Thank you all so much for joining us on the Moda Spell it with Fabric blog hop!
It has been so great seeing everybody's alphabet blocks popping up on their blogs and on Instagram (with the #spellitwithfabric hashtag), and even more fun seeing how clever you all are! Don't forget to stop by the Moda Cutting Table today for the finishing instructions. Such a darling quilt.
I haven't made much progress on my blocks since my last post, since some new sample yardage showed up on my doorstep, but more on that next week. :-)
But you're probably here to find out who won the giveaways, so here goes. The Layer Cake goes to ShellyK who said she wants to make a Piece of Cake 2 quilt, and the fat eighth bundle goes toTrish who wants to make a Field Day quilt. Congratulations girls! Email me your addresses and I'll get these right out to you. And really, thank you all for your sweet comments. It's always so great to hear from you!
Just a reminder, the pattern sale is still going through the weekend in my shop, just use code MODAPDF30 to get 30% off all PDF patterns. And the timing couldn't be better, since we just heard that April Showers yardage is now shipping!!! That means it is now on its way to your favorite local and online fabric shops. Yay!
I wanted to take some new photos of the fabric today for you, but as luck would have it, it's raining. Which is actually kind of perfect, right?
Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Moda Spell it with Fabric blog hop. I'm so happy you are here!
My name is Camille Roskelley, one half of Moda team Bonnie and Camille (Bonnie is my mom). Aside from designing fabric, I also design quilt patterns for my company Thimble Blossoms, write books, and teach Craftsy classes. I have 3 handsome (wild) little boys running around over here, and they keep me on my toes. I have the best job ever!
I'm also pretty tired. ;-)
Every 6 months or so Moda hosts a great designer blog hop, and you can read more about this one here, at the Cutting Table blog. Over the past week or so there have been a bunch of stops along the way, and each stop has a free pattern for their letter. Here's how far I've gotten:
Fair warning, these blocks are addictive. I'll continue to post them over on Instagram as I go, so if you haven't found me there, I'm @thimbleblossoms. Come say hello!
My mom was on the first day with the letter C (for Cotton Way), which she made into a mini quilt for my wall of minis. I love it! Isn't it perfect up there?
In case you need to catch up, you can find the list of all the designers participating HERE, and each of them will have a link to the pattern for their letter. Today just happens to be Sweetwater and Sandy Gervais' stop on the blog too, so make sure you stop and say hello. Did I mention you can win prizes at each stop too? It's pretty great.
My letter is T, for Thimble Blossoms, and here are a few more T's about me:
Something I like? Tacos (Cafe Rio is my favorite)
Favorite quilt block? I love anything made with Triangles
Somewhere I've been? Texas! I was just there for Fall Quilt Market and had a lovely time.
Somewhere I want to go? To Hawaii. ;-) Yes, I know that's cheating since it doesn't start with a T, but I'm hoping one of these days the husband is going to Take a hint!
My favorite tool I can't live without? Thread. Aurifil 50wt, to be exact.
I love quilting because? Well this isn't going to start with a T either, but because it just makes me happy. Everything about it. From beginning to end. Thanks Mom. (Hey, that starts with T!)
Oh, and you can find the instructions for the T block HERE.
When I made mine I switched out the plain background with some random strips of April Showers, as you can see. It hung on my bulletin board for a few months before I decided to include it in this crazy thing.
This is my Leftovers quilt. It is made up of a whole bunch of leftover or tester blocks I had in my scrap bin from patterns, books, or just because projects. One night, after seeing a similar (okay, crazy) antique quilt online, I decided to just sew them all together.
It took me a month or two to get around to quilting it (which I did on my BERNINA 710), and I have to say, I love how it turned out. It's like a scrapbook of my quilts over the past few years.
It is FAR from perfect (really, don't look too close), but I can't wait to make another one!
Now for a giveaway! I have two precuts to giveaway, a fat eighth bundle and a Layer Cake of April Showers. Just tell me which one you want to win and what you'd make with it in the comments below and you'll be entered to win.
