2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW, Block 41 and a give away

Our most favorite day of the week . . . Wednesday!!!!

I’m beginning to think someone slips in an extra Wednesday some weeks, they sure roll around fast.  LOL

First the question of the week:  Do we make any Christmas presents, hummm, short answer for me is no.  I guess I’ve reached the age of have everything I need or want, which means same for my friends/family.  Sometimes picking up the tab at lunch is a good gift, or buying gas on a road trip, sharing a favorite recipe, taking the time for coffee and a visit is precious.  There are many ways to show friends and family we love them, doesn’t always have to be wrapped or in a gift bag.  This is my life, no judgement, maybe yours is different?

Of course if there are children or grand-children involved it all changes!  I’m talking about my life.

I want to share that during the Christmas Season, my most favorite movie is ‘The Miracle on 34th Street’, for me must be the 1947 versions in black and white, staring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Natalie Wood.  Yes ‘I Believe’.  And we have it on DVD so I can see it in B&W.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

This weeks Block is by our friend Lisa Bongean, the block directions can be found on her Blog:  https://lisabongean.com/

First I’ll share my clipping and pressing, I press and clip because I have most of my quilts custom quilted, so I like to be able to provide a ‘ditch’ for quilting, then the machine quilter can add nice curves, feathers, etc.  I always have a reason for what I do.

Block 41, clipping and pressing

Now my block version:

Block 41

Enjoy making your version!

Please DO NOT forget to check our friends Blogs for their version of this block (and their giveaways):

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

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

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

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

 

And . . . do not forget to check the permanent page, it is updated weekly to include the new block and the links, and . . . the most recent version of David’s Directory for the FB Group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.

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

This week we have an added gift, maybe I should say a chance at a gift, and hopefully it ‘may’ arrive on your door step before Christmas.  I’m also fine if a gift arrives after Christmas because the load of mail and packages is amazing, aren’t we lucky we have great mail delivery people and of course the big brown truck brings good stuff, and I can’t forget to mention FedEx!

A give away – you have to “leave a comment to enter”, the prize is my new book with Martingale “Jo’s Floral Album’, PLUS a F8 Bundle (you know that means Fat Eighth) of New Hope which ships to your local/favorite quilt shop in January!  This line is perfect to begin the appliqué blocks featured in my new book.  Will pick a winner on Monday December 18th,and e-mail them for their mailing address – NO P.O. Boxes please!

Hopefully the prize will be delivered before Christmas, if not, you will receive it after Christmas, after all it is the busiest time of the year!

Here is my less than professional picture, I’m sewing with these fabrics so it appears to be a bit of a mess, the winner will receive a beautifully folded F8 bundle!

Jo’s Floral Album book and New Hope fabrics

And a quick tip, there are full color pictures of each block in the book, these block pictures measure about 7 1/2″, add a bit more background plus seam allowance and you will have an option for a 9″ block for a small, one block medallion (add borders of your choice), or a smaller version of the featured quilt!  The book also has a pull out section with full size patterns for the 12″ finished blocks, ready for your favorite method of appliqué.  My favorite method is the ‘back-basting prep method for needleturn appliqué’.  No messing around to position loose pieces and parts.  Ready to go!  Thank You Martingale!  User friendly is very important.

Whew that is a lot this week.

Wishes that your home is decorated and ready for Christmas, shopping done, baking done, now time for a coffee with a good friend, or a glass of wine with a loved one.

Until next Wednesday . . . enjoy the Christmas Season, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 40

Woo Hoo – once again our most favorite day of the week . . . . Wednesday!

First the question for this week:  Do you decorate with quilts for the Holidays?  Are they color-themed, or do they include Holiday motifs.

Remember it is old fashioned Jo answering this question – yes to the color-themed . . . and sometimes not exactly color-themed, but still the quilts seem to work during the Christmas Season.  The quilts I use can be made by me or antique quilts I’ve purchased over the years, both are included in our home Christmas decor.

I do not include Holidays motifs in the quilts I make.  Think of it as ‘something for everyone’,  yes I’m old fashioned, love antique quilts or newer made quilts with vintage appeal. This has been my goal for well over 30 years, making quilts with vintage appeal, I don’t see me changing now.  LOL

This weeks block is by our friend Jan Patek, you will find the link to the block directions on Jan’s Blog, http://janpatek.blogspot.com/   

This is my version for Block 40, I used pieces from ‘New Hope’ (January 2018) and the branch is from gratitude.  Pretty sweet I think, thanks so much Jan!

Be sure and check our friends Blogs for their versions of this block.

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

And now . . . the reveal:

Block 40

I stitched this up last Saturday evening, Ok I was up a wee bit late.  Happy Stitching from Nebraska.

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 39

Greetings – it is our favorite day of the week, hump day!  Oh yes, you get the next BlockHeads block day too.  Life is very good, isn’t it.

