2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW, block 13

What is the best tip I’ve ever learned in quiltmaking?  I think it was when my friend Betsy taught me to use triangle paper a few years ago.  I thank her every time I need to make lots and lots of HST for projects.  I’m a wee bit old fashioned to the core, it takes a friend to get my attention with something I haven’t done before.  I still use my Bloc Loc Rulers for squaring up, wouldn’t be without them.

 

This week, block 13 is by our friend Lynne Hagmeier, go to Lynne’s Blog to download the block directions.

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

The block directions give Lynne’s layered piecing technique.

Me, I’m an old fashioned traditional quilter, so my solution was to draw up a 3″ Bow Tie block, trace and cut out 2 templates, then hand piece the blocks. I sewed the 4 blocks together on the sewing machine.

This evening was lovely outside, so I sat on the patio and hand pieced the blocks (didn’t take long, less than an hour) and listened to the birds sing.  I could hear and also watch young birds, they are so funny learning their flying skills, they tend to flutter around with less than graceful landings, and I can hear it, and see it.

 

This is one of my hand pieced blocks, showing how I pressed it.

hand pieced each bow tie

 

Then I machine sewed 4 blocks together – ta da!!!

block 13

 

Lastly this is how I pressed my block.

block pressing

Have fun with this one!  Until next week – happy sewing!

 

Be sure and check the rest of the Blogs for tips from our friends. Years of experience here to share with you.

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Block 12, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

 

This weeks question: What is my favorite quilt that I didn’t design.  Oh my this is really hard.

For years I’ve created quilts to self publish as patterns, books then in my JLW Club.

However over the years I’ve also loved some quilts that other designers created and published, BUT, I didn’t have time to make them.  OK, I did make one of Edyta Sitar’s that was in APQ 2 or 3 years ago, lots and lots of small Four Patches in a strippy setting.

I’m still in love with antique quilts, they fit into our home perfectly. The past few years I’ve collected some antique quilts to hang over the cupboard door, over the back of a chair, or sometimes hang on the wall if they are study enough, a folded stack is eye candy for me.  I’ve collected some quilts that I would never make, like the one a couple of years ago that had over 9,000 pieces in it, it is amazing to me and I love it so, and realize I would NEVER make it, but I may make a small doll quilt size one of these days.   I also love a starburst quilt I purchased about 4 years ago, made with mostly pinks and browns and some red – it is fabulous.  Seems I’m in my much loved rut of making small quilts to use in our (small) home.

Not sure this answers the question, exactly.  <g>

I’ll admit, I didn’t answer it, and I can’t.

 

This weeks block is by our friend Carrie – thank you for an easier block with simple beauty!

Here is the link to Carrie’s blog with Moda:

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

block 12

Feels like a Windmill, but then I live in the midwest, SE Nebraska.

This is how I pressed my block this week, again some seams were pressed open.  I normally make 2, 3 or more blocks when making a quilt to figure out the best pressing method.  I made this ‘one’.  🙂

block 12, pressing

Be sure to check the other designers Blogs to see their versions!

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Here are my 12 blocks.

12 blocks!

Happy Sewing!  Jo

 

Block 11, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

 

Questions this week, favorite quilt pattern ever?

Oh my, so many blocks I love to use in quilts . . . Log Cabin/Courthouse Steps is up there with LeMoyne Stars, mostly hand piece the LeMoyne Stars (my other favorite piecing method), then have to add Sawtooth Star, Ohio Star and variations, Square in a Square, Four Patches, Nine Patches, Churn Dash, so many good basic block options.

I think this is sort of like choosing your favorite child, and I can’t do it, even though we don’t have children. Quilt settings can make basic blocks shine.  But you all know that.

 

Block 11, Once again Lisa has made us step up to the plate with this one.  Be sure to visit Lisa’s Blog to get her directions.

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

 

We can do it ladies!  This one was easier after sewing Lisa’s block 5.  I’m more careful and square up each unit before adding to it, then square up again, etc.  Mine came out ‘just right’ this time, didn’t have to make 3 of them!   LOL

It is a beautiful block, thank you Lisa!

Block 11

 

Here is my block pressing, but first let me tell you I’ve never pressed so many seams open, but I fell it is necessary and makes for a beautiful block!

block 11, pressing

 

Be sure to check out what our friends did with this block!

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

Happy Stitching!  Jo

 

Week 10, Block 10 – Moda BlockHeads BOW

Cannot believe it is week 10!

This week we are talking about favorite color for fabric.

Well I think you all know I’m basically a brown girl. My eyes are brown, not sure that is an accurate connection. Must confess that the past year or so, I’m quite smitten with blue. I know, shocking!  However blue is another ‘b’ word, so that works for me.

I also love red, pink, some yellows and golds, cheddar, black, gray, green (olive family mostly), not pastels though or brights.  I’ve always loved Reproduction or Traditional colors, and I don’t see me changing as antique quilts hooked me shortly after I began making quilts.

