Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pay it Forward

Now that Friday the 13th has come and gone, I want to talk about the upcoming holidays.
When the kids were little, we all gathered to watch Charlie Brown's Christmas. Ya, I know kind of lame for teenagers but my husband still insists. Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving I offer to cook (of course nothing entices grown boys to come see mama like a home cooked meal)and we all watch Pay it Forward. This movie is NOT for the little ones but it's meaning is.
If you have not seen this movie, here is some of the info from the web.

Like some other kids, 12 year old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness
of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world
for the better. Unlike other kids, he succeeded.
Sometimes the simplest idea can make the biggest difference.

This brings me to Quilter's!! YES! Who better pays it forward?

Quilter's are the best people in the world, Right? Any disagreements ?
Just look at how quick Cherri House was to respond to the injured soldier's at Ft. Hood. Quilter's quickly jumped on board making and sending quilts.

This is my favorite book of the season, Quilt for Peace. The message is wonderful. The author, Katherine Bell has great projects and wonderful charities to make and sew for. This pretty much sums up a quilter's heart and spirit.

What about Camille and the Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop? Both of these people realized the power of "The Quilt" by raffling a quilt with all the money going to this sweet family.
Talk about a great project for a Stashbuster? Check out American Patchwork & Quilting's,
A MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE. Does a million sound like a lot? It does if you are talking $$, but did you know there are over 800,000 kids in foster care in America?
Let's get a pillow case in each of their hands!
How are you going to Pay it Forward?

The holidays are upon us and it is probably best not to send out cards such as these.
I am working now on Moda's Christmas collections for 2010 so just in case I am snowed under,(Ha! Ha!) I am wishing you a Happy Holiday now a reminder that it is not to late to finish up those new year's resolutions from 2009!

One last bit of info and kind of a tutorial:
Seems like everyone I know is having twins. This is my fourth set of twin quilts in the past year! All BOYS!! I am kind of liking making 2 at the same time. Deb Strain is the proud grandma of 2 little boys, Graham and Finnegan. I won't post a tutorial on COIN QUILTS, because there are lots of good ones already out there. What I will post is my tip on being ready. Any of my leftover strips I keep adding to a running length of "Coins". I have a couple of different ones hanging on my bulletin board and add to them constantly. I make good use of some of the fabrics I may have thrown in the trash. Instead I just keep adding them to the strips. I keep a bright fun kid one going along with what some may call a dark and dingy one.
I am ready at a minutes notice. All I have to do is choose the color of fabric to go in between my rows and how long I want to make the project.

The area in between is the perfect place to quilt the names, date of birth etc. I tell my quilter Maggie that I am just lazy and do not want to make a label so she is so kind to quilt it in for me.
Maggie also isn't afraid to quilt with the moda snuggles. Makes a great backing!
Kuddos to all you quilters out there for spreading the love!!
Covering the world one quilt at a time!

Monday, November 2, 2009

November's Fabricmatcher Challenge

Have you ever been to Fabricmatcher powered by Moda? Are you not quite sure of what fabrics you want to use for which pattern? Go to Fabricmatcher and play around. Choose from from designers such as
Mix and match from any of the hundreds of moda fabrics and viola! create your own variation of the original. Fabricmatcher will even print off the yardage requirements for you to be able to make the quilt. This is super easy to take to your favorite store, get the fabrics and pattern to start your project.

November 2009 Contest:
The Fabricmatcher contest for November 2009 will be featuring
Pattern Designer, Cozy Quilt Designs.
The rules for the contest are as follows:
1 - You may use any Moda fabrics on your project.
2 – You must use a pattern designed by Cozy Quilt Designs that is available on our Moda Fabricmatcher website. Simply select Cozy Quilt Designs as the Designer under Find Patterns.
3 – Your project must be named Cozy Quilt in order to be eligible. You may enter as many projects as you wish, however they must have Cozy Quilt as the project name. Simply number them with a 1, 2, 3, etc. after the name.
4 – The November Contest will end on November 30, 2009 at midnight.
REMEMBER: You must have your Stash including your Projects available for the Public to view. You can change this in your profile settings.
The Moda Fabricmatcher judges and Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilt will select and announce the winning project in the month of December 2009. The winner of this contest will win a Fat Quarter Bundle from the Designer of their choice and a collection of autographed patterns by Cozy Quilt Designs. The winner will also be posted on our Moda Fabricmatcher website.

You can also shop for creativity by viewing some of the other quilts on Fabricmatcher.
Go to the Show & Tell area, choose a designer, click on the project tab. You will find
hundreds of digitally created options from other fabricmatcher members.


Your Moda Fabricmatcher Team


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