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

week 6, block 6 by our friend Carrie Nelson – Sunflower

This week, a wee bit about block pressing . . . many options, many opinions out there.

I try to think about how would ‘I’ quilt this block? If you know me at all, you know I do not MQ, but I used to HQ every quilt I made, yes it was eons ago. I can’t HQ fast enough to keep up.  It is OK with me, MQ has moved to a new beautiful level, it is a very wonderful way to finish our quilts. I have a very good relationship with my long arm quilters, they make my quilts shine!

Next how would this block like to be pressed?

No easy answers, no one size fits all here.  It could differ for me if I was sending out for MQ or if I was HQ.

Yes, a lot of us of still HQ, but me, mostly HQ smaller pieces, I send out larger quilts for MQ. I like to think of it as quilt-by-checkbook.  Get it done mentality.

FYI – I don’t publish every thing I make, some are just for me.  I do love the rhythm of HQ, it is peaceful and love looking at them on the wall at my sewing studio.  FYI – studio is small, do not get any grand ideas.

Pressing is important to me, a well thought out, and well pressed quilt block, then quilt top allows your favorite long arm quilter to do her best work for you.  A serious Win-Win!

Mostly on any given day this process has been known to vary. No hard rules.  Many opinions and options, oops already said that.

This week is our friend Carrie’s sweet Sunflower block!  I did think about yellow blades with a brown center, then I looked at my other blocks, and changed my mind.

week 6, block 6 by Carrie Nelson

My tip for this block is piece the block, then appliqué the circle in the center.

You do not want to catch any of your appliqué stitches when you assemble the block.  I also went with a dark center, you know the Sunflower thing.  Seems I have a blue sunflower with a beautiful blue sky.  Important to me, as it works well with my other blocks.

clipping trick at the four intersections, and how I pressed my block

This is my pressing for this block.  Note that I DO NOT clip at the seam intersection as that would weaken the intersection.

I clip along the seam edge, 1/4″ from the intersection, the clips are 1/2″ apart, sometimes a bit wider of you deal with a diagonal intersection seam.  You can press the seams in the directions they really want to fall, and press the clipped intersection open, to reduce the bulk there.

One more FYI, I sometimes press seams open, because there is too much going on, you will see that in the future BOW

Now I want to say ‘Carrie on’!

lol

 

 

 

week 5, block 5 . . . more

Seems I take some things for granted, and I shouldn’t.  Blockhead seems really appropriate for me.

Each week, you go to the Blog of the featured designer, to get the block directions.

This week the block is designed by Lisa Bongean.

Here are the links to the other designers Blogs.  Go to Lisa’s Blog first for the block directions, then check the rest of the Blogs to see their versions of block 5!

Enjoy!

 

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 5, block 5

Good Wednesday morning!

I’m going to begin this morning by letting you know that I use Aurifil 50 wt thread on my sewing machine, (seems I forgot to tell you that last week), my machine loves it, very little lint when I change bobbins. I’m currently using #2900 a shade of tan that works well with my color palette.

Sewing Machine needles is this weeks topic.  I use Schmetz 70/10 Denim needles, have used them for probably 15 years.  I change needles about every 5 to 6 bobbins.  I used to wind 10 bobbins at a time, now I wind 5 or 6, as it is the perfect reminder to change the needle.

The exception is, I’ll change the needle after a marathon of using triangle paper for lots and lots of HST.

This weeks Moda Blockheads block is by our friend Lisa Bongean.  There are a few more pieces in this block, so I proceeded slowly and carefully, made sure each unit was the correct size before sewing units together.  I’ll confess that my 1st block measured at 6 5/8″ plus a couple of threads.

I made a second block with a different set of fabrics, it came out perfectly at 6 1/2″.

