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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Moda Box

Hi Everyone,

After a fun shopping/sewing day with a blog friend, and a wonderful Bee Christmas party, I am ready for a quiet day at home.  Actually, it is "opening" day for the Santa Sack Swap which I participated in, so there will be quite a bit of excitement when I do that.  I can't imagine how Christmas could get any better!

I mentioned yesterday how I arrived home on Tuesday to find the box from Moda.  As a reminder, I am going to be helping out Monique Dillard this year for her new Blogger Girls Block of the Month.  Since I'm a featured blogger, it was possible to ask the wonderful Lissa Alexander, known in the blogging world as Moda Lissa, for any Moda fabric that I was interested in using.  Since I have been really looking forward to Minick and Simpson's new line, Grant Park, I jumped at the chance.  I requested the yardage that I would need since I already planned to get the fat quarter pack on my own.  (Remember, I was using my election money for it.)  Actually, it was two weeks ago this Friday that I got a notification from the Fat Quarter Shop that they had them in stock and within 5 minutes, I had placed my order.  It arrived last Friday!

Back to Tuesday night...  I found the Moda box and a Christmas package from my parents at my front door.  I was already carrying in some things from my day out, but I managed to get it all in the house.  I set down everything and ran to get a box cutter to open the Moda box.  This is what I discovered.

(I'm seriously considering saving the box.  If it said "Moda" on it, it would be a no-brainer, but since it is just a plain box, the decision is trickier.)
Here's the contents!  Not only did Lissa send me the yardage I wanted, but she also sent a fat quarter pack!  I was stunned!

Here is the yardage.  I am so in love with it!  It is my favorite palette, of course, but lighter and fresher!  This first one will be the border.  I'd love wallpaper that looks just like it, to tell the truth!

Isn't it gorgeous?

Here are some of the fat quarters, so you can see more of the line.  I love that there is a really light blue, a medium blue, and then a navy.  There are also two shades of red and then creams and taupes (almost grey).  I can't wait to start playing with this fabric!

The fat quarter pack that Moda sent?  It isn't Grant Park, it is the brand new line of French General, Le Bouquet Francais!  I had seen pictures of this and wanted it, too, as it has more blues in this line!
In fact, it coordinates with Grant Park!  I love this!
In the excitement of getting to open the box, I guess something important slipped my mind.  It wasn't until yesterday morning when I was getting ready to go to my Bee, that I realized I couldn't find my keys.  I searched my purse.  I searched my coat pockets. (I really don't like winter for the fact that keys can get placed somewhere other than my purse.  I even have more than one coat, so that makes it trickier.)  I couldn't find the keys.  I didn't remember seeing them laying around the house.  I looked around and sure enough, they weren't visible in any of the obvious places.  I eventually found them--still hanging in the front door!!  They were there overnight!  We were so lucky that our neighborhood is pretty safe.  Someone could have walked right in and murdered us in our sleep.  Or worse yet, stole my Moda box!! 
 Goodness, I don't know what is going on with me?  Leaving my keys in the door one day, forgetting my sewing machine foot another, and of course, putting stamps on the wrong corner of the Christmas cards.  Maybe I need to do some brain exercises!
Some of you have mentioned that since the new Blogger Girl's BOM is smaller, using just 6" blocks, you may join in, too!  I really hope so.  Some of the members of my Bee are interested in it, too, so I hope to share their progress as well.  Last year, I made the quilt from my stash and was really pleased to get such a great-looking quilt! 

I'll be back late tonight or early tomorrow with a post about the Santa Sack Swap.  Have a great day!
I plan to actually spend time in my quilting room.  Maybe one of these days I will have a quilt to show you!



  1. Ooooh....no wonder you left the keys in the door....all those yummy fabrics distracted you! I really like the looks of the French General fabric--I may have to pick up that bundle too!

  2. Wow.... Santa Claus came early to your house! What a haul you got there... love all those blues, reds, creams, taupes, and everything!

  3. Wow I love those fabrics they are beautiful.
    I'm waiting until Lily gets back from school to open my Santa Sack Swap gifts. She gets as excited as me when I get gifts in the post.Christmas Hugs Melanie xxx

  4. Wow, great fabrics! I will enjoy watching your progress on this one.

  5. Love Grants pass & I am Very excited about the French general line of fabric ! I will have to go and check that out ;-)

    Looking forward to following you making this quilt

  6. Oh my, that fabric is gorgeous! I would have left my keys in the door, too.

  7. If I got a box like that in the mail I'd forget some things as well. When I saw the contents I went, "ooooooohhhh!!!!" Have fun!!!

  8. I like the part about the box possibly getting stolen LOL! I have a hard time giving up the boxes too. I'm glad it's not just me.

  9. You are now way too important to have to be worrying about keys in doors and stamps in the correct corner! You have far more exciting things to be thinking about girlie!!! I love those fabrics... can't wait to see you whip them up into something special!

  10. What great fun! I love getting fabric in the mail, particularly packages from the Fat Quarter Shop. I don't know what I'd do if I got one from Moda. Gorgeous fabrics! I think I'd have to keep petting them.

  11. Oh my, no wonder you forgot your keys in the door!. I can relate because I have done the same thing a time or two. I had to laugh at Sinta's comment...you are now way too important...How cute is that!? I have to say I am so envious of your box of goodies, but you deserve them. You did a fabulous job of Monique's last sew along. I am catching your enthusiasm for the upcoming one. When do we get enlightened?

  12. How exciting JoAnne!! Love those fabrics!

  13. The fabrics are gorgeous! You are so lucky to be honoured with piecing the quilt and the free fabric.