A Trip to Moda

I call the month of August my “Moda home” month because I finally got to tour the home base.  I was in Dallas to attend the Open House that Moda hosts for quilt shops.  I’ve heard amazing things from other designers who have visited Moda, but I just couldn’t grasp what it felt like until we pulled up to these doors…


Moda has 2 main warehouses and you’re looking at warehouse #1, the entrance to “heart” of Moda.  It’s the design warehouse and it’s here new fabric lines begin.  Look at the boxes of fabrics that had just arrived from a container ship.  I couldn’t believe it when Cheryl told me that my fall market fabric line was among these boxes!  I watched the rolls of my fabric being wound onto bolts with a huge machine.   I’ll share my video of this process when we get a little closer to market!  Of all the warehouses at Moda, this was by far my favorite.  You could feel the creativity and energy inside this building.

As I walked crossed the parking lot, I entered the main warehouse that holds the fabrics and notions Moda is currently selling.  A beautiful Atrium greeted me, and as I looked around I could see showrooms of current notions and fabrics just off of the Atrium.  


This sewing machine towel would be so cute made into a sewing machine cover!


As you walk through the main doors of the warehouse #2,  you can see rows and rows of fabric bolts.  They go on forever!


I attended the open house with my friends Barb and Mary from Me & My Sister Designs, and Karla from Sweetwater.  We each had a table set up in the warehouse.  No fancy backdrops, remember it’s a warehouse!  Our booths were directly across from all the aisles of notions.

warehouse-boothBarb was the brave one who volunteered to have her caricature done…


notion-warehouseEverything is so organized and the employees know exactly where everything is.

Mr. Dunn was a gracious host who lead us through an exhibit of a few of his vintage quilts.




His collection is amazing and he ships many of them for museum exhibits across the county.



To say I love Moda would be an understatement.  They actually shipped my fabric to the warehouse early so I could have it in time to complete my next round of applique patterns!  I can’t wait to show you.  My main quilt comes back from Becky, my quilter, today and we have plenty of time to sew on the binding and embellishments before quilt market.  Getting fabric early may seem like a little thing, but it isn’t.  In order to do this Moda has to sit with yardage in inventory for several months before they start selling it.  I’m so grateful to them!

I’ll be back in my next post to tell you about our trip to Magnolia in Waco, Texas.  It was so much fun!


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  • pam - Oh it looks so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Daniel - I wish I had known about the Moda open house. I own a quilt store and would’ve love to have gotten to attend. What fun!

    Your Spooky Delights collection has been a big hit in my store. I have been hosting a Mystery Quilt that I designed using the fabrics.

    Can’t wait to see what you have coming up! :DReplyCancel

  • Susan - WoW……that was so great you got to tour Moda….I love your Halloween fabric…I really enjoy following your blog….really look forward to the next one. Are you going to be selling any scrap bags soon? Enjoy your trip.ReplyCancel

  • Serena - Oh wow! This is fabric paradise on Earth! What a great experience! I will be waiting for part 2 with Waco trip! I love Chip and Joanna very much!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Thank you for the tour, how exciting for you. Seeing the vintage quilts must have been such a thrill. Already looking forward to your next post about Magnolia.ReplyCancel

  • Juliez - Thanks for the tour! I can just imagine how exciting and fun your time at Moda was😃ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - What a cool visit to make. I think I’d just go in there and never want to come out. :DReplyCancel

  • Tammy spencer - Lucky you!ReplyCancel

  • sunny - How fun to get to see all that! Fabric heaven. . . .ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Thanks for sharing the Moda warehouse pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Chrisina - That was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - I sounds like a wonderful place to visit . I don’t suppose they allow to take anything home with you ?
    Have a great time at marketReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan!
    Love the pictures!!!!

  • Anne Heidi - I can’t wait to see your new line and patterns in Houston! Love your pictures from the Moda warehouse :-)ReplyCancel

  • Susan Smith - Oh, how I would love to tour Moda’s warehouses! What fun! So glad you got your fabric early….I know that is a relief.ReplyCancel

  • Little Quiltsong - Wow – what a great experience! Thank you for the little peek at these big warehouses. Must be wonderful to work there – I’d never tire of all the eye-candy!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Exciting to see and hear all about you and Moda! What fun it must be to be part of Moda! Can’t wait to see your new patterns too!ReplyCancel

  • donna - I am at awww. What fun! Love seeing the Moda warehouse. Thank you for sharing.

  • merlinkay2 - Totally awesome. What a great opportunity to see all that beautiful fabric waiting to be in somebody’s fabric stash. Thanks for sharing.
    Marlyn :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Thanks for the post. The warehouse and display area is much the same at the wholesaler Trend Tex in Canada who carries Moda and other lines. The only difference is size and they do not have the lovely vintage quilts. Would love to have seen those. So special.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Martin - Looks so overwhelming and oh so fun! Can’t wait to hear about Magnolia–it’s on my bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mead - What a wonderful field trip! I’d love to go there! Can’t wait to see your new quilts and fabrics!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - Where does a person get a hold of those towels? They are so cute.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy B. - Wow, now thats what I call a fabric stash :) I love your Halloween quilt! Looking forward to seeing your trip to Waco!ReplyCancel

  • Hildy - Love Moda and I wish I could see it all live. But our pictures are almost as good as seeing it in person.ReplyCancel

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