#MODALOVEQUILT and the Moda LOVE Sew-Along

We LOVE a good sew-along.  And we LOVE a good pattern – especially one that is versatile enough to work with Layer Cakes, Charm Packs or Mini Charms.  More importantly, we’d LOVE for you to join us! -Carrie Nelson @ModaFabrics


Photo courtesy of Moda Fabrics and Supplies

Photo courtesy of Moda Fabrics and Supplies

#sawitloveditmadeit

 

What is the Moda Love Sew Along?  A social media sew-along using the Moda Love Pattern.

When is it?  January 24 is Moda’s official starting date for the sewing and sew-along. There will be introductory posts on Instagram, Facebook and Moda’s Cutting Table Blog on January 17th.

Where can you join in the sew along? .  At your local participating shop (come see us at Rocking Chair Quilts if you can get here). Don’t have a #modaloveshop near you? Join in online: search the hashtag #modalovequilt. on your social media.  And on Moda’s social media.

Why a Sew Along?  Because sew-alongs are one of the best ways to make sewing-creating fun. Whether you like to create solo or with others.

Sew-alongs also provide terrific opportunities for a visit to your local quilt shop for a bit of in-shop-sewcializing

or….

make your own sew along by meeting up with like minded quilters to create quilts and build the bonds of friendship.


Why the Moda Love Quilt Sew Along?  Because you can start with precuts, the Moda love quilt is fun and you will be done pretty quickly . Easy to sew together too - this pattern can be a great teaching quilt for those starting their journey through the quilting nation.

Have a peek at the pattern:

Moda Love Pattern Download.

We would LOVE to see what you will stitch together with the Love Quilt pattern! Whereever you share your love quilt projects, be sure and use the hashtag – #modalovequilt

To get your inspiration rolling here’s a gallery of grabs from the #modalovequilt hashtag.

Quilts by #modamakers from around the world.


What’s NEXT?

Coming soon to RCQ!

Coming soon to RCQ!

January 26, 2019–

Local Quilt Shop Day is a worldwide event designed to raise awareness of the importance of independent quilt shops to the local economy. It is a day for consumers and retailers to celebrate the creative pursuits of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters everywhere and to support the local quilt shops that make it all possible.

This event, held annually on the fourth Saturday in January, will be held in 2019 on Saturday, January 26.


Thanks for reading! Until we blog again, be sure to take time out and Enjoy the Sew!® - Carol and staff @RCQ

 

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#MODA FABRICS #AURIFIL Bright Day Fabric Bundle Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, CONGRATULATIONS TO cAROL yATES! THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO ENTERED, BE SURE TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG SO YOU WILL KNOW WHEN THE NEXT GIVEAWAY BEGINS.

Hello you beautiful bright bundle: 40 count fat quarters of Fiji Batiks from Moda Fabrics and 3 AURIFIL BIG SPOOLS of 50 wt MAKO COTTON MSRP $179.99 (yowsa)

Hello you beautiful bright bundle: 40 count fat quarters of Fiji Batiks from Moda Fabrics and 3 AURIFIL BIG SPOOLS of 50 wt MAKO COTTON MSRP $179.99 (yowsa)

We've had a fairly mild winter here, were we work and live at Rocking Chair Quilts. Not bitterly cold.  nor a great deal of snowfall, but I must say that the sunny days have been few and far between this season.

To brighten our moods and celebrate the sunny days that we do get to enjoy, we are hosting this giveaway of  a BRIGHT bundle of  Moda Fiji Batiks and AURIFIL threads.

Soon we'll be enjoying the early Spring and all the sunshine that  those days will bring.

While we wait for those bright days ahead, what could be better than busting open this colorful bundle and starting a cheerful quilt  (or two) ?

Leave a comment on this blog post to enter for a chance to win this prize .  You can submit even  MORE entries when you use the Raffle-copter widget (click inside the white box below).

This giveaway ends Friday, February 10th at 11:59 p.m. CST.

