2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW, Block 20

‘My oops’ last week on the ‘topic’ of the week, I wrote on this weeks topic (cleaning quilts), last weeks topic was: ‘do you display your quilts in your home’ – well yes I do!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, or own some/all of my books, you know what I do with the quilts I make and how I use them.

One reason I made/make and use quilts, is that I had friends buying antique quilts in the early 1980’s, who doesn’t love the look of an antique quilt in their home, it gives a feeling of warm and cozy, and of course ‘welcome’.

I couldn’t afford antique quilts then. So, I decided I would make “new quilts that looked olde” or had vintage appeal to use in our home.  Seems I’m still doing that, and I’m now happy that I have a small collection of antique quilts that seem to be viewed ‘over the cupboard door’ in our dining room.

I have quilts all over the house, from small/doll size up to a big one on our queen size bed.  I also have custom framed quilts hanging in our home.  My first book was titled ‘Small Quilts for Framing’ self-published in 2000.  Long out of print of course, but I made and sold the little lovelies at Folk Art Shows mostly in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Yes, I still live in Nebraska, put some miles on the vehicles back then.

You are here to read about this weeks block, Devil’s Claws by our friend Betsy Chutchian.  I made a version using 6 fabrics, seems I’m in a scrappy mood or mode.

I’m showing the pressing first:

Block 20, pressing

Now my block this week:

Block 20

 

You can get the directions for this weeks block on Betsy’s Blog:

Betsy Chutchian

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

 

Be sure and stop at our other friends Blogs and see what interesting stories and tips they have to share this week!  A great chance to get to know us.

 

Lynne Hagmeier

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

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

Don’t forget to check the ‘permanent page’ that will be updated weekly to include the new block of the week, the link to that designer’s block post and the link to the most recent version of David’s Directory for the FB Group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.

http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

Happy Sewing from too warm and humid Nebraska!

Jo

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 19

This week – “Do you wash-clean quilts in your home?”  If so, How?

First, I pre-wash my fabrics, in the washing machine, with the detergent I use to wash our clothes, I use the short cycle, cold water, it takes about 26 minutes.  Then into the dryer which is set on ‘Permanent Press’ and ‘less dry’, that way I can walk away and the fabric isn’t over-dried with wrinkles.  I also set my Phone’s timer to remind me to go fold the fabric.  I’ve been quilting since 1980, and I’ve pre-washed fabrics all those years, I do not see myself changing my habits, and I have asthma and allergies, pre-washing is important to me.  You asked!  <g>

And yes I’ve washed my quilts, but I do not wash a quilt once it is MQ and bound.  I use them until I think they may need a wash, sometimes kitties will help you with a reminder by throwing up on them.  Into the washer on cold water, gentle cycle (have a front loader), a small amount of the same detergent I use to wash my clothes.  I don’t use color catchers and don’t have problems.  This works for ‘me’ where we live.  Remember ‘no rules’, many suggestions though.

All water is not the same, different cities use different chemicals in the water to keep bacteria levels low and safe.  Some of you will have rural water, some have wells, it all varies, no easy answers.  Nothing is across the board, it is trial and error.  If you are happy with what you do, keep doing it!

NEVER, ever have a quilt or cotton quilt fabric dry cleaned. It states that on the bolt.

 

This weeks block is by our friend Lynne Hagmeier, a group of Flying Geese units she calls ‘Night Flight’ – aren’t they sweet!

You will find Lynne’s tips and tricks and directions for this block on her Blog:

Lynne Hagmeier

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

Block 19

block 19 pressing

I cut my fabrics to make 4 Flying Geese at once, made 2 different sets and you see my arrangement. I used my Bloc_Loc 1 1/2″ x 3″ ruler to square up the units.  I also went with a darker background, thinking of geese flying near the end of day at dusk or near dark.  You can tell me to stop thinking if you wish!

Flying Geese can also be made with rectangles and squares as given in the directions.  I love that there are many ways to accomplish anything in quiltmaking.

