Monday, November 28, 2011

Quilting From Little Things blog tour begins today

Now that any remaining turkey is made into soup and the holiday shopping, decorating, cooking and caroling has begun, take a break and visit the following bloggers on the Quilting From Little Things blog tour, featuring the newest book from Sarah Fielke.

international book cover

Monday 28th November:

Tuesday 29th November:

Wednesday 30th November:
Camp Follower Bags
Thursday 1st December:
Friday 2nd December:
Saturday 3rd December:
Sunday 4th December:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Happy Thansgiving to YOU.............

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Friday, November 11, 2011

do you pin?

Do you Pin?
I have been trying to explain this obsession to some of my friends.
Some have caught on and curse me, I mean thank me for exposing them to my obsession called Pinterest.
thank you happy zombie and pat sloan for getting me hooked months ago.

Here is how it works and why you NEED it.
Have you ever found a cool picture on the www and then saved it to your computer only to come across it months later and not remember where you found the picture? I have.
Pinterest is a digital filling cabinet saving the image and the source in your own little folder or as they call it on pinterest, Board. I guess a better description may be a digital bulletin board  that you can share with the world. They can share back.

My sister in law is a fantastic cook, so I follow her boards for recipes.

I found this yummy recipe for apple cake with brown sugar glaze from from Stephanie's Boards.
I saved (RE-pinned) this picture into my recipe folder (Boards) and I not only have an enticing picture but also have the recipe and the source of the recipe. You can also follow this recipe site  just as
if you would "LIKE" someone on Facebook.

I have a board that is titled Decorating things.
You can create as many boards as you can dream up.
Endless possibilites.

This saves the picture along with the tutorial of how to make it from

It is time for that NEW haircut but you didn't save the latest picture of Jennifer Aniston?
 Pin it into your Haircut folder.

Did you read about some fancy wine you just have to try?
Pin it and you will remember it!
Hey I like that slogan. If anyone is reading this from Pinterest feel free to borrow it.

There are so many things to discover that have already been pinned on Pinterest, but don't let that limit you.u. A picture from any website can be pinned and saved. Install the Pin It icon to your favorites tool bar to quickly pin an item from the web without being on Pinterest at the time. You will love how convenient this is.
Your pin can be shared on facebook and twitter.

Another great feature of Pinterest is that you follow people or just follow one of their boards that your are interested in. An example is my new adorable daughter in law. Yes, she is an avid pinner! When Ii was making their wedding quilt I made the quilt reversible by looking on her pinterest and finding
designs she liked.
As soon as she saw the back of the quilt, she said, "I saved that on Pinterest!"
Yes she did! (I will show this in a future post.)

And of course I have my little folder where I am saving Modalissa  MONA LISA pictures.


And to substantiate my fetish here is an excerpt from The Boston Globe.
The current toast of the web is Pinterest, the visual pinboard for collecting and sharing content online. The “pinning” phenomena is spreading from its modest beginnings to appearing in national media outlets. There are over 2.5m monthly active Pinterest users on Facebook. A co-founder of the site has over 500,000 followers on Pinterest. Ron Conway (an investor in the site) remarked that Pinterest’s user growth rate is what Facebook’s was five years ago. Earlier in 2011, it was valued through venture financing at $40m and, most recently, just a few months later, at around $200m.

Pinterest is an entire community with so much to discover.
I hope to meet you there. Follow me at modalissa. Let me know if you are on Pinterest and
 I will check it out.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

When Harry Met Sally

Have you ever worked on a quilt project that you just couldn't sleep? You were so excited to see it all come together that you would sneak off to your sewing machine for hours at a time?
I make alot of quilts but I must say that this happens to me a couple of times a year.  I even dream about sewing the quilt when I do sleep. I know this may seem extremely odd to some of you, but for those that have caught the fever they will know exactly what I am talking about.
My quilt is featured in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
While I was making this quilt, I thought I should name it When Harry Met Sally. You all know the hiliarious movie starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal?

If you read my blog often you know that I like to mix different moda designers lines to challenge myself on fabric combinations. I choose two totally opposite groups, Little Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings and paired it with Etchings by 3 sisters. Just like the movie where two total strangers meet, these two fabric lines seem strange to include in the same project.
But I love it!

As I sewed the dark browns, blacks, tans, blues and greys on one side and then mixed the soft romantic floral on the other side, I couldn't help but think of this movie and the power of opposites attracting whether in a chick flick, real life or a patchwork quilt. Throwing in some medium fabrics on both sides for the "Clash Factor" helps make it all interesting.

The Log Cabin block is one of my all time favorites. I made larger blocks for a graphic look. The color and layout options are endless. You can find all the instructions on how to make this quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting, but I have taken those same blocks and given you several layout options below.

I didn't name it When Harry met Sally for the magazine but will probably always refer to it as that.

So with any quilt I make I have a few scraps left over. It isn't enough to make the quilt but it will get you started and I am giving it away here along with a copy of the magazine.

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite quilt block.
I will pick a winner Saturday night the 5th of November.
Make sure you have an e-mail address that I can contact you.

my beautiful scraps

this isn't a great picture but I had to introduce Bo's new puppy, Cassie. A black lab with huge feet just like my boys!

Thank you for stopping by. Good Luck and Happy Quilting.


The Winner is
charlotte said...

I love the idea of mixing two such different lines. How clever of you to have come up with that. It never would have occurred to me. I love the log cabin. I also love the simple 9 patch.

November 3, 2011 6:31 PM


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