Friday, January 28, 2011


This Friday I am headed to Florida to board the Oasis cruise ship along with 3 other moda designers. I am lucky enough to be Sandly Klop's roomie. (her husband could not come so I get to tag along)\I am going to be working throughout the cruise doing demos. I will try to post my demos while I am away. Have you ever been on a quilter's cruise?
IF I were at work this week, I would try some of these
19 Ways To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity

 1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hairdryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice.
3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want
fries with that.
4. Put your garbage can on your desk and label it "In."

5. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over
their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

6. In the Memo field of all your checks, write "For Sexual Favors."

7. Finish all your sentences with "In accordance with the prophecy."

8. Don't use any punctuation

9. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.

10. Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer.

11. Specify that your drive-thru order is "to go."

12. Sing along at the opera.
13. Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.

14. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.

15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood.
16. Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Hard?

17. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream "I won, I won!"

18. When leaving the Zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling "Run for your lives, they're loose!!"

19. Tell your children over dinner, "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What is the perfect ratio?

Saw this great ad for Target. What is the perfect ratio for Peanut Butter and Jelly? Great question. I prefer cruchy peanut butter and if I need a good dose of comfort food I crumbled up Ruffles potaote chips for an added kit of salt and crunch.
Just thinking.. how can I incorporate PB&J into the moda bake shop?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Is it Dessert yet?

It  is day 6th of the

Welcome to my new guests. I am supposed to tell you a little bit about myself but I can't do that without first telling you about the company I work for, Moda fabrics. Moda fabrics is a family owned company that sells only to independent retailers, or what is called "mom and pops." You will never find our products in places like Walmart, Joann's etc. The owner's passion of supporting the independents carries through to what we do on a day to day basis. When I first went to him with the Moda bake shop concept, he said, "Sure, let's give it a try." now 2 years later we are celebrating Fresh Fabric Treats.  (pretty creative- that I did not have to talk about myself!)

Jan 2009 the first post was by Angela Yosten featuring a travel mug. Now 2 years later we are traveling (digitally) to some of the Moda bake shop chefs homes. Today's post I share with
Rachel Griffith. She was one of the first chefs to share her talent and enthuasium so I am honored to share the day with her.

Welcome,Welcome, Welcome.
In true bake shop form my recipe is for something non edible,
cupcake tea towels and apron.
Most likely if you were coming to my home, we would all gather around the sewing machine and create some yummy projects while the men whipped up something on the grill. My parents taught all us kids to be comfortable in the kitchen or with a set of power tools, so there are no stereotypical roles in my household either. My son is cooking wings as I type this post.
Toweling, charm squares, soft and stable fuse, buttons, and trims.
Moda's toweling is available on a roll, hemmed along the sides. For each towel, cut toweling 28". Apron- 1 1/4 yd. (26 for apron, 19" for ties and pocket)

Choosing what to use is just like choosing what to add to cupcakes. There are so many choices.
Trace the template pieces on the fusible interfacing. Iron them to the wrong side of the fabrics. Cut the shapes out. Please them on tea towel and iron in place. Click here for cupcake templates.
Hem top and bottom of toweling 1". Press edge .5", fold up again, press and stitch to create the 1" hem.
Additional options:
(many of you know I am a middle child. I don't know if I can't make up my mind or I like to make
everyone happy. Here are additional options to create your own cupcake.)

Use a red button for the cherry on top.
Make covered buttons using the I-top button making tool.
(my favorite crafty tool as of late. If you did not get one for Christmas, ask for one for valentines. It is so much fun.)

If you do not have a button that is the color you are looking for, combine a fabric yo yo and a button to make a covered button that can be sewn through the button holes. (thank you Susan Fuquay for this idea)

There are so many fun trims available in quilt and
specially stores that I had to add a few of them to
my tea towels. Ric rac, pom poms, crocheted trim,
and ribbons add that hand made touch. On my tea
towels I used the French general ribbons as a loop
to hang the towels. (see below) Determine how big of loop you want and add it as you hem to top section of your towel.

