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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wanna own a fabric store?

And not just any fabric store... one of the coolest places I've ever stepped foot in!! This is no joke. Fabric Nosherie has really filled a void in the St Louis area. And it has created quite a buzz, including multiple TV appearances. And now... it can be ALL YOURS!




I visited this store myself last June, and later that Summer I came back to do a lecture and book signing. Since then, Shannon and I have become close friends and it's no surprise. She is one of the kindest, funniest and loveliest people I have met.

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Despite the success of Fabric Nosherie, Shannon has made the difficult decision to sell the shop so that she can be home with her four ACTIVE young boys.  She is selling the shop, the name, the brand, everything to the highest bidder. Classes are scheduled. Inventory is on its way.  The new owner can simply build on the solid foundation that Marc and Shannon have prepared. 

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In Shannon's words:
"Well, I thought I was super woman. While I’m pretty close, I have realized I can’t do everything. I have 5 beautiful babies, and one is up for adoption. She is one and a half years old, has a lot of personality, a lot of followers, and is supercool. No, it’s not one of my children. I only have boys; it is my other baby, Fabric Nosherie.
I will be holding a silent auction March 18-25.  More information can be found under the tab Shop for Sale/Up for Adoption [on Shannon's site].  All inquires are being addressed by Schleiffarth Law (their information is on my site.
This is a happy thing for me and for the shop. My family needs me and the shop needs someone who has more time. Fabric Nosherie was built with sweat and tears and I’m so proud to call it mine but I can’t help it grow to its potential while I’m working on growing my family. I hope you will take time to look at the information provided and come in and visit often. I will miss seeing all my wonderful customers!"
 I would love to see this beautiful store go to good hands... so come on... who out there wants to own a fabric store?!?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Not Quite Hexies
Updated: scroll to the bottom and see how you can win a copy of the magazine!

If you haven't gotten the latest issue of Generation Q magazine, run to the stores and pick it up. It is seriously jam-packed with awesome goodness. I was excited to design a quilt, using my newest fabric line, Textured Basics, for this issue and check it out... it came out so cool!

You can download a FREE tutorial and make one for yourself here.

Updated! We've just received our comp copies of this issue and would like to give away a copy to a special blog reader. Leave us a comment below (and a way to contact you if you win). Winner will be chosen on Friday, March 8th. Good luck! 

NEW UPDATE: Random.org picked comment #2 as the winner, which is you, Melissa Kirk! CONGRATS! Send us your mailing addy and we'll get you a copy of this GenQ mag.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Winner and Lecture

I want to first thank you all for leaving such personal comments on my last post regarding Sew Red and Women's Heart Disease. I enjoyed reading each and every one of them and am so pleased to learn of how you are all making changes in your diet and lifestyle to live a healthier life.

Since everyone's comments were so great and I had such a hard time choosing a winner, I left it all to luck and let Random.org choose the winner for me. Drum roll, please! The winner is.... comment #17!

I love the bag you designed! The book looks great and for a worthwhile cause.
I have pulmonary hypertension ( high pressure within the heart) It was caused from an auto immune disease and not by life choices. There is no cure for it but it has made me very aware of making changes in my life so as to keep every other part of me as healthy as possible.

Kate, thank you so much for sharing your story. Please email us with your mailing address at your earliest convenience and we will get your Sew Red book out right away. Our email is info@modkidboutique.com

If you are local to Central Illinois, I will be doing a lecture and sale for the Lincoln Quilt Guild this Saturday, Feb. 23rd (tomorrow!) Below are the details...
Jefferson St. Christian Church
1700 N. Jefferson Street
Lincoln, IL 62656
217-732-9294
Saturday, February 23, 2013 
Sale starts at 11:30 a.m.
(FQ bundles, patterns, books, ribbon packs, pin tins, and much more!)

Lecture begins at 1 p.m.
Event ends at 2:00 p.m.
Hope to see you all there!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Introducing: Sew Red
Win your own copy... see end of post


... and exhale! Phew, I feel like I've been holding my breath for months! I'm so excited to finally be able to tell you about this exciting project I am honored to be a part of. Sew Red is finally out in the world, just in time for American Heart Month, and I couldn't be prouder!

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I met Laura Zander, creator of Sew Red, a follow-up book to Knit Red, at Spring Quilt Market 2012 in Kansas City. I have to thank the amazing Nancy Jewell, of Westminster Fibers, for making the introduction. I'll never forget it... she said, "Do you like the color red?" I chuckled because anyone who knows me knows that red is my favorite color. I said, "Like it? I love it! As a matter of fact, my company logo is red and so are all of our marketing materials!" I pulled out a red Modkid pen from my purse and handed it to her. After she was convinced that I was indeed a fan of the color red, she proceeded to explain the project, a book filled with sewing and quilting projects in honor of women's heart health. She had me at "women's heart health", which has always been a personal cause for me, having had a grandmother fall victim to heart disease many years ago.

