Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Tomorrow we hop a short plane ride to Houston Texas. 2 crazy days of setting up booths, sales meetings and seeing old friends. I always have intentions of remote blogging, but there is not enough time in the day. So I thought I would post a few links here for you to enjoy some sneak peeks to anything moda.

Alicia - one of our machine quilters have a few peeks on her blog.

Kate Spain talks about her Good Fortune.

Aneela Hoey from across the pond shares her adventures and projects.

Bunny Hill's Ohh La La is just that. She continues to amaze us with her sophisticated baby lines.

Cosmo Cricket has posts about her newest line of fabric but I enjoyed this post more. Fried Mac & Cheese. Oh I am so hungry!

Jan Patek is on the road!

Malka will be at Market for a meet and greet!

me and my sister are in an auriful booth hop. I wish I could win a big package of auriful thread!

Polly and Laurie will be there.

Sweetwater is ready to roll!

You can follow all of the moda designers from the moda webpage. including any updates and new designers.

Thank you to all the sewers, binders, designers, painters, packers, builders that work behind the scenes to help put the moda show together.
Susan, Chelair, Lorinda, Mariza, Eladia, Sophie, Aida, Kathy,Victor, Ted, Isla, Alicia, AlisonSue, Valerie, Jan, Sherron, Sara, Maggi, Holly,Outlaw, Ducky, Barb, Sherri, Diane, Crystal, Nancy, Barb, Rachel, Sherri, Gerri,
Yosten, Emily, Dennis, Herbert, Juan and of course the "other" Lisa.
If there is something you would like to hear about that goes on at market, leave me a comment and I will see what I can do.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Winner of the last book giveaway

And the winner of stitches from a one room schoolhouse is
Everybody loves Renee' and everything she does. For thoses who do not know her she is a true person inside and out. A dear friend. Congrats to the winner.

Thank you for following along on my week of book reviews and giveaways.
This next week begins the week of quilt market and the next weekend is quilt festival in Houston. If you have never had the chance to go to Festival, put it on your bucket list. The show is really quite incredible.
I will be going to festival on Friday so I will take lots of pictures to wet your appetite for future projects!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stitches from the Schoolhouse book review

Hello all, this is Jillian. I am moda lissa's daughter. I have drawn the winners for the past two days. My mom, baby brother and I have been on the road moving me to my new place in Florida. I am a little late on posting the winner. I let my mom sleep in after driving a uhaul and towing a car for the past 18 hours. So for today's winner i have choosen, Glenda From Florida. Her comment was, The winner of the yesterday's sweet water book is.
This looks like a great book--I love to make little things for the house, and for gifts. Thanks for the chance to win.

Leave a comment to have a chance at winning the next book. I will try and draw the winner on time tomorrow.

Projects Inspired by Classrooms of the Past
By Renee Plains
Published by Kansas City Star

This is a charming book based on the concept of the one room schoolhouse. I was drawn to this book because like Renee, the author,I collect turn of the century class photos. Each child in the pictures tells a story. The quilts in this book also tell a story creating heirlooms for tomorrow.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Swetwater's Simple Home book review

and the winner of yesterday's book is:
Dirt Road Quilter:I would love to cook up the recipes in this book. I've got a stash of precuts that would certainly appreciate being let out of the closet! And after cooking for a crew of cowboys for 2 weeks, it would be nice to cook something that doesn't require me to be in the kitchen! Thank you so very much for your generous gift-away! :)

Today's feature is the wonderful new book by the talented gals at Sweetwater.
sew something handmade for every room- 35 projects

I want to make them all but I would really like to do this for my office. I don't know that I could keep it so neat but at least the organizers would make it pretty!
Love it!


The rules are:

You must have a way for me to contact you via e-mail. This will be short and sweet. I will draw the name by 6:00 am tomorrow morning. (Thursday) A 24 hour giveaway.! Go for it and thanks for stopping by.

