Saturday, February 18, 2017

Moda Block Heads Bow Update

Hi everyone!

I've been cutting and packing bundles for Block Heads BOW as fast as I can.  I have a very long waiting list and am cautiously keeping my fingers crossed that most on the list will receive a bundle. 
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support and patience. 

The response to our Block of the Week has been tremendous 
and we haven't even posted patterns of blocks!


Remember these are STARTER bundles and to make all the blocks, you will need, and want, to add fabrics as the weeks go by.  All of us appreciate your support and love of 
traditional and reproduction fabrics.

As a former quilt shop employee for more than 20 years and a former quilt shop owner, I want to please ALL of my customers.  I'm finding it very hard so say I'm out of fabric. Rachel Remembered will be in shops in April. I combined that line with some pieces of Hope's Journey, that were still in stock, but now they are dwindling. There is talk of some shops kitting our starter bundles, but that will depend on availability and waiting until April for Rachel. So....

This bag full went to the post office this morning.  It will be the last for now, as I'm going to be gone for a while, speaking and teaching near Atlanta next week.  Fabric is cut and folded, but I've got to PAUSE and do laundry, pack clothes and pack quilts! 
PayPal invoices and shipping will resume when I return. 

Please note the following:

1. I have replied in one way or another to all who have contacted me, to the best of my knowledge. A few fell through the cracks in junk email, others in blogger spam and I'm sure some are in never never land. My sincere apologies if you were overlooked.

2. I won't send a request for payment unless I have a bundle for you. I'm getting to the point where I can make a few substitutions to stretch a little farther, but am pretty much at the limit of what I can bundle.  Stay tuned. Watch email, blog, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

3. If you no longer want a bundle, please let me know. The rest of you, keep your fingers crossed!

4. Remember patterns and blocks will be posted on the blog, Wednesdays, starting March 8.  
They are free. I'll post my patterns/my weeks and give a link, and the other designers will as well, Lisa, Jo, Jan, Lynne and Carrie. Print the pattern in which ever way works best for you.. Don't worry if you miss. After each Wednesday's posting, patterns will be available on the designer's blog and Moda's. Follow us all on Facebook and Instagram.

5. Have fun making blocks and share a photo if you like.

6.  Setting options will be available near the end of the series.

What am I forgetting??? Oh yes, Atlanta!!!

Until next time ~

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book signing

Book signing today  February 11, at Sew Fabricated in Arlington, Texas. 2:00-4:00. Carol and I will have a little talk and show quilts from the book.  Hope you can join us! 


On another note, if you requested a bundle thru the comments and you have NOT heard from me, there is not an email contact for you.  Many requests, when I try to reply say "no reply" and my reply has gone into the great beyond of blogger land.
SO please email me. My address in my Blogger profile under contact me.  Thank you!

~Until next time, Betsy

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Oh to be a Moda Block Head....

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous holiday season!  Wasn't Christmas just yesterday???
I've been busy sewing and writing patterns and January absolutely flew by faster than any month I can remember.

A while back, I hinted to be watching for new things happening in my crazy busy world. First, if you haven't already heard, Madison is going to have a baby brother in the spring.  We are all excited beyond words.  So while I'm involved in secret sewing, market sewing, Moda projects, soccer games, etc, I've got baby boy quilts to make! 

Today, however, it's all about a very fun and exciting project involving 5 fabulous Moda designers and myself...a Block of the Week featuring:
Lynne Hagmeier 
Jo Morton
Jan Patek
Lisa Bongean
Carrie Nelson

and ME!

Patterns are designed and fabrics are chosen.  All we need is you to join in the fun as each of us present our 6" block and pattern every Wednesday, beginning March 8, for 48 weeks.
 It will be sew much fun!

Each of us will post our pattern and our block in a rotation every 6 weeks.  I'm second in rotation and my first post will be March 15.  Lynne will get us started, March 8.  Posts will go to our blogs,  Facebook and Instagram.  With patterns available on the blogs. More details will be available as we get closer to the start date, and as we go along.

