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




Love the Robin's Egg and Candy Apple Red! I'm a big fan of all your fabrics - the colors and prints are gorgeous!

Love the Wicker grey filigree!!!

How can a person choose just one?? I think I am most excited about #20207 and #20203 in Robin's egg. I have a monthly fabric allowance (a limit for myself so I don't go crazy) and all my March allowance is going to Avalon. I am so excited!!

love the red with white flowers and of course the dots!
all of them are lovely though.

I love the sailboat quilt. I thinlk I will make one for our lake house! I love the robins egg with the red berries(flowers)!!

I love the candy apple red fabrics! But I'm also drawn to the mimosa color. Maybe a red and yellow quilt is in my future.

Avalon is such a lovely collection... I absolutely love the aqua... such a calming and peaceful color, something I crave in my home... your block is very appealing... and it plays nicely with all of the others...

Love the whole collection but the blues are calling my name....I can see using the blues as the focal point of a quilt and your sailboat pattern might well be the direction the wind will take me. I am waiting to get all block patterns before picking the fabric I will use and will be checking back on your progress as I may ground the sail boat temporarily and use your collection for FQ I have used your fabrics on several quilts...I just can not help but have a smile form on my face when I complete the quilt and want to show it to the quilting buddy first of course. Thanks for the opportunity to win

Love all the colors...too difficult to pick just one.

When I first saw the collection, I was immediately drawn to the Nantucket colorway of the collection. I can't wait for it to come out! I love the sailboat quilt!

I love the dark blue print. Thanks for the giveaway.

The fabric is so soft and pretty, and I love the way they all look together. I especially love the Wicker Grey fabrics. (The sailboat pattern is darling!)

It's a beautiful collection. I really love 20207. It's great in all color ways, but my favorite is Robin's Egg. I think overall the Nantucket adds a really nice feel. Thanks!

Oh boy!! Those Candy Apple Red prints are just wonderful. I love them all!! Thank you for the cute block to do--looks great in the colors you chose! I can't wait to make some this weekend!!

My favorite is the smaller floral in the pistachio. Oh, I cannot wait to see what my local shop will be getting.

I'm surely liking the pistacio and robin's egg blue. So soft and spring

I love all your fabric, but am looking forward to the addition of the navy. Gives the collection a bit of a nautical feel. I just love this collection :)

I love Candy Apple Red and this print 20205 14

I love the reds and creams together. They are my favorite!

I love that there are navy blues in this line. Such a pretty shade of blue. I just love it.

I love all of the blues, thank you for the wonderful block.

I love the blues of Nantucket, especially the polka dot print.

I love Candy Apple Red. The whole line is so pretty. Wish I was on a fabric budget. Way to many medical bills to pay. :(

I love love love them all. I love the red, I love the small could I ever pick just one! What a wonderful quilt along too! Where or how am I ever going to find enough time in the day to make these? margo from victoria bc canada

I love the dark blue, but I'm really looking forward to the little cherries in daisy. As always - beautiful, beautiful fabric!

The blues used in your line are very lovely.

Candy Apple red is delightful. Thanks for sharing

I love all of the colourways of no. 20200, especially in Robin Egg. Avalon is such a beautiful range. I am really looking forward to getting some of these fabrics to make something for my living room.

I love all of these fabrics. I have the pattern, now all I need are the fabrics!
Karen L.

I LOVE this whole line! But if I had to pick I'd totally go with the Robins Egg. Love the blues and yellow's this go around!
Keep up the good work, I love your fabric!

I'm so looking forward to the entire Avalon line as every piece is so scrumptious! The Robin Egg pieces have really caught my eye, especially the #20203 17 print!

I love the little cherry print, but also the small flower prints.

I love all of the bright/dark blues.

I'm like a lot of others that Candy Apple Red is great.

I love this collection. It reminds me of our grandmother's house. My favorite is #20203 in Robin's Egg.

Hi Joanna,
I like the darker blue one the best. It really pops out at you when with the other fabric colors.

Oh, how to pick just one. Right now I am really into grays so I will say my favorite is the large print wicker gray. I just love this whole collection.

Oooohhh!! Picking just one?? They are all luscious, but I have a soft spot for robin's egg blue, and the florals speak to me. Thanks for the chance!!

I just love what all this store has to offer for those that love this sort of craft/sewing. I try to forward this website to all my like minded friends. So for those of you looking for a great store this is it.



I LOVE the block you are sharing, and I love all the blocks that you have sewn in Avalon: I can't wait for that line to come out!!! Thanks for the lovely giveaway too!

Thanks for a nice block. I also liked your tutorial. I have bought a Sail Away pattern and I'm planning to make it to my son. I'm still waiting for Avalon to come stores. I'm living in Finland so it might take some time before I get it.


What a wonderfull fabric, the colours are amazing, I love them all!
Robins egg is my favorite but also Mimosa and the sweet cherry and pistachio are very beautifull.
Also I give you compliments for your sweet designs and nice website, it makes me happy when I visite it, I Cannot wait to buy a jellyroll with these amazing colours xxxx

Have a nice day and greetings from The Netherlands from Monique from Zeeland byebye!

I am soooo looking forward to the navy colour way in Avalon!

Can't wait for the navy blue!

Oh! What a wonderful fabric line, the Roses on Robbins Egg...Amazing! I'm here for the first time. I'm a huge fan of your book but never visited your blog before. I can't believe what I have missed!!!!

I love the 20203 12 Mimosa. It is so pretty. It just makes you smile.

So difficult to chose one - truly love them all! Such beautiful colors, but since we have to pick one, I'd have to go with the Nantucket collection.

Love the blocks and the idea of this blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win one of your beautiful fabrics!

I love the Mimosa and the Nantucket colorways - although I must admit that this whole collection is a winner and I can't wait to sew with all of it!

Really drawn to the reds and the wicker, but I would have to say my fave is the candy apple red 20205 14.

Your Bella solids choices are such eye candy, or should I say "Taste Bud" candy!!
Thanks for sharing, I have often wondered some of your color choices, and now we know!
Thanks for sharing, love your block.

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