Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rev up with thread

We are going to let thread tell our story today.  

Closing the drawer on 2013.  

Fresh and organized for 2014, ready to meet our challenges.

How will you challenge yourself in the New Year?
Remember to quilt, bind and savor…

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Wishes...

And the stockings were hung ....

With great anticipation the holiday has arrived.  All is in readiness (or not, but that's okay)...

May your stockings be filled with good health, much joy and many creative adventures!

Our best, Marny and jill

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nuts, nuttier, nuttiest!

A few of my 2013 drawstring goodie bags for Spiced Nuts 
Marny here…every year our family makes Spiced Nuts to give as little homemade gifts during the holidays.  My husband's parents started the tradition, and graciously shared the secret recipe with us years ago.  Every time we look at the original directions we have to smile because we can hear my late mother-in-law's voice in the kitchen encouraging us to "stir like mad".  It is a special time for us all every Christmas.

Generally I go from grocery store to grocery store searching for enough one pound bags of the right kind of three different nuts.  This is a frustrating process during the cold, snowy or icy days leading up to Spiced Nut Night.  This year I parted with tradition and went online.  And that is where this story begins.

Googling for nuts the website charmed me.  It was easy to navigate, had good descriptions of products, and was filled with good will and good cheer.  Seemed like a fine idea to order everything all at once from them.  Little did I know it was a GREAT idea.  Look how the order arrived.

Note tail of helpful cat entering from the left…

…and exiting to the right.  Take a look at this cheerful packaging.  I chuckled upon finding this box on my front porch not long after ordering.  How can the inside of the box top the outside?

Inside the charming and amusing bags they use for nuts did not disappoint.

Here is sack of "just a little something" (organic raw white buckwheat) they included as a gift.  Isn't it cute?  Luckily they sent a recipe on the invoice.  Speaking of recipes, check out their blog, the Nutty Scoop, for lots of ideas.

Their company's heartwarming story is on the back of the bags.    

Jeffrey sent the happiest email when UPS confirmed they'd left the package on my doorstep.  It was just a pleasure doing business with  Yummy too.

Photo and quote courtesy Jill, "17 years of wonderful little bags".  
May your holidays be bright, filled with the warmth of family and friends.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lucky Star Market Booth at Prairie Moon Winery

jill here....Seven o'clock am on Saturday morning was cold, really cold and sorta dark too.  We braved the elements and set up our booth for a 9 am start.  Hot coffee and warm cinnamon rolls fortified us.  As you can see from the photos, the event center supplied us with essential hanging beams.  They were a nice perk to display some of our patterns.
These beams were perfect to display
 Supper Club and Leftovers.  We have kits for both!  

Another pole, supported by our ladder. displayed a few
quilts in front of Torte and Cutlery.

Nothing like a deadline to move past perfection
and to "call it good".  

Our business table displaying patterns,
 kits and just a few more quilts.

Our cozy little corner!

A good way to spend a winter day with layers on!

The event was a festive and well run.  Lots of shoppers made the rounds.  Wine in the hands of some seemed to make it relaxed and enjoyable.  Hmmmm, we'll pass that one along to wholesale market organizers. 

It was most fun seeing our friends and quilt shop friends!  We may have even recruited a few new quilters.

'Till next Tuesday...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lucky Star Market here we come!

Please join us at the first ever Lucky Star Holiday Market this Saturday from noon to four at Prairie Moon Winery.  

We are really excited to get to participate.  Meeting our customers in person will be a special treat!

The range of goods offered for sale is truly astounding.  Check out this blog for lots of photos.  So much has been added since our last post about Lucky Star Holiday Market.   I'm getting my shopping list ready. :-)

A map showing Prairie Moon Winery's location, just north of Ames.  This is the Lucky Star website map, so go here to read it more easily. 
Hope to see you Saturday!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nostalgic Creativity

Family stocking that was lovingly created
by my Aunt Kelsie.

jill here....When our family was young and funds were tight, I had to be creative with holiday ornaments.  Sometimes, it was more about the time than the money: there wasn't a lot of either.  I did allow for one really nice "ornament" each year.  One that I hoped would be passed down like the stocking pictured above.

