Moda Progressive Dinner… join me

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Okay. {deep breath}

I’ve been waiting what seems like forever to write this post.   You see last year, the kind people at Moda Bake Shop and Moda Fabrics asked if I’d like to contribute an article to a book they were publishing.   I was ecstatic! Then about 10 seconds later,  I totally panicked… I mean a book, that is a whole lot of PRESSURE!!!

I’m so excited to announce that the first Moda Bake Shop book has been published and is due out in stores this May!! Many talented designers have contributed to this book, I’m in awe that I get to be in such great company.

This will be the first time that I see my name in print, and I can’t wait.  About 3 years ago I was browsing my local fabric store and saw a stack of squares of fabric and thought, “it would be fun to figure out something to make with all of those squares.” So I put them in my cart and didn’t think about them again for a bit.

A few weeks later I made this diaper bag, I was sold.  Being able to buy fabric already cut out seemed like a dream (as cutting out is my least favorite part of sewing). I challenged myself to see what else I could make from those little squares.

Next I made a few quilts..

I kept playing around and after a while I was asked to contribute to the Moda Bake Shop blog.   I am so grateful to have had that opportunity. Contributing to Moda Bake Shop boosted my confidence in my sewing abilities more than anything.  
I have so much fun dreaming up what I can make with all of those little squares…
Here are the projects that I’ve contributed to Moda Bake Shop in the past:
(still one of my favorite creations EVER!)
and here is a little sneak peek at my next Moda Bake Shop project, it will be posted in the next couple of weeks!!
You can also click HERE to see some other projects that I’ve made with Moda pre-cuts.
Now I can’t share with you my project from Fresh Fabric Treats yet, but I can show you a special sneak peek that they sent us.
As soon as I saw this my heart leaped a bit! This books is going to be awesome!!!  I can’t wait to get it and try out some of the projects.
Now I come to the reason I am writing this post today.  Moda Bake Shop is holding a progressive dinner!!  Today you get to stop by my little blog for “dinner”.. then make sure you head over to visit Kimberly Walus:
She blogs over at bitty bits and pieces.. her blog is totally awesome as are her Moda Bake Shop projects, you need to check out her blog, plus you can join her for Dessert on our progressive dinner!!!
If I were able to invite you all to dinner at my house, we’d have something warm and comforting, especially since it’s so cold outside.  
I’d serve you some warm soup, crusty bread, then invite you to come and see my favorite room in my house, my sewing room…
I’d invite you to sit in my polkadot chair (yep, that’s THE Polkadot Chair)….
then show you where I work!
But, since you can’t come visit me and sit in my Polkadot Chair, I will instead share with you my recipe for that yummy soup.
This recipe is from Traci at Amazing Mae, it’s one of our family favorites and one of the few that all of my kids will eat! Perfect for a wintry day!
Pasta Fagioli
1lb mild Italian Sausage
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
4 c. chicken broth
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 can canelleni beans
1 can kidney beans
1/2 c. ditalini pasta
1 1/2 t. Italian Seasoning
salt & pepper
parmesan cheese
I use link italian sausage, you can also use ground.   Brown link sausage in olive oil in a large stock pot.  Remove from pan and slice into bite sized pieces (it does not need to be cooked all the way).  Add onions to the pan and cook until translucent.  Add sausage back to the pan. Add chicken broth, tomatoes.   Smash 1/2 can of the canelleini beans ( you can also use 2 cans of beans if you like).  Add kidney and canelleini beans to pot. Add pasta and cook until pasta is tender. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
Keep your eyes out for Fresh Fabric Treats to be released!! As soon as I get the go ahead I’ll share with you my project from there. There will also be some fantastic giveaways going on here to celebrate!!!
In the mean time, make sure you stop by the other blogs on the Progressive Dinner!!!!

January 23
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts

January 24
Rachel Griffith of P.S. I Quilt
Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa

January 25
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts

January 26
Angela Yosten 
Jenny Garland

**just a reminder, the giveaway is being hosted on my review blog, you can find the link on the “giveaway” post… comments left here don’t count towards the giveaway.


