Today is the kick-off day for the Moda Size Matters Blog Hop and Giveaway! This has been a long time coming...and I'm excited to start the blog hop on day one, along with Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts and Brigitte of Zen Chic!
Our latest collection for Fall 2013, Josephine, is coming soon! Filled with our deep reds and pinks, rich browns, and naturals, the Josephine Collection is inspired by Napoleon's first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais. The first Empress of France was a lover of all things botanical and kept a rose garden at Chateau de Malmaison that rivaled the best English gardens of the time. For our Josephine Collection, we included beautiful old florals as well as fantasy florals and small petite prints - perfect for mixing into a quilt!
Last Spring, Lissa Alexander, Moda's master marketing gal, asked each of the Moda designers to chose a block to create. At the Moda Schoolhouse, we each stood up and presented our block, along with a story of how the block fit into the chosen theme: Size Matters. I took the theme quite literally...I made my block bigger....
When I stood up to present my block, I told everyone I really thought that the point of the project was to make our block bigger - and better! Little did I realize that everyone else had a block that was actually useable...6x6, 8x8 or even 12x12. Oh well, my block was designed to be turned into a portable picnic blanket - complete with tie - so you can wear it over your shoulder as you walk to your perfect spot to picnic! That's Molly's Stella up there sitting on the blanket...she's always ready to picnic!
We've also designed a beautiful, large Flying Geese inspired quilt with our new collection, Josephine. Designed by myself and JZ, sewn by the talented Penny Tucker, and quilted by Cheryl Yamamoto...this quilt, as well as all of our quilts, is truly a team effort. As many of you know, designing quilts has not come easy to me...but this quilt seemed to flow...I loved the combination of the classic style and the ability to show off the fabric at the same time.
Order the Josephine Quilt Pattern Here
Over the years six years of designing fabric for Moda, I have learned that size really does matter! Once I settle on a theme for a collection, I go digging in my fabric archives for inspiration. I look for a couple of large scale prints, a few mediums and a handful of small, or ditsy prints. Being fairly new to the quilt business, I have learned how important the variety of scale is. Too many large prints and there is not enough depth or diversity - too many small prints and the design of the quilt can begin to lose itself. I am so thankful for friends and teachers that have helped me learn this along the way....it's been an important tool for me while designing collections and the accompanying quilts.
Thanks to Moda, I have a handful of giveaways to accompany this blog hop, as well as some cute Josephine Hankies, so go ahead and leave me a comment about your favorite size quilt to sew...is it a lap quilt, a baby quilt or something larger? Sofia will choose the lucky winners within the week and we will send out some prizes! Thanks for playing along and hope to see some of you in Houston!
Be sure to visit all of the Moda designers throughout the Moda Blog Hop, including Edyta and Brigitte today:
Laundry Basket Quilts
Pieces From My Heart
V & Co.
Lauren & Jessi Jung
Me & My Sister
Kathy Schmitz Studios
Minick & Simpson
A Stitch and Dye
Stephanie Ryan Design Studio
A quilt assembly pattern will be supplied on Moda's blog,
http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/ on September 16th.