2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 24

Greetings, another special Wednesday for you.

I sewed this block last week . . . because, I recently ordered a new computer, it arrived at the Apple Store in Omaha last week.  I set an appointment and took my old iMac to the store on Friday, and paid them migrate the files to my new iMac.  I picked up both iMacs on Monday.  I enjoyed a quiet no computer weekend. Don’t ask, but it was pretty cool to have some quiet.

Everything came across great!  Always a few little oops, but I think it is my fault and how I filed things.  I’m finding the lost, think of it as a fun treasure hunt.

Not much sewing going on right now, but loving the new iMac!  So much faster.  My old computer was 6 years old, pretty old in computer years.  Not on life support, still works great, am keeping it, will take it to the studio once I’m sure I’ve found everything I need on this new one.  Currently both are in my office.

This weeks block is by our friend Carrie Nelson, better known as Moda Carrie, her block is ‘Corn No Beans’, love the name and variation.

I chose browns this week, as the blocks grow on the design wall, I see I need to balance the colors a little, so brown is this weeks choice, and I do love brown. I’ve always been a brown girl, I have brown eyes, probably no connection.  My other favorite color is red, red is the perfect neutral for me. Red shoes are good, and a red purse goes with anything.

My new favorite color is blue, like the blues in my new ‘Timeless’ line that is shipping any minute.  Seems I’ve used blue in most of the blocks, that is why this one is browns.

The question of the week – which ruler do I reach for the most.  Probably my 4 1/2″ square Olfa ruler.  Since I love smaller blocks, this one is always near when trimming and sewing.

I used ‘Triangle Paper’ by Lisa of Primitive Gatherings to sew the HST. Once sewn and cut apart, they are already squared up, just press, trim the tips, remove the papers and ready to arrange and assemble.

Go to Carrie’s Blog post for this weeks block 24.   http://blog.modafabrics.com/

First – here is my pressing for this weeks block. Note the direction of the pressing on each quadrant.  I sewed the quadrants, then sewed the quadrants together.  It matched up pretty good, not perfect, but I’m quite happy with it.  I’m not a perfectionist, but I strive to do my best at the moment.  My sewing and perfectness varies, how about you?  I look at antique quilts that are not perfect, but absolutely fabulous in fabric colors and print choices, they are my guide.

Block 24 pressing

I’m posting the block last, so it shows up at top in my Blog post, tricky stuff we deal with!

Block 24

I really love this block, even with no red or blue, it is happy with the rest of my blocks.

Be sure and check out our fellow BlockHeads Blog post for their tips or tricks this week.

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/

Lastly don’t forget the permanent page, it is updated weekly, and the link to our friend David’s Directory for the FB Group, it includes links to everything BlockHeads related.


Wishes for a fantastic week, we are mid August, summer is almost over, getting closer to my favorite time of the year, Fall weather and Harvest colors warm my soul. A cool breeze replacing the humidity, and some patio time and more cookouts under more favorable conditions.  Something for everyone!

One more thing, I host my Handwork Retreat next week at the beautiful Lied Lodge here in Nebraska City.  I’ll have to schedule my blog post ahead of time since I’ll be hanging with the ladies.

Happy Sewing!  Jo


2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 23

Gosh, these special Wednesday’s roll around quickly, don’t they.  Yea for us!

Our topic this week is: favorite brand of rulers, and why?

Mine favorite brand for basic cutting for quilts (I haven’t made clothes in years and years, this is much more fun) is Olfa Rulers, and they have been my favorites for well over a decade.  First great feature, is they are ‘frosted’, that means you can see the measuring lines when using them on light fabrics and the best part is seeing the measuring lines on dark fabrics (this is the ‘why’).  There are fewer lines on the Olfa rulers, so they are much easier to see which lines to use to line up and be accurate.  I also like that they are just black and white, no colors involved.  My favorite sizes:  4 1/2″ square up, 6 1/2″ square up, 6″ x 12″, 9 1/2″ square up, 12 1/2″ square up, 6″ x 24″ and the ever so handy 1 1/4″ x 12 1/2″.

There are a ‘lot’ of speciality rulers out there, some people love ‘tool time’ for every use, for others, less is more.  These days there is something for everyone, aren’t we lucky.

This week is our friend Lisa Bongean’s great block “Winneconne Star’.  This block sewed up easily for me this week.

You can find Lisa’s block directions on her Blog:     https://lisabongean.com/

I’ll show you how I pressed the block I made, a little tricky to even out the seams with pressing, so I also clipped and pressed, and ended up pressing some open to distribute any bulk.

Block 23, pressing

Here is my block:

Block 23

Be sure and check our other friends blocks for their tips this week, maybe Betsy will reveal where she is this week, the picture I saw made me wish I was there too!

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/

Lastly, but not least, the link to the permanent page, with all the blocks and links:


Now – Let’s Go Sew!


2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW, block 22

That special time of the week, and it is now August, the summer is flying by, people are involved in back to school shopping!

Since this week is our sweet friend Jan Patek’s appliqué block, I don’t have much to say other than it was so fun to stitch this block!

Besides sewing/stitching, there are always other decisions to make in our lives, so here is part of our week . . . feel free to skip down . . .

Russ and I went to Omaha last Sunday morning, we bought Russ a new iPhone and iPad, the ones he had were old, and they were hand-me-downs from when I bought new ones.  Now Russ has newer devices that I do, yea Russ!

