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Movin’ on up

July 3rd, 2011

Fish don’t fry in the kitchen; Beans don’t burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin’, Just to get up that hill.
And down the hill. And back up the hill. Up another hill.
Around 3 mountains (South Sister, Middle Sister, North Sister)…

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show here we come!
Portland Modern Quilt Guild heads to Sisters for the Outdoor Quilt Show!
The Portland Modern Quilt Guild is converging on the 36th Annual
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™
on Saturday, July 9th - and we even have an exhibit there! I hope everyone who’s going, will stop by and visit us. We’ll be in the courtyard between Paulina Springs Books and Jennifer Lake Gallery (Violet and I have the first shift).

At the Stitchin’ Post from 1-3, PMQG’s  Susan Beal will be there to do a book signing for her crazy awesome Modern Log Cabin Quilting book during the show.  Susan’s signing is not to be missed!

A bunch of us from PMQG that are attending the SOQS are armed with a phone and twitter account. No doubt we’ll be tweet’n and a twitpic’n - so keep an eye on us!

Cherri of Sew On: @Cherri_sew_on
Christina of A Few Scraps: @afewscraps
Elizabeth of Oh Fransson!: @elizabethagh
Gabrien of Dahlia Handmade: @dahliahandmade
Heather of House of A La Mode: @HouseofALaMode
Heather of oregonsurfers: @oregonsurfers
Irene of Mushroom Villagers: @mushroomvillage
Jen of BettyCrockerAss: @bettycrockerass
Jill of Made on Main Street: @mom_street
Joan of wishes, true and kind: @joanhcallaway
Kristin of Sew,Mama,Sew!: @sewmamasew
Me:  @Happy_Zombie
My “Sisters” twitter list: twitter.com/happy_zombie/sisters
Meg of Megs Monkey Beans: @megsmonkeybeans
Rachael of 2nd Ave Studio: @2ndavestudio
Traci of HipFabric:  @hipfabric
Violet of Violet Craft: @violetcraft

(If you’re a PMQG member going to the SOQS and have a twitter acct., please let me know and I’ll add you to the list)

Some of us will be at Sisters for four days in a vacation rental (Yammer Time!). Sweet Hot Yams + sewing machines + Sangria: things may or may not get out of hand… and I will deny everything.

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1001 Peeps Summer Camp!

June 17th, 2011

Today’s the big day… the 1001 Peeps Summer Camp! kicks off at Sew,Mama,Sew!

Last year I was a camp counselor and did the Dragon Slayer Satchel project for Castle Peeps Summer Camp 2010 - I must have done something right (or didn’t get caught doing something wrong) - Camp Director Lizzy has asked me back for a second year of camp counseling!

This year I’ll be following in the same theme as last year: abode protection apparel. Not to spill too much, but it’ll be something made with 1001 Peeps fabric the little peeps can wear to protect the fortress.

Camp kick-off!
     June 17: Sew,Mama,Sew! Name That Peep + give-away + wish Lizzy a Happy Birthday!
Camp Counselors!
     June 24: Alexia Abegg
     July 1: Lemon Cadet
     July 8: Fat Quarterly
     July 15: Quilt Asylum
     July 22: MrsMcPorkchop
     July 29: Flax and Twine
     August 5: House of A la Mode
     August 12: Make Something
     August 19: Whipstitch
     August 26: Happy Zombie

Last year was so much - and I know this year will be even more fun!

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FWQAL - 105 to go!

