Patootie. That's the second "p".
I'm sure this has happened to you. You open your e-mail box and there it is. An e-mail address that you immediately recognize with equal parts excitement and panic. Excitement because she's a nice person and you like her, and because she always has something new and exciting to share. Panic because if she's had an idea, you know it's going to mean completely re-arranging your to-do list because you're suddenly careening off in a new direction. A good direction but not exactly what you had planned.
So when I received an e-mail a few months back telling me about a new pre-cut that Moda was debuting at Spring Market - Moda Candy - I was just a tiny bit concerned. I'd been down this "rabbit hole" before.
But the word "candy" definitely got my attention. It usually does. Moda candy - fabric candy. That was all it took... resistance was futile. Okay, I didn't even try to resist.
For the un-initiated - Moda "candy" is the name for the newest pre-cut fabric temptation. Each mini charm pack contains 42 squares from one of their designer collections - and each square measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Basically, they're just like the "regular" charm packs... only smaller. They've sort of been around but not really, meaning you might get one or two from a Moda sales rep but you couldn't buy them anywhere. Until now. Let me get one thing straight - when I first read about these new mini charm packs, I thought they were kind of silly. If you needed four or five of them to make something, why wouldn't you just buy a regular charm pack?
And then I started thinking - I do that occasionally - and that's when I got side-tracked.
Majorly seriously side-tracked. Seventeen little quilts and almost a dozen pincushions side-tracked. And folks wonder why I call "her" a pest.
As I have done before, I decided to limit myself to just two mini-charm packs or 84 prints squares. I could add fabric for a background, sashings, cornerstones and borders, but that was it. So none of the projects needs more than 1 yard of additional fabric and a few need as little as 1/6 yard - not including binding and backing. The additional yardage can easily come from a Layer Cake or Jelly Roll of Bella Solids.
A single lone "regular" charm pack? That's enough for two Little Bites. Or a bigger Bite - information for that is included in the pattern. If you have leftover pieces and strips from a Jelly Roll or Layer Cake, that will work too. Actually, any leftover 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares - or scraps that you can cut into 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares - will work.
The best part is that these little projects can be quilted and bound to make little quilts or - and - they can be "finished" in a variety of other ways. Framed? Quilted or not, a couple of the projects will fit well into a ready-made frame. Pillows? You already know how much I like patchwork pillows. I can even see using one of these designs for the side of a simple tote bag.
The rest of the Little Bites patterns can be seen here.
Jot? Mite? Tickle? That's the easy part. They're all synonyms for "little bites" and little pieces. Seriously. At this point in our relationship, did you not already know that I love words? That I didn't have a well-used thesaurus within grasp? Okay, full disclosure - I had the idea for these names while driving down the freeway and... well, you don't want to know. Let it suffice to say that I finally did pull over onto the shoulder to look up synonyms for "little bites" on Thesaurus.com. While I faithfully refrain from "driving while texting", I do have the occasional problem with "driving while looking up stuff on Google". (If you live in Arizona and want to know what make of car to avoid, I drive a graphite-blue VW.)
I do love making pincushions.
If you leave a comment here before Midnight on Monday, September 3rd - that's the Monday/Tuesday midnight, right? - you're entered to win an assortment of Moda mini-charm packs. Two winners will be drawn on Tuesday and announced by Wednesday, September 5th. To be entered to win, please answer this question:
What is your favorite kind of candy?
E.g., M&Ms , any kind of chocolate, Life-savers, Skittles, etc.
If you don't like candy, that's okay. What's your favorite snack? Anybody who answers "carrot sticks" or "to-ferky" is automatically disqualified from winning a prize. (And yes, I'm kidding!)
And because you might want or need some patterns... Lissa and Moda Fabrics are giving away two complete sets of Little Bites patterns! You can enter to win those at the Moda Cutting Table.
Make sure you say "Hi" to Lissa - aka "she who enjoys sidetracking Carrie". The P.I.T.P.
(Just so you know... that stands for the "person I totally pester".)
She can side-track me anytime.
Happy Thursday ~ and Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Speaking of which, if you don't want to wait to see if you've won some patterns, the new Little Bites are available in the shop.
A "shop pack" of all eight patterns is available for a discounted price of $45.00. Just purchase all eight patterns and enter the code that applies - ShopPDF or ShopPaper - to get the Shop Pack price. If I goofed and it doesn't work, I promise to refund the extra cost.
And through the Labor Day weekend, the Little Bites are all 10% off the regular price. Just enter the code - Paper10 or PDF10 - to get the discount. PDF10 for PDF patterns and Paper10 for paper patterns.