 These darling hand painted ornaments were discovered at a craft show.  I decided they were worth the splurge. I had to custom order them and make an Advent Calendar appropriately scaled to display them.

This is the calendar...self taught applique with numbered pockets
to house those cute little ornaments.
 There seems to be a few missing....the dog must have eaten Santa.  The question is which dog!

So when it came to making my Mom's holiday special (in a very small space) I decided to create a calendar with some of her costume jewelry.  There are bits and bobs from the past !  She can actually wear them on the appropriate day and then pin them to the tree.

Pins and necklaces...

Advent calendar created from a pre-printed panel .
Perfect little envelopes for all those jewels ...
or chocolate!
Hope your holidays are filled with the spirit of simple creativity.  'Till next Tuesday

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Food photography meets quilt design

Marny here…couldn't resist.  And it will make a great thank you gift for a friend who has warmly shared hospitality throughout the year and who I recently discovered has gone gluten free. 
Small Plates & Sweet Treats by Aran Goyoaga is an absolutely beautiful cookbook with glorious photography.  Aran's blog is Cannelle et Vanille, food, life & photography.  Take a look and you'll see her artistry.  Her presentation draws you in and lets you experience the food.  

Page from Small Plates & Sweet Treats.  Look at the negative space,  asymmetry, simple shapes and I do believe that melting dark chocolate with a spoon for you and a spoon for me provides a focus to the photograph!  These are the same elements we keep in mind while designing quilts.
See you next week!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lucky Star Market, Ames and Modern Quilt Relish

Marny here…

First real snowfall yesterday!  Brrrr today.  Even though we heard it was coming from all the forecasters, it still seems like a surprise!  Mostly a good surprise, but kind of worrisome if winter is starting this early.

But snow also indicates the holiday season is heading our way.  Modern Quilt Relish is excited to be participating in the first ever Lucky Star Holiday Market here in Ames.   

Screen shot from the Lucky Star Market Iowa website.
It will be held at the Prairie Moon Winery from 9am - 4pm on Saturday, December 7th.  The vendors are offering a wide range of items.  You can check out the Lucky Star blog for introductions to the vendors.  The vendor page of the website allows you to investigate each vendor for their products.  We hope you'll come check it all out!  Supporting local artists is so rewarding.

I digress now.  I was innocently checking out one of the vendor's, Kalli LeVasseur, facebook page just now and discovered this video.  It may have been around for awhile, but it is new to me.  Hope it works here in the blog.  Tears are flowing here, but it helps me celebrate more deeply this month to be grateful for the people in our lives.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Here is a link to Green Shoe Studio, if the video doesn't play from our blog.

Off to iTunes….you'll know why if you watched the video.
Till Tuesday…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Torte ....Market Schoolhouse

jill here...At our market schoolhouse in Houston we introduced our two newest patterns.  We centered our schoolhouse, delivered to mostly retailers, on strategies to use their shop inventories.  Our newest three patterns are fabricated in a variety of fabrics and combinations to help shops, and customers, visualize all their possibilities.  

Torte is fun and easy!  The pattern features a section on design / fabric  selection.  This will help the pattern maker understand choices in contrast and blending to achieve the desired outcome.
Torte Pattern cover, four sizes

Modern Quilt Relish's Torte Table Runner:
two neutrals with accents of silk
 and a fantastic backing to pull it all together.

This is the eye candy kit for the above runner!

These were some of the other ideas that were shown for fabric selection.  

The pinks and oranges (quilt shown below) were strips cut to help a shop locate the selected fabrics for the quilt (wouldn't have to kit, just have as a reference!).  

The pattern cover throw quilt of Torte's dark greens with gold were part of a collection from Malka Dubrawsky for Moda (4 from her first line, 2 from her second and then four lighter values to give a greater range).  Again, not a whole collection but selected fabrics and then "shop the store"! 