I am going to break my record for most daily blog posts. Of course this number is not very high to be able to break the record.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fresh Fabric Treats Book Review

Another good book. I saw this book on a shop hop last week, but, I was being good, and only getting stuff that was already on my list. I read lots of things about WWII. Both my grandfathers were in WWII, but they were both 'old men' by the time they served (one had even been in WWI). Was the comment left by cheryl2quilting who won yesterday's MINICK and simpson book.

I love flipping through the pages of this book. It is not the newest book but it certainly has a lot of projects that are prefect for the upcoming gift-giving season. Yes Gift Giving and I am giving one away today.
 Fresh Fabric Treats published by Stash books and features 16 different "recipes" (That is code word for projects so the men in the household think we will be in the kitchen. Instead we are in the sewing room!)
 from a few of the talented "chefs" featured on the Moda Bake Shop.

This project is made by Kimberly Walus. I love the organizer tote that has bags inside made from fabric and clear vinyl to keep all your things in plain sight.

I said it was the beginning of gift giving season so go ahead, leave a comment, By now you know the drill. I must be able to reach you via e-mail and you must leave a comment before 6:00 in the morning. (Friday) A 24 hour gift- away.! Lack of sleep makes me think I am funny by making up new words. 

Good Luck!

The best part of this is that I am going to give this book away to some who leaves a random comment. You must have a way for me to contact you. This will be short and sweet. I will draw the name by 6:00 am tomorrow morning. (Friday) A 24 hour giveaway.! Go for it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Victory Girls Book Review

Stitched with prayer is the winner of the carrie Nelson book from yesterday's post.
Hey it's me and I am making 2 posts in a row. Imagine that! Today I am sharing a brand new book published by Kansas City Star. The authors are good friends of mine and happen to be moda designers. Their style is classic and timeless. I think they are the female version of Ralph Lauren.
Patriotic quilt and hooked rugs from the WWII era.

An exerpt from the dedication page of this book.
Victory Girls is intended to serve as a testimonal to the women who supported World War II on the homefront through sacrifice, service and selfless dedication to the war effort.
This is a giveaway for the Polly and Laurie Fan club. You know who you are.  
Tell me why you must have this book.
The rules are:
You must have a way for me to contact you via e-mail. This will be short and sweet. I will draw the name by 6:00 am tomorrow morning. (Thursday) A 24 hour giveaway.! Go for it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Another bite of schnibbles book review

The greatest thing about my job is that I get to work on projects in advance of their release date to the world. The bad thing about that is sometimes I don't have much to blog about. Of course, this is no excuse for my lack of posts. I am also lucky because I happen to have a neighbor across the hall from me that is kind enough to show me all the new books and patterns streaming in. So to win back my loyal readers and anyone else that is bored to death,  I am going to do a book review for the next several days starting with Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's. Carrie's newest book from That Patchwork Place has hit the stands. Carrie is such a talented wordsmith. Every project has a creative name and an entire story to go along with it. The wealth of information this one woman retains in her brain is amazing.  Maybe she can come up with another word for amazing so all the dancers on dancing with the stars will have something else to say.
I would certainly want to be on her team during Trivia night.

Ruby by Bonnie and Camille  is shipping to stores now so I thought I would show you the quilt made from a previous line of their fabrics. This quilt was made by an associate of mine Debbie Outlaw. (remember the chocolate cake in my birthday post?)
 Not to brag but I also have a quilt in the book. (THANK YOU CARRIE!)
And I need to mention that Alicia Keys from Heirloom quilting did a super job quilting mine. Check out her work if you are looking for a machine quilter.
The best part of this is that I am going to give this book away to some who leaves a random comment. You must have a way for me to contact you. This will be short and sweet. I will draw the name by 6:00 am tomorrow morning. (Wednesday) A 24 hour giveaway.! Go for it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gingham dog baby quilt

baby quilt in progress.... It looks like it is finished but we are just waiting for the little boy to be born so I can add his name, date of birth, etc in the big empty grey area.

When I learned that Holly was having a boy and doing her nursery in dogs, I  thought of the patchwork dog pillows that you see in antique stores.

I knew I couldn't tackle the box type pillow and all those set in seams, so I decided to make the quilt above.
This is a perfect project to make using any of your 2 1/2" jelly roll scraps.

