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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Direction

Block 11
by Sherri McConnell


To go to her blog to get the pattern click here.



Here is our "Finally Fall" Quilt Kit -
our Mini Quilt Club offering this Fall,
featuring some of my favorite themes -
houses - pumpkins - a cat & a crow and
made out of one of my favorite fabric lines - Sycamore.

And Fall is really welcome after all the heat this summer.

What is not quite so welcome to my younger grandsons is



"School Days".
The quilt is welcome but the reality is not.

All 5 of the younger ones are going to new schools this fall and
they start this week.
It's exciting and stressful at the same time.
New beginnings always are.
Prayers and hugs for them all.

Anyway the quilt kit is on sale this week to mark the occasion.

Speaking of occasions - we have a winner to my Sleigh Bells book.
I love reading all of the comments and wish you all could win but
the Random Number Generator picked Carmen (Quilt 101) who said

I love Fall the best but Winter beckons us to cozy up with a quilt and sit by the fire. Sleigh Bells is the perfect quilt for Christmas and for the entire winter season. I just love it! Thanks for a chance to win your new book.  
Carmen

Carmen, if you'll email us your snail mail address, we'll send you your book.

You couldn't all win a book but you can all buy one.  To do that click here.

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with Sherri's block.

Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Jo Morton of Jo's Quilts probably won't be posting
in Blockheads much except when it's her block
 but you might just want
to drop in and see what she's doing.

If so, click here.

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

Until next week ladies, 
Keep quilting.:)






Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Moda Blockheads 2-Wednesday - Time for........

Block #10

Duck and Ducklings
by Jo Morton


To download the pattern click here.
To go to see what she's been doing and
what she did with her block click here.

This is my quilt Sleigh Bells.  
It was a Mystery Quilt one year so you had to 
get the kit each month in order to make the quilt.


Now Martingale has done an awesome job of
publishing a book full of pictures of each block 
along with the patterns.
I am really happy - they did a wonderful job.
Thanks Martingale.  :)

Hopefully most shops will be carrying it so go to your local quilt shop and see.
Or of course, we're carrying them in our store.

If you're a shop and want to order some for your store 
                                           you can order by visiting their website at 
                                               MartingaleWholesale.com              
                                             or by calling 1-800-426-3126       
   
I got an email awhile ago asking for the name of a quilt a lady had seen.
She described it as having
"a house and a tree and a cat".
I really couldn't think at the time but 
it might be this one.
  If so it is Cherry Tree Lane.

I decided to put this on the blog because by the time I
thought of it, I had, of course, lost the woman's email.  

Back to  SLEIGH BELLS.

Make a comment - any old comment - about winter,
about summer, about anything --
and next week I will have the Random Number Generator pick a
winner to send a copy of Sleigh Bells.

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with Jo's block.

Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

Until next week ladies, 
Keep quilting.:)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The first Moda Blockheads in August

And it's "With a Plus"
a 6" block
by Laurie Simpson


To download the pattern click here.
And to go to her blog click here

I always have to go check on what she's doing 
because she's my Blockhead Buddy. 
I'm not sure whether that's the right term or not but I 
picked her to join Blockheads because I have
always loved her work.
Right now she seems to be doing each block in Minick/Simpson 
fabric and also in a Bella Solid.  
They're really neat.

Besides doing Laurie's block last week I went to
Oklahoma City to give lectures and teach a workshop 
with the Central Oklahoma Quilt Guild,
a very nice group of ladies.
And as usual, I forgot to take pictures - you'd
think that by now - after all these years of
blogging- that I would remember.
They're a very active Guild with all sorts of goings on
and lots of things to do.
If you're in the area and get a chance to meet with them, do.

Back at home the dogs and chickens were really
glad to see me when I finally got here.
Pep said that Dobby and Elizabeth sat on the hill all day and
waited for the van to come home.
And Dobby didn't eat the entire time I was gone.
(He's one chubby little Corgi so it probably was good for him.)


This is Summertime and it's on sale this week.
Check out the Deal of the Week at the top of the left column.

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with Laurie's block.

Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Jo Morton of Jo's Quilts probably won't be posting
in Blockheads much except when it's her block
 but you might just want
to drop in and see what she's doing.