June 13th, 2011

I’m up to six blocks on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long! I feel like I’m on a roll. Actually, all I want to do is make blocks. We had Chinese food the other night, and I was so hoping my fortune cookie’s fortune was going to read, “You will soon travel to an all expenses paid FWQAL 2 week retreat in the French Alps with all your friends. No need to worry about cooking, working, yardwork, laundry… just have fun and sew, sew, sew“.   (apparently my fantasy fortune cookie fortunes are colossal)

There are things I learn with each block:
1. Use the templates and don’t rely on my math.  The Bat Wing block almost drove me Bat-S crazy - until I used the template and not my (air quotes) math (/air quotes).
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 5

2.  Learn to STILL not rely on my math - and print out the templates.  For real this time.  I don’t know what I was thinking with Block 6’s math, and some how I goofed. But in keeping with the spirit of the Farmer’s Wives stories in the book (I heart them so), I decided the Farm Wife of the 1920’s would never, ever toss a goof block and used what she had.  Or improvised.  I’ve seen vintage quilts where the quiltmaker has pieced tiny, tiny, tiny pieces just to make one piece for a block - and all the more beautiful the quilt is.
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 6

For anyone doing the FWQAL who like me hates to waste all the paper printing the templates, I have a somewhat solution by merging as many templates as possible onto one sheet of paper using Photoshop (CS5).  I can not help with Photoshop/give tech help - but… if you have Photoshop and know how to use it, here’s what I did:  I opened a pdf file in photoshop, and then opened a second file.  I dragged template 2 on to file 1… and so on and so forth.  The templates are active and respond like layers.  I saved that file as a PSD, and then printed it.  I’m sure there are other ways and solutions too, but that’s what worked best for me.

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Cotton Floss book tour & give-away!

June 11th, 2011

I am so excited and so honored to be kicking off the Cotton Floss book tour! Cotton Floss is a brand new stitchery, quilting and sewing book by my dear friend Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches.  It is freaking amazing!  So cute you’ll be weeping on all your pages.

I’m so thrilled about Cotton Floss - it’s as if Natalie set out to create everything in the book just for me. Natalie has some other great news, but I’ll let my new sister share that.

This is Natalie.  ISNT SHE CUTE!  And look at her adorable space where she gives birth to all that cuteness (like Flat Nat - who traveled to me all the way from Australia and now makes her home in my studio!).

Shroomy love - I’m soooo going to make those!

There’s sooo much stuff in Cotton Floss that I want to make, and so many more of Natalie’s beautiful photos I want to show… but I have to not be greedy and let the others on the blog tour be able to use them, too. And the others tour members are like a stitch-n-laugh sleep-over dream team! Seriously, I want to have a slumber party with all of them!!

Cotton Floss International Dream Team tour dates:
Sunday 6/12    Me!
Monday 6/13    Amanda
Tuesday 6/14    Pam
Wednesday 6/15    Sarah
Thursday 6/16   Krista
Friday 6/17    Bari (Bari and I are in cahoots!)
Saturday 6/18    Shari
Sunday 6/19    Paige

Here are some of my pics… I just did a little 4″ finished block with one of Natalie’s drawings from the book, and surrounded it with 2″ finished squares. I think Flat Nat is eying it as a quilt for her - and it’s just her size.  A little bit of Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer

Some Lecien COSMO floss (which is like cotton butter) and Flat Nat’s needlebook
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer

and finally some stitching in the truck while Hub’s was driving - and not finishing it because it got dark. (Dear Oregon, more street lights, please).
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer

And finally the giveaway! Natalie so kindly gave me a copy of Cotton Floss to give to one lucky winner. I thought I’d throw in a little charm pack of Happy Mochi Yum Yum in case the winner wants to make a Flat Nat quilt too (maybe there’s someone small and flat in their life, too).
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer
To enter, please leave a comment by noon Thursday (PST) on 6/16, and I’ll have random.org draw a number/winner!

♥ About Flat Nat
♥ Buy Natalie’s patterns & goodies
♥ Buy/Order Cotton Floss

June 16, 2011 Edited in:
Winner, winner, Cotton Floss dinner!  Give-away has now ended.  Thank you all for joining in on the give-away! Using random.org for comments 1-473, the winner is:

Comment #347 - Nichole!

