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It’s always about food with me…

May 9th, 2008

I teased about it almost a year ago. Almost a YEAR! And it all started a year ago when my friend Robin gave me some vintage 4-patches for Mimi. More love… Elizabeth sent Mimi some DARLING aqua fabric (the border)… and “Friendship Bread” was born!

Here’s Robin holding the quilt. Wasn’t it nice of her to coordinate her outfit to go with the quilt!
Robin with my quilt

On my sewing room wall at our old house…
Former office wall

It’s so hard to keep things hush, and for so long too. But on the bright side - since I’m such a procrastinator, I’m pretty much timely. Friendship Bread evolved into “Four Bean Salad”…
Four Bean Salad

… which is in the current issue (Summer ‘08) of Quilts & More as “Bay Breeze” (I love the name it was given!). Whoo whoo! So stinkin’ excited over it and I love the photography and how it’s done in a shabby beach chic setting. The yummy fabric is from Joanna’s Allspice Tapestry line for Moda.

Quilts & More - Summer 2008

I haven’t seen the issue on the newsstands yet, but I know it’s out because the Magazine Queen has her copy. Even with my advanced copy… I was still scooped by Pam! HOW DOES SHE DO IT!?!?! Elizabeth says “pam” is “map” spelled backwards… but I think “pam” is an acronym for Princess of All Magazines.

I love Quilts & More (seriously, no bias on my part) and it’s my favorite magazine of all time. Such a fun issue for me to browse through… Tanya has her ADORABLE “Flirty Skirts” on page 16, and then I see Holly with her DARLING “Slumber Party” on page 50 (and I especially love the “M” and the “O” on page 57 - though I was disapointed there was no “N”, “I”, “C” and “A” - sigh), and then there’s lil ol me on page 40. I had to put on my glasses and whip out the magnifying glass… and there in an ad on page 25 is Karen’s Fat Quarter Fun book. Too fun!

My little Four Bean Salad/Bay Breeze is so much fun to make… I can’t stop making them. All you need for the whole shebang is ONE charm pack and TWO fat quarters. That’s it. Seriously. Oh, and bat. It’s a project in a day, start to finish. Instant gratification. Unless you hand quilt… and if you’re like me… that will take a month. Or two.

Here’s my holiday version. Beeeeee-u-teeee-ful fabrics by Minick and Simpson’s Christmas Past by Moda…
Four Bean Salad / Bay Breeze alt

And here’s my summer picnic version with deeeeelicious fabrics from Minick and Simpson’s Prairie Paisley by Moda (binding and flange from my stash, not part of Prairie Paisley)…
Four Bean Salad / Bay Breeze alt

Market is just around the corner and almost here. Lots for me to still do before I go, so this is my last post for a while. It’s my first time going (virgin in the house) and I couldn’t be more excited. Can’t wait to see everyone, and putting faces with blogs, and seeing what’s new and yummy they’ve created! I plan on taking lots and lots of pics (even though I know Pam will scoop me on that too) and posting them when I get back.

Blah, blah, blah… I’ve rambled. I don’t know if I’ve put anyone to sleep, but I sure am sleepy now!
And now I must nap.

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45 Responses

  1. The fabulous Lemon Tree Tami allegedly said:

    What a great little quilt! Today I was just looking at your aqualicious flickr pictures and wondered what you had done with those little 4-square patches. What a coincidence that you’d pick today to show them. I bet you did that just for me, didn’t you? LOL Happy weekend!



  2. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    I was at the local quilt shop looking through the magazine since they had just gotten it in and WHAT THE HECK! I said, OH, here’s a quilt by my friend. I’m like a celebrity in my own head. :) Anyway, I’m posting on my blog about being your personal shopper, so go check it out. Have so much fun at market.



  3. The fabulous rebecca allegedly said:

    your quilts are gorgeous. oh course, i love the red and turquoise one best of all. but they’re all lovely; such fabulous color combinations.



  4. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:

    So pretty! Dang it. Every time I come around I find another “gotta try it!” It is a seriously inspiring pattern and I am very excited for your page 40 showing. I like the imagery: Monica, the Virgin, at Market… sacrificed at the altar of fat quarters and jelly rolls. Have a blast!



  5. The fabulous tina allegedly said:

    Oh yummy!!!!!! I’m in a rut, staring at two quilts that have been hangin’ out for too long and I can’t get motivated. I think this NEW little beauty would be just the ticket!!!!! Way too cute!



