2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 31

It is that wonderful day of the week, Wednesday – a new BlockHeads block, besides being ‘hump day’, aka week is half over, weekend on the horizon.  Some weeks I think ‘yikes’, I have so much to do, needs to be Monday, not Wednesday!

This weeks question:  Is there something quilt-related on my ‘bucket list’.  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha . . . of course, I want more sewing time for languishing quilt projects.  My WIP list is not diminishing and I have the bins of projects to prove it.  See, we really are alike.

A little FYI – I’ve never liked the term UFO, because . . . I have no aliens in my house.  That means WIP is my go to acronym.  You are probably learning more about me than you want to know.

Back to the ‘bucket list’ question, I’ve been to quilt shows I never ever dreamed I would get to see, feeling blessed on that one.  As for my ‘quilts I would like to make list’, that becomes another ha, ha, ha, ha . . . yes of course!  Not one quilt, but a lengthy list!  Not saying how many.  Now, you really know why I make smaller quilts, I can make my version of a quilt inspired by an antique quilt, make it wall size, doll quilt size, or maybe throw size (it does vary), and that seems to make me very happy, and isn’t that part of why we quilt?

This weeks block is by our friend Lynne Hagmeier, named ‘Dot Dash’, this was a fun one to make!

You can find the block directions on Lynne’s Blog:


Here is my block pressing:

Block 31, pressing, and clipping trick.

And . . . here is this weeks block!

Block 31

Be sure and check our friends Blogs to see their versions of this fun block!

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

And don’t forget to check out the permanent page, with all things ‘BlockHeads’, including our friend David’s contributions to keep it all together for us on FB:


Fall is in the air here in Nebraska, especially today after a warm spell, really cooled off at a high of 62.  Fall is my favorite season, time to buy orchard apples – at the orchard, and love watching the colors change, love going for rides to enjoy mother nature (we did that Sunday), the chill in the air, love being able to wear a jacket with jeans, also perfect time for a walk in the park.  I wish for you a beautiful walk in your park or favorite place to walk!

Until next week, happy stitching!  Jo

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 30

Another special Wednesday!  We are feeling a bit Fall-ish here today, high of 64, kind of nice after last week in the mid 90’s (just not right in September is it).

This weeks topic – name a ‘famous’ quilter that inspired-taught you in the past 20 years, that you hope quilters will remember 20 years from now.  I’m picking Jeana Kimball, I took an appliqué class from her when she taught at the Liberty Quilt Shop in Liberty, MO, I’m guessing it was around 2000, give or take.  She taught me the back-basting prep method for needle turn appliqué.  Not that I do tons of appliqué, but this is my go to method, I’ve taught classes on it, and it is very portable, and I think easy.  I also want to share, Jeana has an Instagram presence if you want to see what she is up to (search for Jeana Kimball) she also has tutorials, that means you get free tutorials from her!  And, Jeana is now officially off the road for teaching travels, like myself, so you still have access via Instagram to her gorgeous work and workmanship.  I’m a basics kind of gal, no frills, no extra tools, all you need is the recommended needles and thread, and scissors of course, after you have marked the design, you are off and stitching!  But you also know I’m an old fashioned girl, and enjoy the process of quiltmaking.

This week’s block is by our friend Carrie Nelson, and personally am happy for an easier block, some weeks we need an easier block, don’t we.  Well I did this week, nuff said.

Here is the link to Carrie’s Blog:    http://blog.modafabrics.com/

This is how I pressed my block: note I used my clipping trick at the seam intersections.

Block 30, pressing

And . . .  my Block 30, we are moving along now!

Block 30


Be sure to look at our friends Blogs to see their versions, lots of possibilities for light and dark play and placement.

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

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

Always check this link to the permanent page, updated weekly to include the new block of the week, and the most recent version of David’s Directory for the FB Group.  He is a very nice and kind person to step up and help us out on this journey of BlockHeads blocks.


Enjoy making this block, I’m looking forward to see what you do with your block!

Happy Stitching!  Jo

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 28

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