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

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 19

This week – “Do you wash-clean quilts in your home?”  If so, How?

First, I pre-wash my fabrics, in the washing machine, with the detergent I use to wash our clothes, I use the short cycle, cold water, it takes about 26 minutes.  Then into the dryer which is set on ‘Permanent Press’ and ‘less dry’, that way I can walk away and the fabric isn’t over-dried with wrinkles.  I also set my Phone’s timer to remind me to go fold the fabric.  I’ve been quilting since 1980, and I’ve pre-washed fabrics all those years, I do not see myself changing my habits, and I have asthma and allergies, pre-washing is important to me.  You asked!  <g>

And yes I’ve washed my quilts, but I do not wash a quilt once it is MQ and bound.  I use them until I think they may need a wash, sometimes kitties will help you with a reminder by throwing up on them.  Into the washer on cold water, gentle cycle (have a front loader), a small amount of the same detergent I use to wash my clothes.  I don’t use color catchers and don’t have problems.  This works for ‘me’ where we live.  Remember ‘no rules’, many suggestions though.

All water is not the same, different cities use different chemicals in the water to keep bacteria levels low and safe.  Some of you will have rural water, some have wells, it all varies, no easy answers.  Nothing is across the board, it is trial and error.  If you are happy with what you do, keep doing it!

NEVER, ever have a quilt or cotton quilt fabric dry cleaned. It states that on the bolt.

 

This weeks block is by our friend Lynne Hagmeier, a group of Flying Geese units she calls ‘Night Flight’ – aren’t they sweet!

You will find Lynne’s tips and tricks and directions for this block on her Blog:

Lynne Hagmeier

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

Block 19

block 19 pressing

I cut my fabrics to make 4 Flying Geese at once, made 2 different sets and you see my arrangement. I used my Bloc_Loc 1 1/2″ x 3″ ruler to square up the units.  I also went with a darker background, thinking of geese flying near the end of day at dusk or near dark.  You can tell me to stop thinking if you wish!

Flying Geese can also be made with rectangles and squares as given in the directions.  I love that there are many ways to accomplish anything in quiltmaking.

Be sure and check out our friends Blogs and read their tips for this block, so much info for you.

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, the all important permanent page that will be updated weekly, and the most recent version of our friend David’s Directory for the FB Group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.

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

It is darn hot and humid here now in SE Nebraska, so happy to stay inside in the AC.