Moda Blockheads – week 3, block 3

Once again the week has flown by!

 

My new fabric line ‘Timeless’ arrived at my door.  It ships to your local or fav quilt shop in August! Since time flies these days, you will have it before you know it.

I know you want to see it, I’m adding it to my bin of fabrics for this BOW.

I’ve enjoyed seeing so many beautiful blocks this past week, keep up the great work, and please keep posting to our FB Moda Blockhead page.

The block this week is mine, and called ‘Four X’, enjoy making your version, can’t wait to see yours!

‘Four X’ block

 

You can see what the other designers did on their Blogs:

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/

 

Here is the link to this weeks block:

Block 3 – Four X – Jo Morton
http://unitednotions.com/Block3JM_FourX.pdf

 

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

Of course the conversation continues . . .

Some of us are ‘out of’ fabrics to be able to offer the great little bundles.  Some have purchased the layer cakes – perfect solution!

But hey, there is always good news!

We designers keep designing new lines, don’t we, so we will be offering new bundles through the year as new lines appear on the horizon from us BlockHeads. We will be including these new lines in our BOW blocks.

Join in the fun!

Keep following us for updates, be sure you are following all our blog posts for the latest info.

Thank You for sewing with us in our BOW!

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/

 

And if you have received this, you are already following my Blog – thank much!

Update February 15th on 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

First you ladies make me smile, some address notes to ‘staff’ at Jo Morton Quilts. Please let me introduce you to Chloe:

Staff

Most of the time Chloe can be found here resting, or curled up in one of the chairs around the house, she isn’t worth a darn in my office, she shuffles paperwork, that move is not appreciated, but other than that, she is kind of cute, a sweet kitty and has a great motor!

Back to ‘business’, many have asked or begged for more of the Reflections bundles.  Last Saturday I hired three friends, we cut from all 34 pieces of Reflections, then assorted them into piles of 24 pieces for the bundles.  I don’t have enough fabric to cut more for you, I had no idea of the response would be as great as it was, it sold out in about 4 1/2 hours, sorry the planning on my end was lacking, but then in my defense, this is my ‘first’ BOW or a sew along.

My suggestion, if you missed out on a bundle, how about checking with your local or fav quilt shop, buy a layer cake of Reflections!  Then you will have pieces of ‘all’ of the 34 fabrics in the line, plus some duplicates as all layer cakes have 42 pieces.

So, you will be able to join in the fun, just another step.  You have time we don’t officially begin until March 8th.

The other frequently asked question, where do we get the blocks?

‘Follow’ one or all of the Blogs or websites from the participating designers mentioned below, each week we will show that weeks block in our fabric choices accompanied by the free PDF pattern download.  You click on the link and print it out.

Lynne Hagmeier
Jo Morton
Jan Patek
Lisa Bongean
Carrie Nelson
Thanks for reading this far, Chloe sends her best!
Happy Sewing!
Jo

Update on Reflections bundles for our Moda 2017 BlockHeads BOW

Sorry to report, no more bundles will be available from Jo.

I hired 3 friends, we cut 1632 sweet 16’s, sorted into stacks of 24, inserted in plastic bags all day Saturday so I can ship the orders tomorrow (Monday).  We cut up what I had available for this project. I had no idea there would be this kind of response, however I am shipping to 68 happy ladies.
I look forward to seeing your blocks during our 48 week sew-along BOW!
Happy Sewing!
Jo

What will you do?

I think a Blog post is kind of over due, so here we go!

I think we all purchased the great ‘Make It Mini’ magazine this spring by Better Homes and Gardens. Was on the newsstands, available in Barnes & Noble and in many Quilt Shops, hope you have your copy!   There are so many great small projects to enjoy in your home or to make for gifts for special friends. I actually have 3 of my quilts from prior American Patchwork & Quilting Magazines in this issue, am sharing what I did with one of them.

Make It Mini

Make It Mini

 

This picture is of the original quilt I made and submitted for publication, a while back.  You remember it don’t you!

before it was a mini

 

Tiny Triangles

Tiny Triangles

 

Laura Boehnke, who works for the magazine, creates many of the projects ‘in other colors’ for inspiration, she came up with this mini version for us to enjoy.

 

Laura made hers in Blues . . . so very pretty!

blue chosen for magazine

Don’t you love it!

 

Well, I have a new fabric line coming out in August with Moda Fabrics, pretty pumped about it, so for Quilt Market I remade the smaller version in red using the reds from my new fabric line named ‘Gratitude’.

Make it reds using 'Gratitude' line with Moda Fabrics!

Make it reds using ‘Gratitude’ line with Moda Fabrics!

Now you really ‘need’ to make it come August, hope you already have the magazine!

Happy Stitching!

 

 

Memory Lane

Christmas time does this to me, does it do it to you?  Memories come flooding in.

I took my first quilting class in 1980, in 1985 I made my first ‘new quilt made to look olde’, and it is this quilt ‘Hattie’s Baskets’.  I named it for a friend of my moms.

