Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #17

Trail of Tears
by Lisa Bongean
made from fabrics from my 
Castlewood (Cream)
Hawthorne Ridge (Barn red)
Fern Hill (moss)
fabric lines.

To download the pattern for Trail of Tears click here
and to go to Lisa's blog for tips and tricks click here.

And don't you just love this little block stand I found in the Ackfield booth at Market.  I think it's just the thing to showcase our blocks before  they go into the larger settings. I ordered some then and there.  To get one of your own click here.  

Now to back up a couple of weeks and answer a question or two.
"Is there a quilter whose work always inspires you?"  
She's no longer with us but my friend and cohort Linda Brannock's quilts always inspired me and got me thinking.
We would start with an idea and she would say "and then we could....", and I would say "yes and then we could"..... and the ideas would jump back and forth and build geometrically instead of in a straight line.  We truly designed some wonderful quilts together.
I miss her.
I have worked with some major designers and have had great times and great quilts working with them - and no one else's mind clicked with mine the way Linda's did.

And speaking of outside influences - my latest Tablestand was inspired by Anna Coselli who
made her Moda Blockhead Beeskep Block this way.  
I emailed and got her permission to use her Blockhead idea in my summer Tablestand 
"Birds and Bees"
and am sending her a kit.

The Tablestand quilts have a front and a back so you can put them where they can be seen from both sides.
You can order one by clicking here.

Now let's go see what the other designers have done with Lisa's block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #18 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moda Blockheads # 16 - Me again -

Two Flags

I'll give you the link to download the pattern in a minute but first I want to tell you that there is a mistake in the directions.  They tell you to add 1/4" seam allowance except to the poles and the red stripes.  No -- the poles and stripes need 1/4" seam allowance too so please forgive our "oops".

With that said you can download the pattern by clicking here.

First we need the background for the stripes and the field and we need one pattern and one pattern reversed.
So cut two pieces of background fabric and place them with the wrong sides together.
Iron your freezer paper template to one piece of fabric and cut out both background with about 1/4" seam allowance.
Draw around the template and remove it.

Place the second piece of fabric on the sandpaper board, turn your template around

and hold it in place while you draw around it.
Now you have both flags ready for stripes and "fields".

Both the stripes and the poles are 1/4" finished.
If this was a larger block or there were more of them, I would definitely use a 1/4" Clover Bias Maker.
They aren't just useful for bias but for stems, flag stripes, poles, anything that you want a nice straight edge on.  They come in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" too.
Straight edges are really sometime more difficult to applique than curves.
To see my tutorial on doing stems, etc. anything with straight edges, click here.

But.... since a whole lot of you won't have one, lets figure out another way to get our stripes and poles done.

The backgrounds are about 2" wide and there are 8 stripes in all. 
So - giving ourselves some fudge room, cut a strip of red 3/4" x 17", 
 fold it in thirds lengthwise, and press the heck out of it.

Now cut two strips the width of the background and two slightly shorter.

Applique in place.

Cut out your "field" and appliqué in place.

And since the flag is so small and bulky I cut out behind the "field".

And since it's so bulky, I baste under the whole flag before appliquéing to the pole and the background.
As an aside I cut the poles 3/4" x 7" each and folded them in thirds like the stripes.  I trim them to size later and turn the bottom ends under when appliquéing. 

I hope you have as much fun with them as I did.  
It's quite a change for me to be doing things this small.

Now lets go see what the others have done with the flags.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #17 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Once again it's Wednesday...........

And it has been a very busy week.
Saturday I took Max's sons Quinn & Cullen and joined my son Brian and his lovely wife Shannon, along with their kids Gabriel, Lilly and Brooke
and we all went to Silver Dollar City.

And of course I had to take some quilting along - my summer Table Stand "Birds & Bee's".

Cullen & Quinn, Lilly & Brooke.
Luckily Brian very thoughtfully rented a scooter for me so I could keep up.

Then yesterday, he rented a boat and we went simming and "tubing".

Quinn, Lilly & Cullen as well as

Gabriel & Me.
(It took both Brian and Brian Jr. -he's 18 - to help me get back into the boat 
but I made it!!!!!)

 Then this morning I had to start for home because I decided to go at the last minute and didn't get my Moda Blockheads post ready.
I mean - Its Wednesday.

I missed the bumper boats and cars and the zoo.

And the bungee jumping.

