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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

And 46 - Last one for me.

I'm definitely going to miss doing this each week.
It has become part of my quilting routine.

Block #46
Cat and Dog.

To download the pattern for Rufus and Dobby
(and for Dueces & Elizabeth)
click here.

I've gone over this with all of my recent blocks but since there are
still new people joining Blockheads, I'll go over the first few steps
and then refer you to my You Tube Tutorial on animals.  And as you
can see there's a cat block in my new teaching quilt - Pleasant Grove Primer.
Click on picture in the top box at the left for details.

To start making your block, trace the pattern on the matte side of
freezer paper and cut it out on the lines.

Iron the pattern shiny side down on your fabric.

Place the fabric on a sandpaper board and trace around the
pattern with a marking pencil.
This is your stitching line.

Cut the cat and dog out with about an 1/4" seam allowance.
Clip points and curves up to the drawn line.

Now I'm going to refer you to my tutorial on "And Kitty Makes Three" 
that covers how to appliqué animals - legs, tails, ears, etc. in depth.
To watch the tutorial, click here.

And here is the little Mini Quilt Kit that you can win if you make a comment
before Block 47
and the Random Number generator picks your number.

Or you can buy one by clicking here. 
I loved the Pieced Block hanger above the appliqué block.
Fits Blockheads perfectly, don't you think.

We do have a black cat named Dueces, a white bulldog named Elizabeth
a white cat names Rufus + a black Pembrook Corgi named Dobby.

Early last Fall I went to Golden Colorado to film a teaching series on
Needleturn Appliqué for The Quilting company.

 This is the Pleasant Grove Primer Quilt and it covers a lot of the
techniques and "challenges" you'll find in Needleturn Applique.
Click on the name or the picture in the box at the top of the left column to get the details.
One thing I really like about it is that you get to download the course -
 it's yours - so you can stop and go back over things as many
times as you wish.

If you sign up before the launch date of February 2nd 
and use the code JAN10
you'll get 10% off.

Now to back up to the Name for the 2018 Mystery Quilt.

There were so many good ones that as usual it was hard to pick
but I finally settled on
Midnight Garden.

Susanne, if you'll email Tammie at and
give her your snail mail info, your first block with arrive in February.

And for those of you emailing about the 2017 MQ Quilt, the last block,
assembly page and borders go out this month if it ever thaws
out enough for things to move - it's supposed to start getting
warmer here tomorrow so we should be good to go.

Now - lets go see what the other designers did with the cat & dog.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #47.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

45 - WOW

Double Dutch
Jo Morton

You can download the pattern by going to Jo's blog by
clicking here.

And I actually have time to answer the question this week.

"Do you have any exciting plans or adventures on your calendar for 2018?"

Yes - my 2018 Mystery Quilt that starts next month.

I love my Mystery Quilts.
They're always a BOM and I usually have time to make most of the blocks myself.

What I don't have - as usual - is a name for it.
So we'll have another "Name the Quilt" contest.
Make a comment and give me a name and I'll choose one before next Wednesday.
In return for the name, we'll ship the winner the pattern and fabric for a block each month.  
(We will charge for the borders).
International quilters, you can enter but we will have to charge you 
shipping each month- it's about 13.00 except for the borders.

For now, lets go see what the rest of the designers
have done with Jo's block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #46 of the Moda Blockheads BOW when I'm up again :)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

We're Getting there!!!!!

Lawyer's Puzzle
by Betsy Chutchian
made from my fabric line
Coral Bells

You can go to her blog to 
download the pattern by clicking here.

Since I've been busy hanging out at the hospital with Pep for 8 days and then doing Christmas 
I haven't had time to do many of the questions so I
thought I'd just pick one to answer today.

"How many quilts-projects did you make this year?  How many were for "work"?  How many were "just for fun"?"

How many is easy.  When Linda Brannock and I started quilting she told me "There's no use going to Market without 6 new patterns".  So that's what I've always done.  And since until this next year (I'm cutting back a little since I'm in my 70s) I've always designed 2 fabric lines that's 12 quilts (including wallhangings, table runners, etc.). Plus, of course miscellaneous other quilts that just came to mind.
And for years I also designed a Featured Fabric Quilt and a Mystery Quilt each year.  They were the large Queen or King size quilts.

That's quite a question and kind of hard for me to answer.
  It's hard for me to answer because making quilts for work is fun to me.  
I awaken every morning thinking "what do I get to work on today?"   I still do a Mystery Quilt each year and I think it's usually one of my favorite quilts because its a 12 month BOM which means I get to do a lot of the stitching myself.  One block a month is a breeze.

Sitting on my Lap App is what I'm working on today, 
1/2 of Block #12 of 2017 Mystery Quilt, "Country Blessings"
Size: 76 x 84

After I sew it to the Mini Charm Section which will complete the blocks,  
we'll do the borders and send it to Lori to be quilted.

And then I'll start on the 1st block of the 
2018 Mystery Quilt yet to be named
Size:  80 x 94

I've already ordered the fabric for the background blocks
and it came late yesterday.  

All of those Broken Dishes blocks will be scrappy
I'm really excited but
I had to make myself stay out of the loft 
because its hard to tear myself away.  I have to take 
Pep to Kansas City to the doctor for a check up today. 
He can't drive yet after his surgeries& he is more important than any quilt.

Oh. and if you want to join in on the fun, email Tammie at
The number of club members we can have is limited due to fabric.
It's around $30.00 each month which includes shipping 
except for the last month when we send a block and the borders.

