Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 12

Try not to look too closely at my block.  At 6" square, there are a whole lot of wonky pieces jammed together.  Do I care? No I do not.  When it's all in the mix........ it will be wonderful.  And perfection is just not high on my list right now.
This week's block is courtesy of Janet Clare and you can find it HERE.http://www.janetclare.co.uk/home.htm


I should take this opportunity to say something inspiring and comforting for all of us in this unprecedented time.  Everything worth saying has been said.  We are all in this together. Health care workers are in my thoughts and prayers hourly. 

I'm looking forward to when we can all get together in person.

There is a much more trivial matter that has been on my mind.  My hair.  

Folks, it's probably just as well you don't see me in person right now.  It's not a good look.  One of the good things is that my hair grows fast. Very fast. It's one of the bad things too. I'm trying to be positive and maybe, just maybe, in a month or so it will be long enough to look chic and sophisticated like this.

Unfortunately, in the meantime - it's going to look a whole lot like this.

Here's hoping all of you and your family are well and that you are quarantined with a hair dresser.

Laurie

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 10

This week's block is courtesy of Stacy Iest-Hsu and it's called Windmills.  You can find it HERE 

Know I am thinking of you all out there in the virtual quilt world.  I hope you are safe and healthy.

There is lots of stuff to keep me busy here. Blockheads 3 of course, and getting new quilts and patterns ready.  There is a stack of books on my nightstand which I may actually get to.  Not to mention, long doggie walks, baking, and even jigsaw puzzles. Although, we have learned to pull up the dining room chairs tight to the dining room table. If we don't, Cassie jumps up on a chair and "helps" with the jigsaw puzzle.  So far we are down 2 puzzle pieces - that we know of.
 This will be a new pattern - Hawthorne.

Hawthorne is 50" x 50"


This is Victorious and it's 75" x 75" and uses the printed bunting yardage for the border.

Harbor Springs Fabric

This is puppy Cassie after one of her long walks. She is just the best cheerer-upper ever. Her favorite spot is in Bill's lap. She's attached to him like velcro.


Laurie

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 9

Today, Vanessa of Lella Boutique has designed our block - and you can find the directions HERE


If that wasn't enough news..... I received new fabric!- so I can start making quilts.  Our next fabric collection is called Harbor Springs.


Harbor Springs is our red, whites, and blues along with a pinch of pink and a dash of charcoal.  I've cut into it and starting sewing.... You will get Harbor Springs in your favorite quilt shop in August.

As you can see - it will mix with Mackinac Island beautifully.  

Gibby and Cassie say Hi!!



Laurie


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 8


Blockheads 3. 

3 is my favorite number. I wore it on all my softball uniforms.  Did it make me play as well as Dick McAuliffe? Or Alan Trammell? No it did not. Ah, but I digress.  It's my week for Blockheads 3 and I'm happy to show you my block

It's an uneven 9-patch. We all love 9 patches!  You can find the directions HERE  http://www.unitednotions.com/BH3_8-Laurie-Simpson-9-Patch.pdffor the 6" and 12" block and HERE http://www.unitednotions.com/BH3_8-Laurie-Simpson-Uneven-9-Patch.pdf.  for the 4" and 8" block - for all you non-conformists.

I'm making all my blocks from my Mackinac Island scraps and they are working together nicely.

Speaking of Mackinac Island, we found another HONOR quilt kit and it's in the Etsy shop


Things here are busy. I'm making quilts with our new fabric collection (I'll give you the name and some sneak peaks next week).  In fact, I'm so busy...... this little knucklehead had about 10 seconds of unsupervised time and this is what she came up with.

This is the reason puppies are so cute. If they weren't - nobody would put up with their nonsense.

Laurie



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 7

Oy!  Things are busy here.....

This is my week 7 block
Thanks to Lissa - here are the directions.......

I did finish my orange and blue quilt top.  Big Stitch hand quilting will start on it - once I have 3 other projects finished.  Yes, I'm just like other quilters........ 



Laurie

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 6

Today is Lisa Bonjean's week - Lisa of Primitive Gatherings.  Her block is called Magic.  You can find the directions HERE.

These blocks are looking fabulous, if I do say so myself.

Hope you are having a good week.

Did you see where I was inspired by another Moda designer this week?  Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts
posted a fabric bundle that she is offering.  It had Fig Tree oranges, and blues and creams from Primitive Gatherings and Minick and Simpson.  I immediately got my hands on some of the oranges and went through my stash for blues and creams (that was the easy part).

I hope to finish this soon.  I better, as NEW fabric is winging its way to me.  Just in time for some top secret projects.  

What else is new? Well, Cassie has doubled her weight in the 2 weeks she has been here. She is thriving. Potty training is going very well, she is a first class snuggler, and she has very, very slowly wormed her way into Gibby's heart. Gibby still has his moments though.  He is happy to play with her in the yard. He tolerates her all day in the house, but he is done with her once it is time to slow down at the end of the day. She is relentless :)

Laters,

Laurie



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 5

And with perfect timing this week - this is the block from Brigitte.  You can find the directions on her blog HERE 

I hope you will have a nice Valentine's day with family and friends.  What will we do here in casa Simpson?  We are not going out. One reason is we didn't make reservations anywhere and you just can't pop into restaurants on Valentine's day without one. Second, Cassie the puppy hasn't been left alone yet. She has had either both of us - or one of us with her.  So far, our only challenge hasn't been potty training, or sleeping at night - but being alone.  If one of us isn't in the room with her - she cries most piteously.  We are pushovers for crying puppies.  Correcting this will be on the top of our list when we go to puppy classes.
 These happened this week! The much anticipated notepads from the Blue and White Book are HERE.
The sets of 4 are going very fast. I will probably run out of stock today, but I'm sure you can find some more at anywhere fine quilting supplies are sold :)


I still have a few of the single note pads in our Etsy shop HERE

Laters,

Laurie

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