Wow, what great stories you shared with me yesterday. I loved reading all of your comments and some really heartfelt stories about your special quilts. And how fun to see that a lot of you are just working your way to that first quilt. My advice to you is just dive in because once you are there it is total bliss. The dive might not be perfect at first but with each time you go for it, the better and more enjoyable it gets.
"I've made quite a few quilts while growing up and have multiple projects happening now, but.... The quilt that means a lot to me would be the Double Irish Chain that my mom and I made together for my bedroom when I was a kid. It took us forever because it was our first "big" quilt (twin size) with pink, white, and green flower prints. I still have that quilt and on the back, my mom and I had signed it. I'm now pregnant and I'm hoping it is a girl so I can pass the quilt on to her. (I already have a son). Thanks, It is great to be able to reflect on quilts we've made. Especially since my mom and I still team up from time to time to make projects together."
Congratulations Kristine. How special to have been sewing and making quilts with your mom while growing up. I can only hope my daughter will cherish the projects we have done together as she gets older. I will be in touch for your snail mail address.
Today's guest blogger is the master marketguru of Moda Fabrics, quilter and designer extraordinaire and an overall fantastic person Lissa Alexander.
My love affair with fabric has been going on for a lot longer than the decade I've been in business. From the time I started quilting, I started hoarding fabric to no end. When I moved to the states, we really had to downsize our whole life inventory and decide what to bring because of the cost of shipping. It is quite the life changing and freeing experience when you really have to evaluate what is important to you and what can easily be replaced. To make a long story short, our whole life was able to fit on a pallet and a half! But I have to say, not one piece of glass, clay or porcelain was packed in newspaper on that pallet and a half! I used my fabric stash to wrap every single thing. YES, my stash was important enough to bring with me above a lot of other things.
The thing is, many times a piece of fabric inspires a new design for me. So I like to include many different fabric collections into my books. Not only does it keep me inspired and on my toes as a designer, I hope it gives my books variety and my readers some different options and viewpoints on my designs.
That's where the awesome "Moda Lissa" comes in. She and the whole Moda/United Notions crew have been so supportive of me throughout my career and I appreciate our relationship so much not only on a business level, but a personal one as well. I get the most wonderful surprise shipments of Moda goodness from her that hasn't even been seen yet. And what's most exciting is that she knows exactly what collections I am gonna like! It's pretty great.
Here are some of my favorite quilts from my books where I have used Lissa's great packages:
Steamy Windows from Strip On book
Easy Hex from Big Blocks, Big Style book
Strip To Be Square, single pattern.
Homebound, from Just your Style book.
Twirl me too from Strip On book
Brick House from Fast & Furious Home
And of course the grand prize quilt is made with Moda!
Lissa has a super giveaway on her blog so make sure you go visit and add your comment.
All you have to do to get your name in the pot is tell me what inspires you to make a quilt? Is it a pattern that you find in a book or a store? Is it a certain fabric line that makes you want to make something out of it? Is it an occasion or a gift idea that gets you going or do you just start playing?
Winner will be drawn at midnight so get your comments in:)