  1. says

    I have really had fun browsing through your blog. Love the projects you have made and the tutorials. Thanks for the invitation to come visit and I will definately have to make up that soup!

  2. says

    YUMMY – I love Italian sausage in just about anything !!! Thank you for this great recipe.

    I am in love with Moda Precuts. Just endless possibilities.

    A pregressive dinner anyone would love to attend.

  3. says

    Oh, I love your projects. I can’t wait to see what you are doing with the Sherbet Pips! I have 3 charms and a jelly rolls of this and just can’t decide what to do with them.

  4. says

    This book does look like there will be great projects in it, can’t wait for it to come out! This is a great blog hop and you have had lots of projects on the Moda Bake Shop that are really cute. That soup sounds pretty good.

  5. says

    Thanks so much for inviting me to your progressive Dinner . . . this is so awesome. I just love your sewing room and wow that Polka Dot Chair is sooooo inviting. I am truly loving this. Thanks so much.

  6. says

    The soup is delish and I can’t wait to serve it up to my family. We have tons of snow and it is below zero here so just the ticket.
    Thanks for a lovely time. And the giveaway as well. I can’t wait to get a copy of this book.

  7. says

    I’m loving the Progressive dinner, finding great new blogs to read. Recipes for cooking, Moda fabrics, I eat and I sew what could be better than this,other than our families what more do we need… Thanks for the chance to win!! ;>

  8. says

    This is so exciting for you! I have stalked your Moda projects for a while… and looking at all those delicious charm pack projects make me want to start a quilting project. TO. DAY.

    Congratulations – can’t wait for the book!

    Oh – and more pics of the sewing place please. We stalkers need our fix! LOL!

  9. says

    WOW, it’s all amazing! I loved my visit in your charming sewing room. The polka dot chair is adorable! Thank you for the delicious soup!

    You are so inspirational!
    Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to get a copy!

    I’m having a linky party, if you would like to come join, there is a prize!

    Have a great weekend!
    Love, Brenda
    Deck The Halls of HOME with JOY

  10. says

    I already commented on the other blog, but HAD to comment here–your sewing area is DIVINE!! I love it–soooooo cute and welcoming. Wow!! Enjoy it!! (that chair is wonderful!!!!)

  11. says

    Yumm-o on the soup! I love soups like that but my husband does not because of the beans. I am a like like yourself sewing wise I love to sew a varity of things. I have been making clothing for a while and now I am back into quilts for a change up. Pluse I am learning quite a bit from every one else too. I would love to design my own stuff but fear holds me back.
    A great sandwich to go with that soup would be a tuna melt.

  12. says

    This book looks awesome, just based on the designer blogs I’ve been following. Congrats on being included! Your soup recipe looks totally delicious!
    Sandy E-H
    Bemidji, MN

  13. says

    I am going to have to make the diaper bag for my best friend who is pregnant with her first baby right now!! She’ll love it. Congrats on the book. I can’t wait to see it.

  14. says

    Your polka dot chair, how cute!!! Wow, are you awesomely creative! Wish I could come visit you and your beautiful sewing room, and maybe have some of that soup! Congrats on the book. Looking forward to buying it. :)

  15. says

    I am sooo excited about the book. I’ve only been quilting a couple of years and I love all the projects I have tried from MBS. Congrats for your contribution!

    And I can’t wait to try the soup. It looks great!

  16. says

    Congratulations on all the success Melissa! Wow! The book looks amazing. You are so talented, it’s not like I’m surprised, but I am truly thrilled for you. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

    I am going to have to whip up some of Traci’s soup too. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything made by her that I haven’t loved (but that goes for you too!).

  17. says

    Melissa, Congratulations on being a part of this wonderful book! I am SO excited for you and your success! The sneak peak looks great, and I can’t wait to see what you do with the pips! (isn’t that what they’re called? sherbet pips?!!)

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