2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 29


This weeks question is about – Machine Quilting – do you ever machine-quilt your own quilts?  Basically the answer is NO,  not shouting, but emphatic, they are always sent out for beautiful machine quilting!

That said, I have MQ a handful of small/doll quilts over the years, straight lines only.  I do not like to MQ, it is not enjoyable, but I love to HQ, but I can’t HQ them all.  I’ve been very fortunate to have a couple of long arm quilters who do gorgeous quilting, and make my quilts better, their quilting enhances my quilts with traditional motifs and designs.

This weeks block is by our friend Lisa Bongean.

You can find the block pattern on Lisa’s Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Once again I’m going to show you my pressing of this block first.  I used the clipping trick and oops I see the top row needs repressed!  Look at the other three sides.  The iron is shut off and I’m home, pretend it is just perfect, OK?

Block 29, pressing

Here is my version of this weeks block.

Block 29

Be sure and check our friends Blogs and 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/

Moda Carrie – Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Be sure and check the permanent page, it is updated every week with links to everything, including our friend David’s Directory for FB that includes all things BlockHeads related.



You will enjoy making this one!  Jo

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 27

Boy these fun posting days show up faster than once a week, I just know it!

This weeks topic – Hand Quilting . . . do you HQ, yes!!!   How frequently?  sporadically, depends what else I have for handwork, because I ‘love’ handwork from hand-piecing, back-basting prep method for needle turn appliqué, EPP, did I mention hand-piecing, and of course I love to HQ small quilts.  Small quilts are portable and easy to carry along and get them done.  I do not see myself HQ anything larger than a quilt that measures from 24 to 30 inches in my future.  But, things change, times change, so who really knows?  I learned to make quilts by hand in 1980, it is in my quilting DNA.  I also machine piece and enjoy that too.  I used to do machine appliqué, did tons of the fuse the shape hold it with machine buttonhole stitch, but mostly on hand towels (for show of course, can’t use pretty hand towels), I sold them for some time in the 1990’s.  I know TMI.  But maybe, just maybe you will understand it is just me, I’m not changing and will continue with handwork forever.

First I want to show you 27 of my BlockHead Blocks:

27 blocks

I do not have a setting figured out yet, I don’t expect to have one until I have the 48 blocks sewn.  It is the way I work, and have worked all these years.  Can’t change that now!

This weeks block is by our friend Jan Patek, a pumpkin with Fall in mind.  I did make a big Four Patch background for my block using ‘Timeless’.  The pumpkin and stem are from my January line ‘New Hope’, it arrived in time to use in this block.

block 28

You will find Jan’s block directions on her Blog:    http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

You will find versions of Jan’s block on our friends Blogs:

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/

And of course the Link to the permanent page:  http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

Until next week, happy sewing!  Jo


2017 Moda Blockheads BOW – block 27

That special day of the week Wednesday, and that means a new block for you!

It feels like Fall in the air here in SE Nebraska.  Long jeans and a denim shirt day, really gorgeous weather to be outside!  Pretty sure it will warm up again.  Weather swings keep us on our toes, with warmer/cooler clothes near at hand.

This weeks question:   is there a product-tool-ruler you wish you’d invented. Actually no, does that surprise you?  When I learned quiltmaking it was by hand, I loved it. I did embrace a few tools and products over the years. What I want to invent is more stitching time.  FYI – I’m working on it!

This is my week, I chose the Union block.  I’ve loved this block for years and years. Thanks to a friendships block exchange a few years ago, I now have two quilts made with this block.  Great choice for scrappy quilts!

First is the pressing:

Block 27, pressing

Here is the block! I have no extra tips, it easily went together. It is made with HST’s (be sure you square them to the correct size), a square in a square in a square block in the center, and 4 rectangles.  Watch your seam allowance, be consistent.  A little clipping and artful pressing and you too will have a beautiful block.

Block 27

Here is the link to this weeks block:  http://unitednotions.com/Block27JM_UnionVariation.pdf

The two background fabrics are from my new line that ships in Jan/Feb 2018, named ‘New Hope’, the other pieces are from ‘Timeless’, it recently arrived in your local or favorite quilt shop.

