Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #33

by Jo Morton

To download the pattern for Jo's block 
go to her blog by clicking here.

We had some visitors this week 

Debbi & Laura from Virginia were out shop hopping and came by.
We don't really have a shop - I just have my studio in the loft -
but if you're in the area and want to stop by and say hello,
you're always welcome.

Today is an auspicious day.
As of 7:00 o'clock tonight Pep and I 
have been married 48 years.

I've almost been married the whole time I've been alive - give or take a few years.

Anyway - 
To celebrate - we're having a sale.

48% off selected kits.
We've gotten to the point where we have a lot of kits that we only have one or two of.
It's really not worth having a sale when you only have one or two kits but when you have a lot of kits where you only have one or two - it's a good time to put them all on sale.
Some of these are bigger kits and even if you don't want to make the quilt, they're worth it just to get the fabric.

So hop on over to the store by clicking here

and then come back and see what the other ladies have done with Jo's block.  

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #34 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #32

Dutchman's Puzzle
Betsy Chutchian

To download the pattern go to her blog 
by clicking here.

It's been a really good week.

First and foremost my Sycamore fabric line came in and with it the kits
for Coxcombs and Pomegranates.

Most of them are spoken for as we took preorders but we 
ordered a few extra and you can still get 
one by clicking here.

The Halloween Table Stand quilt "Dark & Stormy" is in the store
and ready to ship.

And I had so many requests for another Dresden Turkey Kit that I designed
another one.  I do love my little turkey.
You can get both of them by clicking here.

Right now I'm getting ready to drive back from Lincoln Nebraska where I had a delightful
time giving a lecture and teaching a workshop to the
Lincoln Quilt Guild.

Here I am with my workshop ladies.
Thank you very much all of you for such a nice time.

Now lets go see what the other designers have done with Betsy's Block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #33 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #31

Dot Dash
by Lynne of Kansas Troubles

To download Lynne's pattern click here.

I just got back from Golden, Colorado filming 
a series of lessons on Needleturn Appliqué.

As I really don't like flying,  I drove,  so
 this is going to be very short.

It went well - I had a great time 
I am very tired.

Lets go see what the other designers did with Lynne's block.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #32 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #30 -

Four Patch Dash 
by Carrie Nelson

You can down load the pattern for 
Carrie's Block by clicking here.

This one was made with fabrics from my Coral Bells fabric line.

Right now, I'm not at home.
I'm in Golden, Colorado where its 46.
 It was 89 at home when I left home Sunday.
They're warning truckers not to go past Denver without chains.

What I'm doing (besides being cold since I didn't even bring a jacket)
is filming a teaching series of 10 lessons on Needleturn Appliqué using my new quilt 
Pleasant Grove Primer made from my latest line Sycamore.
It's going to be really neat because you can download the series to your computer so that you can back them up, watch them over, yada, yada, yada- just like having a disc.

They won't be out until the first of the year but I'll keep you posted.

And speaking of keeping you posted, I need to announce
the winners of the last two door prizes from September Fest.
I've been remiss about the announcement but they have the Layer Cakes and I've been on the road.

They are.....................drum roll
Karen Scherer and
Diana West.
Enjoy your layer cakes, ladies and thanks for coming.
We really enjoyed seeing everyone.

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

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #31 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #29- Juneau

By Lisa Bongean
To get the pattern for her awesome block click here.
Wow Lisa, Wow!

And since some people need more than 48 blocks and there
have been requests for more appliqué I designed
this timely little acorn block.
To get the pattern for it click here

I'll give you a few simple directions in a minute but first I want to tell you
about this amazing appliqué tool I found at Spring Market.

It's called a Lap App and I love mine.
It comes with a cover as well as a pattern for the cover so you can make your own.
Since mine sits on the table next to my chair, I picked a rather quiet fabric.

It has places for 3 spools of thread and a little magnet for your needles - or pins - or small scissors

And adjusts to tilt to the angle just right for what you're working on.

Underneath the cover is a sandpaper section for marking around your 
freezer paper patterns.

Once I've done that I basted down the top edges of the acorn body

and basted under the edges of the stem.

Then I basted under the top edge of the acorn top
and stitched the bottom of the stem in place.

I also trimmed back the edges of the top 
to make it easier to turn under
and appliqued it to the acorn body.