  6. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    Oooh! I’m going to have to make myself some four bean salad. I love charm pack patterns.
    Your a true Quilts ‘n More celebrity!



  7. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Ahhh so many little names for me now. Some of them even nice!!

    Love your little quilt, I don’t even know which is my favorite. Can’t wait till NEXT WEEK when we’ll be meeting and greeting. You’ll be bloggin it first I’m sure, since you live there. I don’t know that I’m bringing my laptop. Its a hectic paced few days, and good blogging takes concentration!

    See you next week!



  8. The fabulous amy allegedly said:

    Congrats on the lovely quilt in print! I’ve actually got a pile of charm squares holding my place at your pattern in the mag. I’m thinking of using cute old Swell to make it. Very cool!



  9. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Congrats on the pub Monica. Your work is always so fab, but the red and aqua really sends me. :-)



  10. The fabulous Marlene Bush allegedly said:

    I just picked up this magazine today! I love your quilt and had already decided it was one I needed to make. :) Congratulations!



  11. The fabulous Chelsea allegedly said:

    I love your blog! Your quilt work is beautiful. I am just now starting to get into some quilting myself, and your work is very inspirational! :)



  12. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    You rock my dear. How exciting to be going to MARKET!!! Too cool. I love the friendship bread quilt - the colors on the summer one are so cool. I think I have some charm packs and fat quarters laying around screaming to be made into friendship bread:):)



  13. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    Have fun at Market… woot!
    I’m on my way to NY next week, and am having a similar dilemma with my wardrobe…

    Your quilts are gorgeous as always! :)



  14. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    All versions (food groups) of that quilt are the icing on the cake, the cherry on the sundae, the olive in the martini !!!!! they’re grrrrrrrrRRRREAT!!!!! and CONGRATULATIONS on “Four Bean Salad” being in Quilts and More (which I picked up at the grocery store a couple of days ago … spotted your quilt and jumped up and down saying “Yeah Monica!!)

    ….. have a great time at Market … you’ll be a seasoned woman when you get back ….(sigh….) I’m jealous!!



  15. The fabulous Susan allegedly said:

    what neat quilts. i just picked up my bh&g shop sampler issue, i love these.

    if you like hand dyed fabric i am giving 6fqs away and i have photos of them.

    i always find your musings so interesting.



  16. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Such yummilicious quilts! Stinken’ cute!
    Have fun at Market… i’ll definitely miss you blogging.
    So, did you figure out what to wear?
    Must go to B&N to get my copy.
    Happy Mother’s day to you!



  17. The fabulous kymberly allegedly said:

    Fabulous quilts! I love them all and can’t wait to get my hands on this most current issue of Quilts & More. Thank you so much for all your inspiration.



  18. The fabulous mar allegedly said:

    ooo, I got my copy this week at my local LQS and I must say it was the last copy! Cute quilt! love in every fabric!



  19. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    I got that mag a week ago because I loved the quilt on the cover - then found your name in it! Have a great time at market!



  20. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    I love them all! And I love the name Four Bean Salad. I remember being little and getting Kentucky Fried Chicken and my mom would get the bean sald. Beautiful work!



  21. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    That’s the one I picked up and oooo’d and aaaaah’d over! It’s fabulous! Enjoy getting ready for quilt market. Are you going to Houston in October?



  22. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I got my issue today from Books a Million. Quilts and More, along with American Patchwork and Quilting, are my favorite magazines.

    Congratulations to you again for having a quilt published! Three Bean Salad/Bay Breeze (I like Three Bean Salad better :)) is adorable.

    That PAM. She’s always on the cutting edge! I saw Pam’s post about the magazine yesterday. I was really surprised to find it in BAM today.

    Have a great time in Portland. I know you will.



  23. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    Good to know that the new issue is coming out. Can’t wait to get my copy. The quilts are so pretty!



  24. The fabulous Little Acorns allegedly said:

    Cute quilt!. . . .All of ‘em! I just love seeing a quilt design in all different fabrics & colors. . .! Love them all!

    I’m soooo looking forward to meeting you at Market! You will have so much fun!! (Just be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes!!!)

    See you in a few days!!
    xo, Bren



  25. The fabulous julie allegedly said:

    Such pretty quilts! Love your turquoise and red one…and will look for the magazine!



  26. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    This is all so beautiful and such fun. I just want to dig out fabrics and get to work making some myself right away.