One funny thing is that I own a lot of blue fabric, didn’t sew with it much though, that will be and is changing soon.  I’ve had the ability to have a good variety of colors ‘on hand’ because I’ve lived 50 miles from a quilt shop ever since I started quilting in 1980.  It was logical to collect. Don’t laugh, logic wins!

 

Block 10 is by our friend Jan Patek, go to her Blog to get the block:

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

I do love to hand appliqué, hand piece and hand quilt small quilts.  This BOW is taking care of 2 of my loves, the appliqué and hand piecing, 2 out of 3 is great!  Please note the the hand quilting is on small quilts, this quilt will not be ‘Jo small’.

My block this week, mostly made with my new line ‘Timeless’, it ships to your local or fav quilt shop in August. The rust basket handle is from ‘Reflections’.

block 10

Don’t forget to check the other designer’s Blogs to see their versions and read their tips!  Have fun and happy sewing!

 

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

Oops, my bad, and yes I make mistakes

It seems when I was hurrying to get everything caught up before leaving on vacation with my DH, we were meeting up with friends for fun days in Europe, my brain mis-fired (actually more than once). But today I’m talking about my Blog post for Block 9.

Russ and I were gone April 17th through May 7th, almost three lovely weeks away.  I decided before I left that I was ‘unhooking’ and enjoying vacation.

When I was writing the Blog posts ahead to post while we were away, I copy/pasted the block link for Block 9 into the Blog Post, seems I didn’t do the next step and make the link ‘live’.

So very sorry!  But I’ve mentioned I do make mistakes, some mistakes are bigger than others.

I’m not that techie either, and it seems I have many friends that are not techie either.  Things are changing fast these days, about the time I figure something out, it changes.

Basically I would rather be sewing than sitting at the computer.  How about you?

Many people suggested that those who could not download the file, to copy/paste the ‘link into your browser’, then you would be able to access the pdf file.

I think we should all remember the tip above about ‘copy/paste’, because, trust me I’ll definitely make mistakes in the future. In the meantime please accept my apology.

Now back to your regular programming – Happy sewing!

 

Block 9, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW Link is now fixed!

 

This week’s topic – cleaning sewing machines.

How frequently?  I do clean out around the bobbin case with each full bobbin installed.

How thoroughly?  I take my machine in for an annual cleaning, let them check everything out.  I feel it is a good investment.

Did I name my sewing machine. . .  sorry no, nor my car, not anything.  I have friends that do, I just never have.

What kind of machine do I prefer?  I’m a Pfaff girl.  I love the duel feed mechanism, was sold on that maybe close to 20 years ago.  Several ladies in our local quilt guild owned Pfaff’s and so I asked them about why Pfaff?   When I was ready for a new machine, I went and took a test drive and haven’t looked back.  Besides, I piece quilts on my machine, no embroidery for me, and I haven’t machine appliquéd in close to a decade, and I don’t sew clothes anymore either, but have hemmed new jeans.  I’m 5′ 8″ why would I need to hem jeans?

I think you have to think about how do you use your sewing machine when making a decision on what to buy, don’t forget to take a test drive!  No one size fits all.

 

Block 9 is my week – Ohio Star variation

 

Block pressing shown below, I did press the joining seam ‘open’ on the Four Patches.

block pressing 

You can download the block pattern here:   http://unitednotions.com/Block9JM_OhioStarVariation.pdf
 

Here are my first 9 blocks together! It is fun to see the progress!

first 9 blocks

Be sure and stop by my friends Blogs and check out their blocks and tips this week!

Happy Sewing!

Jo

 

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

block 9, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

 

This week’s topic – cleaning sewing machines.

How frequently?  I do clean out around the bobbin case with each full bobbin installed.

How thoroughly?  I take my machine in for an annual cleaning, let them check everything out.  I feel it is a good investment.

Did I name my sewing machine. . .  sorry no, nor my car, not anything.  I have friends that do, I just never have.

What kind of machine do I prefer?  I’m a Pfaff girl.  I love the duel feed mechanism, was sold on that maybe close to 20 years ago.  Several ladies in our local quilt guild owned Pfaff’s and so I asked them about why Pfaff?   When I was ready for a new machine, I went and took a test drive and haven’t looked back.  Besides, I piece quilts on my machine, no embroidery for me, and I haven’t machine appliquéd in close to a decade, and I don’t sew clothes anymore either, but have hemmed new jeans.  I’m 5′ 8″ why would I need to hem jeans?

I think you have to think about how do you use your sewing machine when making a decision on what to buy, don’t forget to take a test drive!  No one size fits all.

 

Block 9 is my week – Ohio Star variation

 

Block pressing shown below, I did press the joining seam ‘open’ on the Four Patches.

block pressing 

You can download the block pattern here:   http://unitednotions.com/Block9JM_OhioStarVariation.pdf
 

Here are my first 9 blocks together! It is fun to see the progress!

first 9 blocks

Be sure and stop by my friends Blogs and check out their blocks and tips this week!

Happy Sewing!

Jo

 

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/