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Sewing for the Holidays

By Mary Covey

I always like to know what other designers are working on or what peaks their interest. There are hundreds of sites that can be looked at one at a time. Late in the evening when I have a few minutes, I do try to look at some of my favorite individual webpages or blogs. But when I only have a few minutes, the Moda blog is the one I read to catch up on the latest.  They cover a variety of interesting ideas, not just quilting. Thought you would enjoy this weeks Moda blog. Happy reading.

 

HERE’S WHAT MODA DESIGNERS ARE SEWING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by Linzee McCray

It’s that time of year, when you’ll find lots of us at our sewing machines, creating gifts for those we love. If you’ve got your pedal to the metal right now as you whip up items for the holidays, you’re not alone. Moda’s designers are stitching, too. Here’s what a few of them are working on right now.

Brigitte Heitland is sewing presents, but not just for Christmas. Her first grandchild is due in January and she’s stitching up a storm in preparation.

Brigitte Heitland baby shoes

Brigitte says: “I have sewn baby jeans and baby shoes. These are so tiny, that I guess they have to put them on the baby’s feet as soon as he is delivered; otherwise he will grow out of them pretty soon. I don’t think a newborn even needs some shoes, but couldn’t resist making these.

Brigitte Heitland Baby Pants

 

“I’m working on a diaper bag for my daughter-in-law and she was free to choose whatever fabric she liked. I love her choices from my newest line REEL TIME. The prints are “lenses” and “dots.”
Brigitte Heitland tote
“I also made a baby quilt—of course—and used a Layer Cake from SweetWater, Lucy’s Crab Sack. I used my own Zen Chic pattern, It’s a Plus.”
Brigitte Heitland Baby Quilt
“For my niece I’ve made a quilt from only solids. This is a super easy beginner quilt, the top was done in only three hours. And I made a step-by-step tutorial for newbies, it’s on my YouTube channel (in German). We also have there a link to the free downloadable pattern.”
Brigitte Heitland solids quilt
Vanessa Goertzen is excited about a gift she stitched for a family member. ‘I just finished this quilt for my brother-in-law using Amy Ellis’s Modern Neutrals fabric and also using her pattern Soiree.” On her blog she notes that it makes a great “man-quilt.”
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Laurie Simpson of Minick and Simpson is making little coin purses. “I was inspired by this book I found in New York. I can’t read it, but I can look at the pictures. I made some coin purses with scraps from our fabrics. The paper hexagons were a gift from Edyta (Sitar) at the last Spring Market. I’m making a coin purse for myself, Polly, a neighbor, and whomever…. if I can make enough.”
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Laurie Simpson holiday post
Gina Martin has a very special project going. “I haven’t started it yet, but I’m planning on making a lap quilt for my 96-year-old grandmother for Christmas. She’s always loved sewing and quilting and is thrilled that I now design fabric for Moda! The quilt is made from sample yardage that I just got. It’s a Christmas collection called Tole Christmas that ships to stores next summer. I’ve decided to use BasicGrey’s Sweet Tea pattern because I think it will highlight the prints nicely!”
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“Not only do I get to sew with my upcoming line, but I get to do it on my “new” little 1936 Featherweight that I bought for myself. It’s the perfect little machine for piecing!”
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Barb Groves of Me and My Sister Designs has a couple of projects going. “I’m totally in the unfinished stage with two of my holiday sewing projects. In fact I’m more in the ‘piles of stuff still to start’ phase! My goal is to make a heart ornament for all my neighbors. I plan to hang one on all the front door knobs a few nights before Christmas. It’s a really good thing that there are only 10 houses on my street!  I also need to make a holiday mug mat for the embroidery club I joined this year. The exchange is on the 19th so I’d better get started tonight!  It just wouldn’t be Christmas if I started my projects early! Merry, Merry! “
Me and My Sister Designs Barb
My sister Mary is trying to finish a project she started this past year. It’s something that she doesn’t want to become a UFO for the New Year’s resolution list! She’s making our Milky Way quilt in different blue Bella solids. The plan is to variegate her stars from light to dark. It should be beautiful IF she ever gets it finished!”
Me and My Sister Designs Mary Star
Joanna Figueroa is partaking of a holiday sewing tradition. “Every Christmas, I save a Christmas quilt to bind even though I know that it’s likely that I won’t quite finish it in time given everything else that is going on. It just makes me happy to sit on the couch in the evenings and bind something that is “in the spirit” of the holidays. This year I am working on one of our kits from last year, Christmas Lollies. Its from our Lollipops pattern and I think that its one of my all time favorite quilts. We have done it in at least 5 different ways now and I love them all! I hope you are getting to stitch something for yourself this season! Merry Christmas!”
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Joanna Figueroa holiday post bindingthequilt
Come back on Wednesday, when we’ll show you what more of what Moda designers are sewing now!
#moda #sewing #design
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A Year of Quilting

