Moda Designers' Blog Hop

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


 Today's the first day of Moda's Country Fair. This could be your blue ribbon day! Visit Sandy Gervais and sign up for her great give-away. She has a fun project to download too. Each Moda fabric designer will be taking you to the Country Fair and their date is listed below. There will be projects, contests (which are sure to involve some great fabric prizes) and lots of questions answered!

September 6th Sandy Gervais
September 7th Bunny Hill
September 9th Camille Roskelley
September 10th Laundry Basket Quilts
September 11th Basic Grey
September 12th Minick and Simpson
September 13th American Jane (on the Moda blog)
September 14th Oliver + S
September 15th Fig Tree and Co.
September 16th Kansas Troubles
September 17th Blackbird Designs
September 18th Aneela Hoey
September 19th Barbara Brackman
September 20th Bonnie Olaveson
September 21st Cabbages and Roses
September 22nd Deb Strain
September 23rd Brannock and Patek
September 24th Lauren and Jessi Jung
September 25th Lily Ashbury
September 26th Cosmo Cricket
September 27th Kate Spain
September 28th Sweetwater
September 29th French General
September 30th Primitive Gatherings
October 1st Kathy Schmitz 
October 2nd Liz Scott
I've been meaning to cover one of my journals and thought I would do a small "how to" today. These blank books are readily available at Barnes and Noble or other stores that carry Mole skin products.

Mine has the gridded lines.

The glue I always use for gluing paper is the bookbinding glue from Paper Source. Grab a sponge brush and cover the entire cover with a layer of glue.
 Center and position your paper on the outside cover of the book. Smooth to remove any wrinkles. I used a color copy of a vintage piece of fabric from my collection. I added pieces of another coordinating  paper, a bit of red raffia and a cardboard tag from a purchased shirt. I covered the tag with a scrap of paper and printed out the words Country Fair using a font that seemed to work well. Now I have a place to record all the great ideas from the blog hop.

Jeanette Ross visited me at the cross stitch market in Baltimore, MD and brought her wonderful quilt to share with Barb. Unfortunately, Barb wasn't at the market....but I got to see Jeanette and her striking quilt.
Jeanette Ross and her Trick or Treat Quilt


Here's a close-up of some of the prints Jeanette used. She worked on the applique for quite a while and just finished the quilting.  Jeanette changed the basket pattern a bit. She left out the reverse applique motif in the center of the basket.
Close-up of Barb's original quilt.
When Barb began her quilt she was very particular about coordinating the prints for each block. She took time to choose the to match each basket print with the background print....but after the 200th block she no longer cared as she still had 100 to go. The pattern for this quilt is in our book, When The Cold Wind Blows.

Until later dear friends! Hope you enjoy your visit to the Country Fair!



  1. I have never seen that glue, will have to look for it.
    I have lots of blank journals, so would be fun to cover them.


  2. I just love how creative you and Barb both are. You've taught me many different techniques to make little heirlooms of my own.

    Much love..Sharon Crescent

  3. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous quilt!! It must have been fabulous to see in person.

    Thanks for the tutorial on covering the journals--I must try that!

  4. I love the book cover and the basket quilt. I am working on that same pattern also. I just think it is wonderful

  5. Just the idea Needed, Big Fan of BBD, I love the stitchers journal, just finished Swan lake and working on Land of the Free, I Need to journal my stitching, stitching .30 yrs ! I own one piece its not even a full piece , Leland' Needle bk. But I am, promising myself to stitch for myself too!

  6. Love this quilt... Defn. on my bucket list...

  7. Alma, I love the paper source the tip from you in a class a few years ago at Primitives of the midwest...I've been using it since.

  8. Thanks for the journal tutorial. Loved theh idea of copying fabric! I have been following the Moda Blog hop -- I can't believe how many of my 'favorites' including you are on it! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us tomorrow! I know it will be wonderful!!!

    xo Pam

  9. Thank you for the tutorial. I will have to have a go at doing this

  10. Thanks so much for the "tute". Will have to try it.

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  12. Thanks for the tutorial. Great idea. Both quilts are beautiful.

  13. QUESTION, PLEASE, can you tell me why is the dish is a symbol on BBD web and the journal? I love it and have asked for it and the beautiful fabric for my birthday. Stitch Niche has them for sale.

  14. Dear Alma...after making many, many fabric covered boxes with color copy fabric for the insides, one particular summer day I was in Kinkos for another color copy of fabric when the Kinko guy proudly told me he would NOT be able to copy my fabric for me! I hadn't even thought that fabric was copyrighted but he showed me the selvedge...DOH! Now I slink into a different Kinkos and make the copies I need without the employee... Am I going to go to jail? XOXO PS...these have been for gifts...not for resale...does that count...or not...

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