If so, click here.

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

Until next week ladies, 
Keep quilting.:)


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Turn for Moda Wednesday

Block #8
Pineapple Block


To download the pattern click here.

And now I'm going to tell you to only somewhat 
follow the directions on the pattern.

It's going to tell you to
3. Position appliqé A on the background square, referring to the key block diagram. Pin or baste to the background and appliqué in place. In the same manner appliqué all shapes in numerical order.




That will work but it's not quite the way I do it 
and it has some drawbacks that I'll explain later.


So ...... to back up - cut your pattern out of freezer paper
and iron to the right side of your fabric.


Cut the patterns out of the fabric adding 1/4" seam allowance.


Now baste under the top of the pineapple shape.
We're going to appliqué the marking to the pineapple and 
this will give us a better idea of where to put them. 


Baste under the top of each of pieces C  thru G.


Lay them on the pineapple with the basted top touching
the bottom of the next piece's seam allowance.


Put a dot of glue on the back of each piece and put
the piece on the pineapple body.


Applique Pieces C thru G to the pineapple.
You can go to my tutorial on points for a refresher
by clicking here.
These aren't the sharp, sharp points like a star has
but the principal is the same.


Now that the pineapple body is done 
we turn to the top and baste under both sides.


Applique the pineapple body to the top.


With your pineapple in one piece, 
you can appliqué it to the background.

To watch my tutorial on "Inside and Outside curves" 
for the top click here.


I almost always sew my multiple piece appliqués together
before sewing them onto the background for multiple reasons.

1) It easier to work with small pieces
2).  If you decide you want a different color background 
or you don't like where it is on the background
it's much easier to take the pineapple off and change things.
3).  It you're hand quilting the item, you can cut the background out
behind your appliqué to get the small quilting stitches you desire.

That's how I do it 
and
It's your quilt---do it the way that is most comfortable for you.

To appliqué my 6" Pineapple Block 
I have been using my Lap App.
This is the cover I made for it using the pattern that came with it.


It's great.


You can sit it on your lap and adjust it.
It has a sandpaper board,
place to keep 3 spools of thread handy and
a little magnet for your needle or small scissors.


I'm putting it on sale this week - first come, first serve.
We'll fill all of the orders but may have to backorder some if we run out.

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with my block.

Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Jo Morton of Jo's Quilts probably won't be posting
in Blockheads much except when it's her block
 but you might just want
to drop in and see what she's doing.

If so, click here.

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

Until next week ladies, 
Keep quilting.:)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday, Wednesday.......

Instead of Monday, Monday :)
Wednesday is much better I think.
Especially since Moda Blockheads 2 started up.
This is Spin Cycle
by Stacy Lest Hsu
(and I do hope I spelled that right)


You can download the pattern by clicking here
and go to her instagram page by clicking here.

I don't know about where you live but
in northwest Missouri it is ........H O T 
and D R Y.

I always say that after my first real tomato I am
ready for a hard freeze.


Well, I'm ready.
Probably most of our neighbors who farm for a living
aren't quite as ready as I am so I content myself
by thinking of FALL.
This is Fall Festival and one of my favorite BOMs,
especially now.
So as a "Christmas in July" present the pattern will be 30% off all week.

You can get it by clicking here.

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with Stacy's block.
Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Jo Morton of Jo's Quilts probably won't be posting
in Blockheads much except when it's her block
 but you might just want
to drop in and see what she's doing.

If so, click here.

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

See you next week ladies.





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

It's Blockheads Wednesday again

And the block for this week is 
Path thru the Woods by
Betsy Chutchian 


To download the pattern for her block click here.
And to go to her blog and see what she did
with the block click here.


Have I mentioned before that piecing is not my first love?
This is why - you have to pay too much attention
or your block looks like this instead of the way Betsy designed it.
I almost left it this way because I like it too but decided to take it
apart and put it back together Betsy's way.


This is my Bird and Urn Wallhanging 
made out of my Coral Bells fabric line.
The kit is on sale this week for 30% off. 

Oh. and our book on special this month is
Porch Swing.  I thought I would show you the 
back cover because it has a quilt designed that I love
by a good friend of mine, Cherie Ralston.