I’ve never looked back on this journey of ‘making new quilts to look olde’.

I loved the antique quilts I would see at quilt shows, loved the quirks in them, and loved the fabrics.  Some things don’t change. I wanted to make my quilts to feel like that. I still love small size quilts, traditional patterns and vintage look to fabrics.  Perhaps I should add, certain colors appeal to me more than others, and every quilt I make does have a spot that it would look good in our home.  Made for me, and shared with you.

Hattie's Baskets, 1985, 24x24

Hattie’s Baskets, 1985, 24×24

Now remember, this is ‘back in the day’, I made templates, cut out the pieces including seam allowance, arranged all four blocks to look scrappy and olde, I even turned a couple of pieces over and used the back side up.  This was arranged on a card table in the living room (no design wall yet, no dedicated sewing room either).  I hand pieced this quilt top, eye-balled a stitching line, it is hand quilted with black HQ thread (again eyeballed the lines), and I even added the binding by hand, then sewing it down.  Notice how wide the binding is?   🙂

We gain skills with practice.

HQ on 6inch block, black HQ thread

HQ on 6inch block, black HQ thread

I wanted to make one quilt entirely by hand, check.  Quilts come in all sizes.

I added my signature to the back with a small running stitch, careful not to go through the batting into the front.

signed this quilt by stitching my name and date

signed this quilt by stitching my name and date

Please note, I documented that it took from April to December in 1985 to complete this small quilt of 24″ x 24″.  I only stitched information to the back of a quilt once.

The dark red print, the black inner framing border and binding and the backing are all from early Jinny Beyer fabric lines. The other pieces are from my beginning ‘fabric collection’.

I prefer to sign my quilts on the back with a Pigma Pen these days: name, year, city, state, no stories.

I enjoyed the quiltmaking process then, still do when I have time.

Thought you may be amused at a little Jo history.

‘Jo’s Little Favorites’ – new book with Martingale – shipping in January 2016

So many of you have asked for patterns from earlier Jo Clubs, lucky for you and me, this book is what you are looking for!

I’m so pleased to be working with Martingale to provide you with your wish.

Since I’m trying to cut back, so Russ and I can travel, he has been retired for 6 1/2 years, if we don’t travel now, when will we?  This is a win-win for us.  Martingale presents beautiful books that are coffee table worthy, I know you will love to add this book to your collection.

You will love the tips on using small quilts in your home, enhanced by gorgeous inspirational pictures.

I like to think the vintage appeal in the quilts I make, have that timeless quality and they never go out of style.

You can pre-order signed copies of this book here!
(Expected January shipping)

Below is a little eye candy to tide you over.

Happy dreaming!

Jo

Jo's Little Favorites

Jo’s Little Favorites

 

 

Or these stacks of quilts! The quilts were carefully folded to fit these child size chairs - sweet!

Would you love to make these stacks of quilts! The quilts were carefully folded to fit these child size chairs – so sweet!

 

One more today . . look for your initials or name to put with your quilt display.

One more today . . look for your initials or name to put with your quilt display.

 

magnificent fussy cutting!

We will be headed to Australia mid November, during which time we will attend ‘Quilts in the Barn’, an annual exhibit of quilts, a vendor will be selling new fabrics, kits, etc, another will have antique quilts for sale.

Quilts In The Barn Raffle 2015

Quilts In The Barn Raffle 2015

If you would like a sneak peek at the raffle quilt, made with Jo fabrics, go to this link:

http://quiltsinthebarnaus.blogspot.com

In Linda’s Blog post, she is showing pieces and parts of the raffle quilt, there will be a big reveal later on her Blog ‘Quilts in the Barn’.

I’m honored the gorgeous quilt was made with my fabrics, and in awe of their fussy cutting details to make beautiful quilts!

We are looking forward to another great time with our friends in Australia.

I think one of the reasons I quilt, there is ‘always, always, always’ something to learn.

Happy Stitching, and maybe some fussy cutting will be involved?

Jo

4 3/4″ hand pieced LeMoyne Stars

This is a new project, I started piecing the blocks in early June, I used Cindy Blackberg’s stamp set ‘Carpenter Stars’.  I probably sewed half of the blocks in the car, the other half watching TV.  I made 52 star blocks and used 49 of them in this quilt.  I was going to make 64 blocks and decided 49 would be enough.

This is the center of the quilt top, will share the finish after it is machine quilted and bound.  I’ve wanted to make a soft colored quilt for some time, this may be it.

 

4 3/4" hand pieced LeMoyne Stars

4 3/4″ hand pieced LeMoyne Stars

If you notice toward the center in the second from the bottom row, one of the squares of the stripe fabric was sewn in turned the other way.  I did notice it and decided it didn’t hurt anything and left it.  I like quirks in my quilts from time to time, how about you?

There is a song about this . . . ‘Let it Go’!

Please sing along with me!   lol

Happy Stitching!