Yesterday, I cut these cute starter bundles of 24 - fat 1/16s. 
At the top of the photo are my selection of backgrounds from Rachel Remembered, which will ship to shops in April.  You may like only one background. Can I NOT make up my mind???  I do love scrappy backgrounds and blocks!  The other 24 prints shown are selected primarily from Rachel Remembered, and supplemented with Hope's Journey.  Print selection may vary, based on availability. The bundle of 24 prints are available now for $18.00 plus postage, if desired. (and sales tax, if a Texas resident) 
Just let me know if you would like one.

NOTE: if you reply to me without a valid email address, I cannot reach you to send the package.
my email is in my profile.

Each designer will be offering a starter bundle. You might want to collect one from each designer for a really scrappy quilt!

Too much information for today?  
All you need to know is keep an eye on blog posts, Facebook and Instagram and let's have some fun sewing!
Lynne - 
Blog - 
Facebook - 
Instagram - 

Betsy - 
Blog -
Facebook - 
Instagram - 

Lisa B - 
Blog - 
Facebook - or 
Instagram -  or  or 

Jan - 
Blog - 
Facebook - 
Instagram - 

Jo - 
Blog - 
Facebook - 
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Moda - 
Blog - 
Facebook - 
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New Year resolutions??? Not from me this year, but I love Madison's!

Happy Wednesday!

Until next time ~

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Looking for the winner....

What amazing comments you all left on the Hope's journey post!  I love reading and re reading the comments.  What a hard decision to select a winner!  But I'm concerned that so many of you comment using a do not reply address.  When this happens, I can't find you!  That is why I ask you to follow me...

So who is the lucky winner???  

Edie!  Please email me your address.

Edie commented with her motto...."one stitch at a time", a perfect analogy for taking things as they come.  My motto, or at least one of my favorite sayings, is "The longest journey begins with one step".  Lao-Tse 
Without the first stitch or the first step, we cannot go forward. and HOPE is that incentive to go forward. We can't finish that quilt, nor can we reach our destination.

Quiltbirdie tried to leave a comment and got a message that basically my email address was no good.  Then she emailed me, LOL which I received...go figure!!!  Anyway, I discovered the moderation page and pushed the publish button, and her comment never showed up!  Very irritating...either Blogger has a mind of its own or there is something in the post it reads as bad..Her quote is lovely..."Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future." Robert Schuller
Thank you Quiltbirdie, sorry your comment did not post.

So, if YOU didn't see your post, Blogger did it!  The only thing I can see is the use of amperstands (the and symbol) One showed in her comment and I noticed it in a few others from older posts.

I do apologize for the delay in naming the winner... No internet for hours Tuesday, gone all day to Moda Wednesday and appointments and errands yesterday.

Now, it's almost time for Thanksgiving!  One week from today.  gobble gobble
Can you believe it!  If I don't post before then, please have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Let us remember the HOPE the Pilgrims had have to begin their journey to The New World and the gratitude they had for survival.

Again thank you all for your posts.  If I don't hear from Edie, I'll select an alternate.

~Until next time,

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hope's Journey

I've been thinking a lot lately about women and our journey through history.  The campaign and election have brought women's' interests to mind, but I've been thinking about "our" interests for far longer.  So with the arrival of my newest line Hope's Journey in shops in the last couple of weeks, I thought it was time for a post....please read to the end, a prize awaits.

Did you know I name each of my fabric lines with Moda after women and my quilts are influenced by their story? Below is the mini version of a larger quilt, I named Hope's Journey. It is based on a fabulous antique made in the late 1840's or 1850's at the very latest.

So who is Hope? Hope is every woman who left her home in search of a better life.  This time period saw massive movement of civilization westward to California, Oregon and southwest to Texas.  In a movement called Manifest Destiny, men saw it as their right to go west, conquer, and prosper. Men sold their homes, uprooting their wives and children with the prospect of a better life, a fresh start, leaving behind debts, or worn out soil, or crowded cities.  They were adventurers and dreamers and their women had little to no say in whether to go along or not. Whether they agreed or went kicking and screaming, they got in the wagon and said goodbye to everything and everyone they knew.  They might as well have been going to the moon.  All the women had was HOPE, the hope that somehow life would be better and the journey would be worth the sacrifices made.

