Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mini Charm Winner

Congratulations to Corrine! You're the winner of the Moda Mini Charm Sampler Box. Let us see what all you create from your box of treasures.

I think I lost a week over Thanksgiving weekend - where does the time go? Cooper saw his almost finished quilt on Sat. and added a few suggestions for finishing touches so I need to get that done by his birthday dinner tonight - yikes! The new KT Favorites BOM needs to go the editors by tomorrow, then Lois and I leave for York, NE to do a program/workshop at The Quilted Basket quilt shop on Thursday. Join us if you're close.

I did accomplish a little shopping online on Cyber Monday so a couple more gifts are on their way. I hate to get out in this weather to shop with highs in the 40's and 30 mph winds - frigid! I'm curled up with a quilt at my computer with a heater on my feet.

The giveaway for this week is the new Perennials booklet and a pile of scraps leftover from the projects. Comment here until Sunday night; winner announced Monday morning - or thereabouts.

Later, Lynne

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Did someone say Christmas?

Christmas 2011, that is. At first, I wasn't crazy about getting next year's Christmas fabric at Thanksgiving time (especially if I had to find a machine quilter to finish a quilt over the weekend!), but now we're enjoying working with Christmas fabric during the holiday season. Shown above is our new Warm Memories fabric collection that will be shown in Jan./delivered in May. Lois and I are stitching up several projects for the Moda Christmas Playbook - deadline Dec. 7th. So far, we have a wall quilt with a pieced feather tree that is an Advent calendar with removeable wool ornaments, a couple of table runners and a pillow. We're still working on a lap version of the feather tree with raw edge ornaments stitched on. It's a great way to get into the spirit of the season.

The runner with the pieced ornaments under the swatches is for my sister for Christmas - this year - made with last year's leftover pieces from Wrapped in Paisley. She "stores" alot of my quilts at her house but I like to make something she'll actually get to keep once in a while. Her guest room is our home away from home whenever we're in Kansas City, so a runner now and then is cheap rent.

Have to keep working on quilting Cooper's quilt so it will be ready to show him on Saturday when we have our family Thanksgiving. I have to get the big black "N" on it, at least.

Hope you all have a safe and happy Turkey Day surrounded with people you love.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lazy Days and Sundays

The winner of last week's KT Perennials' Soduko quilt kit is Swarren. Congrats and please email your adress to us.

I love Sundays - sleeping in, hanging out in my robe while Robert prepares brunch, catching up on yard work or stitching on a personal project. Today was supposed to be in the 60's - the perfect day to finish cleaning up the garden. The high was actually only 48, but I braved the cold and trimmed up at least part of the dead flowers hanging over the sidewalk. Now I just need to finish Cooper's NE quilt before his birthday on Nov. 30th. He turns 10-years-old and requested a grown up quilt. What could I say? He helped design it and picked out fabric. Watch for photos when it's done.

Our Thanksgiving week giveaway is the Moda Mini Charm Sampler pack pictured above. Have fun making lots of mini quilts with 12 packs of (40)2 1/2" squares. Great for yo-yo's, applique pieces, a postage stamp sampler or either of the mini charm patterns from KT. I've had a great time playing with fabric collections I may not have purchased in large quantities making doll quilts, table runners and pillow toppers. It's a great way to try out a designer's look. We also have a few more available on our website - on sale now! - if you aren't the lucky winner.

Check back on Tuesday for a peek at my new Christmas fabric - for 2011!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A new twist on Sudoku

What will they come up with next??? Moda created these really cool Sudoku quilts using 9 fabrics in a 9-patch with 9 different ones in each row, just like the number puzzles. Want to give it a try? It's much easier with a pattern, I'm sure. Comment anytime this week for a shot at the KT version featuring Perennials.
Off to work! Later, Lynne

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday's Winner

The winner of the last Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine is.... Linda from Georgia. Congratulations to you and all the winner's this week. The QM blog tour has been alot of fun.

Watch in January for a Moda designer blog tour - Pillow Talk. We each created a pillow for a Schoolhouse presentation at market that reflected us as designers and women. Mine, of course, started with a KT block. The 4 larger triangles represent my 4 children - Neil, Brent & Brian, and Nicole; the 24 smaller triangles represent the 24 years Robert and I have been married (as of February 2011; and the 8 penny flowers are for our 8 grandkids. It started with a pieced block, the I added raw edge and fused applique with button embellishment - very similar to many of my quilt patterns. A pretty good representation of me as wife, mom, gramma and designer. It will be fun to make the rounds to see all the different pillows in Jan., so check back for more info later.

My twin sons are huge NE fans and are off to Lincoln to the game today to celebrate their birthdays along with their wives and oldest grandkid, Cooper (actually, all of their birthdays are within a couple weeks - GADS!). We get to stay home and play with Bronson and Delainey today/tonight. Personally, with temps in the low 50's, I'm much happier with my slippers on at home. Hoping to stitch as bit as we all watch How to Train Your Dragon. It's one of the kids' movies I can sit thru again and again.

Check back tomorrow for next week's giveaway announcement. I've been cleaning/rearranging/discovering treasures the past couple days, so stay tuned the next few weeks for some cool junk.

Thanks for stopping in this week for the QM blog tour.

Friday, November 12, 2010

One more time...

Melissa from IN won the QM 100 Blocks magazine for Thursday - congrats!

