Sunday, 13 September 2009

The names people call me!

My excitement can hardly be contained as I write this post - and I'm not easily excited! Some months ago, the lovely Angela invited me to be a designer (DESIGNER, I SAY!!) for Moda Bake Shop. I know, get out of town! Could it be true? Had she accidently sent the email to the wrong person ...? Well no, the name 'Bloom' and the word 'designer' were used in the very same sentence!
Of course, there are very few people that I actually know in my 'real world' that have any understanding of how exciting this invitation was. Even my family think I'm a bit loony! So I am relying on you all to share the excitement with me, because I KNOW you will 'get it'!
This is my debut project for Moda Bake Shop, my 'Simply-a-Bloom' quilt. You can find the tutorial for this quilt here.
It is a single bed quilt, made from a layer cake of Bonnie & Camille's gorgeous 'Simple Abundance' range by Moda. It is very simple quilt, and to call it a 'design' is generous in the extreme - but I really love how it has turned out. I love the simplicity of it. And of course, it is perfect for using up all those beautiful layer cakes stacking up in the cupboard. I really think this pattern would work with any range of fabrics.
The quilt was quilted beautifully by Belinda Betts of Eucalypt Ridge Quilting, who I am fortunate to have living nearby. The quilting design incorporates blooms & birds and is called Aves b2b by Anne Bright.
In an ever-deepening love affair with pieced backings (Red Pepper Quilts is to blame!) I have pieced the back of this quilt. This meant that only the tiniest scraps of fabric remained from my layer cake.
I feel so honoured to have been asked to post for Moda Bake Shop. It has been great fun to 'dip my toes' in the big world of quilt designing without having to 'jump right in'. I now appreciate the work & time that it takes to write up pattern instructions!
Have fun with my tutorial, & let me know if ever you make up your own 'Simply-a-Bloom' quilt. And please remember to do a little happy dance with me to celebrate! Best wishes, Bloom.

77 comments:

  1. COngratulations on being featured on the MBS! I already commented on this quilt on your site last night but now that post was pulled. Guess they didn't like you had it up before they did??? :S Gotta re-save the tutorial now. I AM going to make this someday.

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  2. ohhh! Congrats on being ivited to be part of Moda Bake shop!

    I have a quilt with Belinda at the moment for quilting, and seeing your has made me very excited about getting mine back :)

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  3. shimmying and shakin' and happy dancing all over the kitchen for you !!!!!
    Big squeezey hug and girly squeal

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  4. Congrats!! I'd be dancing in the streets...with no one to watch and understand too!! ;o)

    The quilt is beautiful! Off to see the tutorial now.

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  5. Woooohoooo!!! I just clicked on there site and had to rush back here to say congratulations. How fantastic x

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  6. Congratulations from moi! I am doin the biggest happy dance ever for you. :-) :-) Big smile from ear to ear !
    Miriam

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  7. Oh Goodness and I absolutely love the quilt too!
    Miriam ( again ! )

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  8. Congratulations!! What a great opportunity for you!

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  9. Just found your blog via the Moda Bake Shop. Congratulations! The quilt is gorgeous :-)

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  10. How exciting! What a wonderful way to "dip your toe" into the designing world. The quilt looks great and quite achievable.

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  11. I am happy dancing as we speak, that's a beautiful pattern/design and I have to go get the instructions.
    Lizzie
    XXX

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  12. Congratulations - and what a lovely quilt :)

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  13. Wow!...The quilt is just gorgeous! Congratulations!!! Lisa

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  14. You clever thing you! The quilt is gorgeous. I'm thrilled for you, it must be so exciting to be part of the MBS.

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  15. Squeeeeeeeeeeeee! Can't type much, happy dancing around the house. Yay you! And Yay Moda Bake Shop for recognising talent.

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  16. oh my, how very exciting! Well done you.

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  17. Hey congrats! This is my first visit to your blog. Looks beautiful. Consider me a new fan! I am off to sub you with Bloglines :)

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  18. It come as no suprise to me that you have been asked to be a designer, as your work is always beautiful.