Here are the links to our friends Blog post to see their versions:

Lynne Hagmeier          http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek         http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian      http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean      https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie      http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Lastly the link to the permanent page:     http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

Happy Sewing!    Jo

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 26

Has been a busy week here, now missing my retreat friends.

Time for another BlockHeads block, tomorrow is Wednesday, hump day and better yet the new block reveal.  Don’t you love the variations you see from the other designers followed by all the other posts.  Very inspiring that so many are working on the same project with so many different results.  Quilting is just the best hobby ever.

Question of the week:  In the 20 years (more like 37 years) that I’ve been making quilts – is there a product invention that makes you the happiest?  Actually for me I’m happiest that the mills are using better dyes that are colorfast, and the quality of the fabrics is so wonderful compared to over 30 years ago.  Happy Dance here!

This weeks block is by our friend Betsy Chutchian, named ‘Cat’s Cradle’.  Love these little HST, seriously I do.  Of course I’ve made yet another scrappy block.

You can get the directions on Betsy’s Blog:    http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

First I’m going to show you the 3 blocks I’ve remade, blocks 17, 20 and 23.  I know you are curious.

3 remakes, blocks #17, #20 and #23


For this week, below is my block pressing.

Block 26, Pressing

And . . . finally my block

Block 26

I used browns and tans and the wallpaper background from ‘Timeless’ that is now in your local or favorite quilt shop.  I’m sneaking in some backgrounds from my new line ‘New Hope’, it ships in Jan/Feb 2018.

Be sure and check our friends Blog posts for their versions!

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

Jan Patek   Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean   Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

** Also sending prayers for Nick Bongean’s successful surgery today, and a healthy recovery.

Moda Carrie   Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Don’t forget the link to this page – it is a permanent page, it will be updated weekly to include the new block and more.  But you know this.


Summer is winding down, we are moving to cooler weather that I personally am looking forward to.

I’m also so very impressed with the wonderful people of Houston, Texas and surrounding areas, dealing with Hurricane Harvey, ‘people helping people’, beautiful behavior in this horrible disaster. Many other states are sending in aid and help.  God Bless them all.


2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 25

Wednesday is hump day, and block 25 is the first one over the hump on our BlockHeads journey.  Cool that we post on Wednesdays!

This week we should share if we have figured out a setting for our blocks, or what would we change.  I confess, I haven’t figured out a setting yet.  However, I have re-made 3 blocks that stuck out like a sore thumb, and my re-made blocks look much better with the group to me. That is what counts isn’t it?

I’m writing my post on Monday August 21 – the day of the eclipse, Nebraska City was on the outer edge of the pathway across Nebraska for a full eclipse. Seems that didn’t matter after all, as it ended up cloudy here today.  South of Nebraska City there was great viewing, or so they said on TV, cameras were at Homestead National Park near Beatrice and also near Falls City. Both cities are over an hour away from Nebraska City.  We watched the eclipse on TV, still pretty darn beautiful and amazing!

Tomorrow afternoon we move to Lied Lodge for my Handwork Retreat that begins Wednesday morning and ends Saturday afternoon.  I’ll be really quiet (no posting on social media) while visiting with friends old and new, showing and sharing techniques and projects.  The ladies bring show and tell and that is always amazing. Hanging with old friends and making new friends. I’m beginning to think that ‘can’t wait’ is much over used, but it is true!

This weeks block is by our friend Lynne Hagmeier.  Be sure and go to her Blog for her block:  http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Sorry Lynne but I added corners to my block by making HST for the corners.  I wanted a little more color and see less of my chosen background fabric. Yes, I sewed it like the pattern, then changed it.

If you wish to do this, instead of cutting 4 – 2 1/2″ squares for the four corners, cut 2 – 3″ squares from both the light and the dark fabrics.  Draw a diagonal line on the back side of the light squares, sew a scant 1/4″ on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut apart on the line, press seams toward the darker fabric, square these units to measure 2 1/2″. Arrange your pieces and follow the directions to assemble the block.

First I’ll share how I pressed my block:

Block 25, pressing

Here is my version of this weeks block:

Block 25

It will be fun to see what our friends do with their versions, be sure and check them out!

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/

Lastly, but not least, the link to the permanent page, it is updated weekly to include the new block of the week, the link to that designer’s blog post 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.


Have a fabulous week, I’m planning on it!

Happy Stitching, Jo