Martingale does it again, with the help of Moda

You know all those mini charms you have, and you save them in a jar so you can see them . . . well, now here is a book for you!

Please note the second quilt from the left, is by yours truly.

17 projects to inspire you to use some of your little treasures!

Here is the pretty picture of mine:


You will love this book, you will understand why I make small quilts, almost instant gratification.

Best news yet . . . royalties for the book will be donated to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.  The group’s mission says, “A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.”  Specially trained LCC K-9 Comfort dogs visit disaster locations, community events, and care facilities around the U.S. wearing their ‘Please Pet Me” vests — offering comfort where words often fail.  It’s a little thing — the comfort a four-legged friend can bring — that can make a huge impact in the lives of those hurting.  You can learn more at their website (  This little book will help make a big difference.

#minicharmquilts    #showmethemoda    #madewithmartingale

Happy Sewing!

Moda BlockHeads BOW

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

For now the fun news is that there is a BlockHeads 2 in the works.

The original 6 BlockHeads will be participating, and hoping an additional BlockHead or two will join us.

Just want you to know to stay tuned, takes time to sort this with everyones schedules, so the timing hasn’t been figured out.

Actually some of us still need to put the 2017 BlockHeads quilt together!  I’m one of them.  Maybe this week?  Hopefully by next week. Sometimes life gets the way of good intentions.

I’ve seen some beautiful finished tops on our FaceBook Group, looking forward to seeing more!

Happy Sewing!

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 48

Once again it is our most favorite day of the week . . . Wednesday!

The question this week is . . . do you have a setting figured out for your blocks?  I’ve seen some people have a plan from the beginning, and have been sewing the setting at the same time.  That is not me.

I’m playing with a setting, a straight set with sashing and cornerstones and a border.  Nothing fancy, very traditional as always, from Jo.

This weeks block is by our friend Carrie:

Moda Carrie –

First I’ll show you my pressing and clipping on this block, and yes I did press some seams open, not my normal routine, but it lays nice and flat.

Block 48, pressing

My block this week.

Block 48

Be sure and check our friends Blogs to see their versions!

Lynne Hagmeier –

Jan Patek –

Betsy Chutchian –

Lisa Bongean –

I want to share what I’ve been playing with for a setting, the picture below is on the design wall, nothing is sewn together, auditioning sashing fabric, cornerstones, and possible border fabric.  This is how I decide what to use.  The border fabric is just folded and pin to the design wall.  I work visually.  I do not do any computer designing at all, this is my mode of operation for 38 years, it works for me, not changing now!

If I choose this stripe, I will stay stitch the outer edge before sewing it to the quilt top. As you know cutting fabric from selvage to selvage has some stretch, I feel this is a bit of insurance that the outer edge won’t stretch and wave.  I may use cornerstones over mitered corners too. Always have options, and sometimes things change more than I imagine when the time comes to cut and sew the quilt top, I may audition something else, who knows?

possible setting and fabric choices

Looking forward to see what you all will do with your blocks.  I’ve enjoyed your weekly block show on Facebook and will be watching as you share your progress.

Thank you ladies for sharing this journey with us. Stay tuned to the BlockHeads, there may be something exciting coming . . .   Jo


2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 47

Greetings, it is our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday!  I can hear you all chanting along with me – cheers back to you!

Question this week, as we near the end . .  if I could start my blocks and quilt over again, is there anything I would change or done differently?  For me each quilt is its own journey.  Life is a journey.  Begin a new journey, begin a new quilt.  I’m going to confess that sampler quilts are not my favorite, but for some reason this is turning out much better than I ever thought!  How am I doing with a non-answer?   I did finally figure out to try to stay with a color palette, kind of did that, mostly I’m very good with it all.  I do wish I had been a bit more creative with the appliqué blocks, especially after seeing what others did with theirs. Odd, but I would look at the block and make what I saw.  Never occurred to me to change it up.  Oh well.

