When a friend creates a book that is so spectacular you want to make everything in it, and she asks you to be part of her book tour... you can't say 'yes' fast enough! Lissa Alexander is known a 'Moda Lissa'. She is the marketing director at Moda Fabrics and I've known Lissa since I started in the business back in 1998. She may not remember meeting me, but I remember meeting her!
Over the years you've seen Lissa's creativity in the fun projects that Moda puts out into the world for us. She does lots of behind the scenes work for the company to help the quilt shops share Moda fabrics with you. You see her writing at her website and Instagram.
Lissa is not new to publishing. She has created many collaboration books called 'Moda All-Star' books where she pulls together the theme, works with the designers, selects a charity for the royalities and much more to make these books a success. Lissa also worked with Jane & I to get fabric to the quilters for The Splendid Sampler and we are so lucky that she also designed a block for our book!
She is a prolific quilter.
Seriously this woman can out quilt anyone.. if there is an Quilting category in the Olympics, I'm betting on Lissa to win gold!
With all the work she has created for the magazines, for Moda fabrics lines, and the collaboration books, she still had ideas, crazy awesome ideas, enough ideas to fill her 'Oh Scrap' book! I asked Lissa a few questions about the book.
1- When you created your block for our Splendid Sampler book, you said you wanted to create a whole quilt with it. When did you start sewing your Splendid Scraps quilt, during our event or was it later?
I was making the block in two different color ways so I had several strips cut and laid out on the design wall. Made the block color way assigned to me and sent off the block. The actual quilt was later and kind of by accident.. I had sewn several four patches together to play with color for my blocks they were pinned on my design wall. I had the additional color way block hanging also hanging there. Little by little I made a few extra center blocks so I would be ready to share about my block when the Splendid Sampler book came out. Then I thought I would sew all the 6" blocks into a pillow or I could do this or Could do that, but I make quilts not all that other stuff so I just built off my center blocks much like you would work around the center of a log cabin.
2- When you designed Surround, it was first released in American Patchwork & Quilting and there was a huge sew along to make this quilt. I kicked myself over and over for not making my own. Since you had the opportunity to see so many versions, if you were to make a 2nd one, what colors would you use?
3- Your book is about using scraps, do you have any idea of the oldest piece of fabric in your collection? If you do, will you ever use it?
I have purged, donated, pieced quilt backs, sewn charity quilt so I don't really have old pieces in my collection. Or what I would consider OLD. There was one of my favorite pieces from Sweetwater that I would use over and over. Once I got down to sewing my last little piece of it I took a pic and sent it to them to say please, please add this piece to one of your future collections. Since then I have found more of this I haven't bothered them. So yes I am a quilt designer stalker also. The oldest piece of fabric in the book is a piece in my Friendship Blues quilt. I had asked some of my quilty friends to send me a square of blue fabric. Maggi Honeyman sent me a wonderful blue fabric from the 1800's.
Taking Lissa's Splendid Scraps block, I got out a bag of small pieces that I used when making my Splendid Sampler quilt. It was late one evening when I started this but I knew I just had to make a block.
I went with All lights and pops of red for the chain.
I can really see a whole quilt of this, I've never done a whole quilt this light!
I really could not wait for that to happen to enjoy this and all the wonderful memories that those special fabrics have.
We get to paper piece this month with the very talented Jo Avery! I am immensely jealous of Jo's travels that inspired her block, and you'll love meeting her! Remember that each month Aurifil picks a Thread Kit winner from the blocks posted.
At the end is a wee change to how to Enter your block in the challenge.
And Now for a few tips & all 3 of my blocks at the bottom!
I don't do a ton of paper piecing, so each time I need to concentrate a bit to get in the groove again.
One of the things we all end up doing sometimes is coming short on covering the area when we sew and flip the new piece. Working upside down and backwards is how I think of paper piecing. What I've found that helps are
I cut a generous piece of fabric. I've stopped trying to be super frugal since honestly.. i have a lot of fabric and I'd rather not be frustrated.
the other is this little trick. Working on the fabric side, I create a crease on the bottom piece what is the 'sewing line' on the paper. I just fold it and make that crease
Place the next fabric you will sew, right sided together with the one you creased
Be sure you extended past that fold line.
Turn over to the paper side
Pin on the line
Hold up to the light to be sure you didn't shift
Sew on the line!
Jo's block is awesome to try for your first Paper Piecing, Just follow her numbers for the sewing order!