Here is the antique quilt....

 My reproductions

The quilt below, is called Between a Rock and a Hard Place....a tough place, where many a pioneer found themselves.  To continue pushing on, or to take a different route or even turn around, after tragedy-- an illness, death of a parent, loss of a child or, even a disagreement with the leaders of the wagon train, was a hard decision to make and all too often, a decision they would regret. There are SO many stories from women's diaries of the Overland journey!  Far too many for me to tell.  


Here, Molly is in mid squirm on Calico Meadow.  Inspiration for this quilt comes from a vision of women and girls clad in bright calico dresses walking beside the wagons through fields and meadows at the start of the journey. By the end of the trail, the calico was far from bright, but rather a dirty and tattered testament to the courage, perseverance, and triumph of seeing the journey through. Would their new life be the vision of bounty and prosperity they had dreamed?
In planning the quilts, I didn't realize they would look so Christmas like. Calico Meadow looks like little Christmas presents and Hope Blooms, the quilt below is ideal for Christmas. 

Hope Blooms...I'd like to believe that all who departed, arrived in one piece and had a happy adventure, but I know the outcome for so many was not that at all.  If the journey did carry a family to a pretty homestead or a successful business or to strike gold, they were the fortunate ones.  Hope got them through and with hard work, its blossoms set, and a new life began.

a close up of the pretty quilting by Sheri Mecom. I love the design in the basket.

Other lines...
Eliza's Indigo quilt, below is named for Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who in 1738 at age 16, took over the management of her families 3 plantations and developed indigo as a major cash crop in South Carolina by 1740's. (note this is a photo of me, that I don't hate, LOL) Eliza had no experience, but I'm sure hoped that she would meet and exceed her father's expectations as she planted the indigo seeds.

Below is Lizzie's Legacy quilt, large and small.  Lizzie, my great great grandmother left her home in Kentucky in 1852 with husband R. W. Carpenter and traveled to Texas to settle and make a new life. Where would I, or any of my family, be without the courage of this brave woman, or the hope she had for the future?  It is her legacy, of sewing and quilting, I treasure beyond expression.

And now we come to Rachel Remembered, the line that was just shown at Market in Houston. First, is a close up of the antique quilt, my inspiration for the line.  Notice the image of the man, Andrew Jackson, a military hero in the Battle of New Orleans, a statesman and businessman before becoming out 7th president.  I named the line after his wife Rachel.  Rachel's family was one of the first families of Tennessee. Rachel was born in 1767 and died in December 1828, one month before Andrew was inaugurated. 

Shown here, is most of the quilt.

Rachel and Andrew fell in love at first sight, or at least shortly after meeting. Rachel was separated from her husband at the time.  Word of divorce was published and she and Andrew married.  A couple of years later it was discovered the notice was falsely reported and the divorce was not final and their marriage was illegal. Once the divorce was final, the Jackson's married again. The scandal kept her in seclusion and followed Rachel to her grave, The press was as vicious and as unrelenting in reporting the opinions of Jackson's political rivals as the recent abysmal display by the candidates and the press in the recent campaign.

And here are my creations based on the fabrics in the antique quilt....the large and small quilts with the stars, are called Rachel's Garden, her favorite place on the plantation, the Hermitage. The gold and blue quilts are named Morning Walk.  Tennessee Lady is between the star quilts. The patriotic color quilt and the quilt on the table are in one pattern called Endearments (that will be a recurring series of little quilts) and last, the 16 patch quilt is called Nashville, home of the Hermitage. Rachel Remembered will be in shops in April,


 We hope. We endure. We hope. We survive. 
Life is a journey, taking many paths.
We live in the hope that with every day, every year, every election, to have a better life. 
Every politician makes the promise to make our lives better.
Today's vision of HOPE is no different than that which all women  have had before us.
BE THANKFUL for the better, as it comes in so many different ways for each of us. 