How about you???  I’ve seen some awesome blocks and color palettes over these weeks into months.  I do want to share that, basically when I make a quilt, I make it for me, then share it with you.  Now, making it for me, pretty much means it needs to work in our small home.  I have problems using muslin from day one, circa 1980, so I avoid it.

I love earthy colors.  Reds clash well, I heard that first from Mary Ellen Hopkins eons ago (mid 1980’s), still works for me.  Brown is a great neutral.  I’m learning to love blues after all these years. Love certain color combos, like red/blue, red/green, red/brown, red/neutrals, blues/golds, black/golds, and madders make my heart very happy.  I can make pastel quilts, but the darker colors are more appealing with our antique furniture, reproduction furniture and decor.   LOVE, LOVE, LOVE scrappy quilts – which gives me lots of chances to play with my fabric collection.  FYI, I have shelves of color, not fabric lines on shelves.  I want to play with ALL the reds, browns, greens, golds, blues, blacks, grays, neutrals, pinks and more.  Storing my fabrics as color shelves makes it easy for me.  And I have to ‘see’ my fabrics to be able to select for a project.  What do you do?

This weeks block is by our friend Lisa Bongean, you will find the directions on her Blog:

Be sure to check our friends Blogs to see their versions of this block:

Lynne Hagmeier –

Jan Patek –

Betsy Chutchian –

Moda Carrie –

Don’t forget the Permanent Page, that has been updated weekly with the newest information. 

Here is how I pressed my block, with the clipped intersections so I could press the way I wanted to press the block.

Block 47, pressing

And now, my block this week:

Block 47

Happy Sewing from Jo in Nebraska


2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 46

It is our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday!  Hump Day, new block day, what else do you do on Wednesday?  Maybe meet up with a friend for lunch day?

We are enjoying a cold snap and snow this winter, some may call it frigid hovering around zero, but all in all it makes me very happy.  I love winter, it is a calm time of the year for me, most everything is at rest, at least that is my take on it. It is good for my soul.  I do know there is work during every season, but for me when I look out at the snow, can see the birds busy at our feeders, it is just so very beautiful and magical to enjoy it all.  Just different from summer feeding the birds.  Ok, maybe I need a vacation.

This winter we are feeding a feral cat, we think the extra food will be good for him/her until spring, kitty is skittish, but he/she keeps showing up to devour the dry cat food and get a drink at the bird bath every evening, I’m sure he/she has a place to keep out of the elements and survive the winter.  Kind of like feeding the birds, helping them through the season.

This weeks question – when I stitch, hand or machine – do I listen to anything?  Music, podcasts, audiobooks, TV or Netflix.  First is my machine and hand answer – No to music, podcasts, and audiobooks.

As for TV I like the old shows that I’ve seen dozens of time, it is background noise.  We have ME-TV and Cozy TV for this, remember Matlock, Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote, Big Valley, those are the type of shows I like to have on.

Netflix – for when I’m seriously machine sewing it would be The Great British Baking Show for background noise with pretty food and I’m sure tasty desserts.  These type of shows do not mess with my brain or require my complete attention when I’m sewing.

Handwork is different for me, I can watch TV or Netflix and pause my stitching if I need to when a program gets good.  And this winter I’ve gotten back into pro football, looking forward to baseball soon.  I’ll also give college football another go next fall and see what the Huskers are doing.

This weeks block is by our friend Jan Patek – a sweet puppy and a kitty.  Go to Jan’s Blog to see her block and directions –

Be sure and check our friends Blogs for their versions:

Lynne Hagmeier –

Betsy Chutchian –

Lisa Bongean –

Moda Carrie –

And the link to the Permanent Page: 

And now my block this week, I tried for a fabric that could be a bit like a calico cat, please use your imagination.

Block 46

This morning I put all my finished BlockHead blocks on the design wall, now to figure out what fabric(s) to use, and how will I set my blocks?

Happy Stitching!  Jo