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/

 

 

week 8, block 8 Moda BlockHeads BOW

 

This week – Pins

To pin or not to pin?

I think because I used to make clothes, before I found quiltmaking, I pin.  I have friends that don’t pin, or don’t pin much.  This past winter I made a little 16 patch doll quilt, my personal challenge was: don’t pin.  It turned out fine because I thought about how I was going to press seams before I started.  Fine works for me, perfectionism is over-rated in my book, but once quilted and bound, it looks fantastic!  I look to some of my favorite antique quilts, they are not perfect, but they are absolutely fabulous in color and design.  They make my heart skip a beat.

Back to sewing ‘perfect’.  I’m not a perfect sewer, sometimes things don’t match or line up ‘perfectly’, on those days ‘close counts’, this usually means a thread or two off, not an 1/8″, that I would fix.  Most days I make the choice to keep moving forward.  Once my quilt top is quilted and bound, I don’t see the little ‘not perfect’ things that I can see when making the blocks, one at a time.

Another tip, step away from the block at least 3 feet, can you see the not perfectness?

We don’t live with our quilts 12″ from our nose. Quilting softens a flat quilt top and some small imperfections disappear.  And, if you haven’t guessed yet, I don’t enter my quilts to be judged.  My choice.  If you choose to enter your quilt to be judged, then follow the show rules.

I think on any given day what I do changes a bit, but basically I pin.  I recently make some Ohio Star blocks, 3 3/4″ finished, and didn’t pin (a personal test), and they came out great.

I must confess I pin differently than most.  When I place a pin to hold fabric in place or at a seam intersection, I pin about 1/2″ or so from the seam edge, and parallel to the seam edge. This means I can sew the seam and NOT sew over pins. And, I don’t have to remove them as I’m sewing, can remove them after sewing the seam.  No one showed me this, I wonder if it comes from making clothes and not wanting to sew over pins?  Basically it doesn’t matter to me why I do it, I just do it this way.  lol

Think of this as the non-tip of the day!

 

 

block 8

This week’s block is by our friend Betsy Chutchian, go to Betsy’s Blog (listed below) to get the block directions.  I added a bit more pink to my block this week!  This was a fun block to plan and sew.

 

block 8, pressing

I only needed to clip one seam intersection so I could press the block the way I wanted to press it.

Happy Sewing!

Jo

 

Be sure and check the rest of the Blog posts for their blocks 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

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

 

Jo’s Little Favorites II

Russ and I are on vacation in Europe, I’ve had to set up posts to publish while we are away.  If you follow me on Instagram @joquilts you may see a few pictures of our adventures!

Today I want to share a few more of the projects in JLF2, May 2017 release.  You know these are selected from my Jo’s Little Women Clubs.  You had to be a Club member in a Quilt Shop to get the patterns, then I retired each Club at the end of the year.

This is an opportunity to enjoy making some of the quilts you may have missed out on.

Working with Martingale on these projects has been so wonderful, and their photography is yummy and so beautiful.

Gratitude quilt

Have you ever thought of lining a wire basket to show off a quit?

Arlington

I think by now most of us have wooden ladders to display one or more of our quilts.  The great thing about this is the cat isn’t sleeping on it!  Arlington quilt made with brown Pinwheels, this quilt part of the HST Challenge mentioned below.

HST Challenge:  this small Triangle quilt was part of a Retreat I taught at in Texas a few years ago.  The concept was make a bunch of HST units, either color controlled or scrappy, then play on the design wall and come up with different settings.  I did bring a binder of antique quilt inspirations.  Not sure they loved the idea at the beginning, we are used to getting ‘a project’, but it was great fun to see the many ideas materialize, and see the beautiful variety of quilts. This is one of my small quilts and I hand quilted it, I think it has more vintage charm when I see the dimples of hand quilting.  Probably just me.  lol

Redware and Harvest

This quilt is another of the HST Challenge results.  Brown HST, set with cheddar triangles, a rust print for the large triangles.  It looks pretty nice with my redware dishes, and is perfect for Fall decor.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I make quilts for ‘me’, then I share them with you.

When I make a quilt, I think about how am I going to use it in our home. I’m a traditional quiltmaker, and will always make traditional or reproduction style quilts. I like to make small quilts because they are easy to change out, and . . . I can get them done!  There are lots of quilts I want to make and making a small version makes me very happy!

Hope you have enjoyed a little more of the book preview!

Happy Sewing!

week 7, block 7 Moda BlockHeads BOW

 

My goodness the weeks are flying by!

This week we are talking a bit about Rulers.  I’ve been an Olfa ruler fan for a very long time.  A few years ago I found Bloc Loc rulers and added some of them to my ruler tray.  I’m not a tool collector, I can do most everything with basic set of rulers, this is me because I learned to make quilts in 1980 (took my first quilting class), this is ‘before’ the rotary cutter. Before a lot of what we take for granted these days.  Whew that makes me feel a wee bit old, but it is what it is.  So, I’m a ‘basics’ kind of gal.

The cool thing about quiltmaking is that you can also be a tool collector and use lots of different rulers and tools to make your life easier.  I think we are all wired a little differently, and therefore we will make our quilts differently.  We certainly are lucky there are many ways to do anything, none of the right or wrong, but we do what works best for us.

 

This week the block is Penny Basket by our friend Lynne Hagmeier.  I guess I felt spring was in the air, and I added a couple of flowers to my Spring Basket, instead of pennies.

I went to my ‘Prairie Flowers Encore’ book and used these flowers from it.  I pieced the block then appliquéd the flowers.  In hindsight (if I did it again), I would do the math for a large triangle and not have to appliqué over the seams.

One of the great things about quiltmaking, we keep learning!

 

block 7

 

Below is the back of my block for pressing.

 

block 7, pressing

Be sure and hop over to the other Blogs to see their blocks and tips.

Enjoy a lovely Spring day when making your block!

In Stitches . . .

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/

 

 

May release – Jo’s Little Favorites II

Coming soon to your local or favorite Quilt Shop . . .

Jo’s Little Favorites II

 

One of my very favorite small quilts was made with ‘leftover’ HST (half square triangles), this sweet quilt measures 11″ x 12 3/4″, I hand quilted it in the middle of the night, you know one of those nights you can’t sleep, so you may as well get up. I go stitch, at least I feel I accomplish something besides tossing and turning.

Leftovers

 

Below is Courthouse Steps, another favorite.  I know I use ‘favorite’ a lot, but I do have lots of favorites, I know you do too.  It rests comfortably in my dry sink, I can change out other collectables. I also have one in reds and greens. And, yes this one is hand quilted too. No marking needed, as I quilt about 1/8″ from the ditch, easy to carry around and add a few stitches.

Courthouse Steps

Prairie Basket – from my first JLW Club, it certainly has the timeless quality, I still love it all these years later.

I had it hanging on the wall at the studio, until I needed to share it with Martingale for a while. It will be rehung on the wall in June, after our vacation and of course it will go to Quilt Market with me.

If you are a Shop owner reading this, be sure and come to my Schoolhouse sessions with Martingale, one on ‘Simple Friendships’ book with Kim Diehl, and the other on ‘Little Favorites II’.

Prairie Basket

Fun Sewing ahead!

Jo

block 6, Moda Blockheads BOW

Oops did it again, you will find the directions for block 6 on the Moda Blog this week:

Moda

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

Be sure and check the other designers Blogs for their 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/

 

Happy Sewing!

Jo