I ♥ AURIFIL

I ♥ MODA

To read All the usual rules that apply to our regular giveaways and  sew on and sew forth CLICK HERE

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Until we blog again take time out to Enjoy the Sew!®- Carol

 

 

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Do it for the Smiles............

Photo courtesy of Case for Smiles Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Case for Smiles Facebook page

Why do we sew and quilt?  There are probably a lot of good answers to that question.

 My first response would certainly be " I LOVE IT!"

 I really do; all parts of the process- the planning, the choosing, the buying, the cutting, the stitching,  it seems I never get tired of it.  The excitement and joy never wane. As I get older I have realized that one of the most satisfying things about making something with your hands happens when you give what you made to someone else.

 

Here is a caring organization of volunteers who can help us find that joy and satisfaction by  donating our time and talents to their worthy cause: 

We were honored last week when Paula Moore paid a visit to our little quilt shop.  Paula is the regional manager for Ryan's Case for Smiles.  She came in to ask if our shop could be an official drop off spot for the organization.  It only took a minute to agree.  Working together we can all help seriously ill kids feel better so they can heal better.

Who/What is  a Case for Smiles?

Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe. We started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. Today, our programs have expanded to include the children’s entire families so they can better navigate and cope with a very difficult experience and avoid long term emotional trauma.

 

 

It's easy to help:

SEW A PILLOWCASE

 

Ryan's Case for Smiles can’t get enough bright, cheery pillowcases. It is easy to do and only takes a few minutes. Click below for simple and fun instructions for creating your own whimsical pillowcase:

How To Sew A Pillowcase Directions

 

What kind of fabric can I use to sew pillowcases?

  • Fabric needs to be 100% cotton. Please do not use fabric with glitter.
  • Remember to use fun, colorful novelty prints!
  • Check with local coordinator for local hospitals specific requirements. For example: some hospitals do not allow flannel and red pillowcases tend to bleed. Some hospitals also do not accept holiday themed pillowcases.
  • Ryan's Case for Smiles does not accept ‘No-sew pillowcases’. See PDF Guide for full list of guidelines.

How do I wash the pillowcases?

  • Most chapters suggest the use of an unscented detergent in cold water with no fabric softener***
  • Tampa area hospitals require the pillowcases to be washed in vinegar and water
  • Dry the case – no scented dryer sheets
  • After you're done sewing, Iron pillowcase and place in a Ziploc plastic bag
  • Bring to your local Ryan's Case for Smiles drop off location

***It is important to wash the fabric before sewing pillowcases and please do not use scented detergent or dryer sheets.***

Rocking Chair Quilts is now an official drop off center for your pillowcases.

See the map at the bottom of this blog post to find us. If you are not close by,  CLICK HERE  to find a another drop off center that is closer to where you are.

If there is not an official drop off center near you, I will send you a prepaid a mailing label and instructions to send your pillowcase(s) to us.  Just send me a note to request a label:

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A MAILING LABEL

All donations are tax-deductible.  RCFS is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization.  When you drop off a donation, include a note stating what you donated and what the value is. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. Then in January of next year, you will receive a tax letter directly from RFCS home office in Pennsylvania to be used for your tax return.

 

Have more questions? There is SO much more info for you at Ryan's Case for Smiles website.

 Or

Send an email our area coordinator, Paula Moore: rcfs.swsuburbs.chicago@gmail.com

OR

Stop by the quilt shop and pick up printed information that Ryan's Case for Smiles has provided.

Not a sewist?  No worries, Ryan's Case for Smiles has other ways you can contribute:

Donate: fabric, funds or your time.

Spread awareness about their mission

 

 

Thank you very much for reading, I hope you will consider joining us in this project  - Carol Detloff

These volunteers took their sewing skills to the great outdoors for this "Campground Sew-A-Thon"

These volunteers took their sewing skills to the great outdoors for this "Campground Sew-A-Thon"

Photo Courtesy of Ryan's Case for Smiles-Central Oregon Chapter

Photo Courtesy of Ryan's Case for Smiles-Central Oregon Chapter


 

Use the Map to find us . Click on the red map pin for directions. Click and scroll to zoom in and out.


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill