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.

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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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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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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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! “
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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!”
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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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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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Modern Art – Modern Quilting

By Mary Covey

There is such a great movement going on in modern quilting and home décor right  now. The fabric choices have never been better. The colors are bright, bold, crisp, and clear. They make you happy! But recently I was amazed to find that these colors were the “in” thing almost 100 years ago.

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Painting by Marsden Hartley was done in 1916

This painting by Marsden Hartley was done in 1916. What do you think?  Modern? The colors are so bold and bright my photo does not do it justice. Or what about this painting by Josef Albers?

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Josef Albers Painting 1964

The painting was done in 1964. Again my photo does not capture the true crispness of the colors. These colors could be found in many of the fabrics available to quilters today.

These paintings and many more can be seen at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Beauty for the eyes both inside the museum and outside on the walking trails. A new children’s museum is being added that will be completed next spring. You can be certain that I will be taking my granddaughters.

As a quilter, I was thrilled to see that the colors we use in modern quilts have an artful history. I guess that saying “everything old is new again” really is true.

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Grey+Lime Green = Modern Cool

By Mary Covey

Most every quilter, seamstress, and crafter that has been in a fabric  store lately has seen it. Seen what ? you ask – well the “MODERN Quilt/SEWING MOVEMENT” of course.  This movement started small but has slowly and steadily found itself  in full view of quilters, sewing enthusiast, and  crafters every where.

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Modern Quilt – www.marycoveydesigns.com

In my last post I showed the picture of Jennifer Alpe’s beautiful yellow, grey, and white modern quilt. It will be a really great addition to any modern home. Are you asking yourself “what makes a quilt a modern quilt”? Well I was wondering the same thing, so I used this marvelous computer to look it up! Modern quilts are basically a functional quilt that is inspired by modern designs. Some of the things that help me define a modern quilt are: *use of bold colors. *high contrast. *large areas of solid color like white, grey, red, etc. *minimalism in piecing.

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Modern Quilt Use of Bold Colors

In this quilt, Jackie used a light grey for the large blank area on the top of the quilt. By using the black and green pieced blocks in the lower one third of the quilt, she added interest to the layout and a cool vibrancy to the dark grey bottom.

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Modern Quilt Grey + Lime Green

There are two books that came out around 2005 that  every modern quilter should have in her library. They are “Denyse Schmidt Quilts” and “Modern Workshop”. During this same time, the very first on line quilt-a-longs were established and many blogs on the world of “modern quilting” popped up everywhere. As quilters, sewing enthusiasts, or crafters we all have our favorite colors and color combinations. Next time your a pulling fabric for a project throw in some modern grey and a little lime green. It will make your project – cool! #modernquilt #moderncool #boldcolors

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Modern Home

By Mary Covey

I always enjoy opening the blinds and doors to let the sunshine and fresh air come into the house.  The sunshine lifts your spirit and brightens any home. So it was no surprise to me that I enjoyed longarm machine quilting Jennifer’s quilt. This modern quilt would be a great addition to any home.

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  When I first thought of the grey/yellow combination, I wondered if the grey would make the yellow appear dull. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the grey was just the right shade to make the yellow come to life.

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  The blocks were set together in rows using pure white for the sashing and borders. A yellow and grey stripe was used for the backing (as seen in the first picture). Most of the blocks were a standard house block but some had a pinwheel in the center just to add variety.

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  No matter what time of year, next time you want to bring the sunshine inside and brighten your day, try working with this great color combination. You  may be just like me – pleasantly surprised!   #ModernQuilt #ColorCombination #LongArmMachineQuilting

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