Then I appliqued my little acorn to the background
and we're ready for Fall.
If you want a Lap App you can order one by clicking here.  
Sometime you have to click on the word "store" at the top right to get the page to load.

I didn't have time to make a little quilt this time but do need to announce the 
winner of the drawing for the little pumpkin quilt and hanger.

And the winner is..........

Such a cute pattern. It would be fun to win!
Barb, please  Email Tammie at 
and give her your snail mail address 
so we can ship your little kit and hanger.

And we can't forget September Fest this weekend - Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00.
I mistakenly said Thursday and Friday in the blog last week so if that's the only time you can come, come anyway.  We'll be in the middle of preparations but what the hey!
We're having door prizes and fabric.  Kits and fabric.  Patterns and fabric.  Scrap bags and fabric.  I think you get the idea.

And we'll have tours of the house and the antiques and quilts in it.
So come to

September Fest September 22-23rd at 10170 NW Last Dr. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Directions. If you're coming from North or South on 1-35 go East on Highway 36 for 1 1/2 miles to Sale Barn Road. Turn right on Sale Barn. If you're coming from Hamilton on 36 it's about 10 1/2 miles from Hamilton to Sale Barn Road and you turn left on Sale Barn. Take Sale Barn south for approximately 6 miles until you come to a T - which is Last Dr. Turn right & we're the first house on the left- (look for the balloons) 
Come up the drive to the barn.  

And for those of you who live too far away to come, just order something (a package of needles, anything - and we'll send you a free pattern. Wish you could all be here.

Now lets visit the other designers and see what they did with Lisa's block Juneau.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #30 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

And the winner of the kit for Jelly Roll Stars & Squares

I hope that you had a great birthday. Love your Jelly Roll Stars and Squares Quilt.

Nancy, if you will email Tammy at 
and give her your snail mail address we'll ship your kit to you.

Thank you all so much for your great Birthday wishes.  I kept losing count because I was reading them.  I wish you all could have won but for those of you who didn't you can always go to my store by clicking here and get either the pattern or a kit which we will ship to you as soon as our Sycamore Fabric comes in.  And that should be any day now.

And be sure and come by our September Fest and Garage Sale this Friday or Saturday between 11:00 and 4:00 to get a free pattern for this little quilt.

And register to win a door prize

Sycamore Jelly Roll

Sycamore Layer Cake

Sycamore Fat 1/8 bundle.

And don't forget next Wednesday for Block #29 of Moda Blockheads.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #28 - Applique Pumpkin

By Me - Jan Patek
To download the pattern and instructions
click here.

To make this little pumpkin block First
1) Copy the pattern pieces onto Freezer Paper.
2). Cut out the shapes and iron onto your fabrics.

Then place the fabric on your sandpaper board and 
trace around the freezer paper pattern with an appropriate
colored pencil.
I use Sewline marking pencils because they give you a nice sharp stitching line.
You can get the sandpaper board at your local quilt shop, make your own or buy one at my store by clicking here.  Then go to the sidebar on the left and click on "notions" for both the sandpaper board and the marking pencils.

What the sandpaper board does is hold your fabric firmly in place 
so it doesn't stretch when you draw around the pattern.
Now the pattern on the fabric is exactly the same as the drawing.
Cut your fabric out using a 1/4" seam allowance - approximate.

Stitch the pumpkin center to the middle piece
using the basic appliqué stitch.  If you're uncertain about the stitch
click here to get to my tutorials and search for the Basic Applique stitch.

Now turn your pieces over and cut out the back of the middle piece behind the center.
(You only need to cut out the back pieces if you are going to hand quilt the block or your quilt.  If it's going to be machine quilted you can skip this step.)

Applique the middle piece to the pumpkin outside

and cut out behind the middle piece.
Which brings me to the answer about hand quilting.
Yes, one of the things I really like about these little blocks and my Table Stand Quilts 
which are only 12" x 25" is that I have time to quilt them.  And it's much easier to get small quilting stitches if you're not quilting through all those layers.

Now clip the curve of the top of the pumpkin
and baste it under.

I have been doing all of this while sitting as my husband watches TV.
After a bit Elizabeth wants on my lap.  She doesn't mind at all if I sometimes
set the sandpaper board on her back.  So Pep lifts her up and she keeps me warm while I stitch.

