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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Block 3

Star & Crown 
by Betsy Chutchian

You can go to her blog to download 
the pattern by clicking here.

Now, do these snowy pictures
look like the ones I posted last week?

This is really getting old.  
I know it's winter but it doesn't
have to be quite so repetitive about it.

I order plant each year from White Flower Farms
but like a few other colors too.

On that note the BOM pattern for 
"Little House in the Big Garden"
 is our Deal of the Week.  You
can get it from the store by
clicking here.

There are lots of things in the works.
I've started the 2020 Mystery Quilt 
and have the first block almost done.
It's called "Suzanne's Snowmen" so
we're back to lots of white.  
Luckily they wear caps & scarves
and there are houses and trees to add color. 
And of course, stars and moons.

The Winter Tablestand, "Cozy Cabin" came back 
from Lori who did her usual awesome job of
quilting.  I should have the binding 
on soon so if I can get my computer to let 
me into my photo library, I should have lots
to show your next week.

Plus, next week is my week on Blockheads 3.
Meanwhile lets go see what the other
ladies have done with Betsy's block.

See you next week and let's hope its warmer.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Block 2

And Block 2 is another star - 
Sunshine Star by Sherri McConnell.

We do love our Star blocks, don't we ladies.
You can go to Sherri's blog and 
download the pattern for her
block by clicking here.

Staying inside and working on quilt
blocks seems like a very
good idea about now.

Its really pretty outside
as long as you can
view it through a window.

Winter coneflowers almost look like cotton balls.

FedEx & UPS haven't been able to get here this week
so things aren't coming in or going out,
the chickens are hunkered down in their houses and
things have generally slowed down.

Pep was scheduled for a stress test in Kansas City
today and we made it out to the highway.  
I told him that these test part was getting to
the appointment and back.

I always write my posts the night before and
schedule them to go up at 12:01 on Wednesday
morning and right now, it's about time for me
to go to bed.  It's been a long day.

But first, I think I'll go see what the other
ladies have done with Sherri's block.

See you next week and let's hope its warmer.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Blockheads 3-Block #1, part 2

Star Chain 
by Corey Yoder

To download the pattern
for the center block click here.

Most of the blocks I do for Blockheads 3
will be 8" blocks but I did Star Chain
in 12" because I want to make it into
a pillow to go with the final quilt.

And since my InDesign program where
I design my blocks and write 
all my instructions isn't on the computer right now 
(we're not sure why it disappeared and have been 
trying for 4 days to download it again.), I'll have to 
show you how to do that later.  
(If you want to wing it on your own, 
the stop border is 1" wide and the outer
 border is 2".)  I cut the batting 6" 
larger than the block and borders 
-3 on both sides- and will put it in 
my hoop and quilt it.  We'll get back to you 
later with better instructions.

Meantime lets see what the other Moda 
designers have done with Corey's block.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Block #1 of Blockheads 3 - - - What a Week!!!!

since it's way past Friday
lets announce the winner of the 
Blockheads book.
It's Katherine who said 
she always loved sampler quilts
so Blockheads was right up her alley.
Katherine if you will email your snailmail
address to Tammie at
she will send your book to you.

last weekend with
Cullen and Quinn.
Quinn as usual spent the
weekend in front of the computer.
He is our beloved computer nerd.
Cullen spent part of his time outside
taking pictures.

Dobby, our Corgi,  had to help Jeff 
blade the drive with the Kubota.
Jeff couldn't have managed without him.

Cullen took the pictures of the birds 
through the kitchen window.

I just love my cardinals and
the little Snowbirds (Juncos)

Now at long last,
Corey's block-
Star Chain  

She said that it incorporates 2 of her
favorite themes in quilting
Stars and Irish Chains.

I used a dark purple and medium green 
from my latest fabric line
Clover Meadow as well as the ivory solid.

You can get the pattern to make your block from
her blog by clicking here
I can't wait to see hers and yours.
This is going to be a fun quilt.

Did you ever have a week where everything
seemed to go wrong?
Well, I just had one.

First, my graphics program quit working.
No problem, I'll just call Adobe and they'll fix it
it's happened before.  Only this time
our internet (which is always slow - 
we live in the country - way off the information
highway) got even slower and eventually quit
working at all.  At the moment I'm using the hotspot
on Pep's phone which will work for something
small like my blog but not for downloading
a big graphics program. 

And, it being the first of the year, I'm not only working
on Blockheads 3 but also on my 12 month Mystery
Quilt for 2020.  Only right now I'm not working on it - 
I can't even print out my pattern pages.

So Adobe just called me back and we spent an hour
trying to download my program and didn't get
it done.  Tomorrow morning I have to take Pep
to Kansas City to see his lung doctor for a check up.
Then tomorrow afternoon Adobe will call and
we'll try again.
I just love things I have no control over --- NOT!!!

Next thing to go wrong was my
Deal of the Week.
It's 20% off the Cardinal  Mini
from Blockheads 1. The price includes
the little hanger.  The picture won't load.
It says the URL is wrong and it doesn't come
from an url.
Anyway, here's the jpg and you can
get it at the sale price
by clicking here.

I think I'll go shut up my chickens for the night.
That I can control.

I really like the new Mystery Quilt -----
It's called Susanne's Snowmen.
  I'll keep you posted.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

It's been awhile........

.......But the Blockheads are back.
We'll start in full force next week 
To celebrate I thought I'd put the book 
of all the blocks and quilts from
Blockheads 1 on sale this week.  

To go to the store and get your copy 
click here.

I know it's been a long time since
I posted on my blog but
it's been a very long day
and there's lots to tell and see
so I'm going to ask you to come back
Friday so I have time to gather my thoughts.

Meantime here are the Moda designers
that will be joining me in this endeavor.
 Lisa Bongean -
 Lissa Alexander -
Laurie Simpson -
 Vanessa Goertzen -
 Stacy Iest Hsu -
 Robin Pickens -
Janet Clare -
 Jen Kingwell - ???
Joanna Figueroa -

Lets start this New Year off 
with a giveaway.   
I'm pretty sure we have a Blockheads book
in stock but if not I know we have Sunny Days.
Make a comment, any old comment between now
and Friday morning and I will
have the Random Number Generator pick 
someone to win a book.

Good luck ladies and see you Friday.