Wednesday, November 26, 2008

gobble, gobble,gobble

Happy Thanksgiving to all. It is a tradition in our family to call everyone we know and say Gobble, Gobble, Gobble and hang up. This usually goes on for hours ....So consider this posting an official Gobble.

While cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 30 people, I am also packing for a quick overseas trip to Madrid, Spain. Below is some of the stuff I am throwing in my carry on.(except the Sonic drink). I have cut assorted 3 sisters charm packs into 2 1/2" squares so they are ready to pick up and go. The greatest thing ever is the Clover Needle threader. Not only does it thread the needle for you but it also has a threader cutter built in........perfect for travel on a bumpy, dark airplane.

One note of randomness-I use to hide my cash in my makeup bag. With 4 four boys my cash was always safe there. Then one day my daughter snooped and found it so the secret was out. The reason I tell you this story is when I pulled out this project, the small sewing bag still had some loose cash in it. I guess I now have a new cash stash place. None of my kids will ever go snooping through my sewing stuff.

Here is the stack I made while working on Cornbread! Queen of multi- tasking!I learned the technique form the gals at Cotton & Chocolate in California. Thier technique is very quick and easy. I am sewing them together by machine. ( yes I know that is not how you are supposed to do it!- but I do want to finish in this lifetime!) I am sewing the hexagons into rows instead of the traditional flower pattern. More on that to follow. (love the thimble- favorite color -Red)

Happy Thanksgiving to all,


Monday, November 24, 2008

Surprise! Surprise! An early Christmas

Well the winner is in at Thimbleblossoms! Go to to read all about it. My news is that I told Camille pick 2 winners and I would make a quilt for the second place. She kept asking me did I want to pick. I said , No silly girl, you choose. After looking at all the work she did to determine the winner I hate to say but I have it easy.
But Camille did pick someone that commented on my blog so I am posting Wendy as the winner- runner -up. Is there such a thing ? Is that like a participation trophy?
Wendy, do you want a W on the quilt instead of an M for moda?

I am honored to be making the following quilt for Wendy!
See comments below on Camille's blog

"Hi! I'm from Utah, but I've been transplanted to Massachusetts. I love New England, but boy do I miss the mountains! I love love love your Wallflower pattern, and I would count myself extremely lucky to have a Camille original!!!! I can't think of a strange compliment I've received, but something unique about me is that I could snap my fingers when I was six months old (cross my heart - at least that's what my mom claims) I also wanted to tell you how much I love your photography! You have a great artistic eye!"
was Lissa's 109th commenter, and just happens to be...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ConKerr Cancer- A Case for Smiles
---this is a note I recieved from Cindy at ConKerr Cancer.
I have great news and we need your help!L'Oréal Paris has chosen me as a 2008 Women Of Worth award winner. This award is in recognition of ConKerr Cancer's work in bringing smiles to sick children around the world. I am honored and humbled to be recognized by L'Oreal and know that it reflects the extraordinary work of our regional coordinators and thousands of caring volunteers. Most of all, I believe it is a tribute to the courageous children and families who are bravely facing life changing illnesses each day.In 2006, the L'Oreal created Women Of Worth – a grassroots program and award to honor women who serve others in their communities. Each year the program selects ten honorees from around the country. Also, one honoree will be selected by public vote and recognized as the National Woman Of Worth Honoree and her charity will receive a donation of $25,000 from L'Oréal Paris.Winning the National Woman Of Worth award would mean so much to ConKerr Cancer. This international recognition could help us bring smiles to even more children in even more hospitals in even more places. Moreover, the award would enable us to purchase fabric, sewing machines and supplies to take to the hospital to sew with the children and their families. (Not to mention defraying the many other expenses that go with running an all volunteer, global organization as large as ConKerr Cancer!).To vote go to and help ConKerr Cancer win $25,000! Voting runs from November 10 and November 24, 2008. I would appreciate you passing this on to all of your friends.Thank you so much,Cindy Kerr
you do not even need to register or determine if you are in a red or blue state. Not much time!
This is the easiest greatest way to make pillowcases. All my family gets a new one for every Holiday. They still act surprised and excited. Possibly they are excited to have a clean pillowcase. Excuse the long instructions. you just have to make one to believe it. It is truly magic!! Plus a good way to use up fabric and buy more!
Picture above are a few of the pillowcases we just sent to Richland Sewing Center who collects them for Cook Childrens hospital. ( thanks to ducky, outlaw, pat, chelair, carolyn and everyone else that made pillowcases)
Now go VOTE for Cindy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Joanna and modaLissa headed to Spain

Joanna and I are busy stuffing our turkeys.... and once the family is stuffed with all the holidays bounty. We will make sure there is plenty of leftovers to hold them over, board a plane and head to Madrid, Spain to teach all about moda Precuts. You may have heard of Jelly Rolls ( 2 1/2" strips), Layer Cakes (10" x 10" squares), Charm Packs ( 5" x 5"), and the newest cuts Honey Buns (1 1/2"x 45") and Turnovers (6" Half Square triangles) Honey buns and Turnovers in stores beginning January. We will be teaching 2 days to 60 shop owners. The Confetti Cake pattern from the Pattern Basket is one of the classes I am teaching. Margot does wonderful patterns including her line up of patterns using the moda precuts.Confetti Cake is one of my favorites. I have made this quilt 3 times now so I have taken some step by step pictures to show you how easy this pattern is. All you need is a moda layer cake, a center fabric, background and border.