Here are a few of my April Showers projects in case you need an idea or two, and all my patterns can be found here, in my shop.
Did I mention you can get 30% off any PDF in the shop this week with code MODAPDF30? Yep, even the new mini quilts.
Did you make it through all that? Thanks again for stopping by, and thank you Moda! It's always a pleasure. :-)
**This giveaway is now closed. You can find the winner HERE. Thanks everyone!
You might remember a few months ago I mentioned I'd be working with Bernina on a few things throughout the year, and I just finished up my first Bernina project which will be posted soon. You can find it over on the We All Sew blog where I'll be posting projects, tips, and a few other things from time to time. My first project is a set of little pincushions using your favorite little blocks. Head on over and check out We All Sew and I'll be sure to give you a heads up with the tutorial is up.
I learned to sew on a Bernina, and when I bought my first machine, it was a Bernina 210. I used that for a few years, then upgraded to the 430 because I was doing a lot of machine quilting and applique. It's safe to say, I love everything Bernina and am thrilled to be a part of their team!
While we are working together, Bernina let me borrow one of their new 7 series sewing machines. I've had a lot of questions about it here and on Instagram since I've been sewing with it, and a lot of requests for a review and comparison to my 430. I feel like I've been sewing on it long enough to give you my thoughts on it, so for those of you who are interested, here goes...
I've been sewing with the 710 since December and there are some things that I absolutely love about it, and to be honest, a few things that I wish I could change. Let's go through the good stuff first, with the biggest reason I love this thing:
It is SO GREAT FOR MACHINE QUILTING. Seriously, so great. This is my first experience using the Bernina Stitch Regulator (which makes all of your stitches the same length when free motion quilting) and it was love at first stitch. This machine has a huge throat, and has 10" of space to the right of the needle. I recently quilted an 80" x 80" quilt on it, and had zero trouble with it. That throat/free arm space makes all the difference! I can't image going back to free motion quilting on my 430 after the 710.
The lighting on this machine is amazing. Really, it's hard to explain how bright and well lit everything is. The photo below was taken in the middle of the day, so that should tell you something. Also, this baby is FAST. Really, really fast, like 1,000 stitches per minute fast. I can't believe how fast it can move!
A few other favorites? The bobbin size. It has a 9 hook bobbin which holds 80% more thread than my 430, which is awesome.
The thread cutter is another feature I didn't know I was missing out on. A touch of a button cuts the top and bottom threads. Since I'm on autopilot a lot of times when I sew, I usually go straight for the traditional thread cutter on the side of the machine, but I'm getting better at remembering the fancy one.
Now to be fair, there are also a few things I'm not crazy about. There is a button to lift the presser foot, instead of the lever on the back I am used to. I'm guessing this is to accomodate the dual feed system (which feeds fabric from the top and bottom evenly), and you can also lower the foot by tapping the foot pedal once. But still, I miss that darn lever! Again, that's the autopilot in me talking.
It has also taken some time to adjust to piecing on it. I've found that with the stitch plate included with the machine, my fabrics were being "eaten" if I didn't use a leader cloth. I'm not a leader cloth kind of girl, so this had been an adjustment for me. They are coming out with a stitch plate that should help with this, so I'll definitely be getting one of those. It also needs to be oiled a lot more frequently, and you can tell when it needs it!
Because of those few things, I am still more comfortable piecing on my 430, but I've been told the 430/440 are just simply amazing piecing machines. Maybe after a little more practice on the 710 it will get easier! I guess it's harder than it sounds to retrain your brain after 10,000 hours on the same machine. :-)
A few of you have asked about the difference between the 710 and the 750 QE, which is the quilting edition, and those are all listed here (on page 8), so I won't go over all of them, but the biggest difference is the stitch regulator is included with the 750 QE, and it has more quilting feet and a few stitch plates, I believe, but it is a very similar machine.
