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Writing about the Merci La Vie quilt gives me an overwhelming feeling of emotion.  Each time I think of the special ladies who worked on this quilt I realize what a special place in my heart they each hold.  As I prepare to leave for Quilt Market this year, I’m reminded that I’ll be seeing some of them very soon.  I want to scoop them up into a huge group hug!   If you don’t remember hearing about this Merci La Vie quilt, you can read about it on my blog here.


This special quilt is currently at the American Cancer Society getting ready for a high society event!  It will be attending  The American Cancer Society’s Jewel Ball, on November 19th because I’ve donated it for their auction!   To each of you who gave your precious time and skills to the making of this quilt I say THANK YOU!  I hope to see some of you next week at quilt market.

I hope you enjoy some of the closeups of these quilt blocks!


Much love,


I’m a true Magnolia, Joanna and Chip Gaines fan.  I watch the HGTV show Fixer Upper (new shows start November 29th), I’ve subscribed to their newest magazine called The Magnolia Journal, and now I’ve finally had a chance to visit Magnolia Market, the destination in Waco that Chip & Joanna have created.


Just after our visit to Moda , Karla, Barb, Mary, Doug and I drove to Waco.  We arrived on a Wednesday amid the pouring rain, but we were told we were lucky.   The shop looked busy to us, but apparently it was slow compared to weekend and non-rainy days.  The staff told us that people are usually lined up around the building to get in!  Of course we didn’t even bring umbrellas to Texas, so the hotel gave us plastic emergency rain bags to wear.  And Magnolia had staff stationed outside with umbrellas to help escort umbrella-less tourists like us.

rainy-dayMagnolia is wonderful!  It’s filled with so many great finds it was hard to decide what to buy, but I fell in love with this sugar mold.

   … It now sits in the center of my cutting table and holds everything I need, including my rotary cutter.  It’s available on the Magnolia website !

sugar-mold-from-magnoliaHere’s a peek at what awaits you inside the store (next two photos courtesy of Barb)!


And here we are under that famous Magnolia sign!


 You can’t leave without a visit to the Magnolia Seed & Supply store.  It was my first introduction to Fairy Gardens!


I fell in love with the fairy gardens and inside the seed supply shop they sell all the little accessories needed to make one.


Before we left we had to make a stop at the bakery!  They have a beautiful patio just off the bakery…


…and even in the rain it’s the perfect place to eat one of these famous Magnolia cupcakes!


 Thank you Chip and Joanna for creating such a wonderful place.  We had such a great time!


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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