In love with my BELLAS

MODA Friendship Quilt Along

Today is my day on the Friendship Quilt Along! Welcome!

Avalonstackspread ... our upcoming collection, AVALON. A fresh, summer feeling collection with beautiful reds, soft greys, buttery yellows, spring greens, all on an ivory background with a wonderful pop of navy blue! Due out in stores next month! We are so excited for this one we can hardly stand it!



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Lollipopssmall2 ... one of my favorite brand new patterns, LOLLIPOPS, made up in the AVALON collection with 1 Jelly Roll and some background and border fabric. There are no sewing templates in this pattern. I promise! Its a fantastic method that we have loved for years!



For those of you who are regulars over here but aren't quite sure what this QUILT ALONG is all about, here are some pointers:

• Each day [starting last Monday and going through March 1st], 3 different MODA designers are blogging about the Quilt Along and are sharing their own block with you. You can see the list of designers blogging each day at the end of this post. Each block can be easily downloaded on each designer's blog as a pdf.

• Each designer is also having a MODA fabric giveaway [courtesy of the wonderfully generous MODA mothership] of one of their collections so if you enter at each blog, you will have a great chance of WINNING something. Free blocks and free fabric, is there anything more perfect?!

• All of the blocks finish at 9" and would all work wonderfully in a sampler quilt. The instructiuons are all simple strip pieced and they all the blocks can be made from Fat 1/8's or large scraps so its perfect for your scrap bucket too.The directions for the blocks are all from Fat 1/8's.


• Warning: This could be a bit too much fun. We have gotten a bit addicted in just 3 days time!




Now I have to tell you that I just couldn't get into the Farmer's Wife quilt along [the one that swept the web last year] for a couple of reasons... the blocks were so small and they were all templates. Two things which I really don't love. So personally I enjoyed that one from far away. They were beautiful but I was happy to watch it go by.

This one... however.. is 9" blocks, which are just much more my speed, and no templates.That's right, not a template in site.

When I tell you that you can easily do all 3 of each day's block in that afternoon, I really mean it. Because I have kind of been doing it. Not all of them, but most of them....

This is our block... which I cut and pieced in under an hour, both of them.


It's Block #15 in the Quilt Along. I'm a bit addicted to it and plan on making it in several other color combinations and sprinkling it about my sampler or even making it every other block.... I guess we'll have to see how it goes. The flying geese are quite fun to make when you know yoiu only have to make eight! And it looks good in so many different fabric combos!


Now to visit some of our friends who have shared since Monday, since this is a Friendship Quilt Along after all... 

Here is Barb and Alma's block-


Here is Bonnie's block-

Here is Anne's block-


Here is Basic Grey's block-


Here is Camille's block-


Here are all the blocks we've made so far.... just looking at them is making me a bit giddy right now.






TIP #1: Many of these blocks use the method of sewing a square onto a rectangle, on the diagonal and then trimiming out the excess fabrics underneath. Whenever I use that method [which I love and use often], I trim out only the extra side of the piece on top and not whatever fabric was used for the bottom rectangle. This is because if you leave the bottom piece intact, it acts a foundation of sorts for your block. You cut that piece and it should be exactly the size you want it to be whereas the piece on top has been sewn and is often slightly irregular, coming out a bit shy of the shape or a bit large. The piece on the bottom will always be accurate and will help you with easier piecing as you build your block. The bulk of the extra piece has never been a problem for me or my quilter. The only time you can't use this method is when the piece that is being added on top is white/light and the piece underneath is dark. You must them trim out both pieces.i Try it and see some great results.



Tip #2: On Anne's block we didn't want to fuss with the thin bias tape so we used a 3/8" bias tape maker, made a small piece of bias from the end of the fabric strip, ran it through the maker and affixed it to our triangle with little dots of Roxanne's Glue Baste It. It was quick and easy.

We plan on making many more blocks as more of our friends share them so check back over here throughout the QUILT ALONG to see how they are turning out! We might even make more tomorrow!

Sailawaymain... our SAIL AWAY pattern. All of those boats are made from one Layer Cake. Can you believe it? We love, love this quilt.


As we mentioned above, we are of course having an AVALON GIVEWAY. So leave us a comment about which color or specific print of Avalon you are looking forward to most. To see the entire collection, click on the AVALON button on the right sidebar so you can see all of the fabrics [we've fixed all the collection links so you can click on any of them if you like].

Sailawaymedium2... a styled shot of our SAIL AWAY pattern. Can't you just channel the beach when you look at those boats?

Two lucky winners will be chosen, one for a DESIGNER ROLL and one for a LAYER CAKE. We will also add a third winner for a grouping of all our AVALON patterns and a charm pack!. Be sure to comment to be entered.

Thanks for quilting along with us. Can't wait to see some of your blocks!

Here is the schedule:

FEB 18th

Barbara Brackman

Basic Grey

Barb & Alma- Blackbird Designs

FEB 19th

Bonnie- Cotton Way

Brigitte- Zen Chic

Anne- Bunny Hill

FEB 20th

Camille- Thimbleblossoms

Deb Strain

Eric & Julie Comstock

FEB 21st

Jan Patek

Joanna-Fig Tree & Co.

Jenn Ski

FEB 22nd

Kaari-French General

Lynne-Kansas Troubles

Kate Spain

FEB 25th

Kathy Schmitz

Edyta- Laundry Basket

Lauren & Jessi Jung

FEB 26th

Lisa- Primitive Gatherings

Malka Dubrawsky

Barb & Mary- Me & My Sister

FEB 27th

Laurie & Polly- Minick and Simpson

Pat Sloan

Sandy- Pieces From  My Heart

FEB 28th


Stephanie Ryan

Vanessa- V & Co.