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4 down, only 107 more to go

June 9th, 2011

Twitter is so harmless… if you don’t go on it! A few days ago I saw John tweeting about a quilt-a-long he was in… interesting, interesting… my curiosity piqued. Then I notice the QAL is based on a book I already had.  And then I saw Katy was tweeting about it.  And then I saw Amanda’s tweets.  Before I knew it,  it was as if John, Katy and Amanda each poured the Kool-aid right through my USB cables.  Bathing in the Farmer’s Wife QAL Kool-aid. So now I’ve made a fresh pitcher and am ready to pour it back… to pass it on. I get a toaster-oven when I get someone to join in the FWQAL fun. That may or may not be true.

The FWQAL is hosted by Amanda and Angela, and there you will find all the nuts, bolts and Kool-aid of the QAL. Oh, and they have a FWQAL flickr group, too.  If that doesn’t get me a new toaster-oven - I don’t know what will.  My first four:

Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 1 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 2
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 3 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 4

C’mon. You know you want to.  Jana said/tweeted it best, “Do it! All of the cool people are… you’ll be popular… one time won’t hurt!”  (sounds like I have some toaster-oven competition - game on, Jana.)

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Sorry Andy Cohen - Pat Sloan’s beat you to it

June 5th, 2011

I may have used the same fantasy and title before (recycling my obsession crushing on Andy Cohen), but Pat Sloan is interviewing me again on her radio show. I KNOW… ME.  Me… AGAIN!   A brave woman she is after the last interview!  I love Pat.  I adore her.  Who doesn’t?!  She’s Pattlestar Galactica - everyone’s portal into the quilting universe (which is super fun to say in robot voice).  And new since the last time I was on Pat’s show, Pat and American Patchwork & Quilting have joined forces!   It’s like American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilts & More has come to life in our ears.   Audible nirvana.
Pat Sloan - Host
I’ll be on via live stream Monday, June 6th at 1pm PST - LISTEN LIVE HERE, or listen via podcast anytime by downloading the show at iTunes here.

As witnessed by anyone who heard me the first time on Pat’s show, I sorta kinda talked a lot and we ran out of time. So just in case that happens again, here are two of my current projects that are featured in the Summer 2011 issue of Quilts & More.
Quilts and More - Summer 2011

My “A Toast to Coasters” project I actually teased about in November of 2008. In the issue it was redone in new fabric, but my heart belongs to all things made in 30’s fabrics. I wish I had taken more photos, but this is all that I took.
project peek

My second project in the issue is an “iPurse” goodie bag. The project kind of evolved from a badge holder/tiny purse I made back in October 2009 - to a iphone purse/badge holder.  I did find this photo of my orginals - I see them hanging just under my 3 aqua buckets.  Here’s a supersizeme pic for the flickerless.
Wonder Twin Super-Powers Activated

Fingers crossed I don’t make a doof of myself tomorrow and hope I can curb my robot talking! Thank. You. For. Listen. Ing. Wish. Me. Luck.

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Happy Sochi Yum Yum

May 28th, 2011

Last winter I was stalking Russian athletes on my whirlwind Mo’lympic trip to Vancouver, BC during the Winter Olympics. I fell crazy madly in love with their swirly-que Russian team attire.   Crazy.  Mad.  Love!  The Norwegian’s got me excited in a quilty way too, but nothing like Team Russia’s attire from BOSCO Sports.

I suspected with Russia being the host country for the next Winter Olympics in 2014 - that the red and white swirly-que motif was just Sochi’s flirtatious design fore-play.  Oh Sochi, you tease!  I really should put a parental warning rating on this blog post for what the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee recently released…
Prepare yourself.
Towel up.

IMAGE SOURCE: Roustem Adagamov (where you can see more of his beautiful photos)

If you’re a quilter, probably right around now you’re OMG’ing.

IMAGE SOURCE: Roustem Adagamov

I wonder if Sochi rhymes with Mochi?

IMAGE SOURCE: Roustem Adagamov

Happy Mochi Sochi Yum Yum!

