A few months ago my Moda sales rep called to say he had something exciting to show me; something he thought you all might like.
The morning Norbert arrived for our appointment he started by pulling some pretty ho hum fabric samples from his sample bag. One by one he opened the cardboard covers to reveal the new collections hidden inside.
After a while I began to fidget and he could see I was less than enamored with his offerings. Trust me, he said. I'm saving the best for last (I always accuse him of doing that). Just when I was beginning to question the wisdom of having him drive all the way from Mission Viejo he showed me what he really drove to Bakersfiled for.
I listened carefully as he explained the program and became so excited that I grabbed the picture of this amazing quilt, excused myself and hurried out to the front of the store to share my find with the girls who were working that day. Look at this, I said. This is so brilliant! Oh yes, it's a gorgeous quilt but the truly amazing part is that it's all precut!! What time deprived quilter wouldn't love the convenience of all these fussy little pieces precut with Steam a Seam 2 already on the back? The gorgeous batiks are already selected. There is no waste. No cutting. All you have to do is peel and fuse. Brilliant. Just Brilliant!
We discussed the cost and agreed we all would gladly pay a little extra for the convenience of having someone else do the "dirty work" for us and we all agreed we thought you would too.
I placed my order and waited, wondering what other quilters might think. Would hard core appliquers want to do this fusible quilt? Would they be willing to pay someone else to laser cut the fifty jillion pieces for them?
My answer came when our hand applique teacher stopped by a few weeks later wondering if I'd seen the new Laundry Basket precut quilt she read about on a blog. If Pam, The Queen of Hand Applique was excited, I suddenly had a new concern. Had I ordered enough kits?
The answer to that question quickly came when we almost immediately presold all of the kits I'd ordered from Norbert that day. (Word does spread fast in the quilting community). = )
So we called Moda to see if we could add to our initial order and they said that the response around the world had been so overwhelming that Laundry Basket had to purchase additional laser cutting equipment to keep up with the demand and that they needed to push back delivery dates to make it fair for all of the shops that ordered.
If you look closely, you can see the straight stitch our model maker used to secure the fused pieces. You could use a straight stitch, blanket stitch, zig zag or satin stitch.
Long story short, we'll be getting our kits in the first week of October and happily we were able to secure a few additional kits. If this looks like a quilt that you'd like to make please give us a call or go here to order. But don't wait, when these are gone I doubt that we can get more.
Encourage one another,