Block measures 14" finished. Each print square is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" cut. This block uses white as the background.

This block uses Grey as the background since Holly's nursery is grey.
(grey dot is from Aneela's group debuting at quilt market- in stores Feb.)
 If you are a grey junkie, you will want an entire bolt for yourself. I promise.
If you are interested in making some dog blocks, the above diagram shows the basic cutting and piecing directions for one block. All print blocks are cut 2 1/2" square.

Here is a diagram of 3 blocks across, 4 blocks down with 2" finished sashings.This diagram makes a quilt that is 50" x 66".
 hope you enjoyed this quick project!

Monday, October 10, 2011


As if I could turn back the hands of time, I am posting backwards. I turned 50 before my son's wedding but I couldn't wait to post about the wedding..... SO the week before Grant and Misty's big day, I had a big day as well. My 50th birthday..

I wanted to share a few pics from this momentous occasion!! I have the reputation at work not to show up on my birthday because I hate for anyone to make a fuss.(There is a long story about this I will save for another time) So they did a super whammy trick on me and had a party on a different day. The girls here were clever in creating a theme for my party. It had to be 50 of something.....

Chelair gave me a red and white crocheted doily her mother made. Inside it was 50 pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Of course this came in handy because the next week I was headed to Vegas. I am sad to report that I no longer have any of the coins, but will always treasure the red and white doily. Dollars, confetti, ribbons and "50 sucks" suckers were thrown in by some of my other "friends" here.

Susan, who had the brilliant idea of 50 of something, gave me 50 fat quarters from her stash all neatly pressed, folded and displayed in a paper trunk. She even found this treasure from a 1997 Deb Strain Christmas collection. Susan's birthday is coming up. I will have to see if I can create something from these fat quarters and Re-Gift her.

 Cheryl and I share the love of Salsa and everything spicy. I received a colorful bowl full of enough ingredients to make salsa for the week. Delicious!!
 Outlaw snuck in 50 fortune cookies. I start each morning with a fortune cookie and a cup of coffee.

The first fortune I received said, "Treat yourself to something of quality. You deserve it." I was so excited I ripped the fortune in half so I don't think it counts. Did you know that you are supposed to add the words... IN BED to the end of your fortune. Read the above fortune and add In Bed. It makes every
fortune pretty funny.
And regardless of the fact that I was on my "Shedding for the Wedding diet", Outlaw made one of her wonderful cakes. She has been so kind to let me share the recipe here. I gained 10 lbs.
Mississippi Mud/ Fudge Cake
4 eggs
1 c. butter(original says oleo)
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. pecans - chopped
1/3 c. cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
Melt butter & cocoa, add to other ingredients. Bake 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes in a floured and
greased pan. Time will depend on size of pan.
Spread 1 jar of marshmallow whip over cake while hot and top with icing.
1/2 stick butter
1/3 c. cocoa
1/3 c. or more of milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar
Melt butter. Add other ingredients. Have icing warm enough to pour over cake.

My tricky husband and family threw a small impromptu surprise party at our favorite burger joint. I thought we were headed there to watch the Dallas Cowboys opening day.
My husband thought I might have figured it out, but he said, " I knew when you came downstairs dressed like that, that you didn't know about the party." And he let me go any way. After all I was in my lucky Emmit Smith t-shirt. My daughter and now daughter in law helped him pull off a wonderful evening. They even had everyone take their picture holding a "BIG 50". Here are a few of the pics!

I will move forward with my blog posts now, thanks for letting me share the pics and catch up on a few of my posts. Thank you to all my family and friends for making me feel so special.

Friday, October 7, 2011

My first born bites the bullet

My oldest son has found himself a good ol'Kansas gal. (I too am from Kansas)
Thought I would share some of the wonderful wedding pictures.
A special shout out to Camillle Roskelley for joining my whacky family in Vegas for this event and sharing her photography skills with us.

These two pictures are very iconic. The guys are making a toast, the girls are saying a prayer.

I have one daughter, now I have a daughter in law and guess what?
Her Grandmother is a quilter!

Thanks for letting me share a few of the pictures.


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