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:

https://lisabongean.com/

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

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/

Don’t forget the Permanent Page, that has been updated weekly with the newest information.   http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

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 – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Be sure and check our friends Blogs for their versions:

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 the link to the Permanent Page:  http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

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

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 45

It is our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday – we finished putting away Christmas this morning, the house looks bare, but we will get used to it again.  You probably did this a week ago, but I enjoy the season and it is sad to put it away.  So much for another year.

This weeks question – Do we have any exciting plans or adventures on our calendar for 2018.  Nothing on the calendar yet, but we are talking about it, that is where it starts, right?  So many places, so little time.  I think this is a non-answer because nothing is truly planned or booked, lots of ideas though, any of which will require handwork prep time for the road trip.  The one things we have decided is, this is our year for road trips, no flying, that works for me.

This weeks Block 45 is mine, Double Dutch.  I’m a bit smitten with Flying Geese of any size, so this was an easy choice.  I’m also sold on the no-waste method for Flying Geese, which I’ll show below.  Shhhh, I’m not a fan of flippy corners, guess I haven’t mastered them yet.  You will have choices this week.

Here is the link to the provided block directions:  http://unitednotions.com/Block45JM_DoubleDutch.pdf

This is what I cut for the no-waste FG, and the HST units:

For the (4) larger Flying Geese cut:

(1) – 4 1/4″ square from a dark print for the ‘goose’

(4) – 2 3/8″ squares from a medium print for the triangles or sky.

There are 2 sets of small Flying Geese, for each set cut:

(1) -2 3/4″ square from a dark print for the ‘goose’

(4) – 1 5/8″ squares from the background print for the sky.

Cut (2) – 2 3/8″ squares from the background print for the HST  (or cut 2 1/2″ for a little extra for squaring up)

Cut (2) – 2 3/8″ squares from a dark print for the HST (or cut 2 1/2″ for a little extra for squaring up)

To Make the large Flying Geese, take the large dark square, position (2) of the smaller light squares on opposite corners, right sides together, draw a diagonal line, then sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance (remember scant is just a thread or two less than a full 1/4″ seam) on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut apart on the drawn line, carefully press the seam toward the small triangles.

Place the remaining smaller squares atop the large triangle, with the drawn line toward the center, sew on both sides of the drawn line with a scant 1/4″ seam.  Cut apart on the line, press toward the small triangle.  Square the (4) large Flying Geese to measure 2″ x 3 1/2″.

               

Large Flying Geese

I used my 1 1/2″ x 3″ Bloc_Loc Flying Geese ruler to square of the units.  The 1.5″ x 3″ is the finished size, the units measure 2″ x 3.5″ with the seam allowance.

Take the (2) – 2 3/8″ squares of both the light and dark fabrics from the pattern directions, a light to a dark, right sides together, draw a diagonal line, sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides of the line.  Cut apart, carefully press toward the dark fabric.  Square up to measure 2″ x 2″, as they will finish at 1.5″ x 1.5″ when sewn into the block.  (You could cut the squares 2.5″ just in case, depends on your quarter inch sewing)

I used my 4.5″ Olfa ruler to square up the HST to 2″.  And I also own a 4.5″ HST Square Up Ruler by Block_Loc, but seems I grabbled the Olfa this time.

squaring up HST

Repeat to sew the (2) smaller sets of Flying Geese, which I squared up with my .75″ x 1.5″ Bloc_Loc Flying Geese ruler. With seam allowance these will measure 1.25″ x 2″

smaller Flying Geese, squared up with the .75″ x 1.5″ Bloc Loc ruler

Arrange all your pieces to make the block, I then sewed to make quadrants:

sew to make quadrants

Pressing my quadrants:

Pressing my quadrants

Easy Peasy!

Next arrange your quadrants to form the block, sew into halves, press the seams open, next pin and sew to join the halves, press the seam open.  Square or trim to measure 6.5″ x 6.5″.

Block 45, pressing

My finished Block 45!