As a customer, you can also make this work!  It would be shop your shelves!

The cute little bundle of fat quarters is a novelty collection from Anthology's Lullaby Baby  (our cover baby sized)...just to illustrate you can easily work with a whole collection, utilizing the same amount from each bolt for easy cutting!
Modern Quilt Relish Torte Child size in pinks and oranges.

Hope this gets your quilting spirits moving!
'Till next Tuesday...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Quilt Market Houston 2013

Marny here...

We tried posting on the road, but the post didn't load.  Here are just a few pictures.

Sure sign of arrival in the West!
Left side of the single Modern Quilt Relish booth at Houston Quilt Market 2013.  Lunch Boxes is the featured pattern on that wall.  You can see the black and white Child size, the green and orange Baby size, and the yellow and gray Throw.

More of the back wall of Picnic sampler and projects and a bit of the right wall with Cutlery quilts and a peek at Torte.  From left to right you can see a tiny bit of the Lunch Boxes runner, the new Flatbread table runner in solids,  a Torte runner with silk accents, and a cutlery runner with batiks, using a dark in the rectangles and a light as accents.

Now for a real look at the right wall.  Cutlery quilts in the corner of the booth and Torte quilts on the right.  
Enjoying the booth.  
More on Tuesday...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two new patterns from Modern Quilt Relish

Marny here...

Our two new quilt patterns are modern, fresh and such fun to make.  

Here they are!

Cutlery from Modern Quilt Relish
The Cutlery pattern includes directions for four sizes: Runner, Baby, Throw and Queen.  You can use different fabrics in the larger rectangles, as you see above in the Throw, or choose just a single fabric as illustrated in the Baby.  The yardage chart includes both options.  Cutlery is great for fat quarters.  In fact a pile of solid fat quarters inspired the quilt design.  Scrappy binding uses up the accent fabric yardage.  No waste here!  We work hard to write the fabric amounts in a flexible fashion so you can use fat quarters, width of fabric quarter yards, etc.  And if you don't want scrappy binding we include that amount too.

Cutlery is a fast to cut, quick to piece well proportioned pattern.  It plays with a modern, horizontal place setting to give you sophisticated results!  Have fun picking out the accent fabrics for your "knives, forks and spoons".

Torte from Modern Quilt Relish
The second new pattern, Torte, also includes directions for four sizes: Runner, Child, Throw and Queen.  Torte allows you to cook up graphic horizontals with a select range of values or melt the flavors into a smooth blend.  It is really all about your fabric choices.  We've included a design discussion in the pattern interior to provide direction for you to create a recipe specific to your taste.  

Torte makes good use of fat quarters or width of fabric yardage.  Again we've made the fabric chart flexible to your choices.  The Torte design and construction is subtly sophisticated.  We love making it and getting to play with value and color and tints and tones, etc, etc.  It is such fun to see the outcome of the decisions you make along the way!

And now we're off to Houston...the patterns are available in our pattern shop, shipping starting October 31st!  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog excuses...

jill here.....Well it's still Tuesday!  Preparations for market at full speed ahead.

Charity blankets for DSM Modern Quilt Guild

Channel quilting a table runner....


Booth supplies...
Bed of quilts....
New brochure...
Well give you the low down next week before we hit the road.  'Till Tuesday....

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

AQS Show / Des Moines 2013

 jill here...Last week the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show came to Des Moines.  The event was filled with wonderful quilts and vendors galore.  The exhibition quilting was even more intricate and incredible than ever before.  The MasterPieces; Quilts of Inspiration was just that!   My personal favorite exhibit was COLORPLAY:  Interternational Quilt Challenge.  It was unexpected, unique and absolutely beautiful.  The link explains the connections and the photos show the creativity.

This color combination is one of my favorites!
I believe the same artist maintains the same placement in each of the mosaics.
The texture, created not only with quilting but with value, was really stunning.
Wouldn't this be a great quilt guild challenge?

One more gem.  The black line really grounds the brights .
 The subtle dark border makes a very striking statement.
'till next Tuesday....