Join the moda designs for an adventure as we celebrate National Sewing Month.
For 10 days, there will be 1 post from 3 different designers showcasing different styles, projects and what is going on in their life- hopping all over the globe to visit each hometown. I think this is the BEST PART of the hop.. learning where the designers live and see what they want to share with us (just a hint... Barb and Mary of "Me and My Sister" was yesterday and they are goof balls.. really.. check them out!)
Many of the stops are going to include a chance to win something yummy from the designers... include something from me.. maybe TWO somethings.. just because I love you that much. Let's get ready to enjoy all things Moda!
So where DO I live?? I can't tell you HOW MANY PEOPLE try and guess this when they meet me (even harder is where I was born.. but that's for another day.. wink!)
I live in the very heavily populated "Northern VA". Just outside Washtington DC. In Fairfax County
I live here with my over 1 million neighbors... who are all very nice and well behaved.... for being one million strong! You can say this is as Urban as you can get without actually living IN a city.
Downtown Herndon's train station is also a little museum. Our downtown footprint is VERY tiny. I understand that people used to take the train from DC to Herndon in the summers to 'escape' the heat.
This is where I come to have my hair done, I love Maudes! It's fun and funky and they serve you coffee, tea, soda and maybe a wine if the timing is right!
I started going here as soon as they opened. The shop was started by a three young women and they are rock stars! Best part is the apprentice system. They train people to do hair under their guidence... which I think is very cool.
But I spend MORE time in Reston.
Reston has such a unique history. Reston was conceived as a planned community by Robert E. Simon. Founded on April 10, 1964 (Simon's 50th birthday) and named for his initials, it was the first modern, post-war, planned community in America, sparking a revival of the planned community concept.
Simon's family had recently sold Carnegie Hall, and Simon used the funds to create Reston. Simon hired Conklin Rossant Architects as master planners to incorporate higher density housing to conserve open space, as well as mixed use areas for industry, business, recreation, education, and housing.
It's quite an interesting place to live. Some of the plazas still have the real sense of what the vision was, but in this modern world many had to be 'upgrade' to keep up with the times.
Reston Town center is my favorite place to visit. When we moved here almost 30 years ago it was not even started. It was 'planned' as the center of the downtown.. and now it's really done that!
With stores, business, restaurants and condos. There is always something going on at the town center.
We even have an pavillion that is an ice-rink in the winter (fabulous!) and used for other things in summer.
Like free concerts. This one was being well attended Sunday morning by a flock of little children.
And do you now we have Farmer's markets, yes more than one?
You can go to a market every day of the week.. they are not huge, but we have them!
And we have a Farm... with cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and .. well.. a carousel!
Doesn't every farm have a carousel?
Kidwell Farm's claim to fame was being the home of the White House Thanksgiving Turkey for many years. The turkeys were granted a pardon and then 'retired' to 'our' farm.
So let's get to the fabric talk! At spring Market Moda came out with a new precut size called 'Candies'...
Only 2.5" square.. and soooooooo adorable!!
Not all the lines came in this size, but mine did.. woot! For this tour ALL the moda designers on the tour have a project using 2.5" squares of their fabric line..
Want to see my project?
In honor of my fabric line with Moda, "Eat Your Fruits and Veggies",
my little quilt is full of Pear-a-Licious wonderfulness!!
Did you know my fabric is starting to pop up online.. I just got my Hancock's of Paducah Catalog and guess what.. THERE IS MY FABRIC.. SWOON! CLICK HERE for my quilt above, a pieced quilt kit in 2 colorways, yardage, and more!
My Quilt "Red Apple Lane" celebrates my fabric line, I SO LOVE this quilt! You can buy the kit at the link above or the patterns from my publisher Bigfork Bay Cotton CO.
Plus I have a YUMMY new Aurifil Thread kit.. Hancock's of Paducah has that too! CLICK HERE
Now onto the giveaway.. you've been SO PATIENT!
Besides the free pattern I have a....I'm giving away
- 3 of the new "candies"
- 1 batik FQ Bundle
- and 1 Cotton Layer Cake!!!
PLUS you have an extra chance at a Batik Jelly roll HERE (go ahead... click and take a chance)
PLUS each winner will receive an Aurifil Thread Sampler similar to this one!
In honor of my fabric having a FOOD theme... tell me
"What is your town's MOST FAMOUS thing to eat? OR Best PLACE to eat? ... don't forget to name your town!"
this is going to be FUN... because I might actually VISIT your town one day... SEE my event page to find out where I am.. or invite me... I would love to visit you! Leave a comment by the end of the day Sept 15 (I'll pick a winner when I get to my hotel room that night!)
My fellow designer stops today are
Barb and Alma of Blackbird designs.. who are FABULOUS designers..
And Basic Grey.. love them! http://blog.basicgrey.com/
CLICK HERE to Moda to catch up on the first stops and see where you go after me!
and click the photo for a larger image... this photo cracks me up
"What's in YOUR STASH"?... MODA of course!