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  19. I'm really dancing with you!!! A REALLY BIG HUG and congratulation to YOU!!! Your works always makes me happy;))))

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  20. Congratulations! It's absolutely gorgeous!

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  21. Congratulations...the quilt looks lovely...definitely on the to do list! You must be thrilled

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  22. Simply awesome...congrats to you! You must be so excited...gotta love Moda Bake shop!

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  23. OMG OMG OMG.................how exciting.............OMG..........you're a designer........OMG.....congrats........please remember me now your famous...........

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  24. How exciting! That would be a dream come true. The quilt is lovely - congratulations to you!

    S.W.A.K.

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  25. Your design is one of my favorite MBS projects. I can't wait to try it!

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  26. Congratulations! The quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great day.

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  27. I LOVE this quilt. Can you please tell me if ALL layer cakes have the same amount of squares? If not, can you tell me how many squares were in the layer cake you used so I have enough to do this quilt...Thanks!!

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  28. Congratulations on a great design!!!
    That quilt is certainly going on my list of quilts to make!

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  29. Congrats on the bake shop, can't wait to see your "recipe." I love your blog and I am a lover of peiced backs too! Thank you for al of your hard work! It is so inspiring!

    Glenda in MS

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  30. Rebecca in Tennessee14 September 2009 at 01:25

    Beautiful quilt....can't wait to make it!

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  31. Congratulations! It is so fun to know you are so excited about what you do and do it SO well!! I love the design and expect to use it soon!

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  32. This is a beautiful quilt! I have been looking for a baby quilt pattern and am thinking that this will be the perfect one to use for the pack of charm squares I just purchase! Thanks for the idea and congratulations!

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  33. Congratulations on being featured on the MBS! I bookmarked the pattern as soon as I saw the picture of your quilt on MBS! It is gorgeous! And absolutely on my to-make list!

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  34. Just saw your tut over at MBS and came over here to visit.

    Congratulations on your first MBS quilt! It's absolutely wonderful :)

    Lani

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  35. It is a beautiful quilt, Designer Bloom. The title is well worth it.

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  36. What a great opportunity for you, Congratulations!

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  37. Great Job!!!!! I plan on making this quilt. I like that it uses a layer cake and one extra fabric and makes a good sized quilt. Is there any way to get a printout of the directions?

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  38. Your blog is soo cute and sweet as is that tutorial with that beautiful Simple Abundance fabric! I am glad they asked you to contribute and I hope it won't be the last time! I've added your blog to my favorites. I find that the quilters in Australia always have a wonderfully colorful way of looking at things and I just love it!

    Anna

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  39. Beautiful job! I found your blog through your tutorial at the Moda Bake Shop! I just love it! I am new to sewing and really want to learn to quilt and tutorials like yours are simply wonderful! THANK YOU and I can't wait to see more of your work at MBS and on your blog! :)

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  40. Gooooorrrrrrr-geeeeeee-ous! Hard to believe it's a first ....how on earth could that talent have escaped the notice of the big designers!!????? It was only a matter of time!..... Congratulations!!! - will certaninly be making this one up! Thanks for the tute!
    Families just don't 'get it' like we do! (happy dance..happy dance...happy dance!)
    ;o) Wendy B

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  41. Wow! I absolutely love this quilt!
    Thank you for inspiring my next project - this is perfect. Well done and your blog is great too!
    Cheers from UK x

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  42. CONGRATULATIONS..... I love it, and am so happy for you.

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  43. I am sitting here grinning and just so darn proud of you..I knew it wouldn't be long before someone saw all that awesome talent....Congratulations my very special friend....I love you quilt I will go and print it off now...I am sending to you a great big cyber hug....Peg xxxx

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  44. Congrats on being picked! It really is an honor! You do lovely work, so I'm not really surprised!

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  45. Woohoo!!!! Congratulations!!! The quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  46. Happy Dance going on here in NZ:)
    Congratulations!

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  47. Congratulations. I love the Moda Bake Shop and your design is delightful.

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  48. Your quilt is darling, she definitely sent the e-mail to the right person. I can't wait to see more of your projects!