You can get the book or the kit by clicking here.


So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with Betsy's block.
Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Jo Morton of Jo's Quilts probably won't be posting
in Blockheads much except when it's her block
 but you might just want
to drop in and see what she's doing.

If so, click here.

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

See you next week ladies.



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July 4th, 2018 & Moda Blockheads II, Block #5

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
Hope you have a safe one.


The kids (kids- one is 47 and one is 43 but they'll always be my kids). 
Anyway their work schedules didn't agree so Brian and his wife and 4
came up on Saturday and Max and his 2 kids - his wife had to work - 
came up on Sunday.
There were lots and lots of big booming noises and a
heavy downpour Saturday night so Pep relaxed a little
about fire.

I think today I will just sit and stitch while Pep watches TV.

This is Block #5 - Impact
designed by Vanessa Goertzen.
You can download the pattern by clicking here.


And you can go see what Vanessa's been doing
with her block by clicking here.


And since it's the 4th of July it seemed like a good time to
put my BOM pattern "Flags of the American Revolution" on sale.
Pep and I just watched a series on John Adams and the Revolution 
and it was awesome.  
The pattern includes comments on each flag and why it is included.
The center eagle came from an antique quilt.
Pep says it looks like a turkey that was run over by a truck.
That would be appropriate as Benjamin Franklin
thought our national bird should be a turkey - not an eagle.
You can buy the pattern for 25% off by clicking here.

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with Vanessa's block.
Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Jo Morton of Jo's Quilts probably won't be posting
in Blockheads much except when it's her block
 but you might just want
to drop in and see what she's doing.

If so, click here.

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

See you next week ladies.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Moda Blockheads II, Block #4


Roman Cross
by 
 Brigitte Heitland  of Zen Chic


You can go to Brigitte's blog to see what she did with the block by clicking here
and download the pattern by clicking here.

Meanwhile not only has the Blockheads quilt been moving along
so has the year.-------It's almost the 4th of July!
I'm not at all sure how that happened.

It's always a big day around here and since we live in
the country and have had a couple of good rains lately
we can shoot off all the fireworks we want.
  
Long May She Wave

To add to the celebration we're putting a few kits on sale.
There's a 4th each year and we only have one or two of these kits left. 
There is a tutorial on the eagle's wings in Long May She Wave on
my YouTube Channel.  I thought the wings might be a bit 
"challenging" so I did a tutorial on them.  
You can watch the tutorial by clicking here.
You can go to the store to get your kit by clicking here.

Let Freedom Ring

The kit for Four Flags is on sale for 25% off too and I 
left American Spirit on special for one more day (at least).
As many of you know, I love quilts with Flags and Eagles 
so I'm leaving American Spirit on special for at least one more day too.

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with Brigette's block.

And Betsy is running around like a crazy person doing workshops and giving lectures (if we all were from the country I would say "like a chicken with it's head cut off" but that might offend some city people) so to see her block to Moda's Cutting Table - listed below.


Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table

Jo Morton of Jo's Quilts probably won't be posting
in Blockheads much except when it's her block
 but you might just want
to drop in and see what she's doing.

If so, click here.

Well, that makes 12.
I seem to be Lucky 13.

See you next week ladies.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Moda Blockheads 2 - Block #3

Pennsylvania
by Carrie Nelson


To download the pattern go to
 http://www.modafabrics.com/bh2_cn_pennsylvania.pdf
For some reason when we copy the link the www. doesn't copy but when
I type the whole thing out, it works.
Huzzah! huzzah.

I would send you to all the other Blockhead blogs but I doubt if those 
links work also so lets just try
going to http://blog.modafabrics.com/block-heads-2/  which is the link
to the archive.  You should be able to get to everyones blog from there. 
I'm always interested to see what all the other designers have done.

Besides spending most of my day trying to get my blog to work, I
have had time to work on Block 5 of my Mystery Quilt.


Since the Mystery Quilt starts in February, this is Block #5 and you can join
the fun by going to http://www.janpatekquiltsinc.com
The Mystery Quilt is under "More", 
dropdown Clubs, Mystery Quilt Club.

