Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Getting ready for April and Moda Blockheads Block #4

By Me :)

But first.....
April is almost here and thank heavens we've had a few "April Showers".
To get us all in the mood for April we've put our Parasol Princess kit on sale for 25% off.
Stitching on it's cheery fabrics will drive away any "blahs" the showers might bring.

While we're talking about stitching I should stop and talk about thread - that's our subject for this week.  I mainly use a 60 weight thread to appliqué with - of course matching the color of the thread to the appliqué, not the background.



Here's the little Table Stand Quilt I posted last week 
(You can get either kit by clicking here)


And look what hatched this week ---
6 brand new baby Bantys.


Now if I can just figure out how to train them to pull a cart :)
Probably not....

The 
Moda Blockhead block
 for week #4 is a 6" Beeskep Block 
and you can download the pattern by clicking here.


For those of you who aren't quite sure what a "beeskep" is, this one is an
English Straw Bee Skep.  For centuries, beekeepers used "skeps" (domed baskets), to house their hives.


                                     

Here are two that live in my garden. 
Beeskeps show up in my quilts frequently so, of course, I had to have a 6" one.

Now lets check out what the other designers have done with my block by going to their blogs


Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday when we'll be seeing the block for Week #5 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

To Market Table Stand Quilt & Moda Blockheads BOW - Block #3

I don't think it's officially Spring yet
but I think we're all ready for it!


Baby chicks, rabbits and Easter Baskets are showing up everywhere at our house
and our latest Table Stand quilt is ready to ship.
You can get 15% off by joining the Club if you call or email Tammy at 816-632-7632 or you can buy it at out store by clicking here


And ready or not it's 
Block #3 of the Moda Blockheads BOW
and X marks the spot.
Four X, that is, by Jo Morton


This is my version made with Jo's line Reflexions  
You can make your own by downloading the pattern if you click here.

Be sure to check out what the other designers have done with her block by going to their blogs


Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday when I'll be showing you the 1st of my blocks for Week #4 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Week #2 of Moda Blockheads BOW -

This is my Lilac Hill quilt made of the Moda fabric line of the same name.
Some very nice ladies have asked me to please do a tutorial on the quilt to help them along.


There is, however, a problem with that.
I don't have any of the fabric left.

My next fabric line is called Sycamore - it will be showing at Spring Market and ship next Fall.  I love it
AND

the fabric line after that - the one that will show at Fall Market and ship the following Spring is called "Lilac Ridge".

So....... all of this is leading up to the fact that the colors will be somewhat similar to Lilac Hill and I have already planned on doing a wallhanging using the house block.
You'll have to wait until I get the fabric but I will do a tutorial for you.
Thanks for asking.
And by the way, the pattern is on sale all month.

Now for 


Aunt Dinah by Betsy Chutchian



I used fabrics from her line Racheal Remembered to make the block.

You can download the pattern by clicking here.

Be sure to check out what the other designers have done with her block by going to their blogs


Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #3 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Well..... At long last I am officially a Blockhead!

But Not Just any Old Blockhead
I'm a Moda Blockhead.




And you can be one too by joining Lynne, Betsy, Jo, Lisa, Carrie and me 
as we make forty-eight 6" blocks.

                         

We've been waiting for this for weeks so come Quilt Along with us and lets get started.



The 1st block is Whirligig by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles and I chose fabric from Lynne's Thistle Farms to have it made.
(I'm not known for my piecing so my friend Amy Gertz has joined me in some of the sewing.)
To download the pattern and instructions for the block click here.

And I know this isn't a Blog Hop but you will want to hop (or stroll) over to the other ladies blogs and see what they have done with Lynne's block.

Lynne -
Blog - 
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/ 

Betsy -
Blog - 
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/ 

Lisa B -
Blog - 
https://lisabongean.com/ 

Jo -
Blog - 
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/ 

Moda -
Blog - 
http://blog.modafabrics.com/ 



On a very sad note, we lost our Spike a little over a month ago.
He was my sweetheart and he loved my quilts.
Whenever we changed the big quilt that hangs in the foyer, we had to lay it on the floor to attach it to the board it hung on and Spike was sure to run over to sit down.


And he didn't like being told to get off of it either.......
but he always did.


Here he is when we first got him.........


And here is Elizabeth - our new puppy


I could only stand about 2 weeks without a bulldog.
Luckily we found a breeder only about 3 hours away.
She is truly "Queen of the Realm" as Pep says.