 To add an edging to the bottom you your towel, sew it right sides facing to the top of the towel. turn the edging down as  you hem the bottom of the towel. This works on the crochet trim and ric rac. Some of the trims can be sewn directly to the top of the towel.

The toweling can also be used to make a cute half apron. Determine how wide you want the apron to be. Add apron ties as listed below. Trims  can also be added to the hem on the aprons. I  added ric rac as I sewed the pocket onto the apron.
Determine how wide you want your apron to be (approx 26" is  a nice size) Ties were cut approx 4 1/2" wide by 19" long)

 You will need to buy double this amount. The additional yardage will be used to make apron ties. Cut the stripe from the toweling for apron ties. Hem and add to the sides of the toweling. Using the additional fabric, cut pocket square. Add a cupcke to the pcoket placing it along the top of the pocket. Add a ribbon loop when sewing the pocket in place. Sew a button on the apron and use the ribbon loop as a button closure.

Now that I have a cute apron to wear I had to put it to use in the kitchen.
1 box yellow cake mix, 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup sour cream, 3 eggs
1 cup oil,  1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup mini choc chips
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Combine all above ingredients. Mix together approx 2 minutes. Fill cupcake holders 3/4 full. Bake approx 10 minutes. Cool and frost. I made mini cupcakes because these are sinfully rich and delicious.
If making as a cake, grease 9 x 13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
1 8 oz. Cream cheese, 1/2 cup margarine
1 tsp. Vanilla, 4 cups powered sugar
Soften cream cheese and margarine. Blend until creamy. Add vanilla and powered sugar. Use food coloring paste (not liquid) to add color to frosting. Decorate as desired.

Tomorrow visit Julie Herman and Sweet Water, then ....
The last stop on the progressive dinner is Jenny Garland and Angela Yosten. These are the two talented ladies that keep the Moda bake shop's pantry full of projects for you to enjoy.

I am sure you have read about the giveaway on each of the other chefs posts. By now you should know that by memory. My favorite precuts IS ALL of them (another middle child trait) but I will choose jelly rolls. I like combining a print jelly roll and a Bella solid jelly roll for a bigger project and a different combination.
So you know the drill, leave a comment on my blog to win precuts of my choice and a Fresh Fabric Treats book. In the past moda bake shop has featured stores, projects and even recipes. If there is anything you want more of on the bake shop, please leave it as a comment. Follow me on twitter or stay tuned to my blog for insider Moda information as well as random ramblings from a middle child.
Leave a comment on all posts to be entered in the grand prize drawing.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you have an e-mail address, so we can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Hello to all,

Monday is my day for the progressive dinner. I am busy cooking,sewing and cleaning my house. That is usually what I am doing anyhow but I don't take pictures of the chaos.
Thought I would share this exercise for you to do until you visit me on Monday.

There are four unusual dates this year. 1-1-11, 1-11-11,11-1-11, and 11-11-11. Now take the last two digits of your birth year and add to the age you will be this year....

What is your answer? I got all ones in my answer. No I did not say how old I will be this year.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let the fun begin

Moda's Progressive dinner starts today.
Do you have your knife and fork ready?
This is going to be BIG.
You will not want to miss one tiny morsel.

The first stop will be

Join us for the next week as we visit each of the contributing authors from the
upcoming book, Fresh Fabric Treats.

Jan. 20th
Meet Amanda Jean Nyberg. She is one crazy mom.
Then zip down under as you learn about Rosyln Mirrington from Australia
Vanessa Christenson will delight you.

Jan 21st
John Adams is the loveable Quilt Dad and one of the authors of ezine Fat Quarterly.
By day she is known as mild mannered Monica, but in blogsphere she becomes the Happy Zombie!

Jan 22nd
Kimberly Walus is like the Doublemint Twins. She has two projects in the Fresh Treats book.
Then stop by to hear what Melissa Mortenson has to say.

Jan 23rd
Natalia Bonner always has something cooking. It could be designing a project or machine
quilting someone elses project.
Vickie Eapen is a dentist by day. She will make sure you eat your veggies
 and don't head straight for the desserts.