Cullen and Lilly said it wasn't hardly scary at all the 2nd time.

Apparently tonight they're doing night time Zip Line and I'll miss that too.

Can you believe the sacrifices I make for you all and Moda?

And since it's Wednesday we need to post Jo Morton Block #15 - her "T" Block.

You can download the pattern for the block by going to her blog and you can go to her blog by clicking here.

Now lets go to the other designer's blog and see what they've done with the T.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #16 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Another Day, Another Blockhead Block

And finally it's warm in Missouri - mostly.

So I changed the quilt on my bed to one of my Spring/Summer quilts "Spring Break.
The pattern was featured in Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine a couple of years ago but its been long enough that I put the pattern in my store this week.  

And to celebrate I put the BOM pattern on sale for 25% off this week.

You can order it by clicking here.

Don't you just love Lori's quilting?

The Moda Blockheads Block for this week is 
Square Within a Square by Betsy Chutchian.
You can download the pattern by going to her blog 
and you can link to her blog by clicking here.

And TA-Da!  I finally found the list of questions we're supposed to be answering.

The question for today is "When you teach what is the one tip you always share?"
A primary tool in doing applique is a sandpaper board.  It holds the fabric in place while you draw around the pattern ensuring that the fabric pattern is the same shape as the paper pattern.  

And since next week is my week again and, as we all know by now, I do appliqué,  I found the link to my basic tutorial on Freezer Paper Appliqué which includes the use of the sandpaper board.
You can watch the tutorial by clicking here.  

We carry sandpaper boards in our store and you can order one by clicking here or you can simply glue a piece of fine sandpaper to the back of a clipboard or a piece of cardboard.

Now - lets go to the other designers and see what they did with their blocks.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #15 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Moda Blockheads Bowtie Quartet Block #13 revisited...........

Here is my Bowtie block in it's neat little frame.  

and here is the same block done by Lorraine Hofmann
out of Linda and my line "Country Paths".
I love the way she fussycut the knot on the bowtie :)


Both of us appliquéd the knot and I'm revisiting the block to include my tutorial on making crisp, clean squares like this.
The tutorial shows how to do windows and doors but the technique is the same.  
You can watch it by clicking here.
I had thought that David Schultz was going to include the link in his post but something must have happened so I decided to revisit the block to include it.

Lorraine messaged me today to ask what size I cut the paper square.
The finished square measures 1 inch and you're going to need to fold the fabric over so I cut the paper piece 7/8 of an inch square.

Well - Yesterday was quite a day.  
First the Blockheads Block - always fun and exciting.
Then I remembered that we have to go to Kansas City today for Pep's doctor's appointment at 2:00.  (He's doing very well and we've appreciated your prayers and comments, thank you all) 
I also remembered that my standing appointment at the beauty parlor is today at 2:00.  And ladies, I don't do hair, I do quilts.  
So I had to scurry around and get in yesterday.  Luckily someone cancelled so I got in.

And finally, my dryer decided to stop working.  Pep and I made a late trip to Sears and bought a new washer and dryer - the washer has been acting up too and they're both 20 years old so it's time they retired.

Today I will take my Table Stand Front to the doctors office and stitch while Pep sees the doctor.
And we've ordered some of the little frames to put in the store.  I just think they're so neat!  :)

Keep quilting ladies.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Good Heavens ...........May is almost over!!!!

In fact it's Wednesday again and this is it for May.

May is a big Birthday month for us.  

Pep's birthday is May 10th,
Max's son Quinn's birthday is May 11th,
Max's birthday is May 28th 
and my friend Susanne Steil's birthday is either the 28th or 29th.

I have a tendency to forget the last two.  I don't forget when their birthdays are but I'm so tired from Market I forget it's the 28th  :)

Anyway it is the last Wednesday in May and time again to post a 6" Moda Blockheads Block.

This is lucky Block #13 - Bowtie Quartet by Lynne Hagmeier and you can go to her blog to download the pattern by clicking here.

Then be sure to go to the other designer's blogs and see what they've done with their #13's.

I just love the little frame I found at Market to display the blocks.  I mean, we won't sew them into a quilt until the end and I might as well get to show them off meantime.  And maybe even double up on a couple to show in the frame.  
I just got it yesterday so I don't have it in the store yet, but it should be there in a week or two.

See you next week ladies and keep quilting.

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.