Block 45

Be sure and check our friends Blogs to see what they did 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/

Finally the link to the Permanent Page:   http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

We are winding down, it has certainly been a great journey with all of you, soon we will have fun watching your quilts come together!

Best Wishes for 2018 with lots of hours of fun and Happy Sewing times!

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 44

It is our most favorite day of the week . . .  Wednesday!

The Question for this week . .  Do you make New Year’s Resolutions.  Simple answer ‘no’, gave up on that eons ago.  Every day I try to be my better self, all year long.  I still need help on scheduling how long a task really takes, I always under-estimate.  A big Sigh on that one, because it probably won’t change now.

Second part of the question this week – A Word for the year?  Can’t think of one word.   Always seems to be a sentence.  Maybe the word ‘vacation’, that is what Russ wants to do, get in the car for a long road trip, some ideas where to go, mostly enjoy the journey and the unexpected finds along the way.  Me of course will have handwork to take along, maybe I’ll make a Jo size quilt!   LOL

This weeks block is by our friend Betsy Chutchian, Layer’s Puzzle, me thinks I maybe need a lawyer when you see the picture, or maybe just warm up the seam ripper?

You will find Betsy’s block on her Blog:   http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

You will find our friends versions on their Blogs:

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

Block 44, dang

A little ‘un-sewing’ happening on this one.

Next is the pressing for my block:

Block 44, pressing

Now . . . my version of this block, I was going to use at least 3 fabrics, after my early snafu, happy I stayed with two fabrics, easier to fix my goof up.

Block 44

Finally the link to the permanent page that is updated weekly to include the new block, and a link to lots of stuff, you know the drill by now.     http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/ 

As we wind down this most wonderful journey, I send you wishes for a most Happy New Year . . . all year long.

 

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 43

It is our favorite day of the week . . . Wednesday . . . and we are rolling toward the end of this great journey with you.  I think we have all learned along the way, we are a diverse group with many methods to achieve the same end product (aka quilt top).  I think that is one of the things I really love about quiltmaking, many ways to do anything, and no one way is right or wrong.  Creative, that us.

Question this week:  How many quilts-projects did you make this year?  I am not a counter, it would take some time to figure this out, and really it doesn’t matter to me.  Sorry about that, well kind of, maybe not really?   LOL

I do know that I’ve been making a few ‘for me’ quilts, small ones of course, ones I don’t have to write directions for.  That means I enjoy the ‘process’ a bit more.  The Flying Geese quilt I posted on Instagram that pushed to my Facebook JMQ page, was one of those. I had it Machine Quilted in an all over stipple/meander design that seems to disappear on the quilt, I liked that.  It was made entirely with ‘New Hope’ line that ships in January 2018 – very soon. You can see the fabric in my Blog header.  I think it is a really happy quilt for the Holidays!

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

Be sure and check our friends Blogs for their versions:

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

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

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

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

And . . . now my versions, with the pressing first:

Block 43, pressing

And . . . now my block . .

Block 43

The background fabric is from ‘New Hope’, it comes in a few colors/shades.

Don’t forget to check out the permanent page, that is updated weekly to include our  friend David’s Directory for the FB Group and it includes link to everything BlockHeads related.

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

I hope you enjoyed a very Merry Christmas!

Russ and I do not exchange gifts, never have, at the beginning it was because we didn’t have disposable income, over the years we buy what we want or need all through the year, and used to say, this is for your birthday or anniversary or Christmas, of course we lost track eons ago.  The best part is buying something together on a trip, something we both love and have a  place for in our home (criteria – – – we have to have a place for it, to buy it).  For example quite a few years ago we bought a Navajo rug in Santa Fe, a small one that has hung on the wall in our family room all these years, love it as much today as the day ‘we’ bought it. Another trip it was joined by another Navajo rug from Santa Fe, another trip to Santa Fe we brought home beautiful pottery.  I cannot tell you about all the trips east, and all the ‘things’ that were hauled back to Nebraska in a mini van.  We live with many reminder memories around us, hope you do too.

Now on to the New Year – making more memories, and yes of course some more quilts.