Be sure and check out our friends Blogs and read their tips for this block, so much info for 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/

Last, but not least, the all important permanent page that will be updated weekly, and the most recent version of our friend David’s Directory for the FB Group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.

http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

It is darn hot and humid here now in SE Nebraska, so happy to stay inside in the AC.

 

Moda BlockHeads BOW, block 18

Question today is: do I sew or stitch every single day.

Is it planned?

Or a habit?

How much time do I spend sewing each day?

Whew, that is a LOT to cover.  My day: get ready for the day, then email, social media, make the bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, sometimes laundry, or whatever needs done that day.  We all have a normal life besides the ‘work’ for lack of a better term. I’ll confess to a cleaning lady, thank goodness for her.

I ‘try’ to sew or stitch every single day, I think we all have very good intentions, then life happens.  My sewing isn’t exactly planned, like cut and out ready to sew. Some days are planning days, some are designing days, make test blocks, how to press the block. I do not design on a computer, I don’t have those skills.  I’m old fashioned as I learned to quilt 37 years ago, and seriously I’m fine with what I do, and how I do it.

I do think that sewing and stitching is a good habit, I sewed clothes long before I learned to quilt.  I made my first skirt when in grade 6 or 7, and it was good enough to wear to school.  I also embroidered when I was ‘little’, tea towel sets and pillowcases.  I also crochet with thread and did edges on pillowcases and around handkerchiefs (anyone remember those?).  My mom sewed so did my grandmother on my dad’s side, and they both crafted (they didn’t use that word), and my mom also worked for the telephone company (number please).  I grew up with ‘doing’ because I can’t think of another word that kind of covers it all. Never bored for sure!

An aside, over the years before quilting, I did ceramics, wood crafts (bought a scroll saw, sander, router and some other tools), macrame that was never used but experienced the mess it made, LOL’s.

This week we have Block 18 by our friend Carrie Nelson!

This is my version:

block 18

This is how I pressed my block, using my ‘clipping trick’ at the joining seam intersections:

block 18 pressing

You will find Carrie’s tips and tricks for making this block:

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

Be sure and check out our BOW friends Blogs to see their tips and tricks and how they organize their days!  Much to learn from us as we all seem to operate a bit differently, but still we ‘get it done’.

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/

 

Lastly don’t forget this important link to the permanent page for our BlockHeads BOW.

http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

 

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!  We did, it is a special time of year, love the noise and seeing all the flags flying.

In stitches until next Wednesday,  Jo

 

 

 

Moda BlockHeads BOW, Block 17

It’s that time again!

This weeks topic is – do you keep a written list of your WIP’s (you know those works in process), how about a list of ‘quilts I’d like to make” and ‘Projects that we have all the parts and just need to start’ . . . the reality is we all do.

I’ve been sorting mine, and actually recently sewed binding to a wall quilt that has been resting, and I MQ a border on a doll quilt, straight lines from the center to the outer edge, spaced 1″ apart, it was easy, just sit down and do it, then sewed the binding to it.  Two off the list!

Today I’ve placed two other small/doll quilt tops on the ironing board, will cut batting and backing tomorrow and sandwich them, I’ve finally figured out how I want to HQ these sweeties made with 1/2″ hexagons.  Some days it just takes a plan.  Once something is ready for HQ, it will move to near my comfy chair and take its turn in my daily handwork, either early morning or while watching TV before bedtime. I must note that I also can HQ and HP in the car, I’m lucky that I can stitch in the car when Russ is driving.   Most days some handwork happens, others it doesn’t, either too tired or the movie is too good to not watch, etc.

And lastly I’ve moved a project that has been resting since 2013, accompanied by its fabric, and hope to get borders figured out and added to the appliqué blocks in the center.  Life gets in the way of some things, pushed aside, then found again, this one is due to be finished this year, it will be a nice wall quilt.

This week is Block 17 by our friend Lisa Bongean, and it is an easier block this week. Enjoy selecting your fabrics for this sweet one.

Block 17

Here is my block pressing for this block, just like the pattern:

block 17 pressing

You will find Lisa’s block here, be sure to click and see her tips for this one:

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Here are a few of my blocks with the new block.

block 17 and some friends

Don’t forget to go see our friends versions of 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/

 

Lastly here is the link to the ‘permanent page’ for the Moda BlockHeads.

http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

 

Enjoy your week and especially the Fourth of July.  I love this time of year, so many great childhood memories, I enjoy all the sounds of this favorite Holiday!

