Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Back from Market and It's Block #12

I've been asked to include more pictures of my booth and the Sycamore quilts from Market.

The large one is Coxcombs and Pomegrantates, a 12 month BOM.  
We are taking preorders for the kit of the whole quilt.  You can either buy it from our store by clicking here or you can call Tammy at 816-632-7632 to put it in Lay Away and make payments.
It will ship in August.

Other quilts seen are Piecetime, the one with the house and trees,
Stars and Squares,
Lady Liberty Tablestand Quilt,

and Galaxy hanging next to my Girl Gang jacket.
(We're going through all of the old Girl Gang folders to try to find the applique patterns for those of you who want it.

And these lovely people came a long way to see us.  This is Mr Park and his able assistants from Korea.  They are the ones who take my ideas and turn them into fabric.  They wanted to make sure we were happy with their work and indeed we are.

OK, enough chit chat.

The block this week is Puzzled by Carrie Nelson.  
 I made my block out of my fabric line Coral Bells

To download the pattern click here.

Then wander on over to the other designer and see what they've done with the block.

And please keep Lynne and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the passing of her father yesterday.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We're off to St. Louis and Quilt Market but first.....................

Lisa's star by Lisa Bongean

who is an absolute whiz at doing these teeny, tiny triangle squares.

To get her pattern for the block you need to go to her blog by clicking here.

I, on the other hand, am not an absolute whiz at doing these teeny, tiny triangle squares.
I love the way they look, especially when Lisa does them,  and I am really having fun with them but to me they are work unless I can do them the very old fashioned way with templates, yada, yada, yada. 

Applique is just plain fun.  
I've thought of offering a few alternate 6" applique blocks for the teeny triangle challenged but that might get a little complicated.  :)

Anyway, do have fun with this one.  Lisa's mantra is "no whining" so I probably need to stop.

Let's all go to the other designers and see how they've done with the block.

See you back here next week for the next block.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, 10 May - Pep's Birthday and ....

My Wednesday to post a block in Moda Blockheads.
My block this week is an appliquéd Basket and Flower.

It says on the pattern page to use your preferred method of Appliqué which makes sense because
it's your quilt.

I never taught appliqué because I assumed that everyone else knew how to do it.  
However, I learned a few years ago that a whole lot of quilters were very frustrated by appliqué.
It can either be very relaxing if you know what you're doing or it can make you want to throw the  block across the room.
I should have remembered that before I posted my last block - and to make it worse somehow the instructions page wasn't posted - just the drawing.
So I'm going to back up a little here and see if I can make things simpler for those of you who don't appliqué for at least an hour each morning and evening.

First, to get to the pattern page, click here

and now, to get to the link to my tutorial on applique and baskets click here

Do watch the tutorial if you can because it covers
1) Supplies needed
2) Basics of my method of Freezer Paper Appliqué
3) Mastering the Applique stitch
4) Baskets & Handles
5) Flowers in Baskets

It also covers to some extent "inside and outside curves".

And if you type "Jan Patek Tutorials" into your browser, there is a whole series of tutorials covering just about every aspect of Appliqué.  It's not quite as helpful as having someone sit down and show you how to do it, but it's close.
I hope they are helpful.  They were a lot of fun to make.

And besides binding quilts for Market I decided to hand quilt my latest Mini Quilt, Flags and Stars because I do like to quilt once in awhile too.

Sometimes I wonder about me.

Be sure to go to the other Blockheads blogs to see what they've done with the Basket & Flower.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #11 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I can't believe its Wednesday Again-----Already

And its May already.  
Memorial Day is coming and I always like to have a new Flag Quilt for Memorial Day so I designed this little Flag and Star Mini Quilt.

It's quick and not too hard and you can easily have it done by the end of the month.  
If you belong to the Mini Quilt Club, a kit - which includes the pattern - is being prepared for you as I type.  And its 15% off if you belong to the club.  
If you don't belong to the club and you want to make the quilt, you can either join by emailing Tammie at, calling her at 816-632-7632 - that way you get 15% off and a free scrap bag - 

or you can buy a kit or pattern by clicking

And speaking of stars
our Moda Blockhead block this week is an Ohio Star variation
by Jo Morton.
I made mine out of some of my Fern Hill fabrics.

You can get the pattern for the block by going to

I'm sure she has a tip or two about piecing the block on her blog also.

Then, of course, drop in on the other designers and see what they've done with it.

For those of you who have asked, Pep's hip is healing nicely and the doctor was quite pleased with his recovery rate.  
So are we.  

He won't be able to go to Market with me - too much walking - and it's one of the first Markets in years that he hasn't gone. 
 I shall miss him but at least he can stay at home and take care of Elizabeth.

Speaking of Market, I have quilts to bind.  
Have a good week.  :)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I almost forgot it was Wednesday

I've been so busy what with getting ready for Market and scheduling in doctor appointments in Kansas City for Pep.  