IMAGE SOURCE: Roustem Adagamov

Dear Today Show/Bob Costas - just in case you need a woman-on-the-street for quilt reporting… my passport is current, I travel light, I do a kick ass Jan Brady impersonation and I love cabbage & beets.

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Stripped Down Patchwork book tour & give-away!

May 24th, 2011

I’m so excited to be stop #10 on Erin Gilday’s blog tour for her new book, Stripped Down Patchwork!  Erin is a fellow Oregonian and is the author of one of my favorite blogs - Patchwork Underground, and last December we got to meet in-real-life, and needless to say I’m her super-fan!

When I first opened Erin’s book I was like a kid in a Lego store… I wanna make that… I wanna make this… I wanna make that… I wanna, I wanna, I wanna. Then I saw what my friend Gail made and showed on her day of the Stripped Down Patchwork tour - and I’m hoping she’ll let me copy her use her idea!  Strip quilting + Timbers = Awesomepancake.

Erin and I had a little Q and A for my day of the tour, so here we go!

What inspired you to write Stripped Down Patchwork?
Before I got into writing sewing patterns, I was selling patchwork clothing at street fairs. It was fun but it was a lot of work so I was always looking for a magic “trick” to make my work go faster. Seminole patchwork turned out to be the answer to my prayers. I found it in an old issue of Workbasket. In just a fraction of the time you’d think it should take, you have a finished patchwork band that looks like it took forever to make. Nobody needs to know that it only took you an hour.

What’s the trick?
The trick is, you don’ have to sew every little piece together one-by-one, you sew strips together and then cut across those strips to form strip sets. Then you re-arrange the strip sets and sew them back together. Voila! Magic patchwork.

Which project from the book is your favorite?
It’s a tie between the Toe Zone slippers and the PDX Tank dress. I have a special, inexplainable affinity for wearable patchwork.

What was your process for writing the book?
Well, it started with an idea. I got a really solid proposal together and started shopping it to publishers. I read a lot of books from the library about how to do it and just followed the advice in those books to the letter. When the “no thank yous” started rolling in – as they always do – I just kept on. When people looked at me cross-eyed about my ambition to write a book, I just kept on. That’s really the key. Just keep on with your intention. Once I got a publisher to sign on, the actual writing of the book was fun! I already knew how to write sewing patterns from my work with different sewing magazines and I already knew what projects I wanted to make so it was just a matter of getting it done. I kept all the information for each project in it’s own little folder to keep everything organized and took lots of notes so that I didn’t forget a step along the way in the instructions. You never know what your book is going to like because, as an author, you aren’t responsible for the layout and design of the book itself so that is always a fun surprise. In this case, I really loved what Leisure Arts ended up doing with it!

What are you working on now/next?
Promoting this book has been a huge task, so I’ve dedicated most of my time to that recently. I’ve been doing some small projects here and there for myself – I crocheted a top and made some palazzo pants from an old 70’s Vogue pattern – but mostly I’ve just been managing my blog tour for the book. I’m working on another book proposal right now (shh!) and I’m also considering doing my own little self-published line of specialty sewing patterns (double shh!) so we’ll see what happens. I’ve been trying to figure out how to use the Twitter, too. Of course, I’m always writing ditties on my banjo and blogging about what inspires me, so that keeps me busy too. Oh yeah, somewhere in there I also adopted a chihuahua. Oops. That happened last week.

I have a copy to give-away, and I’ll throw in a charm pack of my new fabric to go along with it.  Leave a comment by noon (PST) this Saturday and I’ll have random.org draw a name.