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads, block 16 by Jan Patek

This weeks block is by our friend Jan Patek, with a lovely appliqué block to celebrate America. The timing is great as today the 21st falls between Flag Day and 4th of July, time to remember so much of what we love about our country, the USA.

First we have a new link for you, it is permanent link, filled with a list of the published blocks, links to the instructions, and to the designer blog posts for our week, so much info to read and learn from us! Thank You Moda for setting this up for us!

Blockheads

This link will be updated weekly, it includes the link to the designer’s blog post for the week, and the link to the most recent version of our friend ‘David’s Directory’ for the FB group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.

Can I say WOW I’m impressed, so much info for you. This was all created to help newbies and the ones who joined us from the beginning, to catch up with all our great tips, and you can go back and reread as needed.

Our group has grown beyond our expectations, thanks to you all for sewing along with us.

This week we are talking about WIP’s, you know those ‘works in progress’, is this akin to attention deficit (? lol’s), how many WIP’s do you have?  I’m suppose to fess up, but I keep running across more, I’m now at the point of what will I truly finish, what do I want to finish up, and mostly what do I need to start designing and sewing to meet deadlines?

Mum’s the word on my WIP list from Nebraska City this evening.  The number is high, over 30, now to determine what stays on the list and what goes away. I’m OK with what goes away, we all get revved up about something new, several months later, it becomes a why?

This evening I’m here to share my version of block 16.  I did sew the flag strips on the sewing machine, then appliquéd the unit down.

Sweet and prim, I do love it.

block 16 by our friend Jan Patek

Mine didn’t turn out exactly like the design, but I’m still happy with it.  Have fun sewing yours!

Be sure and check out our friends versions of this block and read their tips, because you know we all interpret a bit differently, excellent learning while sewing with us!

Here are the links to our friends Blog posts, you will find the pattern for this block on Jan’s Blog:

 

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

 

Be sure to check out our friends Blog posts for more info and fun tips.

Betsy Chutchian

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

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Lynne Hagmeier

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

 

Happy Sewing!  Jo in Nebraska

 

Moda BlockHeads 2017, block #15 ‘T’ block

Question this week:  is there a quilter whose work always inspires you?  Mostly I look to antique quilts for inspiration, settings, fabrics colors used together, scale of prints, then I go to my fabric shelves and begin pulling fabrics, the pull will get resorted and new additions added along the journey.  You see, I’m old fashioned, I make a bunch of blocks first, then I search my fabric collection for setting fabrics and border fabric options.  I seem work on the fly.  I cannot design on a computer, and I’m seriously OK with that, I like to look at a quilt in-progress on the design wall, it talks to me and tells me what she should be.  Yes she is a girl.  LOL’s

 

This is my week, besides the directions on the PDF file that you will find at the bottom of this long post, I’m presenting a step by step of how I made my block, and I used 3 fabrics instead of 2 fabrics.

my ‘T’ block this week

Since I’ve taught quilting for years and years, and now I’m off the teaching road, I felt I should share some tips.  Hopefully some of the tips will make sense to you for future projects.

My disclaimer is – you are more than welcome to make the block ‘your way’.  We are all wired differently and will work differently.

I varied from the given directions, so follow along with me . . I recommend you read through it all, before beginning to cut or sew.

Pattern:  Step 1 – cut the A and B squares at 2 7/8″, be sure the resulting sewn 4 HST (half square triangles) measure 2 1/2″ square.    Jo TIP: you can always cut the squares 3″ instead of the 2 7/8″, then square them down to 2 1/2″, press these diagonal seams toward the light/background fabric.  Yes, you read that correctly.

press toward the light fabric, square to 2 1/2″

Step 4 – I’m jumping ahead, I didn’t cut the remaining pieces as written, here begins my variation:

center square – cut (1) – 1 7/8″ square from the light fabric

center square – cut (1) – 1 7/8″ square from each of the 2 chosen indigos, cut these 2 squares in half on the diagonal

Sew one indigo triangle set to opposite sides of the light square, press toward the corners.  Sew the remaining two triangles to the opposite sides, press seams toward the corners, square this to measure 2 1/2″.

sew triangles to opposite sides of the light square – sweet!