Back to the block, now baste under the bottom and lower sides of the stem

so you can appliqué it to the top of the pumpkin.

Now there's only the moon left and those points can be a challenge 
but you can go to my tutorial at (just copy it into your browser)
to see how I handle the challenge.  :)

Then quilt as desired and bind.
I made this into a little wallhanging with a neat pumpkin hanger
and stabilized it with a pin because it wouldn't hang straight.

As I was typing this, I realized I could hang it from the 
center of the pumpkin, not the stem and it would hang straight.
Ah well.......  I did but I didn't do the picture over.  It's getting late.

If you want to win a kit for the little quilt and hanger make a comment here,
and old comment and the Random number Generator will pick a winner next
Tuesday and we'll announce it next Wednesday with Block #29.

Speaking of which, this is National Sew a Jelly Roll Month and this is
Jelly Roll Stars and Squares.
For a chance to win this kit, scroll down to last Thursday's blog and make a comment.
We pick a winner tomorrow and announce it Friday.

For now lets go to the other designer's blogs and see what they did with my pumpkin.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #29 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

And I'll see you Friday to announce the Jelly Roll Kit winner.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

And it's my birthday so I'm going to give you a present.

This is "Jelly Roll Stars and Squares" made from a 
Sycamore Jelly Roll and 7/8 yds of the tan solid.

For a chance to win the Jelly Roll make a comment, any old comment
 and next week on Thursday we'll have Random Generator 
Pick a winner.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #27

Union Variation 
by Jo Morton

To get to the pattern for the block
go to Jo's blog by clicking here.

This is going to be short and sweet - 
way to much stitching to be done to sit at a computer.
It is Sew a Jelly Roll month, after all.

And besides Market, of course, we're getting ready for 
this years September Fest on the 22nd and 23.
Be sure to mark your calendar and drop by.

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

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday to see if you won and for Week #28 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

So lets go to our other designers blog and see what they're doing.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #26

Cat's Cradle by Betsy Chutchian
To download the pattern for her block 
go to her blog by clicking here.

Last week I answered this week's question and in the process found out the answer to my often wondered Freezer Paper question.
Our wonderful David sent a picture in a page from one of Elly Sienkiewiecz's books that cleared it up.  A lady named Anne Oliver from the Washington D.C. area discovered somehow that if you ironed Freezer Paper to cloth it stuck and she shared her knowledge.
We all owe her a big hug and "Thank You".
And a big "thank you" to David for letting me know about her.

OK - now I'll answer last week's question about setting.

Here's a drawing of what my quilt will look like - mostly.
I just counted the blocks and there are 49 instead of 48.
Soooo I'll take one block out of the top row and make the
star strip 6" longer and add another star.
I'm not sure what color the sashing and borders will be but the center will be tan.  I think maybe the tan hearts print from Fern Hill.

I'd have a better picture for you but we won't even go into what's been going on with my computer.
Right now my I-Mac (after a huge lightening strike that knocked out the surge protector) is having issues.   It's been to the Apple Store and then to a person to recover all of my data.   Right now it won't hook up to the internet so I had to print this out and take a picture and post from my MacBook.

So I'll give you the links to the other designers and you can see what they're doing.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #27 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block 25

Friendship Star by Lynn of Kansas Troubles

To get the pattern for her block 
go to her blog by clicking here.

I just love star blocks, don't you.

Lets see, the question for today is 

"In the 20 years you've been making quilts, 
what is the product invention that makes you happiest?"

No doubt about it - Freezer Paper.
It makes the whole appliqué process so much easier and is great for piecing too.

And I really have been designing and making quilts for over 20 years.  My first fabric line with Moda came out in 1996 and it takes a good year to go through the process so I probably started in in l995.
When I first started making quilts - back when the dinosaurs roamed, as my grandchildren say - we cut templates out of manila folders.  We then found templastic which was a lot easier to see through and finally freezer paper.  I still want to know which brilliant woman figured out that if you iron it to fabric it will stick.  In all probability it was the wife or mother of a farmer or a hunter.

Since Freezer Paper Appliqué is what I do, I just happen to have filmed a
tutorial on my method which you can watch by clicking here.

And now lets to go the other designer's blogs to see their blocks and their favorite products.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #26 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.