Stripped Down Patchwork

Take the entire tour (and maybe even increase your odds of winning a copy of Stripped Down Patchwork):

Leisure Arts Blog - Monday, May 16
Sew Daily - Tuesday, May 17
Craftzine - Wednesday, May 18
Craftypod - Thursday, May 19
Whipup.net - Friday, May 20
Burdastyle - Saturday, May 21
Pink Pinguin - Sunday, May 22
A Green Banana - Monday, May 23
I Think Sew - Tuesday, May 24
Happy Zombie - Wednesday, May 25
A Mountain Hearth - Thursday, May 26
Sew News - Friday, May 27
Pat Sloan’s Blog - Saturday, May 28

May 28, 2011 Edited in:
Winner, winner, Seminole dinner!  Give-away has now ended.  Thank you all for joining in on the give-away! Using random.org for comments 1-135, the winner is:

Comment #25 - Alicia of Crash Worthy

Posted in Quilty n Crafty, I Heart Oregon | 136 Comments

Happy Marketlandia

May 22nd, 2011

I could easily title this post, “Mo Bedell & Traci Butler - my Quilt Market Super Models”.  I didn’t take many photos - I was too busy living in the moment being ooh’d and ahh’d by friends, new friends, events and dazzling new fabrics & products!  I know so many others have market covered so beautifully - but here’s a little snapshot of Happy Marketlandia through my eyes.

Mo and I head to the airport to meet Traci, along with Parka and Bag (our companions who go with us everywhere, though their pal Wallet who sadly stayed behind with Gibby).  At the airport gift-shop, we’re clearly still in Portland.  When we got to SLC, Paige tweeted me that SLC doesn’t put birds on things.  Allrighty then,  just for you Utah:  Put A Tator-tot On It.
1 2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

After we checked into our hotel, we went strait to the convention center and were able to catch a few Schoolhouses. Here Kristin (left) and Traci (right) model Patty’s (center) new adult size patterns (Kyoko). Patty’s beautiful booth featuring her savory and delicious new line called Grand Bazaar.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Me at the Lecien booth OMG’ing over my name and fabric on the the fabric-sample-card-hanger-thingies.
3 2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Sarah Jane’s booth featuring her first line of fabric called Children at Play.  Just like her fabric, Sarah is as just sweet and wonderful as I expected her to be!
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

At the Birch booth and spotting a new and exciting quilt pattern from Elizabeth - and I can’t wait to find out more about this quilt pattern!
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

My friend Lori Holt and her beautiful first line of fabric called Sew Cherry. It’s yummy, sweet and happy - JUST LIKE LORI!
6 2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Just like in Houston, Amanda’s booth, newest fabric line and patterns knocked my sock off (dying over her little “fascinator” hats that double as pincushions).
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Traci at Micheal Miller placing an order for our dear friend Violet’s first line called Peacock Lane. Violet’s line is so beautiful, happy, fun and hip - JUST LIKE HER!
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Feast your eyes on PamKittyWorld! For years, years, years I’ve been saying Pam needs her own line of fabric - and now she does collaborating with the amazing Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Drygoods with the new PamKittyMorning collection! Since I’ve known Pam (and it could be a very, very long time because we were neighbors as kids in a then tiny Bay Area east bay neighborhood - but didn’t know until we both started blogging), she’s had a way with fabric. Pam’s a fabric whisperer and can pull the most amazing combinations together that has a clear “PKM” look. Mix in 1930’s, florals, cool moderns, kitchenishy kitchies, dots, checks, a little bit ric, a little bit of rack, solids… stir… marinate… kiss it with love… top with a dash of witty humor and a touch of salt… and VOILA… there you have the new Pam Kitty Morning collection!  To say I’m thrilled and proud of her is an understatement.  And to say I’m kissing Holly’s butt and schmoozing her so I can get my hands on some PKM… is a complete truth. Note: Not a schmooze and true… I have a “Lakehouse” cupboard in my sewing room because I love Holly’s fabrics so much - and there just so happens to be a spot available for PKM to put in it. Ok, kind of a schmooze. But still true.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah
PamKittyMorning World

Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew - and JUST like her blog and patterns, she is so sweet and happy.   Allison’s both was like being in a 3D version of her blog, and I didn’t want to leave. In fact, I wanted to set up a sewing machine and start making one her fun and stunning quilt patterns that I love so much!
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