By Mary Covey

What were you doing last year at this time? That was the question that kept running through my mind as I was long arm quilting today. The answer to me was clear – long arm machine quilting. Since that is a huge part of my business, it made me smile.

Dorothy Smith's Quilt

Semi Feathers
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But then I began to reflect on all the changes my business has gone through in just a year. The old web page was in severe need of a facelift. I wanted a better way to communicate with you. With the help of some very talented people, the old site was taken away and a new blog (www.marycoveydesigns.com) was launched. The blog provides access to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.

Custom Quilts by Mary Covey Designs Quilting

 

Because of the many requests from you, I expanded my business to include coaching in starting and growing a cottage industry. It will also include coaching in pattern/book development. I am looking forward to this new journey while continuing my love of long arm quilting for others.

This time of year is filled with lots of busy activities and traditions. It can really be hectic. Take time to slow down for a few moments and look back on your year of quilting. Think about where you were this time last year and how much you have accomplished since then.

I am thankful for everyone who has helped me this year. I am blessed to have support and encouragement everyday from my customers, friends, and family.

#Coaching #Patterns #Quilting

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Elsa and Anna

By Mary Covey

Elsa and Anna – anyone recognize those two names? It is amazing that an ordinary movie can have such an influence on us. When Disney released the movie they did not believe it would become the mega hit that it did. They had not planned on accessary sales like costumes, dolls, coloring books, ice castles, music, etc. would be very large. Wow! wow! I wonder if they watched the movie before it was released?

Well I have two grand daughters, Ella and Abby, who can sing all the songs word for word; they can quote the lines and argue over which one will be Elsa and which one is Anna when they play. Older sister – younger sister, Ella and Abby, Elsa and Anna -see where all this is going?

Preprinted panel of Elsa and Anna with borders trimmed off.

Preprinted panel of Elsa and Anna with borders trimmed off.

These pre-printed panels became available at the end of summer. The original panel came with a pink border about the same color as Anna’s cape. Of course like every other grand mother in the world I wanted to make my quilts (bought two panels – one for Ella and one for Abby) very special. I trimmed off the preprinted border so I could add my own.

This snowflake /stripe fabric by Ellen Medlock Studio was the perfect choice for the new borders. Each girl will get her own quilt with a travel pillow case made from the same fabric.

Finished quilt top,

Finished quilt top.

It is not very visible in the picture but on the left side of Elsa’s face in the background is quilted “Abby” my youngest grand daughter’s name. The second quilt has “Ella” quilted in the same spot. I may even had a few crystals here and there for some sparkle.

The best thing about these quilts is the magical power they have to make wonderful memories that my grand daughters and I will share forever.

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Only Three Fridays Until Christmas

By Mary Covey

Back in September, I wrote a blog post titled “Only 16 Fridays Until Christmas”. It was hard to believe then that there was so little time to get all our quilts and quilted projects finished.

Christmas Rush

Christmas Rush

Well it is even harder to believe that there are only three Fridays until Christmas as I am writing this post. For those of us that provide long arm machine quilting, these next few weeks are like Black Friday and Cyber Monday all rolled into one. We get up earlier and work later into the evening almost every day. Most of our clients have had a spot reserved for a while and are anxiously waiting to get their projects back. The quilts that needed to be shipped are already finished and delivered to the UPS store.

I usually stop quilting for others about a week before Christmas so that I can get my own projects finished. How about you? What deadlines have you set for yourself?  If you don’t have time to get your project quilted, wrap it with a note explaining that you will get the quilting done right after Christmas. Everyone will enjoy seeing the quilt top before and again after it is finished.

Taking time to enjoy Christmas is at the top of my project list. Hope you have made that a priority on your to do list this year.

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