2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 35

It is our favorite day of the week – – – Wednesday!!!!!

I’m in Houston for Quilt Market (top secret stuff you know), seems I forgot to pack the list that included this weeks question, so sorry.

I brought my laptop, because I ran out of time to post this weeks block before I left.

So . . . this weeks block is by our friend Lisa Bongean, the directions for the block are on Lisa’s Blog:   https://lisabongean.com/

Next – the links to our friends Blogs:

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

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

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

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

This is my block this week – a little embarrassed as I has some piecing issues under pressure of leaving.  I’m only showing the block, after I get home I’m going to re-piece the block and then show my pressing.  Life and Market are an interesting mix.

Block 35

Last but certainly not least the link to the permanent page:


Hope this works, since I’m on my rarely used laptop. (seems things work differently than on my desktop computer)  Life is still very good!

Happy Sewing – and until next week  . . . Jo


2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 34

Our favorite day of the week – Wednesday!

However, I’m writing this on Monday, as we back out of the driveway after lunch today and head to Houston.

Our questions for this week – what is the best part about going to Market?  What is the worst part or is there a worst part . . .

First the BEST part is seeing friends, both exhibitors and shop owners, then see what’s new, or for me ‘olde’.  Ha, ha.    The worst part – so much to do getting ready to go . . . always last minutes extras to juggle, then the big sigh of relief once backed out of the driveway.  Next deal with may have been forgotten once arrive in Houston.  So much stuff to take, gone 11 nights and make arrangements for things to be handled at home while away.  Even though we do it time after time, just doesn’t seem to get any easier. What’s with that??

This weeks block is by our friend Jan Patek, Here is a link to her Blog to download the directions:    http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Be sure and check our friends for their versions and inspiration:

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

And now . . . how sweet is this!  Home Sweet Home.

Block 34

Have a great week stitching!   Jo


2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 33

It is our special day of the week, and it is ‘my’ block this week!

First the question of the week – it is Fall, Halloween is less than 2 weeks away and Christmas is in 2 months . . . do you make seasonal quilts?  When do you start making them?

I make quilts that are seasonal by color and I make them whenever I feel like it, or have a new fabric line that makes it easy.  I have a collection of these type of seasonal of quilts, so I’m not in a hurry.

I don’t make Halloween quilts with pumpkins or black cats stitched on them, but I do make small quilts in blacks, rust, cheddar and golds for this time of year. Think along the lines of Four Patches, Nine Patches, Log Cabins, simple blocks where it is fun to play with color.  Place a wooden pumpkin, along with artificial leaves and perhaps a carved black cat atop your quilt in Halloween colors.  Voila!

Obviously Christmas quilts are mostly red and green, again not Holiday Motifs, and it just so happens I have a new fabric line called ‘New Hope’, it has reds, greens, golds, great neutral prints with color, beautiful blacks and  . . . it ships in January 2018, just around the corner. I’m having so much fun sewing with it, but I can’t show you yet, watch my Instagram  @joquilts  while I’m in Houston.  I hope it is a wee bit inspiring.

Now to this weeks block, I played with color placement to create a framed block.  Hope you like it, of course you can rearrange colors to suit your needs.

Here is the link to this weeks block:  http://unitednotions.com/Block33JM_Starz.pdf

First – see the clipped seam intersections for pressing:

Block 33, pressing

And, now my block:

Block 33

Currently, I’m trying to figure out so the colors work together, for the end of our block journey.  I do not have a setting yet, I’m pretty sure I will (that means ‘have to’) as the end gets closer.

Be sure and see what our friends have done with this block:

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/

Last, but certainly NOT least is the link to the permanent page, and the link to our friend David’s Directory for our FB Group that includes everything BlockHeads related.  We cannot thank David enough for his help in getting ‘us’ and our posts ironed out for you.


One last thought to share, Fall really is my very favorite season. I love the coolness in the air, can still sit on the patio and enjoy the bird chirps coming in to ‘feed’, enjoy the colors changing, enjoy a beverage of choice in the evening, and enjoy a nice visit with DH.  Life is very good in Nebraska, jackets are also a ‘good thing’.

Winter coats are around the corner, and I really love the sights and sounds of Christmas.  I’m grateful for many things in my life, and I think at this time of year, those things come forward and I’m very thankful.

Enjoy these evenings!

Until next week, happy sewing!  Jo




2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 32

Our favorite day of the week, Wednesday!