Now a few notes on the 430 for those who asked (which is very close to the 440 QE, but doesn't have a stitch regulator). I love this machine. I mean, I love it. It has put up with me and a whole lot of sewing for what, 5 years now? And it is still going strong. It has a great stitch, it never gives me any trouble, and is an all around amazing work horse. However, like I mentioned, quilting on it isn't easy, since it has a much smaller free arm (throat? I'm not sure which term is the right one!) and you have to get creative with fitting a big quilt under there. Other than that, and a few of the fancy features the 710 has that I would really miss, it is a perfect machine. I believe the 5 series has replaced the 4 series, but is a very similar machine, if you are looking for the new version of what I have. It might also be helpful to compare the 5 series and 7 series when you look.
Wow, that was a long post! Sorry about that, but maybe it will help you figure out what machine would work for you. If you visit your nearest Bernina store, they can certainly help you with any questions and concerns you have, and will probably let you test out a machine or two while you are at it! My local Bernina dealer, Quiltique has taken such great care of me for years, and I just can't say enough good about them.
If you have any questions about either machine, I'll try to answer them below.
And a big thank you Bernina! You sure know how to make great stuff. Keep it up. :-)
Well, it's done! I finished my APQ Quilt along quilt (also known as the Tone-it-down quilt, even though mine is probably the furthest thing from toned down!) and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Honest to goodness, one of my very favorite quilts I've ever made. That Lissa sure knows what she's doing.
So here are probably a few too many photos of it, since I couldn't choose just one. The fabrics are scrappy from a bunch of our lines for Moda, and the white background is the white on white dot from Happy-go-lucky.
The backing is the aqua dot from Bliss and the binding is the navy and white bias stripe from April Showers, which is my go-to binding right now. This is probably the fifth or sixth quilt I've bound with it in the last couple of months, and I just ordered another bolt, so you'll be seeing more of it. April Showers will be shipping in just a few weeks. Yay!!
I can't show all of these photos without a big thank you to Abby, who quilted it in this perfect orange peel. I know I've told you this before, but she is pretty fantastic. Thank you Abby!
In case you haven't checked lately, here are the other quilters, most of whom are just finishing up their quilts too. They are all fantastic! ModaLissa, Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop, A Quilting Life, Amy's Creative Side, Bunny Hill, Quilt Jane, Primitive Gatherings and Miss Rosie herself.
Now, at the risk of sounding a little sappy, I am so grateful to have been included in this quilt along with such amazing ladies. Thank you so much to Lissa, Jennifer, and everyone at American Patchwork and Quilting for making it happen and letting me join in, and to everyone who has sewn along and inspired me along the way. It was so much fun!
As for this quilt, I'm not sure where it is going to go, but it is pretty happy on my couch for now. It will probably find a home on my favorite new quilt ladder.
My friend Sara made it for me for Christmas and I LOVE it. I want one for every room in my house. I'm not joking!
And last but not least, this boy turned ten. Yes, TEN! I can't believe it either.
It's true what they say. Time flies when you're having fun.
Hello again! I haven't been able to do a whole lot of sewing lately, things have just been too busy over here, but a few days ago I managed to squeeze in something that's been on my list since Quilt Market.
A Mini Dwell!
See, last week my friend Holly started a quilt along on Instagram called the Dwell Along (you can find it with the tag #dwellalong) and I wanted to join in. The original Dwell quilt I made a few years ago for my second book, Simply Retro.
It was made out of all scraps, and even has a scrappy binding. One of my very favorite quilts I've made, for sure. I knew I probably couldn't commit to another big quilt right now, but a mini? That I could do!
So despite the flu bug that is running rampant our house this week, I was able to sit down and make this one evening. It was love at first sight! But really, isn't that just how mini quilts work in general?
I forgot to show you this one I made for Lissa (the brains behind the APQ quilt along) over Christmas break. It's a tiny version of the APQ block, and I thought it would be a fun addition to her new wall of minis. I think I need to make one for my wall too, don't you think?
Mini Dwell PDFs are ready to go in the shop, and the printed ones will ship next week as soon as they get here from the printer. So here's the first bunch of my little mini series, with more to come soon.
This is so fun. :-)