Cold Spell

It was the middle of the winter when I first received some preview pieces of my Cold Spell collection for Moda.

Everything about this group including the large snowflakes mimicked what was going on outside. We were in the middle of the most beautiful winter.

With a variety of soft blues, snowy whites, and midnight indigo, every piece felt so special to me.

I could not stop creating wonderful, timeless quilts.

Now, with summer beginning the Cold Spell fabrics are arriving to your local quilt stores.

I, myself, am falling in love all over again…

… with every jelly roll…

… layer cake and fat quarter bundles!

I am looking forward to enjoying this new collection with some of my favorite patterns…

… and I am thrilled with how nicely Cold Spell mixes with other fabrics!

These colors are perfect for any house.

I loved using some light blues and snowy-colored backgrounds in one of my patterns from our “Scrappy Fireworks” book.

You need to try it! You never know what might sprout out of your sewing room.

Grab a needle and try something different!

Your blue spruce will grow in no time!

In these adventures you find unexpected supporters…

:) I found my two!

I sure would love to hear what you would like to make with the Cold Spell collection!

Leave me a comment with your plans on how you will enjoy the Cold Spell fabrics and you will be entered to win a jelly roll from this collection! Can’t wait to see the beautiful things you create.

Happy Quilting!

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Part 3: Road Trip (Mike’s Takeover)

With every day on our trip we learned a little bit more about the culture in Indonesia…

… along with their simple lifestyle.

We have the best memories from this trip, including a beautiful sunrise at this enormous temple,

and wonderful light shows in Singapore.
All trips must come to an end and we had to say goodbye to Asia.

I could tell that Edyta was dreaming about something new and exciting on our way home.

She was in a “Color Daze” and designed a new line full of beautiful tones
for you to create with in September 2015.

As she is spinning the jelly rolls open to make new projects for Spring Market…

… I know that part of her heart was left back in Indonesia where she got the chance to dip her hands in the die and make the batiks.

It is easy to catch her daydreaming about the exotic flowers,

as she is mixing batiks and prints to put her combinations together…

…for simple designs….

… or a quilter’s “Dreamcatcher”.

I hope she will take me along on many, many more trips. I love being there to help carry her bags so she can focus on making beautiful designs for you.


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Part 2: Road Trip (Mike’s Takeover)

Indonesia offers many ways to get around,

a packed truck is one of the most common ones,

and this option is the most romantic. But certainly not the most comfortable.

Like children, we were ready to try them all!

The same goes for food.
It was hard to choose a plate, they all look delicious!

But we kept focus on our destination.

Finally, we arrived at the stamp workshop.

Old and young worked together,
passing this art form down through the generations.

We stopped for a moment to visit and observe the intricate detail that goes into bending copper sheets and wire to create beautiful images for batik stamps.

The stamps hung like a pieces of art on the wall of the mill.

When used with hot wax, they create a little magic on fabric.

Edyta couldn’t help herself, she had to give it a try. Later on she told me it was not as easy as it looked, but so much fun.

She helped with scrunching the material….

… and hand dying!

Again, I was not able to stop her. She found someone else who liked to dye and the language barrier was no longer a problem.

The soft, warm breeze was drying the fabrics while the sun was
brightening the wonderful colors.

As you look closer, you can notice a bit of wax remaining,
a nice reminder of the many step that go into creating these colorful batiks.

To prepare the material for the next step, it needs to be carefully brushed clean.

We stopped for a moment and wondered how many thousands of yards these brushes must have touched.

And there it was, the end result.
These beautiful batiks are the ones you can enjoy right now in the store from the “Sticks and Stones” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.

To end our busy day, we watched the sun set on a temple in Java. There are vibrant colors everywhere on this little island and I could see how excited and inspired Edyta was!

To be continued…

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