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Portland SewDown

This weekend I’m thrilled to be heading to Portland OR for the Modern Quilt Guild’s SewDown. I’ll be taking classes from Julie Herman (JayBird Quilts), Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced), Sherri Lynn Wood (dainty time), and Heather Jones (Olive and Ollie)! And lecture presentations from Valori Wells, Bill Volckening, and Violet Craft. Needless to say I am excited.

It’s a nice bonus to visit my home state and favorite city. Wish me lots of happy sewing time and inspiration!

This week I love…
wifi on the train
light fluffy snow
a warm coat and coffee

Follow more of my Portland adventure on Instagram @modernquilter!


12% off site-wide today

It’s sunny in Seattle. And the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl. Celebrate with us — 12% off your entire order today. Simply enter coupon code GOHAWKS at checkout.


year end sale starts now

Seems a fitting thing to celebrate the end of 2013 with a big sale. We went a little wild in fact. The sale runs December 23rd thru 31st and it’s a doozy. We did our best to put everything on sale. Yes, everything (except our block of the month). Shop early, tell a friend, we’re going to have a lot of fun packing and shipping.

BlowOut Sale!

solids $6 per yard

designer collections $7 – $8 per yard

modern basics $9 per yard

precuts and bundles 25% off

Orders over $100 extra 5% off
(coupon code OVER100)

Orders over $200 extra 10% off + free shipping
(coupon code OVER200)


new in the shop this week

A goal for me in 2014 is to blog more. More projects, pictures, and let you know what is happening in the shop. This month we’ve unwrapped some really cute dots from Dear Stella. Emerald and Scarlet Confetti Dots shown here. 30 colors in all. Truly something that could sneak into any project. Imperfectly shaped dots because imperfect is better…it just is.


Along with the Dear Stella “Do It Yourself” collection. The clothespins are popular – unique colors that will easily blend into a lot of projects.

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Lots more on the way this month – new Kaffe Fassett fabrics, Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander, Lizzy House Constellations from Andover. Still two more spots in the Park Bench Block of the Month.

I also have some shop news to share. We quietly converted the entire shop so our yardage is priced “per yard” instead of half yards. The minimum cut is 1/2 yard and you can order in 1/4 yard increments. We think this makes it so much easier to shop and hope you’ll like it too.

December 23rd – 31st is our end of year sale. Solids for $6, designer collections for $7 – $8, modern blenders for $9, precuts and bundles 25% off. Order $100+ for an extra 5% off. Order over $200 for  extra 10% off + free shipping! See you Monday, okay?

It’s Giveaway Day

Updated 12/14/2013:  And the winner is….congratulations entry #222 barbe.








It’s time for the big Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew. Our giveaway is 7 half yards of Art Gallery Fabrics Minimalista – you choose the color way – watermelon, turquoise, or honeycomb. Check out the fabrics here, on sale for $10 a yard.

Minimalista Watermelon

Minimalista Watermelon











To enter, leave a comment  with your email address and tell us what you love about Minimalista. I will draw the winner
at random December 13 at 5 p.m. PST. And yes, I will ship internationally. Don’t forget to visit Sew Mama Sew for more great giveaways. Good luck and happy sewing!

Thankful for…

Feeling very thankful for my little online shop. For color and fabric and quilts. For quilters and sewists and crafters and friends. And what would the holidays be without a little shopping frenzy. So we have a little sale for you. Call it a Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday sale!! Through Monday the entire shop is 25% off. Just enter coupon code 25OFF at checkout.

Don’t forget to check back December 9th. We’ll be giving away something yummy as part of the the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. You can read more about that here.

Pearl Bracelet and why we love it so

The Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet collection arrived today. Check out all the colors here. A stash builder to pep up any project. And here’s a cute idea from Andover, a free pattern using all the colors!  ClickHERE to download the PDF.



It’s Giveaway Time!

I decided to join in on the fun over at the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. We are giving away 6 half yards of Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker! Many  of you know Jeni from her blog In Color Order. To win, enter a comment below. Drawing will be random. We will ship domestic or international.  Entries accepted until May 10 at 5 p.m. PST and the winner announced May 12th. Be sure to check out Sew Mama Sew for more great giveaways. As a special thanks for visiting My Modern Quilt Shop – FREE SHIPPING on all US domestic orders – now thru May 10th!  Yippee we love to ship free!

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed as of 5:00PM Friday May 10th.  The winner will be selected at random and notified by email. I will also post the winner here tomorrow.
EDIT: The winner is….Kay (Submitted on 2013/05/09 at 12:37 AM).  This was so much fun.  Thank you all!!

Kona Solids compared to Pure Organic Solids

Thought you all might be interested in a comparison of the Pure Organic Solids to the Kona Solids.  While both are from Robert Kaufman, there are a few differences and many similarities.

First, the colors.  Pure Organics come in 35 colors.  Kona Solids come in 243 271 colors.  With so many colors out there, you might find it handy to have your own color card of swatches.  The range of colors available in Pure Organics is fantastic – a broad range of the most modern shades.  Color-wise, there are not exact matches between the two lines.

Now, on to the fabric.  I did my own test of the “hand”.  Prior to washing the regular Kona solid feels a little softer.  The Pure Organic looks more finely woven.  The difference is very subtle and your own opinion might differ.  After washing, the Pure Organic felt ever so slightly softer.  Again, very little difference.  In fact, I personally would not hesitate to mix the fabrics in the same quilt (just watch out for color variations).

The major differences are found in the specifications.  Kona is made in Indonesia and weighs 4.35 oz per square yard.  Pure Organics are made in Pakistan and weigh 4.66 oz per square yard.  And finally the most important aspect, the Pure Organics are certified organic which means they adhere to a more stringent process.  You can read about the greenStyle here.  The Pure Organic Solids would be a wonderful addition to any project that is already including other organic cottons.  It’s a feel-good addition to our stash and a message to our industry that we support organic cloth and dyes.

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