  27. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Oooohhh, how exciting! Congratulations! My real excitement is ’cause I bought that magazine over the weekend not realizing that your quilt was in it. Yipee!



  28. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Wowie Monica. I love them. All. Super exciting. You must be really happy about this. Its really wonderful. I can’t wait to get the magazine. Pam kills me. Always first.



  29. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    That quilt is adorable — I can’t wait to get my hands on the magazine now (also one of my favorites) and play! Wooo Hooo!



  30. The fabulous Kelli allegedly said:

    WOW! That is so, so exciting! Congrats on being featured. I’m going to look for that mag. :)



  31. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    OMG I’d say you’ve been a bit busy over there Monica. I love all your little mini’s. Very cute they are. I’ll be out looking for that magazine tomorrow.
    Have fun at Market. I know you will. Give Ms. Pam or Map as you call her a big old hug for me will ya?



  32. The fabulous Sonnja allegedly said:

    What a lovely little Quilts.
    Kind regards,

    Sonnja, from the Netherlands
    Beertje Zonn



  33. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Oooohhhhhh!!! I can’t decide which color combo’s are my favorite~ I seriously think I may need one of these for my new cubicle walls at work….



  34. The fabulous Pieces allegedly said:

    Oh, I love them all!! I can’t wait to buy the issue–I want to make the quilt so bad! And I am all about quilts I can make with charm packs!



  35. The fabulous Ravenhill allegedly said:

    I adore the red, white and aqua quilt! So pretty! It looks just beautiful on the wall in your sewing room.

    You lucky ducky to get to go to quilt market! I am trying not to be too jelous, but it sure is difficult. You will have to give a full report!
    Have a ball!
    -Emily



  36. The fabulous ellen crimi-trent allegedly said:

    have a great time at Market! I will be in NYC for Stationery but wish I could be a fly on the wall there!

    Love the quilts! I am so not the sewer so I admire those who do it so well!



  37. The fabulous Moog allegedly said:

    I agree with Paula - the quilts would be wonderful on my cubicle walls. It also looks like it would go together very quickly. They could be seasonal, or a series. The possibilities are endless. Yours are simply adorable - my vote goes to the aqua and red, too. Did someone say the Quilt Shop Sampler is out now? As magazines go, it’s also a keeper. Without it, I never would have known about Anna Lena’s, the Carriage House (in Des Moines, WA), or the Speckled Hen (in Wilsonville). I’m determined to make it to Anna Lena’s and the kite festival in Long Beach, WA, in August.Have fun playing in my backyard this weekend!



  38. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Get this, all the local shops are out of this magazine and I can’t find it at any grocery store! I’ve had to order through amazon. I bow to you Monica and will get this magazine eventually!!!



  39. The fabulous Nanna Jamma allegedly said:

    When I was in Phoenix, I got a copy of QNM, since I couldn’t find one around here. I had to show my son and DIL the quilt my FRIEND had created for the magazine! It’s adorable, MJM! I had forgotten about Friendship Bread, and that is so cute, too.
    I know you will love quilt market - wish I was going, but I just got home and am too pooped to take off again, not to mention broke - bummer! We’ll meet IRL someday!



  40. The fabulous Martha allegedly said:

    Fabulous fabric combinations!
    I was going to tell you my favorite, but I really love them all!
    Great little quilts!
    I will head out and grab a copy of the magazine.



  41. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    Congrats on another fantastic quilt, I don’t know which is my favourite, I love them all.
    I look forward to reading and seeing your pictures from market…woohoo…such excitement for all us quilters.



  42. The fabulous Nicole allegedly said:

    That is adorable! I can’t wait to make them for every season! And talk about a great gift!!!!



  43. The fabulous melissa ann allegedly said:

    Monica is it darling! I just got the magazine the other night, congrats for your pattern being in it! I have yet to ever do any quilting and I think this will be the perfect size and pattern to get my toes wet. Have a great weekend!



  44. The fabulous WeeBit Wonky allegedly said:

    Congrats Monica!
    Now I have to run out and buy my copy.
    Quilt Market?? Which one?? Houston in October???

    I think Houston is about 2.5 hrs away from Austin.

    ~ Robyn



  45. The fabulous Michele C allegedly said:

    I bought the magazine right after reading this last week. I’d like to see your whole studio office. I’ve just painted mine that robin’s egg blue and am ready to furnish. Looks like you had fun at market, too. One day, I hope I’ll get to go! — Michele



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