As if I wasn't already convinced, Laura then started rattling off a list of the other designers who would be involved. This list sounded like a who's who in the fabric and sewing world! Amy Butler, Nancy Zieman, Denyse Schmidt, Kaffe Fasset, Ty Pennington, Aneela Hoey, Tula Pink, Kaari Meng... and the list goes on and on. I thought to myself, "Am I worthy?"



Laura asked me to design a project using mostly red fabrics (that wouldn't be a problem for me) and add a blurb about how women's heart health is important to me. I knew I had to tell my grandma's story!

My maternal grandmother, known as Mama Alicia to all who loved her, died of a heart attack in 1979. We all lived in Costa Rica at the time and there was no easy way to “call 911” like we do here in the States. She collapsed on the street while walking back from church. A neighbor called the local hospital but they didn’t have a driver for the ambulance at the time. Then they called a taxi cab but the driver did not want to be responsible for her. Finally, they reached a family member but by the time they got there it was too late. The story was incredibly sad and made my mother rethink the way she eats and lives. My mother is now in her late 60s and goes to the gym every day and follows a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. She is healthier than most young people I know. To this day, my mother has been quite an inspiration to her children and grand children.
The project I designed is called Sonoma Purse and it's an easy-to-sew pleated bag made from just three fat quarters of fabric:

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You can add extra details like the Grand Bazaar ribbon we added to the handle...

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Sonoma Purse by Patty Young from Sew Red by Laura Zander, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photo by Rose Callahan copyright © 2012 by Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing. Used by permission.

Do check out the book. It has 27 projects that range from quilts to garments to accessories designed by the industry's top talent. The book's design is top notch and the photography is outstanding, plus it includes heart-healthy recipes and personal stories from all the designers involved.

And as if that wasn't reason enough to run out and get this book: Jimmy Beans Wool has agreed to contribute a minimum of 5% of their gross profits from the sale of this Stitch Red product to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth® and women's heart health education and research.

Win your own copy of SEW RED! Leave us a comment below and let us know if and how heart disease has affected your life and what you are doing to live a heart-healthy life. We will pick a winner next Friday, Feb. 22nd, 2013. Please leave a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner. Best of luck to you all!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


 My girls assembling 52 bookmarks for their classmates and teachers:


Hope everyone has a sweet day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New PDF Pattern: Lily Skirt

Here by popular demand is this adorable skirt pattern that originally appeared in AUSTRALIAN HOMESPUN Vol. 13 No.10. Since the magazine was not readily available in the US (or elsewhere in the world), we had countless requests from fans to turn this design into a downloadble PDF pattern. Per our contract with Homespun, we had to wait 2 months after publication date, but now the wait is finally over and here it is!

LILY COVER

Lily is an adorable skirt design with cascading layers and mini-ruffles galore, to make every little girl twirl in delight. Sized 2T to 10, this skirt even includes a fabric bow that can be made removable for easy washing.

It is available for immediate download at the following sites:

Craftsy
Fat Quarter Shop
You Can Make This (may take a bit longer to show up here) 
The Fabric Fairy

The pattern is $8.99 regardless of where you puchase it from and you can even purchase a full fabric & notions kit to make this skirt in any size up to a girls 10 here.


This kit includes:
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• 1/3 yard of Twirling Blossoms
• 1/2 yard of Sculpted Garden
• 1/2 yard of Running Stitch
• 21" of 3/4"-wide elastic
• One metal pin back for removable bow

per kit (does not include the pattern)
Purchase kit here.

Friday, February 01, 2013

The loveliest time of the year

Well, maybe not weather-wise (especially if you live in the Midwest!). But, it is Valentine's Day in just 2 weeks, so I have been inspired to create some fun new shapes for my Silhouette Online store. All of these shapes are currently on sale for just 75-cents, so hurry, because after V-Day they will go back up to full price!

My girls will be giving these adorable bookmarks as gifts to their classmates... and yes, I will be making some blue ones for the boys. ;)
The file comes with 3 of each sentiment and 3 sets of background shapes on a 12" x 12" page, so you can cut it out of one color once then cut it again out of the second color and this will yield 12 total bookmarks, 6 of each sentiment. Layer and glue the bookmarks so that the heart cut out is perfectly aligned, add a pretty ribbon and voila... instant Valentine for your kids!

I've also designed some fun cards and treat boxes for that very special Valentine in your life:

I think this sweet heart ornament would be perfect for a teacher gift. It's pretty easy and fast to make too, so your kids can help with them.

How about these adorable critters?!?! They are holding hearts so you can write your special message on them and give it to your favorite Valentine. How perfect are these for school V-Day party projects? Each file comes with a few shapes to cut and layer (no more than 5 shapes each) so it'll be easy for even the tiniest of fingers to handle.
I also got to play with some 3D shapes this week. I had never made paper flowers before, but the Cameo machine just makes it so darn easy and fun to do! Just cut the layers out, curl the petals around your finger or a pencil and adhere the layers to create these pretty blooms. These are not considered "Valentine themed" so they are full price in the store, but at 99-cents, they are still a steal!
I hope you are loving these as much as I am. Let me know if you guys would like a tutorial on any of these. They are mostly pretty simple to assemble, but if you need extra help with any of them, I'd be more than glad to show the process here. Enjoy!