Okay ladies, we'll give you one more chance today. I have one more of the magazines to share - and I'll throw in a 35th Anniversary Moda Family Tree hanky signed by a dozen Moda designers from market! Too much fun!

It rained more than 2 inches overnight and is still coming down, sometimes haeavy with lightning. Had to shut down the computer last night after the lights went out several times. I wouldn't mind an evening by candlelight - if the TV still worked!

Off to town to work on kits and reorganizing piles of fabric. Robert has been building a set of new shelves for me, so we'll see how it works out. He's pretty handy to have around some days.

Talk to ya in the morning,

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesdays' winner of a QM 100 Block magazine is midwestquiltgirl - and why not? - Laurie in Maine, you win a copy, too! Let's just keep this week of magazines rolling and give away another one today. Keep trying, ladies!

Gotta run to get the last couple of pictures taken for Stash Society. The photographer is leaving town for the weekend and I need to be there soon. Watch for pictures next week.

Hope you're all enjoying the blog tour as much as I am. I've seen so many great websites and blogs I never would have visited before that are now on my watch list. Thanks to Quiltmaker!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday's winner - krisgray. Congrats on winning the mini charm packs and pattern. Would love to see what you do with them!

I've been working on a Stash Society runner today with raw edge and fused applique. Thought I'd share a bit.

Still more to come this week - don't miss a thing!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Welcome to the Quiltmaker's 100 Block blog tour! I thoroughly enjoyed last year's edition of 100 Blocks and was pleased to be included with so many other talented designers with their innovative blocks in the 2nd edition. It's one magazine I'll watch for each year.

The KT block, Potted Posies #170, is a design I've been playing with for a while, trying to decide how much to piece and how much to raw edge applique. I settled on piecing it all except for the stems and flower centers because those are the elements that add to the block without taking away it's pieced simplicity. It can be arranged a couple different ways, as shown in the pictures above. It makes a great size for a wall quilt or table topper. The red and green color scheme is a natural for the holidays and work well into spring. KT's Wrapped in Paisley Christmas line would be a perfect fit for this holiday project. Send me a picture to post if you piece some Potted Posies for yourself.

The Wednesday giveaway is one last QM 100 Block magazine, provided by Quiltmaker. Check out all the blogs at quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures. Thanks to Quiltmaker for all they've done for all of us participating in the 100 Block magazine.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2011

The winner of Monday's giveaway - QM 100 Blocks - is nrnoodle. Good for you! Enjoy!

Today's goody is a pair of Perennials mini 2 1/2" charm packs with a pattern to create a cute little mini quilt (check out the mini quilts on the sidebar from a couple weeks ago).

Winner of Border Garden

Oh my goodness! Spent so much time figuring out how to prepost a blog entry I forgot to announce the winner Sunday of the Border Garden booklet. Congrats to Jackiero!

We'll forgo the weekly drawing this week with daily giveaways, but keep watching for good stuff every day.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Quiltmaker's Blog Tour

Join us this week for the Quiltmaker's 100 Block Blog Tour. For a complete list of participating designers, go to http://www.quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures.

The KT giveaway for today, Monday, November 8th is a QM 100 Block magazine. Comment for a chance to win!

Friday, November 5, 2010

More Market Photos

Here's a shot of Sandy Klop's booth of American Jane. Sandy's gone totally "fowl" with her new line of chicken prints - so very French country kitchen chic. We're anxiously anticipating the Oasis cruise the end of Jan. with Sandy and Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts. They and their spouses always provide comic relief after the long days at market.

Still time to sign up to win a Border Garden booklet!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

100 Quilt Blocks magazine winner....

Kathy was #14 commenting about the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine and is the winner for October. Congrats, Kathy! For another chance to win, watch all next week for a different winner each day, Monday thru Friday, Nov. 8-12th during the Quiltmaker's 100 Block Blog Tour. We'll also have a weekly drawing all thru November for cool stuff from Fall Market.

This weeks drawing is for my new Border Garden booklet published by the KC Star. Winner will be announced on Sunday.

Don't miss a post!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

To market, to market......home again, home again, jiggity, jig.

Well, we didn't buy any pigs at market, but we saw lots of totally cool stuff all around the Moda booth. I'm sure there are pics being blogged, twittered and emailed all over for the last week, but I'm going to share a few here, too, over the next few days. Our booth was designed around a vintage gingerbread trim piece that Pam Buda and I found in Greensville, MO last summer. I knew I wanted lots of fresh flowers for my Perennials theme, so a pair of small shutters were converted into a planter by my oh-so-handy hubby, Robert. The shutters and found parts from his stash were an inexpensive project - the flowers it took to fill it up cost me a fortune! I loved the look and made it home with most of the bouquet intact to enjoy at least a few more days. Shared with my Mom and a friend since it filled several pitchers.

The KT Fav BOM was well received. We saw lots of shop owners standing about a foot away checking out all the details. Too fun! Since our Perennials line was released in September, many shops stopped to check out the quilt, mentioned they'd already ordered the fabric and pattern and wandered on. Guess we're just window dressing - what a life.

It's always so much fun to see all the other designers at the Moda party. This year, they went all out with a bash at Minute Maid Park, serving all-American BBQ and potato salad. Always good eats and lots of drinks. I especially like the aluminum bottles of beer. Who else do you know that throws their office party at a baseball park???

Better go help Robert unload the trailer. Watch for the October winner tomorrow.