Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 25

This week's blockhead block is brought to you by Robin Pickens.

Again, because I'm doing small blocks, I edited it just a bit.  Robin's look still comes through!

I hope your holiday plans keep you isolated. We are not out of the woods yet here in Michigan, but our status has improved.  All because of great sacrifices.  We need to keep our focus and hopefully, we will all be together again soon.  Bill and I, and the dogs will be barbecuing and enjoying a shipment of peaches from Georgia. Peach BBQ chicken is on the menu!

If you want to do some holiday decorating........ I have just the thing!  An Independence Day Table Runner

You can find the pattern HERE. 


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

BLOCKHEADS 3 - Week 24

This week's block by Stacy Iest Hsu can be found HERE.  The houses are particularly sweet in teeny sizes.

The block is 6" and my new bag is much bigger! Yes, I made a bag!  I don't do that kind of sewing - so I'm quite proud of myself. The kit came from the Cutting Cloth Quilt Shop in Australia.  Yep, I'm the kind of person who sees something I love and orders it from halfway around the world.  Because of the state of international shipping right now it took forever to get here. (no fault of Cutting Cloth).  It only took me 3 hours to make.  You can get the pattern right now at Sotak Co. on Etsy. This is the Juniper bag.  My bag making confidence is so high right now, I know I will be making more from this pattern maker.

I organized my fabric stash room this weekend.  In the process of that, some more canvas/bag weight fabrics were found.  Did you know I keep all my pre-cuts in a vintage refrigerator? This was before the cleaning/purge.

This was after. There are still lots of pre-cuts to feed my fabric addiction.

The Charm packs™ and the Candies™ live in the freezer compartment.

In our Etsy shop news..... we have some limited amounts of Mackinac Island yardage available.  It's going fast. 


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 20

This week's block is courtesy of Lisa Bongean

You might have noticed the unusual fabric pick on my cutting table underneath this week's block.  It's my new long term project and it will have Jen Kingwell's new line - Winkipop, Christopher Wilson Tate's Regency Zarafa, Ruby Star's Warp Weft Wovens, some Jen Kingwell basics, and some shot cottons.  Whew!  I'm emphasizing LONG TERM and it will be hand pieced and English Paper Pieced. Oh, and I'm still waiting on fabrics that I've ordered to fit in.  Why use 100 fabrics when 200 might be better?

When I opened up the Warp Weft Woven bundle with lots of yummy wovens in many different weights - I saved the four heavy linen pieces (with that wonderfully yellow wonky salvage) and hemmed them for new dinner napkins.
Most of the rest of the bundle will be in the fabric pick above... It's good, every once in awhile, to do something a little unexpected.

The exact plans for this quilt..... well, they are still up in the air.

Of course, I do love some RED, WHITE and BLUE and many of those quilts went up on walls this week.

Notice that Gibby has made a pile of his favorite pillows on the end of the sofa. :) This quilt, called Picnic is in the Mix It Up book by the Moda All-Stars.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 19

One thing you can say about the Shelter In Place situation - things have been crossed off the eternal "To-Do" list.  All of my scheduled projects have been done - or are in the correct stages of being done and some even long, long WIP's have been tackled.  I even have an idea germinating for another long term handwork project.

But, you're here for the next installment of Blockheads 3. This week's block is courtesy of Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.  You can find the pattern HERE.

We changed up all the quilts hanging in the house too. I went for light, breezy colors for summer - or until I feel the need to change things up again.  The new ModaVillage quilt is now hanging in our hallway. Cassie approves.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 18

Today's block is courtesy of Jan Patek and you can find it HERE. I changed the block a bit - since I am doing the 6" block - I just eliminated some of the elements.

In other news, I finished hand quilting the Trip Around the World Quilt and I got back the Moda Villages quilt from Maggi Honeyman - who long arm quilted it for me. Everybody, including Gibby and Cassie like them.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 17

This is week 17 of Blockheads 3.  Betsy Chutchian has this little gem for us......
You can find the directions HERE

I hope you are all getting along well and your families are healthy. We are good. 

Like everyone else, I mix in some mask making in between other sewing.  I have made 4 versions of masks. Each one has their assets and debits. I found this tutorial makes masks quite quickly and I like how they fit.   

In other news, I got my Trip Around The World quilt back from being basted and I'm now hand quilting it.

I'm quilting with a big stitch and the thread is Aurifil 12wt. The needle is a John James milliner size 11.  This is going quite fast and I expect to be finished this weekend.

Lastly, the new patterns that feature the Harbor Springs fabric collection are in stock in the Etsy shop. Both downloads and paper patterns.  

When the fabric ships later this summer I will have kits for both of these quilts.


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