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:

Blockheads

Now – Let’s Go Sew!

Jo

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.

Blockheads

Until next week – Happy Sewing!

Jo

 

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.

http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

 

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

http://wp.me/p29gEq-1BX

 

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’!

Jo

 

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.

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

Now . . . ‘Let’s Go Sew’!!!

Jo

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW, Block 20

‘My oops’ last week on the ‘topic’ of the week, I wrote on this weeks topic (cleaning quilts), last weeks topic was: ‘do you display your quilts in your home’ – well yes I do!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, or own some/all of my books, you know what I do with the quilts I make and how I use them.

One reason I made/make and use quilts, is that I had friends buying antique quilts in the early 1980’s, who doesn’t love the look of an antique quilt in their home, it gives a feeling of warm and cozy, and of course ‘welcome’.

I couldn’t afford antique quilts then. So, I decided I would make “new quilts that looked olde” or had vintage appeal to use in our home.  Seems I’m still doing that, and I’m now happy that I have a small collection of antique quilts that seem to be viewed ‘over the cupboard door’ in our dining room.

I have quilts all over the house, from small/doll size up to a big one on our queen size bed.  I also have custom framed quilts hanging in our home.  My first book was titled ‘Small Quilts for Framing’ self-published in 2000.  Long out of print of course, but I made and sold the little lovelies at Folk Art Shows mostly in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Yes, I still live in Nebraska, put some miles on the vehicles back then.

You are here to read about this weeks block, Devil’s Claws by our friend Betsy Chutchian.  I made a version using 6 fabrics, seems I’m in a scrappy mood or mode.

I’m showing the pressing first:

Block 20, pressing

Now my block this week:

Block 20

 

You can get the directions for this weeks block on Betsy’s Blog:

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

 

Be sure and stop at our other friends Blogs and see what interesting stories and tips they have to share this week!  A great chance to get to know us.

 

Lynne Hagmeier

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

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

Don’t forget to check the ‘permanent page’ that will be updated weekly to include the new block of the week, the link to that designer’s block post and the link to the most recent version of David’s Directory for the FB Group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.

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

Happy Sewing from too warm and humid Nebraska!

Jo