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I really love these blocks together! I'm seriously considering making a quilt of those dresdens with the swan in the middle.. would you change the colors for each one? Maybe a wall hanging of 9 blocks.. mmmmm
You will recognize Shelley Cavanna’s quilts from her signature patterns she designs for her company Cora Quilts. She also has a new fabric line with Benartex. We’ll get a tips from Shelley on how she creates her beautiful color combinations.
Moda fabric designer Stacy Iest Hsu creates darling fabrics that also have stuffed dolls panels. I might be guilty of hoarding these fabrics because the prints are so usable in quilts! Some have themed images.. like dogs & cats, little girls in red capes and buck-a-roo boys, they fantastic! Today Stacy is going to share about her latest kitty & puppy pouches & some tips for stuffing items. I included 2 videos she did that will really help you!
How to Embroider & Make the Mouse Pincushion for the Kitty Caddy Pouch by Stacy Iest Hsu - FQS - YouTube
Many of you know Wendy Butler Berns from her online classes that teach you how to create landscape quilts and more. Wendy has been teaching quilting for many years, but she is also an award winning quiltmaker and has a rich history that I want to know more about! As always, there is more to each maker than just their latest project.
March is National Quilting month, but we all know every month is really for quilting! My wonderful Baby lock Family is also celebrating their 50th anniversary and they are having a full month of giveaways ... 50 prizes to give away in March! I'm the host this week. You might have seen my video telling you about the giveaway HERE, and today....
It's my turn to announce the next set of prizes, yes set!
I am doing another live video at my Facebook group this afternoon at 4pm est and of course you can watch it afterwards. I'm going to show you what I'm giving away and do a little demo.. woohoo!
The exciting part is that 20 lucky people will win one of my giveaways!
I came across Emily Dennis of Quilty Love when I saw photos from quilters doing one of her sew alongs… and you know how I love a great sew along! It’s fun to meet new people and I know you are going to really enjoy Emily!
Most Friday's I do a catch up of things going on, projects I'm working on, items that came into my studio. I'm BEHIND a bit on my sewing bee blocks, but I will catch up! Let's take a stroll together and at the end .. well... you know how it works right?
It's time for another Fabulous Friday Giveaway!!
That's below.. but let me show you a few other things I love right now
Perfect Points with Pat Sloan - YouTube
The first of my videos I filmed in January with Babylock ... it's how to prevent a common mess up we have with triangles.
Sew Sampler Box was a GREAT one this time. I LOVE getting a 'present every month'. It is always filled with items that are interesting, useful and fun! Including this time TWO charm packs + an exclusive BONUS pattern from my friend Lissa Alexander's new book.. A useful spool of thread, a discount code and Doug's latest ruler to try.. yeah!
The wonderful part about this book is that the book royalties are donated to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
The group’s mission says, “A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.” Specially trained LCC K-9 Comfort dogs visit disaster locations, community events, and care facilities around the U.S. wearing their “Please Pet Me” vests—offering comfort where words often fail. It’s a little thing—the comfort a four-legged friend can bring—that can make a huge impact in the lives of those hurting. You can learn more at their website (k9comfort.org).
Block #2 of my 'Let's Go Camping' is here! This theme has really gotten a lot of you sewing camping blocks with hundreds of block #1 shared, woohoo! My free sew along is made possible by FreeQuiltPatterns.info. If you are new to my sew alongs, read at the end to learn how this one works.
Since this block uses your ruler lines that are not your 'every day go to lines', I use either Washi Tape or Gudrun's arrows on the line so my eye stays FOCUSED on the right line. We go into automatic mode very easily so this helps me keep to the correct number
I love catching up with Amanda Murphy. She was our Dec 2017 Aurifil Designer of the year were you got a peek at her Winter Games fabric. She is an author, Benartex fabric designer and awesome freemotion quilter. Can’t wait to get a few tips on freemotion today!
Susan Emory of Swirly Girl Designs is a designer and her fabrics are darling including her latest Hank & Clementine. She is also active in the Virginia quilting communities and curated exhibits for the Virginia Quilt Museum that were showing the same time as my exhibit.
Designer Jackie Robinson has been a shop owner, and is a prolific author and fabric designer with years of wonderful designs that many of you have made. You might have even visited with her in one of her shops! I’m so happy to catch up with Jackie to hear what she is doing now.
Jeni Baker of In Color Order is wonderful designer, author and regular contributor to the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazines. We are going to chat what a big move does to and for a quilter. And I’m really interested in her yardage in/out tracking she has been doing the last few year.
Most importantly, we are benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s quilt along. We are asking for a small donation in exchange for downloading each month’s pattern, and together Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match up to $20,000 of your donation.