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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Moda Blockheads #27

Mountain Climbing
by Lynne of Kansas Troubles
You can go to her blog to 
download the pattern by clicking here.


And speaking of Lynne, she'll be joining Jenny Doan, 


and Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister 
and Me


at Missouri Star's Fall Festival
on Thursday the 18th - Moda Day.

This is my new "Keeping Watch Pillow"
that I designed especially to do my demo that day.


It's made out of Betsy Chutchian's latest
fabric line "Harriett's Handwork" and Moda has 
sent me 2 Fat 1/8 bundles to give away.

Come join us.
You can learn all about it by clicking here.

And both Lynne and I will have 
our Blockheads quilts in our trunk shows.


Here is mine and 
here is my advance copy of the book.


I just got it and can't wait to get to sit down
and really look at it.

But first lets go see what the other designers 
have done with the 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

Hope to see you Thursday.



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Moda Blockheads - Blocks 25 & 26

Block #25
Oshcosh Star
by Lisa Bongean


You can go to Lisa's blog
to download the pattern
by clicking here.

And Block #26
Churndash Surprise
by Corey Yoder


You can go to Corey's blog
to download her pattern
by clicking here.


Our friends down the road at Missouri Star are having
a Fall Festival next week and Thursday is Moda's Day.


Come join Jenny,  Lynne of Kansas Troubles, 
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister and Me on 
October 18th for a fun day.
We'll be doing trunk shows and demos. 
Since I'll be showing quilts using Harriett's Handwork 
by Betsy Chutchian and the line hasn't shipped to stores yet, Moda 
has given me some precuts to give away.

And by the way, if Jenny ever asks you if 
you have red striped socks --- run like the wind.  :0 

Come join us by clicking here.

And this is Over the Meadow and Through the Year



The BOM pattern is on sale this week
To order yours click here.


So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with the Lisa and Corey's blocks -

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






Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Moda Blockheads - Blocks 23 & 24

It seems I can't read
The Blocks last week were 21 & 22
not 20 and 21.

Anyway, this weeks 6" pieced blocks are 
Block #23 by Jo Morton

and

Block #24 by Sherry Mc Connell

you can to to Jo's instagram page to download 
her pattern by clicking here

and to Sherri's blog to download
her pattern by clicking here

If you follow my work at all, you know that I much
prefer applique to piecing.
And if you can count better than I did last week you
can see that there are 56 or 57 pieces in each
6" block.  This is not at all my cup of tea.


So I followed the example of fellow designer Lisa Bongean
and designed 2 Alternate blocks for us.
To download the pattern for the Angel Block click here.


To download the pattern for the Watering Can Block click here.

I won't go through all the steps for the appliqué because I did
most of the Freezer Paper steps last week.

Draw the head



Draw the pattern pieces on the matte side of the freezer paper
and cut out exactly on the line.  This is your stitching line.
Iron the shiny side of the paper to the appropriate fabric.
Cut the head circle and the hair with about 3/8 " seam allowance.


Clip the hair piece in the center up to the line


and stitch the hair to the head.


Trim the hair away from the top of the head.


Now do a running (or basting) stitch 
along the outer edge of the head. 


Put the paper pattern back into the 
fabric head and pull your thread until
the fabric fits snugly around the paper.
Backstitch and knot your thread.


Baste under the edge of the wings and dress.
Slip the wings under the top curve of the dress
and stitch to the dress.
Baste under the edges of the arm and appliqué to the dress.



Baste under the end of the dress and
the edges of the feet.
Slip the feet under the edge of the dress
and stitch to dress.


Appliqué the star in place.
for a tutorial on star - inside & outside points-
go to 
https://youtu.be/whsjyGgS1Y4


The 2nd Alternate block is a 6" Watering can.
Go to the top and click on the link 
to download the pattern.


After you've cut out the body of the can
appliqué the star in place, then baste under the 
sides, top and bottom of the can 


Cut out the handles


And baste under any ends that will slide under the body.


Cut the spout out of Freezer paper and fabric.
Do a running stitch around the outer edge of
the fabric like you did for the angel's head.
Put the paper back in and pull the thread until
the fabric is snugly around the paper.


Backstitch and knot the thread.


Baste under the edges of the spout and appliqué the
end in place.
Applique the handles and spout to the 
body of the watering can.


Now turn the fabric can over and dot with glue.
Clip inside curves on the handle and appliqué 
your Watering Can in place.



So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with the blocks -

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
















Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Moda Monday on Wednesday - Blockheads # 20 and 21

Since Block #20 is my block 
we'll to first to 
Block #21
Economy Path
by Laurie Simpson
To go to her blog to 
download the pattern click here.


And Block #20
Circle/Star
To download the pattern click here.


And for those of you who are new to my form of 
Freezer Paper Needleturn Applique I'll go through 
some of the steps.

First, cut a 6 1/2" background square.
Then trace the circle from the pattern page on the matte side 
of Freezer Paper and cut it out.
Iron the circle shiny side down to the back of the fabric 
you chose for the circle.
Cut a fabric circle out with approximately 3/8" seam allowance.



Now, do a running stitch - a long loose stitch like a basting stitch -
around the edge of the fabric circle.
Your paper circle will probably come loose but that's OK.



When you complete the running stitch place the paper 
circle back inside the fabric circle


and pull the end of the thread so that the 
fabric comes up around the paper.
With a circle this size you may have to pull
from both ends of the thread (from the knot and the needle)
to get an even distribution around the circle.
Then tie the ends or make a backstitch to secure the thread.


Now take appliglue and dot around the outside edge.  I use a toothpick 
to dot the glue because I don't want any glue on the paper.


Now put the background square on a level surface 
(I'm using my Lap App) and press the circle firmly in place.


Set the background and circle aside to let the glue dry
while you deal with the star.

                                      

Trace the star from the pattern onto the matte side of Freezer Paper.
                                         
                                     

Cut it out exactly on the line and 
iron the shiny side of the paper to your star fabric.
Lay your fabric on a sandpaper board to 
hold it in place and trace around the pattern edges 
with a sharp marker.
This is your stitching line.
Cut the star out of the fabric with a 
1/4" seam allowance (approximate).


Mark the top of the star in the seam allowance.

Turn the block over and carefully make a slit to remove
the paper circle.  If you are hand quilting the block, 
you probably will want to remove the 
background fabric behind the circle also.


Now appliqué the star to the circle.
To watch my tutorial and get some tips on appliquéing stars
click here.

I used my Lap App to make the 6" block so I put it on special for you.
It's our Deal of the Week (top left column).

So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with the blocks -

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, September 19, 2018

Moda Blockheads 2- Wednesday

Block #19
Rocky Road
by Betsy Chutchian
You can go to her blog to
download the pattern 
by clicking here.


And
Block #20
Go Fish 
by Stacy lest Hsu.
You can go to her instagram page
to download the pattern
by clicking here.


We decided to make the fish different colors to 
make sure they could be seen and I really like
the way they turned out.

And then back at the farm we making room for new kits
and had a few fall ones left over.  Not enough to have a sale

Pumpkin Days

on any one kit so we bundled them together on the website
Under Last Call.


Pumpkin Man

To see what we still have, you can click here.

We've been having a lot of reports of garbled images in the store,
Tammie spent a long time on the phone with WIX the other day
and together they worked on getting things straightened out.
If you have any trouble, please let us know.


Also - apparently Homespun Hearth wasn't in the store 
but we do have it and it's in the store now. 
If you need a copy for the Sew Along 
you can get it by clicking here.  


So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with the blocks -

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.:)