Choose the order, sew and press. Did I say PRESS? If you follow Margot's directions and press in opposing order, you do not have to pin. the strips just line up beautifully. I love BEST PRESS to iron with. (ask for it at your shop)Sub cut the strips

Line them up and resew them together. TA DA! Of course I forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt before I rushed it off to the quilter. I will post the pic as soon as maggi works her magic on it.
Oh Ya, Joanna is fluent in several languages. I only talk English and Quilting, but I think we will all get along quite well.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Feeling Lucky?

Camille from Thimbleblossoms is quite energetic. She is having a contest on her blog. I guess it would be unethical for me to enter it 100 times, so I won't. BUT, if you have not read it yet, zip on over maybe you can win. It is a great chance to own a treasure. I have told Camille that I would donate the fabric just in case she is running out. Maybe she will let anyone that posts on my blog get an extra chance at the drawing. I will keep you posted on that. In the meantime, enter the drawing and tell her modalissa sent you.

The part of Quilt Market no one talks about...

The funny thing about Market is that no one seems to talk about what happens before or after. I guess that is due to how fun the during is!
I can compare it to is childbirth. Ya, it is fun making "them", but then you have stretch marks, lack of sleep, poopy diapers.....need I say more?

I thought I would show you some of the after pictures of our booth area. (thanks, Jen)
I was glad she did not have her camera when I was stuck on the crate full of uprights and table covers! Once the salesmen have gone! the quilts are taken down!

A very clean shot of the area...............the trashy side is out of picture range

The moda crates. We pack and ship 2- 18 wheelers full of TREASURES! 110 chairs and chaircovers, 40 some odd tables, water and snacks to make sure our salesreps are nourished. Sometimes we don't even let them go to the bathroom. (Note to self: Pack an outhouse to go behind the uprights)

Some of the quilt samples ready to be packed up!
The most amazing thing about it all is............ it takes us 2 very long days to set it up and less than four hours to take it down. This year we had some help from our Australian friends, Patrick and Shane, so we finished in record time, 2 hours and 45 minutes. Kuddos to the know who you are!!
I use to be obsessed about winning a prize for the best booth but I soon learned to it hard to keep a neat, cute booth with 40 salespeople with 40 trash cans!! Imagine 40 people in your house for a weekend. Opps that makes me think of the upcoming Thanksgiving at my house!
So officially I give myself a prize according to the following:
Did all "the kids" get along?
Did anyone have to go to the hospital? we were close this time only 1 wheelchair was involved but no ambulance. thank you nurse, Amy
So, I officially can say WE won "the prize".

Friday, November 7, 2008

Seworities of Moda Fabrics

The salesforce of moda fabrics arrived at the Dallas offices for meetings before Quilt Market began. The sales force was divided into 3 SEWORITES. Well that is where the fun and games began. This is quite a competitive crew and we did not know what the sewority moms Amy Matheny, Kathy Bauer and Debbie Duckworth had in store. It was no time at all when the Beta Omega Ombres (BOO) pulled out of their bags "Togas" made from moda muslin or the hotel sheets. Couldn't tell for sure. This left the two other seworites with some work to do. The Lambda Lambda Wools tried to remain above it all, but we soon saw signs all over the offices and warehouse BAAAAHHH! The Delta Delta Dotties (DDD) as know in their college days were a feisty bunch. However, BOO quickly took over any innocent bystander. Our fearless leader, Mark Dunn had been toga-ed by the Ombres. He took their shenanigans all in stride.

The salesforce had a day full of classes just like we do when we have a moda U retreat for shop owners. The highlight was the sales team sewing their Sweet Treat Bags. Several of the office staff demoed the newest notions and gadgets. They also had classes on many of the continuing advances in technology. Angela Yosten showed everyone all the added patterns and fabrics on Fabricmatcher. Pranks for each of the groups happened throughout the day. This was just day 1 of the meetings. They had not even seen all the new moda fabrics, quilts, books, patterns, and notions.

Al Lamborn and Ed Wilson study their instructions before they start sewing on their Purse. Later named, MEURSE (Man-Purse) Thank you to Mary Ann Yeager for supplying all the featherweight machines for the reps to sew on. I have heard through the grapevine that one of the reps has since taken up quilting. (Don't worry John your secret is safe with me)
Pat Roberts and Angela Worrell demo some of the new notions for Tom&Cindy Williams. Ron Wiggins and Jospeh Galza learn about Learn to Sew kits and paper hexagons from Jen McLean and Alison Scully.

Did I say I have the greatest job in the world? I do!


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