Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Snuggly Quilt for my Dad

My dad, like a lot of dads out there, is really hard to shop for.  So this year for Christmas, I wanted to do something for him besides just buying another gift card.

When we got our "Generation Gap" panel in featuring the Pickles comic by Brian Crane, I just knew it would be perfect for my dad.  So, I got out some of my Moda Jelly Roll strips and other coordinating fabrics and got to creating.
The smaller comic strip blocks weren't completely square so I decided to do a reverse applique technique.  Hope this inspires you to make something for that special dad/grandpa in your life!

~Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What Cancer CANNOT Do - Quilt Tutorial

Hello Friends!  I have come up with a quick, easy, and fun quilt tutorial for all those wonderful quilters out there!  Even if you aren't an expert, this is a quilt that anyone who can sew a straight line can make :)
Supplies:
Steps:
  1. Iron "What Cancer Cannot Do" fabric panel flat and cut out sayings to the same size (approx 3.5" x 6.5")
  2. Cut (6) 2.5" wide strips of both the Dinky Dots - Pink and the Dinky Dots - Lime Green fabric.
  3. Line up the strips together and cut the same height of the sayings (approx 3.5").  You will need 2 of 3.5" pieces for each saying - there are 12.  You will do 12 pieces of the pink and 12 pieces of the green fabric.
  4. Sew 1 piece onto each side of the saying.  Press open.
  5. Measure across the middle of the finished piece.  Cut 12 2.5" wide pieces of the pink and 12 pieces of the green fabric.
  6. Sew 1 piece onto each side of the saying.  Press open.
  7. Measure your finished blocks and cut 12 blocks of the Sew Many Ladies - White to the same dimensions.
  8. Layout quilt blocks per the pattern and iron onto the Quilter's Grid.  If you would like to see how to use the grid, watch our YouTube video.
  9. Flip and sew each row to complete the quilt top.
  10. Press top nice and flat.
  11. Bast your quilt top to the Luna Loft 80/20 Blend Batting and backing fabric using Basting Spray.  If you have never used this AH-MAZING product - order yours today!!!!  It will save you SOOO much time, energy, and knees (if you are one to climb around the floor pins your quilt for hours).
  12. Quilt and bind as you desire.
And you are done!  This quilt makes a fabulous gift for those in the middle of their treatment and those amazing survivors among us!
~Happy Sewing!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy Birthday (a little late)

Just recently, our fearless leader Karen celebrated a wonderful birthday milestone (no need to mention which milestone, lol).  Her daughters got together and surprised her with Retro-Themed Roller Skating Birthday Party!  We had a blast and ACTUALLY managed to surprise her!
Karen, with a few grandkids, singing "Happy Birthday" to her :)
Her husband surprised her with some fun, romantic, reminiscence of the pasts gifts to commemorate her birthday!
A few of the kiddos skating
Karen and her girls :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Karen has been sewing!!!



Karen has been busy making quilts for 3 of her friends that have been in the hospital the past few months!  She went crazy designing new patterned quilts as she went.  Her first one she made was for Sue… her neighbor and friend.  Sue is fighting esophagus cancer.  Karen made her a quilt with lots of chenille and airplanes (since they live on a runway for airplanes) their husbands are both pilots… AND of course she added the “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words
Next quilt she made for her bestest friend’s (next to her husband, that is…) husband, Mark.  We all just this past month found out that Mark has lung cancer… It is a hard and long road to recovery… but he needed to have a quilt and a pillow that was for him!!! So… Karen made him a “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words… but used the layer cake precuts from Timber Trail Flannel by Holly Taylor … of course by Moda.  Mark and Dianne live in a woodsy area out in the country and this line was PERFECT FOR THEM.

She combined a few older flannels to complete his quilt and then made Dianne a “Hers” quilt to compliment his… she used similar fabrics with the extras from that layer cake… added a few others and used “Friends Indeed” panel from our Say it with Words… It turned out great!  Still need to make her a pillow to complete the set… but this is how they look…  It’s a card in a quilt!!!  F-O-R-E-V-E-R! 

Check out our flannels and precuts!  Lots of new ones!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What is Home a la mode?



Home a la mode is a step back in time. 

Get quality cotton linens for your kitchen or bedroom.  Tablecloths, towels, potholders, aprons and more.  Old style canisters and lunch tins are just a few of over 2,000 products Home a la mode offers.  




Our Quilt Shop has lots of MODA fabrics, books and notions… “If Moda makes it, we will carry it!”
ALSO, check out our newest line of Whimsical Fabrics with Nurses, Friends, Dogs, Cats, Girls and more… 

Our CARD in a QUILT… Say it with WORDS… get your panels off the website to let your favorite quilts have words of inspiration for that special someone. 



AND for all those travelers or locals, come check us out at our kitchen store at:  “Kaboodles” at 513 W Main Street, Denison, TX  75020  (across from Country Java).  It’s a 5,000 sq. foot store of arts, antiques and MORE!!!!
 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Manger Wall Hanging

Are you looking for a fun and easy Christmas project or gift?  Look no further!  We have created a beautiful wall hanging using our "Christmas Manger" panel and the Winterlude fabric line by Moda.  We have this kit for purchase on our website for $49.99 - it includes everything but the batting!

Friday, November 21, 2014

It's Been Awhile

Sorry we have been away from the blog world for a little while - the ladies of Home a la mode have been traveling all over.  In the last 6 weeks, we have been to Oklahoma City for the Affair of the Heart show, and the to Houston for the International Quilt Festival, and we are in Tulsa this weekend for the Affair of the Heart show again :)

We are busy making plans for the upcoming year.  We are really looking forward to growing this blog with new, fun product launches, videos & tutorials for quilts and crafts, and much more. 

We would LOVE to get your feedback - what would you like to see from Home a la mode?  Comment below.. you never know, there might be a prize involved ;)

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