I snap of shot of Traci and Katy being photographed by Mo. What’s so funny is how Mo takes the photo.  Later, Traci provides a reenactment of Mo taking their photo.  I heart my friends.
11 2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Ever notice how much talent and creativity emanates from Portland and Oregon??!!  Valori shows that besides being uber talented (and sweet)… she knows how to make a bird. And most of all… how to put a bird on it.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Mo clearly got a fashion memo from Timeless Treasures - look how cute she looks with the TT peeps! Mo with TT’s newest superstar, Rashida (longtime superstar to us)!  Also on the far left is Mary, another superstar (clearly my camera only takes photos of stars!) and the maker of the chocolate mustache lolly-pops that swept Marketlandia.  Rashida was debuting her first line called I Heart, and boy do I heart it!  In the last photo, Traci demonstrates how market-goers gobbled up Amanda’s darling CuteBot cross-stitch patterns at Rashida’s booth.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Jennifer Paganelli’s business card should read: Creator of beautiful things, teacher of beautiful things, funny girl, cheerleader, mentor, designer, author, fashionista, superstar, glam-girl, nicest person in the world, super X & O notemaker - and making making the world a better place person.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Traci, me, Jennifer and Jenean Morrison.  I first met Jenean in Houston and liked her oh so much.  I got to spend even more time with Jenean in SLC… and now I full on love her.  I think Jenean is a Portlander trapped inside a Memphisite’s (Memphisonian?) body, and her newest line is Silent Cinema, and is one of the fabrics I’m gushing over this season.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Joel Dewberry… adorable. That goes for his booth and fabrics, too.
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My favorite booth! I wanted to move into this booth! I loved the fabrics, patterns and look of Zen Chic. AND I got to speak German!
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Izzy in the hizzy! Sometimes I just can’t help myself. The latest offerings from Izzy and Ivy are so freaking cute I came close to stealing their displays! Also so fun to see Jana and girls - I love, love, love them!
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

A funny thing happened to Traci on her way out of Moda booth… she won $500!!!  Moda gave a ticket to every shop (that placed an order)  to spin the  Spin-A-Prize wheel for a prize.  We found out the day prior that someone had won an iPad… and today was Traci’s lucky day!  HOLY SCHMOKES! On the far right is super-awesome Holly of Urban Chicks. Love. Her.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Holly and Aneela manning the booth. Meeting Aneela was one of my big thrills this market. I love her fabric, her art, her hearty conversions/conversing with her, her cuteness, kindness, wit and smartness… I just love her to pieces. And seeing her newest line Little Apples… so cute I could squeeze it! Her and Holly together… my head almost exploded. And when Aneela and Kristin fulfilled my wish for the little Moda booth to be a “kisses” booth. My head finally exploded.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

I’ve been wanting to meet Pat Bravo, and lucky me that Traci is good friends with her and intorduced me.  Pat’s an A M A Z I N G pattern and fabric designer, and I love her Art Gallery Fabrics.  I think Pat is an awesome role model for women in business as well as running a family business.  Pat’s booth won an award… no surprise!  Traci let me tag along on her shop appointments, and supposedly I was helping Traci… but when we got to Pat’s booth I just kept saying, “order it” over and over and over and over.  I can’t wait to see Traci’s shop when all her orders come in!
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Mo Looking suspicious in Lizzy’s booth… Lizzy (and her beautiful 1001 Peeps) keeping a sharp on her.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Another highlight of Market was getting to have some party time, and the mother of all highlights forever in the history of man - was a night with Paula Prass and her daughter Jennifer Storey (aka #storytimewithPaula) .  Bari, Jona, Traci, Jenean and myself will never forget our night with Paula and Jen - and we’re forever bonded because of it.  And if that wasn’t enough… I’m deeply madly in love with Paula’s new line called Botanika.  If you ever get to meet Paula, ask for a story.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Sunrise over SLC from our hotel room across from the Salt Palace (convention center). The only reason I show this photo is to prove that I’ve gotten up at the same time as the sun. At least once.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Farewell beautiful Salt Lake City, with your sparkly blue skies, your city hugging snow-capped mountains, your kind and friendly people and your crazy cool orange flags for crossing the street. I’m coming back, with family in tow next time. Too much to see and do, and your small taste was delicious.
2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