Anyway, that was a heck of an answer.

Oh and one more fun project!!!
I just love doing the little quilts I started doing to demonstrate
my 6" blocks.  And I have found the most awesome hanger for the 
next one which is my last one.  I can't wait to start it.

Now - 
lets go see what the other ladies did with Betsy's block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #45 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #43

Any Direction 
Lynne of Kansas Troubles

You can go to her blog 
to download the pattern
by clicking here.

And since I was busy being at the hospital without my computer and with my mind elsewhere, I didn't get to announce the winner of the Lilac Ridge fabric pack and patterns.

BUT Now at long last I can - (computer and mind both back in place).

Drum roll please
The winner is......................................


who on December 13th commented
"Love Love Love everything Jan...Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!"

Tiffanee, if you will email Tammie at or call her at 816-632-7632 after 10:30 CST, and give her your information she will mail your box of Lilac Ridge goodies that Moda provided.  Congratulations and thank you.

Now lets go see what the other designers have done with Lynne's block.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here in a brand New Year - next Wednesday - for Week #44 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #42 - at long last

Turnstile by
Carrie Nelson

Made from my Coral Bells fabric line
To download the pattern
go to Moda's blog by clicking here.

Two weeks ago today I drove Pep to the Pain Clinic at Research Hospital in
Kansas City, Mo. to get an epidural for his hip which had been injured at work.
They took his vital signs and instead of giving him the epidural,  the doctor
wheeled Pep to the other end of the hospital to the emergency room.
His heart rate was 186 - around 3 times what it should have been.
They got the heart rate down to normal, gave him a prescription
and told him to monitor the rate.  The next morning the heart rate was back up.
We got the prescription filled as soon as we could
but his heart rate stayed high even with the medication so we went back to the hospital.
I should mention here that Pep works at Research (an hour from our home)
and has for over 30 years.

To make a long story short, 10 days and 2 surgeries later we came back home.
Pep had excellent care and we want to thank all of the doctors and nurses involved.
I drove back and forth almost every day except for a few days when I
stayed at the home of our son Max and his wife Valerie who live in Kansas City
relatively close to the hospital.  Mostly I had to drive back and forth
because of the animals until our grandson Jake finished finals at
UMKC.  You can board dogs and cats but not chickens.

I had called Carrie Nelson at Moda to let her know what was going on
 and sent her the picture of Block 42 which she published on Moda's blog.  

BUT we have some catching up to do.
I need to have the Random Number Generator pick a winner
for the Lilac Ridge precut.
I'll announce that winner on Wednesday when I post Block #43.

And I should let you all know that in here somewhere Tammy's brother died
and while I had to be in Kansas City at the hospital,
she was in Wichita, Ks. at a funeral.
It hasn't been a very good month for us.

We're all back safe and sound now and hopefully up and running again.

And for me at least, appreciative of all your thoughts and prayers
and of our God who receives and answers them.

Merry Christmas from our homes to yours.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #41 & A Moda Giveaway

Pinwheel Star
by Lisa Bongean.
To download her pattern go to her blog
by clicking here.

+ (Plus)
The winner of last week's 
Blockhead Mini & Hanger

and the winner is......
drumroll please.......

Mary Ann who said
"Love the block.  The little hanger displays it perfectly."
Mary Ann, if you will email Tammie at
and give her your snail mail address, she'll send your kit.

If you didn't win (and unfortunately we can't all win)
you can buy a kit that includes the hanger by
clicking here.

And there's still more.
The a chance to win a Moda Give-away.
Thank you so much Moda.
Each of the Moda Blockhead designers is having a giveaway this week (courtesy of Moda).
So once again, make a comment, any old comment
and I'll have the Random Number generator pick a winner
and announce it next week.

I'll be giving away fabric and an assortment of patterns from Lilac Ridge.

 For now, lets go see what the other designers have done with the Lisa's star and see what they'll be giving away.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #42 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Moda Blockhead #40

Cardinal on a Berry Branch
by Jan Patek
That's Me:)

To download the pattern click here.
And as usual I got to make another little block in order to show you how.
A lot of you probably know the routine by now but we'll go over it anyway.

First trace your patterns onto the matte side of the freezer paper.
 Then cut them out and iron the shiny side to your fabrics.

Lay the fabric on your sandpaper board and 
trace around the pattern with a marking pencil.  
This is your stitching line.
Peel off the freezer paper.

Repeat with all of the patterns except the berry.
Clip the inside curve on the branch and
baste both edges under.

Do a running stitch around the outside of the berry,
put the freezer paper berry inside and draw the thread up around the paper.

 Appliqué the branch and the berry to the background.

Baste under the top and the bottom of the cardinal.

Appliqué the wing to the back

Then appliqué the cardinal in place on the branch.
To learn how to appliqué the points (and there are a lot of them)
or to refresh go to

Embroider his eye with 2 strands of cotton floss.

And then back to points with the star.
You use the same technique for all points, stars, birds beaks, tails, wings, leafs.  
Once you learn how to do it, it becomes easier and easier.

Now quilt your little block

bind it and put a sleeve on the back for the hanger.

Make a comment, any comment you like and come back next week to see which one
 the random number generator picked to
win a kit including a hanger.

There's another reason to COME TO MY BLOG NEXT WEEK -
 Moda has generously donated a FABRIC GIVEAWAY for each of us and you need to GO TO EACH OF OUR BLOGS NEXT WEEK to enter.  Wow! 6 chances to win fabric.

 For now, lets go see what the other designers have done with the my cardinal.  

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #41 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.