See you next week ladies.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Moda Blockheads 2- Block #2

Buckeye Beauty 
designed by 
Barb & Mary 
of
Me and My Sister Designs


It's made from my fabric line Lilac Ridge.
You can download the pattern by clicking here
and go to  Barb & Mary's blog to see what they did 
with the block by clicking here.

After a rather rough start we're pretty sure that all the links work now.
We found out the hard way what we should have known to begin with---
you have to type www. before the address.  :)

Just to make sure that I didn't get bored this summer
I got the scans for my next line Sweet Violet the same
day that Blockheads 2 started.
I've been rather busy so if I haven't answered 
something on Messenger it may be awhile.

Also Tammie reminded me to tell you that I hit my limit of Friends that Facebook will
let me have quite awhile ago.  I tried switching to a business account so I 
could have more Friends but it messed everything up so I went back to a 
regular account.  



Besides designing new quilts for my Sweet Violet fabric line for Fall Market,
this is what I'm working on right now - the front and
back panels of the summer Tablestand Quilt - 
Down by the Sea.


To join the Club and get 15% off of all Tablestand Kits, Stands and Headers 
go to to the Clubs page by clicking here 
or email Tammie at janpatekquiltsinc@gmail.com.

I'm not sure who else is going to be posting a block each week
but I'll try and find out so I can send you to see what they've done.
For now, I'd better get back to work.
Happy quilting.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Moda Blockheads 2, Block #1-

Stellar Star by Lynne of Kansas Troubles


To see what Lynne did with her block click here and 
to download the pattern click here.

Moda has also gotten together some 
Basic Instructions for us
and you can see and read them by clicking here.

I'm going to make the Blockheads 2 quilt out of Lilac Ridge which is in stores now
and my next line called "Sweet Violet" which will ship in February
so if you want to do a "Quilt Along" grab some fabric 
and quilt along with me.  The fabrics used in this block are 
2216-15, 2212-16, 2211-11, 2214-13 and 2218-22.
Or use Lilac Ridge as the basic and throw in some others.  
We had some really awesome quilts come out of Blockheads 1.

And speaking of awesome quilts and quilters
Laurie Simpson is the awesome quilter I asked to join us this year. 

This is Birds Hill Lane made out of her 
Midwinter Reds fabric line
and she has the patterns in her Etsy store.
You can go to her blog to find out by clicking here.

And lets go see what the "old" blockheads have done 
with Lynne's block and who they've invited to join us

                                                                                Betsy Chutchian
                                      http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

                                                               Jo Morton
                                           http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

                                             Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
                                                    www.lisabongean.com

                                                             Carrie Nelson
                                                  http://blog.modafabrics.com/

And last but certainly not least,
here are 4 of the 8 little 6" quilts I
made from some of last years blocks.

 We put them together into a bundle and put them on sale 
to celebrate the beginning of Blockheads 2.  
The price is 25% off and includes all fabrics for
the tops, binding and the hangers.
The get to my store, click here.



Well folks, we're off to a running start:)
Keep quilting

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It took awhile to get here

But It's still May:)


And this is Audra's Iris Garden.
The iris came from my Grandmother Laird's garden.
When we moved into our house in Kansas City Grandma Laird
(Audra) brought some to our house and planted them.
Years later when we moved my mother up to Cameron, we brought some of the Iris
and planted them at my house and at my sister Nancy's house.

Last week our oldest son Brian moved into the house he and his wife 
Shannon had built at the north edge of Kansas City.


Here's the quilt block I'm working on from my pattern "3 Houses" out of 
Betsy Chutchian's line "Harriet's Handwork".
This is their daughter Brooke (you can tell it's Brooke by the yellow hat).


And this is the fence that our son Max planted this spring at the edge of his 
property in Kansas City after his privacy fence blew down.
(At the moment it's quite a bit smaller but Thuja trees grow quickly)
In August, we will transplant some of Grandma Laird's Iris at both Brian and Max's houses.
She was a wonderful woman and her heritage will live on through her beautiful iris.


And this is Audra's Iris Garden - 
my tribute to her made out of my fabric line of the same name.
The BOM pattern is on sale for 50% off this week.
You can buy it by clicking here.

Be sure and come back each week.  
It's almost time for Moda Blockheads 2.