February 21, 2017

Winner of the Early Bird FQB and on to Quiltcon East

Congratulations to Christine Weld!

By random selection, Christine is the winner of the Moda Fabrics Early Bird fat quarter bundle in our Valentine's Day "Splendid" giveaway in honor of the completion of Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson's monumental 100-block "Splendid Sampler" year-long, international creative quilting event.
I hope to see some of you at Quiltcon in Savannah this week. 
I can't wait to catch up with the Moda team 

and with other longtime friends and to meet and hear from new acquaintances in the modern quilting world. This Friday morning at QuiltCon, I'll join Jen Carlton-Baily, Heather Givans, Erin Schlosser, Nina McVeigh, and Lisa Ruble on Friday at 9 AM to explore how to tap into one's creativity. Here's the listing for this event from the Quiltcon program: 
After that, I'll be spending some quality time with the Moda team at booth #523. Be sure to follow Moda's Instagram, my Instagram, as well as on the Modern Quilt Guild's Instagram, for some shots from Quiltcon East and lovely Savannah.

I hope to see you there!

P.S. If you missed it, here's Jenny Doan's color-smacking "Sweet Treats" quilt featuring the Moda Cake Mix #1 recipe paper by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co for Moda and my Latitude Batiks collection for Moda Fabrics. I'm now working on the follow-up batik line to it. Lots of fun and color! Time to get back to the drawing board. See you soon!

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day Splendid Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's time to share some love and to celebrate the 100-block Splendid Sampler with a big giveaway! Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are hosting a giveaway with 5 fantastic prizes. There are also a bunch of other designers giving goodies away today — including me (keep reading to enter). To find out more about how to enter all the other giveaways, head over to the Splendid Sampler website!

Next month, Early Bird will ship out to quilt shops and we're so excited about that! This collection is perfect for spring-ie, Easter-ie projects and we have a FAT QUARTER BUNDLE to giveaway to one lucky winner. 
To enter to win, just leave a comment briefly telling us what you enjoyed most about the Splendid Sampler project and what's next on your "to make" list. 
One entry per person, please. 
All entries must be posted here by no later than February 21 at 9 PM Eastern Time.
We will announce the random winner here on February 22.
Good luck!

February 12, 2017

Splendid Sampler Grand Finale!

Cue the fireworks, balloon shower and confetti toss! You've made it to

Really, pause for a second to absorb what that means.

 Think back to last year when you were debating about whether you'd join in on this project. Think of all the things that have happened since. And now, know that each of your quilt blocks serves as a reminder of your commitment to your creativity. The quilt you make from all these blocks will be one to treasure. The stories and life events, and the miles of stitches that have been shared are as inspiring as they are unforgettable.

This quilting journey has been about the best things our sewing community has to offer; learning from each other, supporting each other, and through social media, connecting with more than 25,000 sewists, stitchers and new friends around the globe. In fact, when I saw this graphic that plots all the splendid participants, it really made me see just how far and wide our community is – though it looks like we need to hold some quilt retreats in Greenland and Mongolia ;)
For those of you who are visiting here for the first time, welcome!

Great thanks to the inimitable creators of this epic adventure, Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. {Applause, applause, standing ovation! Brava, ladies!} Their vision, care, creativity and perseverance brought the Splendid Sampler to fruition and brought all of us together in a memorable experience.

I first began to quilt in 2009, around the time that Verna, my first fabric collection for Moda came out. I didn't know anything about piecing blocks and didn't know any quilters I could turn to for help. Luckily, YouTube was well-stocked with video tutorials and that was when Pat first came across my screen. It's thanks to her that I learned how to sew a 1/4" seam allowance! As for Jane, if you've ever had the pleasure of meeting her in person, you will instantly feel her sincerity and kindness. Her beautiful long arm quilting is also a site to behold! It's no wonder that these two dreamed up this project and were so able to pull us all together for it.
So without further ado, it is an enormous pleasure and an honor to post the final and 100th block.
My block is called, Centered and can be found here.
Whenever I have a chance to sew, I find enjoyment in every part of the process. I love the focus it takes to measure, cut, and sew fabric pieces together and discovered it to be a surprisingly calming activity that I enjoy more than I could have imagined. The design of my “Centered” block is meant to reflect this feeling – radiating outward – and all the tranquil moments I treasure at my sewing machine.
Tip: You can fussy cut the center of each block to highlight something special. The blocks below are made using Early Bird, my next fabric collection for Moda. By now, you're probably an expert at sewing with small pieces, so you won't hate me too much for the size of some of these pieces! ;)
And, there's good news for all of you who are like me and maybe didn't get to dive in as much as our hearts had initially wished. There will be a book! You can pre-order a copy here.
The Splendid Sampler project reminded me how quilters and creators, while sewing together, grow together in a creative community that excites and enlarges us. The world can always benefit from more of the positive energy you’ve brought to bear through this creative voyage. And remember:
Please be sure to stop back here on Valentine's Day for a very splendid giveaway!