The question this week:  Have you started your Christmas Preparations? Baking? Shopping? Make a gift-wish list for yourself?  Hummm, I have different goals, mostly because we were not blessed with children, we go to family members homes for the Holidays where we see nieces and nephews and are watching their families grow, and grow up.

Russ and I are still in our ‘starter home’, we have lived here all but about the first 3 or 4 months of our 46 years of marriage. It is ‘home’, I cannot imagine living in any other house or any place else.  This is our corner, here in Nebraska City, Nebraska (50 miles from either Lincoln or Omaha) and  . . . we have great neighbors!

I hope everyone enjoyed a Blessed Thanksgiving with family and or friends.  I love this time of year, we take the time to see loved ones, whether they be family or friends.  I see a personal New Years resolution, and not wait for said Holidays.

In the meantime, we have more blocks to sew!

My week, block 39, Framed Star . . . you will find the block directions here:  http://unitednotions.com/Block39JM_FramedStar.pdf

First I’m sharing the pressing and where I clipped for pressing this block:

Block 39, clipping and pressing

A little more complicated than most blocks, but I know you are up for it!

I did piece the center star block first, then added the outer framing piecing, it was NOT assembled row by row.

And now my block . . . the dark brown print was from ‘Timeless’ line, the lighter tan print and the medium tan print are from my new line ‘New Hope’ it ships in January 2018, just around the corner!

Block 39

Be sure and check our friends blocks for their tips or variations:

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/

And be sure and check the permanent page, with updates and of course the most recent version of David’s Directory for the Facebook Group, that includes everything BlockHeads related.

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

Enjoy sewing this block, mostly enjoy your Christmas preparations and time with family and friends.

In stitches . . . Jo

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 38

Greetings!  It is Wednesday, our favorite day of the week, and this week it happens to be the day before Thanksgiving, I know you may not check out our blocks this morning while getting ready for Thursday with family and/or friends. The block will be waiting when you have time to go sew!  Family first, always.

I’m grateful and thankful for many blessings in my life. Life certainly isn’t perfect, but it is my kind of perfect.  We will spend the day with Russ’s side of the family at our nieces home, it will be just perfect because we are together.

This weeks question – – – favorite family tradition?  Actually none, just being together whether it is Russ’s side of our family or my side of our family.  It doesn’t matter to me, just being together is what counts.  Time will stand still for a while, deadlines will  be put on the back burner, we will put our families first, just perfect.

This week is the ‘Peace and Plenty’ block by our friend Betsy Chutchian. I’m happy it is her week as the block name is what Thanksgiving is for us.

You will find the block directions on Betsy’s Blog: http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Be sure and check our friends Blogs for their versions of this block:

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

My pressing for this weeks block:

Block 38, pressing

And now this weeks block!

Block 38

Last but not least, the permeant page that will never change, it will be updated weekly to include the new block published that week.

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

Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!  Gobble, gobble! 🦃

Jo and Russ in Nebraska

 

 

 

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 37

Our favorite day of the week – Wednesday!

Let me say that I think weeks are less than 7 days now, as Wednesday rolls around fast!

Our question this week – Do you remember your first Quilt Market as an Exhibitor?  When was it?  Was it exciting? Terrifying?  Both?

My first Quilt Market was Spring 1995 in Charlotte, NC.  I loaded our mini van and drove there from Nebraska.  I also visited a Folk Art Show friend in Louisville, KY on the way.  Regarding Shows and Exhibiting – I did my first Folk Art Show in Ohio in 1988, so by 1995 I was used to driving to shows, and setting up booths.  However Quilt Market was a new experience and I went with 7 patterns – in hind sight that was a bit terrifying!  The reason I decided to try Quilt Market, was some ladies in Virginia asked me to create patterns for my small quilts when I had a booth at a Folk Art Show in Virginia (could have been Williamsburg or Annandale, VA).  After all, the ladies had their fabric collections even then, and they loved my small quilts, so began another journey for me.

Those were some great times when people appreciated hand crafted and were willing to pay for handmade, from furniture, pottery, paintings, woven goods, bear artists, doll artists, tinsmith, carvers, small quilts, and other folk art items. That was the beginning of my collecting over the years and still love each and every piece that holds those memories of the makers. And, you may find this a bit hard to believe, but am still in contact with some of them yet today.

This weeks block is by our friend Lynne Hagmeier, you can find the block directions on Lynne’s Blog:  http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Be sure and check our BlockHeads friends Blogs for their versions or tips:

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

First the pressing for this weeks block:

Block 37 pressing

Block 37 pressing

And now this weeks block:

Block 37

Do not forget the link to the permeant page with everything BlockHeads related:

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

One more thing, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Best Wishes sewing this block while planning and preparing for Thanksgiving, a wonderful day to celebrate our many blessings with family and friends.

In my life, everyday has a blessing, if we take the time to look close enough.  Jo