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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Busy, busy, busy

 

Happy Blockheads Wednesday
(I'll always call Wednesday "Blockheads Wednesday)

This, however, is the maple tree out front.
Those little things in clusters on the branches are what
we call "Helicopter babies" because they're shaped 
like the rotor blades on helicopters.

Here they are on the front porch.

They are also all over the sidewalks and back decks.

I usually sweep in front of the doors to keep 

the dogs and people from tracking them in. 

That usually starts off my day. and sometimes the

middle and end of my day.

Here are some of my latest babies - 

25 Straight Run chickens (that means both

sexes) and 3 turkeys.



The turkeys are pets.  One for Zoie, one for
me and one for Max.
Pep keeps trying to name them Thanksgiving
and Christmas but no dice.  I'm sure Zoie will
name hers Turkey Surkey II.  She loved Turkey Surkey
and it would come running when it saw her.

The card she made it one Thanksgiving 

still hangs on the playroom door. 

I'm working away on my Sampler blocks 

and really enjoying it.  I'm using Susan's

general layout but taking much longer to do 

the quilt.  I'm adapting it for people who work

(or live on a farm) and don't have time to

sew 10 to 12 blocks a day.

I'm also including some 6" appliqué blocks

for me and my appliqué ladies.


Carrie Nelson of Moda is working with me so 
you can download the appliqué blocks and we're 
sharing them with the Facebook group too.

So .............
I'd better stop chatting and get to work.

And the last of the staples is out of my head, 
I never was in pain and hopefully I'm through 
driving to doctor's appointments for awhile.  :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Spring quilts celebrated

Starting the Day with 

Spring Applique

I know I said that I would show

you the back of the table stand quilt

this week but I decided to change the


front instead.  I know most baskets are
brown but this one isn't now.


And while I was changing the fabric on
the basket, Mill Creek Hearts and Stars
came back from the quilters.
I am truly blessed.
For years Lori Kukuk worked her
magic on my quilts.  Unfortunately she
cannot do custom quilting at the
moment.  Instead she needs to take 
care of herself and her hands.
Thank you so much Lori for all of the 
beauty you added to my quilts and be 
sure to take care.


And we have found a stupendous quilter
named Jan Yamamoto who lives close
and does equally awesome work.


Here's a couple of close ups of her work
on Mill Creek.

Our vintage book this month is
Festival of Life and
this is the quilt of the same name.


The Garden Basket pillow from
the book is on my couch as we speak.


Be sure to grab one of the these books
at half price if you don't already have it.
You can get one by clicking here.


This is Beeskep and Violets and we're finally
getting it out as our Easter present to you -
at 40% off.  Just click at the same place here 
to get yours.


And this is Patchwork Garden by Janice Black.
If I remember correctly she made it for her
daughter.  Lovely work.  Thanks you.



I've been playing with the blocks for 
the Sew Along that we'll start in June 
and having lots of purple fun. 
 As I said earlier, I've been
wanting to do a purple and cream quilt
and this seems to fit the bill.
Thanks Susan for this great book.

Meanwhile, however, I have to take
a small break.  A CAT scan last week
showed a subdural hematoma.  Tomorrow 
morning my excellent neurosurgeon will remove
the hematoma and drain some fluid that's
pressing on my brain.

Sooooo.....I won't be blogging for probably
the next couple of weeks.
I did, however, get the four 6" blocks for
the back of my Tablestand ready to take
with me to give me something to
stitch.  :)

Be sure and send me pictures,
See you in a couple of weeks ladies
and
Keep Quilting.

 





Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spring into Spring

Starting the day with appliqué 

I'm working on the front of the 
May Basket Tablestand.
Done - now on to the back.  


Tablestands are some of my favorite little quilts,
especially the backs as they are usually
four 6" squares.  I started doing them just 
because of the 6" squares on the back.  
I should be able to show them to you next week.


I hope everyone had a good Easter weekend.
We decided to leave the coconut off of the
bunny cake this year for a change.
The weather was warm enough that 
he didn't need it to keep warm. :).


Gardening on the deck has begun in Ernest.


This year I cheated a little and got some lettuce 
plants at the greenhouse.  I planted a row of 
zinnias (small ones) behind then and they've already 
started sprouting.


And besides my herbs and succulents
I planted a few more zinnia seeds 
in the teapot for a splash of color.


This is Hovering Hawks and Peonies by
Denise French and the design of this
quilt has a little story.


I originally saw a picture of a full size quilt with
this border and these blocks.  It was in a book about
quilts of the Mormon migration.
I decided to make a wallhanging using the designs from
the picture so I drafted the blocks and drew out the borders.
And let me tell you those Hovering Hawks blocks 
weren't easy to draft - at least not for me.
Somewhere in this process a quilt magazine asked me
for quilt designs and I submitted this one, telling them
that it was an adaptation of an antique quilt.
They published the quilt but somehow forgot
to say it was an adaptation of an antique quilt.

Luckily after an outcry a different magazine author
wrote an article defending people who went to the
trouble to work out patterns from antiques so we all
could enjoy them.

But I made double sure after that when I sent patterns
from antique quilts that the publisher would verify
that it originally came from an antique.

I still really like this little wallhanging and thank you 
Denise for doing such a beautiful job on it.

   And if you're not on our email list,
get in touch with /Tammie to see how to join.
We're having a really special Easter sale kit this week.
See you next week ladies.
 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

And It's Officially Spring!!!!!!