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  49. Congrats Bloom!! Your quilt design is just gorgeous!

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  50. Well done on entering the world of "designer". You deserve it. Your quilt is gorgeous.

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  51. Doing the Happy Dance for you! It's a super quilt - no wonder you were chosen, your projects are fab!

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  52. I love this pattern. Thanks. I found your site from the Moda Bake shop site and can't wait to make this. It's gorgeous. You have a lovely site too. I've bookmarked you.

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  53. I loved your quilt on moda's bake shop! I am just waiting for the simple abundance to come into our fabric store in town. Now I have something to look forward to sewing. thanks
    beth@ tbfoust5@msn.com

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  54. I'M DANCING!!! I totally get your excitement - most at my house would also look at me with a funny kinda look in their eyes :) :)

    Congratulations are definitely in order. It's a lovely quilt design with a lovely fabric line (can't wait to get my hands on some!!!). You definitely did it all justice.

    Enjoy the "glory"! All the best.

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  55. Hi I absolutely adore your Bloom quilt, the colours the applique, everything is just wonderful. Maybe if I have time I might even try to make it!

    It is great thank you!

    Anne

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  56. WOW! Congratulations.....
    and we get to know a "real" designer in person. Great for us too. xx

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  57. You did a great job on the tutorial - congrats!

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  58. Yes! I understand your exitement, and I can also understand why you were invited. That is a GREAT quilt design. I love the simplicity of it. Coincidentally I have a layer cake I've been hoarding and I think I see what it will become. :) Many thanks, Elaine

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  59. Oh congratulations... I've got a layer cake of Fig Tree's Gypsy Rose at home... guess what I'm going to be doing!!!

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  60. Lovely! Thank you so much for using Simple Abundance and making it look great! Love your design- this is one I'm going to have to make myself. Can't wait!

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  61. Congratulations! And what a fabulous quilt it is too! Love it!

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  62. Woop, Woop - you go girlfriend! I love the design and the fabrics, it's perfection.
    Love Janelle (aka NN!)
    PS Thank you for my amazing parcel of goodies, I shall blog about them soon.

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  63. Wow - congratulations! Yes, we all get it even though the 'others' in your life may not!! I love the Moda Bake Shop (and their fabrics) - it's a terrific site. I love your blog as well so combining the two is really the best of both worlds.
    Congratulations and I'll look for all your wonderful creations!
    Beth

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  64. Love the quilt! Its definitely going on my to do list! Congratulations!
    Nadine

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  65. Just had to say that I LOVE your Simply a Bloom design. Congratulations and thanks for the tutorial.

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  66. Hi thank you so much for a beautiful pattern I love it - wonderful. Rebecca in New Zealand

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  67. Hi Kim,
    Congratulations on your MBS debut. That's an awesome achievement. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  68. I love this quilt! And the pieced backing gives it even more personality.

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  69. Rebecca in Tennessee16 September 2009 at 23:44

    I check your blog often.....I must say, I love this quilt...gonna have to make it. Soon!

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  70. I'm doing the Happy Dance for you. Or with you... are you still dancing?!?! Congratulations!

    A fun pattern too. I love the addition of the appliques and that they were taken from the fabric itself. Brilliant.

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  71. CONGRATULATIONS, I am doing the happy dance here!

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  72. You wrote a great tutorial for Moda Bake Shop! I will enjoy making this one very much! Keep up the great work.
    (Oklahoma)

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  73. Ros, come back and see me, you haven't got an email addy for the giveaway.Sorry to leave a comment here.

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  74. Hi I just wanted to thank you for a great pattern and tutorial. I finished the top of this quilt last night and i love it, I already have a few family members lining up to claim it.
    I used Moda American primer layer cake. The instructions were fool-proof. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
    Annie

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  75. What a wonderful quilt! I am glad so many more people will see it in the Moda Bake Shop!!!

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  76. Congratulations. What an honour to be part of Moda. The quilt is lovely. Well done to you.
    Look forward to having a go at it.
    Love the pom pom poochie bag too.

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