Guest Post: Monica Solorio-Snow on Happy Mochi Yum Yum

Thank you all so, so much for all the kind words and wishes and welcomes for Theo! The sleep deprivation is really starting to set in but otherwise everything is going really well. Thanks for hanging in there with me! Today, I welcome Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie fame. She’s here to tell us all about her second fabric collection, Happy Mochi Yum Yum, has just started arriving in stores. Take it away, Monica!

I’m so excited to be doing a guest post here on True Up – I feel like the White House chef called me and asked me to cook a meal for the president! I’m not the best cook, so I hope my bean and weenies cut it! Speaking of food (my big fat cheezy segue), my newest line for Lecien Fabrics is Happy Mochi Yum Yum.

Happy Mochi Yum Yum

Happy Mochi Yum Yum debuted this last May, and is now appearing on shelves in Brick & Mortar and online shops. A growing list of shops can be found here, updated as soon as I’m informed of shops carrying HMYY.

At Quilt Market last May, I was surprised to hear how many people had never heard of Mochi, or even knew how to pronounce Mochi (mo-chee). I’m gonna cheat, and swipe my story right off my blog: Happy Mochi Yum Yum was inspired by the colorful and happy displays of sweet mochi confections I would see in the Japanese grocery stores when we lived in Honolulu, Hawaii. The happy little yummy mochi confections of pounded sweet rice were like delicious bouquets of flowers to me. One of my fondest memories about living in Hawaii was the Japanese tradition of families and friends gathering for the New Year’s Day “good luck” mochi-pounding – and it being all about families, friends, happiness, good luck and sweet, squishy, happy, yum-yum mochi. Happy Mochi Yum Yum!

The mochi in Happy Mochi Yum Yum

There’s so much curiosity about Mochi, and one doesn’t have to travel to Hawaii to try Mochi, it can probably be found in a frozen ice cream version right at your grocery store – or at your local Trader Joe’s. Also check your Japanese markets – Mochi is a staple in a Japanese and Hawaiian home. I just found out from my friend Mo (Mo, as in mo-chee!), that even the American Girl doll Kanani has a Ukulele Set that comes with a tray of mochi!

Mochi ice cream - oh yum yum!

For the line, I wrote up a free pattern called Super Zig and it’s available free at Lecien’s website here. Fun to make and a good pattern for large scale prints.

Super Zig with Happy Mochi Yum Yum

I’ve gotten to have some fun using HMYY, and recently joined the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long hosted by Amanda and Angela. I’m still having fun, but I don’t know if I’ll make it to all 111 blocks. I love to see what people are doing with Happy Mochi Yum Yum, so I hope people will want to share their photos at my Happy Zombie HQ flickr pool. I’m curious. I’m nosy. And I’m super thrilled when I see stuff made in HMYY!

Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 7

I’ve got other plans for HMYY too… of note, I think I’ll be working on a baby quilt next!


  1. This fabric is so fresh and crisp. Love the staging outdoors too.
    Congrats to Monica on a beautiful line.

  2. This interview was amazing. I have this line now. My 7 year old grandaughter picked it for het quilt. It makes you feel happy just looking at it. Thank you Monica for such a wonderful line of fabric and thank you True Up for this post. Get rest when you can.

  3. MollyP says:

    Miss Zombie just makes me happy! I snatched up her Holiday Happy line when it came out last year and I am lookin’ to get my hands on some HMYY, too! I just love her style!

  4. susan b. says:

    Love Monica and love Happy Mochi Yum Yum!

    And congratulations to Kim + your beautiful family – xox