At this point you have 5 of the 9 units needed for the block! Easy, isn’t it.

Now you have the center and the 4 corners all squared up to 2 1/2″, lay these aside, next we will make the 8 Flying Geese units, using the no-waste method. I’ve used this method since 1998, when a friend in Topeka showed me, thank you Jane Buckley!  This method was also published in Quilter’s Newsletter back in the day.  Please remember I began quiltmaking in 1980, do NOT say dinosaur please!

To make the 8 Flying Geese needed:

Cut: (2) – 3 1/4″ squares from the light/background fabric

Cut: (4) – 1 7/8″ squares from each of the (2) indigo prints.

Cut these (8) indigo squares in half on the diagonal.

Take 4 triangles from each of the 2 indigo prints, lay the triangles on the larger background squares as shown below:

Note that the triangles prints alternate, be sure that the (2) blocks have a different alternate set, note the lighter blue and the darker blue are in different positions atop the light squares, this is very important.

You may want to press these loose triangles in place, then sew.

note the alternating of the loose indigo triangles on the two background squares

Next: sew on both sides of the diagonal with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  Scant means a thread or two less than a full 1/4″ seam allowance, this allows for the take up of fabric when pressed to one side and shrinking the unit.  Trust me, remember! Your blocks should look like this:

sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, notice the straight seams

cut apart on the diagonal

press seams toward the small triangles

align the remaining triangles atop the square hearts (that is what they look like to me), as shown, note the fabrics are alternated, again.

the triangles are pulled back so you can see the difference, pencil is holding them in place

sew on both sides of the diagonal, note the nice straight seams, that really does make a difference.

Cut apart on the diagonal, press the small triangles toward the indigo corners.  See your Flying Geese units with little ears sticking out!

square these units to measure:       1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, or use your Bloc_Loc 1″x2″ ruler that we love, to square up the units.

Bloc Loc 1″ x 2″ finished size ruler, love these to accurately square up FG. they have a nice assortment of these rulers that seem to go with Jo small blocks. Thank You Paul and Janna!

We are getting closer!

Next, pair up identical FG units and sew to make the side units:

sew, again note the straight seams.

Press seams with the ‘nose’ or point.

press seams with the nose, square these units to measure: 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

arrange the FG units along the sides of the block, note the fabric prints will match up with the corners, making the T units.

sew to make rows, press row 1 and row 3 seams toward the corners.  Note how nice the seams ‘nest’ together since the outer HST units were pressed toward the light fabric.  Press the seams open on the center row. 

Whew, took a long time to get here, but pressing is important to the finished block.

Pin the rows together, matching seam intersections, sew.

Here is the pressing:

continue to press seams toward the corners, press the center seams open. The block lays really nice and flat.

My finished block this week:

I love it!

 

I want to share some other T blocks I made recently, they are now sewn into a top, so you will see other fabrics around the edges.  The top needs to be sent off for beautiful MQ soon.

different background fabric used, from ‘Reflections’.

different indigos from my ‘Timeless’ line that ships in August, background is from ‘Reflections’.

love this medium blue print and the background in ‘Timeless’, maybe a fav?

different pairing of indigoes from ‘Timeless’, background is from ‘Reflections’.

If you place a square in the center, you get this version of a ‘T’ block, different look, still cool.  Fabrics from ‘Timeless’

This is it – I hope you enjoy making this T block, and consider making a larger quilt of this block someday.  This BOW has many options besides making a sampler quilt.

I wish to close with the saying, at the side in this picture, can’t figure out how to rotate it.

“Let’s Go Sew” !!!

Happy Sewing!  Jo

 

Block 15 – T Block – Jo Morton
http://unitednotions.com/Block15JM_TBlock.pdf

 

Please check my friends Blogs for their versions and tips.

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 Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/