Mama Said…

In Quilting by sweetwater

Mama Said Sew.  Oh, that might be one of the cutest phrases I've ever heard.  It was about a year ago when we learned of a new fabric store in Fort Collins, Colorado- just about 80 miles from us.  So, of course we had to go check it out.

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Cute name, cute sign, cute everything!  You may remember me talking about the shop last year when we photographed our "Hometown" quilts at the store.  If you are anywhere near Fort Collins, take a trip into Old Town and visit "Mama Said Sew".  You won't be disappointed.  

The store and the name left quite an impression on us.  We all had the same thought:  what a perfect name for our next fabric line.  But we didn't feel right about just "taking" the name and using it.  So after weeks of contemplating, we finally decided that it never hurts to ask.  And it sure didn't.  Because Angela, the owner of Mama Said Sew, was so kind and generous and allowed us to use the name. So thank you, thank you, thank you, Angela for your generosity.  Every time I see the selvage of our new fabric, I think of that store.  And I hope that you will, too.

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So, today  we are officially introducing our newest line of fabric, Mama Said Sew.   It won't arrive in stores until sometime in August or September, but here is your first look.

We wanted to do something similar to one of our most popular lines of fabric, Authentic.  That collection was black, cream and green.  If you don't remember, here is a look:

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Of course, we didn't want to make it too similar (cause that would be boring), so instead of green, we wanted an entirely different accent color.  We tried almost everything- all different shades of blue and turquoise, some different greens, but ultimately decided on red.  We also threw grey in there.  Because grey is good with everything (just my opinion).  The collection ended up black, cream, red and grey.

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The theme of the collection is, of course, sewing.  The one thing we had to include- that we borrowed from Authentic– was a newspaper print.  It is easily the one piece of fabric that we receive the most e-mails about, the one that is most asked about, and the one that nobody can find anymore.  Until now. Except this one defines sewing words.

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So this is just a little warning- Moda will only print this one time (I'm about 99% sure of that).  If you see it somewhere and want it- you might want to get it then.  Otherwise, I might not be able to help you 2-3 years from now when someone e-mails me in a panic because they can't find that newspaper print.  

Our other vision for this collection is two-colored quilts:  think grey and cream, red and cream and black and cream.  Of course, we think that the colors look great all mixed together, but there is nothing more striking than a two-colored quilt.   My mom's working on a black and cream one right now that I can't wait to show you.  

So on to the fabric- here it is in black:

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The first print in the above photo is one of my favorites in the collection.  When my sister finished designing it, she handed it to me and wanted to know if I could tell what it said.

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I love how at a distance, it just looks like a graphic-type design, but up close, "sew" can be read easily.

Here is the grey collection:

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And the red:

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And you know, everytime we get a new collection we have a contest and give some away.  So, if you want to be one of the very first people to have Mama Said Sew, this is what you need to do.

We always have fun naming the different prints in the collection.  This time, we used all sewing-related words.  For instance,  the flower print is called "Lazy Daisy", the dictionary print is "Sewing Guide" and the gingham is called "The Bias".  What do you think the zig-zag print is called (hint: it's not zig zag!).  

We have tried this before with Reunion, but it hit a snag.   A few of you did a little "cheating" and went to the Moda site to find the awnsers.  This time, I made sure Mama Said Sew wasn't on their site yet so everyone gets a fair chance.  

So all you need to do is leave a comment telling us what you think the zig zag print is named and what your favorite print in the collection is.  We are giving away a pre-cut of the collection, but won't have it until at least a couple of months.   We will choose a random winner next week.  Good Luck!

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