your Thanksgiving table.

Download the Autumn Printable and then print it out on cardstock or paper to make tiny notes for your children, grandkids or friends.

Or print it on printable fabric sheets to make labels for quilts, to decorate little bags, or even to make a super-swift pincushion.


There are several brands and companies for very good “photo transfer” sheets but my favorites are the Inkjet Fabric Sheets from EQ Printables – the Electric Quilt Business.

As I have written ahead of, following printing the sheet, I adhere it to Steam-A-Seam Lite two to the back.  While there are iron-on printable fabrics, I prefer the two measures.  I also like making use of a pinked, waved or scalloped rotary cutting blade to cut the notes/labels apart.  It is simply accomplished and I like the way it looks.  Just so you know, not every single specialty blade fits every single rotary cutter so if you have any old rotary cutters, give them a try if the blade isn’t operating on your newfangled factor-a-ma-jig.  An old-style Olfa cutter is what I use.

And where can you locate this cute printable?  Right here.

Content Friday!






Twenty-five days…

And counting.  But there is nevertheless time to make gifts for friends, loved ones, teachers… your self.  Have you been nice this year?


(Thank you to the people at Forbes for the terrific image.  They have a fantastic quote on the opening page – “Balance is not something you discover, it’s anything you create.”)

In the coming couple of weeks, we’ve got all sorts of concepts and projects for last-minute gifts you can make for the folks in your life – quilty and not.

Let’s start with the lovely people more than in the Moda Bake Shop.  They’ve been busy!


This is the Holly Jolly Santa ornament – developed by Oda May possibly.  Measuring about 5″ x 7″ completed, he’s made with Moda Candy Mini Charm squares, scraps of batting and fabric and some cream for the face, nose and beard.


These are Scrap Wraps by Meg Dunton.  They’re an Straightforward project produced with Layer Cake squares or Moda Candy Mini Charms – The Cookie Exchange by Sweetwater,  fusible fleece, elastic and a couple of buttons.


Everyone loves a bookmark, appropriate?  If you’re in a book club, generating a cute YoYo Bookmark for every person in your club would be effortlessly done!  A Charm Square for the YoYo and a strip of fabric for the portion that goes in the book.  (What is that named?)  A Jelly Roll or leftover Jelly strips would work perfectly!  Designer Christine Weld describes this as an Effortless project.


These Charming Christmas Ornaments by Leila Gardunia are an Effortless project produced with 5″ charm squares – Rouenneries Deux by French General – Heat &amp Bond Fusible Adhesive and wood die cuts.


This Curling Iron Pocket by Kathy Davis is also an Straightforward project.  It is produced with Moda Candy Mini Charm squares, heat-resistant fabric, batting and double-fold bias tape.  The completed pocket is roughly 10″ lengthy x 3″ wide.  The fabric is Flow by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic.


I truly like this Thread Catcher – also by Kristine Weld.  As a compulsive thread-clipper, I’m always discovering threads subsequent to the wastebasket subsequent to my sewing machine.  This would be so much far better – and prettier.  (Hint hint.)

This Easy no-sew project is produced with a Layer Cake square, batting and Timtex or heavyweight interfacing.  The fabric is Canyon by Kate Spain.

If you have children or grandchildren waiting for Santa to arrive, this might be a nice way to remind them that the cookies aren’t for them.


This adorable Cookies for Santa Place Mat is by Patricia Candee – the fabric is Jol by Wenche Wolff Hatling.  A single 5″ Charm Pack or Mini Charm pack, binding and backing fabric, fusible fleece, lightweight interfacing and a bit of embroidery is all you need to have for this Straightforward project.


These Stocking Gift Card Holders are from Julie Hirt and they’re created with a Layer Cake of Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais.  They can be produced with ribbon or trim embellishment, or not.  Either way, they’re extremely cute, extremely quickly and described as Simple.

These Charming Christmas Ornaments are from LeAnne Ballard of Every day Celebrations.


The fabric is Aspen Frost by BasicGrey and based on how numerous ornaments you want to make, you’ll need 1 Moda Candy Mini Charm pack, 1 or 2 5″ Charm Packs, a fat quarter for the initials and scraps of cotton batting.

And lastly, it isn’t any secret that I adore pincushions.  Pinnies.  And these are adorable.


These Scrap Bag Pincushions have been also developed by LeAnne.  The pincushions measure approx. three 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and you will need scraps.  LeAnne typically purchases the Moda Scrap Bags as they often have selvedges incorporated.  Scraps of cotton for the pincushion backing will also be necessary.  These are created with assorted collections by Bonnie &amp Camille.

So there you have it.  Have you created a list of what to make?  Recipients?

There is much more coming this week and next, including a couple of projects by some of the Moda designers.  Their favorite last-minute gifts and perhaps even a recipe or two – I’ve got fingers crossed on that last portion.

Pleased Tuesday!




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