But, I liked my fabric choices on the first block much better . . . the next day, I made a third block and it also came out perfectly at 6 1/2″.  I sort of have the rhythm of these small pieces now.  Can’t wait until it is Lisa’s turn again!

block 5

This week I’m sharing a picture of the back of my block, to show you how I pressed. Some seams were pressed open, other seams were clipped so I could press to reduce the bulk.  The front looks great, so it worked for me.  Your pressing may vary.

block 5, my pressing, some seams open, some clipped

 

Do not be in a hurry when making this block, you can do it, the result is this gorgeous block!

Happy Sewing!

week 4, block 4 – Moda BlockHeads BOW

Good morning on a rainy Wednesday morning, it ‘was’ going to be a great day to hang in the studio and sew, sew, sew!

After paying bills and other office work, including a US Dept of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, US Census Bureau, the 2017 Commodity Flow Survey.  Seriously folks, they want to know how much this very small business ships during a specified week in March.  It states it will take an average of 2.5 hours to complete . . . I’m thinking I may not get to sew today after all.  Cross your fingers it only takes me 2.5 hours to complete. And, there’s more – I get to do this every quarter this year!

The good news I have my block done for this week!  It was fun to appliqué Jan’s charming Bee Skep, it makes me think of Spring!

 

Go to Jan’s Blog to download this weeks pattern.

If you don’t see the pattern yet, check back, she may have slept in this rainy morning, don’t you love to do that, have patience sweet friends.

Here are my friends Blog links:

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/

block 3 pressing

A lady asked about step by step directions, the pattern page shows cutting, row assembly and which way to press.

I’m posting a picture of the black of the block for my pressing, and using my ‘Clipping Trick’ that is described in my JLW Clubs (if you are a member), or in my books.  Hope this is helpful.

block pressing, using my Clipping Trick at seam intersections.

Happy Sewing!

Jo

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

 

 

Blockheads – week 2, block 2

Gosh, where did the week go, it is time for Block 2 already!

I used a background from Reflections, the brown print is from Gratitude.

I’ve seen so many great, pretty, and beautiful blocks this past week, thank you for sharing your blocks and creativity with us!

The block this week is Aunt Dinah by Betsy Chutchian.

Here is my version.

Aunt Dinah block

 

Can’t wait to see your versions! Happy Sewing!

 

Block 2 – Aunt Dinah – Betsy Chutchian
http://unitednotions.com/Block2BC_AuntDinah.pdf

Blockheads – Block 1

Here is the redo, I should have had coffee first!

Off we go on our 48 week adventure!

I made my first block, hot off the sewing machine at 6pm last night, this is going to be a fun journey, hope you are sewing along with us!

I used a mix of fabrics from the designers lines, can’t wait to see the other’s blocks.

Have a fun day sewing your block!
Block 1 – Whirligig – Kansas Troubles Quilters
http://unitednotions.com/Block1LH_Whirligig.pdf

 

fabric – time to confess or fess up?

Ladies, just like you, I do shop for fabric in quilt shops. Yes I’m a fabric designer, but I like other designers lines and pieces too!

That means I do buy fabrics produced by ‘other’ Fabric Companies.

See I really am just like you.

I love my fabric lines, and have made lots and lots of quilts with them, but I go shopping, just like you do.

I’ve received numerous requests for “what is that border fabric” on a couple of quilts in the “Simple Friendships” book that is co-authored with my friend Kim Diehl.

Shhh, I have a closet of non-Jo fabric, of course I’ve been quilting since 1980, the early fabrics were no where near the gorgeous quality we have today, so I’m guessing my closet is collecting from around 20 years ago to recent. My closet makes me happy, not saying how big my closet is, because we don’t compare our fabric collections do we.

Here is a picture of the 2 pieces most requested, and I also show you that I have one design also in red and brown, so you will probably see it in a red and brown quilt at some point.

One fabric is Blue Hill (no longer in business), the other is a Windham.  I have no idea how old either are, no years are printed on fabric line selvages.  But I’m guess 3 to 5 years old.

Substituting could probably be the key, pick a border fabric, then the accompanying pieces to sew the blocks.  Make your life easier!

Happy Sewing!

requested fabric info