I did forget that it's almost May and I had to design a Mini Quilt for the Mini Quilt Club that goes out in May.
I just got the design done (Whew) and am working on the quilt.  I'll do a "Starting the Day with Appliqué" on Instagram for Moda Monday next Monday and give you a sneak peek.
I totally forgot that I only did one Mini Quilt with Coral Bells because I wanted to back up to Fern Hill fabrics for a 4th of July look for the summer Mini.

Block 8 of Moda Blockheads is an awesome Basket of Triangles by the awesome Betsy Chutchian made with her fabric line "Racheal Remembered".
To get the pattern go to her blog
and see what she did with it and maybe get a few tips.;

Then head for the other designers blogs for their versions.

Have a great week ladies and see you next Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's Wednesday - Time for

Moda Blockheads Block #7
Penny Basket by Lynne of Kansas Troubles

You can download the pattern from Lynne's blog by going to 

I made my block using Lynne's fabric line Thistle Farm and I really like it.

We're home from the hospital!
Pep has a new hip made out of cobalt chrome, ceramic and plastic.
I'm not at all sure how Dr. Bruce got it in with only about a 6" incision but he did 
and it's working very well.
Pep was up and walking the next morning and doing his physical therapy.

And I came home with 3 appliquéd blocks, mostly done while waiting for things to happen.  
We got to the hospital at 8:30 AM and his surgery started at 2:00 PM.
Hurry Up and Wait was about the norm but I had brought along lots of things to stitch :).

And speaking of stitching, probably I should answer a couple of the questions we've been supposed to  be answering.

Needles:  I use Milliners, Size 8 or 9 with large eyes so I can thread them.  I think it's very important to use needles that are long enough to fit in your hand comfortably and don't bend when you sew.  I mainly use Clover or Richard Hemming needles.

Thread:  I use 60 to 80 wt thread because it hides the stitches well.  I use Efina 60wt 2ply 100% Egyptian Cotton distributed by Sue Spargo and Aurifil 80 wt thread distributed by Moda.  I use them both due to color choice.   And of course, you always match the thread to the item being appliquéd, not the background.

And now is a good time to jump over to the other designers and see that they've done with Lynne's block.

See you next week.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #6 - Sunflower by Carrie Nelson

It finally feel somewhat like Spring here in Missouri.  My Crabapple tree out front is drop-dead gorgeous and little bunnies are hopping around everywhere.
To celebrate we've put the BOM pattern for Birds and Bunnies
on sale for 25%off.
We might as well bring spring inside the house too.

To order one you can click here.
We also have a very few kits we made up since we kept getting inquiries about it.

And now, of course, what you really came for - the pattern for the Block this week - Sunflower by Carrie Nelson of Moda.
Since Carrie doesn't design fabric, I decided to do her blocks out of my line "Coral Bells".
You can get the pattern and any tips she has for making the block by going to Modas Blog 

And then saunter over to the other ladies and see what they've done with the block.

I'm taking off to the hospital to get a new hip for my husband.
And taking lots of stitching with me, of course :)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #5 - Coronation

by Lisa Bongean.

Here's the block I made using her Liberty Gatherings fabric.

To download the pattern for Lisa's block click here.

Now,  be sure to go to everyone's blog to see what they've done with it, especially Lisa's.

Facebook has decided, I guess, that I have enough friends.  They say that I have reached my limit of 5000 whenever I approve a "Friend Request" and say some people will have to drop off before I can have more.  This is not on the Blockheads group, just my page.  
If this is a mistake could somebody tell me how to fix it.

And I need to tell you that my blog this week and next will be super short.  
Pep is having a hip replacement next Wednesday in Kansas City.  
Lots of doctor's office visits an hour away, x-rays, blood tests, yada, yada, yada.
And lots of adjustments to be made here at home for when he comes home from the hospital a week from Friday.
He has a good doctor, he works at the hospital and has lots of support there and from his family.  
He's going to be fine but prayers will be appreciated.

And I've been getting lots of stitching ready to take with me.  :):):)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Getting ready for April and Moda Blockheads Block #4 with instructions

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....

Moda Blockhead block
 for week #4 is a 6" Beeskep Block 
and you can download the corrected pattern with instructions 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.

Sorry ladies but we forgot to include page #2 (the one with the directions) of the beeskep block.
I could post  the original pdf here so you can read it but don't know how to make is available for download.  I just sent it to Moda again and if you go to  it will be there.
We'll get all of these kinks worked out by the end, we promise :)

And for those of you who want some tips on appliqué, I have done a whole series of You Tube tutorials that you can watch at  
If you're really new to appliqué start with the "Basics" series.

Just copy the address and put it in your browser.

Have fun ladies, there's a whole new world to be explored out there.

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

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 -
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Betsy -
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Lisa B -
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Jo -
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Moda -
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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.