I must say this sure made the month of February fly by.
Lissa Alexander, Moda's director of marketing, is our featured blogger today.
Hop on over to her blog for fun and games with prizes.
Lissa joined the Moda team shortly after I did.
She brought a lot of creativity and energy to the company.
She is the kind of person everyone should have as a friend.
I have chosen a piggy bank for today's subject.
I have titled the painting ...
Some people only withdraw from your emotions.
(You really need to stay away from those people.)
Lissa deposits into your emotions.
It may be a little gift in the mail, or a one line email.
It's like she has a sixth sense, and she somehow knows
that you are running on empty and really could use a deposit.
And today I will not tell you to check back tomorrow to see the painting of the day or to link up with anyone, as this is the end of the mini pictures and the blog hop. If you are interested in Moda/Sandy Gervais history keep scrolling, otherwise this blog ends here.
Remember to make as many deposits as you can today and you and all around you will be rich.
From my heart.
The owner of Moda, Mr. Mark Dunn, is known for his funky clothing and even wilder shoes.
At my first Quilt Market, Mr. Dunn and Cheryl Freydberg came to my booth to ask me to design fabric for Moda.
A linen suit with an Aztec black print.
You will never find Mr. Dunn in a plain white shirt.
Or a navy blue blazer.
In my early days at Moda, WATTS lines and faxes were the way to communicate.
There was no such thing as "branding" as evident in my first portfolio.
No mention of Moda anywhere.
The Moda logo prominently displayed.
Moda's selvages have changed over the years.
My first selvages. Just Moda and my name.
This is The Great Outdoors border fabric.
This was one of the lines that nobody guessed correctly.
Later we changed to this.
Moda, my name and the line of fabric.
Now they have all of the above, plus the pattern number.
VERY helpful if you are googling fabric.
My first market with Moda/United Notions they had a 4-plex of booths.
Today they have 24+ booths.
The booth went from a very plain business look
to all of the creativity that you see in Moda's booths today.
(Lissa Alexander has a lot to do this creativity.)
This dollhouse themed booth was one of my favorites.
At one time Moda produced dishes.
These were short lived as they had problems
with packaging and breakage in shipping.
I had a total of three lines of fabric converted to dishes.
This tree was taken from my Christmas Brights line of fabric.
I use these dishes every year during the month of December.
I think the gingerbread man dishes are a Deb Strain design.
In 2004 Bruce and I joined Moda for a trip to Seoul Korea.
I was able to tour the art studio and the print plant to see my fabric being printed among many other touristy side trips.
It was a trip of a life time.
In 2006 we returned the favor and invited Korea to Iowa.
They thought that Algona's large grain elevator was an apartment building.
And they asked "where is the corn?"
People think of Iowa as tall corn.
It was early May and the corn was just coming out of the ground.
Korea - Iowa - two different worlds.
I have pictures of the Korea trip but it seems my scanner died today.
The death of my scanner was not a shock.
It had been on borrowed time for quite sometime now.
Some of you must have mis-read my blog.
As I said I would list all of my lines of fabric - NOT picture them.
As I stated I am missing many of the prints.
And do you know how long it would take to scan in even just one piece of fabric from each of the 89 lines?
I cannot spend that much time on something that does not make a girl money.
I will list them by year and name.
The first few lines are a little uncertain as to which order they were produced as Moda was not keeping computer records at the time and the portfolios were not dated.
Pieces From My Heart (this consisted of four groups)
Melody of Angels
Friends and Flower
Don't remember the name
The Great Outdoors
I Love My Cat
God Bless America I
God Bless America II
Gift of Love
Babies and Bees
Posies and Pals
A Children's Choir
In Full Bloom
All things Christmas
Sweet Land of Liberty
Do the Funky Chicken
Whispers in the Wind
We the People
New Hats old friends
Heart & Soul
Bittersweet & Boo
New Quilts...Old Friends
Take a Bough
Sweet Potato Pie
Cold Winter Noses
Trick or Treat
Mix & Mingle
Fall Back In Time
Red, White and Bold
Merry & Bright
Pumpkins Gone Wild
Zipptiy Doo Dah!
Objects of Desire
Nautical and Nice
Yet to come in 2011:
This is all I can remember. I think I might be missing a fall line somewhere.
That's a brief history.
The world and Moda has changed a lot since I joined Moda. Every year Moda does something to make life easier for a shop owner and to better the company. Moda also gives back and supports many charities.
One of my favorite quotes is:
"Retirement is for those who aren't all-consumed by their professions.
An Artist can't retire."
Milton Glazer (Artist and designer of I (heart) New York.)
I hope to be a part of the Moda family for many more years to come, as I too never plan to retire.
From my heart,