Flying home, Traci and I flip through our photos and we both landed on Robert Kaufman Kona booth at the same time. And when everyone got home… we all napped happily ever after.
25 2011 Spring Quilt Market - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Happy Mochi Yum Yum / Super Zig

May 10th, 2011

It seems like it’s been about 2 years of keeping mum, but I can finally open the flood-gates and talk about my baby… Happy Mochi Yum Yum.  And when I say open the flood-gates… that’s cautionary advise to stand back because I’m going hog wild with the photos, yimmering, yammering and more photos.  At the end of this post I have a give-away… but like your mom made you do when it was your birthday - you had to read the card before you could open the prezzie.
Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Happy Mochi Yum Yum (HMYY) was inspired by the little displays of mochi at the supermarkets when we lived in Hawaii.  I’d see the end-cap displays of the mochi and I thought they looked instead like delicious displays of sweet flower bouquets.
The mochi in Happy Mochi Yum Yum
And that’s how Mochi Yum Yum was born. I was discussing my line’s name with Pam, and she came up with the genius idea of putting “Happy” in the name. I instantly loved it and walked around my house for weeks reciting it.  I even came close to ansering my phone, “happy mochi yum yum”.  When my first set of strike-offs came, that very evening I was at Uwajimaya’s and spotted some new mochi in the coldbox. It’s like the Universe was giving me a hug…
The mochi in Happy Mochi Yum Yum
… and somehow knew.
Happy Mochi Yum Yum - Swatchamacallit
Once my yardage came, it was time to get crackin’ on the free pattern for the fabric. After I made my Little Zig, I knew I wanted to make it supersized.  A few years ago I spotted a 30’s quilt at the Pomeroy Quilt Show, and have been smitten with the rail fence method ever since.  It wasn’t until I saw Amanda Jean’s Zig Zag quilt that it all made sense to me.  A rail fence sans a rail.  GENIUS!
Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Mug Rug Swap Pomeroy Quilt Show

So with Amanda Jean’s blessings, I set out to make my version using her 2-rail zigzag method and I wrote up instructions for Super Zig.

Super Zig with Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Hub’s doing The Walking Quilted for me. I will never tire of zombies & quilts. Ever.
Super Zig with Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Super Zig with Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Super Zig with Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Super ZigThe pdf pattern for Super Zig can be found on here.  If anyone should make Super Zig, I’d love for it to be shown-n-told in my HZ flickr group!

In the spirit of the vintage quilt from Pomeroy - maybe I’ll try a black version next.
Super Zig
And now my give away. I’m going to give away one Fat Quarter bundle, one yumyum roll and one charm pack. Leave a comment and I’ll have random.org pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner.
Happy Mochi Yum Yum
There are 29 fabrics in each bundle, and 3 winners will have some fabric that’s not yet in stores (not until late Spring/early Summer). I’ll close the comments on Monday morning when I get back from Salt Lake City. And by morning I’m mean late afternoon.
Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Thank you everyone who left me comments and sent me emails with places see, visit and eat at in SLC! Clearly I’m going to need a second visit! The Salt Lake City welcome mat is definitely it out and I can’t wait to experience all that SLC kindness in person!

May 16, 2011 Edited in:
Winner, winner, mochi dinner!  Give-away has now ended.  Thank you all for the avalanche of excitement and the cavalcade of kindness bestowed me (you all have made me a weepy puddle of joy), and I wish I had a goodie for everyone!  Using random.org for comments 1-1035, the winners are:

1st - Fat Quarter bundle: comment #808 - Kelly Rachel
2nd - Happy Roll bundle: comment #755 - Kristen Hess
3rd - Charm pack bundle: comment #694 - Amy Dame

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Monica Solorio-Snow
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Astoria, Oregon

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