 

Starting the Day with Appliqué 


Still working on the center block 
of the Blockheads 3 Quilt


And doing a little multitasking --
for July, no less --
"Eagles and Stars."
As soon as I get the eagle appliquéd 
in place, I'll do the arrows and
olive branch.  This eagle is a 
star print from my stash - 
the second eagle is a dark
blue grunge fabric.  
The two large Circle/Star blocks
have the same background with
multiple squares of stash fabrics 
and Holly Taylor fabrics 
from her Violet Hill line.



The Little Lavender Chicken Bird is finished 
and both the pattern and kit are 
available in the store.
You can get to the store by clicking


And I was sent this awesome little
chick quilt but I've lost the piece of paper
that I wrote the quilters name on.
She saw my little quilt on Instagram 
and made her own.
If you see this dear, would you please
send another picture and your name and I'll
try to remember to post it next week.

Speaking of next week - it will be April.
In fact tomorrow will be April.
Our vintage book for April is going to be
Festival of Life.


Meanwhile you might want to 
find a copy of
Tiny Treasures by my friend
Kathy Schmitz for Martingale..  It is awesome 
and just chock full of pictures, drawings and
embroidery information.
You need a copy.  You can get
one by clicking here.


One last thing and then I have to 
get back to sewing.
I decided to do a summer sew along with 
Moda and Martingale using Susan Ache's 
book Sampler Spree..  It starts in June, 2021.
I've wanted to make a purple and cream quilt
for a long time and I think this will be it.
Come join me as I fulfill a bucket list. 
I suppose I should warn everyone 
that I may sneak in an appliqué block or 2
if there aren't any in the book.
:)
 

Keep Quilting.  

If you'd like me to show your quilts on the blog, 
send jpgs to janpatekquiltsinc@gmail.com.
Thank you and
see you next week ladies.






Wednesday, March 24, 2021

And another Blockheads Wednesday.


 Starting the day with Appliqué 
- quite a few of them before the
center block is done.

It takes me about a day and a half to 
applique a set of stems and leaves
and the flower of course.
The stem with the "yellow rose of Texas" 
only has a couple of leaves but the flower takes
quite a bit longer than the lavender one so
it even out.

On a side note, Pep and I (and my sister Nancy)
got our 2nd Covid shots last Saturday.
Yay!!!!! - Soon we get to see our son Max 
and Cullen and Quinn.
BUT somehow I lost a day.

I usually write my blog posts on Tuesday and
schedule them to go up early Wednesday 
morning. I just realized it was Tuesday so this
is going to be really short.  
I've been thinking it was Monday. 

If I didn't goof it up, our kit on sale this week is 
Grandma's House.

Its 20% off, I hope,
If I did goof it up and you want it to help me celebrate 
getting to see my kids again, 
just email Tammy at janpatekquilts@gmail.com
and she'll take your order.

Max slept for 36 hours after he got his shot and I only slept  
most of Sunday afternoon so I guess I was pretty lucky.

Here are a couple of quilts of mine that
people have sent me jpgs of.


Sophie & the Rose Trees by Suzanne Steil


Spring Break by Lizzie Dillingham

Thanks Ladies, they're great!  :)

See you next week and
Keep Quilting






Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy Blockheasds Wednesday

 This is the center of my Blockheads 3 Quilt.  I designed it for my ladies that 
love appliqué.  My Blockhead blocks are mainly 8" blocks so the 
center is  cut 27 1/2' x 27 1 /2 (finished size 27" x 27").  Three 8" finished blocks 
with 1" finished sashing on each side and the top and bottom. It will grow with 
8" blocks and sashing  out from there until we have used all of our blocks.  There were a few blocks that were only done in 12" and 4 of those will be the corners with a 1" stop border and 12" borders. ( I think -I'll let you know more next week after quite a bit of sewing. )


Meanwhile it is Spring even if Colorado sent us some of their leftover winter weather.


The kit on sale this week is the Tablestand Bunny Hop for
20% off and
the Vintage books for March are the patterns
Sunshine on my Shoulder and 
Patchwork Garden, both for the price of $14.95 (2 for the price of one)
You can go to our store to purchase any or all by
clicking here



This is my Front Porch BOM done by
Lizzy Dillingham .  Great work Lizzy, I love it.


If you want to see your quilt made from one of my patterns on my blog, 
just send it to janpatekquiltsinc@gmail.com and one by one, I'll post them 
on the blog.

And they don't have to be big.  
I just love this little birdhouse block made
by Your Quilt.  Doesn't it just say "Spring"?


Well, I'd better stop chatting and get to work - that center block is going
to take a minute or two.  :). See you next week.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Spring brings all sorts of goodies

My little chicks have all
grown up and the hens are laying profusely.
Its a rule around here that if 
you come to visit you have to 
take a dozen eggs with you
when you leave.     



Very shortly some of the hens will 
go broody and there will be more chicks.
That means that the Lavender Orpington
and Silver Laced Orpingtons needed to be 
moved to houses with covered yards due to an
abundance of Red tailed hawks in the area.
They don't bother the adults but babies disappear
rather quickly if the yard isn't covered.




Moving chickens is easier said than done.  
They don't herd well at all and resist 
being caught and carried. 
Usually, you can only have one rooster per yard
but the Orpingtons all get along quite well.


Back inside I'm working on the center
for my large Blockheads 3 quilt
 for my appliqué followers.
The center is a 27" x 27" block.  
Besides a background it still needs
lots of leaves and 3 lavender blooms.

This week I'm showing you 2

                                                            Birdsong quilts by Nancy Craze 

                                                                and her sister Laura Denson. 

Awesome quilts ladies, thank you.


If you'd like me to show your quilts on the blog, 
send jpgs to janpatekquiltsinc@gmail.com.
Thank you and
see you next week ladies.