Saturday, January 17, 2009

Introducing Twiggy

I have been waiting for this collection to arrive. It is not a pretentious collection, nothing fancy about it. But it is certainly not lacking in pizazz. It's the LACK of flash that makes this collection so appealing to me. It's just basic. Not too basic, it has just the right amount of intrigue without overwhelming the senses.

Moda even published the an adorable free web pattern using two Twiggy Layer Cakes and about 3 yards of coordinating fabric.

For the free web pattern, access:

I sell the layer cakes in my shop as well as the Jelly Rolls and Fat Quarter Bundles. Visit my shop today by clicking here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Eye Candy for the Quilter

This is one of my favorite times of the year, Moda is shipping the most fabulous collections faster than I have time to oogle over them.

Check out these exciting new fabric lines:


Chez Moi has gone uptown. A little more fashion and a bolder palette make this the most exciting group yet from the watercolor genius of Chez Moi. Swanky is chic and sophisticated with a flare for the dramatic. Bold design and sweet citrus colors are combined to create a plush collection of graphic prints that would suit even the savviest of connoisseurs.

To see the Swanky collection in detail, access:

Zippity Doo Dah

Is it playful? Is it Retro? Is it Floral? Is it Patriotic? It’s all of these, but no single one. Red, Navy and Cream dance playfully across the fabric enticing your creativity. Even the name inspires the need for fun, so typical of Sandy Gervais! This is not your “traditional” Patriotic fabric. I have been waiting for this collection for months!

Zippity Doo Dah was designed for Moda by Sandy Gervais.

To see this collection in detail, access:


A soiree is an opulent party that fills the senses with wonder and amusement. This lush spring garden setting is overgrown with tiny buds and jewel toned flowers juxtaposed with the cool aqua water of a rustic fountain. Enjoy the ambiance of Soiree!

Soiree was designed by Lila Tueller for Moda.

To see the fabric in greater detail, access:

Hill Country Spring

As the official flower of Texas, the Blue Bonnet has a long history
appearing in ballads, poems, and more than one hand picked bouquet.
Whether you are a Texan or not, this field of wildflowers is ready to be plucked!

Hill Country Spring was designed for Moda by Sentimental Studios.

To see this collection in detail, access:

Hello Betty

Do you enjoy retro fabrics? 30's fabrics? Does your mind long for a simpler time when families ate together and talked of school work and the goings on at the home and office rather than the latest photo on the cover of People? When Moms always wore a frilly aprons and the home always smelled of freshly baked pies? When the games we played included cards rather than combat? If that's you, then you will LOVE Hello Betty! Hello Betty was designed for Moda by Chloe's Closet.
To see this collection in detail, access:

Flag Day Farm

Minick & Simpson have done it again! Be inspired by a sunny day at Flag Day Farm. Vintage prints remind you of laundry hanging out to dry on a bright sunny morning. Dusty shades of reds, blues and creams adorned with stars, paisleys and florals are sure to inspire a unique patriotic creation.

To see the Flag Day Farm collection in detail, access:

Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy New Year!

It's that time of year, when we once again commit to extinguish bad habits and plunge into the new with a recharged sense of zest. We once again envision ourselves with tight tushies and toned abs, eating light, exercising daily, financially liberated and feeling fantastic.

And we once gain pledge to tackle that pile of fabric related projects that have claimed our sewing room, continually astounding us with the rate in which they seem to multiply. Will this be the year we complete them?

Once again!

What project do you have in the works?

My project is a particularly special one. As some of you know, my Mother died this past December. My mother was the most amazing quilter, I think she must have known every shortcut, every tidbit, every method, every guarded quilting secret there was. She had an amazing gift of putting colors together, ones I never would have been able to envision. She had owned a quilt shop for years where she was able to share her love and talent with others. After her death, one of the most heartbreaking, yet somehow comforting tasks I had to do was go through her "project shelves".

It's hard to describe how I felt as I pulled out, one by one, the giant Ziploc bags to see the project she planned to someday complete. Was it heartwrenched? Enlightened? It's hard to say, both. When it came to her project "packets", she gave new meaning to the term 'meticulous'. Each baggie had a pattern along with her planned fabric already cut to the correct yardage. To see the patterns that appealed to my mother, to see how she looked at a pattern and envisioned it in the specific colors, shades and prints that she selected. To see these things, it was like I was getting to know her better. It was almost like she was still there.

It was particularly difficult to come across the project entitled "Leah's Wedding Quilt". She had completed 35 blocks of the most beautiful neutral toned Log Cabin. It's what I had always wanted. No harsh colors, just creams and browns and all the comforting shades in between. And there they were, waiting to be lovingly assembled.

So my project? Finish my Mother's gift. And all of her projects for that matter. Suddenly hers have become more important than mine.