Be sure to come back next Wednesday to see and get our next block - Aunt Dinah by Betsy!

And the timer was set for 7:00 but apparently it didn't go up.  Good thing I checked.  Aaargh!

Meantime Dobby and Elizabeth and I need to go feed the wild birds and let the chickens out.  Then  I'll sit and stitch for a bit while they play before it's back to work.  We still have a few Fabric Packs to get out and I have quilts to design. :)

Life is good ----especially for Blockheads.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Blockheads Fabric Packs

What Fun!  Lots of people seem to be joining our Quilt Along for Moda Blockheads.

 
Luckily I chose fabrics I had in stock so there will be a few substitutions but not many;.
Also Luckily the Blockhead patterns don't start going up until March 8th so we have time to cut more.
We'll get them to you asap so please be patient.  
We'll make sure you have them by the time the first pattern goes up as long as you get your order in by the March 1st.
And you can always catch up if you don't order in time;.  It's only a 6" block.  :):):)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forward HO!..........

One week closer to March 8th 
and the start of the Moda Blockheads BOW


We've been busy getting the Sweet 16s ready 
(24 in the Fabric Pack)


as well as some assorted Moda "Freecuts" (smaller) that you might need for the small appliqué bits.  We put them in because appliqué can have 6 ot 7 different fabrics in a block instead of 4 or 5 in pieced blocks.
You can get a Jan Patek Quilts Fabric Pack by clicking here

And you might want to go visit the others and see what they're up to :)



Lisa B -
Blog - 
https://lisabongean.com/ 



And I'm doing Carrie's blocks in my fabric line "Coral Bells" so you might want to grab a Layer Cake.
See you next week.  :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Blockheads? Moda Blockheads?

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Most of you who follow my work know that I don't usually do small quilts.
For instance this is Over the Meadow and its 82 x 98.
At the moment its available as a McCalls Quilt Along;.  If you want information on the quilt you can click here


While I love making bedsize quilts, lately I've really been taken with smaller quilts.  This is the backside of a Table Stand quilt "Moonlight Serenade" and it's made of four 6" blocks.  ( The front has a snowman, the birdhouse and bird.)


And the 6" blocks are what brings me to my latest love - a quilt made mostly of 6" blocks.
Carrie Nelson has done a great job of describing what the Blockheads are and what we're doing in the latest Moda Blog.   To quote her 

"Blockhead. noun block·head \ˈbläk-ˌhed\  A quilter who likes to make a wide variety of quilt blocks, who probably collects books filled with quilt blocks, who has lots of random quilt blocks but still wants to make more.
Does that sound like you?

I know five Blockheads.  They share a common bond in that they all love traditional and Reproduction fabric – they like to joke that they’re on the “dark side” of quilting.  Last Fall, they put their heads together and decided to create a Block of the Week – BOW – made with 6″ blocks.  They would each design eight blocks, swap the blocks and then share them with everybody else.  There will be forty-eight blocks with one posted every week starting in March.
The blocks will be available as free downloads."

So...................... I've been making 6 " blocks along with some help from a friend Amy Gertz.

And I'm designing a quilt in my head to use them and I'm getting pretty excited about it.
Here are my fellow Blockheads

Lynne Hagmeier
Betsy Chutchian.
Jo Morton.
Lisa Bongean.
& Carrie Nelson



And here's what I've decided to do with the blocks.
I'm going to design a medallion quilt - kind of.
The center block will be 18 or 24" with borders and the 6" blocks will surround it.
Lynne also asked me to design some 3" x 12" sashing strips with appliqué and they'll be in there to keep the quilt from being too "all in a row".  You'll also be able to download them at some time.
Anyway, my 6" appliqué blocks will be made of vintage Jan Patek fabric with some current fabrics mixed in and I will have a Fabric pack of those available just before the blocks start being posted in March.
The blocks Lynne designed will be made of her Thistle Farms fabric, Betsy's will be made of her Rachel Remembered, Lisa's of her Liberty Gatherings, Jo's of her Reflections line and Carrie's will be made of my Coral Bells line.  So when you shop pay attention to Fat Quarters and Fat 1/8 of those lines.  And Shops a good stock of Layer Cakes would be a great idea.  (These are Layer Cakes rolled up)


And another good thing to have in stock is 1" and 1/2" Triangle Square Paper.  
Lisa Bongean is an awesome designer but Amy and I have decided she must be a little OCD - wow, wait until you see her blocks.
I should be so crazy:)