Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Have you pulled all your fabrics and scraps to start Blockheads 2?  Have you seen all the amazing week 1  blocks on Instagram and Facebook?  Wow!

As usual, I couldn't do it the easy way - I had to make 2 versions.  So far, I've kept up.  Hah.  (It's only week 2 people.)

This is my Bella Solid version.......

This is my Minick and Simpson scrap version.   This little baby goes together easy and fast - just like I like'em. 

What else is new?  I just got back from the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market with the most beautiful strawberries ever.  I think they will become this ....
The strawberry pavlova recipe is HERE.

Basic Instructions -



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I'm A Blockhead!

No, you're a blockhead!!!......   Am I giving you the classic Charlie Brown put down? Or am I flashing back to a 40 year old Saturday morning tv commerical? 
Maybe, but it's really something much more enjoyable.  It's THIS Blockheads....

Yes, the folks from Moda Fabrics are doing it again and this time they've lowered their standards and they let me play along :)

Today is the start of a weekly, year-long adventure in quilt making.  The blocks have all been designed and there is a variety in sizes.  Week 52 will have us piecing them altogether (Yes! a plan!) with no sashing and quick seams.  p.s. I've seen the final rendering and you will be THRILLED.

So, run to your stash and start picking fabrics.  I've had several baskets, bins, (boxes, trunks, moving containers) out because I have several long term projects going.  Here are a few sneak peaks of those other quilts.....

So, it was just a reshuffling of fabric and I have Block 1 - designed by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles - and I came up with this....

But having 3 quilts in progress - all using the same scrap bin (a great scrap bin, but a bit redundant none the less) made we want to venture in a new direction.  My friend Carrie at Moda - The Cutting Table Blog posted a lovely bundle recently.  I swooned.
Of course, I had to dive in.  This is BLOCK 1 in this lovely Bella Solid palette.  
All the other lovely colors will show up eventually.  Just keep watching!

Follow all the designers on Instagram and the Facebook page dedicated to Block Heads - 2

and one last quilty thing....... look at what THE Anna Wintour wore yesterday to a gala...

Yes! a couture dress made like an antique crazy quilt.  
Quilts - they are a hot topic right now!



Friday, May 4, 2018

One Block Challenge

Good Morning!!

My friend Annette asked me to join her One Block Challenge and I'm delighted to!

You might have seen the previous One Block Challenges here on her blog.....

Betsy Chutchian did the T block recently and I have chosen School Girls Puzzle.

I have made the above quilt using our new fabric group - Portsmouth. Portsmouth will be shipped to shops later this summer.  The background is the black cross weave from Moda Fabrics.  

I have made another quilt using this block before.  It takes on a whole other look when several fabrics are used instead of just 2.

I think it looks both very, very old - and contemporary at the same time.

You can find the info HERE and the directions  HERE

Your quilt can be any size, large or small.

Your quilt will look it better if it is quilted and bound, but it is not required to enter the challenge.

Use any setting for your blocks.  Alternate blocks, sashing, no sashing, etc.  You get to choose but you will need to use Minick and Simpson fabrics or Bella Solids (or the Moda Cross Weaves)

You have 3 months to complete the quilt.  It must be finished and posted to Instagram by July 31st.  You will need to have an instagram account and you will post your finished quilt with the #laurieobc  

I will search that hashtag and be able to see all the quilts taking part in the challenge.

Let's not forget prizes from Moda Fabrics!!!

How fun is that!



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Portsmouth Jelly Roll Winner!

The winner of the Portsmouth Jelly Roll™ is Vicky

I will get this right out to you Vicky!!

Thank you everyone



Tuesday, April 17, 2018


I received my sample fabric of Portsmouth a couple of weeks ago.  It is now being shown to shop owners all over the world by the Moda Fabric salesforce.  What this means, is that in September it will be in shops for you!

I auditioned lots of pieces with denims, chambrays, and this black cross weave from Moda fabrics.  All work beautifully with Portsmouth.  You'll be seeing a quilt with this cross weave soon.

 In 14 evenings I hand quilted Hurrah!  It's one of my favorites.  Simple, modern, classic Americana.

 Yes, it's the middle of April.  Really.  The pattern can be found HERE

This is Sweet William. Half triangle squares - and strips...... what could be more fun.  You can find the pattern HERE 

We hope you like it as much as we do.  Comment here before midnight Friday April  20th and you could win a Portsmouth Jelly Roll!



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Our Own Special Pre-Cut

There are a few people out there like me - the ones that like LOTS of different fabrics in their quilts.  I've made quite a few scrap quilts here that I've shown you.  I have lots of scraps because I cut into lots of yardage during the year.  It's all good.

I also know quite a few of you have purchased the Star A Day pattern from me, the Hexagon Star A Day pattern, the Mrs. Billings Coverlet, and the Rowdy Flat Library quilt pattern.  What all of these need is many, many fabrics.
Let us introduce our new pre-cut (cut by yours truly) - the 99!

Each bundle consists of 99 different Minick and Simpson fabrics by Moda Fabrics.  Each piece measures 9" x 9".  The perfect size for English Paper Piecing, hand piecing, or any scraptastic project you might have in mind.... You can find the 99's and these patterns in our Etsy Shop.

Have you seen this book by Lissa Alexander?! IT'S GREAT! Wonderful quilts made with Moda Fabrics! More inspiration to use up your scraps.  You know why it's great to use your scraps? First of all, you like the fabrics - you've already used them at least once. Second, if you use all your scraps - you can buy more fabric.  Win/win.

After I cut all those 99's..... I had scraps left. Obviously.  I packaged up those scraps into gift bags.  If you purchase any kit from our KIT section in our Etsy shop - a scrap bag will be included for free.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mini-Charm Book Winners!

Thank you everyone!  Sorry for the delay, my Mac was in the shop, but we're good to go now.

The winners are

Karen N

Dahja Jan

Yorkie Mom

Email me at and I'll get your books and charms out to you.



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