I did order a new iMac for my office, with the large screen, I need to have files open side by side.  I wanted more ram than what was in stock at the store. It will be built with more ram, then shipped to the Apple Store in Omaha, I’ll be notified when it arrives (about 10 days), I’ll pack up this iMac, drive to Omaha and they will migrate the files from this computer to the new one.  I’m pretty excited, as this computer is 6 years old, pretty old for computer years. I do plan to keep this old computer and use it for shipping at the studio, because that computer is closer to 9 years old and can you say, s l o w . . . .

Today (Tuesday) we returned to Omaha as I had an appointment with an Ortho Foot doctor, yep, confirmed, I have a bunion on my left foot.  It doesn’t hurt, so no immediate surgery needed.  I needed confirmation from a pro, this doctor is in the same building/practice as Russ’s knee surgeon, we like him a lot, the follow up, the reminders and notifications are great.

Now, I bet you really want to see this weeks block, not read more doctor stories, but you know we all have other things in our lives to take care of in-between work deadlines.

This weeks topic:  What kind of batting do we use in our quilts, and why.     I’ve been a Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon fan for a ‘very long time’ or from the beginning in the 1980’s, 100% cotton batting, has the drape and feel of antique quilts, IMHO.  The sad thing is this batting is no longer available, it was discontinued a couple of years ago.  I’m fortunate that I have a few on hand yet, and am looking forward to reading what others use, as I’m going to be on the hunt for a replacement soon.  Seems I’m not much help to you this week.

Without further ado, at the bottom is my version of Jan Patek’s block, this was so  fun to pull fabrics and stitch, you can find Jan’s block directions on her Blog:

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check our other friends Blogs this week to see their versions and any tips (maybe you will get another doctor story?).

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/

Here is Jo’s version:

block 22

Don’t forget the link to the permeant page, it is updated weekly to include the new block published that week, the link to the designer’s blog post and the link to the most recent version of our friend David’s Directory for the FB BlockHeads Group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.


Until next week – Happy Sewing!



3rd time’s a charm?

Is this Friday the 13th?

Gremlins seem to be messing with me and the computer, this is the corrected link to my Blog.



or better yet, try this link to the corrected ‘blog post’ that has the block link this morning:



Maybe I need a new computer?  This one seems possessed, it is 6 years old.

On the upside, Russ’s surgeon was quite happy with his progress yesterday at his after surgery checkup in Omaha.

There is always something to be grateful for.

Now, once again, ‘let’s go sew’!



2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 21 – updated with link

Oops – the link is in this post, so sorry!

Time flies, it is my week again!

I double checked the topic of the week, “Do you put labels on your quilts”.

Shocking but no, I do not sew a label to the back of my quilts.  What I do is use a Pigma Pen to sign and date on the backing fabric.  I do have a reason, and it became a habit for me. Back in the 1990’s when I was making small/doll quilts and selling them, I figured a label could be unsewn and the maker’s identity would be gone, so I began signing my quilts with a Pigma Pen and I still do that today.  See I had a reason and it works for me.  One of the things I love about quiltmaking is there are many ways to accomplish anything, no one way is right or wrong, so what we do makes it ours.  That is all.

However, I also love when I see wonderful labels on quilts because many quilts are ‘given’ to special people, and have special messages, that should be on a label.

This week is a block called ‘Flying Geese Variation’, it could have another name or names, but I like this one.

I did a step by step tutorial in Block 15 for ‘No Waste Flying Geese’, you can easily access this post in the permanent link at the end of this post.  The only difference is make the units with 2 fabrics instead of 3 fabrics.

Here is my block:

Block 21

It is comprised of 4 corner squares, 2 sets of No Waste Flying Geese yields 8 units, and a simple square in a square block in the center.

Make 2 sets of No Waste Flying Geese per the step by step tutorial in Block 15. Once again I used the 1″ x 2″ Flying Geese ruler by Bloc_Loc.  I have several sizes of these rulers, they are very handy and accurate to use.

1″x2″ Bloc_Loc ruler

Follow the directions for the center square in a square, be sure and ‘square up’ the unit to measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, this includes the seam allowance.

Arrange your pieces as shown above, sew 2 Flying Geese units together, press seam in the direction the goose is flying, you do not want to nip the nose off by pressing toward the nose, do you.  Square these units to measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ as before.

Arrange the 9 units as shown above, sew to make rows, press seams in row 1 and row 3 toward the corners.

I pressed the joining seams open on the center row, since there were 2 points coming together it just wasn’t going to lay nicely.

Sew the rows together, matching the seam intersections, see the back of my block below.

Square up your block to measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, the block will be 6″ x 6″ when sewn into the quilt top.

Block 21 pressing

Finally I’ve made this block before only smaller, I made 3″ finished blocks in a quilt for my Jo’s Little Women Club 14 for 2015.  My Clubs are retired at the end of each Club year, please don’t ask for the pattern, it is currently retired, but I wanted to share the itty bitty, so darn sweet.  And many of you girls think 6″ blocks are small.

Block 21 atop JLW Club quilt from 2015

Here is the link to this weeks block:  http://unitednotions.com/Block21JM_FlyingGeeseVariation.pdf 


Do not forget to check out our other BlockHeads designers Blogs to see what they did with the block this week, and any of their tips or tricks, here are the links:


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 Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Last but not least, below is the link to a permanent page, it will be updated weekly to include the new block of the week, and the link to that designer’s block post.


Now . . . ‘Let’s Go Sew’!!!