Fall is in the air?  It was 82 Sunday, yesterday we had a high of 41, with a chance of frost overnight, Russ picked tomatoes just in case.  Fall really is my most favorite season, but will miss the fresh vegetables of summer.

Question this week . . . When we went from making quilts for self and began doing it as a business, is there anything you wish you’d know ahead of time?  Or, was ignorance truly bliss.  There were many days I wish there had been a handbook . . . in the long run, I’m grateful there wasn’t one.  I was introduced to quiltmaking by Russ’s sister at Thanksgiving dinner in 1979, I thought her blocks were “the most beautiful thing I had ever seen”.

Russ’s sister, who also lives in Nebraska City, took her quilting class in Lincoln, Nebraska, I asked for the name of the lady and phone number, called and signed up for the next ’14 week course’ to make a double bed size sampler quilt, comprised of 12 – 14″ blocks, through which, I learned to hand piece, hand appliqué, and hand quilt in the quilt-as-you-go method popular at the time.  The class began in early January 1980.  I asked my boss (I was the bookkeeper for a car dealership at the time) if I could have Wednesday afternoons off for 14 weeks, and I would work Saturday morning to make up time, surprisingly, he said yes.  Lincoln is 50 miles from Nebraska City. There was a quilt guild in Lincoln that I eventually joined, and there was a very small quilt shop at that time in Lincoln (still open and much larger), finding cotton fabric was the hard part then, and the quality was sadly lacking.  I used to joke that the fabric faded in the sack on the trip home.  I’ve lived 50 miles from a quilt shop all these years, so of course it was logical to me, to build a “fabric collection” as I couldn’t run down and pick up what I needed nearby.  About 2 to 3 years into my quiltmaking, I realized other ladies in Nebraska City and area would probably like to learn to quilt but would not drive the 100 miles round trip to Lincoln or Omaha to learn, so I began teaching quilting in our small living/dining room to a small group of ladies, same premise, 14 weeks and learn these same techniques.  Then with the help of some local ladies we started a local Quilt Guild around the same time.

I was drawn to the antique quilts early on, and because we were making quilts by hand, an quilt show most always had an area of antique quilts on display.  I was totally hooked by the antique quilts, that is where I spent my time at shows, soaking up the colors used, the variety of settings and quilting designs, also loved the quirks that could be found. There were no machine piecing classes then, and I struggled with that part even though I had made clothes since 6 or 7th grade.  Please remember this is before the rotary cutter and other lovely tools we have today.  1/4″ seam was so skinny after 5/8″ seam on clothes. The second class I signed up for, the following year (1981), again in Lincoln was ‘drafting’, because there were very few books and patterns then either.  Jinny Beyer was a large influence in those days, I was able to take a class from her in Fremont, Nebraska, and of course I own her books, they are still great reference today, for skills.  We learned how to break down a block and draft them.  I know this is now foreign and that makes me a dinosaur!   Ha, ha, ha.

By 1985 I began my journey of making ‘new quilts that look olde’ or had vintage appeal, and haven’t looked back.  Through a quirk of life around 1988, I began exhibiting at Folk Art Shows in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New England, selling my small quilts, ornaments, then added framed quilts, and framed quilt prints until around 2002.  I also had a license with a company for about 9 years for framed prints of my quilts.  I started my pattern business in 1995, due to requests from some ladies in Virginia who asked me for patterns, they were quilters and wanted to make what I was making, which eventually led to my first Quilt Market in Charlotte, NC in 1995.  Things overlapped for a few years, then I had to stop making quilts for sale, and then only made quilts for patterns, followed by my first self published book ‘Small Quilts for Framing’ in 2000.

Simply, I would not have had this lovely quiltmaking journey if there had been a handbook for business.

Now, if you are still with me, our block this week is by our friend Betsy Chutchian – Dutchman’s Puzzle, you will find the block directions here: http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check our friends Blogs for their versions and tips:

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

My pressing for this block, and only one clipping in the center –

Block 32, pressing

My block this week!

Block 32

And the link to the permanent page:    http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/

I wish you a wonderful week, enjoy the colors of Fall, mostly Happy Sewing!  Jo

P.S.   I want to share Russ’s comment – “Jo took her first quilting class and hasn’t been home since”.  Kind of true, but after all these years I’m off the road for teaching travels, so I can be on the road enjoying travels with Russ. And, yes, I’ll have handwork with me!

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