Now, as I promised, a reward for reading....
Please subscribe, or follow me, and leave me a comment about hope or your journey 
 for a chance to win.....
 a layer cake of Hope's Journey
Let us lift each other's spirit.
~Until next time, hoping every day is  day,

Please comment until 6:00am Wednesday. Texas time.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Notes from Fall Quilt Market 2016

I'm shocked how long it has been since posting! So much to do, all the time but social media has become a very important aspect of designing fabrics, quilts, and publishing.  So I need to make you a priority!  I post faster and definitely more often on Instagram and Facebook. Instagram is my favorite of the two.

So here is my little corner in the Moda Designer Studio!  I had so much fun designing and making these quilts for this Market.  The fabric range simply kept begging for more quilts to be made!  I finally settled on 5 patterns, but have 8 quilts total.

This sampler is the 6 month version of the 12 month Block of the Month program designed by my friend Julie Hale of Bits 'n Pieces in Michigan.  She did an awesome job with my fabric line.  The line is called Rachel Remembered. More about Rachel in a minute.

Besides the debut of a new line of fabric, I have a wonderful new book with Martingale, Treasury of Quilts, based on quilts from my block exchange group, the 19th Century Patchwork Divas.  I'm thrilled to show you some quilts from the book, even though the photographer is not the best, ME!  It was my pleasure to co author the book with my friend and fellow Diva so founder Carol Staehle. Below, the tree quilt is on the cover and belongs to Deb Otto.  On the right is my quilt, Stacked Baskets.

Another tree quilt, by Stacey Barrington

On the left Sunburst by Annette Plog and on the right by May Freeman is the the album exchange, enhanced by darling baskets on 3 sides. (wish I had thought of that!)

Both of these are Carol's quilts. 

Sorry I didn't get more photos! where did the time go???

On the left is the new book, the right is another new book, Mini Marvels, a compilation of oh so cute little quilts from 15 Moda designers.

My project in Mini Marvels. 

Dinner with friends is always a Market treat. Top row: Margo, Peg, Annette. Seated: Me and Julia. 

I only took one food photo.  The most wonderful simple cucumber and tomato salad EVER from Southern Goods.  Don't know if you can see, but the pale yellow base for the salad is pureed deviled eggs! OMG! genious!!!! also pickled onion, fresh dill and pepitas.  I'm swooning just thinking about it.

Here is what I missed while away...Madison's last soccer game. Here she is with my son, her Uncle Matt, who happens to be in charge of the league.  I showed this photo to everyone I could find....It made me so happy. Thanks Rachel for sending it and the Halloween photos.  Yes, I missed Halloween. [insert sad face here]

Cutest witch ever in a pumpkin patch!

But Goldilocks for Halloween. An uncooperative bear, AKA Murphy is beside her. 

Long week plus away, but now home and back to work!  Be watching, things are happening and I'll be posting.  Thanks as always for following me.  

~Until next time,

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Just Toasty part 2

It's the end of August! Can Fall be far away??? Time to think of warm, not hot days and cooler nights. Football games and quilts. 
I'm not a football fan, but loved going to high school games when the kids were in school. Crisp evenings....snuggling under a quilt. 
Aren't they a cute couple? I have NO idea who they are! But they are cute! 

Just Toasty. Love it. I still have a few kits. 

Dear Unknown , please tell me who you are. I can't reach you. 

Here is what you do to reach me...go to About Me, then click on complete profile then click Email and my email is right there.  Once I receive an email by which I can reply, we are good to go!
Kits are $123.00, including shipping.  For Texas residents $132.00 including sales tax and shipping. 
So Unknown, I'd love to send you kit, please try again to reach me. Thank you!

This little mini Bramblewood is also available in a kit. Bramblewood fabrics are wonderful for Fall in any design. Do you Think I'm a little partial!?! Lol. 

Secret sewing for Quilt Market started this past week. Sorry I can't show anything yet. 

Hope's Journey, my next line will arrive in October. 
A few quilts from the line. 

And the antique inspiration. At Moda's Open House. 

Looking Forward to the arrival of Hope's Journey. Fall really will be here then!!!

Until next time~