March 1st

The Cutting Table




Candy Apple Red, Pistachio and Mimosa!! Red is my favorite color and it goes into every quilt I make!!

Soooo hard to choose, but i love 􀉊 *20200 14 Candy Apple Red, along with al the rest. Love your Lollipops quilt, looks like it's getting moved to the top of my "to do" list!

Robins Egg it reminds me of a fresh clean beach cottage, with lots of laugher and children!! Every color is wonderful!! Maria Elena

Pistachio and robin egg blue colors...I love them, especially together.

I hope I am not double posting but couldn't find my comment in the list.

My faborite is Robin's Egg Blue 20204 17 (the little cherry print). I will be making myself a new apron with this one.

But, I also love the patriotic colorways, ie. daisy,candy apple red, and nantucket. I will be making penny pockets from Moda's Bake Shop and bunting with prints in these colors. So much to look forward to.

I am definitely a blue person so the Robin's Egg color way was my favorite. Thanks for the free pattern and a wonderful giveaway.

I love the robins egg blue and candy apple red. I'm so excited about your new line of fabric and can't wait for them to arrive!

Looking most forward to the "nantucket" colored fabrics! I love it in combination with the yellow!

I just adore the Nantucket colour hue in this range. It's so striking. Especially #20202 tha small floral (?) just gorgeous. Thank you

I love all the Robin's Egg! The Sail Away pattern is WONDERFUL! I can't wait to use it!

*20200 13 Wicker Grey is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

Avalon is such a beautiful line! I love everything, but the 20205 11 Pistachio is singing to me. I can't wait for it to come out. Thanks!

The blues are beautiful! Love the quilt along :).

Thanks for the give away. Obviously the Candy Apple Red is the best in my opinion, although the new navy/Nantucket also looks fun. I know the whole collections is going to look just gorgeous when we hold it in our excited little hands! I can't wait to be able to order it.

I love the mimosa with the tiny pink posies!

I love all of it!!! LOL But I am looking forward to the blue! Its a crisp blue not navey but a brighter blue!! LOVE IT!

I love the blue!! Its crips and fresh!

I love the candy apple red fabric. thank you so much for the free quilt block. I love all of your fabrics.

I love the blue polka dots. Thanks for the chance to win!

I'm going to have to pick the navy blue. Love it

Wow, look at all the comments! Thank you for the sewing tips and inspiration. I am excited for Avalon to be out soon as well, it is a beautiful collection. I like the Robbin's Egg Blue 20206 17. I can see some cute pillow cases/shams with ruffles from that fabric and white sheets whipping on the clothes line in spring. And I like Wicker Grey, then as we move past Spring I like the Navy and Red's. It's very seasonal here in Michigan no doubt about it. Thank you again for being so inspiring. xx

I like all the pistachios. Beautiful collection.

I love the pistachio line and candy apple. Waiting to get some beautiful fabrics to play with.

Love the candy apple reds! and thank-you thank-you for the block pdf! Such a treat!

I love the taupe colors in your fabrics. It just pops with your other fabulous colors. Of cours I always love red too!

The Natuckets are mesmerizing! This collection brings Spring into Summer freshness into the winter months. ♥ it...thank you for this lovely group.

I love the entire collection but especially the Pistachio prints. Yummy!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Candy Apple Red - of course!

I just love all your soft colors. In this collection I especially love the yellows and pistachios. I would just love to win and be able to make some of these blocks with these fabrics

I'm a blue girl and anything with dots. Put them together and I just go goo-goo..

The Daisy and Candy Apple Red colors are my favorite in the Avalon collection...Love the colors:}

The navy floral is my favorite but the whole collection is just lovely.

I love small floral prints and ALL the colors are so pretty! You did it again with a wonderful line of fabric...Avalon... to make beautiful quilts. I do collect reds and greens.....

I think the entire collection would make an awesome summer quilt. I'm particularly liking the red.

Ah, you've done it again! The fresh colors are just what we're needing here in snow country. The Candy Apple Red and Wicker Grey are my favorites. Thanks for the generous tips and the great patterns!

I LOVE them all but I think my favorite color is the Robin's egg. I'm hoping to repaint my bedroom in that color.

I love the Pistachio! Especially the dot, which I can already tell I will be using to make yards and yards of binding with!

􀉊 20202 12 Mimosa is my fave ! But I very much love them all. Of course, I have never seen Fig Tree I don't love !

I love ALL the colorways, but if I have to choose, it would be the Robins Egg blue and the Pistachio is a very close 2nd! Thanks for sharing with us and for the chance to win !!

These are all so beautiful it's hard to choose one. I especially love the Nantucket and the Pistachio. They look stunning together. Thank you for sharing the blocks, tips and generous giveaway!

Love the Nantucket polka dot. I could make a whole dress out of that fabric!

I love all of your fabric lines. Every single one. In Avalon, my favorites are Robin's Egg and Candy Apple Red. Yummy!

I am really looking forward to the blue this time. :0 I always love your fabrics and the blue is a new twist! :)

I always love your Avalon, i love the light blue background with the roses...couldn't see what the name was on that one. I also love all the light lime greens! Thanks for the giveaway. I really appreciated your hints on sewing the blocks. I have 'liked' you on FB -- am relatively new to FB

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