2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 37

Our favorite day of the week – Wednesday!

Let me say that I think weeks are less than 7 days now, as Wednesday rolls around fast!

Our question this week – Do you remember your first Quilt Market as an Exhibitor?  When was it?  Was it exciting? Terrifying?  Both?

My first Quilt Market was Spring 1995 in Charlotte, NC.  I loaded our mini van and drove there from Nebraska.  I also visited a Folk Art Show friend in Louisville, KY on the way.  Regarding Shows and Exhibiting – I did my first Folk Art Show in Ohio in 1988, so by 1995 I was used to driving to shows, and setting up booths.  However Quilt Market was a new experience and I went with 7 patterns – in hind sight that was a bit terrifying!  The reason I decided to try Quilt Market, was some ladies in Virginia asked me to create patterns for my small quilts when I had a booth at a Folk Art Show in Virginia (could have been Williamsburg or Annandale, VA).  After all, the ladies had their fabric collections even then, and they loved my small quilts, so began another journey for me.

Those were some great times when people appreciated hand crafted and were willing to pay for handmade, from furniture, pottery, paintings, woven goods, bear artists, doll artists, tinsmith, carvers, small quilts, and other folk art items. That was the beginning of my collecting over the years and still love each and every piece that holds those memories of the makers. And, you may find this a bit hard to believe, but am still in contact with some of them yet today.

This weeks block is by our friend Lynne Hagmeier, you can find the block directions on Lynne’s Blog:  http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

First the pressing for this weeks block:

Block 37 pressing

Block 37 pressing

And now this weeks block:

Block 37

Do not forget the link to the permeant page with everything BlockHeads related:

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

One more thing, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Best Wishes sewing this block while planning and preparing for Thanksgiving, a wonderful day to celebrate our many blessings with family and friends.

In my life, everyday has a blessing, if we take the time to look close enough.  Jo

 

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 36

Greetings!  It is that special day of the week that we can’t wait for – Wednesday!

I need to catch up a wee bit – last weeks question – ‘do you make quilts quilt to give as gifts for Christmas’?  Short answer – no.  We were not blessed with children . . . and I’m old-fashioned in what I make.  I seriously cannot sew with the new colors for gifts for anyone.  Sorry, not the answer you were looking for.

This weeks question – how many fabric collections have you created?   Yikes – 90, so far.

Do I have a favorite collection, sorry no favorite.  I love them all and mostly I love being able to mix ’em up, and yes with other designers fabrics.

This weeks block is by our friend Carrie Nelson, I pulled the fabrics before heading to Houston a while back.  After I sewed the block Saturday Nov 4th, I wish I had changed and added a 4th fabric.  Oh well, I still like it, but on any given day, I would probably sew it with different fabrics.  Is that a curse? Hummm, not sure, but it certainly seems to be a Jo thing.  LOL

Go to Carrie’s Blog to get this weeks block directions:    Moda Carrie – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Next the links to our friends 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/

and last but not least, my block . . . pressing first and of course my clipping trick.

Block 36, pressing

Block 36, pressing

And . . . now my block:

Block 36

Last but not least by any means, the link to the permanent page: http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/

I hope you are enjoying beautiful Fall weather and color, until next week . . . Happy Sewing! Jo

 

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:

Blockheads

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.

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

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