Jan 24th
Rachel Griffith has more energy than anyone I know.
Little ol' me- Modalissa

Jan 25th
Julie Herman 's blog says "On the other hand it can be hard to be creative
without making a mess." So I am sure she has great things on her plate.
The talented team at Sweetwater really do "Make Life Sweet."

Jan 26th
and last but
not least,
the two talented ladies that keep the
ovens on at  the Moda Bake Shop.

Winners for each of the individual drawings will be annouced at the end of the Progressive Dinner.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Binding Tutorials

 Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece of Cake have always amazed me. Not only for their wonderful sense of color and design but also for their itty bitty cording. Yes,cording that is inserted along the inside edge of the binding. It is flawless.
Well my eyes and sewing skills are not "that great" so I am going to show you my
"flat piping".
This technique works great sewn in between borders 
OR as an edge treatment next to the binding.

The first set of pictures shows piping between 2 borders.

Determine the size of the piping you want to show.
I cut mine 1.5" for a .125 finished edge.
Cut 2" for .5" finished edge.

 Cut and join enough bias strips to sew around your entire quilt top. Sew the strips along the outer edge or in between borders strips as shown here. There is no need to miter or turn the corners with the piping. Sew to the end and cut. These strips will overlap and be covered as the next border is added. 

 The outer border on this quilt is the large green dot shown in the bottom corner of the picture. This border was added next leaving .125 of the small red dot piping peeking through. Once I was comfortable with this I started sewing the piping and borders on in one step. Until then it is best to see the piping in place before adding the next border or binding.

Now I will show you my "FAUX FLAT PIPING".
I came across this completely by accident. I was having a fabric emergency. I needed to get the binding on a quilt for a gift the next day. Believe it or not I did not have enough fabric for the binding. I dug around until I found something that would work and came strips of the blue check, but they were to narrow.
Binding-blue check cut 1.25 wide, Piping - red dot 1.5. Sew strips together.

Press open.

Fold and press wrong sides together.
Keep in mind, the narrower piece is actually the binding fabric, the wider one shows up as the piping piece.

Add this strip to your quilt top just as you would any other binding paying attention to the color placement. One option, sew the binding to the back of the quilt and bring it around to the front of the quilt top. Stitch in the ditch between the piping and binding fabric using matching thread.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Your Invited- Jan. 19- 26

Anyone hungry? for fabric that is....
Stash Books and Moda Bake Shop has joined together to create a "filling" book by a few a the moda bake shop chefs. If you are a fan of the the moda bake shop, you will want to join along in the progressive dinner blog hop Jan 19th through Jan 26th. Each day meet 2 of the contributing authors, find out their favorite moda precut,  and learn other tasty bits from each of the chefs. Each chef would love to have you come to their home for an actual progressive dinner, but there is not enough room to park in the driveway. SO, find out how we will be sending you part of the progressive dinners to your home.

Visit the first 2 stops January 19th.

Invite your friends to the Progressive dinner by adding the Dinner logo to your
blog, facebook, twitter. The more the merrier!

Friday, January 14, 2011


Hello to all,

Hope you are somewhere safe and warm with all the crazy weather as of late. I am a bit jet lagged and hope to catch up on my blog posts soon. I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel with the moda designer director for the past week. I hope to catch up on my sleep, sewing and blogging. (laundry and cooking? there will time for that later)

In the mean time I wanted to share this bit of interesting video from 1968. Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray and Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977. It is an adventure in magnitudes and remains truly stunning over 30 years later. A zero seems like a simple thing until you add it to the end of a number.

Could we apply the Powers of Ten to smiles, caring, giving?

Have a wonderful weekend,


Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Funny- White House QUilting Bee

Quilting knows no political preference....

Now we knows what Larry King is doing in his retirement. This is almost as great as the quilting charmin commercial where they were using knitting needles. DON"T WORRY.... a box of Moda Fabrics is headed to the White House. I wouldn't want them to sew on that  !$#&%$(^%   stuff from the chains. 

Hiliary shows up.... the way she describes quilting is exactly what my husband said when I first started quilting.


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